Happy Hump Day, folks! Today at Better Off Red we have all kinds of goodies for you, including updated Reds intro music and a chance to win a cool prize from BOR HQ. Enjoy!
Here’s the most updated Reds intro music…
#58 Adcock – “Seminole Wind” by John Anderson
#25 Badenhop – “Strangle Hold” by Ted Nugent
#51 Balester – “No Leaf Clover” by Metallica
#16 Barnhart – “Gonna Know We Were Here” by Jason Aldean (start at :53)
#27 Boesch – “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” by Sublime (start at :17)
#30 Bourgeois – “Pushin” by Bun-B (start at :08)
#32 Bruce – “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift (start at :03)
#67 Cabrera – “Fantica Sensual (Remix) by Plan B Feat. Nikki Jam (start at :45)
#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
#3 De Jesus Jr – “Que Suenen los Tembores” by Victor Manuelle
#3 De Jesus Jr- “Ya Llego” by Pirulo y La Tribu
#28 DeSclafani – “Moment of Clarity” by Jay-Z (batting)
#28 DeSclafani – “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen (pitching)
#70 Diaz – “Mozart LaPara” by Pa’Gozar
#23 Duvall – “Lean On” by Major Lazer & DJ Snake (Start at :32)
#52 Finnegan-“Notorious Thugz” by The Notorious BIG feat Bone Thugs
#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– “We In Da City” by Young Dro (start at :14)
#60 Hoover – “Awake and Alive” by Skillet (start at :05)
#26 Iglesias – “El Perdon” by Nicky Jam (start at :08)(Pitching)
#26 Iglesias- “Sigueme y Te Sigo” by Daddy Yankee (start at :35) (Hitting)
#65 LaMarre- #1 “Blessings” by Big Sean (start at :40)
#65 LaMarre #2 “I Love This Life” by LoCash (Start at :08)
#47 Lamb – “I’ve Been Waiting” by Ishe Dube (pitching)
#47 Lamb – “10 Toes In” by Tekulve (hitting)
#47 Lamb – “Find My Way” by J Ras (hitting)
#50 Lorenzen – “Awesome God” by R-Swift (from start) (pitching)
#50 Lorenzen – “Praise the Lord” by K-Drama (from start) (hitting)
#41 Mattheus – “In The Air Tonight” by Non Point (start at :20)
Cool Papa Bill is celebrating his 25th birthday today!
Happy Birthday, Billy! 🎂🎈🎈🎉🎁 pic.twitter.com/vAkwzF9XTa
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 9, 2015
From today’s Reds Gamenotes:
- His career on-base percentage of .423 ranks first among active players and T15th all-time in Major League history
- His career OPS of .959 ranks third among active players (Albert Pujols .980, Miguel Cabrera .963) and T17th all-time
- His .328 career average with RISP ranks third among active players with at least 800ab (Cabrera .337, Joe Mauer .332)
- Has at least 100 walks for the third time in his career (110 in 2011, club-record 135 in 2013)
- Thirteen times this season walked at least 3 times in a game, with a high of 4 walks on 7/31 vs Pit
- His 38 walks in August were a club record for a calendar month (32, Joe Morgan, July 1979) and the most by any Major League batter since SF’s Barry Bonds walked 40 times in September 2004
- Reached base safely in 122 of his 135 apps, including an active streak of 27 straight games beginning 8/11 that ranks as the fourth-longest active streak in the Major Leagues (33-85, .388, .570obp) and a season-high of 32 straight games from 5/20-6/25 (.310ba, .424obp)
- On 8/20 and 8/21 missed 2 starts with inflammation in his right biceps tendon but has hit safely in 14 of 17 starts since his return (25-71, .352)
- Since the All-Star break is hitting .325 (66-203), seventh-best in the National League and including .353 in his last 37 apps (53-150)
- Is approaching 300 career doubles (294)
LHP Brandon Finnegan, who was recalled yesterday by the Reds from AAA-Louisville, spoke to the media about his promotion. Video of that media conference is below.
Finnegan is one of the three left-handed pitchers, along with John Lamb and Cody Reed, acquired from Kansas City in the Johnny Cueto trade.
