Do you know anyone who has 2-3 extra tickets for Saturday’s Reds game against the White Sox (June 20)? I’m looking for the cheapest possible, if you know someone who can’t go to the game, please let me know as soon as possible. I know it’s a longshot on the blog here, but I don’t want to miss any potential sources…
What a night! The Reds squeaked past the Cubs in a 4-3 extra inning thriller, we saw a future Hall of Famer make his first ever major league start (dream big, Matt!), we got some free baseball cards (very cheaply made, but still pretty nice looking), George Foster signed some autographs (and smiled nice and big when he saw my son), chatted with Leo Cardenas (super nice guy), and I purchased season tickets for last year (how stupid does that sound?). Whew…let’s start at the beginning.
Yesterday was my kids’ last day of school. I decided to treat them to an afternoon at the Reds Hall of Fame. As we were leaving, one of the employees asked if I was interested in buying the season ticket book from last year for $35. While that sounds like an insanely stupid thing to do, these season tickets are special. You see, the cover of the book looks like this…
But that’s not the best part. The best part is when you open the book. Inside you find…
Nearly every game has a different portrait of a Reds Hall of Famer! The only exceptions are Opening Day, the 3-game series against the Red Sox in June (which commemorates the 1975 World Series), the ticket for July 19 (when they held the induction ceremony for the 2008 inductees), and the ticket for September 16 (which instead commemorates Tom Browning’s 1988 perfect game).
In those panels above, you see Larry Kopf, Barry Larkin, Brooks Lawrence, Ernie Lombardi, Red Lucas, and Dolf Luque in the top; Jose Rijo, Eppa Rixey, Frank Robinson, Edd Roush, Tom Seaver, and Cy Seymour in the bottom. And while Pete Rose doesn’t have his own ticket, he is included in the painting for the Red Sox series.
So I went to the Hall of Fame today to purchase one of these books (of which they only had four remaining) for $35. The guy that was working yesterday was not working today. The guy who was working today did not know how much the books cost. I informed him that I was told $35, but I didn’t know the name of the guy who told me that. So he calls down to the box office and asks…and they tell him $30. So… to make a long story short (too late, I know), I saved $5 by waiting a day to buy them!
Oh, and that’s not all….
George Foster was at the Hall of Fame today signing free autographs (1 per person). Yes, we already got his sig last year, but that was last year and I have more Foster cards now that were crying out for a Sharpie kiss! So both Joshua and I took a card and voila…
We also ran into Leo Cardenas (former big leaguer, Reds Hall of Famer) in the HOF lobby when we got there. Dummy that I am I didn’t think about pulling out the camera that was strapped over my shoulder to get a photo of him and Joshua, but perhaps another time. He told Joshua to always eat his cereal and milk before playing a ballgame in the morning, and that would help his performance. Joshua smiled and nodded and thanked him very much. Leo is a stand-up fella. (We didn’t know he would be there, and really wasn’t in any official capacity, or I would have gotta his Hancock as well!)
On to the game…
Well, not quite yet. Tonight was baseball card night at the ballpark, and the first 30,000 fans got a free set of Reds Kahn’s baseball cards. They’re pretty snazzy looking if you ask me…
And now, on to the game…
The lineup card exchange was kind of special, though I’m not sure anyone else noticed…
That’s Lou Piniella, the manager for the Cubs, and Billy Hatcher, the first base coach for the Reds. For those who don’t remember, 19 years ago (has it really been that long!?!?!) Piniella managed the Reds to a World Series win over the Oakland A’s (cue Queen “We Are The Champions”). Billy Hatcher was a major contributor to the ballclub that year as a player. So the lineup exchange was something of a reunion for the two of them. They stood there and talked and laughed for several moments before returning to their respective dugouts.
Matt Maloney was making his major league debut for the Reds on the mound, and he did a heck of a job.
The opposing pitcher was former Cincinnati hurler Ryan Dempster. He was one of those guys that I thought was going to become a superstar, and while he had a great year last year, he never quite became the ace I thought he would be back in his Marlin days.
Like I said, Maloney did a great job in his first big league start. The outfielders didn’t have to chase very many balls, though Jay Bruce underjudged this one…
Maloney’s solid performance was helped by some great defense. Chris Dickerson made at least two diving grabs…
But when Cubs catcher Geovany Soto spanked one, it was all over for the rookie.
When Maloney left the game, he had a one-run lead. Thanks to the Reds’ overpaid relievers, he wound up with a no-decision.
But in the bottom of the 11th, Adam Rosales drove Jay Bruce in for the Reds’ 29th win of the season.
My kids are big fans of iCarly, and as such have decided to make their own webshow. The latest episode was filmed last night at the Reds Hall of Fame. It’s short (only about 3 minutes) and pretty cute (if I do say so myself). Check it out if you have a few minutes to waste…
Last night at the Reds Hall of Fame, one of the workers told me they only have 4 of these left…
You may ask, “What is that?” I say, “It’s a season ticket book from 2008 with all the tickets in tact.” You may say, “Big deal.” I say, “It is.”
You see, in 2008 the Reds season tickets each featured a portrait of a former Reds player, most of whom have been inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
I’m really considering this purchase tonight when I return to the museum prior to the game. But at $35, I’m just not sure. I mean, they’re old tickets…unusable.
I will report back with my decision after the game (along with some photos, I’m sure).
