Baseball is…

This popped up in my Timehop today…

It doesn’t matter how good or how bad the Reds get, we still always have the Reds game on whenever they’re playing. Maybe it was growing up a Cubs fans. And watching the Cubbies struggle year after year, summer after summer, season after season. There’s something so familiar about cheering for the underdog.

But win or lose, we’ll always love our Reds. 😀⚾️❤️

My left hip revision surgery.

This afternoon I went back to The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center to undergo my hip revision surgery on my total left hip replacement.

From what I was told, the procedure went great and the revision was a complete success. Genifer hung out with me until the Reds game was about to scheduled to start and then she left to let Mack out in our backyard to go potty…

The bear Genifer got me for my first left hip surgery kept me company…

I had a much better-positioned recovery room this time around for the Reds Friday Night Fireworks. Last time, I could kind of see the fireworks from my recovery room. This time around I had an excellent front room seat for the show…

I had a chef salad for an evening snack…

They had the best bread pudding. It was delicious. I’ll definitely miss having them bring me the delicious bread pudding with caramel sauce.

After a long rain delay, I finally got to watch the Reds game…

I saw bits and pieces of the game. I guess the Reds lost 12-1. Ouch.

It wasn’t exactly the way I planned on spending my Friday but all things considered, everything went very well. I rested comfortably for the rest of the evening. 😀🏥❤️

Three years ago today…

We were at the Reds game when one of the Reds PNC PowerStacks actually caught on fire during the game…

I had forgotten about being at this game. Thankfully, Timehop never forgets. 😀🔥🦕❤

Reds baseball game #1.

Our Reds are off to a historically bad start to the baseball season. Last time I looked, I think the Reds had the worst record in all of baseball at 7-22. And they were already 10 games out of first place in the NL Central. It’s pretty tough to be really enthusiastic about the Reds right now. But still, their games are on in our house every night even if they’re now relegated to a peripheral tablet. Regardless of how bad the Reds are, they’re still our Reds. And seven years ago today, we went to a Reds game on our very first date. Even though they’re not doing so hot this year when the Reds play at home on the anniversary of your first date, you go to the Reds game. That’s exactly what we did tonight. We went to our first Reds game of the year. And we were super hyped about it…

Just kidding. We’re always excited to go to Reds games. Among the new features at the ballpark is this Budweiser wagon where you can get $5 Bud and Bud Lights to drink on Crosley Terrace before you enter the ballpark…

We stopped to look at our Reds All-Star brick

Another new feature is out in right field, the Budweiser Balcony

They added a bunch of TV’s underneath the new balcony….

And a big Budweiser bar on top of the new balcony…

It’s pretty nice up there. It used to be just kind of a dead space out in right field. Now it feels much more finished. The most intriguing new food offering was also out in right field at Mr. Reds Smokehouse called the Smokehouse Bowl…

It was BBQ chicken, baked beans, mac&cheese and cole slaw all in a taco shell…

I’m not sure that I would get it again. But it was pretty darn tasty. It’s one of those things that you can say that you tried and then go back to old ballpark food staples. Give me a couple of dogs or a Peen Station Cheesesteak or a Big Boy and I’m a happy guy.

My Swarm check-in from the game…

It was the 180th Reds game I’ve checked into on my Swarm and the 23rd time seeing the Reds play the Milwaukee Brewers.

And I don’t care how bad the Reds are. Great American Ball Park will always be my happy place. Just look at that view…

Our seats were up in The Fioptics District. We love it up there. With the Fioptics District Ticket for just $15, you can enjoy ballpark seats or the terraces where you can stand and watch the game, access to the exclusive rooftop and your first drink!

It was pretty awesome. We felt like we had GABP all to ourselves…

The announced attendance was 9,536…

But we’re guessing the actual number was less than half of that…

We headed for home in the ninth inning. The Reds were down by one when we left. When we got to the car, the game was final and the Reds lost 6-5.

Win or lose, it doesn’t make a difference to me. I just love being at the ballpark with the love of my life. 😀⚾️7⃣❤️

 

 

A quick run around downtown.

