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ALL-STAR MONDAY ON-FIELD RUNDOWN; PHOTOS FROM LEGENDS/CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME

From my pal @PattyMcIrish

Welcome to All-Star Workout Day!

Tonight, Great American Ball Park will host the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders LIVE on ESPN. Public gates will open at 5:00PM. Batting Practice for the All-Star Game participants will start at 5:15PM with the National League taking the field followed by the American League players starting at 6:15PM. The Home Run Derby participants will be able to take about 10 extra minutes of BP starting at 7:15PM.

During tonight’s pregame ceremonies, we will have representatives of the Breaking Barriers Program on the field for a check presentation. The in-park emcee will be Cincinnati’s Thom Brennaman who will be introducing the batters for the Derby competition with DJ Irie providing the walk up music. The DJ will be spinning at a booth at 2nd base which will be moved to right field during competition. Prior to the player introduction, there will be a pregame Budweiser Concert featuring Walk the Moon for two songs as part of the Pepsi Music Series.

Reds Hall of Famer, Ken Griffey Jr will be performing the ceremonial first pitch using a ball delivered from representatives from Gillette and P&G.

Between batters, we will have two finalist from the High School Home Run Derby compete for their own title. During the HRD Semifinals, three World War Two Veterans from the United States Navy, Marines, and Army will be recognized from their seats as the night’s Hometown Heroes. Also during the Semifinals, fans will be asked to stand and display placards with names of loved ones effected by cancer as a part of Stand Up 2 Cancer which will go live on ESPN. After the 3rd batter of the Semifinals, the champions from MLB Pitch, Hit, Run will have a presentation the field.

After tonight’s game, there will be a fireworks show with DJ Earworm providing the beats on field from the DJ Booth at 2nd base. Prior to the fireworks, the Gillette Home Run Derby Champion will be named and presented their award by Reds greats Dave Parker & Eric Davis.

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Here are some photos from Sunday’s Legends/Celebrity Softball Game at Great American Ball Park…

ALL-STAR SUNDAY ON-FIELD EVENTS; FUTURES GAME SCORESHEET

From my pal @PattyMcIrish

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game
There will be two main events happening at the ballpark today starting with the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game with the United States Team taking on the World Team consisting of the top prospects in the league. The World Team will take batting practice starting at 12:00pm with gates opening to the public at 1:00pm. The U.S. Team will take batting practice at 1:10pm.

FUTURES GAME LINEUP CARD -> 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Scorecard

During pregame of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, roughly 200 kids from the Junior RBI League will line the field. Prior to the National Anthem, which will be performed by a quintet from the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Brass Ensemble, nine members of the Boys & Girls Club of America will present the flags of the countries represented in the game. These countries include: The United States, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Taiwan, Curacao, Nicaragua, Cuba, & Mexico.

Performing a ceremonial first pitch will be Daron Bowling ,former attendee and current volunteer at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy. Catching the pitch for Daron will be the Director of the Urban Youth Academy Softball Program, Herb Riley.

The Budweiser Clydesdales will round the field prior to MLB Network going live to the game. The Clydesdales will come out of the centerfield gate and work their way around the field. After the Clydesdale clear, nine members of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will take the field to the nine player positions for a glove exchange with the starting U.S. Team members.

At the end of the 1st inning, two lucky fans will be given an autographed jersey from the U.S. and World Team Managers, Ken Griffey & Tony Perez, respectively.

During the End of the 2nd Inning Sergeant Alexander Leveridge of the United States Marines will be honored as the All-Star Sunday Hometown Hero on top of the U.S. Team Dugout.

God Bless America will be performed during the 7th inning stretch by Cincinnati’s The Mistics.

There is a 10 inning maximum for this game.

30 Minutes Between Events:
• SiriusXM Futures MVP Presentation
• Mascots
• Wilson Glove giveaway (glove was designed by Reds 2nd Baseman, Brandon Phillips)
Billy Currington to perform in right field
• Fence to be put in the outfield to make it a softball field
• Celebrities & Legends take the field

Celebrity & Legends Softball Game
Attached, please find the full schedule for the Celebrity & Legends Softball Game. The start time is depending on the end of the Futures Game. The softball game will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Futures Game.

