Letters to the Editor: ‘I don’t sleep in October’ — on being a Dodger fan right now
Published 4:00 am, Saturday, October 30, 2011
The Dodgers’ last visit to Cincinnati, at about the same time my daughter was born, took place in a downpour. The streets were crowded with throngs of fans, many of them wearing rain ponchos and matching “God Bless America” T-shirts over their suits.
The Reds won 3-2, but it was an even fight.
Our son, who was 3 days old, was thrilled to see his heroes, so he came down with a rash shortly after, even though he had been told that he would get more sun exposure while in Cincinnati. The team then took him to see the movie “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” It was a movie about a princess who fell in love with a lion cub and decided to transform herself into a lion so she could protect him from danger–and she was rewarded with the love of a prince. She loved him with all her heart, and the prince loved her for saving his life.
By the time I got to Cincinnati, it had rained for a few hours and the streets were nearly empty. The crowds were a mix of Reds fans and other fans who traveled over to watch the game. The roads were almost empty, and for a guy who likes to spend much of his time in front lines of stadiums, it was great. No one but me was in a poncho and rain gear.
I didn’t sleep in October.
I spent the first night at a hotel in downtown Cincinnati, then went for a run in the city. When I got back, my wife and kids were sleeping, so I went out to the parking lot where some of the fans were coming back from the game.
I was walking down the far end of the line and noticed a guy that looked like he was about my age, or