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New Jerseys and Caps Created to Celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day

Updated Designs Unveiled for Memorial Day, Fourth of July & All-Star Events

Major League Baseball today unveiled its complete lineup of special event uniforms for the 2016 Championship Season. For the first time MLB Clubs will celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in specially designed uniforms. As in previous years, uniform designs were also created to recognize Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. In addition, new looks will be featured during the All-Star events in San Diego with special caps worn during the All-Star Game and new uniforms for Gatorade All-Star Workout Day which includes the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. MLB, Majestic and New Era worked together to create the new designs.

MLB will again donate its licensed uniform royalties that are connected to charitable initiatives. Proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen (Mother’s Day), Prostate Cancer Foundation (Father’s Day), Stand Up to Cancer (Mother’s Day and Father’s Day), Welcome Back Veterans (Memorial Day and Independence Day) and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund” (Blue Jays’ Memorial Day uniforms).

The new Mother’s Day uniforms and caps incorporate pink into Clubs’ regular logos, with all caps highlighted by a dark grey crown and brim. Players have swung pink bats, worn pink ribbons & sported pink wristbands on Mother’s Day to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer since 2006.

Father’s Day uniforms and caps will also maintain the same Club marks, but will feature light blue incorporated in the logos. These caps will also have a grey base, similar to Mother’s Day. Players have worn blue ribbons & sported blue wristbands throughout the years on Father’s Day since MLB first partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 1996.

For the eighth consecutive year, MLB and New Era have created a special cap for teams to wear during Memorial Day games, while Majestic has designed a special matching jersey for the fourth year in a row. This year’s uniforms utilize a new woodland camouflage design licensed by the US Marine Corps. The Toronto Blue Jays uniform will feature the distinctive Canadian Forces CADPAT design. MLB’s annual league-wide observance of Memorial Day will honor those who lost their lives while serving their country. MLB plans to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance and ballparks on Memorial Day will conduct moments of silence and special pre-game ceremonies. Here is a link to all of the 2016 Memorial Day jerseys and here is a link to all of the 2016 Memorial Day caps.

For the ninth consecutive summer, US-based MLB clubs will sport red, white and blue stars and stripes-decorated caps to celebrate Independence Day. For the second year in a row, clubs will also wear a matching jersey on the Fourth of July. The Toronto Blue Jays uniform will feature Maple Leaf designs on the cap, incorporating the colors of the Canadian flag and will be worn on Canada Day, July 1, as well as July 4.

The jerseys and caps worn on Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, which includes the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, will borrow their design from the All-Star host club, the San Diego Padres. The color scheme this year is patterned after the classic brown and yellow color combination worn by the Padres from 1969-84, a combination San Diego modernized and brought back for the 2016 home Friday alternates. Featuring touches of orange and modeling the lettering made famous by the Padres, the uniforms evoke the style of the late-70’s and early 80’s.

For the third consecutive year, New Era, in conjunction with MLB, has created a new cap design for every team to be worn specially in the All-Star Game. This year’s caps feature a gold outline around teams’ respective logos and a heather grey brim. Also new this year is a set of gold metal stars as the eyelets on the top of the caps’ front panel. Additionally, each cap has a pair of gold stars flanking the silhouetted batter logo on the back of the crown, a practice that began with the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona.

Jerseys worn during the All-Star Game will again feature a star on either side of the silhouetted batter logo on the upper back, above the nameplates. For the second year in a row, players’ signatures will be printed into the front of their jerseys on the lower, right-hand side; the signature will be surrounded by stars representing the number of All-Star appearances they’ve made in their career. Jerseys will also feature a patch of the primary All-Star Game logo on the sleeve.

All special event jerseys are a part of Majestic’s new Flex Base uniform system, a design developed through insights from Major League players, innovative fabric technologies and extensive wear testing over the last two years. The new Flex Base uniforms feature a new, lighter weight twill technology and mesh panels on the sides of the jerseys which reduce the overall weight of jerseys by 10-20% and enhance freedom of movement. These tops made their debut in Spring Training and will be worn throughout the Championship Season and Postseason. Players will continue to wear New Era’s Authentic Collection 59FIFTY caps throughout the Championship Season and Postseason.

For more information on the charities that MLB is supporting through its 2016 uniforms, see the links below.
Susan G. Komen:
Prostate Cancer Foundation:
Stand Up to Cancer:
Welcome Back Veterans:
Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund”:

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Today is the first ever Kids Opening Day at Great American Ball Park. Kids Opening Day will include activities and events throughout the day that are geared towards kids of all ages attending today’s game.

All kids in attendance today will receive a Reds cap, courtesy of Frisch’s Big Boy. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Members and 11:40AM for the general public.

