Todd Frazier put on a show at the Home Run Derby a couple of weeks ago, but there was a guy in the stands that stole a little bit of the spotlight for about ten seconds. Reds Hall of Famer Sean Casey was hanging out with the fans and snagged one of the home runs that flew his way, and TWJ contributor Patrick immortalized the moment on virtual cardboard for all of us to enjoy.
Casey, also known as “The Mayor”, hit 130 home runs during his own big league career, and appeared in three All-Star Games representing the Reds. Three times he hit 20 or more home runs, and twice he reached 99 RBI, but was never able to get to the century mark.
Patrick sent this card over shortly after the event, but I failed to post it right away because of other obligations. My schedule is settling down now a little bit, and I should be able to take better care of the site. I apologize to Patrick for the delay, and to the readers for the infrequency of posts recently. Hopefully things are back on track and you will see something happening here more than once a week.
For the first time since 1990, the host of the Home Run Derby is the champion. Ryne Sandberg won the competition at Wrigley Field in 1990; Todd Frazier took the title last night. Congratulations to the Toddfather, who has secured his place as my favorite Reds player this year.
I also created a special card for the TWJ set to commemorate last night’s victory, and to preview the All-Star design that should maybe possibly debut tomorrow. The regular set should resume on Thursday.
Have fun watching the game tonight; I know I will!
What a display! Cincinnati Reds All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier flew several baseballs to the moon last night, besting Prince Fielder, Josh Donaldson, and Joc Pederson in the 2015 edition of the Home Run Derby.
We were on the edge of our seats watching the first two rounds, and listening to the final round in the car. I’m so happy for Frazier and for the Reds, showing the world that this city loves baseball.
TWJ contributor sent over these two cards in the early hours of the morning. He said he couldn’t decide which one he liked better, and neither can I, so you get them both!
ESPN recently published a piece entitled “Midsummer Memories,” prompting their writers and analysts (including former players Barry Larkin, Rick Sutcliffe, and John Kruk) to recall their favorite moments in the All-Star Game. Even fans have their favorite memories.
The first All-Star Game I remember watching was the 1987 affair in Oakland. I had to get special permission to stay at my neighbor Dan’s house to watch the whole game. Eric Davis started in left field; the Reds were also represented by catcher Bo Diaz and relief pitcher John Franco. Ozzie Virgil of the Braves was also named to the team; he was dating one of my sister’s friends at the time and had signed a few cards for me (in ballpoint pen! The horror!). The game itself was an extra-inning pitching contest, finally ending after thirteen innings. Tim Raines drove in Virgil and shortstop Hubie Brooks in the top of the 13th, and the Mets’ Sid Fernandez was awarded the save when he held the AL scoreless in the bottom half.
The next year, the All-Star Game was held in Cincinnati, and the Reds sent Larkin, rookie third baseman Chris Sabo, and pitcher Danny Jackson. I attended the work-out day and Home Run Derby, and let me tell you, it would have been awesome if it actually happened. That was the only time the day-berfore festivities were cancelled due to rain. I was extremely disappointed. I can’t remember who was supposed to appear in the HRD that year; I’m sure Davis was among the sluggers scheduled to participate, along with Darryl Strawberry and Jose Canseco, and maybe Mark McGwire. Our seats were in the top section of Riverfront Stadium, but with the weather, the crowd had thinned out and we were able to sneak down to the field level. We worked our way up to the edge of the field, but I hadn’t brought anything with me for autographs, so I had to settle for a handshake from Astros’ pitcher Bob Knepper, who did not play in the game the next day. Even though the Home Run Derby was rained out, I still enjoyed being in the park and seeing all the players from so many different teams.
What are some of your favorite All-Star Game memories?