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Monday, June 27, 2011

Is Fort Thomas a Baseball City?

The above video is Reds 2B, Brandon Phillips, who is now is second among 2B for the All-Star game. Make sure to vote for him, Joey Votto, Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce, who are all within striking distance of making the game.

Obviously when you think Fort Thomas, you think football. Having played baseball and soccer while I was in school there, you almost feel like a second class citizen. After reading an article in Cincinnati magazine, "Where Have All the Reds Fans Gone?" by Craig Fehrman, I got to wondering how many Reds fans come from Fort Thomas.

Being a river city, minutes away from the ballpark negates the excuse of travel and perhaps the biggest excuse -winning- was expunged last year after winning the National League Central crown. The main thesis of his article was that there is not one reason why Reds fans don't sell out like St. Louis does on an almost daily basis. There are plenty of reasons, which is probably the toughest thing the Castellini's are trying to tackle.

Gas-ticket-beer prices, weather, the overabundance of entertainment options elsewhere, the quality of TV coverage (the Reds viewership on Fox Sports was rated 4th last year), the quality of radio coverage (the Reds ratings behind Marty were ranked best in the big leagues) and simply the "small-marketness" of Cincinnati are all reasons why someone may not be apt to head down to Great American Ball Park for a game.

The Reds ownership is obviously trying to bring "winning baseball" to Cincinnati. The fan experience is amazing. The team is young and exciting and you just get the overall impression that they care. I think it may be possible that Cincinnati isn't a baseball town, and by extension either is our city or our region. Yes, the Reds were the first professional baseball team. Yes, we were the first team to play at night and we do have 5 World Series Championships, which includes two titles from arguably the best team ever in the Big Red Machine in the 1975 and 1976.

The Reds also set their attendance mark in 1976 with 2,629,708 fans showing up that year. The bad news: The Reds are the only team in baseball to have set its best attendance mark before 1988.

So this begs the question: Are we going to Reds games from Fort Thomas? And if not, what is the reason?


  1. I've been to five games, so far this year... and, run into friends from Fort Thomas, every time I go..

    The Reds put a nice product on the field and are very fan friendly.. If the beer prices were lower, I'd be happier, but find that feeling dissipates after the third beer.

  2. Would love to go to games, but my son has a severe peanut allergy. He breaks out into hives from peanut dust and wheezes so its just not safe. We've tried it thinking it would be ok in such a large open air place and had to leave. I love listening to ballgames on the radio on the front porch in the summer or watching on TV. I've been a fan since I was a little girl and grew up in Newport with a great view of Riverfront Stadium. If there was a way we could go to the games with my son and have a peanut-free zone, we'd love to take him.