Monday, February 15, 2010

Is it Spring yet?

Oh, what I'd give to see a blade of grass right now! We are half-way through February and are still buried under several feet of snow, but I'm heartened by the thought of Spring training and another season of baseball on the horizon. How do things look for my team, the Cincinnati Reds? Horrible as ever, but sadly, we're kinda used to that now. That's not really the point though, is it? The point is that Spring training elicits thoughts of sitting in the warm sun, drinking a cold beer, and enjoying the familiar sights and sounds and smells of a baseball game. Hotdogs on the grill, vendors chanting "COLD BEER!", and the crack of the bat. Pitchers and catchers report this week, and with that, warm thoughts of Summer can not be far away.

The sad remains of Parkway Field (now completely demolished...):

Members of the original "Redbirds Ragtime Band" (click HERE for link to their website):

Here they are, still going strong! Imagine them marching out to their place in the stands at old Cardinal Stadium before every game, music blaring... good times!

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