BASELINE ITEMS: TRIVIA FOR A SHIRT WINNER
The answer to yesterday’s Reds Trivia for a Shirt question is Reds first base coach Billy Hatcher. “Hatch” was the last Red to collect 4 doubles in a game when he did it on 8/21/90 against the Cubs.
Congratulations to John Botos for being selected as the “random” winner.
We’ll do it again next week, so log on for your chance to win!
I hope to see you on tomorrow at 4pm at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum for the screening of Let’s Get Ready to Win. The sneak preview screening is free to the first 90 people requesting tickets at the Reds HOF when doors open at 9am. I’ll be there along with Let’s Get Ready to Win filmmaker Craig Lindvahl.
If you can’t make it tomorrow, be sure to tune in to MLB Network on Saturday at 5pm for the world broadcast premiere of Let’s Get Ready to Win. The Reds Hall of Fame will also be showing the documentary Monday through Thursday at 1pm ET beginning August 1.
Here’s the DVD cover…
Yesterday I had the opportunity to chat with a few of our young athletes from the Dayton Dragons. LHP Mitch Clarke, RHP Daniel Corcino, IF/OF Jaren Matthews and SS Billy Hamilton were at Great American Ball Park on their day off to watch the Reds take on the Mets.
I’m always a big fan when the minor leaguers use their free time to watch the big league guys play. There’s something to be said about that. I wish them nothing but the best and hopefully we’ll get to see all four here in Cincinnati before long.
It was tough to say “so long” yesterday to Jonny Gomes. He was the epitome of class during his entire tenure with the Reds. I don’t have enough space here on the blog to tell you how fantastic a human being he is and how much I enjoyed interacting with him. Johnny is a true pro and will easily go down as one of my favorite Reds of all-time. It’s not going to be the same around here without him. I’m already looking forward to seeing him when the Nationals come to town.
With that being said, yesterday was yet another reminder that this is a business. The club has an objective to win baseball games. Losing good people through transactions is just “part of the game.” You and I don’t have to like it, but that’s the way it goes. In the end yesterday’s trade is going to be a great opportunity for Yonder Alonso and Chris Heisey and Fred Lewis. All three of those guys are great, too.
Thanks so much for all of the birthday greetings yesterday! I appreciate it very much. You folks are the best and I’m very lucky to have you all reading the blog and/or following me on Twitter.
Yesterday, I was trying to think back to all of the birthdays I spent at the ballpark working for the Reds. I think my favorite one was the very first one in 1997. I was working on the ground crew at Riverfront Stadium and the Braves were in town. I just turned 21, so as you could imagine, it was a pretty exciting. I got to meet my favorite childhood player, Fred McGriff, who was still playing. Of course that was back when I still got a little star-struck around baseball players. Boy, have the times changed. Where have all of those years gone?!
And if in response to the hard time I received from our radio and TV broadcasters regarding my birthday and my hair. Let it be known that I took heat from:
- A guy who was without shoes and socks during yesterday’s telecast.
- A guy who nearly choked on a peanut while he was delivering my on-air roast.
- A guy who still has a perm.
All in good fun!
I’ll have tonight’s lineup in a bit.
Thanks again, Fonzies! Go Reds!
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