Q&A with Chris Williams (Part 2 of 2)

Warren Haneline (Left) and Chris Williams of Motorsports Authentics chat in a NASCAR merchandise trailer at the Kentucky Speedway. Williams is vice president of trackside for the company, which operates 30 trailers at NASCAR events throughout the country. provided photo

Warren Haneline (Left) and Chris Williams of Motorsports Authentics chat in a NASCAR merchandise trailer at the Kentucky Speedway. (Provided photo)

Chris Williams is VP of Motorsports Authentics, the trackside leader of licensed apparel for the teams in NASCAR. Given our common interests in collecting and the Reds, we touched base with Chris through a mutual friend and asked him a few questions. Here was the first half of our Q&A. Here is the second half …

OMGReds: What are your thoughts about the future of card collecting?

CW: Card collecting has gone through so many changes over the years. I would say the single things that hurt most were over-producing and pricing … We in NASCAR have stopped producing collector cards and have some ideas to help it back, but what is the next wave of our kids’ expectations? They want more; we were happy to get what our parents could afford and oh, by the way, our dads enjoyed it too.

OMGReds: Who are your favorite Reds of all time?

CW: My all-time favorite Reds are Bench, Rose, Morgan, Foster, Concepcion … Now thinking about it, heck anybody that has ever worn a jersey. I mean they have captured my interests and filled the pastime with a lot of good memories. I think about other past players such as Hal Morris, Larkin, Sabo, O’Neill; players not so known as Eric Owens and so many more … I would have liked to have seen some of them stay longer, such as Hamilton…

OMGReds: What, in your mind, were the one, two or three biggest reasons why 2011 didn’t go as well as 2010 for the Reds?

CW: I would say that the Reds have had it tougher this year (2011) than last; but every team is playing them differently … Heck is anybody going to pitch to Votto anymore? Dusty could have done things a little differently during certain games I came to see. Pitching may be the single common factor that sets this year apart from last. I believe we have got to go get some premiere pitching and we can be competitive … We have also got to establish Cincinnati as a major market and spend the money to establish that. If not we are going to let our talents that we do have get away and follow the same old 20-year track …

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  1. karenNo Gravatar

    Come on Chris your a reds fan.

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