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Yesterday, while waiting for a prescription to be ready at my local Kroger store, I decided to go around and find all of the Reds-related food items I could possibly find.
Since Opening Day is just a couple of days away (hours, really), don’t forget to head to Kroger to pick up:
It’s the most important meal of the day – what better way to spend it than with your favorite first baseman? Sure, it’s just Honey Nut Cheerios with a drawing of Joey Votto looking like the Raging Bull himself, Jake LaMotta, but who wouldn’t want that? Unfortunately, it didn’t look like VottO’s were selling very well at my Kroger location.
Queen City Sausage
What you might not be able to see in this photo may also be the most important part of this discussion. The line at the top of the package says, “The Official Mettwurst of the Cincinnati Reds.” I find it odd that the Queen City Sausage company only has claim to the official Mettwurst, but not other types of sausages. Oh well. Good luck finding the official sausage roll of the Cincinnati Reds. We looked all over the store for Reds bread products.
Mission Tortilla Chips
This is my favorite item of the “Official Blank of the Cincinnati Reds” selections that I have for us today. How awesome do these chips look? Not only are the chips red, but there are little baseballs on the bag! Too flippin’ cute, not to mention delicious.
Homemade Brand Ice Cream
Out of all the products I’ve shown you, this is the only one that I actually came home from the store with yesterday. Since Homemade Brand Ice Cream has such a strong relationship with the Reds, it is no surprise that they would have a Reds ice cream. What is surprising is how freaking delicious this ice cream is. It’s very peanut buttery and chocolatey and it tastes like what I’m assuming the clouds in heaven taste like. Do yourselves a favor and go buy some now.
I’m hoping that this article helped you decide what you’ll be eating sometime in the near future and I encourage you to head out to grab some of these great products that help to support Cincinnati Reds baseball!
Tuesday was not an awesome day for the Reds. The Reds fell in an 8-6 loss to the New York Mets, and they lost a teammate in Jonny Gomes who got traded to the Washington Nationals. Despite things not being so great for the Reds, it was an absolutely amazing day for the Rockin’ Redlegs crew. One of the most wonderful ladies on the planet, Lisa Braun, hooked us up royally and helped to provide us with our most incredible ballpark experience to date.
We arrived at the ballpark around 4:30 and met Lisa at the team offices who proceeded to give us the grand tour of the cathedral we’ve frequented many times in our lives. This time, however, she showed us all of the behind-the-scenes places we didn’t even know existed. We toured the team offices, the suites, and the concourse before entering the belly of the beast, so to speak. Lisa showed us the entrance to the Reds’ clubhouse, but we weren’t allowed to go inside because we are girls. I guess they were afraid that we wouldn’t be able to contain ourselves at the prospect of seeing Joey Votto’s booty.
No Girls Allowed!
From there, Lisa brought us through the Umpire’s Suite/Star Dressing Room, through the visitors’ dugout, and onto the field. It was our first time ever stepping foot on a Major League baseball field and, boy, was it cool. We stood there and watched our favorite players taking practice swings. We also took about a thousand pictures of Dusty Baker’s rear end. On second thought, maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea to keep the Rockin’ Redlegs ladies out of the clubhouse.
One of many.
After meeting Jim Kelch, we took quite a few pics of some of the greatest baseball players of our time at batting practice.
Lisa also thought it would be important to introduce us to a really nice guy named Nick. He asked us a few questions about who we are and what we do, before revealing his true identity (and offering a few death threats.) Ladies and Gentlemen, Nick is the man behind the red fur. Yes, we met the face behind one of Rockin’ Redlegs (previously) most loathed creatures – Gapper. Nick is actually a really superb human being – he’s funny, nice, and extremely personable. After assuring him that our dislike for Gapper was certainly tongue-in-cheek and had nothing to do with him personally, I think we might have won him over, and vice versa. More to come on Gapper.
Our buddy Jamie Ramsey of Better Off Red came down to say hey (on his birthday!) and it was really good to see him again. It’s always a good time with Jamie.
Out of the corner of our eyes, we spotted a familiar face. We spotted him from afar, waved, and it was like not a moment had passed. After flirting with a debbie -
Brandon stopped on over to say hey. We caught up with him for a bit and told him that we planned on taking him out to dinner very soon. He joked around with us, and it felt like old times.
Reunited and it feels so good!
Jamie also brought over one of our favorite (former) Reds, Jonny Gomes.
Jonny’s last official act as a Red – hangin’ with the Rockin’ Redlegs ladies! Good luck in Washington, Jonny! We’ll miss you a ton!
Just like that, batting practice was over and the Mets took the field. Lisa offered to take us to the Reds Hall of Fame (where we had never been before) and we relished in reliving all of the greatest moments of Reds history.
Here’s Angie with the Great Eight.
After the Hall of Fame, it was almost time for the game. After many thank-you’s, we parted ways with our absolutely fabulous hostess and headed to our seats in the Budweiser Thirst Row, from where we watched an awesome game (even though they lost.) We were so close to my boy, Jay Bruce, we could almost smell him. Angie and I were wondering if Jay could hear us talking from where we were sitting – hence the name of this post. Guys, Jay did not touch his butt, so I guess he couldn’t hear us.
Come on, do it Jay!
Around the fifth inning, the Rockin’ Redlegs crew were treated to a special guest. Yes, it took a minute to feel comfortable with him, but I think our boy Gapper deserves a redemption. Actually, Gapper and I are on more-than-a-first-name-basis (if you know what I mean.)
He’s actually not bad once you get to know him!
Ultimately, the Reds lost to the Mets, but the memories and experiences we had that day with Lisa, Jamie, Jonny, Brandon, Jim, and of course, Gapper will be with us for a long time and we couldn’t be happier that we got to have this opportunity. We now see Great American Ballpark, the people behind it, and the players in a different light and we are so fortunate to have gotten to participate in such an awesome day.
As always, GO REDS!
Tired of doing the same old mundane tasks with no excitement? Looking to add pizzaz to your boring daily activities? Experiencing a case of the doldrums? So are we. Thank goodness you can attend the Reds game on June 18th and receive your very own Reds spirit hair! It would be a shame if you only used your spirit hair at the games, so we devised some ways you can break out of your boring lifestyle while representing your favorite team!
You can wear your Reds Spirit Hair when:
Thanks for reading and, as always, GO REDS!