When you vote for your 2009 All-Stars, I encourage you to write in Ryan Hanigan’s name as catcher in the National League! With Joey Votto missing a lot of time at first base, Ramon Hernandez has had to cover the sack and Ryan Hanigan has really stepped up and played well behind the plate. Why not reward him with your vote for the All-Star game, even though he’s not on the ballot.
Simply leave the catcher selection blank, and write in Hanigan at the bottom of the ballot thusly:
The 2009 NL MVP? We’ll see..
Last year’s ROY runner-up, patiently waiting his turn to bat…
Jose Reyes, whose rookie refractor is worth more than I expected…
A pinch-hitting pitcher? I expected Micah Owings to stay in the game after he batted, but he didn’t. This photo was used for the Goose Joak Original Baseball Card Project…check that out here.
Is this guy worth a Freel? I wasn’t impressed yesterday. Sure, we needed a catcher, but for Freel?
And since Nick Lachey was responsible for many of the hits to the blog yesterday…
My 9-year old and I braved the cold weather and snow today (after a sunny 70 degrees yesterday afternoon) and went to the Cincinnati Reds 2009 Opening Day!
Hometown hero Nick Lachey was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. You might know Nick as one of the guys from 98 Degrees (one of those carbon copy boybands of the 1990s), or as the ex-husband of Jessica Simpson. But he’s also part owner of the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate).
The honorary captain of the game for the Redlegs was Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.
Aaron Harang took the hill for the Reds…
…his opponent was perennial Cy Young contender Johan Santana.
Only three hits for the home team, all coming from the team’s young bucks…
and Darnell McDonald.
The Reds lost the opener, 2-1, but they are a young team and very fun to watch. Jay Bruce made a great throw from right field and nailed a runner trying to score, which was very exciting. There were a few blunders in the field (though only one official error), and no balls left the park for the Reds. Their lone run came from a Brandon Philips sacrifice fly, driving in McDonald.
A very fun day, and I’m definitely looking forward to visiting Great American Ballpark again in the near future!
I have set a goal for myself: get my screenplay written by the end of May! It’s not as daunting as it sounds…I already have 18 pages written in one night, and I have plenty of nights to work on it! Screenplays are generally 90-120 pages in length, so I’m about 1/5 of the way there.
What about the novel, you ask? Well, I just got stuck…and at only 80 pages, I decided I’m not wordy enough. I can’t bring myself to describe minute details the way most novelists do, and I’m much more interested in dialogue, so I figure a screenplay is the way to go. I already have at least one person willing to read it when I’m finished, and I will of course register it with the WGA. My biggest concern is finding an agent or representative to shop it for me, since I don’t live in Hollywood (nor do I really want to). Hopefully it won’t be as difficult as I fear.
In other news, the radio program is really taking off. I’ve had some great guests on lately, including George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) and Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big). This Saturday I’ll have Joey Allen (Warrant) on the program, and I’m working on possibly getting Rob Halford (Judas Priest) in the near future. Check out the Hard Rock Nights blog and let me know what you think of what I’ve got going on over there.
And on the sports front, meh. I’ve lost so much interest in baseball it’s not funny. My 9-year old son and I will be attending Opening Day for the Reds, and that may rekindle some interest in the sport, but I’m not banking on it. My fandom has waned so much that I’ve canceled my trip to Cooperstown this summer and will instead be attending the Dukes of Hazzard Fan Fest in the Smokey Mountains. Merle Haggard is playing that weekend, so it will be a blast.
My movie watching has been insane lately. I’ve seen “Once Bitten,” “Vampire’s Kiss,” “Twilight,” “Queen Of The Damned,” all within the past two weeks…and those are just the vampire flicks. “Nosferatu” is on the screen right now. A classic, but a bit of a pain to follow at times. I much prefer “Shadow Of The Vampire,” but really some knowledge of “Nosferatu” is essential to enjoying that movie to its fullest.
That’s all for now. It will soon be bedtime, and then work tonight. Hopefully I’ll be able to equal my productivity on the screenplay during my 12-hour shift.
Every once in a while, I get a bug about cards. I started collecting back around 1985, and in 1986 I received my first complete set for Christmas. I still have that set of 1986 Topps, and the 1987 Topps I got the next year, and the 1988 Score that I hand-collated the year after. I’ve got traded sets, update sets, sets full of rookies, and sets you could only get at Kmart or Toys R Us among others.
Today it’s a totally different game. I started getting back into baseball cards pretty heavily last year, buying tons of boxes at Walmart and Target. Packs here and there. So much to choose from, but so little that was actually good. Topps was my favorite card last year, but I was turned off by the gimmicks, short-prints, memorabilia cards, etc., real quick.
So far this year, I’ve gotten about 4 packs of Topps. As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of the Cincinnati Reds and started a collection of Reds cards last year, trading with several of you for your favorite teams. In those 4 packs of Topps, I pulled not 1, not 2, but 3 David Price cards. THREE DAVID PRICE CARDS. I’ve never heard of David Price before this year, but I’m getting really sick of his cards. On top of that, I’ve only gotten 1 card featuring a Reds player.
So, what is a collector to do? Box the cards up and take a break, that’s what. They’ve been sitting out for too long without being touched, and the joy has run dry. Oh, I’m sure in a few weeks I will rethink that decision and pull them back out, and attempt to finish sorting the Reds and finally get them all bindered up, but for now it’s time for a little break. And I don’t mean box break.