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The Cincinnati Reds to honor UK tomorrow night

The Cincinnati Reds haven’t been interesting since Chris Sabo put down his corked bat in 1996, but the franchise that traded away Josh Hamilton is trying to be relevant again, at least for a night, by riding Kentucky basketball’s coattails. The Reds will honor your University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team tomorrow night on the hallowed field at Great American Ballpark prior to the first pitch against the San Francisco Giants. Gametime is set for 7:10 p.m. so be in your seat shortly before that if you want to see the Cats get their ovation.

Tickets are still available to the highly anticipated Mat Latos versus Matt Cain showdown.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

79 Comments for The Cincinnati Reds to honor UK tomorrow night

  1. Dude
    2:05 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, you suck.

  2. Al B. Sure
    2:06 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. Classy. The MLB team makes a point to honor the Kentucky basketball team… even though the city of Cincinnati has two NCAA teams of its own… so they are honoring a team that has no direct ties to their city and you call them irrelevant and uninteresting? Classy. Note: I realize that Cincinnati & Xavier have done nothing to be honored for, but the point is that its a different state, different city… honoring a team for its accomplishment when they clearly don’t have to and you insult them for their efforts.

  3. GummyBear
    2:08 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I realize you jest, but Latos and Cain are two of the better young pitchers in the National League.

  4. Dude
    2:10 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, you ride the coattails UK basketball. God only knows why you are in the biz, but you are. You suck.

  5. chris sabo
    2:13 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink


    That bat wasn’t mine. Duh.



  6. Hmm..
    2:15 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder if the crowd will boo the Cats like they did the marching back a few years back…

  7. EMS
    2:15 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Most UK fans are Reds fans dumbass.

  8. Hmm..
    2:15 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder if the crowd will boo the Cats like they did the UK marching band back a few years back…

  9. lexslamman
    2:15 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    The Reds suck.

  10. pioneer
    2:16 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    The voice of the common man himself, Bill Cunningham, had the voice of the reds on air within the last hour, Mr. Marty Brennamen. Marty said he is very excited and will cheer for the National Champion Wildcats. he also added that he was very impressed with the Cats this season, and that anyone who boooo’s UK tomorrow night is just a fool. Because if UC/Xavier/Ohio State could win a national title, then the Cin Reds would honor those respective schools in the exact same fashion.

  11. GummyBear
    2:17 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    9.. YOU suck!

  12. really?
    2:17 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    The Reds have the best player in baseball however they don’t interest you? I held you in higher regard, guess you don’t know much about baseball.

    If I owned an MLB team and some guy used to ‘smoke crack like cigarettes’ I’d trade him too. I’m assuming you and Josh smoked crack together.

  13. pioneer
    2:19 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    #12 Wasn’t Josh Hamilton addicted to cocaine and not crack?

  14. GummyBear
    2:20 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Btw Drew, Barry Larkin was just voted in as the only member of this year’s Hall of Fame class by the Baseball Writers of America. I would consider this both interesting and relevant.

  15. robuk cincy
    2:22 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with #2. I guess Drew F , forgot that the Reds won the division 2 years ago, and prob have the best 1st baseman in the National League. I live in Cincy but graduated from UK, most of the locals in Cincy dont like the Cats too much, I wouldnt be surprised if there are some boos. However I dont care, go cats !

  16. Ukjw
    2:23 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah dumb statement drew. The reds have been interesting for the last few years. They did win the division not too long ago. I would say they are a team on the rise and have been for at least the last five years, especially as an organization.

    Do not comment if you do not know what you are talking about. Best advice anyone could give a KSR blogger.

  17. NKY_UK_fan
    2:23 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky is a market for the Reds and the Reds need to get fans to the stadium to help pay for Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. It’s smart marketing to honor UK in order to get fans in the seats. Plus, it’s the last time I’ll get to see them all together.

  18. GrumpyOldDude
    2:26 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone seen pics of Mat Latos’ wife? GRRRRR, baby!

  19. hahaha
    2:27 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    literally love this article. so true. reds have been irrelevant for so long, this is their way of trying to fill the seats for one night. drew takes stabs at teams and people all the time, and it’s hilarious, until it’s “your team.”

  20. hahaha
    2:29 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    also, the reds did win the division a few years ago and proceeded to choke. making them, once again, irrelevant.

