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Offline Cygnus

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1710 on: September 12, 2017, 03:16:02 PM »
One of several reasons I've stopped supporting the Reds, the baseball season is just too long. And here is MLB making it even longer!

Reds' 2018 Opening Day will be earliest ever
Nationals come to town March 29


CINCINNATI Ė The Redsí 2018 Opening Day will be the earliest ever.

The Reds will host the Washington Nationals on Thursday, March 29 Ė three days before Easter - according to next seasonís schedule announced Tuesday. Time is TBA.

The early date is the result of a new scheduling format that adds a week to the season and gives teams three to four additional off days, according to MLB.  All teams will open on March 29 and end Sept. 30.



The previous earliest Reds' Opening Day was March 31 in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2011 and 2014. The Nationals have never played here on Opening Day, though their predecessors, the Montreal Expos, opened here in 1970, '87, '93 and '96.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1711 on: September 12, 2017, 03:24:51 PM »
FC is not passing out bobble heads and doesn't have a huge part of the stadium dedicated to a playground.  It doesn't have Gapper.  It's amazing how diluted the Reds stadium "experience" is. 

Nippert Stadium now is like Riverfront before the Jumbotron.  There is nothing to do but watch the game.  When we were kids going to a Reds game was the most exciting thing to do second only to King's Island.  And there wasn't anything to do at the stadium other than watch the game.  At some point they installed the Jumbotron, then a year or two later the jug machine appeared under Section 235. 

At Bengals games, they had the goddamn Bird Band set up in a tent next to the zoo's tiger.  They didn't even have the Ben Gals for about 15 years. 



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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1712 on: September 12, 2017, 03:30:38 PM »
Cygnus, the season is too long no doubt about it.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1713 on: September 12, 2017, 03:37:52 PM »
FC is not passing out bobble heads and doesn't have a huge part of the stadium dedicated to a playground.  It doesn't have Gapper.  It's amazing how diluted the Reds stadium "experience" is. 

Nippert Stadium now is like Riverfront before the Jumbotron.  There is nothing to do but watch the game.  When we were kids going to a Reds game was the most exciting thing to do second only to King's Island.  And there wasn't anything to do at the stadium other than watch the game.  At some point they installed the Jumbotron, then a year or two later the jug machine appeared under Section 235. 

At Bengals games, they had the goddamn Bird Band set up in a tent next to the zoo's tiger.  They didn't even have the Ben Gals for about 15 years.
Well these sports teams want to get people to actually come to the games.  Other activities to do especially with kids is viewed as a positive for most people.  If/when FC builds their new stadium it's going to be much closer to Great American in terms of amenities then Nippert.  Even now FC still sets up a large kids area on the practice field next to the stadium.  Bobble heads are dumb but until people stop showing up for them the Reds are going to keep putting them out. 

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1714 on: September 12, 2017, 03:53:44 PM »
One of the things soccer has going for it over football and baseball is the short length of the game. There's a pretty small variable at the end, but for the most part everyone knows the entire thing is going to be over in 2 hours. Baseball and football are another hour longer than that, and college football is even longer. That makes a big difference for families, especially on weeknights. Everyone can be at home and in bed by 10:00 after a 7:00 soccer game. Chances are you'll still be at GABP at 10:00 if you try to watch a full Reds game that starts at 7:10. Both the NFL and MLB are aware of the game length problem, and have taken steps to shorten games in recent years.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1715 on: September 12, 2017, 04:28:17 PM »
Well the main way to shorten those games is to become more like soccer -- minimal commercial breaks.  The TV timeouts in the NFL are the worst.  When you're at the game the enthusiasm can't help but dim. 

Sean Casey's at-bat routine was pretty influential on me.  I learned from that ridiculous routine that shifting affairs to your personal tempo give you an advantage.  If you really slow things down, people think you're dumb, which is what you want.   

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1716 on: September 12, 2017, 05:13:09 PM »
The one thing I loved about Wrigley was that it was only about the baseball on the field in regards to the noise.  Great America is so damn loud and obnoxious, it breaks my ear drums

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1717 on: September 12, 2017, 05:17:13 PM »
The one thing I loved about Wrigley was that it was only about the baseball on the field in regards to the noise.  Great America is so damn loud and obnoxious, it breaks my ear drums

Exactly.  I didn't get to any games this year but the amount of commotion coming out of the speakers is insufferable.  Tiny fragments of pop songs and commercials and peppy announcements between innings. 

