Sophie’s 1st Reds Game





My parents had four tickets to a recent Reds game so they invited Sophie, Andy and I along. Andy had a softball game so he was unable to make it. They played the Reds and it was that night, 34 years ago, that my dad asked my mom to marry him on the way to a Reds game.


My dad was thrilled to learn the Reds were once again selling reasonably priced scorecards. He’s saved every scorecard from every game.



I thought for sure I’d be walking Sophie around the stadium and that we’d have to leave early. But she quietly sat on our laps the entire time. Maybe she was tired (it was past her bedtime). Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was everything there was to look at. But she was so well behaved.


And it turns out the cup holders are perfectly sized for sippy cups as well as beer.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.” —Bob Lemon