Mother of All Blog Entries: Part 2

After the All-Star break and a very busy weekend that included a luncheon honoring 700WLW V.P. of Sports Marketing Tom Horan, the Rosie Reds? luncheon/fashion show and the wonderful Reds Hall of Fame induction weekend, it’s time for another MOTHER OF ALL BLOG ENTRIES (part 2):

First of all, it was great working with Joe over the weekend, and great to have Marty back "tanned, rested and ready."  What follows is a collection of photos from the Reds Hall of Fame pregame induction ceremonies (courtesy of Dann Stupp and team photographer Greg Rust). We?ll have photos of Sunday?s formal induction banquet later this week.

I?ve also included photos from Turner Field and Miller Park (like Hank Aaron and the Braves, we made the trek from Milwaukee to Atlanta last week, both enjoyable cities and ballparks).

Tom Horan, by the way, is the man who Marty’s talking to when you occasionally hear him say on the air "Hey Daddy."  As the sales guru and the longest-tenured employee at 700WLW, he is, indeed, "Daddy," and a huge Reds fan, who?s at Great American Ball Park schmoozing with clients in the WLW Founders Suite almost every night.

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Reds HOF Director Greg Rhodes kicked off the pregame ceremonies on Sunday.

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Marty served as emcee for the festivities.

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(L to R) Tom Seaver, Lee May and Tom Browning are the 69th, 70th and 71st members of the Reds HOF. (Browning claimed to be the best-dressed.)

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"The Big Bopper" Lee May led the Reds in homers three times and hit 147 for the club (and 354 for his career).

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"Mr. Perfect" Tom Browning, the owner of Cincinnati’s only perfect game, went 123-88 for the Reds and won 20 games as a rookie in 1985.

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"Tom Terrific" Tom Seaver, a National Baseball Hall of Famer, went 75-46 for the Reds and pitched his only no-hitter while he was with Cincinnati.

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The trio’s plaques are now on display in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Dozens of other Reds Hall of Famers (including Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion and George Foster) were in town for the weekend.

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Jerry Narron meets Eleanor Kluszewski (representing Ted Kluszewski) and Joyce Bell Dolle (representing Gus Bell).

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Ken Griffey Jr. meets with Griffey Sr. and Lee May.

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Now onto pictures from Miller Park during our road trip July 3-5. Here’s one from our booth.

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Looking left.

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Looking right.

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Marty with our main man WTMJ’s (and Cincinnati’s own) Bill Michaels. The Elder H.S. alum is also known as "Mr. Free Golf."

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Ben Sheets (working to come off the DL), pitching in a simulated game before the Reds played the Brewers.

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A shot of the massive roof at Miller Park.

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Here’s a shot of our booth (with Marty). As usual, we have the best seats in the house.

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Marty with former Reds employee Mike Vassallo, now the Brewers’ P.R. Czar.

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The Sausage Race is just underway.

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And down the stretch they come!!

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"The Godfather" Marc Lancaster joins Mikey V’s campaign to get Chris Capuano voted onto the NL All-Star team.

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Hall of Famer, Brewers broadcaster and actor Bob Uecker with partner Jim Powell.

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Among the Brewers retired numbers: Yount, Molitor and Uecker (50 years in baseball).

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Exterior of Miller Park.

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Hank Aaron statue in front of Miller Park.

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The plaque below the statue (click on the photo to read it).

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It’s Packers Country, and, yes, fans even tailgate before baseball games.

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Next to Miller Park, in the exact spot where County Stadium was, sits Helfair Field, a Little League jewel, as well as a kids play area.

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Three construction workers were killed during the building of Miller Park. They are honored in front of the facility.

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Bernie Brewer takes a dive down the famous Miller Park slide.

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And now onto Turner Field.

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How did this get in here?!?

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(Braves announcers) Skip (Caray) and Pete’s (Van Weiren) Hall of Fame BBQ at the entrance to Turner Field.

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"Tooner Field," a kids play area courtesy of corporate cousin Cartoon Network.

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Inside "Tooner Field" kids playing ball.

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Fans can watch the game from the Budweiser Pavillion (top) or the Chop House restaurant (bottom).

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Remembering "The Launching Pad," Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Braves’ home from 1966-1996.

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The most famous Brave.

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Quite a collection of pennants the Braves display in left field.

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Chris Welsh interviews "Everyday" Eddie Guardado in Atlanta before the game.

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Chipper Jones taking BP, on display on MLB’s most incredible video board (eight stories tall!).

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Turner Field from our broadcast booth.

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"Tom Horan (aka "Daddy") with his wife, Sheila, at a luncheon honoring his 35 years at WLW.

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5 Comments

Thanks for the pictures and behind the scenes info. I listen to you and Marty often and now I can better picture what your surroundings look like. I really liked the picture of the plane taking off in New York! Keep em coming.

Don

The amazing thing about the “dance” photo is that you can see from the digits below it that the Reds had just put up an 8-spot on the home team and they were still dancing at Turner.

Mark

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Bad Boy! You sounded great with Joe Nuxhall this past weekend- you guys work very well together.

Steve-

I just wanted to comment that I think Scott Hatteberg is one of the most underrated players in the NL. With an OBP well over .400, he knows the strike zone better than anyone and besides doing the little things that win ballgames, he plays a solid first base for a converted catcher. Sean Casey was a great guy but I’ll take Hatteberg any day.

Have you ever seen Casey and Hatteberg in the same room. Coincidence? I think they are one in the same.

Clayton has more hits than Lopez and Kearns combined since the All-Star game.

We would have lost if we played this game before the break. Adding 3 quality relievers makes the entire bull pen better.

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