Each year following the conclusion of the Reds season, the Reds front office gets treated to a day of softball on the field at Great American Ball Park.
Employees from all departments are divided into four teams for a winner-take-all tournament.
For the second straight year, the annual Reds softball game was accompanied by fantastic weather.
Here are some photos…
As the Reds’ season becomes a point of reference, hyperlinked in the archives of baseball web sites all across the Information Superhighway, we here at Better Off Red are preparing to supplement the hard facts of the Redlegs’ 2014 record with something we think you might like…
It’s true that we didn’t get to pour adult beverages all over ourselves like we did in the past, but we’re still allowed to have a little bit of fun, right?; here’s how…
For the fourth straight year, Better Off Red will announce its Reds end-of-the-season awards. We here at BOR Headquarters call ‘em The Burt Awards, or “The Burts,” for short.
The Burts – named after Better Off Red mascot Burt BobbleRed – will recognize Reds superlatives from the 2014 baseball season. Some of the categories include “Most Valuable Player,” “Most Outstanding Pitcher,” and “Best Fielder,” but we’ll also have some unconventional awards to hand out, such as “Favorite Promotional Giveaway,” “Best Mascot” and “Favorite Ballpark Food.”
The Better Off Red staff is currently working ’round the clock in compiling nominees for all of the Burt Awards. Once the nominees are revealed, it’ll be your job to vote for the winners. Voting will begin next week right here on BOR.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today is Fan Appreciation Day at Great American Ball Park. All fans entering the ballpark today will be eligible to win prizes that will be awarded throughout the game by the displaying of winning seat locations on the GABP video/ribbon boards. The Fan Appreciation Day redemption/information table will be set up on the Main Stage in the Kroger Fan Zone beginning in the 1st inning and will remain open throughout the game/postgame.
The first 20,000 fans in attendance today will also receive a 2014 Reds Team Photo.
Today we also host the 12th Annual Mascot T-Ball Game. Over 20 area mascots will compete in today’s game, which will be held on the field beginning at Noon. Many of the mascots will stick around to visit with fans throughout today’s game.
Also during pregame ceremonies today the Rosie Reds will present their annual scholarship awards to 9 local collegiate baseball programs. This is part of the Rosie Reds annual contributions to our community.
Offering up a simultaneous first pitch today will be Mrs. Mary Winnefeld (wife of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and Robert A. McDonald (Secretary of Veterans Affairs). Handling the catching duties will be Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr. (Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and Mr. Sloan D. Gibson (Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs). This group is in town for the USO Tribute Cincinnati – taking place tonight at Music Hall, featuring the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and benefiting the USO of Metropolitan Washington. Over the past 11 years, this Cincinnati community fundraiser has raised over $5 million dollars for the United Service Organization (USO) of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro), making this event the largest supporter of USO-Metro outside of Washington D.C. The money raised helps fund critical programs and services that USO-Metro provides to recovering service men and women and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C.
During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Smooth Transitions who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.
Following the conclusion of today’s game we will have the third and final Run the Bases of the 2014 season, open to all fans.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REDS EXTEND WALT JOCKETTY’S CONTRACT
General Manager Signs Through 2016
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini today announced the signing of President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty to a 2-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
Jocketty’s original contract was to have expired at the end of this season.
“This franchise has had great success under Walt’s guidance, and we’re delighted he has signed a 2-year extension,” Castellini said.
Jocketty joined the organization in January 2008 as a special advisor to Castellini, and 3 months later he was named to his current position. Including his time in St. Louis, he has produced 10 playoff teams and has won 8 National League Central Division titles. His 2006 Cardinals team won the World Series.
In the last 5 seasons, the Redlegs won at least 90 games 3 times and have been in the Postseason 3 times, including National League Central Division championships here in 2010 and 2012 and last year’s Wild Card berth. In franchise history, the successful Postseason stretch of 3 appearances in 4 seasons from 2010-2013 is matched only by the teams that made 6 playoff appearances during the Big Red Machine era (1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979).
In 2010, in just his third season at the helm of the club’s baseball operations, Jocketty led the Reds to the National League Central Division title with a 91-71 record and their first appearance in the Postseason since 1995.
After that 2010 championship season, Jocketty was recognized by his peers and Sporting News as Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year. He also won that prestigious award in 2000 and 2004.
Todd Frazier went to work this afternoon at Cincinnati’s Washington Park with the Catch-a-Fire pizza truck to film an upcoming episode of MTV2’s Off The Bat. Frazier hung out with Off The Bat host Chris Distefano and served slices of pizza to hungry lunch-goers. The episode of Off The Bat is expected to air October 12 on MTV2. Here are some photos from the filming…
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the 13th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by General Mills Box Tops for Education & Kroger. The 15-minute fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “Top 40” musical soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.
During pregame ceremonies today the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Toyota Dealers will present a 2014 Toyota Tundra to the Reds Community Fund. This is the fourth year that Toyota has made this donation to a deserving local group – which as previously included a local fire department, a local police department & Matthew25: Ministries. The Reds Community Fund will utilize the Tundra for various needs, including use at the new P&G MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn. This presentation does not replace the opportunity for a lucky fan to win the Tundra in centerfield if a Reds player hits it or the sign on the PNC Power Stacks during this weekend’s series.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches today will be professional golfer Marissa Steen. Marissa is originally from West Chester and during the course of this summer she won 3 times on the Symetra Tour, which earned her a spot on the LPGA Tour for the remainder of the season.
