OMGreds fan Jimmy passed along a vid he took of the final out during Saturday night’s game. Sweet shot from the Diamond Club seats behind home plate! Jimmy’s a lucky guy :)
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If there is anything that is on the same (or greater) nerdiness level for me as the Reds – it’s Pearl Jam. I’ve been a pretty big fan of them since Ten came out, and have stuck with them ever since. Heck, that’s why I was even in Philly this past fall while the World Series was going on. So, when this video surfaced today on Dan Hoard’s blog, I was a little more than giddy.
I remember when Eddie was was at GABP like it was yesterday. The thing is – he we there two nights. The Reds were playing the Cubs at the end of the season, and the Cubs were on the verge of clinching the division. To the contrary of Dan’s account that Pearl Jam was there for a concert, their 2003 tour was on break at the time. Eddie was there just on his own, probably to get a break from the tour and to watch his Cubbies clinch.
The video above shows Ed signing playing in the locker room on September 25, 2003. He also threw out the first pitch that night – in a Reds jersey. I know there was a Cincinnati.Com article about it at the time, but I can’t dig it up due to their paid archive policy.
Ed was also in attendance the night before – where the Cubs handed the Reds their asses 8-0. I was sitting with some friends out in the Sun/Moon deck that night and remember walking by the smoking section and seeing a dude that looked I thought looked like Ed. I did like 10 double-takes takes as I walked past, then headed back to my seat just wondering. After putting the pieces together – no tour at the time, Ed loves baseball, Ed loves the Cubs, Ed loves to smoke, Ed loves to wear green military jackets with buttons on them, Ed is pretty short… it hit me and I walked back over to see if he was still there… but no luck. Check out the second commenter on Dan’s blog post – pretty cool he got to meet Ed. I must say, I’m a little jealous.
To this day, any time the Cubs are in town and PJ is not on tour, I look for Ed. Maybe one day I’ll get to buy him a beer… or a helmet sundae at GABP.
PHEW – We’re whooped. What a great weekend. Just as the off-season is starting to show how long it is, we had this great oasis in Redsfest to get us through another couple of months. The Reds out-did themselves once again at this annual explosion of all things Reds. Even with three of us there, we didn’t get to experience everything Redsfest had to offer. Check out a few of the photos we took – wish we would have grabbed more!
Here are a few highlights:
Mystery Jersey Bags
At the Reds Community Fund game-used area they were offering brown bags with a unidentified player’s jersey inside for a reasonable $40. We just can’t resist this stuff. Two were purchased and we pulled a Juan Castro BP jersey and a Kent Merker BP jersey. What a fun idea.
Reds Hall of Fame VIP Member area
Two of us here at OMGreds are Reds Hall of Fame members and we really enjoyed the nice little perk the HOF offered in their area of Redsfest – a Hall of Fame Members VIP room. They had a nice little set-up using the Reds leather clubhouse couch and chairs, a flat-screen TV and a couple of more chairs and tables. It was a nice place to sit down and get away from the hustle and bustle of the Redsfest floor. But, they best thing was never knowing who else might be in there. At various different times over the weekend we got to chat at length the Ron Oester, Hall Morris, Lee May and Eric Davis. It was nice to talk with these guys in a relaxed situation. They were all great.
If you missed Herm this weekend, you really missed out. This guy is off the chain. He single-handedly kept an entire autograph line (along with Glenn Braggs and Tracy Jones) entertained for an hour on Saturday. The dude is a ham, there’s no doubt about it.
Tell you what, Chris Dickerson is just fun to be around. That guy has a ton of energy and is pretty much always in a good mood. Even after a whirlwind media tour on Thursday, he still had plenty of energy for the fans at Redsfest all weekend. Plus, unlike a lot of guys in today’s game, he’s got a great signature. He’s old school like that. Overall, you can’t help but root for the guy.
There’s no way around it, the biggest draw at Redsfest is the autographs. We’re all Reds fan-boys here and like collecting autographs. So, it’s heaven for us. Not sure the total count was for the three of us that were there, but it’s quite a pile. Here’s a shot of just my pile.
