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From my pal @Bongreatness

Today over 800 boys and girls from the Reds Community Fund’s Reds Rookie Success League summer program will participate in a pregame parade around the field. The Reds Rookie Success League (RRSL), a free, coed, character-building summer baseball program, entering its fourteenth summer in Cincinnati and throughout Reds Country this season.  As has been the tradition for a few seasons, we will be joined by members of former Red Ryan Freel’s family, who will help us present the Ryan Freel Award to a few of the RRSL participants.  During his time with the Reds, Ryan was heavily involved in the RRSL program.

The honorary Grand Marshal for the parade will be Tyler Aldrich. Tyler, a 21-year-old autistic man from Fremont, Ohio, is running 220 miles from his hometown to Cincinnati to raise money and awareness for autism. His “Run Ohio” journey started on June 10 and raises money and awareness for the Make It Fit Foundation, a charity that provides programs for people dealing with autism.

Also during pregame ceremonies representatives of Cincinnati law firm Freking, Myers & Reul  will make a check presentation to the Reds Community Fund in the amount of nearly $31,000 from this year’s annual “Opening Day Eve Party”.  The event has become a staple of the Cincinnati Opening Day landscape, directly benefitting the Reds Community Fund.  Event organizer Randy Freking will also serve as today’s Honorary Captain.




From my pal @Bongreatness...

Tonight is the 6th annual Reds Racing Night, presented by KrogerNASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger will be offering up a ceremonial first pitch. A.J. drives the No. 47 Chevrolet SS for JTG Daugherty Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Kroger Fan Zone will be packed with a collection of racing show cars & displays for tonight’s game.


The Reds have recalled from Class AAA Louisville RHP Jumbo Diaz (#70).

He replaces on the roster RHP JC Ramirez, who yesterday was claimed off waivers by the Angels.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the third Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season.  Now in its 68th consecutive season, the Kid Glove program has helped raise more than ten million dollars to buy baseball & softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Tonight is St. Xavier High School Night at GABP.  During pregame ceremonies we will present the St. X High School Golf Team with a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award for winning the OHSAA 2015 Boys Golf Division I State Championship.  We will also be joined by a pair of distinguished St. X alums who will each offer up a ceremonial first pitch – Joe Kernen, CNBC news anchor, (St. X class of 1974) and National Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning (St. X class of 1949).

The Reds Community Fund & FOX Sports Ohio are hosting the annual RCF telethon during tonight’s game. Fans can purchase MVP gift packages containing exclusive Reds merchandise, complimentary tickets, and more for a donation of $100 (see for more info).


Courtesy of my pal Michael “Mando” Anderson




From my pal @Bongreatness

Today the franchise will officially retire the #14 worn by Pete Rose during his Reds career. The ceremony to honor Pete will begin at 12:26PM with red carpet introductions.  Joining Pete on a special stage placed on the infield dirt at second base will be other Reds retired number honorees #5 Johnny Bench, #11 Barry Larkin, #13 David Concepcion and #24 Tony Perez.  Today’s ceremony will once again be emceed by Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman and Reds President & CEO Bob Castellini will speak on behalf of the organization, ending with the official unveiling of #14 on the GABP façade.  Fans will once again hear from Pete at the end of today’s ceremony.  Things wrap up today with a ceremonial first pitch which Pete has asked to be thrown by his son, Pete Rose Jr., who was the only other player to wear #14 since the start of the 1963 season when Pete won the NL Rookie of the Year.

All fans in attendance today will receive a commemorative Pete Rose print, courtesy of John Morrell. The print is a replica of an original commissioned painting, produced by renowned artist Bart Forbes, which will be presented to Pete during today’s pregame ceremony.  Pete will also receive a custom crystal sculpture created by Studio 11.  The commissioned painting & crystal sculpture are traditional gifts given to those players who receive the honor of number retirement with the Reds franchise.

Kids in attendance today will receive a Devin Mesoraco Fathead™ courtesy of Orville Redenbacher & Kroger.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Members and 11:40AM for the general public. However those times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code, should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Performing our National Anthem today prior to the start of the #14 retirement ceremony (12:23PM) will be Denver, KY native – Marlana VanHoose.

Leading us in the singing of God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning break today will be Abby Paskvan.

Following the conclusion of today’s game fans will have the opportunity to Run the Bases, presented by Entenmann’s Little Bites.  Today’s event is the second of three Run the Bases open to all fans during the 2016 season.


Courtesy of Michael “Mando” Anderson...





From my pal @Bongreatness

Today Great American Ball Park will host the 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring Pete Rose, presented by PNC Bank.  The pregame ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:31PM and will include the introduction of 23 Reds Hall of Famers joining us for this special weekend.  Reds Owner & CEO Bob Castellini will speak on behalf of the organization during the ceremony, which is being emceed by Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman.  The fans will hear from Pete, speaking to the crowd in person for the first time in GABP history, at the conclusion of today’s ceremony.  Things will wrap up with a very unique “Ceremonial First At-Bat”, paying tribute to the most prolific hitter in MLB history.

All fans in attendance today will receive a commemorative Pete Rose Poster, featuring baseball card images from throughout Pete’s career with the Reds, presented by Yucatan Guacamole.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 2:40PM for the general public.  However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code, should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Today’s game is being televised on FS1.  The pregame ceremonies will be televised on FOX Sports Ohio (as well as

*Note that BP schedules for today have been moved up by 30 minutes to accommodate today’s ceremonies.  Furthermore, today’s National Anthem is scheduled for 3:18PM.




