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2011 Ex-Reds (’92 Style): Jonny Gomes

He’s already been featured on two different cards as a Red, now Jonny Gomes gets his first Washington Nationals card.

Cards from Lifetime Topps

I recently sent a few cards to Lifetime Topps, some to help out with his set-building conquests and a few Reds just because. He returned the favor with a nice package featuring a Hall of Famer (Tony Perez), a future Cooperstown resident (Barry Larkin), and some other current and former Reds. Here are just a few of the goodies he sent:

All of those cards are great, but my favorite card in the package, hands-down, was this 1984 O-Pee-Chee Dave Parker:

I miss the Cobra and his 20-minute home run trot.

Thanks for the cards Chuck!

Season highlight: Gomes traded

How sad is it that the trade of Jonny Gomes is one of the major highlights of the Reds year thus far? Just days after his bobblehead was given away at Great American Ballpark, Gomes was shown the door. Yonder Alonso was recalled from Louisville and actually arrived in time to pinch hit in the 6th inning of last night’s game.

I’ve never been a fan of Gomes, but I hope he can turn it around in Washington. I also hope that his departure will open the door for someone with a solid bat (Fred Lewis, Chris Heisey, anybody) to contribute in the Reds lineup.

So long, Jonny!

Can’t say I’m sorry to see Jonny Gomes headin’ out the door. The Reds traded the outfielder (along with some cash) to the Washington Nationals for a couple of minor leaguers.

Here are a few of the “fun cards” that have appeared on TWJ over the years…

Games 80-82 (vs. Rays)

That didn’t take as long as I expected. Whether I will stay caught up or not remains to be seen.

I found it interesting that Jay Bruce‘s home run Tuesday was only his second of the month, after hitting 12 in May. I wonder how the rest of his stats stack up? Let’s see:

Month / Hits / HR / RBI / BA / SLG
May / 38 / 12 / 33 / .342 / .739
June / 20 / 2 / 7 / .227 / .364

Wow. What a difference a month makes. Too bad he didn’t flip-flop those months, or he would almost certainly be among the top 3 outfielders in voting for the All-Star game. As it is, he sits sixth in voting and may not even get a spot as a reserve with his dismal June.

Games 68-70 (vs. Dodgers)

Games 64-67 (vs. Giants) and an “insert” for Edgar Renteria

Game 61

The Reds managed to stay above .500 with tonight’s win against the visiting Cubs. Mike Leake gave most of the bullpen a rest by pitching 8 solid innings, allowing only 2 Cubs to score. Jonny Gomes was the offensive star tonight, 2-3 with his 8th home run and 4 runs batted in.

What a game!!!

It was Joey Votto bobblehead night at GABP, and I took the whole family down to the game. We ended up with standing-room only tickets, purchased Thursday. My wife and I went to the park on Monday to try to buy $5 or $8 seats, but the cheapest they had left at that time were $34 each. I like Reds games, but that’s just ridiculous money in my mind. We checked StubHub several times, but finally decided on the SRO tickets.

The Reds played the Marlins, and here is your Marlins star, Mike Stanton

Edinson Volquez started on the mound for Cincinnati. I don’t know how I’ve been (un)lucky enough to see Volq pitch twice already this season…I’ve only gone to three games! Amazingly, he only gave up 1 run.

Here’s a cool shot of the park from left-center.

Jay Bruce hauling one in.

CHAPMANIA! This was the first time I got to see Aroldis Chapman live…and I wasn’t the only one snapping like crazy. The flashbulbs were going off all over the place! I took 179 photos total tonight…44 of them were of Chapman. Yeah, I got the fever.

Even Snoop came out to see the Cuban Missile pitch!

The game attendance is sponsored by Topps. I wonder if that’s what Jonny Gomes card will look like in series 2?

In the 8th inning, the Reds tied up the game, and we were reminded to “Make Some Noise” by the scoreboard graphics…

When the 10th inning rolled around, Edgar Renteria pinch hit for Francisco Cordero and drove in Gomes for the winning run.

Finally, it was time to come home. What a great game, and I even got a Votto bobblehead! He is already in his spot at home, along with Bruce, Chris Sabo, and various other bobbleheads and collectibles.

Reds vs. Astros :: April 7, 2011

I had the extreme pleasure of attending my first baseball game of the 2011 season Thursday with my brother-in-law, who had never been to a baseball game before. The Reds fought valiantly, and Sam LeCure pitched a tremendous game, but the bats were cooler than usual and they couldn’t overcome the Astros’ three runs. Here are some shots from the bleachers of the game…

Sam LeCure

Joey Votto

Hunter Pence (I usually try to snap a few shots of the opposition’s star players. But let’s face it, the Astros just don’t have a lot of star power other than Pence.)

Drew Stubbs

Joey Votto

Drew Stubbs

Joey Votto

Jordan Smith

Ryan Hanigan

Jonny Gomes

Brandon Phillips

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