By DOUG EADS
If you’re a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, or a fan of horse racing, then you had an abysmal weekend to say the least.
Both the Reds and the final outcome of the Kentucky Derby this past weekend was a complete and utter debacle. That’s right, I said it — a complete and utter debacle.
First for the Reds.
Really? How many games do we as Cincinnati fans have to sit back and watch this team snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory until something gets done. I mean it’s the same thing, game after game after game.
The Reds led the San Francisco Giants by a score of 8-0 through three innings this past Friday night, only to give it away, losing 12-11 in 11 innings.
Then yesterday afternoon, the Reds raced out to a 4-0 lead after one inning, and find a way to lose by a score of 6-5.
The culprit? Well, there’s plenty of blame to go around, but it all starts with Cincinnati’s closer out of the bullpen Raisel Iglesias.
Right now, I seriously doubt this guy could get me out.
He gives up the game-tying home run on Friday night with two outs, and then yesterday, he gives up a two-run bomb to San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford in the top of the night that broke a 4-4 tie. That was Crawford’s first home run of the season by the way.
Yes sir David Bell, keep sending this guy out there with the game on the line, so he can give up another bomb to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.
Just terrible. The Reds are a train wreck, a debacle, a major disappointment — take your pick.
First-year manager David Bell is not the answer, and he’s proven he doesn’t have a clue on how to handle his pitching staff, or when to leave a guy in, or when to take a guy out. This cat is out of his league, even if he is Buddy Bell’s son.
Welcome to last place again this year Reds fans. This team just isn’t going to get it done in 2019.
And, as a Reds fan, I can say that we deserve so much more from the Queen City’s Major League baseball team — much, much more.
As for deserving more, the fans at Churchill Downs certainly got shortchanged on Saturday with the final results of the 145th Run for the Roses.
Maximum Security won the race, and then was disqualified for ‘cutting a couple of horses off’ during the race.
In 144 previous Kentucky Derby’s, there’s never been an issue with a horse changing lanes? Come on man.
This was a travesty of justice, and this result not only gave the Kentucky Derby a black eye, but it’s a blatant black eye for the entire horse racing industry.
Now those who agreed with the decision to disqualify the legit winner of the race for the first time in the history of The Kentucky Derby, will say the rules say this and the rules say that, and instant replay showed this, and instant replay showed that.
Blah, Blah, Blah. Give me a break and shut up.
It was a bush-league call, pure and simple. Instant replay is ruining modern sports as we know it, and it certainly ruined the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby this past Saturday.
Maximum Security — the legit winner of the race — deserved better and so do those people in the horse racing industry and community.
On Saturday, three inept people — the stewards at Churchill Downs — managed to blow the entire event over what is and was a terrible call.
Yes, we as fans of the sport deserved better than that. It was a joke, and a very disappointing outcome to an event that is supposed to showcase our great state to the rest of the nation.
Saturday’s decision showed the rest of America the officials at Churchill Downs in charge of the event don’t understand squat about the sport. Great, great job indeed.
It certainly was an abysmal weekend in sports. We as fans, deserved better.