Today will be OMGreds last day.
No tears, no sadness, a little bit of joy, but mostly just time to retire. It’s been a blast. It really has. We’ll jam hard at Redsfest today on Twitter then we’ll ride off into the sunset tonight.
When Rob, Dave, Ronson, Paul and I fired the blog up back in January 2008, the plan was to chronicle just the 2008 season through our experiences. Ultimately, it grew into something much, much more, for which I am tremendously grateful for.
A few thank yous:
To all the fans that have suporrted the blog, us on Twitter and Instagram and everything else. In particular, I’d like to give a shout out to Josh Sneed and the gang at Cincy Shirts, Jason Snell of We Have Become Vikings, my man Mike Dew, Dan Barczak, Chris Hendrixson and Jeffery Wyckoff at Blue Seat Media, C Trent Rosecrans, Swarles Barkley, Kelly and Aaron Doster, Nick Maples, Mike Royer, Mo Egger, Brian Blinn, JS Bragg, Joel Luckhaupt, Randi Rico, Tabari McCoy, Brandon Kraeling, Zan McQuade, Steve Ziegler, Tyler Shelton, Justin Nethers, Tony Arno, Mr. Redlegs, Brent Naughton, Jeff and Kati Sliter, Russell Wright, the Jakes and crew at Frameshop, Chris Cammack, Josh Shrott, JD Arney, Ben Pierce, Adam at Cincy Card Shows, Phil at Unheard Of, Jeremy Mitchell of Mitchell Bat Co., Jon at Fielder’s Choice Goods, Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo’s Big League Stew, Bob Crotty and Dan Bell at Green Diamond Gallery, all the folks at Koch’s Sporting Goods, Arvay Adams at Attica Jailhouse, Chris Ritter, Jay Becker, Leslie Amann and Nick Dew at BLDG, my guys at Zip Zoo, The Rivertown Inkery, Southpaw Prints, all the dudes at Article Menswear, the fellas at Baseball Card Vandals, Zack Cozart and of course, the God Father of OMGreds, Sam LeCure.
The Reds blogosphere has been very kind to us over the years with links, shout-outs, entertaining Twitter bander and friendship. A massive thank you to Redleg Nation, Red Reporter, Chris Sabo’s Googles, Big Red Redeption, Reds Facts, WHACKreds and many others.
The Cincinnati Reds organization has been particularly kind to us and has given us many opportunities over the years to be a part of things in ways I never imagined. In particular, thank you to Michael Anderson, Lisa Braun, Jarrod Rollins, Amy and Chris Calo, Jon Cline, Jared Dvorsky, Charlie Frank and the Reds Community Fund, Jamey Ramsey and Better Off Red, Rob Butcher, Audra Sordyl, Karen Forgus, Phil Castellini, Kathryn Braun, Ellen Remley, Zach Bonkowski, Jansen Dell, Ralph Mitchell, Corey Hawthorne and the many others who we’ve interacted with over the years. Thank you for believing in what we were doing and embracing it. And for that one cease and desist letter.
The Reds Hall of Fame has been amazing as well. Thank you Rick Walls, Chris Eckes, Greg Rhodes, Megan Hewitt and all the staff and volunteers – It’s one of my favorite places.
A massive thank you to the Fugates and everyone at Sports Gallery. Thank you for sponsoring the blog and always taking care of us. It’s been a blast getting to know the entire Fugate family and I’m looking forward to hanging out for years to come.
Of course, a huge thank you to Rob, Dave, Ronson and Paul for being a part of this. Between the blog posts, illustrations, button designs, “planning sessions,” baseball road trips, baseball card rip sessions, Redsfest hangs and really, everything – Thank you guys. Looking forward to more adventures to come.
Most importantly, thank you to my wife, Gretchen and my boys Wes (OMGjr) and Sam (OMGIII). They were along for so many of my OMGreds adventures and really made it all happen. Thank you and I love you.