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Redlegs
03-18-2007, 11:20 AM
Reds baseball was a big part of my childhood and has always been a huge part of my life. Opening Day is right up there with Christmas for me. After a full day of playing baseball or riding bikes with my neighborhood buddies, most all of my summer nights were spent listening to Marty & Joe on our front porch as our next door neighbor was doing the same. It was like having surround sound before it was available! Going to the 580 gift shop and heading on down to Riverfront Stadium was a real treat, and I look forward to continuing the tradition with my child when the time comes.

I lost my Dad to cancer last August. I remember the very day we found out what his illness was, he looked at me from his hospital bed and said, "Are the Reds on the tube tonight?" I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

Here's to everyone enjoying the 2007 season. God bless & Go Redlegs! :beerme:

redhawkfish
03-18-2007, 12:04 PM
I agree with you! The Reds were an incredible bond between my father and I, and thank goodness still are. We didn't agree on most things, but Reds baseball has always been a constant. As much of a dump Riverfront/Cinergy was at the end, I called my dad and we talked with sadness when it was imploded because of the memories it held for both of us. One of my earliest memories is the 1972 World Series against Oakland when my mom would make me go to bed, and my dad would wait and get me up to watch it once mom was asleep!:D

SunDeck
03-18-2007, 02:00 PM
To me Reds baseball means that deep down, things really aren't that different than they were when I was a kid. Sure, the team isn't nearly what that one was (and it never will be), but April still means the same thing to me after 41 years- baseball season is upon us; summer is coming.

Matt700wlw
03-18-2007, 02:08 PM
Reds baseball is a part of my life....it always has been, and always will be. It'll be different when Marty finally retires, just as it is since Joe no longer is full time.

However, I can't think of anybody better to take over than his son......it may be the best hire Bob Castellini has made, and a move than never would have happened if Carl Lindner still owned the team.

George Anderson
03-18-2007, 02:08 PM
Reds baseball means to me that every Christmas or birthday I know I am getting something Reds related. Reds baseball also means that I have WLW on the radio just as much as any other station just to keep up on the latest Reds news. Reds baseball also means I will have a not real happy wife for the next summer as the games are piped thru our house with our new recently installed home radio/intercom system. Being able to walk from room to room and never miss a part of the game is just to sweet.

I also just got back from the mall and had a blast outfitting my 8 month old son with a Reds hat and sweatsuit. Usually I am bored to tears buying clothes for him but I was totally possesed with buying just the right hat and sweatsuit for him. My wife gave me very strange looks as I went thru rack after rack looking for the right size or look. So I guess today Reds baseball was the beginning of a special bond for my son and I!!

redsfan1966
03-18-2007, 02:31 PM
It is scary...but all five of your posts equal my views concerning how much Reds baseball means to me almost to a tee....the only difference being that my father did not have the interest in baseball that I did...but he would talk about it and did go to a few games....and yes, George, my wife as well will try as much as possible to "put up" with me as I turn the TV down and have the radio up during games....

tripleaaaron
03-18-2007, 02:50 PM
I think most of us share these sentiments above, which is wy we are furiously searching through stats, boxscores, and discussing baseball ever since the day it ended. We are junkies, baseball gives me a high that I can never achieve anywhere else, the beautiful mix of a laid-back game and critical high stress situations makes for an exciting yet stress relieving experience. Whether we win or lose just being at the park is an awe inspiring experience. As opposed to football we see some athletes who look like us, short scrappy players like freel, overwight pitchers like David Wells who looks as much of an athlete as we as fans do. Even with steroids and other controversies the game still seems pure, the way sport was made to be played, a true team game with highly defined individual roles. The atmosphere is terrific, the open air and the smell of fresh grass, dirt and hotdogs intermingle into a almost perfume-like aroma. While I thouroughly enjoy attending Bengals games, the atmosphere of baseball is more inviting. Baseball fans are much the same, baseball has die-hard fans who are also relaxed, Ive had some of the best conversations of my life with other fans sitting nearby who all could be the GM, while at Bengals games I only get grunts and hollars from my neighboring fans. Baseball is an intelligent sport, nowhere else can you relax in the stands while calculating what your next move would be, it allows you to enjoy yourself while using your brain, something most sports dont offer. So what do the reds mean to me? The world, they have given me more than I could ever imagine giving back, even though each year I always want more. They have given me much of the same things as each poster before me has so elequently stated, but they have also given me an outlet, a place where I can relax and enjoy myself, and I especially enjoy knowing that most of the people in the stadium enjoy my sentiments as well. GO REDS!