  21. bung
    2:29 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    i knowes u ment “at least”…

  22. UKwildcat_fanatic
    2:30 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I am no means a grammer scholar but shouldn’t the word “least” be used instead of “lease”?

  23. reality champ
    2:31 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    STOP IT, WHINEBAGS.He speaks the truth and you all know it.Teams that have been to the playoffs only TWICE since 1990 is not relevant. LMAO….some of you sound like ul fans.

  24. Agree
    2:32 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Baseball a great sport. Not for everybody because u have to invest time to get to a certain knowledge level to understand. Reds r competitive

  25. hahaha
    2:32 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    @23 they really do hahah

  26. Ukhang8
    2:35 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Drew Franklin is a dumb ass

  27. Shawon
    2:38 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    18 – You mean @DallasLatos? Uh-huh.

    I am going to the game to cheer LOUDLY for the ‘Cats when they are introduced…then punch any fans who boo and heckle Big Blue. Also kick any dogs who get too close.

  28. Scott
    2:38 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink


    I never comment on your threads because I mostly enjoy them but this is pretty low class. I had already stopped visiting KSR because you aren’t much more than a glorified fanboy anyway, but this even furthers my negative view of you and the site.

    I hope a better UK website pops up soon so I can stop reading a bunch of frat boy articles. Matt Jones did a much better job with the site, and it really shows.

  29. Marge Schott
    2:38 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    F U drew and smoke em if you got’em. By the way my panties are wet for you.

  30. Al B. Sure
    2:39 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Whether you like the Reds or not, I am simply saying that it is a nice gesture to honor the Kentucky basketball team… whatever their motivation for doing so might be. When someone does something nice for you, common courtesy and decency is to not turn around and insult them… as Drew did.

  31. robuk cincy
    2:42 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    #19 and #20 fails to mention who his MLB team is, let me guess Yankees, Cardinals, someone like that. If a MLB team not in KY wants to honor the cats, it should be looked as a positive not a negative.

  32. hjhjgfj
    2:43 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Drew is just creating a diversion so no one will notice that his beard is made of glued on pubes.

  33. lmao at these reds fans
    2:43 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    The reds ARE irrelevant and will continue to be irrelevant until they gain some line of longevity to success. Baseball season is long but the st Louis cardinals will always be the dominant force in that division. At least they will put some fans in the seats with this celebration. BTW, I think drew is a braves fan, just sayijg.

  34. hjhjgfj
    2:47 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Reds were pretty relevant in 2010 when they literally kicked the $*#( out of the Whiney-Little-B&#&# Cardinals.

  35. Dr. Funke
    2:48 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, whats with all the reds hate? The reds have a huge following in the state of kentucky, especially northern kentucky. Theres nothing suprising about this. By the way this team just became the sixth team in history to reach 10,000 wins. So they havent been dominant in a while, big deal.

  36. bulldog
    2:51 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    @12. He was addicted to drugs before playing for the Reds. When they signed him he had been sober for years. Get your facts straight

  37. MadCatter
    2:52 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    31. He didn’t say, so it’s probably the Cubs.

  38. Drew Franklin
    2:53 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink


  39. robuk cincy
    2:54 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Five World Series titles, tied for 4th most all time, they sure are irrelevant,lol. That theory is like Louisville fans theory that UK’s 1948,49,51,58 and 78 championships are irrelevant because they were so long ago. Reds are a traditional power, the fact that they want to honor the cats should be applauded.

  40. David
    2:54 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Wait…isn’t MKG supposed to be signing autographs at Cardboard Heroes in Mall St. Matthews in Louisville tomorrow night? So I’m guessing he’s skipping going to Cincy?

  41. nyc cat
    2:54 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    He is a Braves fan. Most people in the western part of the state are Braves or Cardinals fans.

  42. dfgsdg
    2:56 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Drew- 7-9? You have to be kidding. This ain’t the NFL, they play 162 games in MLB.

  43. Al B. Sure
    2:57 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Funny, Drew. I’ve taken up for you in your posts before but you are showing your true classless colors. You do realize that baseball season is 162 games long, right? Therefore, 7-9 is an insignificant stat at this point. Furthermore, I’m not debating the dominance or lack thereof by the Reds. I’m saying it is a punk move to insult them when they are making a point of doing something nice and honoring our team.

  44. Jeff King
    2:58 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    By the way, most Braves & Cardinals fans are bandwagon fans. I said “most”.

  45. Dr. Funke
    2:59 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone knows 90% of cardinal fans are bandwagoners.

