From my pal @Bongreatness…
The first 20,00 fans in attendance today will receive a 2015 Reds Magnetic Schedule & Car Magnet, presented by PNC Bank. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Holders and 11:40AM for the general public. However, those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
During pregame ceremonies today the Reds will recognize the Reds Way Employee of the Month for April, ticket seller Carl Ladwig. Carl has been a member of the Reds ticket office since 1995.
Assisting in the delivery of today’s official game ball will be “Paula” the penguin, from the Newport Aquarium. Paula will be joined by her trainer for the delivery of today’s game ball.
During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Casey Campbell, who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.
Following the conclusion of today’s game it is our first Run the Bases of the 2015 season, presented by Entenmann’s Little Bites. Today’s postgame Run the Bases is open to all fans.
Burt’s #RedToRock is…
From my pal @Bongreatness…
The first 25,000 fans at the ballpark today will receive a Todd Frazier bobblehead, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Holders and 11:40AM for the general public. However, those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
During pregame ceremonies today the Oak Hills High School Highlander Marching Band will give a 10-minute performance on the outfield warning track. Today’s performance is part of Oak Hills High School Day at Great American Ball Park.
From my pal @Bongreatenss…
Tonight is the first Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by United Dairy Farmers. The approximately 15 minute postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game. Tonight’s soundtrack was handpicked by the professionals at Rozzi’s.
Prior to the singing of our National Anthem tonight we will pause for a Moment of Remembrance to honor the lives of Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend Edilia Arvelos, who lost their lives during the offseason, as well as local athlete and inspiration, Lauren Hill. Lauren, a Mount St. Joseph basketball player, passed away earlier today at the age of 19. The Moment of Remembrance will take place prior to the singing of our National Anthem, at 6:55PM.
The four full-season Reds minor league teams lift the lid on their 2015 campaigns tonight…
This evening in Louisville, LHP David Holmberg takes the mound as the Triple-A Bats host Toledo at 6:35 ET.
Double-A Pensacola welcomes Biloxi to Bayfront Stadium where RHP Robert Stephenson and the Blue Wahoos begin their season at 6:35 CT.
The newest Reds affiliate, Advanced Class-A Daytona, will square off against Brevard County in Jackie Robinson Park beginning at 7:05 ET. RHP Nick Travieso is scheduled to start for the Tortugas.
The Class-A Dayton Dragons are the only Reds team on the road tonight, as they begin a season-opening 3-game series at West Michigan. First pitch is slated for 6:35 ET.
296 players make up the entire Reds organization. For a full list, click here >> Rosters
Due to City of Cincinnati noise ordinances – we are unable to have our postgame fireworks show this evening as previously planned.
However, due to the generosity of our friends at Rozzi’s Fireworks, we will have a “make up” fireworks date later this season on Wednesday, August 19th. For that game on August 19th fans can redeem tonight’s ticket stub at the box office of Great American Ball Park beginning this Friday, and receive half-off any non-premium ticket to the August 19th fireworks show….OR…. any Monday – Thursday game this season.
Again, starting this Friday, you may use your ticket stub from tonight’s game to receive half-off non-premium ticket to any Monday through Thursday game this season, OR to the makeup fireworks game on August 19th.
This offer excludes All-You-Can-Eat, Value View and Upper View tickets.
For more information on tonight’s offer, visit the ticket office of Great American Ball Park during normal business hours or call 513-765-7000.
Major League Baseball today opened up the polls for you to vote in its Franchise Four promotion. You’re encouraged to vote for each franchise’s four most impactful players of all-time who best represent the history of
each franchise, essentially selecting a “Mt. Rushmore” for each of
MLB’s 30 franchises.
The Reds four nominees are Johnny Bench, David Concepcion, Eric Davis, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Frank Robinson and Pete Rose. You also have the ability to write in a name.
This is something that will surely generate some friendly conversation and debate. I, myself, am having a hard time coming up with the four Reds.
Check it out HERE.
Courtesy of my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight we celebrate Opening Night at Great American Ball Park. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive at 2015 Reds Calendar, courtesy of Kroger.
Ballpark gates are scheduled to open at 5:00PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:10PM for the general public. The early gate opening times are in anticipation of the 6th annual “Reds Carpet Parade” through the Fan Zone. The parade will feature the 2015 Cincinnati Reds team and coaching staff (*with some exclusions, most notably those out of town on rehab assignment & tonight’s starting pitcher, Mike Leake), along with our mascots, and several celebrities attending tonight’s game and participating in pregame ceremonies. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30PM and conclude at approximately 6:15PM.
**Please note that we have tented the players parade route in an effort to hold this event rain or shine. However, if there is dangerous weather in the area at the time of the parade (severe thunderstorms), we may have to reschedule to a later date this season with the safety of our players and fans in mind.
The following pregame ceremonies are scheduled to take place tonight:
• Introductions of both teams prior to the singing of our National Anthem.
• During the Anthem, a giant American flag will be unfurled in the outfield by players, coaches & administrators from The Ohio State University football team.
• Tonight’s National Anthem will be sung by Ihsan Walker.
• We will recognize members of the 2014 Reds team and present to the organization the 2014 Wilson Defensive Team of the Year Award. Johnny Cueto will also receive his 2014 Wilson Defensive Pitcher of the Year Award during the ceremony.
• Cueto will also receive his GIBBY Award for 2014 Bounceback Player of the Year.
• The Ohio State University football team will receive the first of its kind “Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award”. The award was created to recognize individual and team state championships, as well as national championships, won throughout Reds Country.
• Tonight’s final ceremonial first pitch will be offered up simultaneously by Head Coach Urban Meyer and players Adolphous Washington (Taft HS) & Joe Burger (LaSalle HS).
• A donation will be made to the Urban & Shelley Meyer Foundation for Cancer Research as a result of ticket sales to tonight’s game. The donation amount will be announced during the ceremony.
• Handling the Game Ball Delivery duties tonight will be Miss Ohio Teen USA 2015 Shelley Stapleton & Miss Ohio USA 2015 Sara Newkirk.
The Ohio State University football team will walk the Reds Carpet in the Fan Zone during the 1st inning of tonight’s game. Due to NCAA guidelines, there are absolutely no autographs during OSU’s walk of the Reds Carpet.
Tonight’s postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, is scheduled to begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of the game. The postgame Opening Night Fireworks show will be accompanied by a LIVE music soundtrack provided by The Rusty Griswolds. The Rustys will perform during the game and immediately following the game from the stage on the rightfield porch.
Tonight our Reds ground crew & members of the FOX Sports Ohio broadcast team will be wearing Opening Night tuxedos provided by Folchi’s Formalwear.