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Game 15

Edinson Volquez gave up 4 runs (on only 3 hits, including 2 solo home runs) in the first inning, and the Reds never could recover. Jonny Gomes circled the bases for the sixth time. The Reds offense showed up today, but the pitching didn’t.

2011 Reds (’92 Style): Edinson Volquez

First-time Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez almost pulled an Aaron Harang yesterday, but thanks to Ramon Hernandez‘s bottom of the 9th heroics (along with earlier solo shots by Drew Stubbs and Joey Votto), the Redlegs started the season undefeated.

Trade with a non-blogger

A non-baseball-card-blogger Astros fan contacted me about trading for some Hunter Pence and Joe Mauer cards. I happily accepted the offer and sent over a stack of ‘Stros and Joes for some 2011 Reds inserts and parallels. Among the contents of the package I received today were a Barry Larkin (60 Years back), Joey Votto black-border RBI leaders, shiny no-longer-a-Red Aaron Harang, and base Edinson Volquez.

With this trade, I no longer need any white-border Series 1 Reds…except for Johnny Bench. *hint hint*

Thanks for the cards Trey!

NLDS #Reds vs. #Phillies – Game 1

2010 Reds (’72 Style): Edinson Volquez

What do you do with Volquez? After a beefy 2008, a major injury in 2009, and a shaky comeback in 2010…not to mention the banned substance thing earlier this year…Volquez is a big question mark for the playoffs. Especially the way rookie Travis Wood has been pitching. I’m not sure I would include Volquez in the rotation for the playoffs. Hopefully he will come back big in 2011.

Two in a row for the Redlegs!

July 17, 2010, was Hall of Fame induction night for the Reds Hall of Fame. Chris Sabo, Pedro Borbon, and the late Tony Mullane are the newest members of the club, and several Reds Hall of Famers were on-hand to welcome them. They all hung out at the Museum before the game for photos with the fans…

Here is Joshua (my son) with the 1966 NL Rookie of the Year, Tommy Helms…

Here we are with Big Red Machine centerfielder Cesar Geronimo…

We’ve met Leo Cardenas on at least three other occasions. He is always super nice and has a great smile for everyone.

Big Red Machine second baseman and National Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan!

The greatest catcher to ever play in the majors! I’ve been racking my brain, trying to think of another time that I’ve met a National Baseball Hall of Famer, and I can’t come up with one. I think this is a first for me, and I got to do it twice in less than a minute! They really are larger than life.

One of the 2010 Reds Hall of Fame inductees, Pedro Borbon…

One of the reasons I am still a baseball fan today, Chris Sabo…

After the photo festivities, the skies decided to open up and pour for a while. Luckily, the rain stopped and the on-field ceremony took place, honoring Sabo, Borbon, and Tony Mullane, whose descendants were in attendance.

Most of the Hall of Famers who were present for the photo sessions stayed for the ceremony, and a few others showed up as well.

First row, l-r: Jim O’Toole, Jim Maloney, Tommy Helms, Leo Cardenas, Wayne Granger, Gary Nolan.

Second row, l-r: George Foster, Mario Soto, Jerry Lynch, Johnny Bench, Jack Billingham.

Third row, l-r: Eric Davis, Tom Browning, Cesar Geronimo, Barry Larkin.

Borbon threw out two ceremonial first pitches; this is the second one….

Spuds also threw out a ceremonial first pitch…

And then the game was underway, featuring the return of Edinson Volquez.

Joey Votto(matic), my other son’s favorite player…

Drew Stubbs went deep twice tonight…

The Reds only had five hits in the game, four of them home runs, winning the game 8-1. A great start to the second half of the season, a great return for Volquez.

Is Viagra banned by baseball?

Edinson Volquez was suspended 50 games by MLB for some sort of drug use. Not illegal drug use, as in heroin or cocaine, but “banned substance” drug use. You know, PEDs (supposedly).

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know how I feel about the stinkin’ cheaters that use steroids. McGwire, Clemens, Bonds, Sosa, Palmeiro, A-Rod, Manny…NONE of them belong in the Hall of Fame. They are a blemish on this game that I love and should be forgotten forever.

And now we have Volquez, who denies the substances he used were intended to help his baseball performance (par for the course). Instead, he says they were to help his performance in another area.

“Volquez said in a statement he received a prescription in the Dominican Republic as part of his treatment to start a family with his wife. He said the drug was banned by MLB—four types of fertility substances are illegal under baseball rules.” (source)

After Palmeiro’s finger-pointing denials, it’s difficult to believe anything a baseball player says. I don’t know what to make of it. I’m both saddened and confused.

Reds from a 12-stepper

Marie over at A Cardboard Problem recently sent over a package of Reds that have been collecting dust on her desk. Inside this fantastic package were some of the players that will make 2010 exciting to watch…

A solid second baseman with good defense and a dangerous bat…

A catcher who was snubbed for the All-Star Game last year, but has proven to be a solid backstop…

And a couple of pitcher who have received tutelage from one of my all-time favorites

Thanks Marie!

More Fun Cards from Joshua!

My 9-year old son made a couple more “fun cards” and sent them to me while I was at work last night. Here they are…

I really like how he used the logo from the ballcap in the border.

I need to get in gear and make some more soon…

Trade with Nachos Grande

I sent Nachos Grande a few cards a few days ago as a part of a 2008 UD Timeline trade. In return, he sent me a nice little stack of Reds, both from the Timeline set and some older cards, and a Timeline Griffey. Among the Timelines were…

I’ve still got several more Timeline cards to trade, if you are interested in getting rid of some of your Reds doubles. Cardboard Junkie is setting aside his Reds doubles for a trade, but I’m sure there will be a few he doesn’t pull since the list of Reds in the set is quite long. Just let me know if you want to swing a deal.

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