But the Reds win out because of their surplus of arms. Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo and Micah Owings make for one of baseball’s best 1-through-5 starting contingents. As astute Reds fans and Scrabble devotees have pointed out, you can take the first letters of their last names and spell “HAVOC.”
From Redleg Nation:
Being called astute fans is a compliment, I suppose, but it would have been nice to see The Nation — by which, I mean YOU, the community here — credited for the HAVOC quip. After all, that originated with one of the fine commenters here at RN (here)
I’ll say that I’ve whipped out the HAVOC thing a couple of times too in recent weeks and I didn’t credit Redlegs Nation either, though I’m certain that’s where I first saw it. In Crasnick’s and my own defense, however, that’s the kind of thing that’s too damn good not to steal. Indeed, the very concept of HAVOC is so cool that it had me actually rooting against Homer Bailey this spring, and I don’t even give a crap about the Reds.