From my pal @Bongreatness…
The first 25,000 fans in attendance at today’s game will receive a “Get Your ‘Stache On” tee shirt, courtesy of Arm & Hammer. 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 may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gate dictate it so.
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will recognize our five members of the 2015 National League All-Star team – Strength & Conditioning Coordinator Sean Marohn, Head Trainer Paul Lessard, Manager & NL Coach Bryan Price, and players Todd Frazier & Aroldis Chapman. Each will receive a commemorative All-Star plaque, a tradition the Reds began during the 2010 season.
Please note that tonight’s game will be part of FS1’s national broadcast and the National Anthem will take place at 6:56PM this evening.
Tonight is our second Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Game of the 2015 season and numerous season ticket holders will participate in events and activities throughout the game.
Friday, July 17, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday)
• Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show with a “Country Music Throwdown” soundtrack, presented by TriHealth.
• Ohio Cup: The Ohio Cup, presented by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, will be showcased during pregame ceremonies. The Reds must win all three games this weekend to retain the Cup.
• 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.
• World Record Attempt: Following tonight’s game and prior to the fireworks, local strongman Sean McCarthy will attempt to break the world record for the Farthest Washing Machine Throw – Individual. The current record is 13 ft. 2 in., set by Jonathan Macfarlane in Auckland, New Zealand on August 23, 2009.
Saturday, July 18, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:10 p.m. (Super Saturday)
• “Get Your Stache On” T-Shirt: As part of Super Saturdays, free “Get Your Stache On” T-Shirt to the first 25,000 fans, presented by Arm & Hammer.
• Reds All-Stars Ceremony: Todd Frazier, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Price, trainer Paul Lessard and strength & conditioning coordinator Sean Marohn will be presented with commemorative plaques during pregame ceremonies in honor of their selections to the 2015 National League All-Star team.
Sunday, July 19, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday)
• Kids Poster: Kids 14 and younger will receive a free Devin Mesoraco poster, presented by CollegeAdvantage.
• First Pitch: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will toss out a ceremonial first pitch. Secretary Mabus will be joined by Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann for a special announcement. Mabus is the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy and leads America’s Navy and Marine Corps.
• Post-Game Gospel Concert: Join us for a free post-game Gospel concert on the field featuring Casey J and Fred Hammond. To purchase game tickets please visit reds.com/gospelconcert.
Monday, July 20, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star Monday)
• The Long Haul Bombers: The Long haul Bombers return to GABP for a pregame home run hitting exhibition showcasing the biggest sluggers in the World Softball League.
• Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award: Members of the Moeller High School baseball team will be the recipients of a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award. Moeller captured its eighth baseball championship in school history with a 16-0 victory over Westerville Central in the 2015 Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I State Championship game on June 6.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star T-Shirt Tuesday)
• Reds Racing Night: The fourth annual Reds Racing Night presented by Kroger features driver A.J. Allmendinger and JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Brad Daugherty throwing out ceremonial first pitches and participating in a 5:45 p.m. Q&A and 6 p.m. autograph session in the Kroger Fan Zone. A.J. drives the No. 47 Chevrolet SS for JTG Daugherty Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Kroger Fan Zone will be packed with a collection of racing show cars, displays and simulators.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 12:35 p.m. – Game 1 of doubleheader (Student Discount Day, Business Day Special, Senior Citizen Special)
• WGRR “Married with Microphones” Night: Celebrate with 103.5 WGRR’s Chris & Janeen as they mark 20 years on the “Married with Microphones” morning show together. Chris & Janeen will throw out ceremonial first pitches and be honored during pregame ceremonies. For only $25, fans can sit with Chris & Janeen in the Sun and Moon Deck and get a free Reds “Get Your Stache On” hat: reds.com/WGRR.
• Reds Rookie Success League Day: More than 500 boys and girls from the Reds Community Fund’s Reds Rookie Success League program will attend today’s game and take part in a pregame parade. The free, coed, character-building summer baseball program is in its 13th season of operation.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 6:10 p.m. – Game 2 of doubleheader (gates open at 5:10 p.m.)
• First Pitch: Kelsey Mitchell, a member of the Ohio State University women’s basketball team, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Kelsey (Princeton H.S. class of 2014) was named B1G Freshman of the Year and was the first freshman to ever lead the country in scoring.
Ticket Offers For This Homestand: reds.com/tickets
• 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.
• All-Star Mondays: For every Monday Reds home game, fans can purchase a package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and a commemorative baseball featuring an MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® logo for only $25, presented by Tri-State Chevy Dealers. For the month of July the featured baseball honors the 1988 Midsummer Classic: reds.com/Mondays.
