Posts Tagged ‘games’

To PNC Park We Go!

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PNC Park seems to always find itself near the top in annual lists of ballpark rankings. Even on television, you can see why. The home of the Pirates is an intimate park, nestled along the banks of the Allegheny River, with stunning views of downtown Pittsburgh. Aside from AT&T Park in San Francisco, few modern parks receive the rave views bestowed upon PNC.

After putting PNC near the top of my “must-see” lists, I’m beyond excited to trek to Pittsburgh over Memorial Day weekend for a game. Aside from a slew of Nationals games last year (including a game against the Braves where the heat index swelled to 115 degrees), I failed in my quest to get to a second MLB park. In an effort to remedy that, I’m taking advantage of the long weekend to see what Pittsburgh has to offer. .

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Cincinnati: America’s First Baseball Town

Great American Ballpark is just that, a great place for baseball. A must see!

Cincinnati, Ohio is home to the Cincinnati Reds, winners of five World Series titles and nine National League pennants, and resides in the city that was home to the first professional baseball team. It’s also the only MLB town outside of Atlanta where I’ve been to a game. However, this time was different. My previous encounters in Cincinnati were at Riverfront Stadium, a landmark of a bygone era, and home to the Big Red Machine of the 1970s. The new park–Great American Ballpark–is a park that is fit to house a team with such a storied history. Nestled along the Ohio River just like it’s predecessor, it’s surpasses the previous home of the Reds in almost every way (except for maybe the history).

Since I was going to be in the Northern Kentucky area for a few days, a trip to Cincinnati had to be on the agenda, and with some solid company (thanks to my buddy Zach), we made the journey from Louisville to Cincinnati to check out what their home team had to offer.

Throughout the last year, most of my baseball adventures on RFTHT have been to Minor League games, stopping by towns as small as Rome, Georgia and larger ones like Birmingham, Alabama, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Cincinnati would be my first adventure in a big city and first (outside of Atlanta) to a Major League park.  So let’s see how the Reds treated this “away” fan, as I rooted hard for the Braves.  Continue reading

Cincinnati here we come!

A great honor for one of the greatest of all time.

After a lengthy drive yesterday and a bit of rest this morning, I am getting ready to head out of Louisville and get to Cincinnati to see my home team, the Braves, take on the Reds this evening. The Braves have struggled in this series as their offense has gone totally quiet. Hoping they can reverse their recent fortune tonight!

The Reds are honoring Chipper Jones tonight and presenting him with one of the bases they had made to honor Jones’s career. It’s an unbelievable tribute to one of the all time greats and it goes to show just how respected Jones is throughout the league. I can’t think of another player in recent memory that was honored the way Chipper’s been. Bobby Cox received similar tributes in 2010, but seeing this for a player is an absolute treat. It’s been great to see what teams have done for Chipper as he makes his final regular season visits to ballparks across Major League Baseball.

However, it’s going to be interesting to see what the Phillies have in store for Chipper…

Anyways, today’s ball game starts at 7:10 EDT and I’ll be live tweeting from the game, so follow me!