Joe Tallarigo~The Cincinnati Kid 

 




Opening Day


Call up our kids' school, our bosses

it's the only time we play hooky

head on down to Fountain Square

for the activities and give aways 

find the perfect spot to watch the annual Findlay Market Parade

we're the only city to celebrate opening day

as if it were an official holiday


Everyone is dressed in red and white

a new season has begun

Bruce, Phillips, Votto, Cueto, Latos, Arroyo, Chapman

give us a reason to believe they can go all the way

and raise the first pennant flag at Great American Ballpark

they've come close these past three years

so let's cheer them on


I have the tickets in my wallet

buy a program, hot dogs, peanuts, candy

43,000 fans in their seats

waiting for the game to begin

there's reason for hope 

when the first pitch is thrown

come on down and root them on

for all 81 home games


Baseball fever has taken over

but if you can't get to the games

watch them on tv at home or in the pubs

root them on as they bring glory back to Cincinnati

not since 1990 have they won a World Series

it's time they win it all.


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Americana 


I was four years old with my eyes covered

my sister said "it'll be alright, nothing bad will happen"

the Serpant ride operator pulled the lever

and we began our ascent up the first hill

my heart started to race as we went up and up

I heard the screams as we went down, down, down

then side to side, up, up, up, then back down, down, down

I could hardly walk when I got off 


It was our annual trip to Americana

a small theme park in Monroe Ohio

in the midway you could play games and win prizes,

swim in the pool,

ride the cable cars over Lesourdsville Lake

my parents and friends hung out there from nine to nine

riding the rides

it was part of the great American experience

known as Americana


You could go down a big yellow slide in brown sacks

they had bumper cars, flying helicopters

log flumes, paddle boats, the Electric Rainbow

I miss walking around the cowboy town

now that they closed Americana down

 I'll always enjoy those summer memories 


It was our annual trip to Americana

a small theme park in Monroe Ohio

In the midway you could play games and win prizes,

swim in the pool,

ride the cable cars over Lesourdsville Lake

my parents and friends hung out there from nine to nine

riding all the rides

it was part of the great American experience

known as Americana.                  


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The Mayor 

He became the mayor as soon as he stepped on the field

traded from Cleveland to Cincinnati at the start of the 1998 season

he was a fan favorite for many reasons

signing autographs, getting clutch hits, making the All-Star teams

he would talk to the opposing players at first base

and get upset if they stole second when he wasn't done talking to them


Barry Larkin was the Captain

Griffey Jr joined as The Kid in 2000

but Sean Casey was The Mayor

a favorite even amongst the other players

never stopped smiling for any reason

a Cincinnati Red for seven seasons

and still beloved to this day


In December of 2005 he was traded to his hometown of Pittsburgh

but the homecoming didn't last too long

he was traded mid season to Detroit

had two home runs that post season

then in 2008 landed in Boston

and retired at the end of the season


Even though he retired

he still remains The Mayor

in 2011 the Reds fans elected him to the Reds Hall of Fame

where his plaque now hangs with

Kluzuski, Bench, Lynch, Sabo, Morgan, Lombardi

and the hundreds of others who left their mark on this team


Barry Larkin was the Captain

Griffey Jr joined as The Kid in 2000

but Sean Casey was The Mayor

a favorite even amongst the other players

never stopped smiling for any reason

a Cincinnati Red for seven seasons

and still beloved to this day.