Congratulations to the Daytona Tortugas! They blanked Clearwater last night, 3-0, in the first game of a best of 3 Florida State League playoff series.
LHP Amir Garrett was brilliant in his 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and no walks while striking out 12. C Chad Wallach paced the ‘Tugas with 2 hits and 3B Taylor Sparks belted a solo homer. Clearwater did not have a runner advance past second base.
Garrett told the Daytona Beach News Journal: “This was one of the best games I’ve pitched. They (the Threshers) couldn’t seem to catch up with my fastball, so I kept throwing it. I also was able to mix in a slider which had some bite to it and a few changeups. Altogether, it all kept them off balance most of the time.”
Garrett’s Game Score last night was 87. To fill you in on what Game Score is, here’s some help from Wikipedia (click on the image to enlarge):
The highest possible Game Score in a 9-inning game is 114, and that’s if the pitcher throws all 9 innings and strikes out every batter he faces. So, Garrett’s 87 is considered pretty darn good.
While we’re congratulating Reds minor league teams, we can’t forget about the Rookie level Billings Mustangs. With last night’s 6-1 victory vs. Great Falls, the Mustangs clinched the Pioneer League North Division second-half title and became the third Reds farm team this season to qualify for the playoffs!
Billings takes on Missoula tonight in the first game of a best-of-3 playoff series. Good luck, Ponies!
Wanna win a cool prize from Better Off Red Headquarters? Of course you do! Well, here’s how:
In the Comments Section of this blog post, tell me what song you’d like to hear your favorite Reds player use as his intro song.
I’ll choose one random winner by publishing his/her comment. The winner will also be notified by email and receive a mystery bobblehead from BOR HQ. Good luck!
That’s all for now. Keep checking this blog post throughout the day for any other Reds news or tid-bits.
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Reds promote from Louisville Cingrani, Finnegan, Smith and Negron. Reinstate from the disabled list Hamilton and Boesch.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 8, 2015
The Better Off Red staff is saddened to hear the news of Joaquin Andujar’s passing. The St. Louis Cardinals great was 62.
Andujar originally signed with the Reds in 1969 and was added to the Reds roster in 1973. Here’s his bio from the Reds 1973 Media Guide…
Andujar was dealt from the Reds to the Astros in 1975 for RHP Luis Sanchez (relief pitcher for California from 1981-1985) and P/INF Carlos Alfonso (never made it to the Majors). It wasn’t one of the Reds best trades.
Andujar became a very good big league pitcher for the Astros and Cardinals. He was named to the All-Star team 4 times and twice won 20 or more games with the Cardinals. Andujar was awarded a Gold Glove in 1984 and pitched in the World Series in 1982 and 1985 with St. Louis.
Our condolences go out to Mr. Andujar’s family, friends and fans.
Major League Baseball today released the 2016 schedule. The Reds open at home against the Phillies on April 4. The entire Reds 2016 schedule will be available soon on Reds.com.
In the second inning of Monday’s matinee against the Pirates, Jay Bruce collected his 1,000th career hit. Bruce reached the milestone on the 13th pitch of his first at-bat against Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke. Here’s the video…
Jay Bruce (@Reds) just singled on the 13th pitch of an at-bat, tied for the MLB season-high among at-bats that end in a hit
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 7, 2015
Down on the farm last night in AA-Pensacola, Reds minor league infielder Ray Chang played all nine positions in the 4-2 loss vs. Mobile. Chang went 3-for-4 at the plate and stole a base.
“I came into the clubhouse today and our manager, Pat Kelly, came in and asked me if I wanted the day off or if I wanted to play all nine,” said Chang, a shortstop by trade. “I mean, it came out of nowhere, it surprised me, but for me that’s an easy answer. I wanted to play.”
Alex Kraft has more on Chang’s big night HERE.
On Sunday, Pensacola clinched the Southern League’s South Division second-half championship and became the first Reds double-A affiliate to secure a playoff berth since Chattanooga in 2006. The Blue Wahoos join the Reds’ high-A Daytona Tortugas as organizational playoff teams. Daytona earned a postseason spot out of the Florida State League’s North Division.