Other Reds Fans
Tell you what, when you stand in autograph lines for a while, you get to know the folks around you, for good… and bad. We chatted it up with a ton of other fans, and they were great.
Other Fan’s Jerseys
Yeah we love the jerseys. Saw some great ones too… should have taken some photos, huh? Some highlights include a kid in a Dominican Rebulic WBC jersey, a guy in a ’30s-era Reds away jersey (beautiful), a few Davey Concepcion jerseys, any Dick Pole jersey, Of course, seeing a couple Sam LeCure jerseys in the game-used area was awesome for us. Not a jersey, but these pants were pretty special. Then, there was this guy in a Scott Ruskin jersey.
Yep, we love perusing the old junk at these shindigs. I saw a pair of Mr. Redlegs cuff links from the ’50s that I HAVE to have. Might be on the look out for those in the future.
There is always a lot of swag being thrown aound (literaly) at Redsfest. It’s fun to bring home a few foam baseballs, coupons for 1.50 off Banquet Boneless Chicken Nuggets and free kids meals at Bob Evans. We’re definitely going to use the coupon for 1 free fresh cut fry at City Barbeque. Awesome. The Topps Baseball cards were a nice touch too. They featured the 2010 card design, but were exclusive to Redsfest, as they did last year. One of our favorite blogs, The Writer’s Journey, has great scans of all eight cards in the set.
The Reds Blogging Community
What a great group. Redsfest was a chance for all of us to be in one place and get a chance to meet one another face-to-face. The nice thing about our little community is the support we all have for one another. There’s alot of respect and camaraderie in our little world, we’re all pulling for each other’s success, and of course for the success for the team we all love (and hate sometimes!), The Reds. It was great to meet folks from Red Reporter, Redleg Nation, Better off Red and to Tweet around with all the other Reds blogs and fans out there. Oh and that C Trent guy too.
So, to officially wrap up all this: We’re nuts about Redsfest.
After Redsfest, we headed across downtown Cincinnati to watch the ‘Cones take down the Florida Everblades 3-0. Gotta tell ya, the ‘Clones were looking darn good in those Reds-inspired jerseys. We stayed after the game to take in the jersey auction, but. all of them were pretty much out of our price range with the majority going for $375-$450. It’s great though, proceeds from the auction went directly to the Reds Community Fund. Great stuff.
The Cyclones posted video highlights from the game with a great look at the jerseys.
A few photos that we snapped:
Wow, another great job by the Reds. Again, this is a first class-event, and this year’s is just as good or better than last year. 3/5 of the OMGreds crew was on hand tonight at various points to take in the action. We snagged some autos from Dusty Baker, Ron Oester, Mike Linclon, Nick Masset, Jay Bruce and others. We also heard that Barry Larkin was signing autographs for 2 HOURS! That’s awesome. This town loves him, and he knows it. Mad respect from us!
One cool thing about Redsfest is picking up some game-used stuff from the Reds Community Fund. Jerseys, bats, signed baseballs, you name it, they have it. Well, we picked up a couple of “Mystery Bag” game-used jerseys… we just can’t resist that stuff. We’ll post some photos and reaction from our haul soon.
We also heard a rumor that Rob Oester got into it with Chris Sabo about something and Spuds bailed on his autograph session (9:15 at the Reds Hall of Fame area). We didn’t witness it ourselves, but it’s all over the radio tonight. Crazy stuff.
Regardless, it’s time for us to get some rest and gear up for a long (and awesome) day tomorrow. As always, more on Twitter. See ya there!
Great weekend. Got to see some Reds winz, found a badass Reds hat, had my first helmet sundae of the year, got to watch unsuspecting fans on the Sony StadiumView-a-ma-jig-a-wha-wha, avoided getting shot in the face, rock star seat hook-up, and and it’s nice to know that they have a cup for the Ohio Cup! No, not that cup, a souvi cup! Much better than a helmet cup, but not as nutty as this cup.
