On a more positive note, found this article from the Cincinnati Enquirer refreshing as it reminds us of the long, storied history of the Cincinnati Reds. Grew up a Reds fan and can still remember the first time that Dad and Mom took me to a game at the old Crosley Field -- felt I was living a dream because they used to go down several times a year with friends but I was finally old enough to attend. On the band bus in high school on the way to events in the early fall, we would be singing "Rally Round the Reds" Our family went to a game at Riverfront the first week it was open and for concessions we had sandwiches in baggies as the concession stands were not in full operation.
When I was dating my future husband, we attended a playoff game against Philadelphia in 1976 for the right to go the World Series. Sitting in the yellow seats when a Red's home run landed near us and got a full cup of beer down my back -- it was worth it -- Reds swept the series. We had tickets for the World Series with the Yankees but the Reds won it in four. Only turned back in one of the tickets for a refund as I wanted to keep the other one. The Big Red Machine was the best in baseball and their legend lives on today. The best catcher ever played for that Red's 1976 team -- Johnny Bench. He started out as Red having been drafted from Binger, OK, and stayed a Red his whole career:
The 1976 World Series matched the defending champion Cincinnati Reds of the National League against the New York Yankees of the American League, with the Reds sweeping the Series to repeat. The Reds became (and remain) the only team to sweep an entire multi-tier postseason. The Reds are also the last National League team to win back to back World Series. It also marked the second time that the Yankees were swept in a World Series (the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers were the first).Now another opening day is upon us and the Enquirer is listing the greatest games of Opening Day to get us in the mood tomorrow to hear the umpires say "Play Ball:" This has the makings of another great season for the Reds. We may not live in Ohio, but my son and I will be rooting for the Reds all the way hoping for another chance at a World Series victory for the Reds.