Pensacola will begin their playoff run Thursday in a best-of-five series vs Biloxi.
Daytona plays tonight at 7:05 in Game 1 of their division series vs. Clearwater. Florida State League co-pitcher of the year Amir Garrett is scheduled to start for the Tortugas.
Don’t forget to sign up for Saturday’s “Sliding into OM” yoga event at Great American Ball Park! It’s your chance to participate in a special yoga session on the field! For more information, CLICK HERE!
Thirty years ago today, this happened at Chicago’s Wrigley Field…
That’s all for now. I’ll have today’s lineup soon.
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Howdy folks and a good Sunday to you…
How about that lightning last night? Check out this photo captured by the Reds productions team…
As you see in the photo, there is a lightning rod connected to the top of the Great American Ball Park light tower. That’s what the lightning is striking in the photo. The reason for the lightning rod is basically to protect the ballpark from a damaging lightning strike.
The rod is connected to a wire conductor to capture the electricity. The wire, which runs the length of the light tower and is buried deep beneath the ballpark structure, basically transfers the captured electricity into the ground.
Without the lightning rod, the lightning could strike inside the ballpark and cause structural damage, fire, or worse.
So basically, last night’s “player of the game” was the GABP lightning rod, which performed its duties magnificently!
Safe to say storm has arrived at GABP! pic.twitter.com/mtADbpsG1R
— Anthony DeSclafani (@ADeSclafani) September 5, 2015
After last night’s electrical storm, the skies in the area surrounding GABP turned a beautiful shade of gorgeousness…
Our friend Chadwick Fischer, the media relations director for the Louisville Bats gives us this good news from the Reds Triple-A affiliate…
Catcher Ramon Cabrera has been named the Bats’ 2015 Mary E. Barney Team MVP. Of all Bats with at least 80 games played, Cabrera is tops among them with a .290 average and is third on the team in hits (92), fourth in doubles (14) and tied for third in RBI (35). His 748 2/3 innings caught for the Bats is more than double anyone that has been behind the plate for Louisville this season. Cabrera last night vs Milwaukee made his Major League debut.
Other Cabrera notes:
• Batted .389 (15×39) with 5 2B, 6 RBI and 2 R during 10-game hitting streak from 7/4-7/21.
• Hit .320 (32×100) after the All-Star break with 9 2B, 14 RBI and 8 R.
• Hit .444 (4×9) with the bases loaded, collecting 11 RBI.
• Hit .324 (47×145) with runners on base with 8 2B and 33 RBI.
• Hit .367 (29×79) when batting eighth or ninth with 3 2B, 2 HR and 11 RBI.
• Caught 34 pitchers with LOU this season and recorded a 3.93 catchers ERA (327 ER, 748.2 IC).
• Threw out 20% (17×86) of attempted base stealers.
• LOU went 38-46 (.452) in his 84 starts behind the plate.
• Was on the disabled list from 8/5-8/12 with a right back strain.
2014 – OF Jason Bourgeois
2013 – RHP Greg Reynolds
2012 – RHP J.J. Hoover
2011 – C Devin Mesoraco
2010 – IF Zack Cozart
2009 – IF Kevin Barker
2008 – RHP Jon Adkins, IF Kevin Barker
2007 – IF Joey Votto
2006 – OF Norris Hopper
On behalf of us here at Better Off Red – a hearty congratulations to the man they call The TANK!
Reds CF Billy Hamilton, who is currently rehabbing a right shoulder injury, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored yesterday for AA-Pensacola. Hamilton scored his run from first base on a long single (as seen in the video below). Hamilton is a game in to what’s expected to be a brief 3-game rehab assignment.
Oh, when the team was recently in Milwaukee, I spotted these die-hard Reds fans at Miller Park and I promised them I’d post their picture on the blog. So here ya go…
For those of you partaking in festivities in or around downtown today/tonight, please be safe and have fun!
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The Reds tomorrow (Tuesday) begin a 10-game homestand against the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals (18th & 19th), Arizona Diamondbacks (20th-23rd), Detroit Tigers (24th, make-up of the 6/18 game) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (25th-27th).
