CINCINNATI Todd Frazier's head crashed to the pillow at 4 a.m. and two hours later he was awakened by the pounding of drums and the clanging of cymbals outside his downtown condominium.
The Cincinnati Reds played an 11-inning night game in Philadelphia Thursday, so they were early-morning arrivals to their home city.
Those weren't the St. Louis Cardinals pounding and clanging and singing outside Frazier's windows, even though the Reds and Cardinals were to given a three-game series Friday night in Great American Ball Park.
But the Cardinals were banging and clanging their bats Friday night in Great American Ball Park, pounding 14 hits in an 8-5 victory.
"They're protestors," said Frazier of his sleep interrupters, not the Cardinals. "They're actually street people that have been hired to protest construction work. They've been around all year, start up early every morning, and they have about 20 chants and songs. I know the words to all of them."
Frazier, though, figures he an...