Reds Bob Knight and Tony La Russa stopped by Reds spring training camp on Friday.
He insists he has the best job going....and who is to argue? He gets paid to talk about the teams he grew up with in Cincinnati. He painted his face for the Freezer Bowl and watched Pete get hits 3,000 and 4,192 in person. His broadcast career originated with weekly calls to WLW Sports Talk to talk circles around Bob Trumpy. When he wasn't bugging neighbor Marty Brennaman to sign his 1976 Reds Greatest Hits album, he was playing for Cincinnati's 1977 dynasty little league team, Wicks Good Food and Booze. Being cut from his high school baseball team, as a left handed shortstop, opened the door to doing radio at his high school station. After graduation from Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana in 1984 it was onto Butler University. His TV sports anchor career began at WSBT-TV in South Bend and took him to CLTV in Chicago. The highlight of his broadcast career was winning a Midwest Emmy for Chicago Bulls coverage. Eventually he left to do radio with Norm Van Lier at WMVP AM 1000 in Chicago. Then it was back home to Cincinnati in 1997. He resides in Northern Kentucky. Wife Kelly was his intern in Chicago (insert own joke here). He has two children, Casey 14, and Peyton 12. In 2003 Casey received a bone marrow transplant that saved his life after being diagnosed with AML leukemia. Lance is the proud owner of the St. Pete Roses, his fantasy baseball team for the past 24 years. In 2006 he played on the Reds Baseball Heaven Championship team with his father. Despite injury a hamstring that limited him to a DH role, he hit a crisp .500 (14 for 28) for the week. In November of 2008, after fainting in the emergency room, Lance's heart stopped and he flat lined for 60-seconds. That day he received the ultimate conversation starter, a pacemaker. Like the watch, he keeps on ticking today.