  46. Sadat-X
    2:59 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Red were a popular pick to win NL central this year, and they just signed Votto to a big contract. Full disclosure, I’m a Tigers fan, but I live in Northern Kentucky.

    Sounds like some people in the comments section, and Drew, don’t really watch a lot of baseball.

  47. Skat
    3:03 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    BBN needs to be in the seats for this Reds game in huge numbers! I live in Northern Kentucky and have to listen to anti-UK drivel from everybody north of the river. The Cats will be booed by many, so we have to be there to get the Go Big Blue and C-A-T-S cheers going to drown out the ignorant bums! This will be similar to the shoutdown at the beginning of the Riverfront fireworks spectacular, when they say, “Let’s hear from Kentucky” and everyone on the Kentucky banks of the Ohio River yells, followed by an opportunity for Ohioans to yell. Get your children, get your wife, get grandpa and grandma and all your friends and get to this game to show our national champs some love!

  48. Drew Franklin
    3:04 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    We’re very sensitive about our Reds, aren’t we?

  49. Al B. Sure
    3:10 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I think what people are most sensitive about is the negative way that you are portraying BBN. Rather than being courteous and grateful for the honor, instead you portray BBN as entitled, ungrateful, and petty. It’s not funny. Humor is one thing. This isn’t it.

  50. catty
    3:11 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Reds Suck


  51. thfrgh
    3:12 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    No, just pointing out that you’re out of your element and know nothing about baseball.

  52. Al B. Sure
    3:13 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I dislike the Cardinals. However, that said… if they were to honor UK prior to one of their games, I would be appreciative of the gesture. It’s not about what MLB team you like. Its about common decency.

  53. UK22
    3:15 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    What an ignorant post. UK should be happy that cincinnati reds are allowing them to do this. Not to mention half the people at the game could care less about UK. as an NKY UK/Reds fan I am pumped for this.

  54. thfrgh
    3:16 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Most of the Giants success over the last several years is directly attributable to cheating.

  55. UK22
    3:16 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Drew why dont you go get kicked out of a baseball game for being a drunk again. “Toronto”

  56. uk3k
    3:17 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I am a Reds fan I thought this was funny. People need to relax. Reds fans should be used to being made fun of.

  57. Sadat-X
    3:17 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Imagine for me Drew, that you’re clicking around a website devoted to your second favorite sport to follow… Imma guess… figure skating. And you’re browsing around and you see a post that Kristi Yamaguchi is going to be honored at Rupp Arena.

    But the creator of this post goes on to say something to the effect of… “Sounds nice, but when’s the last time Kentucky was relevant, right? I mean, Billy Clyde… NIT… har har har.”

    You’d be tripping over your keyboard to correct someone. You can’t just be blatantly ignorant about an entire team and the sport they play on the internet, and not expect a raging mob with internet torches and pitchforks in their hands.

  58. Drew Franklin
    3:22 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    55. — I was sober in Toronto.

    57. — I’d be the first one in line for tickets if Kristi Yamaguchi was honored at Rupp Arena.

  59. Hartline
    3:29 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, you know we love you. But seriously? I won’t comment on your extreme negativity towards the Reds (which is stupid considering how many UK fans are Reds fans) but why on earth would you try to portray BBN as so ungrateful for this cool honor? As fans we should enjoy this and show appreciation. What professional team is going to bring in Louisville or Indiana if they win the championship? None. Why try to down play it and make it seem like the Reds should be the one honored to be graced by the presence of Big Blue Nation. I don’t normally comment negatively on post especially when we can tell you’re joking but your jokes shouldn’t put the entire fan base into a bad light. This is pretty poor form by you just because you don’t like the Reds.

  60. Sadat-X
    3:38 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink


    Please… lets not get that excited. Now Michelle Kwan? I’d camp out to get tickets for that shit.

  61. Wow
    4:09 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, Drew! Way to embrace the readers! Great business! Question: if you write for a blog, but you eventually piss off all the people who read the blog and soon have fewer, or no, readers… is there any point for the blog to continue? Doesn’t matter. Keep spouting off your smart-assed answers to legitimate concerns of readers and see how many you can turn away from the site! Good plan!

  62. cats11
    4:29 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Best. Post. Ever.

  63. jhn
    4:38 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Well, now we know why Drew is employed on a fan blog (a good one, of course) versus some other more prestigious journalistic outlet.

