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From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today Reds second baseman/outfielder Skip Schumaker will receive his award as team recipient of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Associations “Heart & Hustle” Award.  The Heart & Hustle Award is given annually to one member of each of the 30 MLB teams.  Of the 30 team representatives, one player will be selected as the overall winner of the MLB Heart & Hustle Award, which will be awarded at a dinner in New York City this coming November.  Past Reds team recipients of the award include Shin-Soo Choo (2013), Chris Heisey (2012), Miguel Cairo (2011), Jonny Gomes (2010), Adam Rosales (2009), Jerry Hairston Jr. (2008), Ryan Freel (2007) and Adam Dunn (2006).

Offering up a simultaneous first pitch today will be AVP tour players Emily Day & Summer Ross. This pair won its first AVP tournament last year at the Cincinnati Open, and is seeded third in the women’s bracket this week.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the annual Rosie Reds “Guest of the Reds” Night.  The Rosies recently celebrated their 50th anniversary as an organization and tonight they will participate in a pregame parade and ceremonial first pitch.

We will also recognize and salute representatives of the four charitable organizations who were beneficiaries in the inaugural “Schu’s Crew Fantasy Football Challenge”, which is taking place at the ballpark today.  The event brings together fans with many of the Reds players in a fantasy football league which raises valuable funds for charity.  Skip Schumaker brought the concept to Cincinnati this year, after its launch by Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright in St. Louis last season.  The charitable organizations that today’s event benefitted include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the Jessie Rees Foundation, the Reds Community Fund and Big League Impact.


When the prestigious Arizona Fall League opens on October 7, the Reds will be well-represented with six players:

  • RHP Nick Howard
  • RHP Ben Klimesh
  • IF Seth Mejias-Brean
  • IF Kyle Waldrop
  • IF Ryan Wright
  • OF Jesse Winker

These Reds farmhands will play for the defending champion Surprise Saguaros, managed by AA-Pensacola’s skipper Delino DeShields.



Happy birthday, Mom!



From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the third of four Bark in the Park games during the 2014 season, presented by Iams & Kroger.  Over 600 dogs, and their owners, are expected at tonight’s game and will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track.

Serving as our Honorary Captain tonight is 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor High Jump National Champion – Christian Patterson of Wilmington College.  Christian is originally from Norwood, OH and he graduated from Wilmington in May.




From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 8,000 kids 14 and younger at the ballpark today will receive Rosie Red’s Adventure Book, presented by PNC Bank.

During pregame ceremonies today we will welcome back over 90 participants in the 2014 Reds Fantasy Camp, which took place just prior to the start of Reds Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. The campers are in town for the annual Fantasy Camp Reunion game, which takes place at Great American Ball Park tomorrow.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will welcome Dave Bertis to lead us in the singing of God Bless America.




From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 25,000 fans inside the ballpark today will receive a commemorative Mr. Redlegs 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Bobblehead.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:40PM for the general public. However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code, should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Tonight is the second Reds Rookies game of the 2014 season. Hundreds of proud parents will be bringing their babies, all of whom are members of the Reds Rookies fan club, to the ballpark tonight and enjoying festivities in the Kroger Fan Zone as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.



Photos courtesy of my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 11th Fireworks Friday of the 2014 season, presented by KOI Auto Parts. The 15 minute fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, will be set to a “Wedding Party” soundtrack and will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

Speaking of weddings – tonight is the 2nd annual “I Do’s on the Diamond”, coordinated by Reds Special Events. We have 20 couples who will be saying their vows on the field tonight, with ceremonies slate to begin at approximately 6:35PM. Five of those 20 couples are actually renewing their vows. Due to the I Do’s ceremonies, BP times have been adjusted with both teams tonight.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, the President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The Freedom Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary of opening this weekend.


From Major League Baseball…

Facility Will Provide Free, Year-Round Baseball and Softball Instruction and
Educational Programs to Greater Cincinnati Youth

The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy
Is Midwest’s First Site, Sixth Overall

CINCINNATI – Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds have officially opened the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, a state-of-the-art baseball and softball training facility that will provide free, year-round instruction and educational and vocational programs to Greater Cincinnati youth ages seven to 18. The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, which is located at Roselawn Park in Cincinnati, is also supported by Procter & Gamble, the City of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, and Reds owners and players.

“The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy is a significant commitment to the young people of Greater Cincinnati and a terrific addition to the storied legacy of the Cincinnati Reds,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, who attended today’s opening. “It will serve as an invaluable resource for these children as they discover the opportunities available to them in baseball and beyond. It has been a privilege for Major League Baseball to work alongside the Reds and all local supporters, and we sincerely thank them for their dedication to this project.”

“This is a proud day for the Reds, the City of Cincinnati, Procter & Gamble, and all the generous donors who have poured their time, talents and treasures into building this magnificent complex,” said Bob Castellini, President and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds. “The Home of the Reds has officially expanded to include this state of the art facility, which will help develop our home grown baseball talent while serving the community in which it operates.”

“Some of the fondest memories of my career were spent in Cincinnati with the Reds, and I am honored to have been a part of bringing an MLB Urban Youth Academy to this wonderful city,” said MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development Frank Robinson. “This will be a special place for these young people, and we all look forward to the outstanding talent that will be developed at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.”

The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy is the fourth Academy in operation, and the first in the Midwest, joining facilities in Compton (California), Houston (Texas) and New Orleans (Louisiana). Additional sites in Hialeah (Florida) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) are in development. The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy is modeled after the facilities in Compton, Houston and New Orleans, featuring four renovated fields and a 33,000 square foot building that includes batting cages, pitching tunnels and full indoor field. Similar to all MLB Urban Youth Academies, the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy also will offer educational and baseball vocation programming including tutoring as well as clinics and free seminars on umpiring, athletic field management, scouting and player development, sports and broadcast journalism, public relations and statistics, athletic sports training, and more. The Academy’s goal will be to graduate 100 percent of the youth it serves. “Community Days,” scouting events and other free programs are additional activities that will take place annually at the Academy.

Having opened its first facility in Compton in 2006, the network of MLB Urban Youth Academies has reached more than 10,000 young people. More than 400 Academy student-athletes have gone on to participate in collegiate baseball and softball programs, and more than 100 Academy student-athletes have been selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Three Compton Academy graduates have been selected in the first round (Aaron Hicks, the 14th overall pick in the first round of 2008 by the Minnesota Twins; Dominic Smith, the 11th overall pick in the first round of 2013 by the New York Mets; and J.P. Crawford, the 13th overall pick in the first round of 2013 by the Philadelphia Phillies). Five Academy graduates, all from the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, have appeared on Major League rosters during the 2014 Championship Season (Khris Davis, Milwaukee Brewers; Anthony Gose, Toronto Blue Jays; Aaron Hicks, Minnesota Twins; Efren Navarro, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; and Jon Singleton, Houston Astros).

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