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alexad
06-18-2006, 12:56 PM
I was excited about making the two plus hour drive down 32 to see my first Reds game of the season on Saturday night. I thought I had great seats for the game,section 109 down the third base line on the aisle. My blood pumped faster as I entered downtown knowing this would be a near sell out crowd with a playoff atmosphere.

As I got closer to the stadium, Cincinnati looked different. Imagine my eyes growing wide at the site of Black and White everywhere. The outside patios were full of Whitesox fans, the outside souvenir stands had more WhiteSox stuff than Reds.

I thought how can this be happening. Cincinnati is what baseball is all about. It is where it all started. Reds fans have always supported their team and now "the team" was winning. But tonight, Chicago was taking over the city.

My stomch turned inside out when three WhiteSox fans climbed up to the new statue of Joe Nuxhall and proudly placed a WhiteSox hat on his head before their group picture. I asked security how they could let this happen, to a beloved Red. The reaction was it was just a statue. Just a statue? This is Cincinnait for "Pete Sakes"!

As I got to my seat I found myself in one of the most embarrassing moments of my Reds fan life. All around me from seat to seat, aisle to aisle were Chicago WhiteSox fans. I had heard the stories of when the Chicago Cubs come to town, they seem to out number Reds fans, but always thought it was just a myth. But to see more WhiteSox jersey's than Reds, I suddenly become scared in my own ball park.

Proudly wearing my old Griffey 30 jersey suddenly placed a target on my back and WhiteSox fans yelled Chicago words of wisdom towards me. What was going on. I was wearing the home team uniform but yet felt like I was the enemy.

The Reds were booed when announced and WhiteSox players cheered. Was I dreaming or did I actually make a wrong turn on the interstate and end up in the wrong town wearing my neatly pressed birthday suit.

The chants of "Lets go WhiteSox" sent chills down my spine, of the wrong feeling. It still rings in my mind as if they want to brainwash me into becoming one of them. I can never let that happen, but it makes me wonder where were all the Reds fans last night.

I felt like I was in their territory. A Reds fan sitting two rows down was escorted out of the game because all the WhiteSox fans complained he stood up and cheered after the Lopez homerun. They taunted him with cheers of "Na Na Na, Hey Hey Goodbye" as the Cincinnati Police officer took him out. He questioned how can this be happening. All he wanted to do was come to his home ball park and cheer for his hometown team. Instead WhiteSox fans ruled the night. It made me want to take of my Griffey jersey so I would not be the next to leave for standing up for my beloved Reds.

For the first time in my life, I feared for my safety at a Reds game. How can the true Reds fan let this happen? How can the city of Chicago take over the best baseball town in America?

"Let's Go WhiteSox, Let's Go WhiteSox" was all you heard after the game and outside of the stadium. Did I really sit in Great American last night to see the home team Cincinnati Reds?

I can only imagine what the Reds players felt to be booed in their own stadium with a crowd of 39,000 in attendance. They had to feel like this Reds fan and question where they were playing last night.

It is time for Reds fans to unite and realize we have a baseball team that is in contention for the playoffs. This is what it is all about, or so I thought. Quit complaining about not having a bullpen or trading LaRue or Dunn. We have a product worth watching. We should be embarrassed for what happened on Saturday night. We let a city take over our city and make a mockery of the very soil that started the American pastime.

I learned one thing last night. To always be prepared for the unexpected when you attend a Reds game and make sure you make the right turn on the interstate to get to where you are going.

tsj017
06-18-2006, 01:01 PM
Yeah, I just posted about this in the "Just Got Back From Tonight's Game" thread. Man, they were obnoxious and annoying. Buncha front-running bandwagoneers . . . :angry: :angry:

LexingtonRedsFan
06-18-2006, 04:59 PM
Wasnt any better on friday night either....

CTA513
06-18-2006, 05:05 PM
Reds are something like 16-18 at home.

TeamBoone
06-18-2006, 09:08 PM
A Reds fan sitting two rows down was escorted out of the game because all the WhiteSox fans complained he stood up and cheered after the Lopez homerun.

You've got to be kidding me!

