Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers Michael Sam runs through drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Update (5/12): Cincinnati Reds, Michael Sam


A blow out loss followed up by a great outing and win from Homer Bailey. That is just how the Cincinnati Reds season has gone so far in 2014. And before I forget happy mother’s day to everyone out there. Somehow forgot that yesterday.

This past weekend was filled with a number of stories. The NFL Draft wrapped up, the Reds won, got blown out and won again. Aroldis Chapman made his much anticipated return to the majors. Michael Sam had the kiss seen/heard around the world. A lot happened this weekend, let’s wrap it up.

Cincinnati Reds (17-19)

Homer Bailey is back! For Sunday at least, the hard throwing texan went 7.1IP, allowed 4 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 6 Rockies in the process. Sunday was a great outing for Bailey who has struggled mightily to start the season, he had a decent start in his last appearance before Sunday, he had a great outing yesterday though.

Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is an absolute game changer for the Reds. He led off the game Sunday with a bunt that turned into a triple. His pure speed intimidates pitchers, much like it did Sunday against Juan Nicasio who made an arrant throw to first letting Hamilton advance to third. Billy also had another triple in the game and a stolen base, his 12th of the year.

Aroldis Chapman returned as well Sunday and absolutely dominated the Rockies batters. One walk and 3 strikeouts was Chapman’s line Sunday in his first game back since being hit in the head during a spring training game. He looked solid on the mound and much needed as the Reds bullpen has struggled this season.

Cincinnati faces the San Diego Padres on Monday at 7:10pm, Mike Leake (2-3) will be on the mound for the Reds.

Michael Sam

By now everyone has seen the Michael Sam kiss with his boyfriend. Did your eyes burn? Possibly fall out of your head? Did you vomit all over the floor at the sight of someone who is happy? No? Didn’t think so, so shut the hell up.

If you don’t like it and that is completely your choice you have the ability to change the channel, to avoid the internet stories about it. The trend of tweeting hateful things though is beyond me, the way in which I tweet mean things it is never directed at a person. Meaning I don’t attack who they are, I attack the player that can’t make a block or can’t get out of an inning without giving up 6 runs.

Yet this weekend if you typed Michael Sam into Twitter you will see nothing but hate, really hate things. By the way if you start a tweet with “I’m not a homophobe but…” they you probably are one dummy. Even NFL players tweeted mean things, it is completely mind boggling that in 2014 this is still even an issue.

If Michael Sam is happy and his boyfriend is happy, awesome good for them. Go complain about something else people, perhaps focus on governmental affairs, they could use some of your hateful energy.

Video of the Day

I know none of you watch Indycar so I’ll break down this wreck for you. The cars start the race when the lights go out, the guy starting first stalled, the 20 cars behind him didn’t know that, this is what happened.

Oooo ahhhh, wreck. America loves wrecks, thankfully everyone walked away. The Mayor of Indianapolis was hit by debris but was not injured.

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  • metalhead65

    so let me get this straight, it is ok for the pc police to get their panties in a knot and be offended about anything and everything they do not like and find offensive but those of us who find 2 guys kissing offensive just have to shut up and accept it right? great what a lovely place this tolerance is you speak of all the time. let’s all get along and accept each other as long as you agree with your point of view. Tim Tebow or any athlete who expresses or lives his faith and tries to share it must stop shoving it down everyone’s throat and shut and play but guys kissing on TV and shoving their lifestyle down our throat is perfectly fine right? so in other words the liberal gay agenda is good and traditional family values are bad according to you right?

    • Matt Niehaus

      I’ve seen your posts before metalhead65, I’ve seen you talk about Tebow and his faith. Christianity is widely accepted, people just became annoyed with his cult like attitude as time wore on. Sam is new, the topic will die down as soon as he plays a down. Christian athletes are a dime a dozen, an openly gay athlete has never happened. It is news.

      As for “liberal gay agenda” I am by no means liberal. I support gay marriage and rights but lean right on every other issue. As for “traditional family values” those are changing, times are changing. You can disagree with it but that is the fact.

      Once again no one is forcing you to watch Sam and his boyfriend kiss, you own a remote to your TV change the channel. Thanks for reading though.

      • metalhead65

        nobody is forcing me to watch? I am watching a show that is about football which I like and should not expect to see 2 guys kissing. trust me I shut it off as soon as they did show it but the point is I should not have had to see it in the first place. I can tell you there are allot people annoyed with the gay talk to but we are forced to hear about it. tolerance seems to be a 1 way street with the pc crowd they can be offended about traditional family values but we can’t be at the theirs is the only message I get from them.

        • Matt Niehaus

          Obviously we have to agree to disagree. At the end of the day you do have the opportunity to change the channel. You have the right to your own opinion. The pc police are annoying, has the media gone over the top with this coverage? Certainly, no one can deny that.

          I also don’t think anyone is offended by traditional family values. We all saw players kiss their girlfriends, no one complained or was offended.