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Opening week in Cincy

Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies (National League)

Great American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH:  We’re used to taking my dad to a ballgame for his birthday up in Michigan, but since we’re down here now, we decided to invite him down here for a game (or two, or three).  We’re also used to some crummy weather up there, so a little cold and rain certainly didn’t keep us from the ballpark down here.  This was his first game in Cincy, also, so it was a special day.  Lucky for us the usher we met was also a Tiger fan, so he took good care of us.  He was nice enough to take a photo of us together, as well as get my dad a certificate for his birthday and first Reds game.

There wasn’t much of a crowd, but we enjoyed our seats in the front row of the upper level.  There was a little rain, but we donned our ponchos and kept dry.  There wasn’t much of a crowd, so we could pretty much sit where we wanted.  After a few innings on the upper level, we moved below to enjoy the rest of the game from there.

On the mound, Rookie Davis was getting his first Major League start, as he is, well, a rookie.  He didn’t pitch horrible, but did give up a couple of home runs, allowing four runs in five innings of work, while striking out four batters.  Despite being down a few runs, the Reds bullpen was strong.  Cody Reed ended up getting the win, throwing two scoreless innings.  Drew Storen earned the save by pitching a scoreless ninth and striking out two.

Cincinnati was lead offensively by Adam Duvall, who went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI’s.  Also pitching in were Zach Cozart, going 2-3 with two RBI’s; Eugenio Suarez, going 2-3 with two runs scored; and Billy Hamilton, going 2-5.  Pitcher Michael Lorenzen also stepped up to the plate and hit a pinch-hit home run!  It was a solid day all around offensively for the Reds. Final:  Reds 7, Phillies 2.

Despite the weather that seemed to keep most fans away (and the fact that it was a weekday day game), this was a fun game to watch.  I’m not sure when we’ll make it back to Cincy again, lots of minor league and college ball the next couple of months to keep us busy!

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Reds Caravan

redscaravanFlorence Mall-Florence, KY:  Do to work, I wasn’t able to make to the Red Caravan down in Louisville, so we decided to make the trip to Florence to see the grand finale’ of the event.  There was a pretty good crowd already when we got there, but found a place to relax.  Brian was able to exert some energy in the kids play area, while Lily and Trevor took time to explore the mall for a bit.  The first Reds representatives on hand were the mascots.  Of course, it was imperative that Brian got to meet them all and get pictures.  He already saw Mr. Redlegs at a game, so here are some of him with Rosie Red and Gapper, and Mr. Red, himself:

32487087392_2aea29d1a7_z32556392866_d4797fcaec_bAbout 11:00 a.m.  the players arrived.  On hand included minor league players:  Blake Trahan, Sal Romano, Chris Okey, and Shed Long.  Reds alumni:  Eric Davis, Tom Browning, Chris Welsh, Jeff Brantley, Corky Miller, and Dmitri Young.  Current Reds:  Tim Adleman, Tucker Barnhart, Scott Schebler, and Drew Storen.  Reds manager Bryan Price was also there, as well as GM Dick Williams, and President & CEO Bob Castellini.  The Q&A portion was fun for the adults, but the kids didn’t show much interest.  When the players finally came down to interact with the fans, thing got a little more fun.

32517710071_76120364fe_z32599585516_978b6e2ac5_zTo be honest, we didn’t even stand in line to meet the major league players.  The line was much too long, and not worth it yet for Brian, as he doesn’t really know the players yet, anyway.  We’re more of a minor league family, anyway, so we met those guys first.  As you would expect, they were all very nice and happy to sign Brian’s Reds baseball.  They offered cool photos with them and the alumni against a green screen, and have the Great American Ballpark in the background when printed out.  I was more happy to meet the alumni, especially Eric Davis, who I watch play for both the Reds and the Tigers when I was much younger.  They wouldn’t let us get autographs from the alumni, but they did do a nice job of moving things along to keep the line moving.  This was a fun experience, and as much as I’m looking forward to this upcoming season, I look forward to this event next year.

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