Lee May was doing a signing in the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday before the game against the Braves, so I made sure I brought a couple of baseball cards with me to have him sign. After talking to Mr. May for a few minutes, I stuck around and checked out the new Crosely Field exhibit (very cool – you should go) and who walks in? None other than Chuck Harmon, the first African-American player for the Reds. I’ve always heard he’s a first class guy, so I was excited to meet him, and of course, get his autograph as well. So, while all this is happening, I learn that Leo ‘Chico’ Cardenas is sitting near Chuck Harmon in the back of the stands near first base. No way!
So, in a funny twist to the story, I actually have three Cardenas baseball cards in my bag with me at the game. I had just purchased them that morning, in anticipation of his upcoming appearance at the Reds HOF on May 9th. I had gone straight to the game, and didn’t get a chance to drop them off at home. So, needless to say, I am stoked.
I didn’t go track down Mr. Cardenas right away, but after a few innings, fellow OMGer, Paul, and I head down to find him. Sure enough, he was sitting right where I heard he was going to be. We chatted with him for a few, he signed our cards and he couldn’t have been any nicer.
It was an honor to meet all those great Reds on Saturday. You never know who your going to run into, eh? It sure made up for the bad game the Reds turned in that day.
So, if you can, do yourself a solid and make sure you go meet Leo Cardenas at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, May 9th. He’ll be signing from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. FYI: You’ll have to pay admission to get into the Hall. More info
Oh, and that’s also Joey Votto Bobblehead night. Holla.
Inspired by the Taco Helmet, we set out yesterday to find what other foods made sense being served in the helmet format. Of course, ice cream in a helmet is a natural and time-honored tradition and will always reign supreme. But, there have to be other concoctions, like the Taco Helmet, that hit a home run on the novelty food scale. The first thing that came up was Skyline Chili‘s famous 3-Way. Of course, what could be more natural sitting in the bowl of a Cincinnati Reds helmet cup than spaghetti, chili and cheese. Well, we had to try this out for ourselves, and the fine folks at Skyline were more than happy to help us out.
Verdict? Epic Win.
We here at OMGreds resoundly endorse Reds Pitcher Sam LeCure as the 2009 Reds’ Fan’s Choice Bobblehead. We will be voting for Sam daily at reds.com in hopes that he will get the bobblehead that he so rightfully deserves. As a young minor leaguer, there is no better representative for the Fan’s Choice Bobblehead other than Sam LeCure. He has proved hard-working and diligent in his quest to make “The Show” and should aptly be rewarded by having his head proudly bobbling all around Great American Ball Park on the evening of Saturday, July 18, bringing joy to children of the Greater Cincinnati area, and mass hysteria to eBay resellers everywhere.
While Sam is “Our Man,” we do realize that there are many pitchers from which fans will be choosing for this very special honor. We implore you to do your duty as a fan, and vote… for YOUR candidate, for the pitcher you feel is most deserving of living on in ceramic glory, to be perched above computer desks in basement home-offices all around the suburban Cincinnati area next to B-Lark, Wily Mo, The Doggie, Felipe, Spuds, Dunner, Vice Dunner, ED and the others. For the candidate that you feel is most worthy of being coveted by a three-year-old child for 15 to 25 seconds, then slammed to the ground, shattering into tens of pieces, with its only hope of being restored left to his grandmother and a tube of Crazy Glue. For the candidate that you want some middle-aged dude to randomly say “What the hell is this??” when they are handed their bobblehead at the gate, not realizing that it was a bobblehead night, and then giving it to the first person they see as they navigate the confusingly dense crowd on their way to find the client and his family he gave tickets to for that night to shake and howdy for 15 minutes about TPS reports and shit and then bolt GABP to get home in his white Taurcedes company car.
We just want you to make a choice. We have made ours, and we would love it if you proudly stood with us and cast your online entry daily for Sam LeCure for 2009 Reds Fan’s Choice Bobblehead.
Do the right thing. Vote for change. Vote for the fighter. Vote with your heart. Vote. Vote for Sam.
AND VOTE FOR HIM BEFORE APRIL 30TH!!!1!!1!!!
