The Reds were well-represented this weekend during the the sixth annual Marvin Lewis Community Fund’s Cincinnati Scurry. The Scurry is a creative fundraiser that takes the form of an “Amazing Race-type” of event.
Corporate teams of 4 people were sent around Cincinnati to complete various challenges that required speed, problem-solving, trivia and knowledge of the Cincinnati area. Tasks included acting out a scene from “A League of Their Own” in the Reds dugout, singing karaoke with a live band on stage at The Holy Grail, drinking 2 ounces of beer from a baby bobble nipple at Haufbrauhaus, riding in a Segway obstacle course, playing flip cup against members of a University of Cincinnati fraternity, kicking a field goal at Paul Brown Stadium and tasting and identifying juice ingredients at an Over-The-Rhine juice bar.
The Reds team, consisting of staffers Kristen Snyder, Brandon Chaney, Megan Hewett and Michael “Mando” Anderson finished in second place, just behind the three-time reigning champions. Congrats, gang!
“The Reds are proud to have finished runner-up to the three-time reigning Scurry champions from American Modern Insurance Group,” said Anderson, Reds public relations manager. “The event benefits the Marvin Lewis Community Fund’s ‘Learning Is Cool’ program so at the end of the day it’s all about the kids.”
“But make no mistake, we will be training diligently over the next year honing our Scurry skills to improve our second place finish,” added Mando. “Starting tomorrow, I’m going to practice drinking beer out of a baby bottle nipple every single day until I perfect my technique.”
There’s still time left to become a volunteer for the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park! Major League Baseball has many unpaid volunteer positions available. All applicants must register HERE but hurry, the volunteer registration site shuts down SOON!
Curious to know how MLB Replay is going? Here are some stats (through 4/16)…
16 “Confirmed” (28.1%)
17 “Stands” (29.8%)
24 “Overturned” (42.1%)
Standing Room Only ($15) tickets have been released for the Saturday, April 25th Reds/Cubs game at Great American Ball Park. Remember, that’s the 1990 25-Year Reunion Weekend, so you’ll want to be in attendance! CLICK HERE for more details.
Last year’s Reds first-round draft choice, RHP Nick Howard fired 5.0 solid innings on Saturday in A-Daytona’s 9-1 win over Tampa. Howard, 22, gave up an unearned run on 2 hits (5bb, 4k) and was popping the mitt with a mid-90s fastball.
More in a bit!
Expect good news,
CINCINNATI REDS (5-6)
55 – Skip Schumaker, lf *
19 – Joey Votto, 1b *
21 – Todd Frazier, 3b
4 – Brandon Phillips, 2b
32 – Jay Bruce, rf *
2 – Zack Cozart, ss
27 – Brennan Boesch, cf *
16 – Tucker Barnhart, c #
44 – Mike Leake, rhp
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (7-3)
13 – Matt Carpenter, 3b *
22 – Jason Heyward, rf *
7 – Matt Holliday, lf
32 – Matt Adams, 1b *
27 – Jhonny Peralta, ss
19 – Jon Jay, cf *
4 – Yadier Molina, c
16 – Kolten Wong, 2b *
50 – Adam Wainwright, rhp
* = LH # = Switch
Home – Jim Reynolds (77) CC
1st Base – Paul Schreiber (43)
2nd Base – Clint Fagan (82)
3rd Base – Manny Gonzalez (79)
Awesome day for sports. Finally get to see what this Bryant dude can do with a bat…
Did you guys see the drama that went down on Twitter Thursday morning? Brayan Pena, was ready to go to the gym with Billy Hamilton, but speedy Billy was more like sleepy Billy. A tweet later, hilarity ensued and #WakeUpBilly was born. See below…
— Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) April 16, 2015
Leeggoooo I’m up lol who else rolling with us to the gym on our day off ?????
— billy hamilton (@BillyHamilton) April 16, 2015
One of the nicest young guys in the game, Michael Lorenzen, is off to a hot start at Triple-A Louisville. In 2 starts for the Bats, he’s 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a .196 opponents batting average. He’s allowed just 1 run (solo homer) on 9 hits over 13.0 innings (3bb, 5k).
A big thank you to Jessica Barga and the folks at Miami University for inviting me back last night to my alma mater to speak at the Oxford Writing Festival. It’s always great to be back on the most beautiful campus in the country! #LoveAndHonor
The Reds are in St. Louis tonight to battle the Cards. I’ll have lineups and possibly other news later right here on Better Off Red.
And speaking of BOR, I have still have some shirts to give away…want one?
Expect good news,
25-year reunion celebrates 1990 World Series Champions, April 24 & 25
CINCINNATI (April 16, 2015) — More than 30 members of the 1990 World Champion Reds are scheduled to appear April 24 and 25 at Great American Ball Park to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1990 wire-to-wire season.
