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Courtesy of my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight we celebrate Opening Night at Great American Ball Park. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive at 2015 Reds Calendar, courtesy of Kroger.

Ballpark gates are scheduled to open at 5:00PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:10PM for the general public. The early gate opening times are in anticipation of the 6th annual “Reds Carpet Parade” through the Fan Zone. The parade will feature the 2015 Cincinnati Reds team and coaching staff (*with some exclusions, most notably those out of town on rehab assignment & tonight’s starting pitcher, Mike Leake), along with our mascots, and several celebrities attending tonight’s game and participating in pregame ceremonies. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30PM and conclude at approximately 6:15PM.

**Please note that we have tented the players parade route in an effort to hold this event rain or shine. However, if there is dangerous weather in the area at the time of the parade (severe thunderstorms), we may have to reschedule to a later date this season with the safety of our players and fans in mind.

The following pregame ceremonies are scheduled to take place tonight:
• Introductions of both teams prior to the singing of our National Anthem.
• During the Anthem, a giant American flag will be unfurled in the outfield by players, coaches & administrators from The Ohio State University football team.
• Tonight’s National Anthem will be sung by Ihsan Walker.
• We will recognize members of the 2014 Reds team and present to the organization the 2014 Wilson Defensive Team of the Year Award. Johnny Cueto will also receive his 2014 Wilson Defensive Pitcher of the Year Award during the ceremony.
• Cueto will also receive his GIBBY Award for 2014 Bounceback Player of the Year.
• The Ohio State University football team will receive the first of its kind “Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award”. The award was created to recognize individual and team state championships, as well as national championships, won throughout Reds Country.
• Tonight’s final ceremonial first pitch will be offered up simultaneously by Head Coach Urban Meyer and players Adolphous Washington (Taft HS) & Joe Burger (LaSalle HS).
• A donation will be made to the Urban & Shelley Meyer Foundation for Cancer Research as a result of ticket sales to tonight’s game. The donation amount will be announced during the ceremony.
• Handling the Game Ball Delivery duties tonight will be Miss Ohio Teen USA 2015 Shelley Stapleton & Miss Ohio USA 2015 Sara Newkirk.

The Ohio State University football team will walk the Reds Carpet in the Fan Zone during the 1st inning of tonight’s game. Due to NCAA guidelines, there are absolutely no autographs during OSU’s walk of the Reds Carpet.

Tonight’s postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, is scheduled to begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of the game. The postgame Opening Night Fireworks show will be accompanied by a LIVE music soundtrack provided by The Rusty Griswolds. The Rustys will perform during the game and immediately following the game from the stage on the rightfield porch.

Tonight our Reds ground crew & members of the FOX Sports Ohio broadcast team will be wearing Opening Night tuxedos provided by Folchi’s Formalwear.




A photo of Great American Ball Park, the day after Monday’s season-opener.


A collection of quotes from Monday’s exciting opener in Cincinnati…

“It’s really exciting. “We gave up two runs that inning and you saw the resilience we had and guys picking each other up.” – Todd Frazier (

“He weathered rain delay, came back out and threw beautifully.” – Bryan Price on Johnny Cueto (

“All of my pitches were low. I was able to control that. I felt really well. Everything that I did was working the way I wanted.” – Johnny Cueto via translator Tomas Vera (

“I want to dedicate everything I do to my mom.  I talked to her today and she is doing great. She’s doing outstanding. This game was for her.” – Cueto (

“I’m always going to have something different.  It’s how I have fun. I’m going to be creating new things.” – Cueto (

“I was looking for a sacrifice fly.” – Frazier regarding his go-ahead 3-run homer. (

“I’ve been in different organizations and different cities and teams. Here, it’s like we’ve won the World Series already.  It’s something special. I notice that everybody has been counting down the days before Opening Day. It’s so exciting. It’s beautiful to see how much they know about our team and our team tradition. The fans respect that.” – Brayan Pena (

“Awesome. Awesome.  We’ve got guys who pick each other up — we’ve got guys that have the ability to change the score with one swing of the bat. We’ve got guys that have the ability to steal bases. We’ve got guys with the ability to win Gold Gloves. We have guys who have the ability to throw shutouts and no-hitters. We have a lot of things going on here.” – Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Enquirer)

“I guess he’s not Sampson.” – Marlon Byrd regarding the newly coiffed Andrew McCutchen (Cincinnati Enquirer)

“For him to come into spring ready like he was, he’s a new Joey (Votto) to me.  I watch him and the enthusiasm he has and the willing to win that he has showed in the spring. It’s good to have him back out there. He’s swinging the bat very well, which is just doing what Joey Votto does. I’m excited for him.”  – Billy Hamilton (FOX Sports)


From Fox Sports Ohio

The Reds’ Opening Day 5-2 win over the Pirates generated an 18.63 household rating on FOX Sports Ohio in simulcast with WKRC (approx. 170K households), up over last year’s home opener rating (18.37 HH).

