Since it's Valentines Day and everyone is feeling the “love” I thought I'd ask Reds fans out there what do you “love” most about our team?
The thing that I love most about the Reds is listening to them on the radio. I grew up listening to Marty and Joe calling games each night. When I was little we had this old handheld radio that I'd hide under my pillow at night so that when it was bedtime I could keep listening to Reds games even though I should have been sleeping. There was, and still is nothing better than listening to Marty shout out “And this one belongs to the Reds”. I would listen to Joe Nuxhall's Star of the Game and his signature sign off “this is the old left hander rounding third and heading for home, goodnight everyone”. There was just something about listening to the Reds on radio that I just couldn't get enough of.
Not to mention the countless summer nights driving home from whichever practice or game I had, whether it be spring soccer or baseball, you could always count on my dad having his radio tuned into The Big One to listen to the Reds. There are many memories of him and I listening to the Reds in the car. I would imagine that a lot of you have those special memories of listening to the Reds on the radio with others.
The entire reason that I got into broadcasting stemmed from a conversation I had in the car, with my dad, while we were listening to The Big One. Granted, it wasn't during a Reds game but we were on our way home from football practice listening to the Reds Hot Stove league and we were having a conversation about what I was going to major in at school. I wanted to be a gym teacher at the time but then it dawned on me (after some nudging from my father) that I love radio. It was at that moment that I decided that my major in school was going to be broadcasting.
I never fulfilled my goal of becoming a big name sports broadcaster however I was able to discover a new “love” so to speak, and that's podcasting.
So Reds fans I want to know what you love MOST about this Reds team. What are your fondest memories of the Reds? Which players, past or present, would you “love” to meet? You can comment below, send me your emails at firstname.lastname@example.org or your tweets @redlegweekly.
Happy Valentines Day everyone!