My Historic Day In Cincinnati!

I have been blessed with the opportunity to have some amazing experiences because of my career in radio. Saturday was one of the best.

I was offered the opportunity to spend the day in Cincinnati at the Reds and Cubs game at Great American Ballpark in the Press Box Luxury Suite with Ann and my iHeartLima Family.

I’ve always wanted to visit the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. So, Ann and I got there early to check it out. It was a chance to relive my childhood, as a fan of The Big Red Machine. It was awesome. Growing up in our home, Baseball was king and The Redlegs were the team. I learned baseball and dreamed of my career by listening to Marty and Joe with the Reds on Radio. I had the Johnny Bench no. 5 jersey. I wanted to play catcher and I loved my Reds batting helmet, as a kid. The Reds HOF took me back to those days. It’s pretty cool, definitely worth the $10 admission, and we got a bobble head!

I’ve been to more than a few MLB games but have never witnessed live, a National League Pitcher hit a Grand Slam. Today, Reds pitcher Anthony DeScalfani did just that! A Grand Slam? A pitcher? Heck yeah! It hasn’t happened by a Reds pitcher since 1959! His historic hit put the Reds up 8-1 in the 4th inning.

Right after that homer, I was in the press box hallway and Reds Legend Joe Morgan was slowly making his way, when he looked up, flashed that Hall of Fame smile and said to me, “An 8-1 lead means I’m going to the hotel!” As he made his way to the elevator with his cane helping him scoot along, I felt like I should offer an arm, but thought, no. He’s Joe Morgan, one of the greatest second basemen in history. I was happy for the chance meet up but very sad to see him in that state of advanced age and deteriorating health.

It was truly a great day in Cincinnati with Ann and The Reds! Thank you to WIMA and The Reds Radio Network.

 
Paul James

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