Reds Hall of FamerJohnny Bench is introduced during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York. He was back again this past weekend, with his camera in tow, as former catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez was one of the latest inductees.
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Bench bats for backstopping buddies, supports Rodriguez at Hall of Fame induction to spark Twitter overload

It’s been a while -- we think -- since Johnny Bench strapped on the tools of ignorance, yet the Reds’ Hall of Famer remains beholden to the craft of catching so over the weekend he connected with his baseball brethren while attending Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Former catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez --who played chiefly with the Rangers among six MLB teams -- was tabbed, and Bench was there. Look at him busting out the old-school camera!

Having been in the Hall of Fame since 1989, Bench has over the years since supported catchers when they enter the hall, and this year was no different as can be seen here in this photo of him with Rodgriguez and fellow Hall of Fame catchers Carlton Fisk and Mike Piazza. 

Bench took time out during a busy day to send out condolences upon learning of the passing of former teammate Lee May.

It looks like the former Reds catcher had a nice time as Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig joined him in the Hall of Fame.

Reds fans had a good time, too, and they were busy saying so.

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