As the 150th Major League Baseball season approaches its trade deadline I find it quite appropriate that one of the oldest teams in the league, the Cincinnati Reds have taken the baseball world by storm with moves both and off the field this evening.
I was in the camp that thought the Indians weren't gonna trade Bauer, but I guess most infamous throw by a Cleveland athlete since Red-Right 88 gets you sent out of town. What a way to go out.
At first I thought it was a bad trade for the Tribe just because I am a strong believer in you can never have too much pitching, but the more I looked into it, it's great deal for Cleveland. (Despite a 1000% impending suspension for his actions tonight) Yasiel Puig instantly upgrades the Indians outfield. The Indians outfield production is among the worst in baseball, and the Sox still found a way to let a dude hitting .100 beat them in the only game I've been to this year.
Once the news broke that the Reds traded for their cross-state rivals' let's call him "misunderstood" mini-ace baseball world was a-rockin'. I am so ready for an exciting trade deadline. I want to see teams go for it. I miss the years of my early baseball fandom with wild trade deadlines. Probably romanticizing the past a little hear but whatever.
My timeline may be off but according to my twitter research less than a half hour after trading Puig to the Indians. in the top of the 9th of a game they were losing by 8 runs Amir Garrett appeared to be getting chirped by the Pirates dugout. In case you haven't following story-lines of sub .500, but exciting NL Central rivals, there has been some serious early 70's era bad blood this year between these two teams. Derek Dietrich pimped a homer in April and the Pirates still aren't over it. It's a whole thing.
Insane stuff, but exactly what baseball needs. Yeah, I'm not a pro-violence guy,especially in a domestic setting, I don't even follow UFC. But in baseball there is nothing more exciting than a bench clearing brawl. The Red Sox Yankees brawl on July 24th, 2004 is one of my all time favorite sports moments. Nothing like good, ole fashion, bad blood. You don't see enough of it in today's AAU culture that has sort of dripped into baseball and the NFL. Dudes grow up playing guys all the time and are more friends than foes. I'm all cool for being boys but how can you not enjoy seeing guys who absolutely hate each other compete? Amir Garrett literally took on an entire club. I don't understand how that isn't entertaining to some people.
I'm sooooooo ready tomorrow. Bring on the deadline.
What a way for Puig to go out as a Red. He's going to be a Cincy legend forever. All-time wild tenure-ending-moment guy trade. Bauer for Puig (+ way more)