• Nice touch with the wall wrap to commemorate tonight’s festivities … but have somebody proofread it before it gets printed. BTW, if any of my friends did this … I’m an ass and I apologize. Easy mistake to make and overall I thought the wrap looked very sharp. Please let me know and I’ll remove this part of the post. Thanks-
• I know you really don’t have to, but it might make for a cooler keepsake for those who attended if you printed CIVIL RIGHTS GAME on the tickets. People do like to keep the stubs, and it was kind of a big deal that it was the Civil Rights Game tonight, right?
• There were a lot of disappointed folks who didn’t get the Frank Robinson mesh jerseys given away to the first 20,000. I’m not saying they should have given away more – that’s their call – I just honestly couldn’t believe they were gone by 6 p.m. – 1 hour and 40 minutes before the first pitch and the giveaway is gone. That’s got to be a record at GABP, right?
• This isn’t Civil Rights Game-specific, but I’ve been meaning to go off about this for awhile. The playground is for the bigger (and crazier) kids; the bounce house is for the younger kids. The rules posted at the bounce house specifically state that it is for kids 10 and younger. PLEASE hire a kid (the employee who sits there hating life that they got assigned to it and tells kids when they can enter the bounce house) who can say “no” when a 19-year-old tries to convince him that he’s 10. Otherwise some cute little 4-year-old kid is going to get hurt when kids 3 and 4 times his age are in there roughhousing, and that would be bad. (By the way, there were definitely more than 4 in the inflatable at a time on several occasions tonight, and that bounce house NEVER stays open until the end of the eighth inning as that sign suggests.)
• Good thing our criticism of Willy Taveras lit a fire … Willy is 3-for-5 tonight, raising his average to .227 for the season, further distancing himself from the Mendoza Line. Way to go Willy! If Willy keeps this up, we’re going to have to turn our attention to Adam Rosales, who has 3 hits in 32 at-bats (.094) in June.
• Danny Richar AND Nick Masset – the two players the Reds acquired for Junior – make appearances against their former team. OMG! Think the Reds were trying to send a message just a little … like “aren’t you glad you gave us these two impressive young players in exchange for a washed-up (though future Hall of Fame) outfielder you hoped would propel you to the World Series?”
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