PickOff
03-18-2007, 02:56 PM
Reds baseball means keeping the memories of my Grandfather and our our times together close to my heart. He was a quiet man, and he passed away when I was sixteen, so while we did not spend a lot of time talking, we did spend a lot of time sharing Reds baseball.

Reds baseball also means Marty and Joe on hot summer nights, that everything was right with the world when the Reds were winning, and whatever differences we had in Southwest Ohio - the Reds would bring us together for a time and give us the opportunity to move forward.

vaticanplum
03-18-2007, 11:19 PM
Frustration and pain, interspersed with moments of empty sentimental joy :)

coachw513
03-19-2007, 10:20 AM
My wife would say it means 6 months of insanity for me:D

It's remembering listening to games on the radio and keeping score...it's remembering hustling to the mailbox each Friday to get your new copy of the Sporting News to see all the boxscores from the previous week...

Blown saves are like a death in the family :explode:

Walk-off home runs rival the birth of children :party:

The potential of unbridled joy ('75, '90, '94 and '95, '99) on the occasional basis forces me to endure the torture of the last 6 years :barf:

I care way too much and invest way too much emotional energy on this game and this team...and I wouldn't have it any other way :thumbup:

SunDeck
03-19-2007, 10:29 AM
Frustration and pain, interspersed with moments of empty sentimental joy :)

Funny, that's what the dating life meant to me.

Big Daddy P
03-19-2007, 06:15 PM
I have been a Reds fan since the early '60's, I'm 56, and have enjoyed the ride.

Grew up in NYC, and it was very rare to be a Reds fan. Got the Reds bug from my cousins one early '60's summer and never lost it. I've seen many superstars come and go, Rose, Morgan, Bench, Robinson, Perez, Maloney, McCool, etc, etc.. The big red machine days were exciting ones. What a murderer's row that was!

I can remember tuning in the Reds radio network on some summer nights when I guess the atmospheric conditions were just right-yes, all the way in NYC!!

Yes it's been frustrating over the last decade and a half. But It's still just a game, and life goes on just fine. My 2 sons, now 25 & 21, are Reds fans too, even though they were born and raised in So Fla! Been here since 1978, and still a Redleg! Yes, I root for the Marlins too, but I'll always be a Redlegged wonder 'til the end.

Like I say every spring, this is our year, so let the games begin!

Falls City Beer
03-19-2007, 06:17 PM
Reds baseball is like having one of those "naked-at-school" dreams; it's consistently embarrassing, but it's your body, like it or not.

fadetoblack2880
03-19-2007, 07:28 PM
It's basically my life. I plan my summer around it. My winter consists of checking everyday for transactions involving this team. I love it. Most of my wardrobe is made up of Reds jerseys, turtlenecks, undershirts, jackets, etc. My dad isn't much of a baseball fan, but my grandfather has the same feelings I have toward this team. Our conversations consist of model trains and Reds baseball. Mostly Reds baseball. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without it. It would be a major void that I most likely could not fill.

dman
03-19-2007, 07:44 PM
Reds baseball means getting together a game of whiffle-ball with black tape wrapped around the bats and balls for father hits and more solid contact. When I was hitting I was always Dave Parker (I bat left and throw right also). When I took the mound I was always Mario Soto. Just the shear fun of pretending to be a Major League Whiffle Ball player. We would start playing in early March and wouldn't stop until mid-November, and these were the days when the World Series was finished by mid-October.

Eric_Davis
03-19-2007, 07:46 PM
Having a near-all Hall-of-Fame lineup with a Gold Glove or MVP at every position, one Ace pitcher, and a dominant bullpen.

OnBaseMachine
03-19-2007, 07:46 PM
Reds baseball is my life. As a kid, I always dreamed of playing for them one day. Obviously that didn't happen so now I have set my goals to moving to Cincinnati in the next couple years and purchasing season tickets every year. I love this team.

HalMorrisRules
03-19-2007, 10:07 PM
In May of 1990, the Reds were playing the Cubs in a weekend series. The Reds fell behind 5-0 early in the game (Scott Scudder started I believe) and my buddy and I were watching until we left to go meet another friend to go bowling. We bowled every Friday night but I always took my radio with me so I could listen to the game (I didn't miss a game either on TV, radio or in person from May of 1985 until July 1998, man that was a bad day when my streak ended, but I digress) and the Reds started coming back and had tied the game by the 5th or 6th. The Cubs had the lead in the 8th inning when Sabo came to bat with the bases loaded and 2 outs. The bowling alley had the game on a TV up near where you got your shoes and a group of us had gathered around the TV, when Sabo hit a ball in the gap to clear the bases. All of us, complete strangers, erupted into a loud cheer and we all high-fived and it was just kind of a "perfect" moment. None of us knew each other but we all knew baseball and the fun that is involved when your team is playing at their absolute peak. I will never ever forget that night as long as I live. Thats what Reds baseball is about to me.

