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Reds won’t let Johnny Cueto pitch in the 2013 WBC

Feb 20, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto was hoping to represent his native Dominican Republic in next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic. But it’s not going to happen:

That tweet comes from Cueto’s agent, Bryce Dixon, of the Primo Sports Group.

Cueto suffered a minor right oblique strain during his NLDS Game 1 start against the Giants. He has been fully recovered from that injury for several weeks, but the Reds want to keep him in camp all spring.

  1. historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    At least they still have Valverde!

  2. hotkarlsandwich - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Why can’t they just “kick” the idea around?

    • thomas844 - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Congratulations, you are the first person who has ever used that kind of joke! Your originality is simply astounding!

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        “There are good fans and bad fans of every team, don’t generalize an entire fan base because of one person.”

        I am with you 100% Thomas. If you read my post you would see I commented this has been something that has become prevelent over the last couple of years. And the example I used was just the last game I went to. And it happend to be a geriatric lady well into her 80’s.
        It was kind of comical. Certainly caught me and my buddies off guard. That’s why they tried to usher me up the steps so quickly. They wanted to make that comment the last one I heard. They were certainly on cloud nine. This was the game your ex-cardinal ended on a walk off HR. But again…this is something that has gotten increasinly worse over the last couple of years. Stuff you typically only see/hear at a Bengals game.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      The should let him represent his Country. You know…just for “kicks.”
      They would then have confirmation on his whittle tummy problem.
      If it were me…I would definately “kick” the tires around on the idea.
      If all goes well…little Joanie can have some cereal with lots of sugar as a reward.
      My guess…he is fond of “kix.”

      • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Well, he’s certainly fond of pretending it never happened. Watching all the thumbs down in defense of that piece of garbage, I have to admit that I’m surprised. I’ve spent a reasonable amount of time in Cincinnati and continue to do so. I’ve always found folks open, friendly and warm up there.

        It’s hard to square that with the disproportionate number of lowlives who come on here as Reds fans finding Buddha-knows-what reasons to defend this scummy little thug’s brutal behavior and actually to mock the defenseless guy he put in the hospital with it. Did some heavy rain wash all these so-called fans out from under their trailers or something?

      • jm91rs - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        I realize everyone loves to hate the idiots on the other team. I Hate plenty of athletes and live it when they do something stupid like cueto did so i have more ammo. Truth is the guy is a damn good pitcher, and unless you’re looking for cueto to be a karate champion or a role model for your kids, all reds fan should care about is that he’s a damn good pitcher.

      • toejoronto - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Gator, I’m no Cueto fan (he beats my team far too often). But for you to not see that most fans simply want to say their team is the best is blind in my opinion. I know you to be a Marlin fan (or a major marlin hater, can’t tell which sometimes). How would you feel if I told you one of your pitchers knocked a girl out in 1996, just about 11 months before getting a win in a game in the 97 series. Just straight up back handed her because she was “flirting” with another guy. Does your 1997 world series victory taste any less sweet knowing that? I’m assuming it does not, because you experienced something that most fans dream of.

        I saw this incident happen and despite my pleas with my friend, she would not press charges and other than a simple police report nothing ever became of it. For that reason I couldn’t stand watching that team succeed, and I’d spit on the guy if I ever saw him again, but I’m not naive enough to think any Marlins fan isn’t happy they won the World Series that year. Winning within the confines of rules of the game is what sports are all about, and if a guy is a piece of crap scum bag on his way to the top of the sport, fans will overlook it for the sweet taste of victory. Hell I’d take a convict or two on my team for just a taste of the post season.

  3. jm91rs - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Easily the funniest comment I’ve ever read. And your ability to let go of the past is terrific. I too like to pretend its 2010 all the time.

    • redguy12588 - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Why does Cueto being a dirty scumbag affect you?

    • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Cueto will carry the stigma of that atrocious behavior for the rest of his career – deservedly so. Deal with it.

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Yeah…the culture has certainly changed. Living only 1 1/2 hrs west of Cincinnati I take in several Cards/Reds games a year. I have done this my entire life. I typically always have a great time watching the games and talking baseball with those around me. Keep in mind…I am usually with 3 to 4 buddies who are all die hard Redlegs fans too. I typically have no issues. Good natured ribbing back and forth. The way it should be.
        Until last year. They have had some success over the last couple of years and appear to be quite full of themselves at this point. Last year…while walking up the steps after the game I had a “lady” (she had to be at least 80 years old) talk some of the most vile shit I have ever heard. Then she topped it off with “have a nice drive back home.”
        Not exaggerating…she was easily 80 years old.
        I just smiled and said “Thank you Ma’am…I will try.”
        “Please make the playoffs this year so we can take you behind the wood shed.”
        It was hard to get that last sentence out because my buddies were trying to push me up the steps. They wanted her smack talk to be the last thing I heard! They didn’t succeed.

