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Reds manager Bryan Price told the media today that Joey Votto is expected to participate in batting practice prior to tonight’s game with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.




I took a stroll around a mostly empty Wrigley Field early this afternoon and snapped some photos – including of/from the infamous Steve Bartman seat…

The infamous Steve Bartman seat

The infamous Steve Bartman seat

The view from Bartman's seat

The view from Bartman’s seat

Be Alert!

Be Alert!

Todd Frazier speaks with Fox Sports Ohio's Jim Day in the hallow reaches of Wrigley

Todd Frazier speaks with Fox Sports Ohio’s Jim Day in the hallow reaches of Wrigley

Ron Santo statue

Ron Santo statue

The water fountain in the visitors dugout.  It's been beat up a few times.

The water fountain in the visitors dugout. It’s been beat up a few times.



I’m happy to be with the team for this three game series in Chicago; filling in for Reds media relations director Rob Butcher while he attends All-Star Game meetings back in Cincinnati.

I made it to the team hotel last night from Cincinnati at about the same time the club arrived via bus from Milwaukee.  I quickly found out that this leg of the road trip was the one featuring the annual Reds rookie dress-up spoof.  Each year, the newest Reds have their regular clothes taken from their locker and replaced with costumes that one would normally see during Halloween and/or Comic-Con.

Courtesy of @DatDudeBP

Courtesy of @DatDudeBP

Adding to the hilarity was that the rookies were dropped off on Michigan Avenue, in the heart of downtown Chicago, and made to walk the “Magnificent Mile” in all of their glittery glory.


The visitor’s clubhouse at historic Wrigley Field is notorious for being a bit incommodious, especially when the rosters expand in September.  Some of the players are forced to share lockers and reporters are stationed in a hallway outside the main locker area where they conduct their interviews with requested Reds; normally, ample space allows for this to take place inside the clubhouse.

The trip from the Reds clubhouse at Wrigley Field to the playing area is quite a trip.  Check out the video below to see what I’m talking about…


We were expecting rain earlier, but my fancy weather app is claiming we are in the clear.  Still quite cloudy and a bit on the cool side but I don’t think anyone is going to freeze to death.

Here’s hoping you enjoy the game tonight – whether on TV,, Reds-On-Radio or @Reds.  I’ll also be tweeting a little bit (@Jamieblog).


That’s all for now!  More in a bit.

Expect good news,




***Negron is at second base. Santiago will play third.



9/15/14, 2:30pm Cincy time

9/15/14, 2:30pm Cincy time





From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today we will join in ceremonies being held across Major League Baseball to honor and remember the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. As part of that program, today is the second “Police & Fire Appreciation Day” of the 2014 season and is also the final “Military Appreciation Day, presented by” of the 2014 season.

Offering up ceremonial first pitches today will be Major Charmaine McGuffey (representing the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department), 11-year old Imani Armstrong (representing the Cincinnati Fire Department) and Chief Jeffrey Blackwell (representing the Cincinnati Police Department).

Delivering the Official Game Ball today will be Specialist Andrew Logan & serving as today’s Honorary Captain will be Sergeant Andrew Gadd.

Prior to the singing of our National Anthem, performed today by Cincinnati Firefighter John Winfrey, the USO will be unfurling a giant tribute flag in the outfield grass. The Union Township Police Department & Fairfield Township Fire Department will each present colors for today’s game. A Moment of Remembrance will take place prior to the start of the Anthem to honor the victims of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks, as well as all fallen members of our Armed Forces, Police & Fire/EMS.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will welcome Technical Sergeant Eric Knorr, from Wright Patterson Air Force Base & Air Force Band of Flight, as he performs God Bless America on trumpet.




From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor the Greater Cincinnati Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year finalists. Five local youth were selected to represent our region in the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year nominations and of those five finalists, the overall winner to represent our region will be announced during pregame ceremonies tonight


From my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson

CINCINNATI (Sept. 9, 2014) — The Reds Community Fund announced today the 10th annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, which took place at Belterra Casino Resort on Sept. 7 & 8, raised $220,000 for the Reds Community Fund.

Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, over 60 celebrities and 175 golfers participated in this year’s event that included two golf scrambles and a Sunday night dinner and comedy show.

This year’s special guests included Reds Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Sr. and former Red and current ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone.

Since its inception in 2005, the Marty Brennaman Golf Classic has raised nearly $2,200,000 to support the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

The event was sponsored by Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions with additional support from Cintas and Belterra Casino & Resort. The Sunday night dinner and program was hosted by Jim Day and Fox Sports Ohio.

Following the dinner, guests enjoyed a comedy show in Belterra’s CenterStage Showroom featuring comedians Josh Sneed, Costaki Economopoulos and John Caponera.




From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today Reds on Radio corporate partner Western & Southern will make their annual donation to the Barrett Cancer Center on behalf of their “Strike Out Cancer” program.  Reds on Radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman will help present the $20,000 donation.


To see the 2015 Reds schedule (w/o start times), please click on the PDF file below. Please note, the schedule is subject to change.

PDF > 2015 Calendar Schedule Without Times


From MLB….


ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” to Begin the Season on Sunday, April 5th;
All 30 Teams Currently Scheduled for Traditional Opening Day on Monday, April 6th

Major League Baseball today announced its master 2015 regular season schedule, which will begin with ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” on April 5th. Details of the Opening Night contest are forthcoming. A full slate of 15 Opening Day games is currently set for Monday, April 6th.

The 15 games comprising Opening Day include 12 divisional match-ups and an Interleague contest between the host Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox. Seven games are scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th before all 30 teams take the field once again on Wednesday, April 8th.

The 2015 schedule contains World Series rematches from three of the last six seasons, including a 2010 Fall Classic rerun between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers in Arlington from July 31st-August 2nd. In a clash between the 2009 World Series participants, the Phillies will play at the New York Yankees from June 22nd-24th, and the Tampa Bay Rays will visit the Phillies from July 20th-22nd in a rematch of the 2008 Fall Classic.

The final day of the 2015 regular season, featuring 12 divisional games, is scheduled for Sunday, October 4th. Other important dates next season include Jackie Robinson Day on Tuesday, April 15th; the first day of the 2015 MLB Draft on Monday, June 8th; and Baseball’s 86th All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14th.

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