During tonight’s pregame, the 2014 Reds All-Stars will take part in an official Reds All-Star Sendoff ceremony. Relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Devin Mesoraco will be presented with their official National League All-Star jersey by Majestic representative Jerry Poore along with other Reds representatives.
Bill Hemmer, television-news anchor and co-host of America’s Newsroom on Fox News Channel, will be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.
“Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo will make a ceremonial flight from the Cincinnati Bell Riverboat Deck to the pitcher’s mound at the conclusion of tonight’s singing of National Anthem. Tonight marks Sam’s third flight of the 2014 season.
A Billy Hamilton Bobblehead will be given to the first 25,000 fans in the ballpark thanks to PNC Bank.
Former Reds outfielder Reggie Sanders will be signing autographs in the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum tonight from 4:30-6:30PM.
Tonight, we celebrate our female fans with Girls Night Out at the ballpark thanks to PNC Bank & Woodbridge. Activations in the Kroger Fan Zone include Reds sponsors Massage Envy, Richter & Phillips, Salon on the Ohio (SOTO), Constellation Brands, & Mercedes. Additionally, Special Events will have a booth giving out information and DJ Drowsy will be on the stage providing music. The first 10,000 ladies in the ballpark will receive a Reds themed Sweaty Band headband and tonight’s fireworks soundtrack has been selected by the women of the Reds Front Office. Before the fireworks tonight, Staff Sergeant Christina Eifert will be our second Hometown Hero of the evening.
Former Reds first baseman Reggie Sanders will serve as the Honorary Captain of tonight’s game. Reggie will be signing autographs at the Reds Hall of Fame tomorrow.
Tonight’s postgame fireworks are sponsored by TriHealth. Before tonight’s game, over 50 TriHealth nurses will be recognized on field for a ceremony and first pitch
Former Reds Outfielder Reggie Sanders will be signing in the Hall of Fame tonight from 5:00 – 6:30 PM and tomorrow from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.
Delivering tonight’s game ball will be family members of the late Reds Hall of Famer Wally Post. The pride of St. Henry, OH, Wally Post belted 172 home runs while playing for the Reds and ranked 11th on the team’s all-time home run list entering the 2014 campaign. Reaching the big leagues to stay in 1954, Post soon became a key component in one of the most powerful lineups the game had ever seen. Wally’s 36 home runs were second only to Frank Robinson’s 38 on the 1956 club that set a then-record tying 221 home runs. He was often described as the “best dressed Red” thanks to all of the free suits he acquired by virtue of his long home runs that hit the famous “Hit Sign Win Suit” billboard located atop The Laundry building that loomed across the street from Crosley Field’s left field wall. Wally was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum in 1965 & in the summer of 2013, The Wally Post Chapter formed in the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and over 130 members from the chapter will be in attendance at tonight’s game.
Harmon-X will be singing tonight’s National Anthem on behalf of Xavier University.
Tonight also marks the 6th and final Kid Glove Game.
- In Milwaukee tonight, the Phillies came back to beat the Brewers, 9-7. This means the Reds are now just 3.5 games off the pace in the National League Central.
- Today’s doubleheader sweep is the first for the Reds since 8/31/09 vs. the Pirates.
- Tonight’s Game Two victory marked the Reds’ biggest come-from-behind win of the season (5 runs).
- The Reds have won four straight games and13 of their last 18.
- Including this one against the Cubs, the Reds are now 7-1 over their last 8 series.
- Are a season-high six games over .500
- Improve to 22-9 this season against the Cubs, Brewers and Pirates.
By now, I think you’re aware of the “Bacon Challenge” at Great American Ball Park’s Machine Room Grille. If not, it’s basically a food-eating contest in which one has to eat four 1-pound bacon sandwiches along with sides of potato salad and chips….all in the span of 1 full inning of baseball (6 outs).
Up until a few days ago, none of the handful of challengers this season have come close to “winning” – if that’s what you want to call it.
Over the weekend, a young man named Jeremiah Forster nearly accomplished the impossible.
Forster had a plan of attack. He smeared the potato salad on the sandwiches, soaked his chips in water, put in his ear-buds and went to town. He ate all four of the 1-pound sandwiches before the inning was up but he didn’t get the chips down in time.
Eyewitnesses say if there had been a pitching change in the inning, he would’ve successfully answered the Bacon Challenge.
In a show of good sportsmanship, the folks in the Machine Room Grille still gave Forster half-off the price of the sandwiches and a “I Conquered the Bacon Challenge” t-shirt.
Here are a couple of pics from the gluttonous event…