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I can still see Pete Rose racing around third base. I can see the baseball skipping past Ray Fosse to the screen, as Rose crashes into the Cleveland catcher.I was there, reveling in one of the greatest nights of my young life.
Attending the 1970 All-Star game was about the coolest thing that could happen to a baseball-loving boy that summer. My Knothole teammate Bobby Schuett and I were there at Riverfront Stadium, first row of the green seats, just down the left field line. My dad and an uncle were there too, with outfield seats.
• Reds' all-time All-Star lineup......check out the All-Star lineup above here, before ya look...who is at 1st and CF?
The galaxy of future Hall of Famers was staggering. Johnny Bench, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson and more. The starting pitchers were Tom Seaver and Jim Palmer.I'd put that up against any team any time myself. shew what a lineup...The NL trailed 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, and Bobby and I were a little down. The NL had won seven consecutive All-Star games, and we were going to be there when the streak was broken.But the NL tied it with three runs in the ninth, sending the game to extras tied 4-4.The game moved into the 12th inning, when Rose singled and went to second on another single. Jim Hickman then lined a single to center, with Rose off and running from second base.From our seats just up the left field line, we had a good view of Rose rounding third. It happened fast. Rose collided with Fosse, the umpire waved “safe” and the fans went wild.I would have given anything to be in the clubhouse that night. I obviously had no notion that when the All-Star game next came to Cincinnati, in 1988, I would be in that same clubhouse as part of The Enquirer coverage team.As a reporter you avoid rooting for teams you cover. Mostly you root for quick games, so as to make deadline. But the little boy in me will always have that thrilling night in 1970, when Rose scored one of the most famous runs in baseball history.I still have my ticket
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ChrisSabo wrote: Very cool. And they should replace B-B-B-Berman for everything...in every aspect of life. Douche of gargantuan proportions. Almost makes me physically ill to hear him speak unless of course it's while watching one of the plethora of "hot mic the camera is still running" clips where he's going all Christian Bale on any and everyone in the room.That said I'm gonna go out on a limb and make the following prediction: the HR Derby will last 4 1/2 days and Jay Bruce will just edge out Giancarlo Stanton, 435 total HR's to 427.
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cincykid wrote: • Reds' all-time All-Star lineup......check out the All-Star lineup above here, before ya look...who is at 1st and CF?I'd go Klu over Joey myself at first.I had pinson in center but how many of the rest of you gents had him? If not who? Reds have fielded sooo many excellent players over history there needs to be a .......5th string. 1 thru 5 each position.
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ChrisSabo wrote: Um.....Corey Patterson? Duh.------------------------------------------------ fenderStratCAT wrote:cincykid wrote: • Reds' all-time All-Star lineup......check out the All-Star lineup above here, before ya look...who is at 1st and CF?I'd go Klu over Joey myself at first.I had pinson in center but how many of the rest of you gents had him? If not who? Reds have fielded sooo many excellent players over history there needs to be a .......5th string. 1 thru 5 each position.Heard some talk on the radio about this. Morgan's 2 MVPs dictate his spot, but BP has been my fave since coming here from Cleveville. Eric the Red was my fave back when they went wire-to-wire, but I'm sure Vada is more than deserving. No doubt about #11 at short- my all-time Red's fave. Joey's pick is a bit of projection, but he's pretty much already there.---------------------------------------------
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The Big Man would have admired the symmetry, if he’d had the time. He didn’t, though, not with the baseball commissioner in town for a press conference, and enough local glitterati in attendance to light the Carew Tower. Not with the announcement that the All-Star Game is coming to town in 2015, for the first time in 27 years.
Bob Castellini stood in the Champions Club of Great American Ball Park on Wednesday afternoon, welcoming commissioner Bud Selig and praising his hometown for its baseball pride and passion. On the same spot more than 50 years earlier, the Reds CEO had hauled crates of fruit. Back then, the area was known as The Bottoms, a busy place of commerce alongside the great river.
Castellini would arise at his Hyde Park home at 4 in the morning and wait for his cousin to pick him up and take him to work. He’d spend eight hours unloading barges and loading trucks. Castellini’s father had died when Bob was in fifth grade. There was no time to ponder or grieve or do anything but work to keep the family business alive. Rolling up his sleeves has never been a metaphor. He did it again Wednesday. He doesn’t want a lot of credit. This is what Castellini says every time his Cincinnati Reds achieve greatly. Every time the team fulfills yet another promise that Castellini made on Jan. 19, 2006, when he assumed ownership of the club, the owner prefers that others do the talking. Forceful personalities don’t need public acclaim, only private respect. It was a great day for the city. That’s what he wanted known. “Baseball could not have selected a more grateful or worthy city,’’ he said. Bringing the All Star Game to town has economic and marketing impact. It has immeasurable psychological benefits. “An opportunity to strut our stuff’’ was how Castellini put it. Strutting isn’t something we’re good at. The All-Star Game will be a big help. This was the The Big Man’s Deal. It will fall to others to make it work. His son, chief operating officer Phil, for one. But it was the father’s vision and persistence that drove it. When Castellini fights for something, his personality can be just this side of brawling. He hounded Bud Selig for years. “Rode him like a jockey,’’ in the words of one senior club official. “Tenacity is a great virtue’’ was the commissioner’s assessment. Castellini wanted it for the town. He has never considered the Reds to be “his’’ team. From the first, he has referred to himself as a “steward’’ of baseball here. “It’s a public trust,’’ he told me Wednesday morning. ”It’s like Shakespeare’s stage. You’re on it for awhile, then you’re off. The stage stays.’’ Also on Wednesday, Jeff Wyler recalled Castellini recruiting him to buy a share of the team. It wouldn’t be a for-profit venture. “We are the custodians of the crown jewel of Cincinnati,’’ Wyler recalled Castellini telling him. “We’re going to restore pride to Cincinnati and its baseball team. If you’re expecting an annual return, you can forget it.’’ The player payroll that was $56 million in 2006 will be about $98 million in 2013. The “championship baseball’’ Castellini pledged to bring back to Cincinnati has been achieved, albeit modestly. The Reds have won division titles twice in the last three years. They will be favored by most to make it three of four this year. Castellini promised to reconnect with fans, and to make the Reds a force in the community, not just on the field. The Reds Community Fund last year funded 500 local youth baseball and softball teams, and has rebuilt numerous local ballfields. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball donated $1.5 million toward the creation of an Urban Youth Academy, designed to reignite a passion for the game in city neighborhoods. Procter & Gamble more than matched that generosity, with a $2 million gift. And now, Castellini has delivered the All Star Game. “A celebration of all that’s best in baseball,’’ Selig called it. And a tribute to one man. Castellini has the vision most of us lack. He has the will to get things done. He’s a civic lion. “We really appreciate the opportunity to show the nation how great we are. This game is for our city,’’ he said, and that was that. The Bottoms is now a ballpark. The waterfront bustles to a different beat. But the rolling of sleeves was no different Wednesday than it was a few generations ago. Bob Castellini was doing what he does, same as he did 55 seasons ago. He was taking care of business.
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