The game ran from 4:00 to 7:30pm and included a 35-minute rain delay at the top of the 6th inning. The final hour of game play averaged over a 23 HH (over 214K households).



It’s a long season, folks; enjoy it.

Expect good news,



Here’s the most updated list of beers on tap at the Reds Brewery District Bar and the Bottleggers Bar at Great American Ball Park…

Beers on tap at the Reds Brewery District Bar – third base concourse
– Rhinegeist Truth American IPA (Cincinnati)
– Mad Tree PsycHOPathy IPA (Cincinnati)
– 50 West Wire to Wire Wheat (Cincinnati)
– Mt. Carmel Nut Brown Ale (Cincinnati)
– Christian Moerlein Altered Pale Ale (Cincinnati)
– Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale (Cincinnati)
– Blank Slate The Lesser Path IPA (Cincinnati)
– Listermann Leopold Belgium Blonde (Cincinnati)
– Rivertown Blueberry Lager (Cincinnati)
– Braxton Brewing Sparky Hoppy Wheat Ale (Covington, KY)
– Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (Lexington, KY)
– Bell’s Oberon Pale Wheat Ale (Michigan)
– Founders All Day IPA (Michigan)
– Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale (Oregon)
– SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale (Georgia)
– Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
– Goose Island Urban 312 Pale Ale
– Angry Orchard Cider
– Blue Moon Belgian White
– Sam Adams Summer Ale
– Stella Artois
– Bud Light

Beers on tap at the Bootleggers Bar – first base concourse
– Christian Moerlein Altered Pale Ale (Cincinnati)
– Rhinegeist Truth American IPA (Cincinnati)
– Warped Wind Ermal’s Belgian Style Cream Ale (Dayton)
– 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat (San Francisco)
– New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale (Colorado)
– Goose Island IPA
– Yuengling Traditional Lager
– Sam Adams Summer Ale
– Blue Moon Belgian White
– Shock Top Belgian White
– Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
– Budweiser
– Bud Light



I’m going with this guy…


Happy Opening Day, everyone!

Here’s a rundown of today’s events from my pal @Bongreatness...

Today the Reds will open the season at home for the 139th time in team history.

The 96th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade is scheduled to kick off at 12PM today. The Grand Marshals of this year’s parade are 1990 World Series champions Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble & Randy Myers. Reds mascots and the Scotts Reds Rally Pack will be joined by pitchers Anthony DeSclafani & Raisel Iglesias as participants in this year’s parade. With 177 entries, the parade is expected to finish up at approximately 2PM.

From 11AM-3:30PM today the Reds Community Fund is hosting the Opening Day Block Party on the streets of The Banks. Proceeds from the Block Party will benefit the P&G MLB Urban Youth Academy.

LIVE coverage of Opening Day in Cincinnati begins on FOX Sports Ohio today at 10AM. FSO will have multiple broadcast locations around the ballpark, including in the heart of the RCF Block Party. They will also broadcast the Opening Day Parade.

All gates to Great American Ball Park will open at 2:10PM today. However, gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so. Weather permitting, the Reds are scheduled to take on-field batting practice from 1:25-2:15PM, following by the Pirates from 2:20-3:10PM.

Traditional Opening Day pregame ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 3:29PM and will include:
• A “Wounded Heroes” ceremony honoring several veterans of our Armed Forces who are joining us at today’s game as guests of Impact A Hero. Joining us in our recognition of these Heroes will be Congressman Brad Wenstrup, Senator Rob Portman, Reds Hall of Famer Ron Oester & University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono.
• The Rosie Reds will make their traditional presentation of Opening Day Plaques to Managers Clint Hurdle & Bryan Price.
• Representatives from the Findlay Market will join us to make their traditional presentation of a Findlay Market merchants basket to Reds Manager Bryan Price.
• A giant American flag will be unfurled during the singing of our National Anthem by members of the United State Navy Reserves. The Navy Reserves are celebrating their centennial anniversary in 2015.
• We will introduce the rosters of both teams prior to the singing of our National Anthem.
• We will have a Moment of Remembrance prior to the Anthem to honor the lives of Mrs. Helen Williams and other former Reds who passed away this offseason.
• Honor Guards from the United States Navy, Coast Guard, Army, Air Force & Marines Corps will present colors in our traditional “Parade of Colors”.
• 19-year old Denver, KY native Marlana VanHoose will lead us in the singing of our National Anthem.
• A helicopter from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit will perform a post-Anthem flyover.
• The Nasty Boys – Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble & Randy Myers – will offer up simultaneous ceremonial first pitches. Catching the pitches will be TBD members of the Reds.
• Retiring local radio legend Jim Scott will deliver the official game ball to the mound today. Jim’s final broadcast with 700WLW was last Friday morning.
• Reds Gameday Employee Teddy Kremer will serve as today’s Honorary Captain.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will honor the life of FAO Daryl Gordon and dedicate the singing of God Bless America to his memory. Cincinnati Firefighter John Winfrey will lead us in today’s singing.