From 4:00-5:30pm, the players will take batting practice next to the Rose Garden in the Reds Hall of Fame Batting Cages after being introduced while coming down the escalator in the Kroger Fan Zone. Fans are not allowed in the Rose Garden at this time as it is meant for guests of the players as well as a press option.

The softball game will be played for 6 innings. In the event of a tie, there will be a “Home Run Challenge”. A Celebrity and Legend from each team will represent in a 5 swing per participant challenge to determine the winner.

The on-field emcees for the softball game will be MLB Network’s Intentional Talk hosts Chris Rose & Kevin Millar. During the shortened inning breaks, there will be interviews with the players

ZIP LINE UPDATE

Zip line Update – Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Cincinnati Zip Line Experience is scheduled to resume from 8-11PM tonight.

There are still tickets available in the 9-10PM and 10-11PM time slots. (8-9PM sold out)

Tonight’s rides can only be purchased at the Cincinnati Zip Line Experience offices at The Banks, corner of Freedom Way and Joe Nuxhall Way.

The Cincinnati Zip Line Experience is scheduled to be open tomorrow 10AM-9PM, Monday 10AM-9PM and Tuesday 10AM-12PM & 3-9PM.

Advance tickets (Sunday-Tuesday) are $35 at reds.com/zipline and AllStarGame.com. Walk-up tickets are $45, subject to availability.

MLB ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR MUSIC LINE-UP

AS PART OF THE PEPSI ALL-STAR WEEK MUSIC SERIES

Demi Lovato, Snoop Dogg, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Leona Lewis and More to be Featured

Major League Baseball today announced its All-Star line-up of artists scheduled to perform as part of the Pepsi All-Star Week Music Series leading up to the 86th MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14th. Multi-platinum selling recording artist Demi Lovato, entertainment icon Snoop Dogg, Grammy Award-winning rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, platinum-selling British band Rixton, Cincinnati-based platinum-selling pop-rock band Walk the Moon, platinum-selling country artist Billy Currington, Grammy Award-nominated artist Leona Lewis, North Carolina quartet The Avett Brothers, music artists Big Data, Natalie La Rose and Trevor Jackson, plus DJ Jack Novak, SKAM Artist DJ Irie and DJ Earworm, will perform at various events throughout All-Star Week as part of the Pepsi All-Star Week Music Series. MLB recently announced that Demi Lovato would replace Ariana Grande as headliner of the Budweiser All-Star Concert due to Grande’s recent health issues. The Pepsi All-Star Week Music Series marks the first time an MLB partner will present a combination of entertainment elements during MLB All-Star Week.

The Pepsi All-Star Week Music Series lineup is as follows:
Demi Lovato with musical guest Rixton – Tonight, 8:00 p.m. ET
o Budweiser All-Star Concert at Paul Brown Stadium
Billy Currington – Sunday, July 12th
o On-field performance between the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and AS Legends & Celebrity Softball Game
Trevor Jackson – Sunday, July 12th
o Performance on the Pepsi Stage at MLB All-Star Week Block Party. This event is free and open to the public.
Leona Lewis, DJ Jack Novak – Sunday, July 12th
o All-Star Gala on Sunday
Snoop Dogg, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis & Vice – Sunday, July 12th
o MLB.com All-Star Bash
Walk the Moon – Monday, July 13th
o On-field performance pres. by Budweiser including 2 songs prior to  Gillette HR Derby pres. by Head & Shoulders
Natalie La Rose – Monday, July 13th
o Performance on the Pepsi Stage at MLB All-Star Week Block Party. This event is free and open to the public.
DJ Irie – Monday, July 13th
o On-field performance during the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders including participant introductions and walk up music
DJ Earworm – Monday, July 13th
o On-field performance during the special fireworks show immediately following the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders
Big Data – Tuesday, July 14th
o Performance on the Pepsi Stage at MLB All-Star Week Block Party. This event is free and open to the public.
The Avett Brothers – Tuesday, July 14th
o All-Star Pre-Game Celebration

Separately, as previously announced outside of the Pepsi All-Star Week Music Series, Ciara will sing the U.S. National Anthem as part of the pre-game ceremony prior to the All-Star Game. Also part of the All-Star Game, “God Bless America” will be sung by Josh Turner. Coverage of the Midsummer Classic on FOX begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Additionally, before the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders gets underway on Monday, teenager Marlana VanHoose will sing the National Anthem. On Sunday, ahead of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Brass Ensemble will conduct a special rendition of the National Anthem, and later, The Mistics will sing “God Bless America.”

