Take that

Baseball is life: do you accept this offer?

They finally did, didn’t they – Great American Ball Park’s neighbor, Paul Brown Stadium, sold and sold.

How many of you will continue to call it Paul Brown Stadium? Or do what we’ve done for the last two decades or so, and just differentiate with “Reds stadium” and “Bengals stadium”, leaving it up to the broadcasters to run the ads?

The surprising thing about this downstream development is that it took so long. We shrug and maintain that “Great American Ball Park” isn’t as unworthy as it could be – a bad minor league team from Colorado is playing at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, and the home of the White Sox isn’t is not at Comisky, but at the guaranteed rate stadium. But we can rest assured that nobody really uses the official names anyway.

Only deeply uncool official sources have ever labeled Cinergy’s Riverfront Stadium from this day to this day as it should be. But we saw that come with our football team, didn’t we, seeing the need for protection for our quarterback, not to mention the expense associated with maintaining the quarterback himself? The problem with building a winning team, we were reminded, is the high cost of maintaining the winning team.

Several suggestions were made to rename Paul Brown Stadium (my favourite: Harambe Field to Gorilla Glue Stadium) but they were all in jest, as we are all well aware that we are going to do as we have always done before. : It’s the stadium of the Reds, and the stadium of the Bengals, and that’s it.

Quick: What’s the official name of the Riverfront Coliseum these days? You do not know. You don’t know because it’s The Coliseum, and you stopped following about two name changes ago.

We’ll wince when we see the cute Art Deco PAUL BROWN STADIUM lettering replaced with a corporate logo, but there’s no getting around it. We keep the name or the winning team. We cannot have both.

Do you want the name or do you want the ring? Choose, sports fans.

It’s interesting that the Reds have been in contract with Great American for so long; the stadiums of the big cities have swapped one name for another several times, but there have never been so many rumors of stadium resale in the Land of the Reds.

This shred of dignity, which we do not appreciate enough, I confess, is precarious. It’s been so long that we sometimes forget that our ball park is a giant advertisement. And maybe we don’t really like the retention of the name because – well, we’re calling it exactly like we did when we had Cinergy Field and Riverfront Stadium: “The Stadium”. Does it really matter?

But consider that Bob is, in effect, selling the team. This new owner spills his wallet, but the cash cascading down a revitalized Reds squad comes at the cost of a giant PURE ROMANCE FIELD AT CHARMIN TOILET PAPER BALL PARK sign hovering over the cityscape.

Do you accept this deal, Reds fans?