Friday, April 27, 2007


To most sports fans theirs nothing better than your favorite team winning the championship. The worst part about loving a team is when you haven’t won the championship or even been to the championship game in 17 years. It’s getting harder to think about as every season goes by and we still have nothing to show for it. The Reds haven’t been to the World Series since 1990, when they beat the Oakland A’s. In 1990 the Reds had a team that went down in baseball history, they were nicknamed the Big Red Machine. The team was filled with many hall of famers and greats of the game.

Since then the Reds haven’t even came close to getting back to the big game. At the beginning of each year I just sit and hope that this is the year we’ll make it back to the ”ship”, but at the end of each season I end in disappointment. Seeing franchises that have only been in the league, like the diamondbacks win the World Series right away is just miserable to think about. We try and build our team for years making trades and getting free agents to get back to the World Series. We make deals that are long term and take risks on players to perform at their best and none of that have done any good since 1990. When you have nothing to show for all the money your paying your players, what’s the point? You would think you might as well get some no namer's that are just as good and pay them less money. I pray every night that this will be the year for the Red’s, lets just hope it finally is and we end the DROUGHT.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


It was a hot, sunny day in the middle of June. I was seven years old, and riding in the car with my dad and grandpa. We were on our way to the Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants game. My interest for the sport of baseball was in its early stages. This was the first game that I had ever been to, and it was also the game that I decided on my favorite team.
The game was scheduled to start at 1:05pm. Because of this, we left the house around 9:00am to pick up my grandpa. He lives in Mount Sterling, so he was right on the way to Cincinnati. When we arrived to pick him up, he had breakfast waiting for us. The first thing he said to me when I walked in to greet him was that nobody could never go to a Major League Baseball game with an empty stomach. On the table waiting for us, was a huge plate with eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and a tall glass of orange juice. My grandpa knew that this was my favorite breakfast. After we were finished eating, it was off to the game with the two most influential men in my life.
The car ride there was even enjoyable. It was full of great conversation between my father, grandpa, and I. To pass time, we even played a game of “I spy.” This was my favorite game to play during trips. Everything was going smoothly on the drive down until the car started to shake and we noticed we had a flat tire. When we pulled the car over all I could smell was rubber. The tire had completely blown out and we were riding on the rim. Luckily, we noticed it right when it happened, and the rim wasn’t bent too bad. Getting this flat tire was actually a good thing and a memorable time. My grandpa worked for Chevrolet his whole life and had me get out of the car to teach me how to change the tire. After our tire change and delay, we finally got back on the road again.
When we finally arrived in Cincinnati, the weather had made a drastic change and the sky was filled with rain clouds. The city was beautiful; it was the first time I had been out of Columbus. While pulling into the stadium, my grandpa was telling me about the many Reds fans tail gaiting in the parking lot. He informed me that this is where all the “die-hard” Reds fans spent their time before the games. Boy, was he right. Even with the rain clouds in the area, there were still many Reds fans in the area. They were all decked out in red clothes and face paint. The people there varied from young children to older men and women. This is what America’s past time is all about. These Cincinnati Reds fans were really a special group of fans. While at the tailgate party, I ate an enormous amount of chips and hot dogs. This is what my grandpa said you were supposed to eat during baseball games. Ever since he told me this, I have made it a point to grab a hot dog and a bag of chips during each and every Cincinnati Reds baseball game. After we ate, it was time for the fans to line up outside the stadium. We walked into the stadium, and to my surprise we were sitting directly behind the dugout. It was time for the opening pitch.
It was almost like a dream come true sitting there. We were so close to the big leaguers watching them do their thing. The first player that I saw was Barry Larkin. He was signing autographs. My grandpa pulled a ball out of his pocket and told me to go down and try and get it signed. I was at the end of the line and the game was about to start so just when I started to walk back to my seat, I heard, “Hey kid I can get one more.” I couldn’t believe what I just heard. My grandpa told me that it didn’t surprise him a bit because he was known for being a classy ball player.
After the mayor of Cincinnati threw out the first pitch the game was under way. Starting for the Reds that day was John Smiley. I can remember him taking the mound and having a huge chew in the right side of his mouth. The game started out very boring; actually, it was a pitchers duel. My grandpa told me that these games always turn into nail biters at the end. At the end of the 6th inning the score was tied 0-0 and no team had come close to getting anything going. They did the 7th inning stretch, and I can remember seeing the whole stadium stand up and start singing. I had never heard or been told of this before the game.
In the 8th inning a Giants player hit a foul ball two rows above us. The ball struck a woman in the side of the head. I can remember looking up for the ball and seeing her get hit. She had a bump the size of a baseball instantly. The medics had to come because the ball had given the lady a concussion. I never knew sitting and watching a baseball game could be so dangerous. When the game resumed it was the bottom of the 9th and Barry Larkin was up to the plate. Now, he was my new favorite player because he had signed my ball; so one could bet I was up screaming for him. The count was 3-1 when he got a fastball that he hit to the left field foul post. It was almost a perfect ending seeing my new favorite player hit a walk off homerun.
After the homerun they had fireworks to celebrate the victory. I can remember hearing the first one go off and I thought it was a gun shot. When leaving the game my grandpa put his arm around me and told me this was one of the best games he had ever been to and that he was glad that I had the chance to be there with him. Ever since that day trip to the ball field, I will never support any other team besides the Cincinnati Reds.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Extra Innings

The season was going great, we were in first place and it didn't look like anyone could touch us. We played the Diamondbacks in a night game, so i went to the carryout and picked up some supplies and headed over to my boys house. The game was going good we were up 3-1 and didnt look like there was a chance of us blowing the game. I headed home in the 7th because I had to finish up my hw for the next day, now i normally never miss any parts of the game but i thought it was a done deal. I got a call from my buddy 30 min later and we had blown it and it had gone into extra innings. I drove back to watch 3 extra innings and to see the Diamondbacks hit a home run in the 12th to win the game. If my Reds could have got a dam bunt down they would have won the game with eas.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Reds Opener 2007

This week was my favorite week out of the year, opening day for Major League Baseball. There’s nothing like watching the teams and seeing how they’re off-season trades and changes end up panning out for them. I actually couldn’t catch my favorite team the Reds games, because I was stuck in class. The Reds are starting out slow so far. They had a great opening day against the stinky Cubs and won 5-1, very solid start. The game that I did get to watch wasn’t so pretty; we lost to the Chicago Cubs, which I must say is the worst baseball team in the league. As much as I hate seeing the Reds loose, the Cubs starting pitcher is on my fantasy team so it worked out I guess. Final game of the series was a nail biter but the Reds pulled it off by hitting a homerun in the 8th to cap a 5-2 victory and to win the series.