Originally Posted by BungleBengals
Unfortunately, I was born in the 90s so I did not get to experience much excitement for professional sports here in Cincinnati. I went to a few Reds games as a kid and remember asking my dad why people were booing Aaron Boone. I also remember the excitement when we got Griffey.
I sort of followed them here and there, but never really cared. It was hard to since they were never expected to do anything. I became a die hard fan in 2010 when I went to a game on a whim because my friend invited to me to go. It happened to be HOF weekend where the Reds hit 3 HRs and pounced the Rockies 8-1. I was hooked. I have been going to games every year since then. I have found it fun to know the ins and outs of the ballpark and all of the fan interaction the players and announcers participate in. I went to a preseason game for the Bengals and found it extremely boring with no fun games or fan interactions.
My greatest Reds memory would have to be that. Just enjoying games with my dad and soon to be wife. Carrying in a soft sided cooler full of drinks and getting the $1 hot dogs before the game. If I had to pick one game, it would be the Pete Rose Ceremony game where Votto hit a walk off homer in extras to win it.
Although, if I was at last night's game, that would surely be up there.
Really cool stuff. I love how all of our stories vary. (Btw, been a few days since i've been here - i'm an RN in a surgical ward and have been throttled lately). But your story reiterates why I think sports allegiances can be so happenstance. For instance, I'm a Reds fan, for reasons mentioned (my father taking me to st louis where I had the opportunity to meet much of the Big Red Machine, etc), Alabama Crimson Tide football - NOT a bandwagon jumper by ANY means - again, my father took me to games, even practices. I used to sell programs at the games, and had the opportunity and met Bear Bryant as a youth - uh, yea, i was hooked - Roll Tide (i realize u osu fans will begrudge this). Dallas Cowboys - I was VERY young when I watched Super Bowl X with my father, but I kept seeing that star on the helmet, and thought it looked soooo damn cool. Not to mention, Roger Staubach is my favorite athlete of all time. Done there. Memphis Tigers basketball - I grew up with a lot of those guys - was a natural thing. (also have a REALLY cool story about a former Memphis basketball coach - one that may surprise many). Anyway, I don't jump ship. My teams, are my teams. and have been for life as far as i can remember. (nba is a different story as i find it hard to even watch - and there's a story behind that as well). Sorry for the long post, and look forward to more.