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Great American Birthday

Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals (National League)

Great American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH:  I love it that I have a summer birthday.  One perk is that it’s a good even split from presents at Christmas.  My sister has a birthday on December 29th.  It just seemed like Christmas presents simply flowed into birthday presents a few days later.  Another perk of a summer birthday is that I can enjoy it at a ballgame.   This year the Cincinnati Reds were nice enough to host a day game in celebration, so Brian and I made the short journey to enjoy some Major League Baseball.  As usual, we parked over in Newport, KY, and took the boat across the Ohio River to the Great American Ballpark.

It was a super hot day out, but Brian still wanted to play on the kids’ field for a bit.  Good gravy, the game hasn’t even started yet and this kid looks so hot and disheveled…

Our seats were amazing, even in the upper deck.  We had front row and had a phenomenal view of the game taking place before us, sitting behind home plate.  Unfortunately, as northern boys, the sun and heat were not making it comfortable for us, so we had to move down under some shade.   At least we had a solid look at Eugenio Suarez’s home run in the second inning.  And that was pretty much all the offense the Reds could muster.

Here’s a hit by Scooter!

If Tucker Barnhart is looking at me for a sign on what to throw to Bryce Harper, I have no clue. That guy can hit just about anything…

The game itself wasn’t a great one for the Reds.  Scott Feldman started out on the mound, but only lasted one inning.  He gave up five runs on five hits, including two home runs.  One was a three-run blast by Harper.  Well, he’s now on the DL…  Asher Wojciechowski  (who was just on Louisville last month) came in to throw five solid innings, giving up one run on two hits, while striking out four.  And again, the only offense for the Reds was Suarez’s home run. FINAL:  Reds 1, Nationals 6.

Despite the score and the heat, this was a great birthday.  Lily and Trevor were up visiting Michigan, so I really missed them, but Brian and I had a good time. I definitely want to take in another game here before the season is over, but maybe in September, and maybe a night game so it’s cooler.  We’ll be back at the Bats this weekend, but I can’t believe the season is half-way over, and we only have a few more games planned…

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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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14 Forever

Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres (National League)

27648843650_f9e7ac8140_zGreat American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH:  What a day for fans of Pete Rose!  And what a weekend, for that matter.  We were lucky enough to be in attendance when the Reds retired Pete Rose’s #14 on Sunday.   It was a hot day, but worth to be in the presence of some of the greatest players in history, including Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, and Barry Larkin.  His induction into the Reds Hall of Fame, and his jersey retirement were a long time coming, so the crowd was pretty hot for Pete, also.  Rose gave a great speech, and was very humble, and thankful to his teammates, manager Sparky Anderson, and especially to the fans.  Here is the video I took of his speech:

Here are some more photos of the ceremony.  The Hit King looks calm and cool as always, even in the 95 degree heat!  I like the one where he’s about to give Bench a good bro-hug!

27648864620_a34646e2d5_z27314306163_6caf9bfb43_z27893142806_9bba8ce28f_z27648924610_4b1f9af768_zAfter the ceremony, the game got underway.  It was a good one for Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.  He pitched eight scoreless innings, while scattering only five hits, and struck out five.  DeSclafani even knocked in a run to help his own cause!  Closer Tony Cingrani came into the game to close the door, and ensure Cincinnati’s first shut-out of the season.

27893198096_6b056cf29a_z27893204786_ec417fc9ee_zAnother big winner of the day, was Mr. Redlegs during the mascot race:

27315351024_b0948ab816_z27850515111_e91053abdc_z27314425693_79a098a0ac_zThe Reds were led offensively by Jose Peraza, who went 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Catcher Tucker Barnhart pitched in as well, going 2-3 with a walk and an RBI double.  Jay Bruce also added a solo home run in the win.  FINAL:  Reds 3, Padres 0.

27315319804_2edb36757a_z27314437103_b78a034dbb_z27314433433_c7741676bc_zDespite the heat, it was a fun day at Great American Ballpark.  I’m glad I was there to witness Charlie Hustle’s  jersey retirement, and a rare Reds win.  I was only able to score tix for the upper level to this game, but made sure my buddy and I were in the first row, so I was able to get some decent photos.  On my way home, I went up and down the dial, but just couldn’t find WKRP on the radio…

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