In 2002, we had K-Rod. In 2003, we had Miguel Cabrera. In 2007, we had Joba Chamberlain.
The newest phenom of the Major Leagues has just arrived, and just in time for the postseason!
In his debut on Tuesday night, the 22 year old Cuban phenom Aroldis Chapman threw 8 pitches; 4 of them clocked over 100mph, 2 of them...over 102! P.S, the kid's hit 105 on the gun in AAA!! Last night, he came in and pitched a perfect 7th en route to his 1st Major League win.
If you weren't paying attention to this team before, now's a pretty damn good time to start!
With last night's W, the Reds matched their win total of last year (78) and are tied with the Braves for the best record in the National League. Unless the decide to forfeit their last 29 games of the season, they will finish over .500 for the first time in 10 years and reach the playoffs for the first time since 1995!
First Baseman Joey Votto has emerged as a perennial All-Star and a legit candidate for the Triple Crown. Scott Rolen, at age 35, is having his best season in 4 years and playing like the 6-time All-Star that he was. And oh look, Orlando Cabrera has found himself into the postseason with yet another team. Dude's a winner!
The rotation is full of young studs like Jonny Cueto and Edinson Volquez. Homer Bailey is finally living up to the expectation and Bronson Arroyo is once again the model of consistency with 14 wins on the campaign.
The pen is equally intimidating with Studs Chapman, Arthur Rhodes and Coco Cordero to shut the door!
This team is gritty and has that never say die, underdog attitude that will make it easy for baseball fans to root for them this October. Don't be surprised when they make a big run in the playoffs this year, because you heard it from me.