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All-Star Game Pregame Ceremony will Feature “Franchise Four” Winners

Ciara to Perform U.S. National Anthem and Josh Turner to Sing “God Bless America”
At the 2015 Midsummer Classic

Major League Baseball today announced pregame ceremonies for the 86th All-Star Game, as well as the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders and All-Star Sunday. Pregame festivities for the Midsummer Classic will feature the announcement of the winners of MLB’s season-long “Franchise Four” campaign, including the on-field participation of the four “Greatest Living Players” and the selections representing the host Cincinnati Reds, as chosen by fans.

“Franchise Four” allowed fans to vote for the most impactful players who best represent the lineage of each Major League franchise and several other significant categories in the sport’s history. A month-long period (April 8th-May 8th) of voting at generated more than 25.5 million votes across 33 categories (the 30 Major League franchises, as well as the Greatest Living Players; the Greatest Negro Leagues Players; and the Greatest Pioneers, covering players whose careers began in 1915 or earlier).

Additionally, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Ciara will sing the U.S. National Anthem and Leo Welsh will perform the Canadian Anthem as part of the pregame ceremony prior to the All-Star Game. Following the U.S. National Anthem, the U.S. Navy will conduct a flyover featuring four FA-18 Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The aircrafts performing the flyover are from two aviation units: the VFA-213 Blacklions and the VFA-87 War Party. One of the “Greatest Living Players” will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch. Also part of the All-Star Game, multi-platinum-selling MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner will sing “God Bless America.” Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

Before the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, teenager Marlana VanHoose will sing the U.S. National Anthem and Reds legend and three-time Home Run Derby Champion Ken Griffey Jr. will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch. The Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will be broadcast live by ESPN and, plus ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio in the U.S. as well as ESPN International.

Prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 12th the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Brass Ensemble will treat fans to a special rendition of the U.S. National Anthem. Later, The Mistics will perform “God Bless America.”

Adding to the festivities, The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) will host nine youth players from Cincinnati-based baseball and softball organizations that have been BTF grant recipients in the past as part of its 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game “BTF Kids Take the Field” event. To celebrate its 16th anniversary, BTF invited children from six organizations to take the field during the pre-game ceremony. The children, who will be joined by the U.S. Team players, were nominated for participation by their youth organization.

Live coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game begins on MLB Network at 3:00 p.m. ET. The All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game will be played after the Futures Game on Sunday and air on ESPN immediately following the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders on Monday, July 13th.

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

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You have until Friday at 4pm ET to vote Johnny Cueto into the All-Star game! Johnny is one of five players named to the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote ballot. CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR JOHNNY.

“I feel great. I hope the fans go ahead and vote for me. “I’d really enjoy that. I feel relaxed and feel good. I’m just waiting for it.” – Johnny Cueto (







Thank you, Reds fans (and Angels fans, too! #VoteJerseyBoys)






From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Brandon Phillips poster, courtesy of Meijer.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by trumpeter Chris Kiradjieff (kir-RAHD-jeff) of the Cincinnati Pops, who will perform God Bless America.





From my pal @Bongreatness…

All fans in attendance at today’s game will receive a MLB Network 2015 All-Star Game Tote Bag. 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 may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:15PM as part of FOX Sports’ Baseball Night in America.

Today is the 5th Military Appreciate Day game of the 2015 season, presented by DAV & RetireMED iQ. Teams will be wearing MLB issues “Stars & Stripes” jerseys and hats during today’s game. Tonight we have a special Independence Day fireworks show, presented by the Missouri Department of Tourism. The fireworks show will being approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and will feature approximately 15 minutes of Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to an Independence Day soundtrack.

Some of our Independence Day salutes include:
• Honoring the United States Army Reserve 3-77th Military Police Company who are preparing to mobilize for a deployment overseas. Private First Class Daniel Piceno will offer up one of our ceremonial first pitches on behalf of this group tonight & Private First Class Jennifer Kuhn will serve as tonight’s Honorary Captain.
Marine Corps veteran Clint Goethe will receive the Military Order of the Purple Heart in conjunction with Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Clint will also offer up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight.
Specialist Andrea Harding of the Army Reserves will lead us in the singing of our National Anthem.
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Robert White will perform God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning break tonight.



From “The Great Bonkowski

Tonight is the 7th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by Coca-Cola. Tonight’s postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Pops, under the direction of Maestro John Morris Russell, will perform a 15-minute concert prior to the start of tonight’s fireworks show and will also provide the LIVE soundtrack to the show itself, which is scheduled to last 20 minutes. This is the second consecutive year that the Reds and Pops have worked together on a postgame fireworks concert. The Pops will perform from the Kroger Fan Zone Field, which will be shown LIVE on our Great American Ball Park video board(s).

