Do you consider that breakfast? At our fancy-ass hotel in Cincinnati, they do. I say, “Where go the hashbrowns? Where go the bacon strips?!” Oh well. It was “free.” And I use the term about as loosely as you possibly can. I mentioned in the podcast that I heard a trip-hop version of ‘Swingin’ Party’ by the Replacements while having one of these demoralizing aristocratic meals, and Surf Reporter Brad did some research and tracked it down for us. Check it out here. Nice work, Bradley!
Before we get into another Pulitzer-level photo display, I’d like to alert you to the second part of the Pittsburgh/Cincinnati audio travelogue here and below. Please check it out, along with the previous episode, for a complete overview of the trip. It was fun!
I don’t generally post photos of myself here, for obvious reasons. But who gives a shit at this point? This was during our post-breakfast stroll through the riverfront park. Just hangin’ with Mr. Redlegs. By the way, I’m staring straight into the sun here. I’m not generally that squinted down. Also, I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I recently lost my left arm in a horrific reaper accident.
This is a stadium seat from the old Palace of the Fans, where the Reds played from 1902 to 1911. Look at the size of that thing! I’d snap both armrests off, or get my ass wedged in there for good. But I love stuff like this. People sat in that seat to watch baseball… in 1911. When Ty Cobb was 25 years old. Crazy!
Great American Ball Park at 10:30 am. We were told workers have been there all night cleaning up the garbage that was left on the previous night. At this point, they have hoses out and are spraying things down. The groundskeepers are also hard at work. It was amazing to see how much was going on there, so early in the day. You can’t really tell by the photo, but the whole stadium was a beehive of activity.
A Barry Larkin-themed pool table inside the Diamond Club area of the stadium. Seats there reportedly cost about $350 each, and include steak and lobster, etc. The tour guide chuckled while telling us that people in Cincinnati believe this is expensive. It is expensive. It might be worth it, but it’s still expensive.
Our tour group inside the Reds dugout. And how cool is that?! The bench, by the way, has cool air blowing up through the slats, to keep your balls at a reasonable temperature. This part of the tour might go down as one of the most memorable things I’ve ever done. I was about to soil myself. Sometimes I think I’m dead inside, but baseball makes me realize it ain’t quite so. Not yet.
The bat racks inside the Cincinnati dugout. Notice the spot where The Punisher keeps his tools of war in the upper right.
Even stuff like this amazes me. It’s the various phones inside the dugout. Not sure why they can’t just go with one and post a list of extensions, but whatever. I pretended to call the bullpen during a moment of high-levity. I’m sure that’s never happened before.
One more shot of the dugout, before we move on. …I’m sorry, I’m getting a little emotional.
I took this one from the warning track, behind home plate. They warned us — and were clearly serious about it — to not walk on the grass, or even touch it with our hands.
Obviously, the Reds on Radio area o’ the stadium. They didn’t show us the actual radio booth where the play-by-play is done, which was mildly disappointing. But this area is right behind it. Cool!
Inside the press box. The glass is removed on nice days, they told us, and there are many dents in the rear walls from foul balls. Somebody writes the player’s name and date on each dent.
How great is this? A Wiffle Ball field for the kiddies. I love it. Also, the location of home plate from the old Riverfront Stadium is “near the hostess station” inside that bar in the background, the one with the big IPA banner. It’s hard to imagine. I visited Riverfront many, many times.
My lunch at Skyline Chili. I wish I’d gone with the extra cheese option. This is a so-called Five Way, and a Cheese Coney.
Pete Rose statue outside the stadium.
People huddled around the Johnny Bench statue. I had to fight the urge to run over there and start hollering, “Have some respect, assholes!”
From our seats on Saturday night. As you can see, they were a lot closer than my $19 Friday seat. Great game! They were wearing 1976 Throwback uniforms too.
And that’ll do it for now. I took over 200 photos, and hope I’ve chosen the right ones.
I’ll see you guys again on Monday.
Also, I plan to do a Patreon episode of the podcast, and will likely post it late Friday or early Saturday. So, be on the lookout for that.
And have a fantastic day!
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surreal killer says
Did you eat some Goetta while you were in the area?
I had to look up Goetta to see what it is. If Wicky Pete is to be believed, it’s similar to haggis – ground meat, oats, spices. And I’d bet it exists for similar reasons, to make the meat go farther.
Extra cheese option… ha! Skyline has to be one of the largest users of shredded cheddar cheese in the state of Ohio. When I order cheese coneys now I get one with and one without cheese. Take half off the one and add it to the other, just about perfect then.
I’m making my first trip back to GABP in two weeks, haven’t been there in a couple of years. They’re at least interesting this year.
If you google Mark Sheldon/laptop there is a youtube video of Mark getting his laptop busted from a foul ball hit into the press box by the Pablo Sandavol. Mark is the Red’s MLB.com beat writer for those non Red’s fans.
Joe T says
Great pictures. I love being at the ballpark too. I’m the same age as you Jeff, and I feel like a 12 year old when I get to the stadium.
You made up for the Euro-breakfast with your trip to Skyline Chili. Europe had the shots just looking at it.
I can’t possibly be the only one that wants to see a picture or two of the dents with the names written by them!! I love stuff like that, especially in a newer park like this where I could just as easily see them getting a guy up there during the next road trip to patch and paint that ugliness away in the name of keeping things nice.
Wow, Jeff. Just freaking wow! What fantastic pictures.
Picture 1 well it doesn’t look like breakfast but it still looks tasty.
Picture 2 I am so sorry about your horrific reaper accident. I see the medical team couldn’t reattach your appendage. My condolences.
Picture 3 . So glad you added this part of Americana. This is how it was over 100 years ago. If that seat could talk.
Pictures of stadium and dugout and lunch. Love them. Beloved and I did a tour of Yankee stadium. You brought back that thrill. And yes, if you even think of looking at the field, let alone touching it, they will beat you into submission.
Picture with boy standing on Johnny bench sculpture. Looks like he’s practicing ball handling. Oblivious vacant stares from everyone else. Jeff, you should have charged at them.
Loved this whole event. Thank you for posting all these pictures.
Yes…where is the steak, and homefries? Where is the beer?
sean walsh says
The stadium seat is not from the Palace of the Fans but from Crosley Field.
Sean, I think the confusion stems from the fact that they closed Crosley Field since the last update. I was hoping the Red Stockings would go all the way this year.