Life’s Reflections: Go, Red go!

by | Sep 15, 2021 | Baseball, Columns, Darke County News, Sports

I might be wrong, but I’m thinking the Cincinnati Reds have put on a good show this year. My son, Jamie, and I are in agreement with that statement. Countless times, we were proud of the outcomes of the games and glad we could watch them together.

Believe me, I’m not an expert on the game, but I’ve been watching it for several years. And this year, just about all of the players are entertaining on the field, which makes a game interesting…win or lose.

I haven’t seen Joey Votto so jovial as he is this year. Always before, it seemed like he was so serious. I’m thinking I saw him smile for the first time this year and he does it a lot now.

I wonder if it is because the team seems so matched up this year. As a viewer, I am seeing where they’re working together. And, they seem to support one another…something everybody needs in his/her life.

We are really fond of Jonathan India, Nick Castellanos, Eugenio Suarez, Kyle Farmer and Votto not to mention the catchers Tucker Barnhart and Tyler Stephenson. Some of the pitchers that stand out for me are Wade Miley, Luis Castillo, Michael Lorenzen and Tyler Mahle. But, I can’t say I dislike any of them.

It’s especially fun when they’re all in sync and start wiping up the game with all of their talent.

Quite a few records seem to have been broken this year and that’s a good thing.

They’re impressive.

I do not particularly like to see anyone getting angry because things may not have gone their way but I am glad they protest if there is just cause.

Manager David Bell seems to be more outspoken this year and defends his players which means he and some of the players have gotten kicked out of the game quite a few times for arguing and disagreeing with the umpires.

I asked Jamie for his thoughts on the Reds this year and he said, “They had better pitching this year and it was a lot more fun to watch. Some of the games, they should have lost and ended up winning and some games they won and should have lost.

I couldn’t have said that better myself.

Like I said, we both like the same players which means about the whole team. Even if they don’t win at the end of the season, we’re proud of them.

We can’t say they didn’t try. They kept us going this summer.

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Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: Larry Linder, Kenny Bowman, Marilyn Peterson,
Jane Riegle, Bruce Borgerding, Marilyn Owens, Janet Gilliland, Carol Thwaits, Marvin McCabe, Sandra Duncan, Sandy Booher, Bob Hamilton, Jim Beisner, Clarence Pitsesnbarger, Junior Fullroth, Cheri Antrobus Davis, John Jenkins Jr., J.T. Paris, Terry Springer, Vanessa Paris, Donna Black and the three Wuebker brothers, who died recently in that farm accident up north.

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Please pray for these people: D’Arleen Waymire, June and Don Moody, Albert Duncan, Norbert Schlecty, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illness, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.

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I’m still not sure if I will continue running birthdays and anniversaries in my column since I’m not sure when it will be running. Maybe I can work it in someday.

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Think about it: “Watch your thoughts, they become words Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” – Author Unknown

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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