So, anything interesting happening in the world of Ohio sports today?
Yeah, I know it was a long holiday weekend and now there are some major rumblings that a huge homecoming could give folks even more to celebrate than America’s birthday, so how about we get all caught up on what happened while you were out watching fireworks and grilling, shall we?
The Heart of It All:
How could this be anything but the ever-moving free agency of one LeBron James, the best basketball player to come out of Ohio in the past 50 years and and probably ever?
Sam Amico at FoxSportsOhio.com did his best to round up the rumors and reports that emerged over the weekend while adding his own reporting, while Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports 1 and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, experts on the NBA and LeBron, respectively, brought even more to the table this morning, painting a rosy picture for the Cavaliers’ outlook in bringing James back to the club he began his career playing for then backhanded on his way out the door four years ago. Continue reading Ohio sports holiday weekend rewind: LeBron, baseball, etc.
This morning Jerry Crasnick reported former Reds catcher Joe Oliver will be named manager of the Lowell Spinners, a Single-A club in the Boston Red Sox organization.
I spoke to Oliver for Reds alumni feature for Reds Report late last year and he shared his desire to get back into pro ball after devoting much of his time raising his family in Orlando (kids are all now nearly grown) over the past decade, so I’m happy to hear that an opportunity has arrived.
Oliver had a very solid 13-year career in the majors after the Reds chose him with a second round pick in the 1983 draft, and the finest moment is pretty certainly his game-winning hit against the Athletics in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series.
Joe Buck’s call is fantastic, and he notes the Reds beat stud Oakland pitchers Dave Stewart and then Dennis Eckersley to establish their 2-game lead in the series.
via 1990 WS Gm2: Olivers single off Eckersley wins game – YouTube.
A very gracious Charlie Sheen did a nice postgame interview with FOX Sports in Pittsburgh after his beloved Reds were dominated by the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game, and it was about as interesting as you might expect.
Sheen said he felt going into the game like a Pirates win was inevitable, but he came out of it with an important message, “Just do me a favor – beat St. Louis. Hell yeah, beat St. Louis.” Continue reading Charlie Sheen entertains the masses – or at least Reds and Pirates fans
Late September 2013 is a strange time to follow Cincinnati pro sports, that’s for sure, so here is something to ponder while we wait to see what October has in store: Who would have thought there would come a day when the Reds and Bengals could both become good enough to be frustrating rather than bad enough to be depressing? Continue reading On expectations, plateaus and late September in Cincinnati