He could hold SEVEN. BASEBALLS. IN. ONE. HAND.

He could hold SEVEN. BASEBALLS. IN. ONE. HAND.

We may have our differences as baseball fans: AL vs. NL. DH vs. No DH. RBIs vs. RBI. But we can all agree that “Gapper,” the Cincinnati Reds mascot, is horribly frightening.
What was the matter with a man with a baseball for a head and a gorgeous handlebar mustache? 

(Image of “Gapper” is courtesy of bleacherreport.com. Image of the better mascot is courtesy of freeimagesarchive.com)

We may have our differences as baseball fans: AL vs. NL. DH vs. No DH. RBIs vs. RBI. But we can all agree that “Gapper,” the Cincinnati Reds mascot, is horribly frightening.

What was the matter with a man with a baseball for a head and a gorgeous handlebar mustache? 

Reds

(Image of “Gapper” is courtesy of bleacherreport.com. Image of the better mascot is courtesy of freeimagesarchive.com)

There are now six major league teams with 10,000 franchise wins:

San Francisco/New York Giants - 10,528

Chicago Cubs - 10,314

Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers - 10,227

St. Louis Cardinals - 10,204

Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves - 10,042

Cincinnati Reds - 10,000

Up next: Pittsburgh Pirates - 9,887; New York Yankees - 9,774

Source: baseball-reference.com

(Logos are all copyright of their respective teams and Major League Baseball.)

Reds fans: How confident do you feel about this man starting Game Two?

Reds fans: How confident do you feel about this man starting Game Two?

Aroldis Chapman entered the game in the seventh (1), and retired the side with just eleven pitches - nine strikes, two balls, two fouls - getting a groundout and two strikeouts (2). Along the way, he hit 103 on the radar gun (3). Chapman left to an ovation (4), and when the Reds scored six runs, he ended up with his first win.

(AP Photos/Al Behrman)

(Sean Keane)

The comment he made yesterday that he’s got no friends over here — then why you touch me? You are not my friend, so don’t touch me. I mean, if we’re no good for you, you are not my friend.
Yadier Molina, taking offense to Brandon Phillips tapping his bat on Molina’s shin guard.

"Little Bitches"-gate update:

Brandon Phillips and Yadier Molina started yelling at each other when he came to bat in the bottom of the first, presumably over Phillips’s “little bitches” allegations. Scott Rolen and former teammate Chris Carpenter squared off, both managers were ejected. And seven minutes later, everyone made friends again. Well, almost everyone.

Molina has responded with a home run, a single, and shockingly, a stolen base. Phillips drove in a run, but he’s still 0-for-7 for the series, and has yet to hit the ball out of the infield. I certainly hope he’s not bitching about his performance.

(AP Photos/Tom Uhlman)

(Sean Keane)