      • thomas844 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        @stlouis1baseball And I heard a Cardinal fan once yell at Brandon Phillips to f***ing kill himself. There are good fans and bad fans of every team, don’t generalize an entire fan base because of one person.

      • jm91rs - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Gator everyone has their right to hate cueto with every ounce of their being. You know what though, he’s a really f-ing good pitcher and he helps the team I cheer for win a lot of games. For that reason I like him. The minute I need athletes to be the role models for my kids is the minute ill care if one time a guy kicked another guy when his back was against the wall. But for now my kids learn how to be good people from me, not from how millionaires behave on the field. So we cheer for cueto to lead our team to victory, because that’s what sports fans do.

        I find it funny that of all of the posts that you make on here, the only ones that even come off even slightly coherent are the ones where you hate jonny cueto.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      You are on point JM. He did something stupid…and YES…he’s a damn fine pitcher.

      • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        When I pick up a metal frying pan by its handle without my oven glove, I’ve done something stupid.

        When I’ve kicked in the head of a helpless guy who’s lying unconscious on the floor beneath me, I’ve done something vicious, barbaric and subhuman.

        Slight difference there.

        And, JM, if all you care about is that this subhuman piece of shit is a “fine pitcher,” you’re an even sorrier excuse for a human being than he is.

      • jm91rs - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        And if you need your athletes to be choir boy role models then someone close to you forgot to help set your moral compass at a young age. The truth is, sports are entertainment for me. I’ll worry about how the player performs on the field, someone else can worry about my entertainers’ morals. This sport has been full of corrupt, racist, pieces of shit for decades now, but you know what? I still watch because baseball is entertaining.

        You know what happened when that brawl occurred? I told my kid it wasn’t ok to cheer for a fight in baseball, I told him Brandon Phillips probably should have known the cards hate him, I told him Cueto messed up, I told him Jason LaRue was a well liked catcher for the Reds for many years, then we sat back and enjoyed the rest of the baseball season. Done, story over (for most of the world).

        Obviously we’re going to have to disagree here. You have called Cueto everything in the book for a few years now, your hatred of him is well noted. But if you think 99% of baseball fans wouldn’t cheer for Jonny Cueto if he pitched for their team, then you’re mistaken. And that is the only point I have that matters.

  4. hotkarlsandwich - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Thanks for all the compliments guys! I think Cueto has at least a fighting chance to make it. Why do the Reds have to be such “little bitches” about not letting him play?

    Seriously though. Why do Reds fans get so defensive about this? Yes it was 2 and a half years ago but everyone talks about the past (except Big Mac). See what I did there?

    • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Probably because they seem to think it’s a perfectly natural thing to do to kick in a helpless guy’s head with your cleats. There must be nightclubs in the hills somewhere where Reds fans got to have that done to them.

  5. whodeytn - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    LaRue needed to retire anyway.

    • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      He had a multiple concussion thanks to that shambling neanderthal pig of a pitcher of yours. What you need is a lobotomy.

  6. johnnyb1976 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Will you pathetic losers let it go already? If this was Ben Rothlisberger you simpletons would be defending the hell out of him!

    • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      However, it’s not Ben Rothlisburger. That’s a straw man, bro. That, and you won’t find many folks “defending” DUI or domestic violence perpetrators here either.

      • jm91rs - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        Because kicking someone in the middle of a baseball brawl is the same as domestic violence…

      • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Kicking a guy in the head repeatedly with your cleats on when he’s already lying semi-conscious at your feet is different from some hulking guy beating the crap out of his defenseless wife, how?

      • toejoronto - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        I’d say an athlete that found his way into the middle of a melee like that isn’t nearly on the same level of innocence as a woman being beaten, but I see your point here Gator. He wasn’t exactly in a position to defend himself.

  7. watchfullhose - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Haters gonna hate

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Oh…make no mistake. I don’t hate them. More of an irritant (like a younger sibling or a snot nosed neighbor). All of my friends are Redlegs fans.
      I was born and raised in the middle of Reds/Cubs country.
      Fortunately (for me)…I was brainwashed a Cardinals fan from a very young age. Thanks Dad!

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