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.
Cincinnati – Christon had cramps that persisted earlier this season despite power drinks, power bars and more frequent in-game breaks. [He] knew he had to consume something during halftimes but wasn’t interested in power bars, so he requested “some real food” instead. “I’ve got to get something in my stomach. It’s usually hot dogs and water and then I get on the bike just to keep moving,” Christon said.
This is a perfect example of if something weird works, just keep doing it. Very Verlander-esque, with his Taco Bell ritual before each start. Just take Semaj here (yes, that’s James backwards…duh). He’s tried everything. Power bars, gatorade, numerous breaks during games. And what’s the only thing that helps his cramps? Hot dogs. Boom. He only leads the team in minutes, points-per-game, and assists. AS A FRESHMEN. Shit, Xavier should just put a hot dog stand in the locker room for the whole team. Might’ve helped them reach the tourny.
P.S. This would never work with your average post-grad young professional in a pick-up game. The whole time just blaming your awful game and the fact that you’re out of breath in two minutes on what you had for lunch. “I really shouldn’t have had that Chipotle. I’m dragging ass out there. I should’ve eaten a salad and drank more water…” Yeah, because chugging water all day and filling up on greens is gonna take back the 4 years of getting shit faced every weekend and that beer gut on the way. Not to mention 40 hours a week sitting in a chair and coming home wanting to do nothing more then melt in your couch.