Valentine Masked by the Mayor

Stop it.  Stop looking at me like that.  If you want a Bobby Valentine/Red Sox dramaschlobfest post then go check out the worldwide leader in sports smut.

This is Red State Blue State.

And today we’re talking about THE MAYOR.

That’s right.  While Larry Lucchino was busy going behind Red Sox GM Ben Cherington’s back to hire a sexy manager (note: it only took them TWO FRIGGIN MONTHS TO DO THE DAMN THANG), the Cincinnati Reds announced that Sean Casey — The Mayor — would be enshrined in the Reds Hall of Fame.

Hot diggity dang!

Nevermind that Casey got in the Reds Hall of Fame by way of a fan vote.  Dude hit .305 lifetime for Cincinnati, not to mention the millions of smiles he instigated, just for being a big goofy loon armed with a sweet, sweeping lefty swing.  The Mayor is one of baseball’s good guys — the kind you wish you could trade for the likes of Milton Bradley, Kevin Brown and John Rocker — and it’s about time the good guy got some love, even if it is in Cincinnati, where sports have gone to die (just kidding, Andy Dalton).

If you watch the MLB Network, you know The Mayor’s comedic timing and all-around fun fella persona aren’t just the stuff of clubhouse lore.  He really is an unfettered goofball.  And his laugh is contagious, especially after 6 beers.

And if this Mayor induction leaves you feeling nothing else, at the very least you should feel good that the guy who brought you the only 5-7-3 ground-out in baseball history (vid here, tentatively, until the MLBAM nazis take it down) will be memorialized along with this guy:

Hate me, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.




  1. toosoxy

    sometimes coin tosses take a reeealllyyyyy long time. i mean, you have to toss it. and you have to call it. and you have to find it. and what if the coin falls in… like a sewage grate or something? then you have to find a really long stick. and something sticky on the end. like duct tape. and that certainly could take two months, jeff. two fricking months.
    Congrats to your boy Casey!

  2. This is a very simple game...

    It was good to see the Mayor get some recognition and it was really sweet to see the MLBN guys on Hot Stove fawn over him a bit. There is a lot to be said for a long career playing the game the right way and doing it well…that and I happen to have a huge soft spot for big goofy loons.
    — Kristen

  3. Mike D

    loved the video Jeff. It would have been so much better if i hadn’t been reminded how much i hated D.J., this cold December morning 2011;) Great article once again.

  4. Red State Blue State

    TooSoxy — They must’ve tossed that coin up in space then! It’s all good. I look forward to the Valentine Sox.
    Kristen — I know you do! Those loons are hard to resist!
    Mike — Thanks, man! DJ just keeps getting worse… best part of that play though is Ozuna’s face. Like a kid in a candy store.

  5. Michael David

    I really liked Casey when he was with the Tigers. He was the only Detroit player that decided to play in the ’06 Series! All around great guy, and it’s well deserved.
    ‘Minoring In Baseball’

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