From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today is Tony Perez Day at Great American Ball Park. At 4:30PM today we will dedicate a new Great American Ball Park statue featuring Tony’s likeness just outside of Crosley Terrace at the main entrance to the ballpark. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 30 minutes and streets surrounding the ballpark will be temporary closed for the expected overflow crowd. The ceremony will be shown live on the Hall of Fame videoboard that faces The Banks development.
The first 30,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Tony Perez Statue, courtesy of LaRosa’s. The statue is a miniature replica of the one being unveiled today. Gates to the ballpark are expected to open for all fans at the conclusion of today’s unveiling ceremony.
We will hold a pregame ceremony in Tony’s honor today beginning at 6:31PM. The ceremony will feature many of Tony’s family, close baseball friends and his teammates. In addition to receiving a replica of his statue (a larger one than today’s giveaway), Tony will have the opportunity to address the fans joining us at the ballpark and watching live on FOX Sports Ohio and Reds.com, and listening on the Reds on Radio network. Today’s ceremony will wrap up with Tony offering up today’s ceremonial first pitch.
Ohio’s First Lady, and Tony Perez enthusiast, Karen Kasich will serve as today’s Honorary Captain.
Please note that our National Anthem will be sung at 6:27PM and that batting practice times have been adjusted (30 minutes earlier) in preparation for today’s on-field ceremony.
The Reds yesterday participated in the second annual ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Brayan Pena, Todd Frazier and Jon Moscot were dowsed with ice cold water in an effort to raise awareness for ALS. Check it out and see who the Reds challenged…
In honor of the Reds celebrating Tony Perez this weekend, take a trip down memory lane and watch Tony’s fantastic Hall of Fame induction speech from 2000…
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is Fiesta Rojos at Great American Ball Park. Tonight we celebrate the local Hispanic community and the rich cultural history of the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds will wear their “Los Rojos” jerseys during tonight’s game to go along with numerous pregame ceremonies and activations throughout the ballpark. Tonight’s event also kicks off Tony Perez Weekend at the ballpark. Perez, Cesar Geronimo and David Concepcion will serve as tonight’s Honorary Captains. During pregame ceremonies Maria Lang will receive a Reds Community Advocate Award in recognition of her contributions as an educator and tutor at the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS). Also during pregame ceremonies tonight seven current Reds players of Hispanic descent in will receive certificates of recognition from the Commission on Hispanic & Latino Affairs for the State of Ohio.
Please note that tonight’s National Anthem is scheduled for 6:52PM.
Tonight is Fireworks Friday #10 of the 2015 season, presented by Cooper Tires. The 15-minute fireworks show will begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game featuring a Fiesta Rojos soundtrack set to Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Prior to the start of the fireworks show we will welcome 14 members of the Big Red Machine for a special postgame Q&A in honor of Tony Perez Weekend. Prior to the start of the Q&A we will welcome representatives of Players for the Planet, including former Red Chris Dickerson, as they present a check in the amount of $17,500 to the Reds Hall of Fame as part of the 6th annual e-waste drive held earlier this summer.
Today’s Reds transactions:
The Reds have traded to the San Francisco Giants OF Marlon Byrd in exchange for RHP Stephen Johnson.
Byrd will be replaced on tonight’s roster by OF Ryan LaMarre (#65), who has been recalled from Class AAA Louisville.
Johnson was selected by the Giants in the sixth round of the 2012 first-year player draft. In 44 relief appearances this season at Class AA Richmond he went 3-0, 3.41 (58ip, 45h, 29bb, 68k). He will be assigned to Class AA Pensacola.
In 91 games for Louisville, LaMarre hit .257 with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 8 HR, 18 RBI and 11 stolen bases. When he plays, he will become the eighth Reds player this season to make his Major League debut.
In 96 games for the Reds, Byrd hit .237 with 19 HR and 42 RBI. Last night vs the Royals, he pinch hit in the 1,500th appearance of his Major League career.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the annual Reds Community Fund R.B.I Night at the ballpark. Now in its ninth season after returning to the Cincinnati area, the Greater Cincinnati RBI Program, sponsored by the Reds Community Fund, fields 19 baseball and softball teams in the most competitive leagues in the area. More than 500 participants, coaches and support staff of Cincinnati RBI will join us tonight.