During pregame ceremonies the employees of the Reds Front Office will be on the field to salute our fans for their support during the 2014 season. Those same employees will be stationed at the gates to Great American Ball Park at the end of the game to give thanks to the best fans in baseball. This is the fourth consecutive season of this tradition.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
• Bark in the Park: Tonight is the fourth and final Bark in the Park game this season, presented by Iams and Kroger. Over 600 dogs and their owners will be in a special seating area while the Kroger Fan Zone will turn into the “Dog Zone” with product samples and activities for both dogs and owners. A pregame parade with all the dogs and owners begins at 6:25 p.m. and the first 10,000 dog owners will receive a free car magnet. Dog tickets are sold out.
• Roberto Clemente Award: Skip Schumaker will be recognized during pregame ceremonies for being the Reds nominee for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Schumaker is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award which recognizes MLB players who best represent the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Fans can vote for Skip at ChevyBaseball.com.
• Honorary Captains: Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones and current Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins will serve as tonight’s Honorary Captains. The pair are joining us as part of Bowtie Tuesday, supporting the Bowtie Cause in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association and National Kidney Foundation.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 12:35 p.m.
• First Pitch: Marissa Steen, a professional golfer on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Marissa is a 2008 graduate of Lakota West High School.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m.
• Fireworks: Post-game fireworks show starting approximately 10 minutes after the end of the game, presented by General Mills on behalf of Box Tops for Education and Kroger.
• Toyota Tundra Donation: Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Toyota dealers will donate a 2014 Toyota Tundra truck to the Reds Community Fund during pregame ceremonies. George Joseph, president of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Toyota dealers, will present the keys to Charley Frank, the executive director of the Reds Community Fund. The truck will be used at the new P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.
• #RedsSocial Night: Fans of the Reds on social media can purchase a special ticket package for only $25 that includes a lower level seat in the Reds Social section and an exclusive #JohnnyBeisbol t-shirt. A limited number of tickets available at reds.com/RedsSocial. Presented by Cincinnati.com.
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:05 p.m. (originally scheduled for 4:10 p.m.)
• Team Photo Giveaway: Free team photo of the 2014 Reds to the first 20,000 fans.
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:10 p.m.
• Fan Appreciation Day: Today is Fan Appreciation Day presented by Walgreens, with prizes being given away to hundreds of lucky fans throughout the game, including gift cards, autographed memorabilia, merchandise and more. The full list of prizes can be found at reds.com/FanAppreciation. Postcard entries are accepted.
• Mascot T-ball Game: The 12th annual Mascot T-ball game will take place on the field from Noon to 12:30 p.m. featuring Reds mascots and mascots from schools and businesses throughout the region.
• Team Photo Giveaway: Free team photo of the 2014 Reds to the first 20,000 fans.
• Kids Mascot Magnet: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Reds mascot magnet to the first 8,000 kids 14 and younger, presented by Delta Air Lines.
• Run the Bases: Fans of all ages can line up after the game to run the bases.
Ticket Offers For This Homestand: reds.com/tickets
• Half-Price Student Tickets: Students of all ages can enjoy half-price tickets to all Sunday through Thursday home games in September, courtesy of First Student.
• Bowtie Tuesday: For select Tuesday home games (including Sept. 23) fans can purchase tickets for as low as $8, which includes an exclusive Reds bowtie: reds.com/bowtie.
• Reds Wild Wednesday: For every Wednesday home game this season, fans can purchase a package for as low as $19.50 that includes a Terrace Line ticket and a B-Dubs food voucher valid at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations: reds.com/wild.
• Business Day Special: For every Paycor Business Day Special, get one View Level Line ticket and $10 in concession credits for only $15: reds.com/skipwork.
• Senior Citizen Special: For select games (including Sept. 25) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Dugout Box, All You Can Eat Seats, Outer View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers. Presented by Tri-State Centers For Sight: reds.com/seniors.
• Reach Magazine Family Games: Sundays are family days at the ballpark! One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Dugout Box, All You Can Eat Seats, Outer View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers: reds.com/family.
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Reds Hall of Fame Days – Sept. 23-28: The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum announces Hall of Fame Days, a six-day celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Museum’s opening on Sept. 25, 2004. The event features two for $10 admission to the Museum from Sept. 23-28 along with autograph signings by Reds HOF’ers and Reds alumni, merchandise specials, free batting cage sessions (with museum admission) and other exciting events. Visit redsmuseum.org for complete event schedule. Highlights include:
– Tues., Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m.: Reds Historian Greg Rhodes and the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi discuss the career of Reds Hall of Famer Jake Beckley (with Erardi as Beckley)
– Wed., Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.: Leo Cardenas & Tommy Helms autograph signing
– Thurs., Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m.: Jim O’Toole autograph signing
– Friday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.: Tom Browning autograph signing
– Sat., Sept. 27 at 11:30 a.m.: Eddie Milner & Gary Redus autograph signing
– Sun., Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m.: Ron Oester autograph signing
Reds Community Fund
• Urban Youth Academy Open House – Sept. 28: The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy is hosting an Open House for the community on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. Activities will include Wiffle ball games, a home run derby, batting cage access and a baseball game featuring participants from the Reds Community Fund’s Coldwell Banker West Shell “Match” program. Food and drink will be provided while supplies last. The Academy is located at 2026 E. Seymour Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45237 and offers free, year-round baseball and softball instruction along with educational and vocational opportunities for boys and girls ages 5-18 residing primarily in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky urban neighborhoods. More information at (513) 765-5000 or reds.com/academy.