I received this submission for the RN Around The World feature, and I thought it was worth sharing:
I’m a missionary in La Plata Argentina. My team works in the slums with extremely impoverished people. Because we usually work on most ‘american’ holidays and Argentine holidays are for spending with people, each year we take a special holiday as a team:
It’s Opening Day.
As a Reds fan, I hold the day sacred and keep the kids home from school. I cook US style Ribs and we watch baseball all day on a slingbox and DirecTV. My teammates are Cardinals, Indians, and Nationals fans. It’s my way of teaching my kids (5, 3, 1) to love baseball even though they’ll grow up in a country where it isn’t played. We all get together for a day, miss home, and cheer on the new season.
I love Redleg Nation. It’s made my season.
Thanks for that, Nate. (If you are an Indianapolis Colts fan, by the way, you need to check out Nate’s website linked above. Good stuff.)
Here are some pics of the festivities:
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.