Home Run Nets Cincinnati Reds Fan New Toyota Tundra

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Toyota Tundra at Great American Ballpark

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.

The Home Run That Won a Toyota Tundra

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.

Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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