Apr 23, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Ramon Santiago (7) scores a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Householder Games Over .500! Reds Win Fourth Consecutive Game Against Cubs


 

On Wednesday night, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs, 4-1, at Great American Ballpark, their fourth win in a row over the North Siders, and fifth consecutive overall.  With the win, the Reds moved to within three games of the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, and left LeBron reconsidering the whole Miami-or-Cleveland thing.  After all, at seven-games over .500, the Reds are looking pretty good to lots of folks these days.

Of all the guys to wear number 7 for the Reds through the years, Paul Householder was the first one that I ever really took notice of.  There he was on my baseball cards, having fun on the ball field, shaggy hair curling out from under his helmet, cool name.  He must have been a star, right?

Well, I’m sure he was a star to his parents and siblings (if any) and SO (if any), but not so much for the Reds.   In parts of five seasons on the Riverfront, Householder never reached double-digit dingers, and only batted above .255 in the strike-shortened 1981 campaign.  Nevertheless, we has the team’s regular right fielder in 1982 and 1983, arguably the darkest years the franchise has seen.

In 1984, Dave Parker came to town, and Householder exited.  Three years later, he was out of baseball at the age of 28, having OPSed at just .667 for his career.

Because he epitomized the Reds of my youth, though, Paul Householder is our Mr. Number 7 today, with an honorable mention to current number 7 Ramon Santiago.  He’s pictured above and will probably see some playing time now that injuries are mounting.

Here’s to the Reds’ lucky number(s) seven!

 

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  • jr4192

    Hate to tell you, buddy, but the 5th game of this series hasn’t been played yet. Might want to delete the article, edit it, and hope you can repost it tomorrow.

    • http://riverfrontball.com/ Adam Hughes

      Yeah, I mixed that up a bit; the Reds had won five overall, but only four over the Cubs. My only excuse is that my head was spinning from trying to follow the LeBron Twitter feeds.