Bill posted recently about the various options for scheduling a Redleg Nation gathering in Cincinnati this summer. It’s going to happen; we just need to decide on all the specifics (continue that conversation below).
There has also been some discussion about Loyal Citizens of the Nation getting together in other cities; Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. were the specific cities mentioned. Let’s make it happen. (I’d love to travel to either of those cities for a gathering, by the way.)
On a related note, we’ve heard from a devoted Reds fan in DC with news of a Reds bar in our nation’s capital:
As some of you may know, for the past eight years, Cincinnati Bengals fans in Washington, DC have been convening at the Bottom Line on Sundays to cheer on our beloved Bengals. For those of you unfamiliar with the Bengals bar on Sundays, it’s packed with people donned in black and orange, eating Skyline, drinking beer, and depending on the year, commiserating together, or singing the Bengals fight song and cheering Who-Dey!?
During recent years the bar has also become an impromptu Cincinnati Reds bar, albeit unofficially and without the organization of the Bengals bar. It’s time to change that.
Therefore, it is with great excitement, that we are announcing the first ever official Cincinnati Reds bar in Washington DC.
I know what you’re thinking. “A baseball bar!? What daring! What outrageousness!”
No other major league team has an official bar in Washington DC, and just like Cincinnati was the birthplace of professional baseball, so too will Cincinnati fans have the first official baseball bar.
Attached is a schedule showing the games for which the Bottom Line will be the official spot to watch the Reds. If football season is any indication, people enjoy themselves at the Bottom Line on Sundays so most of the games will be Sunday afternoons, with the occasional rivalry game scheduled on a weeknight (noted on the schedule with a *).
The Reds bar will function virtually the same way as during the Bengals games. We’ll have the Reds game on almost every TV, audio, and bar specials including:
– $2.50 Miller and Coors/ $10 pitchers (cheap for DC)
– Wings, Tater Tots, etc.
– Taking the place of the Who-Dey orange touchdown shot will be a Red concoction, currently in the R&D phase by the mixologists at the Bottom Line laboratory. The Reds shot will be distributed for every home run hit by a Reds player. (Note: We play half our games at GABP so always designate a driver).
– “Frequent Fan” discount cards
– More specials will be coming, including possible appearances by the Miller Lite girls, jersey raffles, and other festivities.
To quote Marty, “This (bar) belongs to the Reds!” We hope to see many familiar and new faces out at the Bottom Line this spring and summer.
Lastly, the Bengals bar thrived and spread by word of mouth so please spread the word about the Reds Bar to anyone you think might be interested. We are also happy to add people to the DC Reds list serve. Simply write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also be on the lookout for the official DC Cincy Reds Facebook page and Twitter handle coming soon.
God Bless America (except st. louis)
Wish they had a Reds bar back when I lived in DC.
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.