Join us at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday, August 6 as the Reds host the Indians! The first 25,000 fans will receive this really cool Jay Bruce bobblehead…
Hi gang! Hope you’re having a decent Wednesday! Remember, today’s Reds game at Milwaukee gets underway at 2:10 ET.
The Reds this afternoon will turn things around and start a successful run. Book it. If not, I will do a 10-minute headstand on the roof of the Pilot House on the Reds Riverboat Deck at GABP.
Now let’s get serious. Here are some Baseline Items for ya …
The Reds Wives group are hosting a Mystery Ball fundraiser before and during the game on Friday (July 25 vs Washington). The wives will sell bags of baseballs signed by a member of the Reds 40-man roster for $30 each. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati.
Find the Reds Wives this Friday, just inside the main gates of Great American Ball Park, for your opportunity to get an autographed baseball while helping out a great cause!
Remember Jeremiah Forster, the gentleman you read about here on BOR who attempted to conquer the Bacon Challenge?
Well, here are moving pictures of Forster’s clash with the four 1-pound sandwiches, courtesy of our friends at Reds On Deck…
When the Reds were recently in New York, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty presented Yankees’ living legend Derek Jeter with a really cool gift. Check it out HERE.
Congratulations to Skip Schumaker, who was announced by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association as the Cincinnati Reds recipient of the 2014 Heart & Hustle Award!
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More in a bit. Enjoy the game and GO REDS!
Expect good news,
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Skip Schumaker Spearheads Fantasy Football Challenge
Schu’s Crew Fundraiser To Support Local And Global Charities
CINCINNATI – Skip Schumaker is hosting a fantasy football challenge that will include 9 teams captained by Cincinnati Reds players.
The fundraiser will be held Wednesday, August 27 in Great American Ball Park’s Champions Club from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will give fans the opportunity to team up with Schumaker or teammates Jay Bruce, Devin Mesoraco, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart, Jonathan Broxton, Sean Marshall, Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey.
Proceeds will benefit Big League Impact (www.bigleagueimpact.org), Jessie Rees Foundation (www.negu.org), Reds Community Fund (www.reds.com/community) and Cincinnati Children’s (www.cincinnatichildrens.org).
Participants will receive a tour of the ballpark and Reds Hall of Fame, lunch, the draft, an autograph signing by a Reds Hall of Famer, a batting practice viewing and tickets to that night’s 7:10 p.m. game vs the Chicago Cubs. The entry fee is $2,500 per person and $1,000 for a co-owner. Fans can register at http://www.bigleagueimpact.org.
Schumaker is one of 10 Major League players serving as hosts, along with Atl’s Freddie Freeman, Phi’s Cole Hamels, SF’s Tim Hudson, LAD’s Clayton Kershaw, Cle’s Justin Masterson, Det’s Max Scherzer, StL’s Adam Wainwright, Pit’s Neil Walker and NYM’s David Wright. More than 60 players will participate, including more than a dozen 2014 All-Stars.
“It’s a great opportunity for our local fans to show their love for the Reds and fantasy football while supporting four great charitable causes,” Schumaker said. “What was supposed to be a one-time event last year drew such overwhelming support that we are asking players on other teams to help do more for people in need.”
Big League Impact raises money for local and global charities through contributions from participants in the fantasy football leagues. Proceeds will support non-profit organizations selected by the players with an emphasis on the local communities where they play. Big League Impact also will direct 25 percent of the net proceeds from all of its 2014 events toward a transformative international project that will bring multiple charity organizations together to provide basic needs such as food, water and shelter to a community in need.
After a busy weekend in Cincinnati and at Great American Ball Park, I’m happy to report that the stadium is still standing and looking flawless…
I finally worked up the courage to move to the suburbs, and during the recent relocation, I dug up some old Reds stuff that I forgot I had.
