Three years ago.

Three years ago today, everyone was waking up to a world where the Chicago Cubs were finally World Series champions after 108 years…

GO CUBS GO! Thanks for the memories, Timehop! 😀🦕⚾️❤️

That reminds me, if you ever get the opportunity to watch Let’s Play Two, it’s terrific…

Let’s Play Two is a documentary that chronicles Pearl Jam’s legendary performance at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs historic 2016 season. With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam has forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports and music.

It’s just an incredible film that made me fall in love with Pearl Jam all over again. And it does an amazing job of telling the story of the years of heartbreak to the elation of Cubs fans and mystique of Wrigley Field and how it all intertwines with Pearl Jam playing Wrigley Field during Cubs magical run to their World Series championship. That’s a wicked long run-on sentence but it’s just a great documentary that I ended up buying and watch probably once a week.

And while we’re talking about baseball during the non-baseball season, peep this…

It’s all the Cincinnati Reds Big Red Machine team shown through baseball cards framed on a baseball diamond organized by player position. I’ve never really seen anything like this and I just thought it was also really pretty neat.

The final Reds home game.

Genifer and I took the day off work to go to the final Reds home game of the season…

Today, Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman was wrapping up his 46-year run as the radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds…

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One of my favorite views in the whole world…

The Reds gave away AM-FM Farwell Marty radios so everyone at the ballpark could listen to Marty call his final game for the Reds…

Aristides Aquino…

We went on a bit of a wander around the ballpark…

All was quiet in the Reds bullpen…

And ended up back upstairs just in time to see the Reds get everyone free pizza…

Eugenio Suarez came in to pinch-hit…

And unfortunately for Marty, this one did not belong to the Reds. The Reds lost 5-3.

Someone forgot to pick up their helmet nachos…

It was another great season of Reds baseball in Cincinnati. We made it to five Reds games this season. Next season, we’re already planning on attending many more baseball games. We just enjoy them so much more than the soccer games. 😀⚾️🎙️❤️

Fantasy baseball 2019.

I played fantasy baseball again this year. I played five teams this season. But I got massively distracted at the beginning of the season with my new job. And didn’t have a lot of time to keep up with my teams. Three of my teams were just terrible beyond repair. But I managed to salvage the season of two of my teams, got them both to a decent 12-9 record and willed them both into the winner’s bracket of the playoffs as the fourth seeds.

So now it’s playoff time for fantasy baseball. My Team Angry Bears were pitted against the one seed in the bracket, Yankees Camargo. And all three times I played Yankees Camargo during the regular season, I lost.

But this time in the playoffs, when it mattered the most, I finally beat them…

And that’s pretty dang awesome. On to the championship!

Unfortunately, my Team Action Autodraft team lost in the first round, and will now be playing for third place. 😀⚾️🏆❤️ 

Timehopping.

This photo showed up in my Timehop of Genifer hanging out with all our friends at the Reds game from four years ago

😀🦕❤️

Sunday funday.

We went grabbed an Uber down to The Banks this afternoon to go watch our Reds play Sunday afternoon baseball against the Cardinals. It was our fourth Reds game of the season. We were meeting up with Geri, Cleve, Alyssa and their baby, Pippa. When we down to The Banks, we found there was a whole festival going on…

It turns out it was the Cincy Celtic Fest. We hung out there for a second, and then we went into Great American Ball Park to watch our Reds. We had tickets up in the Fioptics District again. I think it’s our favorite section in the whole ballpark…

Usually, we don’t go up into the Fioptics District. We usually just watch the game from the Fioptics terraces. But today, we didn’t the upstairs. And that’s fine. It was pretty warm out and the upstairs had plenty of shade and a nice breeze…

And we got free pizza again

It was a good game. The Reds snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory to lose 5-4

I’m really at getting everyone together for group photos at things like this. For whatever reason, it’s just something I never really think about until everyone has gone their separate ways, and then it’s like, “I should have taken a group photo. Dang.” I’ll have to work on that.

After the game, we went back to Aster to wait for the Uber prices to drop…

And then we went home. It was another really fun Sunday. 😀🇮🇪⚾️🥃❤️

Reds baseball game #3.

