Re: Favorite Reds Memories/Why are you a Reds fan?
Grew up in Cincinnati. My father would take me and my three siblings to Riverfront Stadium. I do not have many specific game memories from when I was that young, but what I do remember was the walk across the bridges that crossed over the highway. When you're just a boy they seem like they're miles long.
Street performers lined the bridges, maybe a man playing "Pink Panther" on a saxophone, or a drumline banging on buckets. I remember dancing to the music with my sister and two brothers...
And then arriving at Riverfront. Your ticket specified which gate in which you entered, sometimes making it quite a trek to get into the stadium. Once inside, you either went to the blue, green, yellow, or red seats. We always had nosebleeds (red seats) so we walked up and around the seemingly endless ramps. Finally, we'd arrive at our section.
Then the walk through the concrete hallway to the view of the field created a lot of excitement. The sound of the crowd would get louder and louder until you got through. The ensuing scene was turf-and-bleacher grand canyon...majestic.
One game (when I was roughly 15) I ran into Tom Browning who signed a ball for me. The signature is now faded, but I'll always have that ball and that memory.
There are only two seasons - Winter and Baseball.