Honoring UK tonight has turned into a Reds controversy

Not everyone is happy about the Reds’ honoring Kentucky basketball’s national championship team before Cincinnati’s game with the San Francisco Giants at 7:10 tonight at Great American Ball Park.

In fact, the idea has turned into something of a controversy in the River City.

Lance McAlister, host of WLW’s Sportstalk, said most of his two-hour show last night was taken up by people complaining and debating the Reds honoring John Calipari and Company.

“Non-stop calls for first 90 minutes,” McAlister told me this morning via twitter. “One caller said he’d refuse diamond seats if offered. It was stunning. And yet hilarious. I said it was the single dumbest debate I’d ever heard from Cincinnati fans. Reds, UC, XU and just people in the city all up in arms.”

John Calipari and his staff will be on the field to be recognized at 7 p.m. Then starting at 7:15, the trophy will be on the Terrace Level for fans to view and photograph.

The gesture has also prompted some rips on the Reds’ Facebook page, where at last count there were 325 comments.

Examples:

- But for new contracts from Votto and Phillips, the UK team payroll would be higher than the Reds.

- Stay In Kentucky u fools..this is OHIO. bUCkeye State

- not hating on uk here, but i wouldnt want to be a uk fan at that game cuz there will more than likely be a lot more boos than cheers

On his blog, McAlister listed the other schools that have been recognized by the Reds.

He also writes:

I feel badly for the Reds. They try to reach out and connect to the city and the region. They try to market their product. They offer ticket deals (This Saturday 4 tickets + Free Pizza for $48) and what they get in return is grief? Kentucky is a drive over the bridge from Cincinnati. The Reds have 29 radio affiliates in Kentucky. They have 22 radio affiliates in Ohio. The Reds Caravan stops in Lexington and many other cities in the state. There are 10,8000 UK alums in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Exactly which MLB team do you think Kentucky residents should root for? What is the harm? How could this possibly be a bad thing?

Mo Egger has some more about this on his blog.

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