Tonight, we went to our third Reds game of the season. Genifer’s financial advisor, Courtney and her boyfriend Mike were in Cincinnati for the evening. And they took us to out to GABP to see the Reds take on Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I could be wrong but I don’t think we’ve ever seen the Angels play before at GABP…

It was a beautiful night for baseball…

Mike got us tickets out in center field so we could have a good view of the Trout…

We never sat out in center field before. I was neat to get to see the ballpark from a new vantage point. But the setting sun was pretty brutal at the start of the game…

There he is…

The best player in all of baseball, Mike Trout…

The Reds hung five on the Angels in the first inning including a ball that Jose Peraza hit that looked like it was coming right towards us only to hit off the top of the center-field wall. I went back and watched the replay. And if you look really close you can see us…

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Reds ace Luis Castillo was pitching for the Reds…

And he threw a gem. Luis Castillo struck out a career-best 13 batters through seven innings, and got us all free pizza!

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And Mike Trout hit a bomb into the upper deck just above us…

And this one belonged to the Reds, 7-4

What a great night at GABP! A big thanks to Courtney and Mike for taking us out to the ballgame! It was pretty incredible to get to see Mike Trout and Luis Castillo do Mike trout and Luis Castillo things. 😀⚾️❤️

Take me out to the ballgame.

This afternoon we went to the Sunday Reds game against the Colorado Rockies, or as we like to call it, baseball church. It was our second Reds game of the season after we were rained out on the second game of the season

We stopped to look at our Reds All-Star Legacy brick

Next time we come down to a Reds game, we’re going to have to bring a little scrubber and some water to clean our brick. But it was great to be back with our friends at Great American Ball Park…

It sure was a beautiful day for baseball…

Yasiel Puig…

He’s really quickly become one of my very favorite Reds. After his at-bat, we moved down to the gap…

And then down to the right-field line…

Someone had already lost one of the stickers from their Joey Votto Fathead…

And we moved out underneath the PNC Power Stacks in center field…

Yasiel Puig…

And back up to the gap…

And this one belongs to the Reds!

It was great to be back at the ballpark. 😀⚾️❤️

 

UPDATE: I was really bummed to find out this morning that @Reds traded away Yaisel Puig. I was hoping that he would be in Cincinnati for many, many seasons. It’s the first time a quite a while that I actually feel sad about a Reds player leaving Cincinnati after being traded. I’ll definitely miss Puig’s larger than life personality and his passion for the game. He made baseball in Cincinnati really fun again. ⚾️😥💪💯

UPDATE: Don’t even get me started on the Reds trading Scooter Gennett to the Giants for a player to be named later. 😭 Taken with Instagram.

Sunday funday.

This afternoon we went downtown got an Uber to see this afternoon’s Reds game…

They were playing the Pirates in a doubleheader today…

We had tickets way back at the beginning of the season for the Reds second game…

But it got rained out which led to the FC|C monsoon game

There’s this new outpost bar out by the Wiffle ball field at GABP…

They’re always adding something new at the ballpark…

And the Reds lost 8-5. But of course, they won the second game 8-1 with a Jose Iglesias grand slam in a six-run first inning. And Puig and Double D went back-to-back in the 7th. Figures. After the game, we passed through Taste of Cincinnati…

Soooo many people. We also walked by our old apartment building. They built a whole brand new dog area in front of Sycamore Place…

It looked really nice. It smelled a bit like dog pee when we were walked by but it was a much better use of the space than when it was just a silly ten space parking lot…

And we kept walking up in OtR to have lunch at The Pony

And then we hopped in an Uber and headed for home. It was another really fun Sunday. 😀⚾️🐴❤️

Eight years ago today.

Genifer and I went on our very first date. We went to a Reds game. We sat out by Jay Bruce, and saw Aroldis Chapman close out the Reds win…

Oh, the butterflies I had at that game. It took me six innings just to put my arm around her seat at the game. Afterward, we walked up to Mainstay Rock Bar to see Bad Veins…

It was one of the best evenings of my life because of the incredible woman I got to spend it with. 2,920 evenings later, and I still get butterflies every day. Thank you for spending the last eight years with me, Genifer. I love so so very much. 🥰⚾😍

Two years ago.

Two years ago, Genifer snagged us our only MLB Reds foul ball at GABP…

Good job, baby! And thanks, Timehop!🤪⚾️🦕❤️