Personal Narrative: Cincinnati Reds Baseball Community

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Cincinnati Reds Baseball Community The crack of a wooden bat and the pop of a glove ring loud from early April to late October. From the excitement of opening day, to the third out of game seven in the World Series, famous baseball player Babe Ruth said it best, “Baseball was, is, and always will be to me, the best game in the world”. Baseball wasn’t something that I was always interested in and my involvement originally started out as something quite different. When my now husband (Kyle) and I first started dating, we would spend almost every moment together watching Cincinnati Reds baseball or talking about it. My husband would often talk about things that would happen during the season, like Homer Bailey pitching a no-hitter or Joey Votto being named the MVP of the National League, and I honestly had no interest. When Kyle would turn on a baseball game, I often found…show more content…
Kyle went on to tell me that Johnny Cueto had started over thirty games per season in 2008, 2009, and 2010 with his earned runs dropping by at least nine all three baseball seasons. Earlier that season Johnny had also thrown a complete game, where he pitched all nine innings. During our wait, I witnessed many people wearing Cincinnati Reds shirts and jerseys with the number fourteen and no name; the more of these I saw, the more curious I became. Kyle went on to tell me about the former Cincinnati Reds player and team manager, Pete Rose who wore number fourteen and how in 1989 was permanently banned from baseball for betting on the Cincinnati Reds, the team which he played on from 1963 to 1978 and played/managed from 1984 to 1986. As the game began and Johnny Cueto took to the pitcher’s mound my excitement for the game began to boil over and I found myself joining the other approximate 30,000 fans in the stadium, cheering and participating in the team chants that rang

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