The Reds are offering some new seating options this year, including the Fox Sports Ohio Champions Club along the first base side (formerly known as Club 4192). Part of OMGReds got lucky enough to sit in this renovated section for Wednesday night’s game.
If I could take a moment to quote Ferris Beuller here, “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”
Ticket prices are a bit more than your average seat; Club seats are $85 and Club Box seats are $100 – but the Box seats do include two free alcoholic drink vouchers per ticket. With food and (non-alcoholic) drinks included in the ticket price, you can definitely get your money’s worth from plenty of delicious options including nachos, a pasta bar, hot dogs, LaRosas pizza and Montgomery Inn among others. Nom nom nom.
They have a ton of HDTVs all over the place, too. So if you decide to head inside to warm up on a cold April night, you don’t miss any of the game. Plus, while you’re inside, you can check out a bunch of murals commemorating the Reds World Series victories, along with some great photos from the past.
Check out the photo blog for some more shots from the Champions Club.
Aaron Harang kicks off season with five strong innings, Dorito on chin
How does this guy do it!? He’s like one of those insanely disciplined black labs that can balance a milk bone on their snout and let it sit there until their given the proper signal to begin devouring it.
UPDATE #2 Well, this one didn’t belong to the Reds. Lack of HAVOC, we suppose. All the photos from our day around downtown are right here.
Who doesn’t remember the days of heading down to Riverfront stadium, walking up a ticket booth and getting a “Top Six” ticket? Well, the Reds front office has NOT forgotten and have brought back the $5 Reds ticket. Total awesome.
Also coming with the return of the $5 Reds ticket is a whole new “economy menu” at ballpark concession stands. From the article:
$1 Menu Items (sold at two concessions stands, one in the Fan Zone and one on the first base side View Level )
• $1 hot dog
• $1 12 oz. Coca-Cola sodas
• $1 bag of peanuts
• $1 ice cream cup
• $1 Redlegs French Chew taffy
The $7 adult value meals are available at 18 locations and the $5 kids meal will be available at 10 locations
Once again, the Reds put on a fantastic convention. It gets better every year and it’s obvious that it’s a point of pride with the Reds’ staff and management. How awesome is it that our little small-market team can put on one of the best off-season fan conventions? There are some folks out there that are a tab bit jealous…
A few points of interest from my standpoint:
- The autograph opportunities are just awesome. For someone that appreciates players past, present and future, there are tons of opportunities for everyone. Getting an auto from Clay “The Hawk” Carroll is pretty exciting… just as getting one from young star Johnny Cueto or up-and-comers like Todd Frazier or Matt Maloney. For me, it’s all good. I did focus my time at Redsfest on autos and ended up scoring 21 on baseball cards and a handful more on my Redsfest pass. What can I say, I’m a nerd. My favorite? Reds Outfielder Jerry Lynch on a 1960 Topps. (Right: Click for larger view) Lines for guys like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Edison Volquez and Johnny Cueto were insane and I didn’t try for any of them, except Cueto.
- The Reds Hall of Fame area had a great set-up of exhibits with old uniforms, spikes, etc. Of course seeing the World Series trophies is always a highlight.
- I love it that the entire convention center is covered in RED. You walk out and your eyeballs need to adjust to seeing the rest of the color spectrum. Immersive – love it.
- All the kids stuff looked awesome. The Reds Heads club area is pretty cool. Batting cages, speed pitch, whiffle ball, etc… all great stuff. If I were 9 years old it might have just been too much… okay, not really… just awesome.
- Free stuff all over the place. The Reds were handing out Redsfest exclusive Topps trading cards that you could put in a little fold-out binder they provided at the Information Booth. Nice little cards to get signed, actually. The set included Bruce, Phillips, Harang, Dickerson, Arroyo, Keppinger, Freel and Votto. I ended up missing out on Bruce and Phillips just because I didn’t pass by the desks handing those out. Anyone have any for trade?? Other free stuff included the gift bag to the first 10,000 folks through the gate with a Reds stocking cap AND a coupon for free chips and guac from Chipotle – hellz to the yeah. I think the Louisville Slugger Factory in Louisville was giving out free tickets for it’s tour as well. I’ve been, and it’s a good time. Apparently, the factory tour is new and improved? Cool.