Speaking of video boards – in a pregame ceremony today starting at 6:53PM the Reds will officially turn on the new video board located above the Sun/Moon Deck in rightfield. The new video board is the latest initiative in the longstanding partnership between the Reds and P&G, who continue to honor its local roots by supporting projects such as this and the Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn. The new rightfield video board measures 90’ by 30’ and will benefit more than 7,500 seat holders who have limited or obstructed view of the main board.

Mrs. Carolyn Harkins, the daughter of Reds Hall of Famer Bucky Walters, will offer up one of tonight’s ceremonial first pitches. Carolyn is joining us tonight as a guest of the Reds and corporate partner Superior Dental Care.


You have until tonight (Thursday) at 11:59 PM ET to VOTE FRAZIER!!


Reds Legends and MLB Mascots to Join Fans at The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike on Saturday, July 11

Cincinnati Reds legends and members of the 1990 World Championship team, The Nasty Boys — Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, and Randy Myers — will be in attendance at The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike on Saturday, July 11 in Downtown Cincinnati.

In addition, Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red, Gapper and Mr. Red along with eight other MLB mascots as well as Runicorn, The Color Run mascot, will be cheering on participants as they start the race and will be available for photographs. Mascots scheduled to appear alongside the Reds mascots include: Baxter (Arizona Diamondbacks), Homer (Atlanta Braves), Paws (Detroit Tigers), Orbit (Houston Astros), Bernie (Milwaukee Brewers), Stomper (Oakland Athletics), Mariner Moose (Seattle Mariners) and Rangers Captain (Texas Rangers).

MLB will make a contribution to two charities supporting youth development – Boys & Girls Club of America, the official charity of Major League Baseball, and the Reds Community Fund – and The Color Run will make a contribution to their charitable partner, Tri-State Bleeding Disorder.

Special festivities for the event include:
• Color Drums event photos sponsored by T-Mobile – bang the drum to send magenta flying in the air!
• A Slip ’n’ Slide with colored water that ends in colored splash pools presented by Scotts
• A Beer Garden created in conjunction with Anheuser-Busch
• To help participants clean up after the event, TriHealth will create a Human Car Wash
• Post-race snacks contributed by Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats
• Hydration stations throughout the event furnished by Gatorade and Aquafina

For more information and to register, please visit


From our friends with the Louisville Bats

Irving Falu has been selected as a 2015 International League All-Star, the league announced Thursday. The Bats’ second baseman enters play Thursday fifth among all qualifying batters in the IL with his .316 average and was the lone All-Star selected from Louisville. Falu and the International League All-Stars will take on the Pacific Coast League All-Stars in the 28th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 15 at Werner Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

6/12/15 Durham



All Major League Baseball teams will wear special caps and jerseys for games played on July 4.  Here’s more info from MLB:

• For games on July 4th, MLB clubs will wear special caps and, for the first time, special jerseys. The caps have a blue or red base and feature the club’s primary logo over an image of a waving American Flag. The jersey features stars within the Club’s logo or lettering on the front and number on the back.

• All of MLB’s net proceeds from the sale of those caps and jerseys will be donated to Welcome Back Veterans, which provides grants to university hospitals throughout the country to treat veterans suffering from PTSD or traumatic brain injury. MLB has committed more than $30 million to Welcome Back Veterans.


There was some talk in the pressbox yesterday about home run distances at Great American Ball Park. Earlier this season ESPN surveyed measurements at GABP and the results were as follows:

  • Power Stacks (top left is 423, top right is 416)
  • All Star Game Logo in RF (middle of logo is 424)
  • Pilot House (middle of the words is 427)
  • Cincinnati Bell (middle of word is 435)
  • LF Main board (center is 446, bottom is 435)
  • RF Video Board (center 434, bottom left 441) – please note board was not up at the time of the survey  but this is ESPN’s current estimate until they return to GABP for an accurate measurement.
  • Toyota Truck (front tire 500)


Did you see Billy Hamilton yesterday wearing the traditional stirrups?


Two speedy Reds CFs wearing stirrups

Two speedy Reds CFs wearing stirrups


It’s only natural for a building with the same name as a baseball legend to get involved in the All-Star festivities. Here’s the Carew Tower in downtown Cincinnati showing off it’s All-Star spirit…

Carew Tower From GABP 1 (2)

Carew Tower From GABP 2 (2)