We’d love to see you at Great American Ball Park over the next several days! For tickets, CLICK HERE.
The Reds are 28-26 at GABP this season (.519)
Longtime Reds public safety officer and avid Better Off Red reader Tim Brown is celebrating his last day on the job this afternoon before embarking on a hard-earned retirement. After serving over 26 years as a police officer, Brown began working for the Reds in 2003 – the first year of Great American Ball Park. On behalf of Burt BobbleRed and the rest of us here at BOR, we wish Tim all the best!
Eight rookie pitchers have started at least one game for the Reds this season, tying the modern club record using the 1958 rookie qualifications (1901, 1902, 1907, 1908). Five of those eight started in their Major League debuts (Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen, Jon Moscot, Josh Smith, John Lamb).
Marlana VanHoose returns to Great American Ball Park on Sunday, 8/23 to sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch of the Reds/Diamondbacks game. You might remember the last time Marlana sang at GABP…
From my friends at Ohio Alleycat Resource…
— OH Alleycat Resource (@OARnow) August 16, 2015
In 29 games since the All-Star Break, Joey Votto is batting .412 with a .565 on-base percentage and a .711 slugging average (40-for-97 with 11 doubles, 6 home runs and 33 walks).
Last week, I asked who you’d cast in a Big Red Machine movie. I had lots of great responses; thank you all who participated. The random winner of a Better Off Red prize pack is…
That’s all for now! More in a bit.
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In the Reds’ 7-3 win over the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday, Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a home run (#20), stolen base, walk, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.
From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau…
But the Padres aren’t the only West Coast victim of Votto’s talents. Joey also has great success against tonight’s opponent, the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to STATS, he has a 1.009 OPS (on-base + slugging) vs Los Angeles since 2009, which is second only to Giancarlo Stanton (1.029) during that time.
Also from STATS – the Reds and Dodgers have played each other 19 consecutive times in which neither team scored more than 6 runs.
The Padres celebrated “Wayback Wednesday” at Petco Park yesterday in which the club treated its fans to a complete throwback experience. In addition to the Padres wearing their “old school” uniforms, the San Diego media relations staff even produced their daily gamenotes in typewriter font on 1980s-style letterhead. The Petco Park scoreboard also got in on the fun (at the Reds expense). Take a look…
I think the “Wayback Wednesday is fantastic. Would you like to see the Reds have a similar promotion?
Don’t forget – if you’re interested in attending the Tony Perez Legacy Dinner on Friday, August 21 here at GABP’s Handlebar, CLICK HERE for more details.
Nearly all of the Big Red Machine legends are scheduled to attend the event. This presents a great opportunity for you to experience the awesomeness of being in the same room with all of these guys at once. I don’t think I’m overstating it when I say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most folks. You won’t want to miss it.
And speaking of those Reds Hall of Famers, my pal Lisa Braun and I were discussing which actors we’d cast in a movie about the Big Red Machine. This gave me the idea for another Better Off Red giveaway….
Follow me on Twitter (@Jamieblog) and let me know what actors you’d choose to portray those ’70s Reds legends in a Big Red Machine movie. Tweet me your casting decisions using the hashtag #BetterOffRed. I’ll announce one lucky/random winner on Friday. Up for grabs is a mystery bobblehead, a 2015 All-Star Game media guide and a BOR t-shirt (and maybe more). Good luck!
The Padres today are celebrating “Wayback Wednesday” by wearing the brown pinstripe uniforms worn by the team from 1985-1990. (Roseanne is NOT scheduled to perform the Star Spangled Banner today).
Happy birthday to Zack Cozart, who today turns 30.
Today would’ve been former Reds manager Fred Hutchinson’s 96th birthday. “Hutch” is a beloved figure in Reds history and was the first to have his uniform number (#1) retired by the team. Hutchinson lost his battle with cancer in 1964 at the age of 45.
From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau…
“The home team won all 15 games on the MLB slate on Tuesday night. That’s the most games in one day, all won by the home team, in major league history. The previous record was 12 games on May 23, 1914. There were three major leagues in 1914, the National (four games that day), American (four) and Federal (four), which had a two-year lifespan (1914 and 1915).
