Pregame photos from the final home game of the 2011 season. Thanks to Jarrod Rollins for the captions.
As the baseball season winds down, I figured now is as good a time as any to share with you some of my favorite photos from 2011. Most of the pics appeared on the blog, some didn’t; but all are personal favorites.
The pregame ceremonies this afternoon at Coors Field were nothing short of spectacular, if not moving.
The ceremonies featured members of the United States Armed Forces entering the field to handshakes and high-fives from both teams’ rosters. An F-16 flyover highlighted a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner during which the Reds, Rockies and uniformed first-responders held a huge American flag in the middle of the infield.
It’s an emotional day today for a lot of us, so here’s hoping in your time of remembrance and reflection that you get a chance to enjoy the rest of your weekend with good thoughts.
Another beautiful day in the Mile High City.
A big thanks to my friend TJ Maxx for the comfortable undergarments. I realized this morning that I didn’t pack enough, so I had to make a trip to his department store. I got some socks, too (because I know you’re interested).
Johnny Cueto was out running the steps again today. This time he had some company – Darren Baker, the manager’s son.
If you want to work for the Reds media relations department, please know that Mercury Marty likes to have the lineups 7 hours before first pitch.
Oh and today is Joey Votto’s 28th birthday. He’s in the lineup. Here’s hoping for a Birthday Funkblast!
Coors Field has the best press dining room food in the league. No contest.
The game is not televised today, so follow me on Twitter (Jamieblog) and I’ll give you some updates.
Expect good news. Go Reds!
I got to the park a little early today and decided to walk around and snap some photos.
Wrigley Field definitely isn’t the best or easiest place in which to work, but there is something magical about it. If you regularly read BOR or my twitter feed, you probably know that I often jokingly refer to the mythical ”baseball gods.” After taking a stroll today around the “Friendly Confines”, I have no doubts that they really do exist. This place is sacred ground, regardless of one’s feelings about the home team.
One of the Wrigley Field rituals of Reds director of media relations Rob Butcher and MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon is to grab a burrito at El Burrito Mexicano on West Addison before a Reds/Cubs game. Since Rob’s not on this trip, I filled in today and kept the tradition alive. The chicken burrito is off-the-charts delicious.
The Reds are going for the series win tonight against the Cubbies. Win or lose, we’re jumping on the bird after the game and headed for Denver. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s off day.
Enjoy today’s pregame photos and thank you for making Better Off Red the #2 ranked MLB Pro Blog for the month of August!
Expect good news,
The wind is blowing in. Breezy and cool here at Wrigley Field.
Happy Labor Day, everyone. Be safe and have fun! Go Reds!