Pay off in July
For all the craziness of June, July was the pay off.
Cincinnati hosted the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, the big moment I had been looking forward to since I first accepted my new job at The Enquirer. For a kid who grew up loving and playing baseball and always dreaming of playing in the All-Star Game, this was pretty much as close as I could have ever hoped to get.
All of the fanfare around the ASG was mind boggling. For a week, Major League Baseball owned downtown and the city’s pride in The Reds was at a level it probably hadn’t been since the 1990 World Series. Lucky for me, I got to focus on the events taking place on the baseball field and pass on the events around town. The Futures Game, Celebrity Softball, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game were all on my slate and they turned out to be a ton of fun … aside from maybe that actual All-Star Game, but that was purely due to media logistics and the fact that pitting the league’s best pitchers against each other results in a pretty dull game.
When all was said and done, ASG Week was a pretty big success for the city and for our paper. It’s great to be able to say I’ve covered the event and can now tell people about how crazy it is to cover such a media spectacle.
July was huge for Cincinnati, and for Cincinnati sports.
Washington Nationals centerfielder and All-Star Game starter Bryce Harper fields questions during media availability at the Westin Cincinnati hotel in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, July 13, 2015.
Demi Lovato performs during the All-Star Concert at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, July 11, 2015.
Reds prospect Kyle Waldrop slides in safely at home during the bottom of the sixth inning of the All-Star Futures Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
Todd Frazier gets a hit in the Home Run Derby at Great American Ballpark in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, July 13, 2015.
Aroldis Chapman runs to hug Todd Frazier as he wins the Home Run Derby at Great American Ballpark in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, July 13, 2015.
Pete Rose stands by in the dugout as he waits his name to be called with the Cincinnati Reds Franchise Four before the start of the MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
The MLB Franchise Four living legends are introduced before the first inning of the MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) leaps for a pick-off throw as Chicago Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber (12) slides safely into second base stealing in the top of the first inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Starting pitcher Mike Leake advanced to 8-5 with the Reds 9-1 win over the Cubs in the first game of a double header.
A fan climbs the center field wall as he is chased by Cincinnati Police after running from the seats along the third base line and running across the field during the top of the eighth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The man ran across the field with a cell phone in his hand, before hopping the wall and running from the ballpark, escaping police custody.
Cincinnati Reds catcher Brayan Pena (29) holds on to the ball after a home plate collision, tagging out Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) in the top of the ninth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The Cubs beat the Reds, 6-5, in the second game of the day-night doubleheader.
Peter Bhatia, the newly named Editor and Vice President of Audience Engagement at Enquirer Media, poses in the Enquirer Studio in Downtown Cincinnati, on Thursday, July 23, 2015.
A view of downtown Cincinnati as seen from the banks of the Ohio River in Covington, Ky., on Friday, July 24, 2015.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Floyd Raven (41) breaks up a pass do New York Giants linebacker Tony Johnson (46) during a joint practice between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants at the Bengals practice facility in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015.
FC Cincinnati head coach John Harkes speaks to the media from Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015.
The sun sets over Music Hall during the annual Lumenocity concert at Washington Park in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.