- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK IN CINCINNATI

For the most part, the Reds are a first-class, traditional organization that does things the right way. For the most part. Sadly, the oldest professional baseball club in history has made a colossal mistake when it comes to mascots. Emphasis on the plural there. They’ve got three, yes, three of them.

There’s the traditional “Mr. Red,” who looks like “Mr. Met” in a different color. He would be enough, but instead this team also has “Mr. Redlegs,” who is basically another version of “Mr. Red” circa, oh, 1876. White, striped, paintbox cap. Giant handlebar moustache. You get the idea.

But that wasn’t enough. In 2002, Cincinnati introduced “Gapper” to the world. Who or what is “Gapper”? Well, he’s a giant, red, furry … uh, thing. As best as this reporter can tell, he serves only one purpose: being extraneous.

OVERHEARD

“Let me tell you, my friend. You can yell ‘I got it! I got it!’ as much as you want. When you’ve got 20,000 people yelling and screaming and two guys screaming at the same time, that ain’t gonna cut it.”

— Manny Acta, on the recent communication troubles between outfielders Nook Logan and Austin Kearns

TONIGHT’S GAME

Nationals LHP Mike Bacsik (0-0, 0.00) vs. Reds RHP Matt Belisle (4-3, 4.58), 7:10 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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