Game 4/16/11: Reds vs. Pirates

A lot of baseball-related posts lately. Probably because I’ve concentrated more on baseball and other things than working on my book. The rough draft is finished, and I’ve decided I need to let it sit for a while…

Had so much fun writing notes that I missed a walk in the 7th


  • Autographs! Bill Bray with his awesome socks, Matt Maloney, and Sam LeCure
  • Leake is pitching
  • Seat neighbors: 2 fellow season ticket holders, also fellow Ohio Northern University grads; some little kid behind us who’s eating a bag of peanuts the whole game (my roommate is allergic, and we forgot her eppipen); a really annoying guy down the row who makes umpire calls the whole game.
  • Freezing cold–this is becoming a pattern…
  • Great ballpark food
  • Best inning (sunwise): 3rd–two thirds sunny (downhill from there)
  • Best inning (gamewise): 5th–7 runs, 1 grand slam, 2 homeruns, bat through the order
  • Every starting Red gets a run
  • A little rain, but no rain delay
  • We win! I am 3 for 3 this season (Reds are 9-5)

Opening Night 2011: Reds v Brewers

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Highlights from this totally awesome night!

  • Packing 2 bags of stuff, one stuffed with extra clothes so we wouldn’t be freezing again–it worked!
  • Getting a free Reds fleece blanket at the gate!
  • Slipping my way to the front of the meet and greet crowd before the game–I managed to get Mike Leake and Homer Bailey’s autographs! Andrea got Hernandez!
  • Harboring hope that when I am old I will be able to get everyone’s autograph–like the old bag I was standing next to. (There’s no hope that I will turn into a cute little boy like the ones in front of me that caused Jay Bruce and Joey Votto not even to look up at the ball I was holding out.)
  • Being this close to Jay and Joey and Janish and Hannigan and Hernandez and everyone else on the team!
  • Getting traditional hot dogs
  • Seats were nice–the people around us were nice, even the very loud guys behind us were mostly entertaining to listen to. Everyone at the ball park seemed super nice today!
  • All the employees were in these faux black tie/suit uniforms–snazzy!
  • Rusty Grizwolds, an 80s cover band did a pretty good job as performers for National Anthem and throughout game.
  • Where is Paul Janish? The starting shortstop should have at least been able to start the whole opening weekend!! (He could have done so much better than Renteria–0-4)
  • Yay! Ryan Hanigan gets to start, though it would have been nice to give Hernandez his extra kudos for his awesome home run on Opening Day.
  • We get an early 4-0 lead and Wood has a perfect first three innings!
  • Traditional Knuxy’s Knot pretzel
  • Having extra layers to put on when I start to get cold–by the end I look like a red marshmallow.
  • We win! We win! We win!
  • Fireworks! Pretty!