Home Run Nets Cincinnati Reds Fan New Toyota Tundra
There’s a good reason baseball is called America’s favorite pastime.
There are a few places around the United States where you can catch a glimpse of greatness that is the Toyota Tundra while seeing flashes of brilliance on the field of play. Seattle’s CenturyLink Field (home of the Seahawks and Sounders FC) has one in its Toyota Fan Deck. Dallas’ Toyota Stadium (home of FC Dallas) has the hometown hero looking over the pitch. And of course, there’s one parked high atop Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds.
The various Tundras to have made the ballpark its home since the perch was erected 11 years ago were eventually given away, but none have been won following a homer hitting the Toyota sign by a Reds player.
Well, not until this past weekend.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds outfielder Jesse Winker knocked a home run out of the park against the St. Louis Cardinals, coming within three inches of putting a good dent in the sign. That close brush with history was close enough for the six Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area Toyota dealers to award the Tundra to contestant Jamie Wemken of Independence, Kentucky.
“The Toyota Dealers acted quickly and determined that for this occasion, one time only, close is good enough,” the Reds front office said in a statement.
The dealers will present Wemken the keys to his new Tundra Double Cab at an upcoming Reds game. The Reds went on to defeat the Cardinals 6-3, winning the three-game series 2-1. And of course, there’s always another chance that one day, a Reds player will send a home-run blast through the sign for someone else to take home a brand-new Toyota Tundra.