The Reds today signed to a minor league contract and invited to Major League Spring Training camp, IF Roger Bernadina.
Below is a numerical list of the 59 players who will be in Spring Training camp.
Katie is the daughter of the late Ted Uhlaender, the former big league outfielder who was a member of the 1972 National League Championship Cincinnati Reds. She continues to wear her father’s ’72 championship ring in his memory and as a symbol of how hard he worked to get to the World Series.
Katie competes in the sport of skeleton and appeared with the US Olympic team in the 2006 Games in Torino. She won five gold medals during the 2006-2007 World Cup tour and placed first in the World Cup standings in consecutive seasons. For all of her success, however, Katie wants to become an Olympic gold medalist. Let’s cheer her on!
Follow her (and encourage her) on Twitter at @KatieU11.
Go get ‘em, Katie!
All four tours of the 2014 Reds Caravan converged Sunday on Great American Ball Park for the annual “Select-A-Seat” event. Prospective Reds season-ticket buyers were treated to a Q&A session with Reds players and staff.
Below are photos from the event.
Remember, with the purchase of a 6-game, 10-game, 13-game plan (or more) you will guarantee your opportunity to participate in the presale of the Burn it Down Tour at GABP, featuring Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and more (date of concert will be announced soon).
20-game (or more) plans give you the opportunity for Opening Day and Postseason opportunities, as well as presale for the Burn it Down Tour concert.
Reds Senior Director of Ticket Sales Mark Schueler says, “We are extending the deadline to January 26 for fans to lock in early pricing discounts.”
Please visit reds.com/tickets for more information on how you can become a 2014 Reds season ticket-holder.
Thanks to my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson for the photos…
Yogi Berra once made an interesting observation and that is “déjà vu all over again.” It was a ridiculous statement but it is applicable when it comes to the stops that this group, this band of brothers – this gathering of greatness makes year in and year out. There is a sameness to it, the kind of sameness that the other groups would go to any length to equal. And today it was déjà vu all over again; first in Bloomington where, despite the weather, our reaction to the crowd was overwhelming. They may be IU fans, but boy they are Reds fans and also huge fans of the Rock Star Group. These folks simply opened their arms to us and we willingly and gently went into their loving embrace. As we were leaving, more than a handful asked, “would you come back next year?” The answer we gave them is the one we always hate – “no, we won’t be back next year.”
Then it was on to the Castleton Square Mall in Indianapolis. The Pirates may have their Triple-A Farm Club there but don’t tell these Reds fans that. It seemed like they were hanging from the rafters. Impressive, because despite those who would say that the numbers weren’t as good as they have been in the past due to the absence of Brandon Phillips; on the contrary, they were. There’s no question we missed him and we hope he’ll be back next year.
We are all looking forward to sleeping in our own beds tonight but when the morning comes, and we open our eyes to begin another day, the joy of this coming together of greatness will go into hibernation for another year.
And remember, until next year…
PS – By the way, the Castleton Square Mall appearance had a religious overtone to it because at one point the crowd gave us, in unison, a big ol’ “Amen!”
As Day Two of our Rock Star Tour comes to an end and as we travel the highways and bi-ways of the great Hoosier State of Indiana, our reflections on today’s events are of the children.
Our first stop this morning was at Shephard Community Center in Indianapolis for a visit with youngsters ranging in ages from 4 to 10. We were visibly moved by the very positive impressions that we left with these sweet children. It was a time for Gapper to shine like never before as he acted out the reading of Casey at the Bat.
Some great mind once said, “we believe the children are our future.” As we walked out of the door to re-board the bus to the chants of “Let’s go Reds,” this gathering of greatness realized that we are in very good hands when it comes to this group of youngsters.
