BASELINE ITEMS: TIME TO KETCHUP
Better Off Red was down for maintenance for the majority of the day yesterday. Apologies to you loyal subscribers/readers/commenters/voters/fans. It appears we’re up and running today, so let’s catch up…
Let’s begin with the number one story out of the “Expect Good News” department – Reds third base coach Mark Berry has been told by his doctors that he’s now cancer-free!
Mark Sheldon has the rest of the story HERE.
And speaking of Sheldon….
Today we received a few Joe Morgan t-shirts that the Reds are giving away this Saturday. They might be the best shirts the team has given away (aside from some of the TweetUp shirts, of course). Check ’em out…
In case you haven’t heard, the “Great Eight” (Morgan, Rose, Bench, Perez, Griffey, Concepcion, Foster, Geronimo) is in town for Joe Morgan Weekend at Great American Ball Park. There’s already a buzz around the GABP offices. My colleagues and co-workers are excited and really want to make it a special event for everyone involved.
Here’s my pal @Bongreatness with tonight’s rundown…
Tonight is the 12th Fireworks Friday of the 2013 season, presented by Koorsen Fire & Security. The approximately 15 minute fireworks show will begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and will feature Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, set to a 1970’s music soundtrack. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:40PM for the general public. However, those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code if the crowd size outside the gates dictates it so.
Prior to the start of tonight’s fireworks show we will be welcoming the legendary “Great Eight” of the Cincinnati Reds, from the 1975 & 1976 World Championship era. The “Great Eight” is comprised of George Foster (leftfield), Cesar Geronimo (centerfield), Ken Griffey (rightfield), Pete Rose (third base), David Concepcion (shortstop), Johnny Bench (catcher), Tony Perez (first base) and Joe Morgan (second base). Introductions will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game, once the outfield seating sections of the ballpark have been cleared in preparation for the fireworks show. During the game these same Reds legends will take part in a private fundraising dinner for the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, taking place in the Riverfront Club (no media). This will be the first time in the history of Great American Ball Park where the entire “Great Eight” will be assembled for an event.
During pregame ceremonies tonight a group representing “Players for the Planet” will be on hand to make a $13,000 donation to the Reds Community Fund, on behalf of the recycling effort of our community during the e-waste recycling drive held this past April. April’s event was the 4th annual recycling drive, held in conjunction with numerous Reds sponsors and partners, including title sponsor PNC Bank.
(To answer any further questions you might have about the weekend festivities, please click HERE.)
What shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle of a busy weekend is that the Reds are playing the red-hot Dodgers. Los Angeles is an eye-popping 36-9 since the All-Star break. That’s an .800 winning percentage for those of you keeping score.
It should be a good test for the Reds, who are coming off a fantastic 4-game series victory over the Cardinals.
Photo from last night…
— Fernando Aguirre (@FdoAguirreCEO) September 6, 2013
I’ve been giving away a lot of stuff lately, so let’s keep it going…
I have one of those aforementioned Morgan t-shirts (XL only), a patriotic Reds Jay Bruce t-shirt (XL only), a Reds cap (white cap, Green “C”) AND a Better Off Red t-shirt (any size except large) to give away to one random reader of Better Off Red.
To enter to win, simply add something nice to the comments section of this blog post. I’ll select one winner at random (please don’t beg) and contact him or her via email. Winner announced just prior to tonight’s first pitch.
For those of you who’ve been lucky enough to win a BOR shirt lately, please send me your photos wearing the shirt. I’d love to post it here on the blog (like Fernando, above).
Alright, well I think that about does ‘er. I think we’re all caught up, but if not, I’ll keep you posted right here on BOR.
More in a bit!
Expect good news!