Break out the paper bags: Reds OK fans' right to express even 'sell the team' sentiment

Apr 26, 2022

In March, they protested outside the stadium.

In early April, they funded a billboard.

This past weekend, unhappy Cincinnati Reds fans brought their message into Great American Ball Park, wearing T-shirts, holding signs, dropping grocery bags over their heads and even flying a banner over the stadium calling for owner Bob Castellini to sell the team.

In at least three cases, the Reds gave fans a choice: drop your signage or leave the stadium.

On Monday, the team stood down.

"This was a mistake on our part," said Tim O'Connell, vice president of facilities and operations. "We have taken corrective action."

O'Connell said team management is now instructing staff that fan messaging, "even if it is to express displeasure," is OK.

"We understand people want to express themselves in the ballpark," he said. "We don't think we'll have another problem with that."

Source: USA Today
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