Friend of the Nation Craig Fehrman posted an item recently about the Cincinnati Reds in pop culture. It’s interesting, and worth a read.

I’d be interested in whether you can think of some more instances of the Reds cropping up in pop culture. It doesn’t exactly fit, but my first thought was the time a Cincinnati Red actually hosted Saturday Night Live (Deion Sanders, of course).

Yes, this topic is specifically designed to get everyone talking about something other than the just-concluded Pirates series.

25 Responses

  1. drinck7

    The upcoming Joey Votto ESPN Sportscenter commercial. Or the Aroldis Chapman Cinco De Mayo Pepto Bismol commercial.

    • BenL

      Or the Aroldis Chapman Cinco De Mayo Pepto Bismol commercial.

      Wha? I didn’t know this existed until just now. It’s not quite on par with Arroyo’s “Together Again” JTM commercials… and why is the pinata filled with yellow paint?

  2. Steve

    This one is a real bank shot.

    In the film “Good Will Hunting” the Robin Williams character tells about how he missed the Carlton Fisk home run in the 1975 World Series.

    That’s a game involving the Reds, but no direct mention.

  3. stargazer3141

    How about the old Pete Rose shaving commercials – was it Gillette?

  4. Furniture City Red

    Charlie Sheen is a big Reds Fan…Winning?

    • pinson343

      Junior was a commercial item while with the Reds.

      Right, such as his soda (Pepsi ?) commercial with Sammy Sosa.

  5. BenL

    A different measure of whether Cincinnati is a baseball town or not might be how people from outside town perceive it. I live in Philadeplphia and folks who hear I’m from Cincinnati always either comment about WKRP or Pete Rose… So I guess that makes us a 50% baseball town? People never mention the Bengals.

  6. GeorgeFoster

    @stargazer3141: Pete Rose did a series of ads for Aqua Velva. And who can forget the Johnny Bench “no runs, no drips, no errors” commercial for Krylon?

    This one’s pretty weak, but a 1993 movie called “Airborne” was set in Cincinnati and features a lengthy rollerblading race that ends at Riverfront. I don’t recall if the Reds are mentioned in film.

    Another celebrity-type Reds fan is Joe Kernen on CNBC; he occasionally mentions the Reds on Squawk Box.

  7. Python Curtus

    I remember an episode of the old BOB NEWHART SHOW, back in the mid-’70s, where someone mentioned going to see the Cubs play the Reds

  8. Python Curtus

    We see a lot of hip-hop performers wearing Reds hats, of course, but I always douted that they were actually Reds fans or even baseball fans, for that matter.

    • Phill

      We see a lot of hip-hop performers wearing Reds hats, of course, but I always douted that they were actually Reds fans or even baseball fans, for that matter.

      Yeah usually rappers who claim any allegiance to the Bloods wear Reds hats but it’s just the style and has nothing to do with the team or baseball. If I remember right rapper The Game usually wears one to represent the Bloods and says the C is for Compton,CA. Then you get a lot of people seeing famous people wearing certain things and it spreads. It’s all fashion based and nothing more. Same with Yankees hats.

  9. lookatthathat

    @Python Curtus: Yeah, as I understand it’s gang related. Usually Phillies hats are used for “Bloods” and Yankees are “Crips”. I have seen an influx of Reds hats though, which is sad.

  10. cliff

    Actually the reds hat in popular culture was popularized by lil Wayne as he wore a series of them on tor a few years ago. He sported a different reds hat every night including performances in Boston, new York, providence, Raleigh, Atlanta, Birmingham, and a few others. The use of the reds hat is counterproductive in gang culture because crips would never sport a red cap and bloods would never don something with the later C emblazoned on it. That’s my understanding of the phenomenon.

  11. lookatthathat

    @cliff: I guess a better way to say it would be “gang/prison inspired”, rather like “sagging”. I would tentatively say that it is more fashion than function now, but the split probably isn’t as different as one would like.

    On a different note, I’m not a big NBA fan. But Phil Jackson is retiring again, and Bill Simmons from ESPN did a write up on it. Simmons isn’t really a stat head, but he’s a good writer. Now, I think the record will stand that I’m a relatively serious Dusty disliker. I recognize the love his players have for him, I just wish he was smarter sometimes. Anyway, some of the stuff Simmons wrote about Phil remind me of Dusty. Worth a read:

  12. MikeC

    In the movie “Angels in the Outfield”, the owner (loosely based upon Gene Autry) and the manager (supposedly based upon Frank Robinson) are talking. The owner is trying to console the manager about the poor performing team and says, “They expect you to win in Cincinnati. It’s different here.”
    The statement alludes to the comment made by a Reds pitcher who was on the team for one year before being traded to the Astros. I can’t remember the pitcher’s name right now.
    The main character of the movie was a relief pitcher who was traded to the Angels after his arm was blown out while pitching for the Reds. That ever happen before?

  13. Python Curtus


    After trying to rack my brains about it, the only pitcher I could think of who went to the Astros after one year with the Reds was Greg Swindell. He had a decent year with the Reds in ’92, then left as a free agent. I’ll have to look up his stats to see what happened next

  14. mike

    not that this is exactly pop culture but it for sure helps the perception of the Reds and Phillips.

    I just read this feel-good story about Phillips going to a little league game.

    this might sound odd, and I know a good number of players do stuff for the community, but I never thought about how incredible it would be for a major league player to show up at a little league game.

  15. mike

    @Python Curtus: after only 1 year with the Reds?

    Because there are a number of pitchers over the years that have pitched with the Reds who eventually went to the Astros

    Gary Majewski
    Mike LaCoss
    Jared Fernandez
    Bill Henry
    Kip Gross
    Ron Villone
    Michael Jackson
    George Culver
    Wayne Granger
    Pete Schourek
    Rob Murphy
    Bill Gullickson
    David Weathers
    John Franco

    and the pitchers who pitched for only 1 year with the Reds who ended up in Houston at some point

    C.J. Nitkowski
    Brian Moehler
    Joe Gibbon
    Bruce Chen
    Enerio Del Rosario
    Ross Powell
    Greg Swindell

    Rick White went Houston, Cincinnati then back to Houston. Along with being on 9 other teams.
    Xavier Hernandez went Houston, Cincinnati then back to Houston

  16. MikeC

    @Python Curtus:

    Thanks for the help Python. It was Greg Swindell who made the statement. Guess my memory was faulty in that he left as a free agent rather than getting traded.

  17. MikeC

    Now you guys got me thinking. Among the washed up Reds pitchers who the Angels tried were Sammy Ellis, Jim Maloney, Wayne Simpson and Gary Nolan. There might be more. It seemed for a few years in the late 60’s & early 70’s, you could tell a pitcher was done for sure when the Reds shipped him off to the Angels.

  18. pinson343

    I see that it’s already been mentioned that Charlie Sheen is a Reds fan.
    So is George Clooney.

    For those who remember Jonathon Winters, he was a big Reds fan, would wear a Reds cap.

    In Mel Brooks High Anxiety, he does a song & talk act in a lounge and says to someone from Cincy: “Love that Big Red Machine.”