Every day there are three things, here are those three things.
I don't have many sports opinions to sling this morning. That will change this afternoon on ESPN1530.
1) Tucker Barnhart. He'll be a guest on ESPN1530 at 3:05. As disappointed as I was that Billy Hamilton didn't win a Gold Glove, I was just as happy that Tucker did.
Tucker has not only helped soften the blow of not having Devin Mesoraco for most of the last three years, but he's become one of the team's building blocks, proving as capable as advertised defensively while being no slouch at the plate.
He's one of the team's nicer success stories, and one of the better dudes I've had a chance to be around. I'm happy he's been rewarded.
2) Roy Halladay. His tragic death yesterday reminded me of his no-hitter against the Reds in Game One of the 2010 NLDS. I remember watching this game at Silver Spring House with friends and commenting in the early innings that Halladay's stuff combined with some Reds hitters looking a little flustered meant that we might see a no-hitter.
Which, of course, we did.
In the moment, watching the Reds flail away at Halladay's stuff was frustrating, but maybe two years or so ago, I stumbled upon it on YouTube and re-watched it.
It's the best pitching performance ever I've seen front to end. And even if I hated that he did it against the Reds, it was impossible to not enjoy watching him throw.
Halladay was kind of what ended up being a dying breed: The staff ace as workhorse, a guy who took the mound intending to go nine. For a couple of years, he was the most fun pitcher in baseball to watch, and on one late October afternoon seven years ago, he turned in the best nine innings I've ever watched.
3) James v. Tony. My two colleagues played a long-overdue game of one-on-one yesterday, after years of both exhausting me with their respective guarantees about who would win. The loser has to take the #OneChipChallenge on Monday, which we'll do before the show on the ESPN1530 Facebook page.
There will be a rematch, with greater stakes on the line, but you can watch yesterday's battle - and the camera does get tilted the right way - here...
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Radio Show: Gold Glove winner Tucker Barnhart is at 3:05. CBS Sports college basketball analyst Steve Wolf is at 5:45. A bunch of Marvin Lewis, Eric Winston, Andy Dalton, and what I wish would've happened last week in the middle. The fun starts at 3:05 on ESPN1530.
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