The Yankees and Indians also played a long game that day, a 10-9 Yankees win in 11 innings at the Polo Grounds.”
For those wondering…
The All-Star Game moustache benches are being moved to corporate sponsor and private donor locations throughout the region. However, there will always be two benches on display for the public to see – one at Great American Ball Park and the other at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn.
From my friends at Ohio Alleycat Resource…
— OH Alleycat Resource (@OARnow) August 12, 2015
Hi folks! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I have a few announcements below, followed by an opportunity for you to win some cool stuff from Better Off Red Headquarters. So, without further ado…
I had the privilege of filling in for Mark Sheldon on the most recent Reds Podcast with Phil Rogers. You can go HERE to listen.
3,000 participants raise $150,000 at the 2015 Redlegs Run
CINCINNATI — Close to 3,000 runners and walkers participated today in the 14th annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run at Great American Ball Park, raising approximately $150,000 for the Reds Community Fund.
• The overall top 5K male finisher was JJ Webber of Landen (OH) with a time of 15:22
• The overall top 5K female finisher was Katie Lenahan of Cincinnati with a time of 18:11
• The overall top 10K male finisher was Jeff Denny of Cincinnati with a time of 32:46
• The overall top 10K female finisher was Kerry Lee of Cincinnati with a time of 38:53 (now a four-time winner of Redlegs Run events)
The winners have been invited to throw ceremonial first pitches prior to the Tuesday, Aug. 18 Reds vs. Kansas City Royals game at Great American Ball Park.
Complete race results will be posted later today at www.reds.com/run.
All proceeds from the race directly benefit the Reds Community Fund and its youth baseball and softball outreach initiatives. Student-athletes from the Reds RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) baseball and softball teams served as volunteers on the 5K and 10K courses.
Race sponsors and partners: Coldwell Banker West Shell, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Cintas, UnitedHealthcare, Trophy Awards, Buckeye Running Company, Queen City Sausage, Kroger, Coca-Cola, Prestige AV and Creative Services, Castellini Group of Companies, LaRosa’s, United Dairy Farmers and 700WLW.
Dinner with Tony Perez and the Great Eight – Aug. 21
CINCINNATI — A limited number of tickets are available for an exclusive, intimate dinner with Hall of Famer Tony Perez and his Big Red Machine teammates on Friday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at Great American Ball Park.
Scheduled to appear with Perez are: Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, David Concepcion, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Ken Griffey, Sr., Jack Billingham, Don Gullett, Rawly Eastwick, Pat Darcy and Doug Flynn.
This special evening will include:
• Dinner, cocktails and a Q&A in the ballpark’s new, upscale Handlebar at the Riverfront Club presented by Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
• A commemorative jersey signed by Perez, a Perez statue and a commemorative lapel pin to all guests
• Silent auction featuring autographs and more
• Watch the Reds take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m.) with a spectacular view of the post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show.
The dinner kicks off “Tony Perez Weekend” at Great American Ball Park, with all proceeds from the event benefitting the Tony Perez statue to be dedicated on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are $500 per person and are available through the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum box office at 513-765-7923 and online at RedsMuseum.org.
About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 85 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.
The Museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.
Located next to Great American Ball Park, The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open year-round with extended hours on game days.
Plan your visit at http://www.redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.
Buffalo Wild Wings has designated next Wednesday, August 12 Reds Community Fund Day for their Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky locations (14 in all). This means that 10% of the day’s sales will go back to the RCF.
Want to win some cool stuff from Better Off Red Headquarters? Of course you do! Here’s how:
- Follow me on Twitter (@Jamieblog)
- Sometime before the end of tonight’s Reds vs. Padres game in San Diego, tell me via Twitter, what former Reds player you wish was still in his prime and playing on today’s team.
- Use the hashtag #BetterOffRed in your tweet.
- On Tuesday, I’ll announce one random winner.
