During his eight-year stint in Cincinnati, Sean Casey made three All-Star teams and came to be known as one of MLB's all time great clubhouse guys, a teammate so beloved he was dubbed "The Mayor" by his fellow players. So huge was his impact with the Reds that, in 2012, he was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame, alongside the likes of Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Ken Griffey Jr.
Since retiring from baseball in 2009, Casey has worked as an analyst for the MLB Network, and with baseball's 2015 All-Star Game set for the Queen City, his bosses knew they'd be sending him back to his adopted hometown to cover the festivities – and down his weight in Cincy's famous Skyline Chili. And "The Mayor" definitely made the most of the opportunity, hanging with celebs, taking a few cuts in the batting cages and even catching a ball during Monday night's Home Run Derby. We're beginning to think he should actually consider running for office.
"I can't think of a better way to describe it other than 'Awesomeness Overload,'" Casey laughs, his voice raspy. "I had such a good time that I definitely lost my voice. I don't think I can even go on-air tomorrow."
And of course, he took plenty of pictures along the way – at least until he lost his phone.
"My buddy put it in his pocket, and this morning, as I was getting ready to leave, I got in touch with him and was like, 'Hey man, do you have my phone?'" Casey sighs. "And he's like 'Yeah, I'm two hours outside of Cincinnati right now,' so he had to drop it off at this McDonald's in Ohio. Jim Leyland called him on my phone at one point, and was like, 'Who's this?' So I had to go out there and pick it up."
After that quick pit stop, Casey spoke with Rolling Stone as he drove with his family back to his home in Pittsburgh, to tell us the stories behind the photos – and share his memories of a return to the city that made him famous. Here's "The Mayor's" guide to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game…the parts he can remember, anyway.