It isn’t likely that singer Bonnie Tyler ever was a Cincinnati Reds fan. If anything, because she is Welsh and from the UK, she might be a soccer fan.
But she could have been singing about the 2016 Reds with her old hit, ‘It’s a Heartache.’
THE SONG BEGINS this way: ‘It’s a heartache, nothing but a heartache, hits you when it’s too late, hits when you’re down. It’s a fool’s game, nothing but a fools game, standing in the cold rain, feeling like a clown.’
It certainly is a heartache, nothing but a heartache, for both the fans and the players – an 11-game losing streak when the Reds take the field tonight in Milwaukee, and defeats in 14 of 15 and 16 of 18. But who’s counting? Just the entire baseball world.
And, indeed, all those defeats hit them when it’s too late. In many games they jump into a lead, only to lose because the offense turns off the ignition and loses the keys.
This has happened over their last four games:
—On Monday in Los Angeles against Clayton Kershaw the last 17 Reds made outs in a 1-0 defeat.
—On Tuesday in Los Angeles, 15 of the last 16 Reds made outs in an 8-2 defeat.
—On Wednesday in Los Angeles the last 10 Reds went down in order in a 3-1 defeat.
—On Friday in Milwaukee against the Brewers, after constructing a 3-0 first-inning lead, the last 10 Reds made outs in a 9-5 loss.
IT’S A FOOL’S GAME, nothing but a fool’s game when your starting pitchers can’t hold leads and can’t get beyond the fourth or fifth innings, when your bullpen can’t throw strikes (102 walks and the next highest bullpen in the majors has 80) and can’t keep the team in games and when the offense is hitting .225 with a slash line of .225/279 (on base)/.382 (slugging) and nobody on the team is hitting .300 (Zack Cozart, 297).
The Reds aren’t always standing in the rain, feeling like a clown — unless they are in Pittsburgh, where it always seems to rain. But the body language is downcast as they stand in the field watching leads evaporate and games slip away.
An 11-game losing streak will always make a team look listless and lifeless and, yes, look like a bunch of baseball clowns standing in the field while the other team whoops it up.
By the way, the 11-game losing streak is the longest before June in franchise history.
Yes, on this one, Bonnie Tyler and her smoky falsetto voice had it about right about this year’s Reds — It is a heartache, nothing but a heartache.