While all the rest of the media is off asking all the fancy baseball players boring questions and getting the same boring answers back, Cincinnati.Com‘s “nhurm” got real with Corky Miller today. Talking about his post-seaon experience, game plans for the Phillies and Corky’s awesome-times Twitter account. There may have been other topics of discussion in there, but we were so mesmerized by the fu-man that we went in and out of focus. Don’t get sucked in!!!
This little guy is phenomenal! Picking up where Batting Stance Guyleft off, Batting Stance Boy takes a deep dive (Miguel Cairo!) into the Reds lineup and demonstrates each player’s batting stance routine. Love it.
Andre Dawson addresses the crowd at the Montgomery Inn. Photo by Steven Easley.
A packed dinning room at the Inn was the scene for one of the few times you’ll ever get to see an entire Hall of Fame class together in one place outside of Cooperstown, NY. Over a lunch of chicken and ribs, each of the inductees spoke for a few minutes, expanding on their careers, their reaction to being inducted and their memories of playing, managing and umping in the Queen City. Whitey told a rather entertaining story about meeting Pete Rose at home plate with their lineup cards the day after the gambling story first broke in 1989. Pete declared the Reds were going to kick the Cardinals butt that night while Whitey shot back “Wanna bet?” Classic stuff.
After the round of stories from each Hall of Famer, the floor was open for Q&A with your typical range of questions: “Who was the toughest pitcher you ever faced?” “Who was the best player you ever managed”. The first question directed at Umpire Doug Harvery asked “What was the worst thing you were ever called?” As you can imagine, none of the possible answers were repeatable in such a public forum… haha
In what proved to be the most touching part of the program, the Character & Courage Foundation gave out its very first annual awards, the Character Award and Courage Award to a pair of Cincinnati teenagers.
Greg Miller receives the Character Award from Tom Gill. Photo by Steven Easley
Receiving the Character Award was 18-year-old Greg Miller. Despite being diagnosed with Autism, Greg is leading a remarkable life, becoming a star player and leader on his Miracle League baseball team as well as being “Comet Man”, the official mascot at Mason High School.
19-year-old Ashley Freeny was the recipient of the Courage Award. After losing both of her parents, Ashley turned to softball to cope with her hardships and became a leader both on and off the field.
Courage Award recipient Ashley Freeny addresses the room. Photo by Steven Easley.
Both Greg and Ashley addressed the room and were outstanding. Tell you what, it’s not easy to to follow FOUR Hall of Famers at the podium. Yep, four… don’t forget Marty!
During the program, a video as played, introducing the Character & Courage Foundation to those in attendance. The video appropriately features Greg and Ashley.
All proceeds benefited the Character and Courage Foundation. Ticket sales are a big part of that, but there were also a fair amount items to bid on, including bats signed by the Hall of Famers, jerseys, trips and more. The one piece of action I got in on was an Official MLB Hall of Fame Baseball signed by all three inductees. At each table, the centerpiece had a signed baseball placed on top. Each table had a bid sheet for it… and I won the one at our table. I don’t have a whole lot of signed baseballs in my collection, so this was a great addition, and my money went to a great cause. Win win.
To wrap up the program, lunch was capped off with a pretty fun surprise – Violinist Glenn Donnellan preformed “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” on his electric baseball-bat-violin. Here’s some video for ya:
I also love Pearl Jam’s State of Love and Trust. The vid above is from the 2010 Pearl Jam show in Columbus, Ohio. Bronson Arroyo gives Mr. Vedder a custom Reds BP jersey and requests SOLAT. Still a little bummed I missed that show.
Ryan Parker is at it again, this time penning a tune in support of Joey Votto’s Final Vote campaign and letting Charlie Manuel have it for his HOMER selection. Check out the ditty above, then get over to Ryan’s website for the lyrics… you’ll want to memorize this one for karaoke night on Tuesday somewhere in Mt. Adams.
Remember, keep voting for the love of all that sacred, Canadian and deserving.
This is the video of Friday’s Funnel Fry Eating Contest before Reds v. Indians. Not sure it’ll make you want to eat funnel fries, or anything for that matter, but it should entertain you nonetheless. The winner, Steve Gramke, picked up some tickets to a future Reds game and a Joey Votto signed ball. He also probably didn’t need to eat the rest of the weekend.
If ya’ll haven’t watched Wiffleball ’79 yet, check it out. These guys went to great lengths to film some Wiff ballin’ that truely looks like it was shot in ’79. Quality stuff.
Sounds like they have some more vids coming up soon. From their YouTube Channel:
I have 4 sketches already shot that are in post right now (including a sequel to Wiffleball ’79) and I’m shooting another one on May 19th, so I should have some more material up for you pretty soon. Thanks for subscribing, some funny stuff coming soon. – TK
Makes you want to roll down to Kroger, pick up a couple of yellow Wiffle Ball bats doesn’t it? Or, at least pick up a Wiffle Ball tie for your monthly “Wacky Tie Day” at the office?