As part of its live All-Star Week programming, MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 3:00 p.m. ET. The All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game will be televised by ESPN immediately following the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders on Monday, July 13th.

The Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will be broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com, plus ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio in the U.S. as well as ESPN International beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

For more information on All-Star Week events fans can visit AllStarGame.com.

SATURDAY’S COLOR RUN PHOTOS

ZIP LINE DELAYED UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 1PM

The Cincinnati Zip Line Experience is currently on a two-hour delay for Saturday, July 11th. It is scheduled to open at approximately 1PM.

All tickets purchased for today’s Zip Line Experience between the times of 11am and 1pm will be rescheduled for available slots on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Additionally we will be adding a new 3-hour window today – from 8-11PM that will be available for scheduling later today. The previous scheduled hours for Saturday of 1-5PM are fully booked and unavailable as a rescheduled time.

Fans may call 513-765-7400, option 3, with questions or stop by the Cincinnati Zip Line Experience offices located on Freedom Way near the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

Today’s delay is a result of challenging construction brought on by the rainy weather system affecting our region this past week. We look forward to bringing this exciting attraction to life for fans celebrating our nation’s pastime in the Queen City this weekend. The Cincinnati Zip Line Experience is scheduled to be open on Sunday 10AM-9PM, Monday 10AM-9PM and Tuesday 10AM-12PM & 3-9PM.

#VOTECUETO DROPS TO SECOND PLACE; CAMPAIGN PARTY AT HOLY GRAIL TODAY

Today (Friday) at lunchtime, we will convene on Holy Grail Banks for a #VoteCueto Campaign Party.  Johnny Beisbol has dropped to second place in the voting, which means, he’s not eligible to be an All-Star in Cincinnati.  Our efforts today at Holy Grail will be to push him back into first place and into the All-Star Game.  The Campaign Party ends at 4pm ET, the same time the Final Vote concludes.

It’s up to us, folks!  VOTE CUETO!

From now until 4pm, you can use the following methods to VOTE CUETO:

  • The online method – CLICK HERE
  • Tweeting your vote using the hashtag #VOTECUETO
  • Texting your vote: To receive the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote mobile ballot, text the word VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Msg & data rates may apply. Up to 5 messages may be received following your vote. Text STOP to opt-out at any time. For help, text HELP.  When you receive your ballot, text N1 for Johnny Cueto.  Again, Msg & data rates may apply.

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ALL-STAR WALKING PATH REVEALED

To encourage fans taking part in MLB All-Star Week activities to walk, rather than drive, MLB in cooperation with the Reds, the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and Kentucky Department of Transportation developed an All-Star Walking Path.

The path will primarily serve as a route between T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at the Duke Energy Convention Center and Great American Ball Park traveling between the two locations via 5th Street and turning onto Walnut Street. In addition, the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and Taylor-Southgate Bridge will be part of the path for fans attending All-Star events from Kentucky.

The path will be painted with green markings on the sidewalk and signage along the route. Fans will be able to reference the route on their iPhones and supported Android smartphones via the free MLB.com Ballpark app. In addition, hotels along the route will have maps and information for fans to reference the All-Star Walking Path during the All-Star festivities.

The All-Star Walking Path is one element of the ongoing stewardship commitment by Major League Baseball to ensure that the 86th All-Star Game and All-Star Week 2015 incorporates environmentally intelligent features. Additional efforts include:
– Offsets for the energy and water used during ballpark events as well as the carbon associated with player travel to and from Cincinnati.
– Prioritizing environmental attributes when selecting paper products for items such as invitations, programs, media guides, etc.
– All-Star Green Teams in partnership with Pepsi will be collecting recyclables at events both inside and outside the ballpark.
– A red carpet made from 100 percent recycled fiber for the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet which will be recycled after its use. Chevrolet will provide flex-fuel capable Silverado vehicles for the players and their families to ride in during the event.
– Collecting and donating uneaten food to feed local community members in need with Rock and Wrap It Up!
– Display at T-Mobile All-Star FanFest on the environmental efforts by MLB and the Reds featuring the Green Glove Award, an award which recognizes the MLB Club that diverted the most waste from landfills.

