A Tribute To Sean “The Mayor” Casey
A moment of silence please….
Sean “The Mayor” Casey was not just a ball player. He was the ball player that was made for the way I wanted and the way most Reds fans wanted a ball player to be. He was for the game, for the fans, for the kids, for the team, heck what wasn’t he for that was good in a baseball fans eyes?
Sean made friends where ever he was, and he did end up wondering quite a bit in his major league career, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Boston. He was nominated in 2007 as the friendliest guy in baseball by sports illustrated. For his character on the field as he would make friends with any ball player that made it to his home at 1st base and his charity work he did in whatever town he was stationed in. In all of the games I went to in the past two years I listened to fans boo the opposing team, players that have left us for more money or were just plain bad for us. I would always say that if you ever wanted to know what kind of player you are come to Cincinnati and you’ll find out. I know this to be true because there was not a series that we hated to be in more than the one with at the time World Series Champs the Boston Red Sox. That hot father’s day weekend there were more Sox fans in the stands than Reds fans, but you couldn’t tell when the line up was announced or a Sox player made it to the batters box. The boos and jeers coming from the stands were worse than I’d ever seen them in Cincy, a normally quiet and civilized fan base. The reason for all the hostility was because we were already losing position in the season and we knew we were going to lose against the Sox so we were in no mood to even be there, but we will push on and make the best of it. That’s when it happened, the boos stopped and the crowd went quite for a moment.
“Now batting Sean Casey..”
At that point the crowd, Cincy or Boston stood and applauded. You would have thought Johnny Bench or Pete Rose had come to the plate. Ken Griffey Jr and Adam Dunn were still on the team, not so much as woot from the crowd when they came up, but here is this elder statesman of the game, this slow running, double play juggernaut of a man who used to be a Red getting applause from the home crowd. I watched while younger Reds fans asked their parents “Who is this guy and why are we applauding?” The answer was simple, it’s the Mayor. Our Mayor, and we’re welcoming him home.
He took a moment, stepped out of the batters box, looked around like he couldn’t believe it himself and took off his helmet and tipped it to the crowd as a thank you. He hit a single that at bat, and for one moment we were all happy that he did.
Good luck Sean, and no matter how much help you were for Detroit in the World Series, and all the good you did in Boston too, always remember Cincinnati cares for you too.