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 Post subject: Redlegs-Tribe today
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 10:38 pm 
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Not Pirates-related (thought it is NL Central), but figured I would just share.

I went to my first MLB game of the season today, a 3:55 match-up at Great American Ballpark, beautiful day in Cincinnati between the Reds and Indians, always a fun "battle of Ohio" ball game. These games are always packed, there was a good 48,000 there and at least 5,000 of them Indians fans. Only standing room only tix were available prior to the game today. But unlike the drunk-infested Bengals-Browns rivalry, everyone is good-natured. Of course, that attendance has a little to do with the Brandon Phillips duel-bobblehead that was given away (why they would do this on a Saturday night when it would have been a near sell-out anyway is beyond me). Of course, the fact that not too long into the game I got the text update that the Pirates finally defeated the Cubs made watching two other teams all the more tolerable. 8-)

It was a great pitching duel the whole game between Aaron Harang and Fausto Carmona. Reds offense was pretty much non-existent and the Indians only had 2 runs to show on 10 hits, and they also committed 3 errors. That was until the bottom of the 9th, 2 on and Adam Dunn, God I hate the guy, blasts one out of the ballpark after trying to bunt on the first two pitches. Reds win 4-2 and, at least SOME of the crowd goes home happy.

I of course was representing the Pirates as usual even when I go to games when they are not the team playing. Only got heckled a couple of times, very rudely once.

Here's a picture of my buddy and I at the game during batting practice that someone from the Reds "Fan Foto" crew took. Pretty cool new thing they do at the ballpark, go around taking fan pictures and then posting them on their website directly after the game. It is so small because when you expand and enlarge it you can no longer save it or hit right-click to get the location.

You'll never guess which one is TheShark. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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Thanks for sharing your day at the ballpark Shark. Looking good in your Pirate shirt too! The Pirate game is being shown again at 11:00 PM which is good since I was out and about all afternoon and missed the entire game except for the last three outs by Capps in the bottom of the ninth. Great win for the Bucs. I just finished voting my maximum amount of times for the NDog for the All Star Game.

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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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No problem. There was actually a couple (okay, I counted 3 total) other Bucs fans in attendance. I will be at at least the first Bucs-Reds game of the upcoming series next Wednesday and plan to do a Game Report and hopefully with pictures.


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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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Great post TheShark. Your post gives me an idea...

Let's start a thread, maybe even a new forum, and try to get a game report from every major league park in the country. It doesn't have to be Pirates related. The kicker is each person must have a picture taken at the game...in a Pirates shirt and/or hat! Any takers? I think it would be kind of fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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IA Pirate wrote:
Great post TheShark. Your post gives me an idea...

Let's start a thread, maybe even a new forum, and try to get a game report from every major league park in the country. It doesn't have to be Pirates related. The kicker is each person must have a picture taken at the game...in a Pirates shirt and/or hat! Any takers? I think it would be kind of fun.

You WOULD come up with that this year, my first full season in Pittsburgh since about 2002.

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I think it's a cool idea IA, I'm game.


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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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IA...I like the idea too, why not expand it to any professional game

I'll be at a few Harrisburg Senator games this summer and a bunch of Curve games once my schedule slows down...

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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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I will be at the Blue Jays-Angels game Tues night...not sure about providing a picture, but I'll try and file a coherent report.

BTW...Toronto is an awesome city.


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BBF wrote:
not sure about providing a picture, but I'll try and file a coherent report.



Oh, c'mon. Find someone there with a camera to do it, and have them e-mail it to ya. 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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Unfortunately, I live in the baseball wasteland that is Texas. Might get up to a Rangers game this summer, though, or head down for one of the Bucs-Astros series.


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Am planning to get to a Marlins-Mets game at the end of July in South Florida. Will provide a pic if I can.

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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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I usually attend 1-2 Rays games per homestand at the Trop. I'll see about getting a picture. Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera with me at Nationals Park a few weeks back.

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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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I watched the Reds-Indians game on TV yesterday. Finally somebody got to Cliff Lee.

I sorta like the Reds, their uniforms are so beautiful. Ha! In our division I really only dislike the Cubs.


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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 1:17 am 
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Hey fellas:

Went to the Angls v. Bluejays game tonite,but iI didnt get a picture of myself because I couldn't wear Pirates gear...was dressed formal. But I toko some pictures from our luxury box where the booze flowed freely (as you can tell by the shakiness of my photgorophy.