There’s no group among the four, that make up this 2014 Reds Caravan, that enjoys the camaraderie and adulation that we bring about by visiting our network stations; never more evident than today with our visits to WCVL Radio in Crawfordsville (In.) and WSFC in Terre Haute. These folks are genuinely excited when our group walks through the door, however their excitement is minor in comparison to the excitement we have in visiting and yes, breaking bread, with our friends – Reds fans in this heartland of the great United States of America.
The one overriding comment that we get from these great folks upon our departure from these stations and fan stops is that they won’t have us but for every 4 years, now instead of every 3.
As we leave to a familiar refrain of “thank you, thank you, thank you,” a refrain that we receive from each stop, we say ‘no’ – THANK YOU.
The mention of thanks from this gathering of greatness was overwhelming after a final stop tonight in Cardinal Country – Evansville, IN. In the history of the Reds Caravan, never has there been a stop in this Indiana city. To say that the response to the Cincinnati Reds and the Rock Star Group was overwhelming is a gross understatement. So large was the crowd that we had to remain over time, something we are accustomed to doing on almost every one of our stops. Converts? You better believe it. They came into the mall Cardinal fans, they left Reds fans. ..for life.
In closing, we have taken verbal shots today from such abject underlings as Thom Brennaman, Tracy Jones and, shockingly, Jeff Brantley. We can put these people and others like them in the same category – star-gazers. I could go on and on about a truly memorable day, but then again, surrounded by the great human beings that I am, I could say that about every day.
You know, Juliet said to Romeo , “parting is such sweet sorrow.” But I gotta go to bed.
Until next time
Greetings from US Highway 40! We are en route to Terre Haute (IN) where the Western Tour of the 2014 Reds Caravan is preparing to visit WSFC radio at Rick’s Smokehouse.
The day began this morning at the Shephard Community Center in Indianapolis where Marty read the classic poem Casey at the Bat to about 75 children. While Marty read the poem, Gapper acted it out. The kids hung on every word and actively cheered when the story allowed for it. It was a cool scene but I think the little tikes were a bit bummed when they realized that the mighty had Casey struck out.
Following Casey, members of the traveling party fielded questions from the youngsters. Most of the kids at the center are bilingual, so Brayan Pena answered his question in Spanish. Very cool. The kids at Shephard were incredibly well-behaved and weren’t afraid to give out some free hugs. No matter how cold it was outside, those children warmed our hearts.
From Indianapolis, it was on to Crawfordsville (IN) where the western caravaners went on the air at WCVL radio. Dave Peach and his staff were very friendly and accommodating and served us up some yummies.
And that brings us to Terre Haute. Following this stop, we will make the 113-mile journey to Evansville where our fan stop takes place at Eastland Mall from 5:00-7:30 ET. We are expecting to see lots of great Reds fans tonight!
Marty will submit a Day Two recap right here on BOR, so be sure to tune in.
Enjoy the pics! (the good ones came from my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson)
Like a phoenix rising from an erupting volcano, or in this case – the frozen tundra, I was reborn today. Why? It’s Day One of the 2014 Reds Caravan, or, to be more precise, the annual gathering of greatness – the Reds Rock Star Tour.
As far as the big picture is concerned, the group is intact (thank God). However, sadly, faces are gone. But new faces have replaced them. Gone is one of our all-time favorites, Lee May. Gone, is Lil’ May. Replacing them, however, are Doug Flynn, the great Eric Davis and the Reds newcomer in 2014 that the Reds fans will enjoy – Brayan Pena.
One must understand that the requirements and the demands of being a member of the famous Reds Rock Star Group is the kind of quality people that we have brought into the fold. WE are Bob Miller, Jamie Ramsey, Ryan Rizzo, Tucker Barnhart and yours truly. Individually and collectively, this is truly, at the risk of being redundant, a gathering of greatness.
