Posted on: July 7, 2008 11:04 am

From the Land of Cleves

So, I've been up in Cleveland because my g/f's family has been having problems and I've been helping them out.  This has left me fairly out of the loop with the Reds but apparently I should stay here.  The Reds went on a 4 game tear against the National which was definitely a much needed scenario.  Now the Reds are looking at being relatively close to the .500 mark again.  Last time I think I got my hopes up a little bit too much and I may have jinxed us.  I apologize for that.  Still, we have a tough road schedule ahead of us.  The Cubs have cooled off a bit lately but they are still the Cubs and the Brewers are looking to have one of the most deadly one two punches in baseball with Ben Sheets and C.C. Sabathia.  That's not going to prove to be easy at all.

Regardless, lets take some time to look at the positives.  This is a team that, for whatever reason, tends to win against teams with better records.  Plus, we are on a tear and if Busty can FINALLY do his job and motivate this team, we can stay on that tear and ride it all the way until they come home.  I mean, come on, just once Busty Faker, we need this team to stay focused.  That's what a coach does!  It's not too much to ask for you to do your job.  The rest of us get up and go to work every day.  I think you can do it. 

Plus, Jay Bruce is beginning to get back into form.  He isn't looking like an All-Star anymore BUT he is starting to get into a 2 hit a game groove.  I can live with that, especially when one of those hits is a dinger out of Wrigley field.  If only Keppinger could get his timing back we'd be good to go. 

When it comes down to it, we have some hope and we have something to look towards.  We may not be a contender but if we can get back to .500, inch by inch, at least we'd have something to celebrate. 

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