From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies this evening we will honor top finishers in the 14th Annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run, which was held on August 8th. Trophy Awards 10K winners Jeff Denny & Kerry Lee, along with Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine 5K winners JJ Webber & Katie Lenahan will all offer up ceremonial first pitches. The Redlegs Run raised nearly $150,000 for the Reds Community Fund this year.

Offering up a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of the Western & Southern Open tonight will be Jiri Vesely, World Ranked #45. Vesely was awarded with the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates in 2013.


With the Little League World Series approaching, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier participated in a press conference call this afternoon to reflect on playing for the 1998 LLWS championship Toms River team.  Below are some highlights…

  • Todd’s brother Jeff, played in the Little League World Series in 1995 when Todd was 9 years-old.  Todd remembered, “I had two really close friends come up with me (to Williamsport) and I told them that this is our dream – this is what we need to do.  Once we got there, it was unbelievable.”
  • Frazier said Williamsport, the site of the Little League World Series, is “the Mecca for a kid that’s 11-12 years old.”
  • Todd met many people during his Little League World Series experience, including kids his age from all around the world.  “The people you meet is the coolest thing,” said Frazier.
  • Now that Frazier is an established Major League star, many current Little League players cite him as their favorite player.  Regarding that, Frazier said, “When you’re growing up, you want to make the big leagues.  And now you have kids in New Jersey, Kentucky and from all over the world saying you’re their favorite player.  I think that’s pretty neat.”
  • Frazier is rooting for the Bowling Green, KY team in this year’s Little League World Series.
  • The most challenging part for the Toms River team in 1998, according to Frazier, was advancing out of New Jersey.  “There are so many good Little Leagues there,” said Todd.
  • Todd’s brother started the “Beast of the East” nickname for the Toms River team.
  • Frazier thinks it’s a mistake for parents to have their children concentrate on just one sport.  “I played baseball, football, basketball and soccer.”  He’ll support his son if he wants to play several different sports.
  • Todd’s parents Charlie and Joan will receive the “Little League Parents of the Year” award this year in Williamsport.
  • Frazier and his Toms River teammates reunited for their “10 year reunion” in 2008.  Todd plans to host a 20 year reunion at his house in 2018.

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