03/19/2008

Five In A Row

Just last night, I obtained some Opening Day tickets. It will be my fifth Opening Day in a row, and all of a sudden, I’m much more excited for this season to begin. Anyone else going?

Can’t wait….

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

Join the conversation! 16 Comments

  1. Chad –

    No, I’m not going. Honestly, I’ve never understood the appeal of going to opening day versus picking a day where you know that there will be good weather and when you’re likely to get better seats.

    So, I ask you…what am I missing? I’m genuinely curious.

  2. I will be there. After 28 years of being a Reds fans, I am finally getting the chance thanks to winning a drawing at the Reds Winter Caravan event in Indianapolis!

    Chris… are you crazy!?!?… it’s Opening Day in Cincinnati… one of the great traditions of baseball!

  3. I just wish I could find a way to get about 7 or 8 tickets to the friday night Red Sox game in June outside of jacked up ebay prices.

  4. All I can say is that you just need to experience it, Chris. It’s a festival, a holiday…just a unique experience different from any other game.

    I have a feeling that the atmosphere (the energy in the crowd, etc.) is akin to Game 1 of the World Series, in some ways. Just a very electric atmosphere.

    Then again, I’m one of those gooey-Field-of-Dreams-sentimental-about-baseball types, and you aren’t, so maybe you wouldn’t have the same reaction.

    Next year, I’m buying you a ticket and we’re going to Opening Day. Clear your calendar.

  5. I’m in. Calendar cleared.

    As for being a gooey-Field-of-Dreams type, I’m more of that than I let on. I’m a scientist at heart, so I don’t trust what I can’t explain, but my love for baseball is one of those things that I’ve just had to learn to accept as “unknowable but inescapable”. I blush every time I admit how much a grown man who’s been a successful professional and business-owner goes ga-ga over baseball and specifically, the Reds. It’s embarrassing. Still I do things like buy a new baseball just to smell the unmistakable waft of new leather while I watch the Opening Day game.

    I can think of worse addictions.

  6. Never been, wish I could but I’ll be in London. And I don’t mean Kentucky.

  7. FYI, The Chris above is Chris T. from Seeing Red. Not me, Chris from here. 😛

  8. Hey, that means the ticket is for me!

  9. I don’t go to opening day — too many amateurs, too many people who leave after the fifth inning, because they’ve already been seen there. I love the parade, though, and I always make it a point to go to the second game of the year. Real fans go to game No. 2. You can sit anywhere, and the weather is just as lousy.

  10. This will be my 6th in 7th years. Had to miss last year due to being a high school baseball coach and my AD scheduled a game on the day of opening day.

  11. I don’t think there’s anything better than getting opening day tickets. And by getting, I mean getting after they go on sale. You go through the dissapointment of not getting the lottery, or getting in line early enough, and then out of the blue someone says,”Hey, you’re a reds fan, I have some tickets for opening day, do you want them?”
    In 2005, my dad got tickets for my brother and me, the friday before opening day.
    The seats ended up being front row right behind the Mets Bullpen.
    And then Dunn and Randa go back to back to win it.

    Best. Opening Day. Ever.

  12. I don’t think there’s anything better than getting opening day tickets. And by getting, I mean getting after they go on sale. You go through the dissapointment of not getting the lottery, or getting in line early enough, and then out of the blue someone says,”Hey, you’re a reds fan, I have some tickets for opening day, do you want them?”
    In 2005, my dad got tickets for my brother and me, the friday before opening day.
    The seats ended up being front row right behind the Mets Bullpen.
    And then Dunn and Randa go back to back to win it.

    Best. Opening Day. Ever.

  13. I don’t think there’s anything better than getting opening day tickets. And by getting, I mean getting after they go on sale. You go through the dissapointment of not getting the lottery, or getting in line early enough, and then out of the blue someone says,”Hey, you’re a reds fan, I have some tickets for opening day, do you want them?”
    In 2005, my dad got tickets for my brother and me, the friday before opening day.
    The seats ended up being front row right behind the Mets Bullpen.
    And then Dunn and Randa go back to back to win it.

    Best. Opening Day. Ever.

  14. Okay, it was cool but not that cool, not sure how I posted it three times. Sorry.

  15. if i can get a furlough i will go. i am currently do 10 days foe aggravated panhandling

  16. […] Over at Redleg Nation, Chad announced his glee over procuring tickets to Opening Day.  I’ve never been to an Opening Day game and have never even attempted to get tickets, so I asked Chad in the comments of his post what is special about being at the game in Cincinnati for Opening Day.  He answered… All I can say is that you just need to experience it, Chris. It’s a festival, a holiday…just a unique experience different from any other game. […]

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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