2007 Reds / Reds - General

Thank You, Cincinnati Reds!

As I mentioned in the Opening Day post from Chad, my streak of 5 consecutive opening day games came to an end due to “life” getting in the way. Since I was unable to make opening day, I decided to take the family up for opening “weekend” to enjoy a couple of games. I was fortunate enough, or unfortunate enough, to see Friday and Saturday’s games. For those of you who were in attendance at any of the games this past weekend, you understand why I say “unfortunate,” given the frigid weather we had to endure to watch the ball games. But with ample clothing, a couple of blankets, and a wife and 2-year-old son to keep me warm, the weekend was enjoyable.

If you have ever taken a little one to a ball game, you know how hard that can be. Constantly asking for candy, or to get up and roam around, or kicking the seat in front of you…and then enduring evil looks from the guy in front of you. However, I can honestly say that I have been blessed by my son’s conduct at games. My 2-year-old sat through the entire game Friday night, commenting on the ball going “real high”, watching as guys caught the ball followed by the comment “Got It”!, and even getting involved in the “Charge”! chant. He’s been to at least 10 games, and has had a great attitude at the games.

On Saturday, my son enjoyed nap time for 4 innings, but never asked to get up. On that day, though, my props go to the Reds for the hospitality. The time change and weather kept the crowd to a minimum (something around 15,000). Our seats were in section 420, row 2. Not bad seats; great view of the game and scenery. As we were on our way towards the elevator, I was surprised by the Reds employee who thanked us for coming out and asked us to enjoy the game. Probably a first for me at a Reds game.

As we were watching the first inning, another first occurred. An usher walked down to talk to a guy he knew and then made an announcement. Now I spent many of my younger years trying to sneak into better seats, risking the possibility of being escorted back to my seat. This time however, we were INVITED to upgrade our seats!

The usher announced that the lower level would be opened up for anyone who wanted to move down to the lower section. He said our view was just as nice in our section, but we could move down in order to catch a foul ball. I was shocked, to say the least, but took advantage and moved down to about 15 rows behind the Reds dugout. MUCH better seats. On the way out of section 420, the usher even took the time to pat my little one on the head and told him to enjoy his new seats.

Finally, the cold air got to be too much and we left in the 8th inning. On our way out of the stadium, the ticket guys at the front gate even thanked us for coming out and asked us to enjoy our day. Now I’ve been to my share of ballgames — a ton of games, considering I live 4 hours away. Yet, at none of those games can I remember the ushers and Reds staff treating me so nicely at ball games. Not sure how long this attitude has been going on, but I like it! Thank you, Cincinnati Reds, for an enjoyable weekend despite the elements.

Oh yeah, the Reds are 2-0 at games I attend in 2007!

8 thoughts on “Thank You, Cincinnati Reds!

  1. Great story. I give kudos to owner Bob Castellini.

    All I know is that the ushers at Riverfront were among the nastiest people in the tri-state area.

  2. I hope you stopped your little girl from kicking the seat in front of you…that is one of my most hated things in the ball park..actually, two of them, kids kicking my seat (which you can excuse b/c they’re kids) and parents that are so inconsiderate that they don’t do anything about it, even when asked.

  3. I was at Thursday’s game and took my son (who is 6) and a friend of his (who is 9). For my son, it was his 11th or 12th visit to GABP, but for his friend’s, it was his first. Turned out to be a good one (in spite of the cold temps and the snow flurries we were greeted by when we arrived at 11:15). To stay warm, we visited the HOF until the game started, but on our way, we got stopped and was asked if we wanted to be “Fans of the Games” … Now, I’ve been to hundreds of MLB games and never had my mug on the big screen (of course, when I started going to games, they didn’t have big video screens, but we won’t go there). And here’s my son’s friend in his first MLB game, getting to be on the big screen. Needlesstosay, he loved the whole experience and asked if he can come back with us some time.

    And I have to agree, the staff at the GABP is much more pleasant than what I ever encountered at Riverfront.

  4. So, what’s your secret? I couldn’t see my almost 2-yr old sitting in my lap for an inning of a baseball game, let alone a full game.

  5. I wish I knew why my son acted so well. If I knew what I was doing, I’d be publishing a book and making thousands! šŸ˜€

    My only explanation is that my kid just really likes to sit there and watch games. I coach basketball and baseball and he is exposed to watching tons of games, and for the most part, will sit and watch.

    I’m hoping the trend will continue as he gets older. I fear once he gets exposed to all the “goodies” the ball park has to offer, he may change! Im hoping he doesn’t.

  6. It’s a treat getting to hold him and have him comment on things.

    The bigger treat is afterwards, having him want to go back to the “Go Reds Field” (he calls the Reds the “Go Reds”) and have him tell me stories of what happened. Of course the stories usually involve the ball going real high, and things he sees on the scoreboard. Nevertheless, those are better moments than the games themselves.

  7. I wish I knew the secret, too, GregD. My two year old loves to go, but won’t sit still for very long.

  8. That’s great that the ushers were told to invite you to the lower deck!

    It’s a far cry from this game:

    I bought a Top 6 seat to see Deion’s debut, and I was booted from *Upper Deck* seats on 3 separate occasions. Check the attendance for the game – only 21,000 tickets were sold, so it’s not like the place was jammed. The last time it happened I was basically the only guy in the section.

    I’ve been nothing but impressed with the way the new ownership runs the show.

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