Ike leaves mark on Cincinnati area
Great American Ball Park suffers minor damage due to storm
CINCINNATI -- As unlikely as it would seem given Cincinnati's northern location, the remnants of Hurricane Ike left a mark on the area, including at Great American Ball Park.The stadium sustained minor damage but was in good shape considering gusts of wind reportedly came close to 75 mph on Sunday. Several press-box windows were cracked or shattered and will have to be replaced. All of the moon-deck flags that showed the National League standings with team logos had blown away. Some patio furniture on the outdoor party deck was blown around and damaged. Monday was an off-day for the team. Other parts of the region weren't so fortunate with downed trees and damaged homes. Over 700,000 homes were left without electricity, with many still coping with the power outage. Naturally, the questions about power inside the Reds' clubhouse on Tuesday had nothing to do with home runs. The outages were indiscriminate, which several players learned firsthand when they returned from Arizona on Sunday night. "No power, no bueno. I'll have to go through it like everyone else," said catcher Paul Bako, who lives in Northern Kentucky. On Tuesday, several players were still without lights. "I had to shower at the ballpark. No power, no water," said infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr., who lives east of downtown Cincinnati. "Others have it a whole lot worse." Reds reliever Gary Majewski, a resident of the Houston area, watched on television with concern as Ike reached landfall in Texas overnight on Friday and Saturday morning. Majewski's home came through the storm OK, but Ike still found him in Cincinnati. "It did more damage to us here than it did in Houston," Majewski said. "The power was on the next day in Houston, but not here. A big ol' tree fell on a power line." Most of downtown Cincinnati, including the ballpark, had power mostly uninterrupted during the storm. But manager Dusty Baker was one of the unlucky downtowners. "There's nothing you can do about it," Baker said. "It makes you appreciate stuff. It's not that bad."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.