From my pal @Bongreatness...
During pregame ceremonies this evening Western & Southern will present a $20,000 check to the Barrett Cancer Center on behalf of their “Strike Out Cancer” program.
Today is Angioma Alliance Awareness Night at Great American Ball Park and during pregame ceremonies a check for $4,914.00 will be presented to the group on behalf of their efforts selling fundraising tickets to tonight’s game. Singing our National Anthem this evening will be Mary Joyner, the daughter of Olympian Florence Griffith Joyner who died from the disease in 1998 at the age of 38.
Reds RF Jay Bruce is just 1 hit away from reaching 1,000 for his career. Today will mark Jay’s 1,098th Major League game. He’d become the 1,279th player with 1,000 career hits (1,170th since 1900).
According to Baseball Reference, the fastest ever to 1,000 career hits in the 19th century was Chuck Klein who needed just 683 games to get there. Ichiro reached 1,000 hits in 696 games. The youngest player to collect 1,000 career hits was Ty Cobb at age 24 years, 145 days.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Today is the 13th annual Mascot T-Ball Game at Great American Ball Park. Dozens of mascots from throughout the region will join us for the annual t-ball battle taking place on the field today at approximately 12:10PM. Mascots will also join us in the Fan Zone during the first few innings of the game for meet & greet with kids attending today’s game. Among the mascots joining us today are Victor E. Viking (NKU), Bear”C”at (UC), The Blue Blob (XU), D’Artagnan (XU), Who Dey (Bengals), Twister (Cyclones), Tommy Mo (Thomas More College), Wooly Bully (Cincinnati Rollergirls) and, of course, Produce Man (Northern Kentucky Health Department).
During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Abby Paskvan for the singing of God Bless America.
Following the conclusion of today’s game we will have a Reds Heads postgame parade around the warning track. Today’s event is exclusively for Reds Heads kids club members and their families.
Photos from yesterday courtesy of Amanda Rodriguez…
From my pal @Bongreatness…
As a lead up to the Riverfest Cincinnati Fireworks taking place at 9PM tonight, there will be short bursts of fireworks near the ballpark (by Newport on the Levee) every hour on-the-hour starting at 12PM. We do not expect it to impact play, but team officials will monitor as the day progresses.
Kids 14 and younger in attendance at today’s game will receive a Todd Frazier poster, courtesy of Tri-County Mall.
During pregame ceremonies today we will present Todd Frazier with the Cincinnati Reds team award for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s “Heart & Hustle Award”. Todd will represent the Reds as a finalist for the overall Heart & Hustle Award which will be presented by the MLBPAA at the Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City on November 10th. Previous Reds team recipients of the Heart & Hustle Award include Skip Schumaker (2014), 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).
Also during pregame ceremonies today Todd Frazier will receive an official proclamation from Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann that declares Sunday, September 6th, 2015 as “Todd Frazier Day” in Hamilton County. The proclamation is in recognition of Todd’s inspiring performance and win in the 2015 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby.
During the middle of the 7th inning today we will be joined by the Krienke Sisters who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.
Reds prospect Beau Amaral made an incredible leaping catch last night in Pensacola’s 15-inning 5-4 win vs Mobile. Take a look…
In that game, OF Jesse Winker went 4-for-6 with 3 runs scored. In 30 games beginning August 1, Winker is batting .355 (38-107) with 9 doubles, 6 homers, 19 RBI and 21 walks.
Something I forgot to share with you folks in yesterday’s road trip recap…
I was minding my own business recently in the Reds clubhouse while the team was in Chicago, when Raisel Iglesias walked in whistling the Star Spangled Banner. It was kind of touching, if not a subtle reminder that Iglesias, a Cuban who currently doesn’t speak fluent English, is doing his best to immerse himself in the USA and get acclimated to his surroundings.
I really like Raisel – and not just for his brilliance on the mound. He usually has a smile on his face and is very friendly to everyone he comes into contact with. And yes, he’s working on his English. For what it’s worth, I saw him the other day greet Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon with a “What’s up, what’s up!”
