… a 1992 hit by The Cure. And this Friday, We’re in Love – with the Reds –
if it is, in fact, as reds.com has confirmed that our main man Sam LeCure who gets the call to make his Major League debut!
That’s just terrible, we realize, but you’ll have to pardon us. We’re having a hard time containing our enthusiasm here at OMGReds.com. As a result of our failed 2009 campaign to get Sam LeCure the Fans Choice Bobblehead – which ultimately went instead to Edinson Volquez (more on that later) – LeCure emerged as head and shoulders our favorite Reds minor leaguer. Mostly because he and his family were coolashell about the whole thing. So when he tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout on Saturday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (to continue his current scoreless streak to 16+ innings), we noticed. When Homer went down and our main man Sam stood 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA, our hearts started racing a little bit. And a couple of us might have made a trip to the GABP ticket office to purchase tickets to Friday’s game in hopes of seeing big Sam’s big league debut live.
Drafted by the Reds out of the University of Texas in the 4th round of the 2005 June Amateur Draft, LeCure was an All-American (sporting a 2.34 ERA) and teammate of Drew Stubbs on the 2004 Texas squad that went 58-15 and reached the College World Series championship series that year. LeCure currently leads the Bats in wins and innings pitched and has the best ERA of any Bats starter. He celebrated his 26th birthday earlier this month.
Our prediction: A pair of former Longhorns propel us to victory against none other than the Houston Astros. LeCure goes 6, maybe 7 innings and only allows a run (2 tops) while striking out 6 and Stubbs homers to lift the Reds.
And even though we couldn’t get our main man Sam the Fans Choice Bobblehead last year and he wasn’t one of the eight candidates to choose from in this year’s voting, in the back of our minds we’re wondering if it isn’t such a bad thing. We are fans of Volquez and look forward to his return, but the injury that caused him to miss the rest of 2009 and (it looks like) at least half of 2010 has sparked much discussion about whether there exists a Fans Choice Bobblehead jinx. (The 2010 Fans Choice Bobblehead selection hasn’t been revealed yet as far as we know.) We sure hope not, but we wonder if Sam would be a day away from making his Major League debut as he is if such a FCB jinx does exist.
By the way, we didn’t even really have time to endorse anyone for the 2010 Fans Choice Bobblehead because voting ended April 30 (I guess that was last year’s deadline too but did we just not have our act together as well this year?). Really? Couldn’t give us May too to see how guys are performing and rock the vote? Do you have to order the FCB three months in advance so you don’t run the risk of the Votto Figurine debacle? (Too soon?) :D