REDS TATTOOSDAY 2/15/11

From Reds fan and loyal Better Off Red reader Gary Sweeney, Jr. (aka, “Gary Vengeance“)…

My Grandpa’s name was Charles Cochran but everybody always called him Bob.

As long as I can remember Bob was a Cincinnati Reds fan. Whether he watched the game on television or listened to Marty & Joe on the radio he NEVER missed a game. You always knew when a Reds game was about to begin because that’s when it was time for Grandpa to go home, get situated in his lucky chair and root for the Redlegs.

His daily attire consisted of an assorted combination of Reds t-shirts and hats and his Red truck (go figure) proudly displayed a licensed plate that accurately read #1 REDS FAN.

I would visit my Grandpa to watch Reds games as often as I could. I’d sit there and listen (because I usually couldn’t get a word in myself) to him talk about the good ol’ days of Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan and how it’s a shame that Pete Rose isn’t allowed into the hall of fame. He would go on about which guy needs more at bats, who should be moved up in the batting the order, and so on and so on.

Grandpa passed away in February of 2010 right before the season began. A season that as we all know turned out to be a magical journey that saw the Reds win their first division title in 15 years.

I wish he could have seen it.

As I watched the season unfold I kept saying to myself, this is for you Grandpa. As Marty has triumphantly declared so many times “…And This One Belongs To The Reds…” I’m declaring this…

“…And This One Belongs To Bob…”

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Do you have a Reds tattoo that you’d like to share here on Better Off Red?  Email me (jramsey@reds.com) a photo and we’ll include you in the next Reds Tattoosday.

Jamie

2 Comments

okay….that made me cry! ….gotta get a tissue now…:)

Who was the artist that did the tattoo? I want o e like this!

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