- I love diggin’ around the collectables area. I got a few cards for some of the Reds minor leagers I wanted to get signed. Overpaid, but that’s what you get a things like this. I love all the old dusty Reds promotion stuff people have for sale. I ended up getting a couple of buttons the Reds gave out in 1989. I actually had the John Franco on when I was a kid – I went to the game. But, I lost the button ages ago. Got that one back, along with a Sabo, Larkin and and coupons for a FREE 32oz Pepsi when I order an large or medium pizza at regular price at Pizza Hut. Dine-in or carry out… oh… it expired on September 4, 1989. Oh well.
- So, at one point on Saturday, the Main Stage had the “Reds Idol Karaoke Contest”. For the most part, it was a snoozer… but a good idea. THEN… this little chunky kid got up on stage and dropped some Journey and brought the house down. I don’t care much for Journey, but Cincinnati loves themselves some Steve Perry power ballads and this kids got some serious love. It was something to see/hear. I give it up for that little guy.
That’s all I have for now… might be more later… Check out the photo blog for a look into my experience at Redsfest.
Coming very soon: Bobblehead predictions! Dates have been announce by the Reds for FOUR bobblehead dates, including a bobblehead to be voted on at Reds.com. Good move, Reds!!
It’s that time of year, boys and girls. REDSFEST TIME! We here at OMGreds celebrate it to it’s fullest. It’s where hope for the upcoming season springs eternal and the autographs flow like fine Two Buck Chuck. We love it. We revel in it. We even wallow in it a little bit. As is customary with anything that crosses Reds with Kickass we’ll be there and photoblogin’ that shizz. So, keep your eyes peeled over there and drop us a few comments on our lackluster mobile phone photography.
2008 Redsfest goals:
- Ron Oester autograph on our ’87 Topps
- Photo with Brandon Phillips’ pearly white grill
- A lock of The Cowboy’s mullet
- Pitching tips from Chris Welsh
- Heckle the Bronson Arroyo Band
- High five Walt Jocketty
- Strike out Joey Votto in wiffle ball
- Do Da Dip with Rosie Red
- Give Jim Day a noogie.
Have you seen the list of Reds folks that will be appearing? Impressive to say the list.
See ya there.
Since the beginning of OMGreds I’ve struck up a few friendships with fellow baseball bloggers – Reds fans, card collectors, etc. It’s been fun, educational and sometimes rewarding. The folks that are apart of the this community can be EXTREMELY generous and that was evident to me tonight when I checked my mailbox. Joe from Cincy Reds Cards sent me a mind-blowing box of Reds cards out of the blue. Seriously, there must be 300 some cards in the box he sent – see the photo on the right. 2/3 of the cards were of our main man, Barry Larkin. Going through all the loot was like Christmas morning when you’re 5-years-old. Flat out glorious. Eric Davis, Johnny Bench, Adam Dunn, Junior, Brandon Phillips… the list goes on. The kicker? Two autographed cards from none other than Mr. Larkin (see above and Johnny Cueto. WHAT? WHAT? That’s some serious loot right there.
Joe and I have swapped a few emails this year and quite a few blog comments as well. He’s out in Salt Lake City, so he’s a long-distance Reds fan. It’s good to see the love for the Reds across the country. The thing about Joe is that he lost his entire card card collection – and probably a lot his belongings in an apartment fire over the summer. The blogging community came together and sent him LOADS of Reds cards to cheer him up a bit. OMGreds sent a little package as well… but nothing compared to what he just sent me.
Now, the other half of Cincy Reds Cards, Brad has been awesome to me as well – hooking me up with a handful of Joey Votto, Reds and Bengals cards. I was probably doing him a favor taking those Bengals cards! Just sayin’… the fellas at Cincy Reds Cards are the best. Check out their blog. They haven’t updated in a bit… but what is there if flat out hilarious.
So, I just want to say thanks to Joe and Brad and tell everyone how truly awesome Reds fans are.
PS… you all see the rumors about Larkin’s return to the Reds?