What’s up internet. I’m sure all seven and half of you following out there have noticed neither me or Westside have posted any content in a while. Don’t worry, the site’s not down (paid the subscription for this, so…might as well, right), just taking a small break. But we wanted to let you know we’ll be back to full strength some time in the future, and rather than having McShay and Frank Caliendo staring you in the eyeball everytime you come to this site I thought it would be courteous, albeit long overdue, to let you know we’re on a bit of a hiatus. Or as some might call it… a radical sabbatical.
There it is. Dusty Baker. Canned. After 6 years, a winning percentage just north of .500, two division titles, and ZERO playoff series wins Dusty is gone. Hate to say I told you so, but this needed to happen. The last two years the Reds had a legit shot to make a deep post-season push. Add the fact this year that the Reds looked in complete disarray going into the end of the regular season and limped into the playoffs and you have Dusty seeing the door. Managers don’t win games, players do. But when the players have a lack of direction and drive going into late September that seems evident to even the fairest weather fan, well then that blame lies on the manager. Dusty’s a good guy, a decent manager, and taking bliss in someone losing their job isn’t good form. But the guy needed to go.
Look, you can point a lot of fingers and ask where it went wrong. What if the Reds win two out of the last three in the regular season at home? What if Latos’ elbow doesn’t hurt and he can pitch last night? Why would Dusty throw in Cueto as a starter after he had a total of TWO STARTS since June 28th? Where was Votto last night? When was the last time you’ve seen a Brandon Phillips error? The list could go on forever, but the fact is the Pirates won last night and it wasn’t even close. If the Reds won nobody would question the last regular season series, or Cueto getting the start, but they didn’t. The loss last night shouldn’t take away from a great season, but obviously a one game exit from the postseason is a hard pill to swallow after long 162 games.
A lot of people are going to call for Dusty’s head on a platter, and they should, even if he’s not the only one to blame. When he managed the Reds to win the division in 2010 EVERYONE was saying it was a year early, and just wait for the years to come, and yadda yadda yadda. Well, after getting swept in the playoffs that year by the Phillies unreal pitching staff, missing the playoffs in 2011, and winning the division only to lose in heartbreaking fashion to the Giants in 2012, this was the proverbial cherry on top. 2012 is so hard to forget because just one more win in that series and you oust the eventual World Series Champs. This year everyone was hoping we could make up for the shortcomings of last year. Unfortunately, we tried to do it in the hottest division in the MLB. Dusty needs to go. For better or worse. He’s been a manager for 20 years now and he’s won a total of ONE PENNANT! Managers don’t win games, players do, but over the span of twenty years you’re gonna get good teams and bad teams, and with Reds teams like these you gotta cash in. With a lot of unanswered questions in free agency the window could be getting a lot smaller the next few years. A change could be just what the team needs.
As for my MVP in a losing effort I gotta give it to Todd Frazier. When he made that over the railing catch on a foul ball when it was still close I thought that was the spark that the team needed. He only had one hit, but it could have been two, the second being a HR that just went foul. The team had 6 hits total last night, none of which came from Votto or Phillips who were absolutely shut down by Lirano last night. Cueto was so bad it’s not even worth mentioning. When you’re getting the bullpen ready in the third inning you got a slim chance to win a playoff game. Todd Frazier looked like the spark the team needed, but it wasn’t enough.
Lastly, in the post game presser Brandon Phillips showed us why he is so endearing to the fans. He tells it like it is, and doesn’t make excuses. “The City of Cincinnati deserves better.” “We Choked.”
Oh I don’t know, taking pictures with fans? Shout out to former boybander and Cincinnatian Nick Lachey? Signing autographs an hour before first pitch? Yeah I think you’re pretty relaxed and ready to mash. I mean I’d like to sit back and say I hope he has a good game, but you don’t just rock a Playboy shirt like that if you’re a bench player hoping to go 1-5. The thing drips confidence. My prediction, DatDudeBP goes 3-5 with 3 RBI’s. Anything less I’d be shocked.
P.S. Sporting the Twitter handle “Two Foot Fred” is about as sneaky genius as it gets in the twitter world. Oh you wanna make fun of me because I’m short, I just 8 Mile’d your punchline before you could even say it. Nice Try.
P.P.S . Hey Lachey, nice work buddy.
I guess the mothership still has some funny left in them, because this was solid gold. Frank Caliendo mastered that Kiper impression. And I’m not even talking the look with the goofy hairdo that hasn’t moved in the last century, which was great. I’m taking the same mannerisms, same speech pattern, same agressive adjectives. Seriously, watch it a second time without watching the screen, he sounds EXACTLY like Mel Kiper Jr. Huuuuuge upside on these graphics too, I’m taking these graphics if they come, flying under the radar, for my money, these graphics are the best you can get.
Reuters - Washington state’s governor signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as “fisherman” and “freshman” with “fisher” and “first-year student.” The new gender-neutral references, for example, include “journey-level plumber” instead of “journeyman plumber,” “handwriting” in place of “penmanship,” and “signal operator” for “signalman.” “There’s no good reason for keeping our legal terms anachronistic and with words that do not respect our current contemporary times,” Kohl-Welles, the 475-page bill’s sponsor, told Reuters.
Really got to tip the cap to the feminist movement here. Big win. BIG! Because you know what sparks equality at a young age? No it’s not treating everyone equal in the classroom and in sports. It’s removing fucking words from the english language because they’re sexist. Makes sense to me. Can’t have kids running around saying words like “journeyman”, or “fisherman”, or “freshman” for god sakes. I mean, who could forget when Syracuse tried to parade around their mascot, an orange, as a man ? Orangemen? Yeah, I don’t think so you sexist pigs. This isn’t the 50′s. Try all you will, but the feminist see no hurdle too big or incredibly small they can’t win. It’s words now, but I’m sure high fives and fist bumps are next on the to-do list for these panty burning broads.
Seriously though, how batshit do you have to be to sponsor a 475 page bill about gender-neutral words? WORDS. We’re talking words here. Not to sounds like Iverson, but words? Really, words? I guess the feminist movement knows no bounds.
Update on that article: Thanks to military and civil engineers we get to keep words like “airmen,” “seaman,” “man hole,” and “man lock.” Score one for the home team.
Sager. So hip. Rip him all you want for his outrageous suits, but the dude knows his pop culture. Yeah, Carly Rae Jepsen, ever heard of it? Because Sager has. And it doesn’t matter if your Joe Schmo off the street or the best player on the planet. He’s gonna drop chorus’ in your face 24/7. Here’s LeBron, being all coy about his cell phone activity and how serious the playoffs are. That’s fine by Sager, he’ll hit you with a “Call Me Maybe” line and have you, and everyone else, laughing. Fucking Sager. And you wonder why this goofball in mismatching pastel suits has a job. Because he’s a professional and he knows his pop culture. Gotta love it.