From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight’s game is being broadcast on FOX national television as the Game of the Week.
The first 10,000 fans in attendance at tonight’s game will receive a free Reds seat cushion, courtesy of Charmin. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:15PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:45PM for the general public. However, those gate opening times will be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code if the crowd size outside the gates dictates it so.
At 4:15PM today on Crosley Terrace we will host a Hooters World Wing Eating Championship Qualifier. The top 3 finishers in today’s contest will receive a trip to the Hooters World Wing Eating Championships to be held in Clearwater, Florida, on July 25th. The contest is an official Major League Eating sanctioned event.
Tonight is also the Reds first Social Media Night, presented by Cincinnati.com. Five hundred social media enthusiasts will join us at tonight’s game.
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome horses from the Kentucky Horse Park to the ballpark. Thirteen horses will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track and several horses will also be on display in the Fan Zone prior to the game until the end of the 4th inning. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the Kentucky Horse Park is widely renowned as the epicenter of equestrian life, sports & business.
Here’s a portion of the official Reds press release announcing the selection of Phil Ervin…
Thursday, June 6, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reds Select Phillip Ervin With First Pick Of 2013 Draft
Take Outfielder 27th Overall
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley tonight announced the selection of OF Phillip Ervin (5-10, 205) from Samford University in Homewood, Alabama with the team’s first pick (27th overall) of the 2013 first-year player draft.
Ervin, 20, recently completed his junior year at Samford, where he hit .337 with 11 HR, 40 RBI and 21 stolen bases and received all-conference honors. The sociology major was a pre-season All-American and the pre-season Southern Conference Player of the Year.
He is the first baseball player to be drafted in the first round out of Samford and the highest draft pick in the school’s history in any sport. While playing just 3 seasons for the Bulldogs, Ervin ranks in the school’s Top 10 in career hits (230), hitting (.344), runs scored (157) and doubles (47).
In 2012 Ervin started all 64 games in centerfield for the Bulldogs and was selected first-team All-Southern Conference. He led the team with 18 doubles and finished third on the team in average (.327), HR (10) and RBI (52). Following that 2012 collegiate season, he was the Most Valuable Player of the Cape Cod League. Ervin attended Leroy High School in Leroy, Alabama.
Here’s Baseball America’s profile on Ervin…
Click on the file below to listen to Ervin’s conference call last night with Cincinnati media…
Yesterday was “Reds Day at the Zoo” in which Reds players Devin Mesoraco, Logan Ondrusek and JJ Hoover took time to meet and greet with fans and conduct a kids Q&A session at the world famous Cincinnati Zoo. The players also took advantage of the opportunity to tour the zoo and mingle with some of the animals.
Here are some photos courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo….
Marvin Lewis and his Cincinnati Bengals stopped by Great American Ball Park today to take some batting practice and have a tour of Great American Ball Park. Here are a few photos…
The first update for National League All-Star voting was released today and the Reds have two players leading their respective positions – first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips.
Todd Frazier (third base) and Shin-Soo Choo (outfield) currently rank fifth at their positions while Jay Bruce (outfield) rounds out the leaderboard as the 15th ranked outfielder.
This all-star voting announcement comes just before tomorrow’s Vote Reds Twitter Lunch, in which we’ll rally the troops to #VoteReds during lunchtime.
Until then, GO HERE to VOTE REDS
Here are the current standings…
Reds staffers are celebrating today as we received some very good news from Laurie Herrell, the wife of Chris Herrell…
This is amazing news and I know so many of you in Reds Country, who’ve been following Chris’ story, are just as thrilled as we are.
Oh but that’s not all! Laurie also reports that two people who attended the marrow drives this past February have been called as potential life saving matches for people in need of marrow transplants. Isn’t that great!? What a wonderful world we live in.
We love you Chris and we are so happy for you! Hurry up, get back to 100% and get back to the ballpark!
My main man Zach Weber captured this fascinating video of Joey Votto playing “paddle-ball” with his bat and a baseball…
People around the world are getting Mat Latos Bobblehead fever! It’s an epidemic!
Tomorrow is the big day – the Reds are giving away a Latos bobble to the first 30,000 fans through the gates to see the Reds take on the Rockies at 7:10pm. Be sure you’re here to get yours! CLICK HERE for tickets!
I’ll have more in a bit…
Expect good news!