Reds 80’s Night

July 31, 2008

I attended the Cincinnati Reds v. Colorado Rockies game last week.  Reds lost 5-1.  Homer Bailey gave up a few hits.  Junior broke up the no hitter and shutout with his 607th dong.

The real story is that it was an 80’s themed weekend at Great American Ball Park.  That included watching an episode of the Cosby Show pre-game, Darth Vader chasing Gapper around the park, announcers wearing radical and bodacious threads, the players rockin’ out to kick ass music as well as having a new look.  Check out the players and their throwback pictures.

ps. It was also Adam Dunn 80’s Bobble head night.

pps.  Turns out, it was also the last game I saw Griffey in a Cincinnati Reds uniform.  He was traded today, July 31, 2008 to the Chicago Whitesox for Nick Masset and Danny Richar.  – ESPN article


the pine tar incident

July 25, 2008

July 24, 1983 25th Anniversary

“It might be the most replayed baseball highlight from the last quarter century: George Brett — eyes bulging, arms flailing — sprinting out of the visitor’s dugout at Yankee Stadium with intent, it seemed, to kill the home plate umpire, Tim McClelland.

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning that day, Brett hit a home run off Gossage to give the Royals a 5-4 lead. As Brett circled the bases, McClelland was informed by Yankees manager Billy Martin that Brett’s bat was illegal because the pine tar on the bat was too close to the barrel. Rule 1.10 of the rules of baseball stated that a bat may not be covered by such a substance more than 18 inches from the tip of the handle.

Tim Kurkjian

Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images

Josh Hamilton

July 15, 2008

Josh Hamilton did not win the Home Run Derby last night at Yankee Stadium.  However, he is a winner at life.  Congratulations goes out to the humbled Justin Morneau who did win.  Josh Hamilton, however, stole the show and the hearts of all those who witnessed it.  Jayson Stark from ESPN reports how this was literally Josh Hamilton’s Dream.  Article

“But hold on. There’s more. There’s also Josh Hamilton’s Dream. It’s a famous dream now, a dream he had back in the winter of 2006. But it was a dream that made no sense at the time, because he had it at a time when he was still suspended from baseball for drug abuse, back when he was, therefore, about as far away from this place as a bunch of aliens from Neptune.

He’d dreamed that night that he was taking part in a Home Run Derby — in Yankee Stadium. Of course. It was a dream that couldn’t possibly come true. And then it did. Whoa. Did it ever. In the dream, though, he never saw himself actually swinging the bat. He remembers only being interviewed afterward on ESPN, and describing how he’d gotten to this miraculous point, through the power and the grace of God. But now, here he was, 2½ long years later, and he got to find out how it all turned out. How beautiful was that?

“This,” he said, “was like living the dream out, because like I’ve said, I didn’t know the ending to that dream.”

Now, though — now he knows. Now we all know. We saw a man have an evening in Yankee Stadium that told a story that ought to restore our faith in mankind.”

(AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Adam Bender

July 7, 2008

Adam Bender, 8, from Lexington, Kentucky plays catcher in Southeastern’s rookie league at Veterans Park.  At the age of 1, Adam had his left leg amputated because of cancer.   He does not wear a prosthesis and only uses crutches after he reaches base.  He threw out the first pitch at Great American Ballpark on Sunday to his favorite player, Adam Dunn.  This kid is simply phenomenal.


Junior hits #600

June 10, 2008

Ken Griffey Jr. aka “the kid” hit his 600th homerun on Monday, June 9, 2008, becoming only the sixth player in history to reach the milestone. Reds beat the Marlins 9-4. The other five players to reach 600 are Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa.

“Griffey was the youngest player in the majors — still only 19 — on April 10, 1989, when he homered off the Chicago White Sox‘s Eric King on the first pitch he saw at Seattle’s Kingdome.

Homer No. 36 was one of his most satisfying. It came one batter after his father, Ken Sr., homered off California’s Kirk McCaskill on Sept. 14, 1990, an unprecedented father-and-son moment in the majors.”

The sweetest swing in baseball.

Congratulations Junior!

I attended my first Cincinnati Reds game of the year. They were riding a 4 game win streak after sweeping the Marlins and now taking on the Cleveland Indians in the Battle of Ohio. As I stood among the 42,022 fans (11th largest at Great American Ballpark) with Mr. Brandon Phillips (30/30) bobblehead in hand, I watched Adam Dunn foul off 2 bunt attempts. “What is he doing?!?” I exclaimed. (The Reds had a man on first and second and I later discovered Dunn is actually an excellent bunter)

Dunn finally took a mighty cut and blasted the ball 449 feet! It nearly went out of the ballpark landing in the last row of seats in right field. The 3 run walk-off home-run lifted the Reds over the Indians in dramatic fashion. The fans went crazy!

Dunn also made a nifty catch on a foul ball earlier in the game.

Cincinnati Enquirer Article

Below are a few pictures I took at the game.