Bertie, we then went to a Birtish pub called Friar and Firken...good eats and great ales. Anyways, I'll attach a cuople picturs.

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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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That has to be Vlad swinging the lumber!

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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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Thanks for the pics BBF. What's the mood of the stadium like? Or was it hard to tell because you were in a box?

I went to tonights Red Sox game (Of course the night AFTER Lester's no-hitter) but forgot to bring a camera. I sat up near the top of the Right Field grandstand and at least had a view of the whole stadium. A lot of s**tty guys and girls were out there and it didn't seem like anyone was really watching the game. Never had a problem like that in any of the other seats I was in. It was pretty lame because it was a 2-1 game and Justin Masterson and Gil Meche were DEALING.


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 Post subject: Re: Redlegs-Tribe today
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chetthespian wrote:
Thanks for the pics BBF. What's the mood of the stadium like? Or was it hard to tell because you were in a box?



Imagine my surprise when I woke up and found that I posted those pictures!! I don't even remember downloading them onto my computer let alone coming to the board. I guess that was a baseball geek version of drunk dialing?

Anyways, to answer your question, the mood was amazing. Announced attendance was 31,000 or something close, and the stadium looked fairly full, given its size. Coming from Pittsburgh, that is simply an amazing crowd for a Tuesday night. My boss had actually reserved a reception room at the hotel that is part of the stadium that overlooks the field. The hotel bars and even some guest rooms overlook the field (as well as the Hard Rock Cafe). Anyone can pull up a chair at the hotel bar and watch the game...no ticket needed...much different from the former outback steakhouse at PNC.

And the crowd was into the game all night. Exciting game, came down to the last batter after K-Rod loaded the bases, but with a full count and 2 outs, Jason Bay...er...Alex Rios watched strike 3 zip right down broadway. Disappointing for the hometown crowd...strangely enough, I don't remember anyone complaining how "unclutch" Rios is though. Oh, and Wilkerson CRUSHED a homer in the first to leadoff the bottom of the inning. Solid line drive into the second deck. Not a bad waiver claim for the Jays.

A note about the field...its horrible. You forget (or at least I have) how fast Astro-turf plays since we got grass in Pittsburgh. Not only is it astroturf though, its put together something like carpet squares, with all of the seams completely visible. And I also noticed that the warning track is made out of the same stuff, just colored brown. That begs the question, what is the point of having the warning track if it feels the same?

Anyways, a very fun trip to Toronto. The Hockey Hall of Fame is pretty awesome. Got a lot of pictures with the Cup...hope I didn't jinx it. Its not in a case or anything, you can walk up and touch it, get your picture with it, etc. Dared my buddy to grab it and hold it over his head, but I don't think the guards would have thought it as funny as we would have.


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Wow!! That's great, BBF! Have you been to Niagara Falls? I've never been to Toronto. I'd be looking for Indian restaurants there.


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Ollie wrote:
Wow!! That's great, BBF! Have you been to Niagara Falls? I've never been to Toronto. I'd be looking for Indian restaurants there.


There are several really good Indian restaurants...two right across from my hotel on King. There is also Little India, which I did not get a chance to see, but my colleague, who is of Indian descent, loved it. They also have an amazing Chinatown (in fact, I was told it is the largest Chinatown outside of SF...and China, of course).


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TheShark wrote:
Here's a picture of my buddy and I at the game during batting practice that someone from the Reds "Fan Foto" crew took. Pretty cool new thing they do at the ballpark, go around taking fan pictures and then posting them on their website directly after the game. It is so small because when you expand and enlarge it you can no longer save it or hit right-click to get the location.


But if you really want that expanded picture, go back to that URL of the big pic and do a screengrab (the "PrintScrn/SysRq" button above the "Insert" and "Delete" keys on most keyboards). When you do that, a picture of your screen is instantly copied to your clipboard. Open your favorite graphics program, hit "PASTE" and there it is. If you're savvy with the graphics, you can crop out all the extra computer screen stuff.


I've been approached several times to get my picture taken at Rockies games. It's an annoying ploy to boost website traffic and potential clickthroughs.... but isn't that the goal of every Website?

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