Week 17 — Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Can you believe I’d never been to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum? The longest tenured and most storied franchised in the history of Major League Baseball on display right in our city? I can’t either. Alas, I won four free tickets at a fundraiser, which gave me every reason to get my butt in gear and finally check it out.

The Reds, as expected, proved to be a fantastic subject, and it was fun and informative to have the opportunity to be briefed on its interesting history and the longevity of the organization. My favorite part was the “sports den,” where a Highlights and Bloopers reel played on loop. I sat in a recliner and laughed and marveled at the hilarity and all-around impressiveness that was continuously on display. All I needed was a hand down my pants, and I’d have been the model Man Cave Citizen.

I digress.

It is my hope that I, too, can someday enjoy a room with such sports grandeur. I won’t get into how much I hate the term “Man Cave” because I am neither a dude nor do I want to spend my time in something compared to a cave. (Or keep my hand down my pants.) But a room that pays homage to my favorite pastime(s) is all but mandatory someday when I decide to grow up.

Another thing I really enjoyed about being down at the HOF and Museum was that the Reds were out of town. Being such a beautiful day, Great American Ball Park was truly picturesque and it was magical to see it in all its glory without any kind of crowd to distract me from its vast magnificence.

GABP in all its unadulterated glory
GABP in all its unadulterated glory
GABP and its namesake, the Great American building
GABP and its namesake, the Great American building
The stadium on a beautiful day
The stadium on a beautiful day

If you love baseball (and who doesn’t?), you must get to the Reds HOF and Museum. Next stop: Cooperstown. Because that’s got to be the only baseball-related shrine that tops it.

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