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will award the Thomas More College women’s basketball team with a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award. The Saints won the 2015 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship this past March. Tonight’s ceremony, as well as Thomas More College Night at Great American Ball Park, will each be dedicated to Saints football player Mitchell Kramer, who tragically lost his life earlier this week.
Tony Perez featured as an Honorary Captain of the Game
CINCINNATI (Aug. 20, 2015) — To kick off Tony Perez weekend, the Cincinnati Reds will celebrate “Fiesta Rojos” on Friday, Aug. 21 with the following events and activities:
• 11 to 12:30 p.m. at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn (2026 E. Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237)
– Hispanic Reds players Brayan Peña, Raisel Iglesias, Eugenio Suarez, Ivan De Jesus Jr., Jumbo Diaz and Pedro Villarreal to meet with 100+ students from Cincinnati Public School’s Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS)
– Students will participate in a Q&A, baseball clinic, salsa dancing and learn about how the players got to the Major Leagues
• Reds players and coaches will wear the alternate “Los Rojos” jerseys during the 7:10 p.m. game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
• La Mega 97.7 will provide live entertainment on the Crosley Patio starting at 5:30 p.m.
• On-field events will start at 6:30 p.m. with a Fiesta Rojos parade and dancers from the “Latin Dolls”
• Tony Perez, David Concepción, & César Gerónimo will serve as Honorary Captains of the Game
• Maria Lang, a teacher at AMIS, will receive a Reds Community Advocate Award presented by TriHealth.
• Latina singer Tina DeAndrete will perform the National Anthem
• Ohio Latino Affairs Commission ceremony honoring current Hispanic Reds players
• The Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero of the Game will be Miguel “Mike” Robinson (end of second inning)
Additionally, students and staff from AMIS will be attending Friday’s game compliments of the “Amigos de los Rojos” ticketing program. Now in its fifth year, Amigos de Los Rojos provides free tickets, Los Rojos caps and concession vouchers to local schools and community groups. The program is funded by the Hispanic Reds players.
Today the Reds selected from Louisville the contract of RHP Sam LeCure (#63), recalled from Louisville OF Brennan Boesch (#27), optioned to Louisville RHP Dylan Axelrod, placed on the 15-day disabled list CF Billy Hamilton (right shoulder) and transferred to the 60-day disabled list RHP Nate Adcock (8/4 right elbow surgery).
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight we have a special Wednesday night edition of our postgame Fireworks Show series, presented by PNC Bank. Tonight’s show was originally rained out on Opening Night (April 8). Tonight’s show will begin approximately 10 minutes after tonight’s game and feature a Disney-themed soundtrack set to Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.
Tonight is our annual “Match Night” at Great American Ball Park. The Coldwell Banker West Shell Match program is designed to bring youth baseball teams from the suburbs and the inner city together in the spirit of diversity, interaction and friendly competition. Through the support of Coldwell Banker West Shell, the program has expanded to include 16 organizations. As part of tonight’s celebration local youth baseball coach Charles Kelly will receive a Reds “Community Advocate Award” for his contributions to the Match program.
During pregame ceremonies we will honor the St. Xavier High School Aquabombers and present them with a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award. The Aquabombers won the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s State Swim & Dive Team Title this past February and were named the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association National Champions.
Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be veteran of the US Navy Seal Team Six – Master Chief Paul Tharp. Paul will accept a $5,000 donation on behalf of the US Navy SEAL Foundation from the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family.
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star T-Shirt Tuesday)
• Redlegs Run Ceremony: Winners from the 14th annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run will be honored during pregame ceremonies. Close to 3,000 runners and walkers participated in the event on Aug. 8 that generated approximately $150,000 for the Reds Community Fund.
• W&S Open First Pitch: Jiri Vesely, the #45 ranked tennis player in the world from the Western & Southern Open, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch tonight. The annual tournament runs through Aug. 23 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:10 p.m. (Student Discount Days)
• Fireworks Show: Post-game fireworks show featuring a Disney soundtrack, presented by PNC Bank. (makeup of April 8th Opening Night fireworks rainout)
• Match Ceremony: Pregame ceremonies will highlight the Reds Community Fund’s Coldwell Banker West Shell Match program, which brings youth baseball teams from the suburbs and the inner city together in the spirit of diversity, interaction and friendly competition. Charles Kelly, coach of Evanston’s Six Men Tigers team and co-founder of the Match program, will receive a Reds Community Advocate Award, which recognizes business representatives, community leaders and civil servants who advocate connection and inclusion.
• Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award: Members of the St. Xavier High School swim team will be the recipients of a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award during pregame ceremonies. St. X won its seventh consecutive Ohio Division I state title in February.
• Play Ball: Ceremonies and events this homestand will spotlight Play Ball, a new initiative from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball that encourages widespread participation in all forms of baseball activities among all age groups, especially youth. Fans can visit PlayBall.org for information and resources on proper instructions and play of organized baseball.
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m. (4 for $48, Thirsty Thursdays)
• RBI Ceremony: Pregame ceremonies will highlight Cincinnati’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and honor the Senior RBI team that recently competed in MLB’s RBI World Series, hosted by the Texas Rangers. It was Cincinnati RBI’s first appearance in the Senior Division World Series since the Reds Community Fund began operating the local RBI program in 2007.
• Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award: Members of the Thomas More College women’s basketball program will be the recipients of a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award during pregame ceremonies. The top-ranked team won the 2015 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship in March.
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m. (4 for $48, Fireworks Friday, Fiesta Rojos)
• Post-game Ceremony with Tony Perez and the Big Red Machine: Following tonight’s game, Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose and other members of the Big Red Machine will be introduced on the field prior to the post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show.
• Fiesta Rojos: Festivities will include pregame ceremonies and activities around the ballpark to celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, including Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion and Cesar Geronimo serving as Honorary Captains of the game. Reds players and coaches will wear the alternate “Los Rojos” jerseys. La Mega 97.7 will provide live entertainment on the Crosley Patio from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show with a “Fiesta Rojos” soundtrack, presented by Cooper Tire.
• Reds Community Advocate Award: Maria Lang from the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS) will receive a Reds Community Advocate Award. Maria is an educator and tutor at AMIS and immigration advocate. A native of Argentina, she’s taught for more than 30 years and has spent the last ten years at AMIS.
• Club Red Friday Night Party: Club Red members and their friends are invited to a party in the Kroger Fan Zone during the third through sixth innings. Parties are presented by Coca-Cola and feature entertainment by Kiss 107, raffle prizes and more. Club Red is for fans ages 13-17.
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m. (Tony Perez Day, 4 for $48)
•Tony Perez Statue Dedication: At 4:30 p.m., Tony and his teammates will participate in the unveiling and dedication of the Tony Perez Statue on Crosley Terrace. The statue was created by Tom Tsuchiya, who also created the Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Frank Robinson, Joe Nuxhall, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan statues outside GABP.
• Tony Perez Replica Statue: As part of Super Saturdays, free replica statue of the Hall of Famer to the first 30,000 fans, presented by LaRosa’s.
• Tony Perez Press Conference: Tony Perez and members of the Big Red Machine will meet with the media at 5:30 p.m. in the Field Level Media Interview Room.
• Tony Perez Day Pregame Ceremonies: Tony and his teammates will participate in on-field ceremonies starting at approx. 6:30 p.m., followed by a first pitch by Perez.
• Honorary Captain: Karen Kasich, Ohio’s First Lady and wife of Governor John Kasich, will serve as Honorary Captain of tonight’s game.
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sundays, 4 for $48)
• Kids Poster: Kids 14 and younger will receive a free Joey Votto poster, presented by PNC Bank.
• Art in the Park Day: ArtsWave and the Reds are teaming up for the third annual Art in the Park Day. Fans can experience music, dance, theater and hands-on art activities in the Kroger Fan Zone from when gates open at 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
• God Bless America: Marlana VanHoose from Denver, Ky. will sing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch.
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:10 p.m.
• June 18 Makeup Game: Tonight’s game is a makeup from June 18 that was postponed due to rain. Tickets from the June 18 game will be honored directly at the gates with no exchange necessary.
• Blue Jackets First Pitch: 2015 NHL All-Star Game MVP Ryan Johansen from the Columbus Blue Jackets will offer up a ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star T-Shirt Tuesday)
• Cincinnati Thunder: Representatives from the Cincinnati Thunder, a USA Hockey-sanctioned junior ice hockey team, will be introduced during pregame ceremonies. The Thunder’s inaugural home opener is Sept. 19 at the Cincinnati Gardens and they will play in the North American Tier III Hockey League.
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:10 p.m. (Bark in the Park, Student Discount Days)
• Bark in the Park: Tonight is the third of four Bark in the Park games this season, presented by Iams and Kroger. Over 600 dogs and their owners will be in a special seating area while the Kroger Fan Zone will turn into the “Dog Zone” with product samples and activities for both dogs and owners. A pregame parade with all the dogs and owners begins at 6:25 p.m. A limited number of dog tickets are still available at reds.com/dogday.
