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Postgame: Johnny speaks to the media following his 3-hit CG SHO

Postgame: Johnny speaks to the media following his 3-hit CG SHO




First pitch is slated for 7:15




It’s a tale that should involve Vincent Price rather than Bryan Price.  It’s the ominous 13th game of the season for both the Reds and Pirates and they are currently tied up, 7-7 in a suspended game at Great American Ball Park.  Play stopped last night at 9:18pm due to heavy rain.  When the game resumes tonight at 5:30, Starling Marte will bat in the top of the seventh inning.

Marte is one of eight players in the game to provide a Great American Ball Park record 10 home runs.  As my friend Joel Luckhaupt tweets…

This is the 12th season for Great American Ball Park and no single game in stadium history, prior to this one, has seen 10 home runs…and we’re only through six innings.

The Pirates have hit three sets of back-to-back homers in the game, marking only the third time in Major League history that it’s been accomplished; the Red Sox did it on 6/17/77 against the Yankees and our very own Redlegs did it on 8/18/56 at Crosley Field against the Milwaukee Braves – the same day that Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” reached #1 in the music charts.

“Hound Dog” you say?  The Reds’ last two suspended games have taken place at Great American Ball Park during the popular “Bark in the Park” promotion.

Game 13 began under cloudy skies with a temperature of 66 degrees.  Overnight, rain turned to snow and a Blood Moon (total lunar eclipse) occurred in the wee hours of the morning.  When play resumes tonight, game-time temperature is expected to be around 40 degrees.

In addition to “Bark in the Park,” another popular Reds promotion has already been celebrated in this game – “Strikeouts for Slices.”  Because Reds pitchers have recorded 11 strikeouts, each fan in attendance gets a free small, one topping pizza from La Rosa’s.  Simply redeem your ticket at any La Rosa’s pizzeria.

Oh and did you see the “Face-Rule Double” in the fourth inning?  Todd Frazier hit a ball down the right field line that ricocheted off the face of Pirates right fielder Travis Snider.  Originally ruled a foul ball, manager Price challenged the call and it was overturned; Frazier was awarded a double.

And if it couldn’t get any more unusual, the ballpark clock at GABP stopped at 10pm.  Which is only fitting as tonight we begin a game that was started yesterday, or in other words, we go “Back to the Future.”


Tonight’s game (Monday) has been suspended with the Reds and Pirates tied, 7-7 after 6 innings.  The game will be completed tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m. prior to the regularly scheduled game at 7:10. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

Non-premium tickets may be exchanged at the box office for tomorrow’s continuation of the suspended game at 5:30 p.m. followed by the regularly scheduled game.

Fans holding tickets for the regularly scheduled game at 7:10 p.m. will also be admitted for the continuation of the suspended game.

You may also exchange your non –premium tickets for the Wednesday game with the Pirates at 12:35 p.m. subject to availability.

Bark in the Park tickets may be exchanged for either game however dogs will not be permitted in the ballpark.


Jackie-Robinson-Day-square (2)All players to wear Number 42 for Reds vs. Pirates game at 7:10 p.m.

CINCINNATI (April 14, 2014) — The Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Tuesday, April 15 to honor the legacy of the legendary Hall of Famer and for the sixth consecutive year, all players and on-field personnel will wear Number 42.

The annual celebration to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947 will feature on-field, pre-game ceremonies at Great American Ball Park that include:
• Chuck Harmon, the first African-American to play for the Reds, will be presented with the 2014 Powel Crosley, Jr. Award and serve as the Honorary Captain of the Game.
• Clay Holland from Holland and Holland, Inc. will accept the 2014 Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award from Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and Sean Rugless, President and CEO of the African-American Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented annually by the Reds and Major League Baseball.
• Players and coaches from historically black Kentucky State University baseball team and Trevecca Nazarene University baseball team will be recognized. The two teams are playing the first collegiate game at new P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy on April 15 at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Sports Park.
• Jackie Robinson Day jeweled bases and lineup cards will be featured and the Number 42 will be stenciled on the field.
• The jerseys worn by the players and bases used during the game will be available to purchase from Reds Authentics with proceeds benefiting the Reds Community Fund.
• One Number 42 Reds jersey will be signed and auctioned-off on, with the proceeds benefitting the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

“We are proud to join Major League Baseball in celebrating Robinson’s legacy and immeasurable contributions to the game,” said Rick Walls, Executive Director of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. “The Number 42, worn proudly on the uniforms on April 15 and displayed continuously in ballparks across the nation, serves as a reminder and pays tribute to how one man transformed the game. The game of baseball continues to feel the influence of Jackie Robinson on the field and in the stands.”

