As much as I hope to keep Ballpark Nerd current, sometimes life gets in the way. My second day in Cincinnati was far better than my first, minus the 9 hour drive home.
It usually takes me a day in a new city to get my bearings. After a quite Saturday night in Mt. Adams I woke up early Sunday ready to roll. With a long day ahead I had the start the day off right with a quality breakfast. Ballpark Nerd research discovered Cheapside Cafe and its’ outstanding French Toast. I don’t know what the secret ingredients were, but next time I am in Cincinnati I’ll be making a return visit.
Cincinnati is also home to Xavier University, the college basketball powerhouse and Jesuit institution that was founded downtown on Sycamore Street in 1831. The University is no longer there, but the St. Xavier Church remains. I have a soft spot for the Jesuits since my time at Fordham University, I have found their message of personal growth through service and reflection helpful throughout my life. It was worth waking up early to attend the 9a service.
Having crossed Breakfast and Mass off my Ballpark Nerd To Do List it was time to head down to Great American Ball Park for the game. The Reds were looking to avoid a three game sweep from the Mariners, but with Alfredo Simon and his 10+ ERA it would be a tough task. The Reds started the game off right, scoring 3 runs the the first inning however the Mariners came back by the 5th, taking a 5-4 lead. The Reds could only muster 3 singles, after Adam Duvall’s solo home run led off the 4th, never threatening the Mariners improved bullpen in the late innings. Final Score Mariners 5 Reds 4.