Check it out…
Before bobbleheads, the Reds worked their marketing magic by luring fans with tube socks. That’s right, these bad boys were a giveaway in 1987. Sadly, I never had a chance to use the coupon. RIP Kinney.
When I worked on the Reds ground crew in the late 90s, one of my favorite players was Pete Harnisch; super, World-Class guy and arguably one of the funniest people on the planet. I found this signed jersey among my loot…
And here’s even more Major League work clothing – my nasty old ground crew polo. I offered it up to the Reds Hall of Fame, but for whatever reason, they politely declined.
Did you have these 1999 issues of TV Guide?
I have lots more that I won’t bore you with. The unpacking process turned into a bit of a sentimental journey down memory lane. I can’t wait to have some of it displayed in my new place (probably not the socks).
In the time these two photos were taken, a person was born and acquired his or her driver’s license…
The season’s unofficial second-half begins tonight with the Reds kicking off a 3-game series against the Yankees (47-47) in the Bronx.
Cincinnati starts play tonight at 51-44, in third place, 1.5 games off the pace in the National League Central. The Reds trail second place St. Louis by a half game.
In the Wild Card standings, the Reds are currently in 4th place, 1.0 game off the lead.
The Reds will send to the Yankee Stadium mound this weekend Mike Leake (tonight), Alfredo Simon (Saturday) and Johnny Cueto (Sunday) to face RHP David Phelps (tonight), RHP Brandon McCarthy (Saturday) and RHP Hiroki Kuroda (Sunday). New York has gone 8-14 since June 21.
With 51 wins, the Reds are the 12th team in franchise history to collect 50 victories at the All-Star break.
Last season, the Reds were 53-42 at the break. When play resumed, they won 6 of 10 and finished with a 37-30 “second-half” mark.
In 2012, the Reds won 3 straight leading into the break and 22 of 25 after. They finished with a 50-27 post-ASG record.
In 2010, the Reds were 49-41 at the break, 42-30 after. They won 15 times in 22 games after the Mid-Summer Classic.
Here’s where the Reds stack up among their colleagues in the National League…
Runs, 8th, 377
Hits, 9th, 794
Doubles, 6th, 174
Home Runs, T7th, 81
Walks, 10th, 260
Strikeouts, 11th, 732
Batting Average, 8th, .249
On-Base Pct., 10th, .309
Slugging Pct., 6th, .386
Pitches Faced, 10th, 13,504
Grounded Into DP, 13th, 54
Extra Base-Hits, 6th, 266
Go Ahead RBI, 2nd, 96
Game Winning RBI, T4th, 49
Stolen Bases, 2nd, 81
Total Bases, 7th, 1,233
Left On Base, 10th, 632
Times On Base, 12th, 1,085
OPS (On-Base Pct. + Slugging), 8th, .695
Batting Avg. On Balls In Play, 10th, .296
Ground Balls, T11th, 1,100
Fly Balls, 11th, 737
Runs Per Game, 8th, 3.97
Opponents Runs Per Game, 6th (fewest), 3.67
Saves, T4th, 28
Save Opportunities, T3rd, 42
Shutouts, T6th, 8
Innings Pitched, 10th (6th fewest), 855.0
Hits, 14th (2nd fewest), 746 (Giants, 745)
Runs, 12th (4th fewest), 349
Earned Runs, 9th, 329
Home Runs, 4th, 94
Walks, 6th, 286
Strikeouts, 5th, 764
ERA, 7th, 3.46
Opponents Batting Average, 1st (best), .234
Opponents OPS, T5th, .678
Opponents Batting Avg. On Balls In Play, 1st (best), .277
Pitches Thrown, 13th (3rd fewest), 13,513
Stolen Bases Against, 13th, 33
Base Runners Allowed, 12th, 1,065
Extra Base-Hits, 7th, 260
Hits Allowed Per 9.0 Innings, 1st (best), 7.85
Walks + Hits per Innings Pitched, 4th, 1.21