Daily Archives: August 16, 2009

1984 Headline: Pete Rose Returns To Cincinnati!!!

When this headline hit the papers 25 years ago I am pretty certain that the feeling in the Cincinnati area was one of sheer joy!!!

A former baseball star was coming back to the city to once again play for and now manage the team that he helped become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties.

What a ride Pete took Reds’ fans on once he came back to the team.  From making history by becoming the game’s all-time hits leader to being banished from the game for gambling. 

No matter how you look at it and how you feel about Pete Rose today, you must admit that this was a historic day for the sport back in 1984!!!

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Did You Know…

The average life span of a baseball used in a major league game is seven pitches.

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**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – I would love to see a room packed with all of the balls used by 1 stadium over the course of a full season.

I Have Been Waiting For This Moment For A Long Time…

To say that this is a dream of mine is a true statement.  The possibility of this dream becoming a reality became real almost four years ago when my wife and I learned that we were pregnant with our first child.

You see, ever since the day we began talking about having kids I envisioned taking my child to a ballgame.  Baseball was such a fun and entertaining pat of my youth that I couldn’t, and still cannot wait, to share it with my kids.  Boy or girl, it didn’t matter.  This was strictly about sharing my passion for the sport with the person I am most passionate about.

So today, if the weather holds up, I am taking my soon-to-be 3 year old son to his first baseball game.  He does not know it yet.  But each time we drive by a stadium or school with a field or park with a baseball diamond he says “I want to go baseball’.  Well Dylan, today is that day and I can hardly wait to take you to your first game!!!

The Marlins are hosting the Rockies today at 5:05 and we will be there.  I cannot promise how long we’ll stay or if we’ll even sit in our seats.  What I can promise is enthusiasm for the event, memories for me and my son, and popcorn – lots and lots of popcorn!!!

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Pictures and stories to follow…