BIDDING ADIEU TO SAN DIEGO AND THE #WINTERMEETINGS
It’s time to go home and I’m leaving San Diego, kicking and screaming but it’ll be nice to get back to my own bed and leather recliner. I always enjoy the Winter Meetings and this year was no exception. The PR Meetings that I attended everyday are an invaluable opportunity for a guy like me to use that time to learn from all of my fellow club colleagues. Veteran PR men like Tim Mead of the Angels, Mike Swanson of the Royals, John Blake of the Rangers (just to name a few) provide years of experience that younger folks in this profession would be foolish not to use as a resource while we are all in the same room. There are so many of my colleagues with other teams that I look up to and respect and hold in the highest regard, which makes it fun for me to see them all together once a year at the Winter Meetings. Pat Courtney & Michael Teevan of MLB PR are also amazing and they do a fantastic job of moderating our daily gatherings.
Not to bore you (BOR you?) but some of the highlights from the PR Meetings included hearing the potency and sincerity of Billy Bean and his views on how important “inclusion” is to this great game. New commissioner Rob Manfred took time out of his busy schedule to speak to our group about a variety of things that are currently on the front-burner. Former Major League Randy Winn is now the head of one of my most favorite groups – B.A.T., an organization that does so much to help so many people in baseball. He spoke to us and gave us an update on what that group is doing. Of course, the annual Manager Luncheon was a great time and gave Bryan Price an opportunity to engage our local Reds writers in a relaxed setting. And I enjoyed the Reds Affiliate Reception this year, where I got to meet several folks from the Reds newest minor league organization in Daytona.
The only downside I can think of for being in San Diego this week was the fact that I had to miss Tuesday night Baseball Trivia at the Holy Grail Banks. But not to fear (or yes, do fear), we’ll resume trivia this Tuesday (December 16).
Don’t forget, I have five New Era Winter Meetings caps to give away when I get home. For details on that, click here —–> #ForMonica.
I rented a couple of movies for my flight home. It’ll probably come as no surprise that one of those movies is Follow Friday the Film (the other is a documentary on one of my all-time favorite entertainers, Bing Crosby).
Here’s the official Redsfest recap press release…
Seventy-eight current and former Reds
and more than 18,000 fans attend Redsfest
CINCINNATI (Dec. 9, 2014) — FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank drew 18,133 fans to the Duke Energy Convention Center on Dec. 5 and 6.
“Redsfest continues to be the best team celebration in all of baseball,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “Our fans’ interaction with our 78 players, coaches and broadcasters filled all three levels of the Duke Energy Convention Center with all things Reds baseball and we couldn’t be happier with the experience.”
Highlights from 2014 Redsfest include:
• 78 current and former players, coaches, minor leaguers and broadcasters appeared including Homer Bailey, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco, Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto.
• The local chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America named pitcher Johnny Cueto the winner of the Ernie Lombardi Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player and the Johnny Vander Meer Most Outstanding Pitcher Award.
• Catcher Brayan Peña received the BBWAA’s Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award.
• Programming on the Redsfest Main Stage featured players taking part in Kids-Only Press Conferences, the Redsfest Cooking Show, Reds Family Feud and more.
• Local 12 WKRC TV reporter Adam Clements teamed with minor league pitcher Raisel Iglesias to win the Celebrity Wiffle Ball Home Run Contest.
• Brian Oberst of Newburgh, Ind. outlasted 630 poker players to win first place and the $11,000 top prize in the ninth annual Prestige Audio Visual & Creative Services Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament presented by Ashlee Fence.
Photo galleries and video highlights from Redsfest can be found at reds.com.
Proceeds from Redsfest benefit the Reds Community Fund and its baseball-themed outreach programs.
Redsfest 2015 is scheduled for Dec. 4 and 5 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Well, that’s all for now. I’ll see you all back in the Queen City!
Expect good news,