What a crazy weekend.
I took the family to Cincinnati for the games on Saturday and Sunday. The baseball was as bad as expected. The Reds were practically out of each game before they had a chance to bat. It was just ugly.
On Sunday, however, the Reds were awfully nice to us. Someone with the team saw my "Open Letter to Bob Castellini" that I posted over at Redleg Nation.
The long and short of it is that we were invited to hang out on the field prior to the game, and Karen Forgus, VP of Public Affairs for the Reds, gave us the grand tour. John Allen was very nice, and he spent quite a bit of time (20 minutes or so) discussing the Reds with me on the field. We had a chance to visit the radio and television booths, and see some other things I hadn't imagined we would get a chance to experience. Joe Nuxhall said hello to my son, and at the end, Ms. Forgus presented my kids with a bag full of goodies.
The undercurrent to the whole thing was that the Reds are listening to what the fans think - they kept mentioning the "passion" of the Reds fans online and that Mr. Castellini considers the current state of affairs to be unacceptable.
If another contributor at my blog, Chris, doesn't mind me stealing his words, I think he summed it up pretty well: What do they say about PR - it is "doing things right and then telling people about them?" This seemed to be the Reds' goal - take a guy who's questioning what's going on, obviously speaking for at least the most devoted and vocal 1%, and show him that, while they haven't yet fixed what's wrong, they do care and they are trying.
Crazy weekend. I'm going to try to post a couple of pictures here, but I'm not sure I can do it correctly. If not, you can see the rest of the pictures that I took from the field here and here.
This guy is just huge up close.