I ran some errands around downtown Cincinnati this afternoon. At the beginning of every baseball season, I let myself buy a new Reds sweatshirt and a new reds polo shirt.  I’ve been looking for a Reds quart-zip fleece forever. But I’ve never really been able to find exactly what I’ve been looking for. I bought a grey Reds quarter-zip online. But when it showed up in the mail, I really didn’t like it. It just seemed really cheap. But yet, the price tag wasn’t really cheap at all. So I dropped it off at the UPS Store by Fountain Square to send it back for a refund. From there, I headed down Fourth Street to Kock’s Sporting Goods to see if they had a Reds hoodie that I’ve been eyeballing for last three or four seasons now. They had it in stock, and it was $30 less than I’ve seen it anywhere else but they only it in a small. I stopped to admire the view of an empty lot where a rather large parking garage used to stand at the corner of Fourth and Race Streets…

I continued back down Fourth Street and noticed the new Sleepy Bee on Fourth…

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Sleepy Bee. Someday, I’ll have to give it a try. From there, I walked down to GABP…

I got us some Reds tickets for the seven-year anniversary of our first date on Monday…

The Reds team shop had the sweatshirt I’ve been eyeballing…

But it’s a Nike hoodie and it’s $120 in the team shop. And that’s just stupid. They also only had it in a medium. When I tried the medium on, it was a bit snug. I like my hoodies kind of baggy. Thankfully, they didn’t have a large. And I wasn’t tempting into paying way too much for a ridiculously overpriced sweatshirt to rep the worst team in baseball. Instead, I  ordered this Reds hoodie from Homage online while standing in the Reds team shop. And it was half the price of the Nike hoodie. And it was on sale. Coming out of the team shop, I noticed a new taco shop in the new AC Hotel in The Banks, Condado

All those people waiting outside for a table. It’s kind of silly. Inside looked cool though…

I made my way down the street to BurgerFi

I grabbed a burger and then I walked back to work. It was a nice little lunchtime run around downtown. And there’s always something new in downtown Cincinnati. 😀🏙️❤️

Reds baseball game #7.

Where has the summer gone? As the baseball starts to wind down and thoughts begin to turn to the postseason almost mercifully, today was the final home game of the Reds baseball season. It would be our seventh Reds game of this baseball season, and the Reds were ending with a homestand against my favorite  American League team, Boston Red Sox…

These Ballpark Express self-serve, automated pick-up stations are the first of their kind at any major league stadium. They are supposed to allow fans to skip all the really long concession lines to be able to spend more time enjoying the game by ordering and paying for food and beverages using the official MLB.com Ballpark app…

I don’t know… Pretty really weird, right? BARGE!

We got to see Xander Bogaerts…

And Dustin Pedoria…

And Madeira Ohio native, Andrew Benintendi…

And Mookie Betts…

According to my Swarm, I’ve been to 257 Reds games…

Billy Hamilton had the play of the game, hands down. Billy got caught leaning the wrong way off of first and turned a bad throw during the ensuing rundown into a run for the Reds as he raced all the way home from first. It left the Red Sox scratching their collective heads as to what just happened…

The Reds lead most of the game but ended up losing to the Sox 5-4, and getting swept in the weekend series. The last time the Reds won was at the game we were at last Sunday against the Pirates

It was another great season of Reds baseball. 😀⚾️❤️

Reds baseball game #6.

By our standards, it’s been forever since we’ve been to a Reds game. Our last Reds game was all the way back at the beginning of July. This summer it seemed like FC|C and the Reds were always on the same schedule all season. They would both be in town for the same weekend and then they’d both leave for road trips. On the same weekend. It was very rare to find a weekend when FC|C was playing away with the Reds at home.

Earlier in the week, it suddenly dawned on us that the baseball season was winding down. So this morning, we made ourselves get up and get down to the ballpark for a little Sunday baseball church…

We got a Michael Lorenzen Fathead…

It’s good to be back. We missed you old friend…

The Reds were playing the Pirates this afternoon. And our favorite Pirate was playing John Jaso. Or as we like to call him Jason Jaso…

I wonder how many pizzas LaRosa’s has given away this season…

We had seats up in the Fioptics District…

And we had the place pretty much to ourselves…

Redzilla?! Some sort of new motorized promotional item Gatling gun…

The Reds were really racking up the Ks today…

BARGE!