Why would security escort him out of the Reds baseball park because he was cheering for the Reds? Did I misread this?

lucky bugle boy
06-18-2006, 09:33 PM
You've got to be kidding me!

Why would security escort him out of the Reds baseball park because he was cheering for the Reds? Did I misread this?

I really hope there is more to that story. I was at the game Saturday also. From where I was sitting it seemed that there were more Reds fans than Sox fans, but not by much. I guess we have to take some of the blame; my brother and I, both Reds fans, went down with a group of guys which included two Sox fans. All of the Sox fans around me were polite and cheered their team on. I am dissappointed in a Reds fan in the front of my section who turned around a couple of times and flipped the bird to some Sox fans (I think he knew them?) in full view of several kids sitting around me.

butlerbulldogs
06-18-2006, 09:54 PM
i saw tons of green jerseys, and i asked what is the deal w that

we are Arrrrreish, (translated to Irish), so i said so, how many green bears jerseys you have?

bunch of tools, who also were mad they couldn't find guiness LOL, i think they were enjoying their fare share of bud light though

macro
06-18-2006, 11:11 PM
Scenes like the ones described by alexad will become less likely when the home team reaches the postseason more often than twice every 26 years.

reds1869
06-18-2006, 11:13 PM
How can the city of Chicago take over the best baseball town in America?

In my best George Grande voice: "but the Sox weren't playing in St. Louis. What town could you possibly be talking about?"

reds1869
06-18-2006, 11:15 PM
Scenes like the ones described by alexad will become less likely when the home team reaches the postseason more often than twice every 26 years.

Agreed. Look at the Bengals-Steelers crowds. This year it was very pro-Cincinnati. When I've went in the past I felt like I was in Pittsburgh. Since the arrival of Marvin it has gradually changed to the point that the Bengals have a true homefield advantage.

alexad
06-18-2006, 11:46 PM
I really hope there is more to that story. I was at the game Saturday also. From where I was sitting it seemed that there were more Reds fans than Sox fans, but not by much. I guess we have to take some of the blame; my brother and I, both Reds fans, went down with a group of guys which included two Sox fans. All of the Sox fans around me were polite and cheered their team on. I am dissappointed in a Reds fan in the front of my section who turned around a couple of times and flipped the bird to some Sox fans (I think he knew them?) in full view of several kids sitting around me.

He had a few beers, but that appeared to be the reason from where I was sitting.

chisox05
06-18-2006, 11:53 PM
Yeah, I just posted about this in the "Just Got Back From Tonight's Game" thread. Man, they were obnoxious and annoying. Buncha front-running bandwagoneers . . . :angry: :angry:

That's cold. Why are they bandwagoneers? Sox fans didn't show up to Sox games because the product on the field sucked. Does that mean there were not a ton of Sox fans? No, there always have been, but until there's real baseball on the field, why pay for it? I've travelled to opposing parks with the team for the past 3 years in June/July. The last two years I went west, and there were still Sox fans out there. And after they won the World Series, I wanted to see them in as many parks as I could. So since they're playing in Cincy the this weekend, I made the trek; and I'm going to Pittsburgh next week. You don't know how good it is to see Sox fans all over the place.

The team is fun to watch, and to say we're bandwagoneers because we made a short trek from Chicago, is pretty rude. I had a great time with the Reds fans that were around me for the past 3 days, and none of them were like that; I'm surprised you feel that way.

jimbo
06-19-2006, 12:43 AM
I'm not going to knock Sox fans for coming out to support their team. It bothers me to a degree, but I can't blame them. I blame the Reds ineptness on the field and their fans who cannot take over their own ballpark.

I will say after watching this series that the White Sox are just a dam(n) good team. They have a certain swagger and they flat out expect to win, it's in their eyes. I think it's a reflection of their manager who can balance out being critical of his players while at the same time protecting them. That swagger I talk about comes directly from Guillen.

TeamBoone
06-19-2006, 01:18 AM
Tonight, on one of the local TV stations, they had a telephone asking viewers to select which even this weekend held the most interest: Reds, Busch race, golf tournament, or the soccer championship (World Cup?).

