on a bit of a whim, mindy and i drove to cincinnati for opening day yesterday. the reds have been part of my life since childhood, but i've only been to a handful of games, and never to opening day. and mindy has never been to a baseball game, however after living with me for the last 3 1/2 years, she understands the game enough to be able follow it. so we decided that opening day was something we should share. there is this nostalgic glow that falls over country when baseball comes back in the spring, like something long forgotten rising with the first daffodils out of the melting snow and leafless trees. welcome to spring.
we found our seats quite early, allllll the way up in the nosebleeds, 4 rows from the top along the 3b line. and really, they were GREAT seats. we had your usual annoying drunken super fan some where near by, in front of us was a couple on what seemed to be a chaperoned e-harmony date, then a few frat house re-treads and a sweet old fella (who was also there for his first opening day) sitting beside us. great crowd.
the lineups were called, the anthem sang, and play ball. cueto was dealing from the get go. he made one mistake that flew out to centerfield in the third inning, but other than that was dominating. it was great to get to hear the 40000 strong collective BOOOOOOO when former member of the Whiny Little Bitches (st. louis cardinals), albert pujols, walked to the plate. even better when he struck out. but the reds had dead bats all day, all they could muster was 3 measly hits, and ended up losing in 12 innings, leaving an entire roster of players on base in the process. dominant pitching on both sides took the game into 3 extra innings with a 1-1 tie. a great game and a wonderful start to the season, despite the loss.
|joe torre throwing out the first pitch to brandon phillips|