It was a day that began with a wonderful breakfast at the Keith and Sherry Gregor residence off Rybolt Road. We thank them for the kind of hospitality that we normally expect. From there it was on to Batesville, Indiana where we caught up with Liz and Ron – two of our favorites from WRBI radio. Next, we traveled to Richmond, Indiana – not Virginia – where we all ate like we were going to the electric chair. We were impressed by the food, the camaraderie and the overwhelming acceptance and love that permeated throughout Chuck’s Sports Bar.
At that point, we were just warming up. We hardly could catch our breath before it was on to Portland, Indiana – not Oregon or Maine. Upon our arrival, it conjured up memories of Lorne Greene, Michael Landon and Dan Blocker because we walked through the doors of the Ponderosa Steak House. We met with a group of fine folks who were huge Reds fans and we were thrilled by the presentation of the velveteen dessert. That stop was over all too soon because then it was on to Stoops Automotive in Muncie, Indiana. And what a stop it was, as usual. Randy Stoops and his folks rolled out the red carpet like they normally do for the Band of Brothers (not so much for the other groups that come in there).
It was a long day but by that time we were in many ways, a well-oiled machine. Someone once said ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ and we are living proof of that statement This day has absolutely, unequivocally flown by.
We love each other, but more importantly, we love ourselves. As we bus toward the great city of Indianapolis, we are individually and collectively excited about what tomorrow may bring. It’s almost too much for me to think about. That’s how pumped I’ll be before I lay my head down on a pillow for a good night’s sleep, which will be shortly.
And oh, by the way as a P.S., I was contacted tonight by former Athens police officer Williams, who long ago pulled over a young student for going the wrong way on a one-way street. The first thing this young man said to officer Williams was, “I’m Marty Brennaman’s son.” Yes, folks, it was Thom Brennaman. Pathetic.
Parting is such sweet sorrow. Until tomorrow,
Hi gang! Checking in from the Western leg of the 2014 Reds Caravan Tour.
I’m writing from the bus as we just parked at the Ponderosa in Portland, IN. The traveling party is about to begin a meet-n-greet with the fine citizens of Portland and chat with the local radio station (WPGW).
The stops so far on our first day have been fantastic.
We began this morning with the first ever Reds Caravan Home Takeover. This stop was truly unique as it was the first time the Caravan appeared at a fan’s home. That lucky fan was Sherry Gregor. You might recognize her husband as former University of Cincinnati basketball standout, Keith Gregor. Sherry and Keith were incredible hosts. The hospitality they showed us went above and beyond anything we ever expected. And what a great house! I couldn’t think of a better way to start our day. (A very special thank you from the West Tour goes out to Sherry and Keith)
Our next stop on the tour brought us back to the historic Sherman House in Batesville, IN. A staple on the Reds Caravan, the Sherman House gives a chance to catch up with the friends and familiar faces we’ve got to know in Batesville. The traveling party went on the airwaves with WRBI radio to spread the goodwill of the Reds.
My favorite quote so far has come from Batesville where new Red Brayan Pena described his role with the team as, “the backup (catcher), to be a great teammate, to be a great person.”
You guys are going to love Pena. While on the bus he told us the story of how he arrived to the US from Cuba. An incredibly riveting story. It gave me chills.
Batesville also provided another memorable quote. An older gentleman in the crowd asked Doug Flynn the following, and I quote: ”Who the hell are you?” Doug, quick on his feet, replied, “Ah, they just picked me up at the county line.”
From Batesville we went to Richmond, IN and made our triumphant return to one of our favorite stops – Chuck’s Sports Bar. As usual, the folks at Chuck’s took great care of us and the people with WKBV radio were very kind and accommodating.
And that brings us to Portland, the northern-most point of our entire trip. This is our last smaller “radio” stop of the day before our big public stop tonight in Muncie. We will be in Muncie tonight from 5:30 to 8:00 at Stoops Automotive. Come see us and buy a car!
The next Western Tour blog recap will come from the one and only, “Mercury” Marty Brennaman. And yes, he’s been his mercurial self so far!
Enjoy the pics. More soon…