Headed back to Cincinnati through Atlanta earlier today. Had a bit of a delay. Seems the MD 88 we were going to take from the ATL to CVG got struck by lightning coming out of Houston. We had to switch planes. I’ll take a delay for that reason. Delta made the switch and we were only one hour late. Kudos to my favorite airline. I’m safe and sound in Westwood.
Observed an interesting phenomenon in the Atlanta airport. Saw several people stop Kevin Willis get their pictures with him. That spurred more people to ask if they could do the same. Now here’s the interesting part: The secondary picture requesters didn’t know if the guy was Willis or the man in the moon. I can imagine them showing their friends: “Look, I got my picture taken with this tall guy. I’m not sure who he is, but I think he’s famous.”
I once saw Evander Holyfield in the Atlanta airport. Didn’t get my picture taken with him. He’s not that tall.
But that’s not why you called. I’m not working the game in Dayton. Special K is on the scene. Heard Eric Milton was scatched with a bad back. If he can't go for his regular season start, does Bobby Livington get the start? Or do they go with Matt Belisle and Kirk Saarloos in the rotation. We shall see.
I did write my Reds Insider for the Sunday paper. My prediction: 82-80. That’s based on feeling the pitching will be better. The young arms Jared Burton, Jon Coutlangus and Livingston really upgrade the depth. Add in the Josh Hamilton factor and better defense. Still, I’m not sure they’ll score enough runs. But 82-80 doesn’t exactly put me way out on a limb. Vegas line I saw had the over-under at 77 wins. That’s up from 74 last year. Tip of the day: Go with bookies over media prognosticators on all matters sports.
The Reds Opening Day section is also in the Sunday’s paper. The theme is Duos. I wrote about Arroyo-Harang, Griffey-Dunn, Weathers-Stanton, Narron-Krivsky and Hamilton-Johnny Narron. Kevin Kelly wrote about Gonzalez-Phillips, Bailey-Bruce, Hatteberg-Conine and Freel-the training staff. E-man (John Erardi) wrote for the Brennamans and famous pairs in Reds history. Heard it’s a nice section. Lots of bells and whistles and graphics. Jim Pleshinger, the sports design guru, put it together. A cast of dozens had a hand in it.