The Reds and Cincinnati Bell are looking for worthy members of the Armed Forces to be honored at Great American Ball Park.
At every Reds game this season, a member of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard) will be recognized as the “Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero.”
“Cincinnati Bell is strong supporter of our local veterans and active military,” said Ted Torbeck, President and CEO, Cincinnati Bell. “We are proud to partner with the Reds once again to honor our Hometown Heroes for their service and sacrifice.”
Submit nominations online at www.reds.com/heroes or visit any Cincinnati Bell-owned retail store from April 1-30, 2014 to nominate a Hometown Hero.
Each Hometown Hero will receive four (4) tickets to the game for which they are chosen.
New Hometown Reds exhibit opens Friday at the Reds HOF
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is honoring more than 100 native Cincinnatians in the new exhibition Hometown Reds: Local Boys Who Played for the Cincinnati Reds.
Hometown Reds features jerseys, game-used equipment and memorabilia dating back 145 years to 1869 when Charlie Gould became the first Cincinnatian to play for the hometown team.
“If you are from the Cincinnati area and played baseball at any age, you probably dreamed of playing for the Reds,” said Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. “Our new exhibit honors the 104 players whose dreams became a reality.”
The exhibit includes a player mural along with a graphic map highlighting the towns in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana from which the Hometown Reds hailed.
Visitors to the exhibit will enjoy personal recollections from some of the Hometown Reds through new video interviews that run continuously in the exhibit space.
Fans can explore Hometown Reds: Local Boys Who Played for the Cincinnati Reds along with the other new exhibit for 2014, Kings of the Queen City, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in addition to 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.
The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is currently open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Starting on Opening Day (March 31) and running through October, the museum will be open seven days a week with extended hours on game days.
Plan your visit at www.redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.
If you agree with this quote, than we have a ticket deal you are going to want to know about…
New APRIL PASS includes 11 Reds games for only $60
Enjoy an entire month of Reds baseball starting on Opening Night with the new April Pass presented by Yokohama Tire
Reds fans can attend all 11 home games at Great American Ball Park in April for only $60 with the new April Pass, presented by Yokohama Tire. For just over $5 per ticket, fans get a View Level Line seat to see the Reds take on the division-rival Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs, plus a weekend Interleague series with the Tampa Bay Rays.
April’s games feature four fan giveaways, two fireworks nights and kicks off with Opening Night:
Opening Night – Wed. April, 2 – Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:10 pm
- Reds players and coaches walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone
- First 20,000 fans receive a 2014 Team Calendar, presented by Kroger
- 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper to throw out ceremonial first pitch and walk the red carpet
- Live music by The Rusty Griswolds
- Opening Night Fireworks, presented by Coca-Cola
April Fireworks Shows (start approx. 15 minutes after end of the game)
- Wed., April 2 – Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:10 pm: Opening Night Fireworks, presented by Coca-Cola
- Friday, April 11 – Reds vs. Rays: Fireworks Friday, presented by Tri-State Chevy Dealers
- Wed., April 2 – Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:10 pm: Team Calendar, presented by Kroger (first 20,000 fans)
- Sat., April 12 – Reds vs. Rays, 1:10 pm: Reds Fleece Blanket, presented by Duke Energy Retail (first 20,000 fans)
- Sun., April 13 – Reds vs. Rays, 1:10 pm: Magnetic Schedule/Mr. Redlegs Car Magnet, presented by PNC Bank (first 20,000 fans)
- Sun., April 13 – Reds vs. Rays, 1:10 pm: Kids Mascot Magnet, presented by DELTA (first 8,000 kids)
For a complete game schedule and to purchase an April Pass today, visit www.reds.com/aprilpass.
A limited number of April Pass packages are available. Offer ends Friday, April 11.
With just 15 days until Reds baseball begins in Cincinnati, things are starting to get pretty busy around Great American Ball Park. Our PR Manager and contributing BOR photographer, Michael “Mando” Anderson captured some of the activities from the past few days:
Reds Go Green
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the GABP Team Shop rolls out GREEN Reds merchandise, including the jerseys the team will be wearing on Monday. Stop by to pick up yours on St. Patty’s Day, beginning at 10am.
Opening Day Camp Out
Camping out for Opening Day tickets has become a Cincinnati tradition and despite the cold temperature, our fantastic fans once again turned out to create a tent city on Crosley Terrace. A big “thanks” to Dunkin Donuts for providing the campers with delicious yummies.
