Spent a fun evening at Great American Ballpark for the 2010 Civil Rights game. Quite a few big names were in attendance this year for an extensive pregame ceremony including Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Billie Jean King, Harry Belafonte, Roberta Flack and Laila Ali. I was also overly excited to see the superhot Sage Steele from ESPN. With all these celebrities on hand the game was sure to be a letdown, right? Wrong! With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, the Cards were only down by one and had the tying run on first when Joe Mather shot a double into the left field corner. Skip Schumaker tried to score from first but was nailed at home by a diving Ramon Hernandez in a very close play to end the game. It was probably the most exciting game-ending play I've ever witnessed and screamed myself hoarse along with the rest of the sellout crowd. This brings the Reds to only a half game back of St. Louis in the National League Central Division.
Both teams wore 1947 throwback uniforms who's retro coolness were negated by most players insistence on wearing long, bunch-bottomed "pajama pants." Attention Major League Baseball: It is within your power to force players to wear their baseball uniform correctly. Nobody in 1947 wore these ridiculously long pants which often cover the cleats and reach the ground. This is how one wears not only a throwback uni but their everyday game pants as well. Thank you.
KZIM is a News/Talk station from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. A previous KZIM sticker can be seen here.
WLW is a News/Talk station from Cincinnati, Ohio and has carried Reds games since 1948. A previous WLW decal can be seen here.