- The winner will receive a mystery bobblehead, a BOR t-shirt and other goodies.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
As part of Big Blue Night at Great American Ball Park, former University of Kentucky basketball stars Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns will offer up simultaneous ceremonial first pitches. Both Cauley-Stein (Sacramento Kings) and Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) were recently drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft.
During pregame ceremonies we will recognize the Reds Way Employee of the Month for July, Tori Miles. Tori is a Delaware North Company staff member who is currently assigned to duties in The Handlebar.
Happy birthday to the late great Joe Nuxhall, who would’ve been 87 today.
According to STATS…
Tonight’s Pirates starter A.J. Burnett owns a 1.78 ERA this season against NL Central opponents; a mark good for the NL’s third-lowest ERA against pitchers’ own division (min. 5 starts). Who has the lowest? That would be the Reds’ Anthony DeSclafani, owner of a 1.43 ERA this season against the NL Central.
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 www.allstargame.com/run
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.
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?
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…
That’s all for now. More in a bit!
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In case you haven’t yet seen the All-Star mustache statues around town, the Reds’ fabulous media relations interns provided us with some photos. Check ’em out…
And keeping with the mustache theme, I love this video…
Yesterday we played a little game on Twitter in which you tweeted me people/products/companies that you associate with the Reds (no players or broadcasters). I got some good ones. Here’s just a sample…
@Jamieblog Or how about the voice of the Reds himself, Joe Zerhusen!
— Steve Sprovach (@Spro3) June 17, 2015
@Jamieblog Gary Wahoff
— John Enneking (@enneking24) June 17, 2015
— Joel D. Bella (@JoelBella) June 17, 2015
@Jamieblog Was going to say Dusty’s toothpick or the burned smokestack bat.I’ll go with my 7th grade English teacher, Mr Williams, an usher.
— Jacqueline Michelle (@RedsBarbie) June 17, 2015
— Mike Lindeman (@AnotherMikeL) June 17, 2015
@Jamieblog Chief Bender
— Chris Macaluso (@ACUSID_Chris) June 17, 2015
Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is scheduled to host a youth baseball camp next month. CLICK HERE for details.
Third Annual ‘I Do’s on the Diamond’ at GABP adds new elements
CINCINNATI — Couples will be stepping up to the plate for their dream wedding at Great American Ball Park at the third annual “I Do’s On The Diamond” on Friday, July 31, presented by DateNightCincinnati.com.
Two new additions to the “I Do’s On The Diamond” game include:
Wedding Crashers Ticket Package
Fans can enjoy all the fun of a wedding reception before the game. This special “Wedding Crashers” ticket package includes a View Level ticket, a Reds-themed Wedding Koozie and $10 concession credit for food and beverage. Plus, we’ll have a DJ in the Kroger Fan Zone playing all your favorite wedding songs starting when gates open at 5:40 p.m. until the first pitch of the game. Tickets available at reds.com/reception.
Kenzie’s Closet Dress Drive
Fans are encouraged to donate gently used bridesmaid and prom dresses at the July 31 game to receive a voucher for a $10 View Level ticket for the September 6 game. Vouchers will also be available for all donations dropped off at the three Cincinnati area Appearance Plus Cleaners locations. Kenzie’s Closet, a nonprofit organization, provides complete prom attire for financially-disadvantaged junior and senior high schools girls in the Greater Cincinnati region. More information is available at reds.com/reception.
Couples participating in the “I Do’s On The Diamond” on-field wedding will say their vows in front of thousands of fans before the Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at 7:10 p.m. An officiant licensed by the State of Ohio will conduct the ceremony.
Following the pregame ceremony, the newlywed couples will join 12 of their closest family and friends to party the night away like a VIP in an exclusive reception featuring an upscale dinner and open bar. The night will be capped off with unparalleled views of the post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show, which will feature a soundtrack of wedding-themed music.
The “I Do’s On The Diamond” wedding package includes a congratulatory scoreboard message, special Reds favors and decor and photo opportunities with the Reds mascots.
A second package is available that includes only the on-field ceremony and two Field Box tickets to the Reds vs. Pirates game. (Exclusive reception not included; additional game tickets for family and friends can be purchased.)
For complete details, visit reds.com/wedding or contact the Reds Special Events Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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