Another Reds Magic Number update…

27 09 2010

Yesterday, the Reds bounced back from a couple of tough, 4-3 losses to the Friars to pound San Diego 12-2. This reduced their magic number to 1, thus ensuring that they would at least play beyond the pre-set 162 game schedule for the first time since 1999, when Al Leiter sent the RedLegs into a downward spiral from which they are only now recovering. In honor, of reducing that magic number to 1, I present this picture.

For those of you who don’t recognize this picture, this is former Reds manager Fred Hutchinson. Fred’s uniform number was the first to be retired by the team – in 1965 – and was, for almost 20 years (Johnny Bench, 1984) the only player with such an honor.

Fred was a good manager who took the Reds to the World Series, but the honor has more to do with off-field impact than on-field exploits. “Hutch” had to retire in the midst of the pennant race as the Reds manager in 1964. Today, a world-renowned Cancer Research Center bears his name, and MLB recognizes his spirit in the annual “Hutch” Award. This award is given annually to a player who “best exemplifies the character and fighting spirit of the late Fred Hutchinson…who overcomes any form of adversity.”

So cheers to Fred Hutchinson, and good luck to the Reds. Here’s hoping the Cardinals can hold off the Pirates tonight (though this has shown to be a tough task for them this year), and the Reds can earn their spot themselves, with a home victory tomorrow night over the Astros.

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