Today is National Bobble Head Day! You've seen them. Oversized heads that bobble when vibrated. These silly figures have actually been around for a couple of centuries in one form or another but only became ubiquitous in the last several decades as plastic extrusion techniques improved. They are primarily associated with baseball collectors and giveaways … Continue reading National Bobble Head Day!
I do enjoy chocolate, but not those complicated desserts with six different types of chocolate all piled on each other. The chocolate topping of a Boston Cream Pie nicely counterpoints the yellow butter cake and delicious creamy custard sandwiched between. I really like Boston Cream Pie, even if it is more like a cake and … Continue reading National Boston Cream Pie Day – an omen?
Well, there are no longer any teams from Ohio or New York in the baseball playoffs. I will follow the post season because of my love of baseball but am already looking forward to next season. Spring training is just around the corner. So now I focus a bit on football where the Bengals already … Continue reading Baseball and Football
Today is the first day of October which is also National Popcorn Poppin' Month. The message here is to enjoy some popcorn this month whether it comes from fresh popped popcorn at home, or the movies or the ballpark. My favorite and appropriate for this month is the old fashioned sweet popcorn ball. Happy October, … Continue reading National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
The Cincinnati Reds have officially been eliminated from playoff opportunities in 2018. We'll play out the season and test new prospects for next year. Next year. Always and again next year. But watch out. There's always next year. It is only 164 days until spring training day and 197 from Reds Opening Day. Not that … Continue reading It’s Over
As both the Reds and Mets are National League teams I get at least one shot to see my Cincy team live each season. This year both have similar records (translation: terrible), so it is something of an even match. I went to the Tuesday night game and was treated to a National Anthem sung … Continue reading Cincinnati Reds win the game I went to see!
Today is Opening Day of the Baseball Season. For fans like me it represents the most hopeful day of the year. The Cincinnati Reds have the opportunity to go all the way this morning, not having been tested in the real 162 day cauldron. It could happen. Never mind that we haven't won a World … Continue reading OPENING DAY!
Spring Training games got started last week and it makes me feel warm all over. The Cincinnati Reds have won a few and lost a few but winning is not the point until the regular season starts. As one former Reds announcer said, these guys are just getting their work in. Time to sharpen your … Continue reading Spring Training Games get underway
Finally. Cincinnati Reds pitchers and catchers report to spring training today. Go Reds. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes TOMORROW: Happy Valentines Day
The New York Yankees have named Aaron Boone as their new manager. I will always associate Aaron as a member of the Cincinnati Reds as they drafted him and he premiered in Riverfront Stadium. He also hit the final home run in that stadium and was a sterling (and fiery) presence on the team. He … Continue reading Aaron Boone
I love baseball. My favorite sport. Pastoral, contemplative, strategic. I love the playoffs and World Series. I long for the return of my Cincinnati Reds and I enjoy when New York teams are in, but this was a good series. Always good to see a seventh game and certainly lots of interest in a nice … Continue reading World Series 2017
My beloved Cincinnati Reds 2017 season finished on Sunday. We had the awful record of 68 wins and 94 losses. As I have for nearly three decades I can only say "Wait Till Next Year." I got to see them lose in their trip to New York again this year. I'll try to see them … Continue reading Wait till next year with my Cincinnati Reds
Tonight we go to Citifield to see my Cincinnati Reds take on the New York Mets. I know the modern argument that in professional sports you are really rooting for a uniform, not a team as the players are interchangeable, unlike the "old days." Actually players were moved around in the old days but at … Continue reading Seeing my hometown Cincinnati Reds play the New York Mets
I grew up in Southwestern Ohio in and around Cincinnati - where my father's family has long been based. Baseball is practically a religion there and we worship the Cincinnati Reds. While the feeling has waned a bit over the decades Cincinnati is still the only major league town left that has an Opening Day … Continue reading For the Love of Pete
Ah, such beautiful words. Spring is truly on its way. Throw and catch. Run and hit. Hope springs eternal. My beloved Cincinnati Reds will triumph this season. Of course, I've had that same refrain since 1991 but I believe it every year. Even without Brandon Phillips (we miss you already dude) I believe we can … Continue reading Pitchers and Catchers Report!