From my pal @Bongreatness…
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be Kara Sewell, co-anchor of FOX19 NOW.
Serving as tonight’s Honorary Captain will be country music singer/songwriter Dustin Lynch. Dustin will be part of the Kick the Dust Up tour that stops at Paul Brown Stadium on July 18th.
The Reds don’t plan to show Nelson any “love and affection” tonight.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the first of four Bark In the Park events of the 2015 season, presented by Iams & Kroger. Over 500 dogs are expected to be in attendance tonight with their owners to enjoy activities in the Kroger Fan Zone and a pregame parade around the warning track, in addition to watching the game down the first base line of the Terrace Level.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill be will offering up one of tonight’s ceremonial first pitches.
Today is going to be a great day!!! I can feel it! #GOODVIBES
— Kristopher Negrón (@KNegs17) April 27, 2015
My friend Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) is in town this weekend covering the 25th anniversary celebration of the the Reds 1990 World Championship for MLB.com. Of the several stories she’s posted this weekend, this one is my favorite.
While reading Alyson’s coverage of that 1990 team, I’m reminded how much I loved Eric Davis. I was 14 in 1990, and ever since he burst onto the baseball scene 4 years prior, I was in awe of “Eric The Red.” Before Larkin and after Rose, Eric was Cincinnati’s premier national superstar. He could do it all; the first legit 5-tool player I ever watched on a regular basis.
When I was just a little whipper-snapper, I watched “Good Morning America” in the morning with my parents as they got ready for work and I prepared for school (cartoons were watched after school). I’ll never forget that one morning when Joe DiMaggio appeared on GMA and declared Eric Davis to be the most exciting young player in baseball. Joe D was talking about MY GUY who played for MY TEAM! I was so proud.
Through tremendous good fortune, my job allows me to see Eric Davis on a semi-regular basis (Spring Training, Caravan, Redsfest, etc). My childhood hero actually knows me by my first name and when we see each other, we chat like old buddies. It’s surreal.
As a kid, you’re oblivious to the character of your TV role models. It’s only years later, as an adult, that I can confirm what I had always hoped when I was a boy – Eric Davis is not only a baseball legend, he’s a world champion person, too.
Below are some videos to help you remember the greatness of E.D….
From my pal @Bongreatness…
All kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a free Aroldis Chapman poster, courtesy of CollegeAdvantage.
Today we celebrate the fourth annual Reds Futures High School Showcase by welcoming 70 of this year’s participating teams to the ballpark. The teams will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track and we will recognize the MVP’s from each game played in this year’s High School Showcase during a pregame ceremony.
During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by St. Xavier student Ihsan Walker, who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.
A very special “Happy Birthday” to retired Reds Home Clubhouse Manager Bernie Stowe, who will be celebrating his 80th birthday at the ballpark today.
From the Reds…
Redeveloping rain continues to plague the area throughout the afternoon and most recent forecast indicates the rain will continue into the evening. Therefore, today’s game is postponed.
There will be an announcement regarding the rescheduling of today’s game at a later date. Fans holding tickets for today’s rainout game may present their same ticket at the gate for the rescheduled game with no exchange necessary.
You do not need to exchange your tickets today. Ticket exchanges are available at Great American Ball Park throughout the regular season in advance of game day only.
Please check your ticket for specific rain check instructions. Keep your ticket. It is your rain check and may be exchanged at face value for a 2015 Cincinnati Reds regular season home game (exclusions apply), subject to availability. Check reds.com/rainouts for ticket information and valid rain check dates.
If you ordered your tickets online at reds.com or over the phone through Ticketmaster you may contact Ticketmaster customer service at 1-800-745-3000 to exchange your tickets.
Please be aware that you will be required to pay the difference on an exchange if you are exchanging for a game or ticket of a higher price. If you are exchanging a ticket for lesser priced game or ticket no refund of the difference will be given.
Fans holding a ticket with no price printed or tickets with a $0.00 value may use their same tickets for the rescheduled game only with no exchange necessary.
Fans holding tickets purchased through StubHub may use their same tickets for the make-up game with no exchange necessary. Please contact StubHub for more information.
Excluded Dates for Exchange;
If you are attending the Reds vs. Cubs game this afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a “Reds Wives’ Favorite Things” basket raffle.
Basket items include food and gifts from each wife’s home state, gift cards to the wives’ favorite stores along with books and DVDs, four tickets to an upcoming Reds game and an autographed baseball.
Eight gift baskets have been filled by the players’ wives with their favorite items. Proceeds from this raffle will go to the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.
Player baskets include: Burke Badenhop, Marlon Byrd, Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco, and Brandon Phillips. There will also be a Reds themed basket.
The retail value of each basket is well over $300.
Raffle tickets will go on sale in the Reds Connect Zone from the time gates open through the end of the 7th inning. Winners will be drawn during the 8th inning. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each or 3 tickets for $10. Cash only, please. (Fans do not need to be present to claim prizes)
Here’s Mrs. Marlon Byrd’s basket…