Listen: Baseball, Dave Parker, Cincinnati Reds discussed on The Gem on The Queen's Crown
"And with this podcast, being a Syndey sports podcast, you get the Dayton dragons, you get the Cincinnati Reds and a little location south here as well. So I so I I've Doug, where are you from and how did you find yourself in the southwest Ohio area? I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I've never lived anywhere else. So I, I guess I got here because that's what parents lived in. They never moved. So I grew up here and I I've stuck around so nice, nice short and simple answer for you. How did you get into the wonderful sport of baseball? I mean, I wish that I had a a good answer for that. But I mean, I just always loved baseball. I mean, my I don't have a memory of, you know that that moment where I was like, oh my gosh, I love baseball because it happened before my memory actually started my my parents always told me stories about, you know, day Parker was my favorite reds player. I don't remember Dave poker playing for the reds like I have zero memories of that day. Parker was my first favorite leads player and like they just threw like when he was on TV and you we're talking about, you know, nine hundred eighty six nineteen eighty-seven here. So there weren't as many games on TV as there are now, but when they would be on TV and I'd see it like day Parker was my guy. I just get silica cited and you know, I'd mimic all the things that he was doing on TV. And I mean, so I really have no memory of that, but you know, it's just one of those things that apparently Ryan tire life for whatever reason. I'm sure it's because you know my dad loved baseball. And so you know, he'd watched the games and I just, you know, like most kids. You kind of want to hang out with your parents kind of do what they wanna do and it just stuck for whatever crazy reason it has never left. I'm just as passionate today about baseball is I feel like I've ever been. You mentioned Dave Parker as one of the key players, but do you remember any other reds players that you cherish over the years know it's funny. Somebody actually asked me that the other day and are the honest with you. My favorite baseball player forever. It's always been king Griffey junior, and the funny story behind that that I'm gonna share quick my my name is Doug gray, junior. Okay. When I was five years old, it was nine hundred eighty nine. I collect baseball cards like every other kid back in the eighties nineties did. And so you know, my my grandpa collected cards. So you know, he was an older guy. He had a little bit more money. So you know, he really, really collected baseball cards. So he had all like the Beckett price guides and stuff. And you know, he'd give me the older ones after they weren't, you know up to date anymore because they came out once a month. And for some reason, I just loved reading, throw them and seeing all the baseball cards. And if you've ever had a Beckett price. Guide, you know, it would tell you the value of the car and there'd be like an up or down aero if the price had fluctuated in the past month. And for some reason I saw this guy and he in every set in one thousand nine.."