Chuck Harmon will sign autographs and meet with fans at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The signing is free with Museum admission. The 60th anniversary of Harmon’s debut with the Reds is April 17th and he will celebrate his 90th birthday on April 23rd.

Fans can visit the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum to see the following artifacts:
• Harmon’s game used spikes
• Scott Rolen’s game used Number 42 jersey from Jackie Robinson Day in 2011
• Eric Davis’ road jersey from 1997 (He shortened the sleeves to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson)

On Tuesday morning at 9:42 a.m. ET, baseball fans worldwide will be encouraged to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day with a worldwide Twitter thank you using the hashtag #Jackie42. is a custom Instagram page where fans can share their thoughts and photos in support of Jackie Robinson Day, including using the hashtag #Jackie42.

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CINCINNATI (April 13, 2014) – The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum has announced Chuck Harmon as the 2014 recipient of the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award.

The Powel Crosley, Jr. Award was created to honor individuals who have exemplified the Crosley spirit of dedication, devotion, and service to the Cincinnati Reds over an extended period of time. The award is only presented on occasion when a truly deserving candidate emerges, whose lifetime achievements, efforts and activities have made a lasting impact and contributed greatly to the betterment of the Reds.

Harmon, who became the first African-American to play for the Reds in 1954, will be presented with the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award on Tuesday, April 15 (Jackie Robinson Day) during on-field ceremonies prior to the Reds vs. Pirates game (7:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.

Harmon will sign autographs and meet with fans that evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. The signing is free with Museum admission.

“We are extremely pleased to recognize Chuck Harmon for his tremendous courage, strength of character and devotion to the Reds for over 60 years,” said Rick Walls, Reds Hall of Fame & Museum executive director. “Whether it is appearing in the community or signing autographs for his many fans, Chuck truly represents everything that is positive about the game of baseball and the Cincinnati Reds.”

The 60th anniversary of Harmon’s debut with the Reds is April 17th, and he will celebrate his 90th birthday on April 23rd.

Harmon will also be recognized with the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award at the 2014 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Sunday, August 10 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Chuck Harmon
One of the city’s great baseball ambassadors, Chuck Harmon began his association with the Cincinnati Reds in 1952 when he was acquired by the club after five successful campaigns in the Minor Leagues. Harmon made the 1954 Reds roster as a utility player and was called on to pinch-hit on April 17 in Milwaukee. When he stepped into the batter’s box, Harmon became the first African-American to wear a Reds uniform in a regular season game. Overall, Harmon appeared in 203 games for the Reds over the course of the 1954, 1955 and 1956 seasons.

Harmon has spent most of his post-playing career in Cincinnati and is one of the city’s most recognizable and beloved figures. A fixture for decades at Reds games and events throughout the tri-state area, he is one of the team’s most steadfast and enthusiastic supporters, promoting the team and the game with uncommon dedication. A plaque in his honor was dedicated at the entrance of Great American Ball Park in 2004, one of the many tributes he has received in acknowledgment of his esteemed place in Reds history.

Chuck Harmon’s kindness, professionalism, and humor are readily evident to all who come into contact with him. His life has been defined by overcoming obstacles through hard work and willpower, all the while keeping constant his unbridled love for the game. The Reds organization and all of baseball have been enhanced immeasurably because of his presence.

Powel Crosley, Jr. Award
In 1934, motivated by civic pride and a love of baseball, entrepreneur and industrialist Powel Crosley, Jr. purchased a financially-strapped Cincinnati Reds franchise. Crosley brought stability and innovation to the Reds. Under his nearly three decades of stewardship, the Reds organization introduced night baseball to the Major Leagues, saw the expansion of its home ballpark, solidified the grand Cincinnati Opening Day tradition, hosted two All-Star games, fielded some of the most memorable teams in club history and strengthened its position as an integral part of the civic and cultural fabric of Greater Cincinnati. Previous recipients of the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award were Bernie Stowe, Gene Bennett and Sheldon “Chief” Bender in 2008 and Louis & Louise Nippert in 2010.




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