The Cincinnati Reds kicked off their 2017 season on April 3 at home against the Philadelphia Phillies.
For those who enjoy watching the sport but don’t need the nitty gritty details like statistics here are a few reasons to root for the Reds at the Great American Ball Park this summer.
Second baseman Ryan Gennett, 26, has been called by the nickname Scooter for almost all of his life. When Gennett was 3, he was notorious for unbuckling himself in the car. To teach him a lesson, his mother drove to the Lebanon police station, where he told the officer his name was Scooter, inspired from his favorite Muppet.
“From that day on for a long time they had to call me Scooter because I wouldn’t answer to Ryan,” Gannett said. “I thought if I answered to Ryan, I would get arrested.”
Third baseman Eugenio Suarez blows bubbles as big as his head when he’s playing third. He says it helps him relax and has done it for as long as he has played baseball.
“When I was young, eating gum was my favorite thing,” Suarez said. “I’ve always got some in my mouth.”
Suarez chews three to five pieces at a time to create giant bubbles and gets new pieces every two innings.
Great American Ball Park boasts more than 40 concession stands and recently released new offerings for the 2017 season. For the first time, Graeter’s will be available, joining Keystone mac and cheese, “Cheetos popcorn” and The Nacho Dog from the stadium’s Porkopolis section.
The Dayton Dragons are a Class-A team that is affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. Ten players who have been on the Cincinnati Reds roster this season once played at Fifth Third Field.
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