Excuse the Lazy Sunday reference; I couldn’t resist. Thanks to the Reds and Reds Hall of Fame and Museum for a good time had by all at the Duke Energy Convention Center on Sunday night. A few things we learned:
- Johnny Bench said Joe Morgan statue will join Bench’s outside Great American Ball Park next year. Tom Tsuchiya, the sculptor who designed Bench’s statue (who was on hand for the gala), also will design Morgan’s.
- Marty is not afraid to say anything at all. He said Barry Larkin had hoped to be on hand to show support for Sean Casey at the gala, but his responsibilties with ESPN prevented him from doing so. “To hell with those people,” Marty exclaimed.
Marty also already has Joey Votto, who – don’t get me wrong – is having a great career so far … in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. After 4 1/2 seasons.
Later in the evening, Marty said to Casey: “Of all those people you thanked … Jim Bowden??? God almighty! You’ve gotta be kidding me!!”
- Casey made it clear he has taken a liking to Todd Frazier because of their similarities in terms of personality/behavior and the fact that both have worn No. 21.
- Johnny did a nice job with his remarks remembering several who have passed, including Sparky Anderson and Pedro Borbon, both of whom were part of (Sparky by video) the 2010 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Gala. They were missed, for sure.
- Strong effort by Long John Reilly’s great-great-great-great nephew, Kirtley Kinman, who offered an impressive speech on behalf of his late relative and Reds Hall of Fame inductee despite the fact that he was recently involved in a bad accident resulting in surgery. Way to go, Kirtley!
- Even if Hall of Fame Induction Gala speeches are going on and it’s not at all an appropriate time, people will still hound Brandon Phillips for autographs.
- Didn’t get to take too many photos from our vantage point, but here’s a gallery from Cincinnati.Com.