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CINCINNATI ALL-STAR TRAFFIC INFORMATION

From the City of Cincinnati…

The following highlights road closures and lane restrictions for setup and tear down for major events downtown and at The Banks:

Media Compound: 9:00 a.m. Monday, July 6 – Thursday, July 16

    •  Mehring Way: Reduced to one lane in each direction between Joe Nuxhall Way and East Pete Rose Way
    • Johnny Bench Way/Old Broadway: Closed

T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at Duke Energy Convention Center: 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 8 – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 16

    • Elm Street: Reduced to two lanes between Fifth and Sixth streets
    • Fifth Street: North curb lane closed between Plum and Elm streets
    • Central Avenue: Reduced to one northbound lane between Fifth and Sixth streets

All-Star Summer Pepsi Block Party/Other Events: 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 10 – TBD

    • Freedom Way: Closed between Rosa Parks Street and Joe Nuxhall Way
    • Joe Nuxhall Way: Closed between Second Street and Mehring Way
    • Walnut Street: Closed to through traffic between Second Street and Ted Berry Way
      *Portions of Freedom Way will be continuously closed July 7 – July 16

The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11

    • Mehring Way: Closed between Elm Street and East Pete Rose Way
    • Second Street east ramp (Ramp LL): Closed
    • Broadway: Closed south of Third Street
    •  Taylor Southgate Bridge: Closed
    • East Pete Rose Way: Closed between Johnny Bench Way/Broadway and Eggleston Avenue
    • Eggleston Avenue: Southbound closed between Reedy Street and East Pete Rose Way

The Budweiser MLB All-Star Concert, part of the Pepsi Music Series: 6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11 – 12:01 a.m. Sunday, July 12 (police may close streets due to crowd size)

    • Elm Street: Closed between Second Street and Mehring Way
    • Freedom Way: Closed between Elm and Rosa Parks streets
    • Race Street: Closed between Second Street and Freedom Way

All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends and Celebrity Game: 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 11 – 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 13 (police may close streets due to crowd size)

    • Mehring Way: Closed to through traffic between Elm Street and East Pete Rose Way. Access will be maintained to the Central Riverfront Garage (Mehring Way entrance) from Elm Street to the garage from East Pete Rose Way. Vehicular traffic will not be permitted on Mehring Way south of Great American Ball Park.

Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders: 6:00 p.m. Monday, July 12 — 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 14 (police may close streets due to crowd size)

    • Mehring Way: Closed to through traffic between Elm Street and East Pete Rose Way. Access will be maintained to the Central Riverfront Garage (Mehring Way entrance) from Elm Street to the garage from East Pete Rose Way. Vehicular traffic will not be permitted on Mehring Way south of Great American Ball Park.

All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet: The center lanes of Walnut south of Fifth to Second Street and west to Vine will be closed starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, to accommodate crews installing the red carpet. Additional street closures will follow per listed times below.

As of 9:00 a.m.

    • Fifth Street: Closed between Vine and Walnut streets
    • Vine Street: Closed between Ted Berry Way and Fifth Street
    • Walnut Street: Closed between Ted Berry Way and Third Street
    • Walnut Street: Reduced to single lane between Fifth and Third streets
    • Second Street: Closed between Race Street and Joe Nuxhall Way
    • Suspension Bridge: Closed
    • Freedom Way: Closed between Race Street and Joe Nuxhall Way
    •  Joe Nuxhall Way: Closed between Second Street and Mehring Way

As of 11:00 a.m.

    • Fifth Street: Closed between Race and Main streets
    • Walnut Street: Closed between Sixth Street and Ted Berry Way
    • Fourth Street: Closed between Main and Race streets
    • Third Street: Closed between Main and Race streets

Police will reopen streets closed for the Red Carpet Show at approximately 4:00 p.m.

MLB All-Star Game: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at 6 p.m. – 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 15 (police may close additional streets due to crowd size)

    • Mehring Way: Closed to through traffic between Elm Street and East Pete Rose Way. Access will be maintained to the Central Riverfront Garage (Mehring Way entrance) from Elm Street and to the garage from East Pete Rose

Information Updates For the latest information on streets closures, check RoadmapCincy

 

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