It has been a busy last couple weeks but I did promise to write a blog on what happened on April 22nd 2013. That day was a blur, not sure if it was the Red Bull mixed with adrenaline or if it was the fact that I was going to be able to watch Reds batting practice..from the field. Either way, it will be a day that I will always remember.
It was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the high 60s, walking up the stairs to the field from the opposing dugout felt like it was going in slow motion. You could hear some chatter from the players, the unmistakable crack of a wooden bat and laughter. Two things crossed my mind… How mad would they get if I did a snow angel in the grass and is this really happening. Standing in the section they have roped off to watch batting practice there was a lot of things happening around us. To the right there was a couple players posing for pictures for MLB.jp, the infield was taking groundballs and people in the outfield shagging fly balls. My next thought was how coordinated it was, the person next to the cage would hit a ball right after the batter did, then shortly after that the coach in the outfield would hit a ball. This went on for an hour. A couple more people including some kids joined us on the field a few minutes later.
Then the HFS bbf walked over to us, Todd “Freakin” Frazier. Cue the Excited Jonah Hill meme. I am pretty sure I told him my name but not 100%. He could not have been any nicer, he took pictures and signed autographs. Even mentioned the blog in a tweet before the game!!!! Then somehow we ended up in our sweet seats in Right Field.
Before the game we were able to spend some time with Lisa Braun (@lisabraun). What an amazing guide for the day. The Reds truly have a great Director of Digital Media and yes I looked your actual title up, not going to be the guy that jacked that one up. Taking us into the Reds Hall of Fame, had some amazing tidbits about Reds history, the Rose Garden and also she is very patient. We may have been a bit giddy for most of the day.