My family has attended three games at Great American Ball Park in 2014. We were at Opening Day against the Cardinals and the first two games of the Rays series.
So, that is 27 innings of baseball. The Reds have scored one run and collected 11 hits.
Chris Smith 1, Matt Adams 0.
First of all, I don’t really think Matt Adams “shoved” Chris Smith, the Reds fan.
“I’m not that type of guy to go after anybody,” Adams said, “I was just trying to stop from going into the stands and stop from falling in there.”
Now, that is complete BS. Adams clearly made contact with Smith and it had nothing to do with trying not to fall into the stands. I think it was more of a “Ok, dude…you got me” type of slap. It did not appear to be violent and, in my opinion, doesn’t warrant further action by Major League Baseball.
Smith did not interfere with Adams. He did not reach out into the field of play. He simply made the catch.
I don’t have a problem with the fact that he gave Adams the finger. I have certainly flipped a bird or two in my day. However, most people are missing the best part. Immediately after Adams touched Smith, the fan taunted him with the ball! I love it!
This is the starting lineup that face Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals tomorrow afternoon.
Billy Hamilton CF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Joey Votto 1B
Jay Bruce RF
Ryan Ludwick LF
Todd Frazier 3B
Zack Cozart SS
Brayan Pena C
Johnny Cueto P