Players and coaches scheduled to participate: Todd Benzinger, Glenn Braggs, Tom Browning, Keith Brown, Norm Charlton, Eric Davis, Rob Dibble, Mariano Duncan, Kip Gross, Chris Hammond, Billy Hatcher, Danny Jackson, Barry Larkin, Terry Lee, Terry McGriff, Hal Morris, Randy Myers, Paul Noce, Ron Oester, Paul O’Neill (Saturday only), Joe Oliver, Luis Quinones, Sam Perlozzo, Jeff Reed, Jose Rijo, Ron Robinson, Rolando Roomes, Chris Sabo, Scott Scudder, Stan Williams and Herm Winningham.
Friday, April 24 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.
• Select members of the 1990 team to arrive at the Reds HOF & Museum at 5:15 p.m. on the FOX Sports Ohio Fan Express
• Meet-and-greet with select members of the 1990 team at the Reds HOF & Museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• Commemorative print celebrating the 1990 World Series champions, free to all fans in attendance
• Both the Reds and Cubs will wear 1990 throwback uniforms
• Post-game, on-field ceremony honoring the 1990 Reds
• Post-game fireworks show with a soundtrack of hits from 1990, presented by Frisch’s Big Boy
• 1990 World Series Replica Ring Ticket Package: This exclusive ticket package features a must-have 1990 World Series replica ring and a View Level ticket to the Friday, April 24 game for only $25. This promotional package has a limited availability and can only be purchased at reds.com/1990.
• “Evening with the 1990 World Champions” Reception Ticket Package: This exclusive ticket package includes a meet and greet with the 1990 Reds in the brand new Handlebar at the Riverfront Club presented by Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati on Friday, April 24. Amenities will include an all-inclusive upscale buffet and full open bar, and attendees will receive a commemorative hat, lanyard, lapel pin and 1990 World Series replica ring. Photos are welcome, but no autographs are permitted. Purchase tickets online at reds.com/1990.
Saturday, April 25 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m.
• As part of Super Saturdays, a triple bobblehead featuring “The Nasty Boys” (Randy Myers, Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton) will be given to the first 25,000 fans at the game, thanks to PNC Bank
• Members of the 1990 team are scheduled to participate in a meet & greet with fans in the Kroger Fan Zone beginning at 12:15 p.m., as they parade towards the field for the start of the special pregame ceremonies at 12:30 p.m.
Schedule and player appearances subject to change. Please visit reds.com/1990 for updated information.
Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series
In keeping with the year-long celebration of the 1990 Reds, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is offering special bobblehead promotions each month throughout the season featuring stars from the World Series team, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The bobbleheads are free with regular museum admission on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, while supplies last. Bobbleheads are also available through museum membership. More information at redsmuseum.org.
• April 2015 – Todd Benzinger
• May 2015 – Joe Oliver
• June 2015 – Billy Hatcher
• July 2015 – Tom Browning
• August 2015 – Paul O’Neill
‘Big League Weekend’ features H.S. baseball at Great American Ball Park
Harrison vs. Oak Hills; Elder vs. Lakota West; Anderson vs. St. X
CINCINNATI (April 15, 2015) — Six Cincinnati high schools will play three games this weekend as part of the inaugural “Big League Weekend” at Great American Ball Park.
The six teams playing at GABP are among the 70 teams from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky featured in the Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase games from March 28 to April 24.
The games kick off Saturday, April 18 with Harrison vs. Oak Hills at 1 p.m. followed by Elder vs. Lakota West at 4 p.m.
Anderson and St. Xavier play on Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m.
“We are proud to host the six schools playing high school baseball at Great American Ball Park,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “It’s important that we support baseball at all levels including local high school baseball across Reds Country.”
Fans can purchase discounted tickets to select Reds games online at reds.com/hsshowcase in advance of game day only. Each Reds ticket purchased through this page includes a voucher for entry into the ballpark this weekend for the “Big League Weekend” games.
The individual schools are also selling tickets though their athletic departments. For each ticket sold, a portion will be donated back to that school.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these teams to play on a major league field,” said Tom Gamble, president of In-Game Sports. “And the games are another example of the Reds continuing to foster baseball in the Greater Cincinnati community.”
Gates to Great American Ball Park open at Noon each day. Media interested in covering the games can enter GABP at the Dock #3 entrance on Pete Rose Way.
Today the Reds selected from Class AA Pensacola the contract of C Kyle Skipworth (#37), selected from Class AAA Louisville the contract of RHP Josh Smith (#64) and optioned to Louisville IF Chris Dominguez and RHP Raisel Iglesias…corresponding 40-man roster moves will be announced prior to gametime…when Smith pitches he will become the second Reds player this season to make his Major League debut (Iglesias, started yesterday vs StL).
C Devin Mesoraco remained in Cincinnati following yesterday’s game…today he was scheduled to have an MRI to find the cause of discomfort in his left hip.