• 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 July T-shirt features Todd Frazier: reds.com/Tuesdays.
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games including July 22 (12:35 p.m.) 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/Seniors.
• 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.
• 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.
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Signature Saturday – July 18: As part of Signature Saturday, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning will appear at the museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. Visitors may have one item autographed at no charge with full price admission or by showing their membership card. Fans can receive one additional item signed per person with a $5 donation to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.
.• Life Enriching Communities Senior Days: Senior citizens ages 60 and over will be admitted free of charge to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on select Mondays this season including July 20, courtesy of Life Enriching Communities.
Reds Community Fund
• Redlegs Run: Register now for the Caldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run on Saturday, Aug. 8. Fans can choose from the 5K, 10K, One Mile Family Run and Gapper’s Kids Fun Run: reds.com/run.
After winning the 2015 Home Run Derby on his home turf, Todd Frazier was loaned Adam Jones’ WWE title belt for what would become a memorable post-derby photo. Alas, Frazier had to give the strap back to Jones but he wouldn’t have to go too long without a title belt of his own.
When Frazier returned today to Great American Ball Park, a gift from WWE was awaiting him. WWE sent Todd his very own title belt for his heroics on Monday night (of all nights).
Todd posed with the title prior to Friday’s game against the Indians…
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 17, 2015
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the 8th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by TriHealth. The postgame fireworks display will be set to a Country Music Throwdown soundtrack and feature Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. The show will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and will be preceded by an attempt by local strongman Sean McCarthy to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for “Furthest Washing Machine Throw – Individual”.
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will showcase the Ohio Cup, presented by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The Ohio Cup has been won outright 6 times by the Indians (retained 6 times) and has been won outright by the Reds 5 times. Due to a 3-game sweep by the Indians of the Reds earlier this season, the Reds must win all 3-games during this weekend’s series to retain the Cup.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will offer up one of tonight’s ceremonial first pitches.
It all seems a blur.
At this very moment a week ago, Lisa Braun and I were at the Holy Grail Banks attempting to rally the troops in getting Johnny Cueto voted onto the National League All-Star team. Unfortunately, our All-Star “week” didn’t get off to a successful start – Johnny finished second in the voting. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned that the voting letdown would carry over into the rest of the week. I’m glad it didn’t. And despite the defeat, the #VoteCueto Campaign Party on Friday was very much worth the effort.
There were so many moving parts and fast-going events to All-Star week, that the days seem to have blended into one another. The one constant for each day, however, was the threat of bad weather. Mother Nature has been a season-ticket holder at Great American Ball Park all year and it appeared she wasn’t staying home during All-Star week. Thankfully, an eleventh-hour intervention by the Baseball Gods preserved three amazing events at GABP, with minimal weather interference.
And speaking of Baseball Gods (and weather), did they also influence the Home Run Derby? I can’t imagine a more perfect outcome to an event that was, quite frankly, becoming kind of stale in the years prior. The timed bracket play was simply genius, and by reducing the rounds from 5 minutes to 4, Baseball made a great idea better. The reduced time was due to inclement weather in the forecast and if you remember, as soon as the derby ended, the skies opened. In my opinion, 4-minutes was the perfect amount of time. I wouldn’t be surprised if MLB sticks with it rather than revisiting the 5-minute idea.
There’s so much behind-the-scenes stuff going on to create All-Star week. In addition to the employees of MLB and the Reds, there are folks from other teams and other companies that get involved to assist in putting together the Midsummer Classic. All hands are certainly on deck!
For the Futures Game on Sunday, I was on pressbox duty. I kept score of the game and maintained correspondence with both dugouts for game substitutions. When each team made in-game changes, I’d announce those substitutions to the press boxes (main press box and the two auxiliary press boxes for overflow media) in order to keep the writers and broadcasters up-to-date on who is in the game. Those announcements also keep PA announcer Joe Zerhusen and the two official scorers in-the-know.
I was honored to be on hand for the All-Star Gala at Union Terminal on Sunday night. What an extraordinary event attended by so many people involved in the game of baseball. And wow, I’ll never forget how awesome Union Terminal looked that night.
Monday might possibly go down as my most favorite day ever on the job. I spent half of it with Todd Frazier and his family. I escorted Todd to the Duke Energy Center for his appearance at FanFest. When we arrived and he walked in, many fans erupted into applause. Todd’s mom was moved to tears by this. Little did she know, she hadn’t seen anything yet! Frazier took photos with fans and signed the giant baseball that was on display. He was even joined on stage by Johnny Bench, who helped Frazier pose for photos with his many supporters.