    The Cincinnati Reds, the first professional baseball team in history, with a long and storied history has chosen to honor the UK wildcats. I think its great, despite what Drew says. UK fans should embrace this. Its just shows you how impressive BBN is- we are now big enough to take over another state’s professional stadium.

    Drew, you suck.

  64. Baseball sucks anyway
    4:55 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    All of you sound like the whiny Louisville and IU fans.

  65. aka
    5:00 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    drew + douche = drouche

  66. Malcolm B
    5:02 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Actually the World Series titles go Yankees-27, Cardinals-11, A’s-9, Red Sox 7, Giants-6, Dodgers-6, Reds-5, Pirates-5.
    So the Reds are tied for seventh all-time in World Series titles, they are the equivalent of teams such as Louisville, Florida, Michigan State, Cincinnati, and North Carolina State in college basketball.
    In other words, they are irrelevant.

  67. Walt
    5:16 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    10,000 wins. Yep – totally irrelevant. God you kids are dumb.

  68. rjr
    5:19 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    #66, if the Reds are “irrelevant” by being tied for seventh in World Series Titles, how do you describe the 22 major league teams without that many titles?

    Baseball’s first professional team, the Reds, were formed in 1869 and won their first 130 games in a row. They also won several titles before the modern national league was formed and the world series started. But, hey, if Drew says they suck, and Malcolm B says they are “irrelevant” it must be true.

  69. John
    5:32 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    wow, this is low. Drew, the Reds our honoring us for the National Championship, show some respect. Also, Josh Hamilton was the most hated player on the team and the Reds were forced to trade him.

  70. Peyton Siva Baby!
    6:32 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll be there. Comonay YayHAW!

  71. Drew G.
    7:28 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    #68.) I’m right there with you. Apparently people can’t count. Reds are tied for SIXTH in all time world series. Also only 6 teams are members of the 10,000 wins club. Drew’s Braves are in there too but how mamy of those wims were bought from Boston and Milwaukee? The Reds were the first professional franchise and have ALWAYS been located in Cincinnati. The Braves are famous for a 14 year period where they choked in 5 different world series, actually winning their only one in 1995, a year after the strike when no one gave a crap. Ted Turner’s $$$$ had a lot to do with that success. Now that he’s gone and the TBS deal is gone, they are mediocre. However, they still find ways to choke each year. Remember the wildcard collapse last year? Haha. Braves fans will claim they have 3 titles…they bought 2 from Boston and Milwaukee. Also, don’t let them take credit for Hank Aaron. He had his best years in Milwaukee.

  72. KY Girl
    8:21 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    There are over 1100 Kentucky alumni in the Greater Cincinnati area. It is a shame some of the folks of Cincinnati are acting this way. I am sorry but Kentucky is a winning school and these young men played hard. Maybe, just maybe if the local Cincinnati schools didn’t fight like a bunch of immature players and played as a team, they too could have possibly won. Show some class Cincinnati and be respectful to the best program in basketball.

  73. Naked Trucker
    10:17 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    #71.) Yankees, Cardnials, A’s, Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers are in front of them. That’s six teams, so how do you figure the Reds are in sixth place. Also don’t forget the White Sox threw the 1919 World Series that the Reds won, so they have 5 titles with an asterisk.

  74. Blumpkin
    10:26 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    68.) Irrelevant=all four expansion teams making the World Series since the Reds were last there. Irrelevant=half of those expansion teams winning a World Series since the Reds last won a title.

  75. Drew G.
    10:51 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    #73.) Giants and Dodgers are tied for 5th all-time. Both have 6 titles each. Reds and Pirates have 5 titles making them tied for 6th all-time. Are you another redneck Braves fan? In other words, how’s that 8th grade education working out for you?

  76. Naked Trucker
    11:46 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    75.) you don’t go from a fifth place tie to a sixth place tie, it goes to a seventh place tie. If six teams are ahead of you, you can’t be in sixth place. Just like the teams behind the Reds and Pirates aren’t in seventh place, they are in a eighth place since seven teams have more titles than them. And by the way, I don’t even like baseball.

  77. reality champ
    1:27 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    @ 66….one of those reds titles were handed to them….ever seen the movie “eight men out”.

  78. Huh
    1:48 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    The Reds traded Jorts?!?!?!?

  79. Rooster
    5:50 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    UK Wildcats and Reds baseball. Awesomeness!!!