Spheroid: Big Red Mechanic
It was a big day in Cincinnati, where Junior Griffey passed Mickey Mantle with his 537th homer (above, AP Photo) and Bronson Arroyo even homered his first time up in a sweet National League debut. That was good news at Big Red Mechanic, and here are Nine Questions for Aaron Bradley, the guy behind that blog and today’s featured Spheroid:
1. Why do you blog?
Well, I have a lot of opinions about my my favorite team, the Reds. I used to post to the message board, but it became a repetitious debate with the same trolls over the same topics, so I needed my own space to voice my opinions without the context of abuse. Not to say I don’t welcome outside opinions that differ with my own, but the Reds message board is filled with Adam Dunn haters who refuse to let up. I am sure Opening Day provided them with enough ammunition to ridicule Dunner for the rest of the season, and he definitely brought it upon himself . . . but my point is, if you want to express your opinion without constant debate and harassment, you need your own blog. Plus, writing is in my soul. I have been writing stories, poems, articles since the first grade. My mom was a grade school teacher so I had a head start as far as academics go, and I was encouraged to express myself via the written word.
2. What was your favorite post?
The Danny Graves debacle of last year is easily the most controversial topic I have tackled. That incident (cutting Graves) pretty much summarized the Reds’ woeful season. Team captain Sean Casey was publicly distraught about the decision, as was Dunn, and it just seemed to trigger an implosion on all fronts, no matter which side of the debate you were on. A lot of so-called experts claimed it was a huge mistake by the Reds front office. I strongly disagree. The mistake was made by Jim Bowden several years earlier to sign Graves to such a lucrative long-term contract when, if you analyze the numbers, he has never been more than a very average closer (at best). It was a foregone conclusion the Reds would not be resigning him for 2007 and beyond, so why not cut the rope and fix the bullpen sooner rather than later? This invoked the wrath of plenty of national media experts like John Kruk and Ken Rosenthal. I never wavered in my position: Graves has lost it. He should be cut loose and we need to move on. Period. I don’t hate him, but he has no business being anyone’s closer with his velocity topping out at 87 mph and his confidence pretty much nil. I don’t know why people would suggest it was a mistake for the Reds to cut him loose; mind you, these are the same people who also advocated that the Reds should trade Dunn, who has been the most prodigious home run hitter the past two years (home runs per at-bat). This is not sound advice from the national media and the test of time has proven my position on the subject.
3. What is the strangest blogging experience you’ve ever had?
Not being able to login to my account for a good two or three weeks during Spring Training 2006. I called customer support twice and they were no help whatsoever. On my third call, the guy finally figured it out and when I asked for an explanation I was told it was a technical error . . . hmmm.
4. Favorite blogs, including at least one at MLBlogs:
Without a doubt Red Hot Mama has the best Reds Blog. She is hilarious and it is nice to get a woman’s perspective. For MLBlogs, I guess I will go with Tommy Lasorda. I’ve been to hundreds of Dodgers game at Chavez Ravine, and Tommy is a legend. I used to have a bootleg cassette in the ’80s in which Lasorda was being interviewed and used to go completely nuts, swearing so much it was unbelievable . . . none of it ever got published because it was so insane, but it was hilarious classic stuff. The best was when someone asked him his opinion of Dave Kingman’s performance after Kong hit three homers vs. the Dodgers. Tommy was like, "You want my opinion of his performance? Jesus Christ, he hit three bleepin’ home runs! What the bleep do you think my opinion of his performance? Jesus Christ . . ." etc.
5. What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?
Watching cartoons or playing computer games. I like strategy war games, or fantasy role playing games.
6. Where do you think the blogosphere is going?
Keep it up and you might make the big time. I don’t know what that means, because I have never made the big time.
7. Favorite team and why?
REDS. We are the charter franchise — the oldest in baseball. The Redstockings of Cincinnati eventually became the Red Sox of Boston, which had formerly been the Boston Beaneaters, I think. It goes back to the 1800s. Even though the Reds have been down the past several years, they have a rich storied tradition, and they are destined to win more championships. Maybe even this year as 70-1 longshots.
8. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
That I wanted to be a professional baseball player when I grew up. I don’t think my own family realized this was a dream of mine . . . they just wanted me to go to college and be a typical white collar nerd.
9. Happiness is . . .
Hearing radio legend/Hall-of-Famer Marty Brennaman say, ". . . and this one belongs to the Reds!"
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Thanks to Aaron for being today’s Spheroid. Want to be a featured Spheroid and draw more attention to your blog? Just send your responses to those Nine Questions (or substitute better questions), and please include links.