That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news,



#58 Adcock – “Seminole Wind” by John Anderson
#25 Badenhop – “Strangle Hold” by Ted Nugent
#16 Barnhart – “Working Man” by Rush (start at :07)
#27 Boesch – “Fire Squad” by J. Cole
#27 Boesch- “ G.O.M.D.” by J. Cole
#30 Bourgeois – “Haterz” by Keith Frank (start at 1:57)
#32 Bruce – “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift (start at :03)
#9 Byrd #1- “Work” by Gang Starr
#9 Byrd #2 – “I’m So Blessed” by DJ Khaled
#54 Chapman – “Wake up” by Rage Against the Machine & “Jingo” by Santana
#52 Cingrani – “The King is Dead” by A Wilhem Scream (Pitching)
#52 Cingrani – “Black Nurse” by Glass Jaw (Hitting)
#53 Contreras – “Jehova de los Ejercitos” by Miel San Marcos
#2 Cozart – “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by Robert Randolph
#47 Cueto – “Deja Tu Envidia” by Vakero ft Kunin (pitching)
#47 Cueto – “Como Antes” by El Mayor Clasico ft. Shadow Blow (batting)
#28 DeSclafani – “Moment of Clarity” by Jay-Z (batting)
#28 DeSclafani – “Calling” by Sebastian Ingrosso (start at :13) (pitching)
#15 Dominguez- “Fu-Gee-La” by The Fugees (start at 1:03)
#70 Diaz – “Mozart LaPara” by Pa’Gozar
#21 Frazier – “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
#6 Hamilton #1 – “Make Sum Shake” by Cool Amerika
#6 Hamilton #2 – “Ain’t Done Turnin Up” by Chief Keef
#6 Hamilton #3– “Watch Me” by Silento
#60 Hoover – “Awake and Alive” by Skillet (start at :05)
#26 Iglesias – “Gente De Zona” by La Gozadera Feat. Marc Anthony (start at :35)
#44 Leake – “Intro” by XX (Pitching)
#44 Leake – “Rooster” by Alice in Chains (Hitting) (start at :27)
#50 Lorenzen – “Awesome God” by R-Swift (from start) (pitching & hitting)
#50 Lorenzen – “Lord Raise Me Up” (Live Version) by Matisyahu (start at :45) (hitting)
#41 Mattheus – “Firework” by Katy Perry
#46 Moscot – “We’ll be Coming Back” by Calvin Harris(start at :32 (pitching)
#46 Moscot – “Wake Me Up” by Avicii (start at :35) (batting)
#45 Marshall – “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
#31 Marquis – “Run This Town” – Jay Z feat. Kanye West & Rihanna (pitching)
#39 Mesoraco #1 – “Fishing in the Dark” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (start at :06)
#39 Mesoraco #2– “Right Where I Need to Be” by Gary Allan (start at beginning)
#17 Negron – “Movin On by Collie Buddz
#43 Parra – “Jump Around” by House of Pain
#29 Pena #1- “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony (start at :13)
#29 Pena #2 – “All I do is Win” by DJ Khaled (start at :02)
#29 Pena # 3- “Tu Me Quemas” by Chino & Nacho (start :18)
#4 Phillips #1 – “Better Have My Money” by Rihanna (start at :05 or :13)
#4 Phillips #2 – “Peaches n Cream” by Snoop Dogg (start at beginning)
#4 Phillips #3 – “Flicka da Wrist” by Chedda da Connect (start at :15)
#4 Phillips #4 – “Flex” by Rich Homie Quan (start at :08)
#4 Phillips #5 – “Check” by Young Thug (start at :13)
#4 Phillips #6 – “TrapQueen” by Fetty Wap (start at :10)
#25 Schumaker – “Put Your Hands” by Busta Rhymes
#7 Suarez – “Me Voy Enamorando” (Remix) by Chino & Nacho (start at 2:30)
#62 Villarreal – “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue
#19 Votto – “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2” by ASAP Rocky




From my pal @Bongreatness...

Today is the second Reds Rookie Success League Day of the 2015 season at Great American Ball Park. Over 400 kids and coaches from the Joe Nuxhall/Butler County Miracle League Reds Rookie program will be participating in a pregame parade around the warning track. In addition, the Reds Community Fund and Cincinnati Reds are proud to welcome the Anderson Monarchs to the ballpark today. Comprised of 13 and 14 year olds from Philadelphia, this team is barnstorming in a 1947 bus in tribute to Jackie Robinson, the Negro Leagues and the Civil Rights movement. The tour covers 21 cities in 23 days and features seven players from the Taney Dragons team that reached last summer’s Little League World Series, including pitcher Mo’ne Davis.




From my pal, @Bongreatness

Tonight is 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. Please note: Unfortunately a previously scheduled flight by Sam the Bald Eagle for tonight’s game has been cancelled.

The Coldwater (OH) High School boys & girls bowling teams will receive a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award during pregame ceremonies this evening. Both teams won their respective Division II state bowling championships this year.

Reds Hall of Fame Museum Ambassador & Education Coordinator Kelly Enigk will receive the Reds Way Employee of the Month award for the month of June during pregame ceremonies tonight.



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