At Riverfront, the scoreboard rarely did anything to instruct the crowd.  Something pretty major had to be going on for those clapping hands to appear.  Like at least 2 guys on base.  Now there's stuff going on constantly. 

The Sunday games at Riverfront had the organ player -- no pop music.  It was great.  I believe they still have the organist on Sundays at the new stadium, but they can't cut it out with the non-stop claptrap. 


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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1718 on: September 12, 2017, 05:21:56 PM »
Yeah, honestly there is nothing better than a baseball game with just people talking and cheering and clapping and the organ playing, not every single inning blasting the speakers and you can't even hear the person next to you.

I guess this is to keep kids engaged, and probably how a lot of stadiums are now.  I did notice in St. Louis, it wasn't as close to as loud as GABP, though I would guess a place like Minnesota and Milwaukee, etc. would be similar to GABP.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1719 on: September 12, 2017, 05:39:23 PM »
I often bicycle at night on a route that includes Mehring Way.  When I roll past the stadium, I get a nice dose of the brash music and announcements. 

The favorite baseball game I ever watched was a Frontier League game at a college stadium.  They played one song pretty much all the way through between innings at a subdued volume.  Everyone was taking it easy. 

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1720 on: September 13, 2017, 09:04:41 AM »
^Going to lower level minor league games is fun too.  I'm from Cedar Rapids, IA and they have the small Veteran's Memorial Stadium.  Quiet and intimate setting and was always fun, though of course, the level of play isn't even close to as good as MLB.  I always wanted to check out a Dayton Dragons game and see the atmosphere there.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1721 on: September 14, 2017, 12:10:57 AM »
Reds launch first-of-its-kind automated concession pickup stations

Imagine youíre at the ballpark, you want a hot dog and a beer, and you donít want to wait in line.

Thatís no longer a dream. Itís reality with the Cincinnati Redsí launch of Ballpark Express, a first-of-its-kind automated concession pickup station at Great American Ball Park.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/09/13/reds-launch-first-of-its-kind-automated-concession.html
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1722 on: September 14, 2017, 09:09:35 AM »
^ oh geez i hate this nonsense. two googlers are even trying to do the same with bodegas in nyc if you can believe that. crazy amazonization of everything:

https://www.fastcompany.com/40466047/two-ex-googlers-want-to-make-bodegas-and-mom-and-pop-corner-stores-obsolete

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1723 on: September 14, 2017, 09:27:41 AM »
^Actually I am a technology curmudgeon (I wish for Amazon's demise regularly) and for some strange reason I kinda like this.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1724 on: September 14, 2017, 09:36:05 AM »
To be honest, I'd use it. In the one game I went to this year, where the announced attendance was 18,191 (43% of capacity), I waited in line for 1.5 innings just to get some nachos.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1725 on: September 14, 2017, 09:44:48 AM »
the first green hotdog or one with a bug on it will put an end to it fast!

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1726 on: September 14, 2017, 09:55:55 AM »
^ oh geez i hate this nonsense. two googlers are even trying to do the same with bodegas in nyc if you can believe that. crazy amazonization of everything:

https://www.fastcompany.com/40466047/two-ex-googlers-want-to-make-bodegas-and-mom-and-pop-corner-stores-obsolete

This probably needs its own topic.
They are just reinventing the f-n vending machine.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1727 on: September 14, 2017, 10:26:00 AM »
Sounds like a hotel mini-bar.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1728 on: September 18, 2017, 02:39:18 AM »
So apparently 30 years ago 1 out of every 5 dudes at daytime Reds games went shirtless:

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1729 on: September 18, 2017, 08:56:44 AM »
It was only a high of 90 degrees that day, too. Not a particularly hot day. I imagine that was pretty normal at a lot of ballparks in the 80s, though.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1730 on: September 18, 2017, 11:53:35 AM »
It was only a high of 90 degrees that day, too. Not a particularly hot day. I imagine that was pretty normal at a lot of ballparks in the 80s, though.
Riverfront, Vet, 3 Rivers, etc., those type of stadiums heated up fast. Zero airflow, closed in.