Best Of 2023

(L-R) Cincinnati reds second baseman Jonathan India, first baseman Joey Votto and former infielder Kyle Farmer prepare for the MLB Field of Dreams game in 2022.
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(L-R) Cincinnati reds second baseman Jonathan India, first baseman Joey Votto and former infielder Kyle Farmer prepare for the MLB Field of Dreams game in 2022.

On Aug. 11, a nice game of baseball was all that mattered. MLB’s Field of Dreams game — which pays homage to the 1989 Kevin Costner film of the same name — between the Reds and the Cubs brought out plenty of magical moments in Dyersville, Iowa, that made players and fans alike marvel about baseball's ability to transcend almost everything. From the pre-game moment when Ken Griffey Jr. walked out of the cornfield and asked his father Ken Griffey Sr. to "have a catch," fans in the stands and watching from home were caught up in the sport's magic. The players followed in throwback uniforms inspired by the 1919 and 1929 seasons, respectively, paying homage to historic teams that came before. Sure, the Reds lost to the Cubbies. But for a few glorious moments before first pitch, the intense, competitive players on both sides visibly became like kids again, beaming while reminiscing about tossing a ball around to their best friend or a family member in the backyard. reds.com.

Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation
Here are the 2023 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for Sports & Recreation.
1. Soccer City
2. Town and Country Sports Health Club
3. Wall2Wall
1. Schmidt Boat Ramp and Ballfields
2. Riverside Park
3. Westside Sports Park
1. 700 WLW-AM
2. FOX Sports Ohio
3. WCPO-TV
1. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
2. YMCA Camp Ernst
3. Clifton Cultural Arts Center
1. Cincinnati Rollergirls
2. Florence Y’alls
3. Dayton Dragons
1. Barstool Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino
2. FanDuel Sportsbook
3. Betfred
1. University of Cincinnati football
2. Xavier University men’s basketball
3. Ohio State University football
1. Cincinnati Bengals
2. FC Cincinnati
3. Cincinnati Cyclones
1. Sawyer Point Park
2. Camargo Racquet Club
3. The Club at Harper’s Point
1. Fifty West Production Works
2. Knotty Pine Rock Club and Tiki Bar
3. Cabana on the River
1. Body Alive
2. Shellates Studio
3. Pilates Center of Cincinnati
1. Red River Gorge
2. Hocking Hills State Park
3. Winton Woods
1. Sunlite Pool (Coney Island)
2. Ziegler Park
3. Kings Island
1. Flying Pig Marathon
2. Queen Bee Half Marathon
3. Thanksgiving Day Race
1. Sawyer Point Park
2. Fifty West Brewing Company
3. Dulle Park
1. Joey Votto
2. Jonathan India
3. Tyler Stephenson
1. Oakley Park
2. Blue Ash Recreation Center
3. Mt. Echo Park
1. ProForce Sports Performance
2. Strength Beyond the Weights
3. Trilogy Fitness Systems
1. Joe Burrow
2. Sam Hubbard
3. Tee Higgins