From my pal @Bongreatness...

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome members of the 1976 World Champion Cincinnati Reds.
• Introductions will take place from the Reds dugout & first base line area beginning at 6:40PM.
• All members of the Great Eight are on-hand for tonight’s introductions except for Joe Morgan, who is currently unable to travel. Joe has recorded a few messages for us to play to fans attending tonight’s game.
• Offering up a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of his ’76 teammates will be Reds Hall of Famer Jack Billingham, which will be caught by fellow Reds Hall of Famer David Concepcion.
• Saying a few words to the crowd on behalf of the team tonight will be 1976 World Series MVP, Johnny Bench.
• Reds Owner & CEO Bob Castellini will present the ’76 team with a Hall of Fame Reunion Plaque, which will also feature a photo opportunity with the team and the 1976 World Series trophy.
• As they exit the field tonight each honoree will receive a custom 1976 World Series Champion 40-year Reunion crystal ice bucket, which will be handed out by Mark & Rick Stowe in honor of their father, and 1976 Home Clubhouse Manager, Bernie Stowe.

Tonight is the 7th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by Cooper Tires. The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a 1976 World Championship soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

All fans in attendance tonight will receive a 1976 Team Photo, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for the general public. However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code, should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

*Note that normal batting practice times for tonight has been moved up by 20 minutes in order to accommodate tonight’s pregame festivities. Additionally the National Anthem time has been moved up and is scheduled for 6:36PM.


Juan Dorado presents this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…

It was an exciting week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos clinched the Southern League first half title and their 2016 draft picks made their professional debuts for their respective clubs. Overall, the teams went 15-13 on the week.

Pensacola led the way, going 4-0 with crucial victories last weekend to clinch their first First-Half Southern League title. The Blue Wahoos assured themselves a berth to the Southern League playoffs for the second straight season. Pensacola is so that Phil Ervin clubbed a pinch-hit grand slam in the SL All-Star game and Barrett Astin recorded the win in the South’s 5-1 win.

Daytona had another solid week, going 3-1. The Tortugas continue their sizzling June as they are now 13-4 in the month and own the second best batting average and ERA in the month. Daytona’s Brian O’Grady and Gavin LaValley have raised their games to another level in their last three contests. O’Grady is hitting .500 with a homer and 5 RBI while LaValley is batting .467 with three runs scored and four RBI.

The Mustangs got off to a hot start, starting the week 3-0, but have suffered four straight losses. In their first three games, Billings scored over 10 runs a contest and swept Missoula by a combined score of 31-8. The pitching staff has struggled since opening week, allowing 30 runs in their last four games. Despite the struggles on the mound, Antonio Santillan has been outstanding for the Mustangs. The second rounder in the 2015 First Year Player Draft, is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA. He has 15 strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

Dayton and AZL Reds both tallied two wins in the last week. The Dragons Jesus Reyes and Jose Lopez were brilliant in their starts last week. Reyes went five scoreless on 6/17 with 4 strikeouts, collecting his third straight win. While Lopez fired 6 shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He led the Midwest league in strikeouts over the last seven days. The AZL Reds have been led by their offense and the performances of Michael Beltre. The infielder hit .500 (7-for-14) last week three extra-base hits and 2 RBI. He currently has a 3-game multi-hit game streak.

Louisville continued their slide in the month of June, going 1-5 last week. The Bats are 8-14 in the month of June. Despite the tough week for the team, Scott Schebler is scolding hot. The outfielder received Player of the Week honors by the International League on Monday after hitting .318 with two homers and nine RBI from June 13-20. The left-handed hitting Schebler has hit safely in three of his last four, including a 4-for-4 performance on Monday, June 20th.

RED BITES: Nick Senzel, the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 draft, made his professional debut on Friday, June 17, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI against Missoula. In 5 games, he is batting .231 with 2 RBI… Amir Garrett and Tony Renda were promoted to Triple-A Louisville, while Taylor Sparks and Tyler Mahle were promoted to Double-A Pensacola…

The affiliates all continue play this week as all six teams are in action and look to improve their 140-153 mark.


6-23-06 vs Padres


From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 7th annual Zoo Night at Great American Ball Park. Weather permitting, there will be 12 animals on hand to visit with fans in the Fan Zone from 5:40-6:15PM as well as during the 1st inning of tonight’s game. The animals will take a tour around the warning track of the ballpark during pregame ceremonies beginning at approximately 6:35PM.

As part of Zoo Night we also welcome back “Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens for his third ceremonial flight of the 2016 season, taking place at the conclusion of tonight’s National Anthem. Sam will be making two more flights at games later this season.

Tonight is the second Kid Glove Game of the 2016 season. Now in its 68th consecutive season, the Kid Glove program has helped raise more than ten million dollars to buy baseball & softball equipment for more than 40,000 youngsters in the Greater Cincinnati area.

During pregame ceremonies we will also honor Shakila Ahmad with a Reds Community Advocate Award, presented by TriHealth. Shakila is the president of the board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and has dedicated herself to community enriching endeavors for the past 20 years.


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