Contrary to what some of you might think, I have no rooting interest for the Reds as a reporter. I cover the team, hope for the best stories and try to bring them to you the best way I can. That being said, it was still disappointing that the Reds went out in the Wild Card because it prevented me from the opportunity to write what I would have expected to be some compelling playoff stories and features.
When MLB.com covers the playoffs, we send extra writers on the scene of each series and some really good content flows as a result. We were able to do some of it over the five-game NLDS last year with the Reds and Giants. This year — it’s happening elsewhere as some really good stories have come from our writers in October.
*Steve Gilbert did a piece of the 2003 trade that brought Adam Wainwright from his hometown Braves organization to the Cardinals. Along with Wainwright, the Cardinals also received pitchers Jason Marquis and Ray King in exchange for outfielder J.D. Drew and catcher Eli Marrero. Walt Jocketty has a quote in the story and it’s really been one of the better trades made in the decade, at least for St. Louis.
*Ian Browne wrote a game story late Sunday on the Red Sox fantastic finish to beat the Tigers.
*On Saturday, Jenifer Langosch rocked a game story from another nail-biter, where Carlos Beltran, aka “Mr. October 2.0” beat the Dodgers with his bat and his arm.
*And Alden Gonzalez has the story on Tigers RF Torii Hunter being OK after flipping over the outfield fence trying to catch David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam.
*As an aside, I had the pleasure of covering both Ortiz and Hunter on the Twins beat for MLB.com. Ortiz wasn’t yet near the player he became in Boston — mostly because of injuries. But he was a blast to be around and always very candid. Hunter was one of the best players and interviews I’ve ever covered regularly. When he was younger, he owned center field and was never afraid to give up his body to make plays — something that once again showed last night.
Since Hunter is OK, I have an official reinactment of the play at the fence at Fenway Park.