Following the public appearance at FanFest, Todd and the rest of the All-Stars were asked to make time for the media at the Westin Hotel. Each player had his own “booth” where credentialed media were allowed access to the player for approximately 30-35 mintues. Following the media pow-wow, Todd was part of the Home Run Derby press conference hosted by ESPN’s Karl Ravech and attended by all of the Derby participants.
On the ride back to GABP, Todd and his brother Charlie talked strategy for that night’s home run derby. I’ll never forget Todd telling us that if he could keep his first-round opponent Prince Fielder to under double-digits, he’d could “take him.” Prince reached double-digits, but you know how it ends.
Also on Monday, I was given a list of All-Stars from both leagues. I was expected to take those listees to media areas set up in the ballpark where folks from FOX and ESPN (MLB ASG rights-holders) would interview and take photos of them. All of the All-Stars on my list were very cordial and agreeable to what were asked of them.
I had similar duties on Tuesday, but instead of media areas, I was at the Westin Hotel to assist in getting All-Stars to their specific red carpet truck. Because the event was more laid back and the players were permitted to bring their families with them, the All-Stars seemed to really enjoy it. I really liked chatting with Mr. and Mrs. Madison Bumgarner. They were very friendly and seemed down-to-earth. It’s easy to root for the good ones, even if they don’t play on your favorite team. Being nice goes a long way!
The game itself went by fast. It felt like a few minutes passed between the time Mike Trout opened the game with a home run to him choosing what car he wanted as his MVP prize.
And just like that, it was all over.
Some of my personal favorite moments of the week:
- Marlana VanHoose knocking the socks off 45,000 people with her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner prior to the Home Run Derby
- The Mystics showing the world how talented they are
- Spending time with my friends/colleagues from other teams and from Major League Baseball
- Getting to see Cincinnati immerse itself in a much-needed baseball celebration
- Seeing a packed ballpark Stand Up 2 Cancer
- Feeling an overwhelming sense of pride for my co-workers who worked so hard for this
Well, that’s that. I can’t believe it was here and gone already.
Time to get back to work!
Expect good news,
From my pal @PattyMcIrish…
Tonight the Cincinnati Reds are honored to host the Major League Baseball 86th All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile. During tonight’s pregame ceremonies, a group of local P&G & Kroger Hometown All-Stars will be identified from the Cincinnati Community who make a positive difference in the area followed by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales making a loop around the warning track.
We will announce the Franchise Four comprised of the most impactful players in their team’s history voted by fans across all Major League Baseball. The Reds Franchise Four will then make an appearance for a special ceremony on the field.
The All-Star players will line the field and be introduced Live on FOX prior to Columbus Native, Leo Welsh performing the Canadian Anthem. The United States National Anthem will be performed by Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter and actress, Ciara. Presenting the colors will be a Joint Color Guard comprised of members of the US Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, & Marine Corps all based out of Cincinnati. A giant flag will cover the outfield held by more than 100 brave men & women from the Cincinnati Fire Department. A flyover will be provided at the end of the Anthem performed by four U.S. Navy FA-18 Super Hornets from VFA-213 Blacklions & VFA-87 War Party.
To conclude our on-field pregame ceremonies, Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds will recognize the Greatest Living Players selected by fans across all Major League Baseball. This will be followed by the Game Ball being delivered to the mound from a representative from the Boys & Girls Club of America.
Following the conclusion of the game, Chevy and Major League Baseball will present the Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet.
I still have no words. Let’s let the moving pictures do the talking…
From my pal @PattyMcIrish…
Welcome to All-Star Workout Day!
Tonight, Great American Ball Park will host the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders LIVE on ESPN. Public gates will open at 5:00PM. Batting Practice for the All-Star Game participants will start at 5:15PM with the National League taking the field followed by the American League players starting at 6:15PM. The Home Run Derby participants will be able to take about 10 extra minutes of BP starting at 7:15PM.
During tonight’s pregame ceremonies, we will have representatives of the Breaking Barriers Program on the field for a check presentation. The in-park emcee will be Cincinnati’s Thom Brennaman who will be introducing the batters for the Derby competition with DJ Irie providing the walk up music. The DJ will be spinning at a booth at 2nd base which will be moved to right field during competition. Prior to the player introduction, there will be a pregame Budweiser Concert featuring Walk the Moon for two songs as part of the Pepsi Music Series.
