Happy Friday!

Jamie is out and so is my wifi at home.  This means I unfortunately wasn’t able to post the fun graphic Jamie created for last night’s Reds win.

So better late than never…



The Reds are back on Monday night and my work-neighbor Michael Anderson put together these fancy game Homestand Highlights so you know what’s coming up.

Homestand Highlights • August 19 – 25 • Reds vs. D-Backs & Brewers

 4 for $48: For the Reds games against the Brewers Aug. 23 – 25, fans can buy four View Level tickets for just $48 and receive four FREE Reds caps! It’s a great way to save on Reds baseball and pick up some cool new Reds gear all at the same time. Buy now at reds.com/tickets. Presented by Valpak.  

 Monday, August 19, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.

Reds Community Advocate Award: As part of the ongoing series of “Dusty Days” games, Cassandra Robinson will receive the Reds Community Advocate Award during pregame ceremonies. Ms. Robinson is the creator and event coordinator of the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Celebration, which has been held in Cincinnati for 25 years. The Reds Community Advocate Award recognizes business representatives, community leaders and civil servants in our community who advocate connection and inclusion.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.

Bark in the Park: Over 600 dogs and their owners will be at the ballpark for the second Bark in the Park of the 2013 season, presented by Iams and Kroger. (Dog packages are sold out.) A special seating area is reserved for dog owners and their pets 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. The first 5,000 fans will receive a free dog bandana. (Dog packages for the third Bark in the Park on Sept. 23 are also sold out.)

Ryan Freel Award: Bryanna Hall, the recipient of the inaugural Ryan Freel Award, is the Honorary Captain of tonight’s game. Bryanna is nine years old and participates in the Reds Rookie Success League through the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club in Avondale. Ryan’s father, Patrick Freel Sr., partnered with the Reds Community Fund to create the Ryan Freel Award which will be awarded annually to a young person from the Reds Rookie Success League. Freel played for the Reds from 2003 – 08.

National Anthem: Holly Miller, a Waverly, Ohio native and American Idol Season 12 contestant, will sing the National Anthem.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.

Rosie Reds: Members of the Rosie Reds will be participating in pregame ceremonies, including a parade around the warning track, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, singing the National Anthem and serving as the Honorary Captain of the game. Formed in 1963, the Rosie Reds are a philanthropic and social organization that provides scholarships for local students and annual support of the Kid Glove Program.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 12:35 p.m.

Business Day Special: For every Paycor Business Day Special, get one View Level ticket and $10 in concession credits for only $15: reds.com/tickets.

 Friday, August 23, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.

Fireworks Friday: Readers of the popular Better Off Red blog helped pick the “Funkblast” soundtrack to tonight’s Rozzi’s fireworks display that starts approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game, brought to you by the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Eric Lange: Hamilton native and Hollywood actor Eric Lange will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Best known for his roles as Stuart Radzinsky on ABC’s Lost and Mr. Sikowitz on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, Eric attended Fairfield High School (class of ’91) and Miami University.

Saturday, August 24, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants will be a featured guest at the ballpark and will participate in a pregame photo op in the Kroger Fan Zone. SpongeBob will also join the Scotts Reds Rally Pack and Reds mascots for fan meet and greets and activities around the ballpark throughout the game. On Friday, SpongeBob SquarePants visited the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club in Avondale.

“Whispering” Bill Anderson: Country Music Hall of Fame singer/ songwriter “Whispering” Bill Anderson will serve as the Honorary Captain of tonight’s game. Bill’s song “Cincinnati, Ohio” reached #4 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs chart in 1967 and is played during the 7th inning stretch at Reds home games.

Head & Shoulders Donation: The Reds Community Fund will be presented with a check for $10,000 for winning Head & Shoulders #Whiff campaign for the month of July. The donation will go to the Cincinnati Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, which provides inner-city youth an opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. The RCF also won $10,000 for the month of June.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m.

Kids Votto Pillow: The first 8,000 kids 14 and younger receive a Joey Votto Jersey Pillow, presented by Cincinnati Bell.

Reach Magazine Family Days: 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 Outer View Level and Kroger Bleachers.

Cincinnati Ballet: Dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet will perform pregame on Crosley Terrace and principal dancer Cervilio Miguel Amador will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

Tom Hume Signature Series Autograph Signing – August 24: Meet and receive an autograph from former Reds pitcher and bullpen coach Tom Hume from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Autographs are free with admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

Tom Hume Baseball Brunch – August 25: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is hosting a special brunch in the Riverfront Club starting at 10:15 a.m. featuring former Reds pitcher and bullpen coach Tom Hume. Tickets include brunch buffet, Q&A with Tom, meet and greet and an autographed photo. For more information and to order tickets call 513-765-7921 or visit RedsMuseum.org.

Reds Hall of Fame Ballot Voting: Fan voting runs through Aug. 31 to help choose the next player to be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014. Five former Reds players appear on the Modern Player Ballot presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett. Fans may cast ballots online at RedsMuseum.org or at ballot boxes located at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, over 20 locations at the ballpark and at the Reds Hall of Fame Grille at Kings Island.

I hope you are having a great Friday.  I’ll be back later.  – Lisa

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