The Kids Opening Day Block Party is scheduled to take place in The Banks from 10:30AM-1:30PM today. Displays from dozens of local entertainment venues as well as community partners will line the streets of Joe Nuxhall Way & Freedom Way to create a fun, interactive streetscape for kids to enjoy, free of charge. Also joining us at the Block Party today will be over twenty mascots as well as a special appearance by the ZOOperstars! – which will include Pee Wee Geese, Tommy LaSwordfish & Ken Giraffey Jr. The mascots will participate in a special Kids Opening Day Parade down the red carpet on Freedom Way starting at approximately 12:15PM. Also don’t miss Strongman Sean McCarthy, who broke the Guinness World Record for farthest toss of a washing machine at GABP last season, he

will be on hand to dead lift a car for the amusement of the little ones.

13-year old Alainnah Scott will join us to sing our National Anthem today. While 15-year old Anna Grace will lead us in the singing of God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning today.

During pregame ceremonies we will recognize & celebrate The Enquirer for their 175th anniversary today. Rick Green, President of Enquirer Media, will offer up our final ceremonial first pitch today.

After the conclusion of today’s game we will have a special “Kids Run the Bases” event for all kids in attendance at today’s game.



The first 20,000 fans at the ballpark today will receive a Reds Fleece Blanket, courtesy of Coca-Cola.





From my pal @Bongreatness...

Tonight is the first Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by T-Mobile. The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to an “Ohio Connections” soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance tonight will receive a Reds Magnetic Schedule with detachable car magnet, courtesy of PNC Bank.

Tonight is Northern Kentucky University Night at Great American Ball Park. During pregame ceremonies we will welcome the NKU Norse men’s basketball team, who after a 4-year transition to NCCA Division I, will be eligible to compete for NCAA championship events during the 2016-17 season as a member of the Horizon League.








From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight we celebrate Opening Night at Great American Ball Park. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive at 2016 Reds Calendar, courtesy of Kroger.

Ballpark gates are scheduled to open at 5:00PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:10PM for the general public. The early gate opening times are in anticipation of the 7th annual “Reds Carpet Parade” through the Fan Zone. The parade will feature the 2016 Cincinnati Reds team and coaching staff (*with some exclusions, most notably tonight’s starting pitcher, Brandon Finnegan), 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 or dangerous winds), 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. Reserves/coaching staff/support staff will come out as a group, while the Managers & starting lineups for each team are introduced individually.
• During the Anthem, a giant American flag will be unfurled in the outfield by Season Ticket Members.
• Tonight’s National Anthem will be sung by Lebanon, Ohio native and 2015 American Idol contestant Jess Lamb, accompanied by bandmate Kasey Williams.
• The Thomas More College women’s basketball team will receive a “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. Thomas More won their second straight Division III National Championship on Monday in Indianapolis.
• Tonight’s final ceremonial first pitch will be offered up by Thomas More College Head Coach Jeff Hans.
• Handling the Game Ball Delivery duties tonight will be Miss Ohio Teen USA 2016 Olivia Turk & Miss Ohio USA 2016 Megan Wise.

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.

Tonight’s game is being broadcast nationally on ESPN2, which will co-exist in our local market with the FOX Sports Ohio telecast.


A lot of folks have already been requesting Reds intro music.  Here’s what we have so far…



Fox Sports Ohio passed along the following programming note regarding Wednesday’s (tomorrow’s) game vs. Philadelphia:

Reds vs. Phillies
Reds Live Pregame Show begins at 6:30pm | Game at 7:00pm
The game is also streaming on FOX Sports GO.
The game will replay in all Reds viewing areas at on Wednesday, April 7 at 6am
• Direct TV: FSCincinnati – 661 & 661-1
• Dish: FSCincinnati – 427 & 412-17
• AT&T: FSCincinnati – 732 & 1732
• Cable viewers:
o Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Louisville/Lexington, Charleston/ Huntington, Bowling Green (KY), Evansville (IN), and Terre Haute/Fort Wayne/Indianapolis areas:
– Main FOX Sports Ohio cable channel

o Wheeling/Steubenville areas:
– The game is being made available to providers to air on the alternate FOX Sports Ohio cable channels. Alternate channel information can be found here

o Columbus/Lima area:
– This game is being made available to stream on FOX Sports GO
• Only subscribers of participating pay-TV providers in Reds viewing areas will be able to access live streams of the Reds through FOX Sports GO.
• Check participating providers at
• FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS, Android, Android TV, Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices, and online at Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.


Here’s a look at my digital scoresheet from yesterday’s exciting Opening Day game:





Currently rounding up guests for upcoming episodes of the Better Off Red Podcast.  Yahoo baseball writer Jeff Passan has agreed to come on the show to chat about his new book The Arm (released today) and other baseball items.  I’m really looking forward to having Jeff on.

Who would you like to hear on the BOR Podcast?  Drop me a note in the comments section or on Twitter @Jamieblog.


That’s all for now!

More in a bit.

Expect good news,




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