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BP high socks fantastic while they lasted

By now you know we LOVE the stirrups and take notice of the high socks, especially when they’re red. Sorry for no screengrab – the DVR wouldn’t cooperate – but Brandon Phillips – who wasn’t in the starting lineup for the Reds’ 5-3 come-from-behind win in Houston – was wearing the socks high in the Reds’ dugout during the game. Kelch and Welsh, in fact, pointed them (the socks) out and mentioned that Phillips had worn them high once in a game – once. (Thanks, Johnny Dangerously fans.) Turns out that one time BP did so, his mother didn’t approve. Hey, gotta listen to Mom, without exception. When Phillips appeared in the game in the 9th, the pantlegs were down and socks entirely concealed.

Welsh’s “Huh?” remark of the game

As we’ve said before, we are Chris Welsh fans and we enjoy the analysis and insight he provides during the broadcast despite his questionable fashion sense. That said, about 2 to 5 times each game, he says something that makes us respond with either “Huh?” or “Wha?” Tonight, our pick is his mention of the rumor he read on HardBallTalk.com TODAY (Wednesday) that Victorino-for-Ondrusek straight up was nixed by the Reds. You know, the thing Paul Daugherty wrote about Monday morning and we read on Cincinnati.Com two days ago? Yeah.

Homer vs. Chris Johnson

Anyone see Chris Johnson giving Homer Bailey an earful after he struck out in the 6th? Couldn’t tell what Homer was saying if anything (probably something) because he had his back to us (TV audience) but Johnson directed some choice words Homer’s way. Just lip-reading but we thought we made out “punk ass” and “bitch” from Johnson. Just making sure you saw that too.

Hero of the day

Loved hearing Drew Stubbs bust out the “It’s a different hero every night” cliche. Nice, Drew, but you do realize you were the hero last night as well. Alright, two straight ninth-inning rallies you’ve highlighted, you’re forgiven.

Gotta give Xavier Paul a shoutout as well for that huge double he had to lead off the ninth. BIG time. Nice pleasant surprise pickup he’s been.

Another reason to love Welsh

Not afraid to rip players when they deserve it.

Here’s what Welsh had to say when Drew Stubbs inexplicably stopped between second and third with two outs in the 5th and watched a ball hit by Micah Owings drop in front of Manny …

Thom: Having a hard time understanding what Drew Stubbs is doing out there at second base-

Chris: He didn’t know how many outs there were. I mean he stopped halfway between second and third like there was one out. We’ve seen the Reds do this – I know they’re one of the best baserunning teams around – but watch Drew Stubbs right here. He goes halfway and then, “Wait, Manny, are you gonna catch it or not?” Well, Drew, it doesn’t matter because there are two outs.

The No. 1 rule when you’re a baserunner is know how many outs there are.

And moments later Welsh added the following:

You know, we’ve got a lot of baseball to play in this ballgame. I mean you don’t have to pick up all six runs at one time. No one big rally needs to happen. You pick up one here, you pick up a couple more next inning, all of a sudden you’re within a swing of tying it up.

I mean it’s already cost the Rest one run in this ballgame by not knowing how many outs there are as a runner from second. Because there’s no way Manny Ramirez would’ve recovered that one-hopper out to him, picked up a wet baseball and thrown out the Reds fastest runner.

Exactly. Thank you, Chris. For sharing insight you can’t get from a lot of color commentators and not being afraid to let a guy have it on rare occasions where it’s called for.