My 15 minutes of fame

Please take a moment to check out Mark Newman’s great article on mlb.com: For fans, baseball a haven in the storm. Here are the highlights…

Russell Wight of Columbus, Ohio, has a four-seat, 20-game season-ticket package for Reds games, and he said the economy won’t stop him from making the 100-mile drive to Cincinnati along with his wife and two children ages 4 and 6.

“In these tough and uncertain economic times, we simply let the love of baseball, the Reds and our family time at the ballpark be our main source of entertainment during the summer months,” Wight said.

“We are both fortunate enough to have decent and somewhat secure jobs, but we also know that no matter what the state of the economy, our children will only be young once … [and] watching the game through the eyes of a youngster is something you cannot put a price on.”

Clubs are doing their best to help alleviate the overall strain, and the Wight family will be making their usual drive down from Columbus to see if this might be the year at Great American Ball Park. Jenna is 6 and Rusty Jr. is 4. The father lights up when you ask him about the pair, and many baseball parents will relate when he adds that his son “can flat rake.” Hitting lessons from the pros will ensue soon in the big pantheon, just as they once did when you went to see Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Perez rake.

“The Reds have not raised ticket prices, but I have heard some news about them offering value meals at the concession stands for around $5,” Russell said. “My family and I usually eat at The Machine Room, a sports-bar type restaurant at the stadium. It is around $30 for the four of us [no alcohol], which is very comparable to a dinner at any local establishment. … We love the experience of going to the ballpark.”

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