Reds fan Chuck D aspires to lead '40,000 No. 1 fans'
In 2006, Chuck felt that many Reds fans had drifted away from the team and enthusiasm was lacking at Great American Ball Park. He believed a leader was needed to rally the crowd.
"I felt like the calling was upon me and it'd be something great to do," he said. "Not only for me to be the No. 1 fan, but to inspire others. Because we need 40,000 No. 1 fans."
Chuck is always among the first fans to arrive at Reds games and usually occupies the same spot behind the home dugout during batting practice. He greets players like Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce, and they acknowledge him back.
During games, he can be found just beyond the right-center fence leading cheers among a group of fans called the "Power Stack Pack." Each batter brings a new chant.
If the Reds are down heading into the ninth inning, the video board cameras zoom in on Chuck and his posse to rally Reds fans for a late comeback. Chuck will fist-pump, point, and dance around the Power Stacks to amp up the crowd. Other members of the Power Stack Pack shadow box as the "Rocky" theme plays.
Outside of GABP, Chuck describes himself as amiable and energetic. He's a dedicated Christian, a passionate fisherman and a landscaper. He aspires to become a licensed minister in the future.
"I set out to become the No. 1 fan, and so have I become," Chuck said. "But I'm very humble about it and there's room for everybody to be a No. 1 fan. That's what I promote.
-- Will Frasure