In a blatant attempt to divert your attention away from the 2017 Reds and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Losing Streak, we’re going to fall back on the old Cincinnati standby: talk about the Big Red Machine instead.
Over the weekend, as you probably know, the Reds unveiled the latest statue on Crosley Terrace, outside Great American Ball Park. The subject of the statue is a local baseball player of some renown, Peter Edward Rose. Before you continue, you may want to read Steve’s outstanding recent retrospective on the playing career of Pete Rose.
Below, you’ll find video of the statue’s unveiling, as well as Pete’s speech commemorating the occasion.
Not only does this serve to distract you from the current Reds, but a vocal minority — including some of the writers here at Redleg Nation — of you really, really can’t stand Pete Rose. So this is actually a controversial post! Hey, we want all types of Reds fans here.
If you really don’t like Rose, then please enjoy these speeches by Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, and Johnny Bench, upon the unveiling of their statues in years past.
If none of that floats your boat, I hereby present to you: Highlights of the 2016 Cincinnati Reds. Enjoy!