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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cincinnati: Official Opening Day holiday looks doomed

“I wanna be classified
I wanna be a statistic
I wanna be a clone
I want a suburban home”

A proposal to declare Opening Day a ceremonial holiday in Cincinnati - an idea supporters felt was a sure hit in the birthplace of professional baseball - appears unlikely to qualify for the November ballot.

With thousands of petition signatures having been thrown out, the chance of Cincinnatians voting this fall on the initiative looks about as promising as the 10-games-out-and-dropping-fast Reds making the playoffs.

Of 8,682 signatures reviewed by the Hamilton County Board of Elections as of Tuesday, 6,995 - 81 percent - have been ruled invalid because they came from outside the city. Many of the signatures have been collected at Reds games.

“We’re encouraged that we got so many signatures and that almost everyone likes the idea,” said Michael Schuster, the Downtown architect behind the plan. “What we didn’t fully appreciate going in is how difficult it is to get signatures only from the city of Cincinnati.”

Repoz Posted: August 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM (#3896940)
What folks may not understand is that the city proper is barely 300,000 people and of that approximately 45% is African-American. I mention the latter only because the Reds following is 99.9% white. I visit relatives in the area annually and Reds games are always part of the visit(s). I don't recall the last time I saw any folks of color at that sterile waiting room known as Great American.

The Reds following is big in the suburbs and in the country. To the Reds credit they STILL have folks driving in 4-6 hours away for weekend visits to the ballpark.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 10, 2011 at 01:14 PM (#3896957)
The measure's intent is not to give everyone a day off work or a paid holiday, but simply to establish an officially recognized city holiday to celebrate Cincinnati's heritage as the place where professional baseball started in 1869.


If that's all this is, it's surprising that the Cincinnati City Council hasn't already made such a designation. Meaningless feel-good measures are the stock and trade of most politicians.
   3. hokieneer Posted: August 10, 2011 at 01:59 PM (#3896988)
Since the Reds are out of it, I assume this is as best of place as any to mention the D-Train comeback.

6 G, 37 IP, 27 K, 13 BB, 3 HR, 118 ERA+. He's also 6/15 at the plate with a HR, 3b, and a 2b so far. I know the Reds aren't talked about much nationally on major networks, but I can't believe he's not getting more notoriety for his season so far. This was a former 20+ game winner, an emerging star who collapsed to a 75 ERA+ over a 4 year stretch. It was almost 12 months in between his last start in ARI and when he made his Reds debut last month.
   4. Stevis Posted: August 10, 2011 at 02:10 PM (#3896997)
Opening Day should be a federal holiday. Not that you need to add one; get rid of President's Day or Columbus Day.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: August 10, 2011 at 02:19 PM (#3897009)
All of August should be a holiday.
   6. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: August 10, 2011 at 02:27 PM (#3897019)
Opening Day should be a federal holiday. Not that you need to add one; get rid of President's Day or Columbus Day.


I'm for getting rid of Christmas and the strangle-hold that Christianity has on this country. So, let's make baseball year-round and have opening day on December 25!
   7. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: August 10, 2011 at 02:28 PM (#3897020)
All of August should be a holiday.


Also this.
   8. Gamingboy Posted: August 10, 2011 at 02:28 PM (#3897021)
As pointed out, the problem here is that they are trying to make it a City holiday when most of the support is in the suburbs. Maybe they should try to get Hamilton County itself to do it.
   9. RJ in TO Posted: August 10, 2011 at 03:03 PM (#3897048)
All of August should be a holiday.

Move to Europe.
   10. McCoy Posted: August 10, 2011 at 03:39 PM (#3897075)
I'm trying.

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