Superdude
03-19-2007, 10:21 PM
There's nothing better than kicking back on Friday night with a pizza and a Reds game. And draft day might be the best day of the year.

Always Red
03-19-2007, 10:22 PM
I've enjoyed reading through the posts, and I feel very much the same way.

Let me just put it this way: when I was a lad and learning my directions, my pop saw that I learned it much more quickly when he substituted "Left fielder" and "right fielder" for left and right (you know- "where does the left fielder play?). I still think of my left and right that way, and it always makes me think of baseball, of the Reds, and my dad, who passed away two years ago, and with whom I spent so much time watching and talking about Reds baseball with. During my rebellious teenaged years, when I was such an idiot, Reds baseball was about the only thing we could talk about. In some ways, baseball is life, eh?

Always Red
03-19-2007, 10:24 PM
Reds baseball is like having one of those "naked-at-school" dreams; it's consistently embarrassing, but it's your body, like it or not.

:laugh: :laugh: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Redlegs
03-19-2007, 10:36 PM
I remember my high school days cruising through our local Thriftway/Hardee's parking lot with my buddy trying to pick up chicks in his four door nova. His car only had AM radio. Needless to say, we didn't have much success as we'd whistle at some girl only to have the Ole' Lefthander in the background........"the break even pitch to Sabo......"

We both eventually purchased vehicles with FM sterios and now we're both married but I wouldn't trade those days for nothing. :thumbup:

Falls City Beer
03-19-2007, 11:15 PM
I remember my high school days cruising through our local Thriftway/Hardee's parking lot with my buddy trying to pick up chicks in his four door nova. His car only had AM radio. Needless to say, we didn't have much success as we'd whistle at some girl only to have the Ole' Lefthander in the background........"the break even pitch to Sabo......"

We both eventually purchased vehicles with FM sterios and now we're both married but I wouldn't trade those days for nothing. :thumbup:

You didn't marry your cruisin' buddy, did ya?

I kid. :p:

vaticanplum
03-19-2007, 11:47 PM
I remember my high school days cruising through our local Thriftway/Hardee's parking lot with my buddy trying to pick up chicks in his four door nova.

I'm really tempted to make this my signature.

What, praytell, is this Thriftway/Hardee's combo?

redsmetz
03-20-2007, 12:06 AM
I'm really tempted to make this my signature.

What, praytell, is this Thriftway/Hardee's combo?

That almost sounds like Norwood.

Falls City Beer
03-20-2007, 12:33 AM
I'm really tempted to make this my signature.

What, praytell, is this Thriftway/Hardee's combo?

That sentence is poetry. Nobody's foolin'.

reds44
03-20-2007, 01:51 AM
What does Reds baseball mean to me?

Everything. It's summer. It's driving to Milwaukee to see them lose 11-0, but never leaving early because I had that much faith in the offense. It's going to Wrigley and having peanuts thrown at me, only to see Eric Milton absolutely OWN Carlos Zambrano on the mound and basepaths. It's dropping $300 to see the first game ever at GABP. Reds baseball is becoming a fan because your favorite player goes there, and now wishing your favorite player would just go away. It's talking to Brandon Phillips just days after he was traded to the Reds. It's talking to Hal McCoy in a random hotel in Houston before seeing Elizardo Ramirez pitch out of his mind. It's ever single time I wear a Reds shirt to school somebody asking me why I am a Reds fan.

What is Reds baseball to me? It's everything.

sonny
03-20-2007, 02:21 AM
It's the feeling that your rooting for not only the Reds, but the whole pastime.

It's watching the highlight of Pete run over a catcher in the All-Star Game and still getting excited about it.

It's getting chills when you here "This one belongs to the Reds"

It's rolling your eyes everytime you see Fisk waving the ball fair.

I's having numerous threads on a message board about the new uniforms

redsupport
03-20-2007, 02:27 AM
Its trading Claude Osteen, Curt Flood and Mike Cuellar and keeping Howie Nunn

Riverfront
03-20-2007, 05:04 AM
I'm 43 and have been a Reds fan all my life. When I think back on all them years, what sticks out to me is listening to Marty and Joe on the radio. Collecting Reds players baseball cards. Making the occasional trip to Cincy with my mom and dad and later taking my wife and kids down. Been living out of state for awhile now and haven't even seen the new ball park but hope to make it back one of these years.