All Is Quiet In Lexington

After one of the craziest and most busy weeks in a long time for Kentucky basketball all things have quieted down, for the weekend at least.

UK fans everywhere are waiting to hear from Xavier Henry, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, and Daniel Orton and where they will be playing next season.

All signs point to Henry attending Kansas in the fall, but for the rest not much is none. Wall in a interview said that at the moment UK was favorite, but you just never know what will happen in the next few weeks.

Kentucky football had their first practice in full pads yesterday and from all accounts the team looked good and Coach Brooks was very pleased with the team.

I will hopefully make it down to practice tomorrow, but I am still not sure if I will be able too.

Tomorrow is also one of the best days of the year, it is opening day and the spirit of baseball is alive. Maybe my Reds can compete for a playoff spot this year. Hopefully Harang will get us off to a good start and bring home a win

I will have a recap of the game and what I saw tomorrow.

In other news my girlfriend and I got engaged last night. No date is set for the wedding yet, but it will be sometime next June.


Tomorrow is a good day

Not only is tomorrow Valentine’s Day and a day to celebrate with the ones you love, but tomorrow is also a day that makes me smile from ear to ear. Tomorrow pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. This always gives me hope that maybe just maybe this is the year for my beloved Cincinnati Reds, maybe the youngsters will play like veterans, maybe our bullpen will not blow leads, and maybe just maybe the Reds can get back to the playoffs for the first time since 1995 when I was only 8.

The Reds to me seem like a team that will be under the radar all year long. 4 quality starting pitchers in Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, Edison Volquez, and Johnny Cueto. Young starts in Joey Votto and Jay Bruce leaves me with a sense of hope for the year to come.

For the Reds to be competitors this year they needed to add a left handed pitcher, and a powerful right handed bat neither of which have happened. The addition of Willy Tavares is a questionable one at that as he brings speed and defense to the outfield, but no power whatsoever. His base stealing ability also might have been a flash in the pan last year as his career high 68 stolen bases were more than double his previous career high. His stolen bases might have gone way up last year, but he hit a career worse .251 and had an obp of only .308 which is the exact opposite of what is needed from a leadoff hitter.

Throughout the off season we heard GM Walt Jocketty talk about the need to trade for a right handed bat, but as we sit here the day before Spring Training begins nothing has happened. There were plenty that would have been available including Xavier Nady, Jermaine Dye, and Nick Swisher all with the right package could have been in a Reds uniform, but Jocketty never pulled the trigger and instead left a void in the Reds lineup.

No matter what happens this year nothing beats sitting at a Major League park on a perfect summer night watching America’s past time.

I will have another post tomorrow after the UK/Arkansas game breaking down what I saw. Until than have a great Friday night