My wife and I met Joe a few years ago at the Reds HOF on the day Eric Davis and Jose Rijo were inducted.

I told him how I used to plan my trips home from college so that I would be on the road while games were on just so I could listen to him and Marty. He thanked me for listening and being a fan, then said something to my wife about hoping the Reds could win one for us that day. Well, my wife grew up in DC and is a huge Orioles fan.

I told Joe that she was one of "them" and probably wasn't hoping for a Reds win. He just smiled and said, "As long as she's a fan of baseball, that's alright."

Simply a class act and a true franchise great.