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 12:35 p.m. (Business Day Specials, Senior Citizen Specials)
• Bengals First Pitch: Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Catching the pitch will be former Bengals running back Corey Dillon.
Ticket Offers For This Homestand: reds.com/tickets
• 4 for $48: Enjoy a great weekend of Reds baseball action and save with our 4 for $48 ticket deal, presented by Reach Savings Magazine. For all four games against the Diamondbacks Aug. 20-23, buy four View Level tickets for just $48 and receive four FREE Reds caps at the game: reds.com/4for48.
• All-Star T-Shirt Tuesdays: For all Tuesday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $25 package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and an exclusive All-Star-themed T-shirt featuring a Reds player, presented by Rice Krispies Treats. The August T-shirt features Devin Mesoraco: reds.com/Tuesdays.
• Student Discount Days: Students of all ages can enjoy discount tickets to all Wednesday home games this season, courtesy of First Student: reds.com/Students.
• Thirsty Thursdays: For select Thursday Reds home games (including Aug. 20) fans can purchase a $30 package that includes a Field Box ticket and a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages. Available only at reds.com/Thursday.
• Family Sundays: For every Sunday home game this season, families can take advantage of two exclusive offers, presented by Klosterman Bakery:
– Get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of one full-price ticket
– Receive a FREE Kroger Meal Deal that includes a drink, hot dog, chips and a snack with your ticket
Sunday games also include giveaways for kids, face painters, live mascot races and more: reds.com/Family.
• Business Day Specials: For all 12:35 p.m. weekday Paycor Business Day Special games, get a View Level seat loaded with $10 in concession credits for just $20: reds.com/SkipWork.
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games (including Aug. 27) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Some restrictions apply. Presented by Tri-State Centers For Sight: reds.com/Senior.
Reds Community Fund
• Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash – Sept. 5: Register today for the inaugural Tri-County Mall Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Super Bowl in Erlanger, KY. Join Brandon and his Reds teammates for an exciting evening of food, fun and bowling all while raising money for the Reds Community Fund: reds.com/bowling.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
During pregame ceremonies this evening we will honor top finishers in the 14th Annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run, which was held on August 8th. Trophy Awards 10K winners Jeff Denny & Kerry Lee, along with Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine 5K winners JJ Webber & Katie Lenahan will all offer up ceremonial first pitches. The Redlegs Run raised nearly $150,000 for the Reds Community Fund this year.
Offering up a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of the Western & Southern Open tonight will be Jiri Vesely, World Ranked #45. Vesely was awarded with the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates in 2013.
With the Little League World Series approaching, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier participated in a press conference call this afternoon to reflect on playing for the 1998 LLWS championship Toms River team. Below are some highlights…
- Todd’s brother Jeff, played in the Little League World Series in 1995 when Todd was 9 years-old. Todd remembered, “I had two really close friends come up with me (to Williamsport) and I told them that this is our dream – this is what we need to do. Once we got there, it was unbelievable.”
- Frazier said Williamsport, the site of the Little League World Series, is “the Mecca for a kid that’s 11-12 years old.”
- Todd met many people during his Little League World Series experience, including kids his age from all around the world. “The people you meet is the coolest thing,” said Frazier.
- Now that Frazier is an established Major League star, many current Little League players cite him as their favorite player. Regarding that, Frazier said, “When you’re growing up, you want to make the big leagues. And now you have kids in New Jersey, Kentucky and from all over the world saying you’re their favorite player. I think that’s pretty neat.”
- Frazier is rooting for the Bowling Green, KY team in this year’s Little League World Series.
- The most challenging part for the Toms River team in 1998, according to Frazier, was advancing out of New Jersey. “There are so many good Little Leagues there,” said Todd.
- Todd’s brother started the “Beast of the East” nickname for the Toms River team.
- Frazier thinks it’s a mistake for parents to have their children concentrate on just one sport. “I played baseball, football, basketball and soccer.” He’ll support his son if he wants to play several different sports.
- Todd’s parents Charlie and Joan will receive the “Little League Parents of the Year” award this year in Williamsport.
- Frazier and his Toms River teammates reunited for their “10 year reunion” in 2008. Todd plans to host a 20 year reunion at his house in 2018.