Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 3: 2nd Day in Cincinnati for Another Cubs - Reds Game; AND A Special Announcement at the End of this Blog Entry

Day 3, 2nd Game Between the Chicago Cubs and Reds

Today Cincinnati had brutal Texas-like heat for the 12:35 p.m. day game between the Cubs and Reds. 

In Chicago, the police might arrest you if you are trying to buy tickets near the stadium, but in Cincinnati, the police give you tickets, at least if you look like Jeannie. 

Two years in a row this has happend (see second picture which is from June, 2010).  Fans with extra tickets give them to the police and ask them to give them away to people (like Jeannie) who look deserving.

Today the policewomen also gave Jeannie two tickets to get into the Reds Museum Hall of Fame which is right next to the stadium. 

This was a super place.
Here I am with my favorite player, Joe Morgan, when I was growing up.  Joe Morgan was the rookie of the year as a 2nd baseman for the Houston Astros in 1965, the year the Astrodome opened.  Unfortunately and sadly, Joe Morgan was traded to the Reds in 1971.  He went on to win 2 MVP awards and was a big part of the Reds two World Series wins in 1975 and 1976.

Here is Jeannie serving as "bench manager" for the great Reds manager Sparky Anderson.

Here I am going over the wall to stop a home run.

Right now, there is a special section at the Museum honoring Reds great Johnny Bench who was the Reds catcher in the 1970s.
While our actual seats from the tickets were good, we went to the shade at the top of the upper deck to watch the game.

This was our view from the top of the upper deck.

In the game the night before, the Cubs looked so bad that it seemed amazing they could ever win a game.  It started that way at today's game, but then with the Cubs trailing 1-0 in the 4th inning, on two consecutive pitches, Cubbies hit home runs.

  Today, the Reds, much to the dismay of the fans, most of whom sat in 98 degree heat, was the team that did not do well, and the Cubs won 4-1.
Always some joy though during the 7th inning stretch as the fans sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" 

We moved to our ticketed seats pictured next for the 7th inning.

After the game, we shared a banana split at Graeter's Ice Cream which has been in Cincinnati for 140 years.  Jeannie says that Oprah is a fan, and we are too.

After a little nap, we are going out to eat tonight, maybe at a place called Nada, which is one of the best in downtown Cincinnati.

Tomorrow (Thursday) we drive to Detroit to see the Seattle Mariners play the Detroit Tigers.
Here is Jeannie last year with Paws, the Detroit mascot.

Suprise Announcement: 

We just got a phone call from New York City, and we are receiving tickets to see a great show next Wednesday, June 15.

We are looking forward to being at the David Letterman Show on Wednesday June 15.

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