Reds Hall of Famer, Ken Griffey Jr will be performing the ceremonial first pitch using a ball delivered from representatives from Gillette and P&G.
Between batters, we will have two finalist from the High School Home Run Derby compete for their own title. During the HRD Semifinals, three World War Two Veterans from the United States Navy, Marines, and Army will be recognized from their seats as the night’s Hometown Heroes. Also during the Semifinals, fans will be asked to stand and display placards with names of loved ones effected by cancer as a part of Stand Up 2 Cancer which will go live on ESPN. After the 3rd batter of the Semifinals, the champions from MLB Pitch, Hit, Run will have a presentation the field.
After tonight’s game, there will be a fireworks show with DJ Earworm providing the beats on field from the DJ Booth at 2nd base. Prior to the fireworks, the Gillette Home Run Derby Champion will be named and presented their award by Reds greats Dave Parker & Eric Davis.
Here are some photos from Sunday’s Legends/Celebrity Softball Game at Great American Ball Park…
From my pal @PattyMcIrish…
SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game
There will be two main events happening at the ballpark today starting with the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game with the United States Team taking on the World Team consisting of the top prospects in the league. The World Team will take batting practice starting at 12:00pm with gates opening to the public at 1:00pm. The U.S. Team will take batting practice at 1:10pm.
FUTURES GAME LINEUP CARD -> 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Scorecard
During pregame of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, roughly 200 kids from the Junior RBI League will line the field. Prior to the National Anthem, which will be performed by a quintet from the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Brass Ensemble, nine members of the Boys & Girls Club of America will present the flags of the countries represented in the game. These countries include: The United States, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Taiwan, Curacao, Nicaragua, Cuba, & Mexico.
Performing a ceremonial first pitch will be Daron Bowling ,former attendee and current volunteer at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy. Catching the pitch for Daron will be the Director of the Urban Youth Academy Softball Program, Herb Riley.
The Budweiser Clydesdales will round the field prior to MLB Network going live to the game. The Clydesdales will come out of the centerfield gate and work their way around the field. After the Clydesdale clear, nine members of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will take the field to the nine player positions for a glove exchange with the starting U.S. Team members.
At the end of the 1st inning, two lucky fans will be given an autographed jersey from the U.S. and World Team Managers, Ken Griffey & Tony Perez, respectively.
During the End of the 2nd Inning Sergeant Alexander Leveridge of the United States Marines will be honored as the All-Star Sunday Hometown Hero on top of the U.S. Team Dugout.
God Bless America will be performed during the 7th inning stretch by Cincinnati’s The Mistics.
There is a 10 inning maximum for this game.
30 Minutes Between Events:
• SiriusXM Futures MVP Presentation
• Wilson Glove giveaway (glove was designed by Reds 2nd Baseman, Brandon Phillips)
• Billy Currington to perform in right field
• Fence to be put in the outfield to make it a softball field
• Celebrities & Legends take the field
Celebrity & Legends Softball Game
Attached, please find the full schedule for the Celebrity & Legends Softball Game. The start time is depending on the end of the Futures Game. The softball game will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Futures Game.
From 4:00-5:30pm, the players will take batting practice next to the Rose Garden in the Reds Hall of Fame Batting Cages after being introduced while coming down the escalator in the Kroger Fan Zone. Fans are not allowed in the Rose Garden at this time as it is meant for guests of the players as well as a press option.
The softball game will be played for 6 innings. In the event of a tie, there will be a “Home Run Challenge”. A Celebrity and Legend from each team will represent in a 5 swing per participant challenge to determine the winner.
The on-field emcees for the softball game will be MLB Network’s Intentional Talk hosts Chris Rose & Kevin Millar. During the shortened inning breaks, there will be interviews with the players
Zip line Update – Saturday, July 11, 2015
The Cincinnati Zip Line Experience is scheduled to resume from 8-11PM tonight.
There are still tickets available in the 9-10PM and 10-11PM time slots. (8-9PM sold out)
Tonight’s rides can only be purchased at the Cincinnati Zip Line Experience offices at The Banks, corner of Freedom Way and Joe Nuxhall Way.
The Cincinnati Zip Line Experience is scheduled to be open tomorrow 10AM-9PM, Monday 10AM-9PM and Tuesday 10AM-12PM & 3-9PM.
Advance tickets (Sunday-Tuesday) are $35 at reds.com/zipline and AllStarGame.com. Walk-up tickets are $45, subject to availability.