We know that the Dayton Dragons are an A-plus organization. But if you needed any further proof, check out this video of their mascot, Heater the Dragon, using sign language to communicate with one of the Dragons’ biggest fans, 7-year-old Hunger Samworth. (h/t Mike Maffie)

Tonight’s game at GABP isn’t an anniversary per se, it’s more like a return to the scene of the crime. Homer Bailey faces the San Francisco Giants for the first time since he pitched a no-hitter against them here last July 3. His pitching opponent? The same tonight as a year ago, Tim Lincecum.

 

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. Here’s hoping the Reds can move their A+ affiliation from the Cal League to the Carolina League, sooner rather than later, and establish another highly professional minor league franchise like the Dayton Dragons to replace Bakersfield. I think no minor league team playing in Bakerfield would go virtually unnoticed.

    • Yes, definitely. The Reds could make Dayton the AA team in the Eastern or Southern Leagues. They could move Pensacola to the A+ Florida State League. They then could have their A- team in the Sally League or Midwest League. And then move the Rookie team out of Billings, Montana and into the Appalachian League. It would be nice to have most of the minor league affiliates near Reds Country, or should I say Reds Nation. But, there has to be openings within those leagues for the Reds to hook on. It could be done, but not overnight. It would take a few years and contracts and leases would have to expire or be re-negotiated.

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Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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