Salutations de Montréal! Voici la game de Rouges de ce soir contre Les Blue Jays….



Reds 2015 Opening Day & Opening Night Announcements

139th Opening Day in Cincinnati – Monday, April 6 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 4:10 pm (gates open at 2:10 pm)
• Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party: The fourth annual Opening Day Block Party kicks off at 11 a.m. on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Budweiser, Coca-Cola, LaRosa’s and Queen City Sausage. Admission is free. Live music and entertainment provided by WEBN. Additional Block Party partners include St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Sargento Natural Cheese. All proceeds benefit the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.
• 96th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade: 1990 relief pitchers Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers (The Nasty Boys) will serve as the Grand Marshals, with select current Reds making an appearance.
• Ceremonial First Pitches: The Nasty Boys (Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers) will throw out simultaneous first pitches.
• National Anthem: Marlana VanHoose from Denver, Ky will sing the National Anthem. Marlana was born with cytomegalovirus (CMV), is blind and was featured on ESPN’s E:60.
• Flyover: A helicopter from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit will perform a pregame flyover.
• Wounded Hero Recognition: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH 2nd District) will participate in a pregame ceremony to honor wounded veterans.
• American Flag: U.S. Navy Reservists will hold a giant American flag in the outfield during the National Anthem. The Navy Reserves are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year.
• God Bless America: “God Bless America” will be performed by Cincinnati firefighter John Winfrey during the 7th inning stretch and is dedicated to Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon, the Cincinnati firefighter who died in the line of duty on March 26.
• Hometown Hero: MSGT Michael Guilkey from Independence, Ky will serve as the Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero of the game.

Opening Night – Wednesday, April 8 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 pm (gates open at 5:10 pm)
• Reds in the Fan Zone: Reds players and coaches will walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone and meet and greet with fans and starting at 5:30 p.m.
• Special Guests – The Ohio State Buckeyes: Over 80 players, coaches and support staff of the 2014 National Champion Ohio State Buckeye football team will participate in many events at the ballpark on Opening Night including:
– Accepting the first of its kind “Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award” during pregame ceremonies
– Players, coaches and administrators will hold a giant American flag during the National Anthem
– Head Coach Urban Meyer and members of the team will offer up simultaneous ceremonial first pitches
– The team will walk the “Reds Carpet” in the Kroger Fan Zone during the first inning (Players will not be permitted to give autographs while walking the red carpet)
– The 2014 National Championship trophy will be on display in the Kroger Fan Zone throughout the game and Brutus Buckeye will participate in activities around the ballpark
– The Reds will donate $1 of every regular adult ticket purchased between April 1 and April 7 to the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research
• 2015 Reds Calendar: The first 20,000 fans will receive a 2015 Reds Team Calendar, presented by Kroger.
• National Anthem: St. Xavier High School junior Ihsan Walker will sing the National Anthem.
• Awards Ceremonies: The following awards will be presented on the field during pregame ceremonies:
– Johnny Cueto will receive the 2014 Wilson Defensive Player of The Year Award
– Cueto will also receive’s Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award for Bounceback Player of the Year
– Members of the 2014 Reds will accept the 2014 Wilson Defensive Team of the Year Award
• Game Ball Delivery: Miss Ohio USA 2015 Sara Newkirk and Miss Ohio Teen USA 2015 Shelby Stapleton will deliver the official game ball. They will also walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone before the game.
• Live Music: 80’s cover band The Rusty Griswolds will perform from a stage on the right field porch during inning breaks and after the game. The band will also serve as the Honorary Captains of the game.
• Post-game Fireworks presented by PNC Bank: The Rusty Griswolds will play live during the post-game fireworks show featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.




It’s the penultimate day of Spring Training baseball at Goodyear.  Here’s the Reds lineup…



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