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In Praise Of Phillips, Reds; IN Memoriam – PFC GEMBALA (1988-2009)

Well, I feel a little guilty for not writing this sooner – a good reason for not doing so will be explained below.  Brandon Phillips has been “tearing it up” at the plate lately, to include his 6-RBI night this past week in an exciting Reds win.  The Reds are 16-13 right now, and it seems many of the Reds are beginning to fire on all Cylinders.

Mr. Phillips has batted .375 in the past week, with 2 HR and 9 RBI; his BA is up to .237 with 5 HR and 18 RBI.  Another week like the past one – at least the .375 BA, will put Mr. Phillips up to looking at a good season, thus far.  Good luck, Brandon – you certainly have the skills.  You’re good at providing leadership; now, you’re doing it all the way around – On the Field, At the Plate, and in the Dugout and Clubhouse.  Keep up the Good Work, and Thanks…

Joey Votto continues to be the Main Attraction from the plate, with a .467 BA (7-for-15), to include an astounding 8 Bases On Balls and a .652 OBP.  I hope Votto keeps hitting the ball like this, and stays a RED.  Of course, to keep a budding Superstar, you have to be a WINNER; Right now, the Reds have a chance to be on their way there.  Bruce, Taveras, and Hernandez, along with Nix and others are really coming through.  Rosales’ bat cooled considerably, with a .250 BA right now – still better than twice the production of Encarnacion.  Rosales has the same production, minus the HRs, that Edwin has…with 31 less at-bats. 

Cueto, Harang and Volquez – keep up the great pitching.  Cordero, great start with the 9 Saves.  Arroyo, you need a solid start and win in your next game; just bring your A, or at least, B-Game back to the mound with you.  So many other pitchers and players deserve some great credit, like Janish and Hanigan – keep charging, guys!  Super play…

I’ll even praise Dusty Baker, the Manager.  He gets my criticism, and drives me NUTS with his lineups at times, but seems to be getting the job done.  Mr. Baker, I gotta hand it to you, and I hope for your continued success – that will mean the Reds are getting Better and Better.  

Keep up the Fire, Reds!  This old Big Red Machine Fan is Very Proud of You Guys…

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Top Picture – Phillips Getting Back to Hitting

2nd Picture – “Salt ‘n Pepper” – Pete Rose & Joe Morgan, Sport Magazine (August 1976)


Now, my reason for being late in my post: We lost a Soldier two weeks ago in a vehicle accident at home in the U.S. – Very Sad.Private First Class Nicole Marie Gembala would have turned 21 years old on 01 November of this year, and she had a lot of hopes and dreams – like anyone you’d know.  Private Gembala was intelligent, and had a great love for her Family, her FiancĂ©e, and her Country. 

Private Gembala had plans to marry, to become an Officer, and one day obtain a license to become a Veterinarian – she loved animals, too – especially the ones who needed caring.  PFC Gembala looked to help those less fortunate in life – animals and people.  She truly had a Big Heart.  Sadly, many of Nicole’s dreams and goals would not be realized, but Nicole touched the hearts and lives of many who knew her. 

Private First Class Nicole Marie Gembala truly made a difference in her short life on this earth.  Please, if you are reading this, Please remember the Gembala Family in Your Prayers. 

God Bless You All…and May God Always Bless America! 





American%20Soldier(2).jpgNovember 1, 1988 – April 26, 2009