Turf Day at Great American Ball Park is the day when head groundskeeper Doug Gallant and his staff remove the grow blanket from the infield and outfield grass. The purpose of the grow blanket (which was installed in early February) is to insulate the grass and slightly raise the temperature of the soil and roots. The blanket speeds up the process of the grass coming out of winter dormancy and fools the turf into thinking it’s later in the springtime. Following the tarp removal, Doug and his staff will mow the grass for the first time in preparation for Opening Day 2014.
A limited number of Opening Day tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 15 at 9 am at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows only as part of a two-game package. The new “Opening Day Double Play” package includes one ticket (either View Level or Standing-Room-Only) to the March 31 season opener vs. the St. Louis Cardinals (4:10 pm) plus one Field Box ticket to any April game of the fan’s choice. 1,000 View Level and 500 Standing-Room-Only tickets will be available as part of these packages.
Prices for the “Opening Day Double Play” ticket packages are:
• $65 for one Opening Day Standing-Room-Only ticket plus one Field Box ticket to any game in April.
• $75 for one Opening Day View Level ticket plus one Field Box ticket to any game in April.
There is a limit of four packages per person. Cash and major credit cards will be accepted. Last year’s tickets sold out in less than one hour.
Fans will not be permitted to form a line for tickets prior to Friday, March 14 at 9 am, at which time numbered wristbands will be distributed. Fans must be present to receive a wristband and may not hold spots in line for friends or family who are not in attendance. Fans will be expected to remain on-site, with random checks being performed, until the ticket sale begins.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on the property of Great American Ball Park is a violation of state law and violators will be asked to leave the premises by police. Open flames and propane heaters will not be permitted on the ballpark premises.
The Opening Day ticket sale will happen rain or shine.
Greetings from Goodyear!
So much of what makes baseball great are the experiences you have around the game – which is why Spring Training is so uniquely special. The venues are more intimate. The weather is perfect. Games feel more relaxed. Players are more accessible. Strangers in Reds gear become instant friends.
There’s an excitement in the air about the season that’s about to begin. I’m fortunate to be a part of Cactus League baseball and call it “work”. If you are a big Reds fan and haven’t made it out to Goodyear yet, you owe it to yourself to experience baseball, Spring Training style.
JASON ALDEAN 2014 Burn It Down Tour
with very special guests MIRANDA LAMBERT, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and TYLER FARR
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SATURDAY – JULY 19
GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK
First Country Concert Performed at Cincinnati’s Home of the Reds
Cincinnati, OH (1/31/14 7am) - Multi-Platinum entertainer Jason Aldean announced his 50 city 2014 BURN IT DOWN TOUR recently which will include select baseball stadiums across the country. On Saturday, July 19 Aldean will take the stage for the first country concert ever performed at Cincinnati’s own Great American Ball Park. Making the event a grand slam is the announcement of country superstar Miranda Lambert’s addition to the lineup which already included red-hot duo Florida Georgia Line and breakthrough artist Tyler Farr.
Tickets for the Cincinnati show, $114.00 Club Seats (includes food and non-alcoholic beverages); $89.00 Field Seats and Lower Bowl, $69.00 Mezzanine and $29.00 Upper Bowl (plus applicable fees), go on sale to the public beginning at 10:00am on Friday, February 7 at www.Livenation.com, www.Ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 800.745.3000.
“We are excited to have Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour play at Great American Ball Park, especially because Reds season ticket holders can purchase tickets in advance of the public,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “This will be the first country concert at the ballpark and we’re looking forward to Jason, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr putting on a great show for our fans.”
In the wake of shattered attendance records and more than 1.5 million tickets sold on his last tour, Aldean’s 2014 BURN IT DOWN TOUR follows sellouts at some of the nation’s most legendary venues including University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, Wrigley Field, a two-night stand at Fenway Park, Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl.
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Today’s Reds lineup vs. the Brewers
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…
REDS WIN!! BEAT THE BREWERS 2-1!
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
So much of your life is spent at work, therefore it’s important to enjoy what you do and who you do it with. The people you work with are such a vital part of experience, and if you are fortunate, they become like family.
I am one of the lucky ones. I’ve found a friend, supporter, partner in crime and a brother, all rolled into one. And it started with a blog.
Jamie has transformed a simple blog into a dedicated, tight-knit Reds community. Through Better Off Red, he’s brought strangers from across the country (heck, even the world) together through baseball. Friendship, encouragement, support, recognition, humor and fun…it’s all part of the Better Off Red family. @Jamieblog has truly put his heart and soul into this blog, which in turn has produced great rewards for so many.
Thank you, Jamie. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Expect good news and go Reds!