The results in this order: Reds, soccer, race, golf.

oregonred
06-19-2006, 02:34 AM
Scenes like the ones described by alexad will become less likely when the home team reaches the postseason more often than twice every 26 years.

Ouch. Hard to believe but it's true. 2 times in the postseason since 1979 and none in the last decade.

Everybody likes a winner... Sox fans bought up a lot of tickets in the offseason Nice out of town weekend roadtrip to a much better park than the one on the Southside of Chicago for some of the die-hards and a host of "newly" minted Sox fans from Indiana and other such WGN induced bandwagoners.

BTW, The Reds outdrew the Sox every season from 1994-2004 (except 1997) and the Reds haven't exactly been packing the house with any great shakes. The Sox actually won their division in 2000 and still couldn't draw 2M the following season. 2005 was the first time since 1993 the Sox drew 2M in a season.

Here's an interesting tidbit back in time that shows the power of a winner (backed by a superstation to further the hype). The two lowest teams in attendance for the 1989 season were the White Sox (25th) and the Atlanta Braves (dead last). The Expos drew almost as many as both combined...

macro
06-20-2006, 01:27 AM
Sox fans bought up a lot of tickets in the offseason Nice out of town weekend roadtrip to a much better park than the one on the Southside of Chicago for some of the die-hards and a host of "newly" minted Sox fans from Indiana and other such WGN induced bandwagoners.

Exactly. For Reds fans, these three games were just three of 81 home dates to choose from. I suspect Reds fans were no more likely to choose tickets for this series than any other weekend series this season. For Sox fans, on the other hand, this was a unique chance to watch their team play somewhere besides their home park, therefore they gobbled up the tickets months ago. The fact that their team had just won the World Series probably enhanced their enthusiam for buying tickets, regardless of the stadium. Any Reds fans who might have decided to walk up found that many tickets were already purchased...long ago.

Thome 25
06-20-2006, 08:21 PM
Exactly. For Reds fans, these three games were just three of 81 home dates to choose from. I suspect Reds fans were no more likely to choose tickets for this series than any other weekend series this season. For Sox fans, on the other hand, this was a unique chance to watch their team play somewhere besides their home park, therefore they gobbled up the tickets months ago. The fact that their team had just won the World Series probably enhanced their enthusiam for buying tickets, regardless of the stadium. Any Reds fans who might have decided to walk up found that many tickets were already purchased...long ago.
BINGO.

Saturday there were a lot of Sox fans, and I was one of those wearing an authentic Mark Buehrle green pinstripe jersey along with a green fitted hat, from the Half Way to St. Patty's day game.

On Sunday there weren't as many which is understandable because I talked to many that were going home for Dad's day.

I couldn't stop laughing on Sunday at one of your vendors because he reminded me of the "HOT DOGS!!!!" vendor in Chicago. You guys know who I'm talking about........
PEANUTS!!!!!
BUD!!!!light
:laugh:

jesusfan
06-20-2006, 08:29 PM
I was also there... ALL 3 NIGHTMARES!!! I was surrounded by Chi-Sox fans every single night... For the most part, they were rude and abnoxious... alot of drunks too... lol well, there fans really made our fans look sad... But, as one CHI-SOX fan said Saturday night "That's what happens when you win a world-series"

alexad
06-20-2006, 10:13 PM
I wish I had the money some of those Sox fans have. The Sox fans behind me brought a family of 8 and everyone of them drank at least 6 rounds. Let me see 3 Buds, 2 Miller Lights and 3 Bud Lights.

I lost track of how much that must of cost. 6.50 a beer times 8 equals 52 times 6 equals $312 in beer. Somebody was making some serious cash that is for sure.

nineworldseries
06-21-2006, 09:42 PM
I couldn't stop laughing on Sunday at one of your vendors because he reminded me of the "HOT DOGS!!!!" vendor in Chicago. You guys know who I'm talking about........
PEANUTS!!!!!
BUD!!!!light
:laugh:

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATORAAAAAADE!!!!!!

That guy loves to sneak up behind me and scare the crap out of me with his bellowing! :D