The live Sunday Mascot Race…

Mr. Red jumped the gun a little early…

And all the other mascot just went down the stairs into the Reds dugout…

BARGE!!

The game was deadlocked at zero until the sixth inning. Eugenio Suarez blasted a two-run shot to left

And then Scotter Gennett went yard with another two-run blast

The Reds hung 5 on the Pirates in the inning afterTucker Barnhart’s RBI triple…

We were one strikeout away from free pizza…

AND THIS ONE BELONGS TO THE REDS! They won 5-2

The Reds ended the game with 10 strikeouts, just one away from free pizza.

It was great to be back at the ballpark. We still have tickets for one more Reds game. Our seventh game of this season will be watching our Reds taking on my favorite American League team, the Boston Red Sox in the final home game of this 2017 Reds baseball season. Talk about a good to finish off the season…

😀🌭⚾️❤️

Super Sports Saturday.

There were a bunch of really good sports on this evening. We sat out on our back patio and watched the Reds lose to the Nats, the United States Men’s National Team thump Nicaragua 3-0 in their final group stage match of the Gold Cup and… we watched our FC Cincinnati down geographic rival Louisville City FC 3-2… in Louisville…

It was a bunch of sports. Maybe too much for some of us…

Thank goodness for having a bunch of devices. 😀⚾️⚽️⚽️❤️

Reds baseball game #5.

I picked us up some tickets to this afternoon’s Reds versus Cubs game at GABP…

With the Reds playing the Cubs, it meant there were going to be a bunch of people at today’s game, more than a normal game…

We skipped the Crosley Terrace where we usually enter the ballpark because it was packed with people. As we approached the Terrace, Genifer thought they hadn’t opened the gates yet. They were open. It was just so many people that it didn’t look like they were moving at all…

We entered the ballpark through one of the lesser used gates down the first base line by Mr. Reds Smokehouse where there was no wait to get in…

It’s always amazing to be back at GABP…

It’s one of my very favorite places around…

Time Adelman was on the hill for the Reds this afternoon…

And Kris Bryant was back in the Cubs starting lineup after sitting the first two games of the series with an injury…

And the Cubs Anthony Rizzo was in the lineup too…

Jake Arrieta was on the mound of the Cubs…

Zack Cozart and Joey Votto both made this year’s National League All-Star team…

BARGE!

Hot dogs always taste better at baseball games…

Time for the live Reds mascot race…

And this one belongs to Mr. Red…

ARISMENDY ALCANTARA! One of the best names in all of baseball…

There were a lot of people at the game this afternoon…

Out.

The Cubs brought in Koji Uehara…

Cubs win. Cubs win. Holy cow. This one did not belong to the Reds. When the Reds took the first two games of the series, we knew that the Reds would more than likely not come out on the happy end of this game…

People must have been carrying those W flags around with them all weekend, just waiting and hoping that they would get a chance to unfurl them at some point…

It was great to be back at the ballpark. The only thing I miss about living downtown was being able to walk to Great American Ball Park to watch the Reds play baseball. 😀⚾️❤️

I rode the Streetcar.

This afternoon I rode the Streetcar Cincinnati Bell Connector

I got my $1 two-hour CB Connector pass…

And made sure to get it validated…

After waiting for a few minutes, the Connector rolled up to the Aronoff Center Station…

Next stop, Cincinnati Cyclones Station in The Banks…

From there, I walked around the corner to Great Amercian Ball Park…

I got to check out the new Pete Rose statue out in front of GABP…

I got us two tickets to Sunday’s Reds versus Cubs game…

After getting us tickets, I walked down East Freedom Way to get lunch from Burgerfi

I walked back to Cincinnati Cyclones Station in The Banks to wait for the Connector…

Seventeen minutes later…

And back to work…

Mmmmm, Burgerfi…

It was a fun little jaunt around downtown to break up the afternoon. But I’m pretty sure if I just walked down to The Banks and back, it would have been a WHOLE LOT faster. The CB Connector is neat and all, but if you’re trying to get someplace quickly or on a schedule, you should probably explore other options… or just walk. 😀