Of all the great Reds pitchers in franchise history (Soto, Walters, Maloney, Rijo, Rixey, Blackwell, Seaver, etc), it’s amazing that Iglesias is the first to ever record double-digit strikeouts in 3 straight games. Hopefully it’s a sign to come!
Congratulations to Lisa Foster, who was randomly chosen as the winner of yesterday’s BOR contest. She gets some cool All-Star Game schwag.
Don’t worry, I plan on giving away some more stuff soon, so stay tuned!
If you’re planning on attending one or both games of today’s doubleheader, gates to Game One open at 11:10 for season ticket holders and 11:40 for general public. For the nightcap, gates are scheduled to open at 5:10, but they could possibly open earlier depending on the conclusion of the matinee.
Because today’s games are part of a day/night doubleheader, you’ll be required to have a ticket to each game. (One ticket doesn’t cover both contests).
The Reds Stein will be given away to the first 20,000 fans attending Game one (only).
The second game of today’s doubleheader will NOT be televised by Fox Sports Ohio.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Game #1 of today’s Day / Night Doubleheader will start at 1:10PM. The ballpark will be cleared out between games with Game #2 scheduled to begin at 6:10PM. Gates to the ballpark are tentatively scheduled to reopen for Game #2 at 5:10PM for all fans, however that time may be adjusted depending on the ending time of Game #1.
Game #1 is Redstoberfest at Great American Ball Park. Today we celebrate the rich German heritage of our region with numerous activations throughout the ballpark. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a Reds Stein, presented by Hollywood Casino. Additionally today we will welcome the German Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Peter Wittig, who is joining us for today’s celebration and will offer up one of our ceremonial first pitches. The German American Citizens League of Cincinnati will present colors for today’s game & the Kolping Sangerchor will sing our National Anthem.
Game #1 is also the second Reds Birthday Babies/Reds Rookies game of the 2015 season, presented by TriHealth & Pampers. Over 200 babies and their parents will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track and festivities in our Fan Zone prior to the game.
From today’s Reds Gamenotes…
DOUBLE DIPS: Last night’s rainout was the Reds’ fifth postponement of the season (4/25 vs Cubs, 5/8 at WSox, 6/18 vs Det, 7/8 at Wsh)…another game, on 6/27 at NYM, was suspended and completed the next day…today will mark the Reds’ third doubleheader of the season and second day/night DH (10-4 win & 8-2 loss on 5/9 at WSox, 9-1 win & 6-5 loss in day/night DH on 7/22 vs Cubs)…the Reds last swept a doubleheader on 7/8/14 vs Cubs, last were swept in a DH on 8/28/07 at Pit and last were swept in a DH at home on 8/17/90 vs Pit.
The Tri-County Mall Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash benefitting the Reds Community Fund has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 12.
Tonight’s game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers has been postponed due to rain. Tonight’s game will be made up tomorrow, September 5 at 6:10 PM. Fans holding tickets for today’s game may present their same ticket at the gate for the rescheduled game with no exchange necessary.
Tickets do not need to be exchanged today.
Please check your ticket for specific rain check instructions. Keep your ticket. It is your rain check and may be exchanged at face value for any remaining 2015 Cincinnati Reds regular season home game (excluding September 12), subject availability. Ticket exchanges are available at Great American Ball Park throughout the regular season in advance of game day only.
Fans holding tickets purchased through StubHub may use their same tickets for the make-up game only with no exchange necessary. Please contact StubHub for more information.
Fans holding ticket for the Diamond Club, Champions Club, Handlebar, Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion, or CBTS Pilot House should hold on to their tickets. Those tickets will be valid for the same location for the make-up game.
Questions regarding the Diamond or Champions Club tickets should call (513) 765-7210. Handlebar ticket questions should be directed to (513) 765-7600.
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday, Grateful Dead Night)
• Fireworks Show: Post-game fireworks show featuring a Grateful Dead soundtrack, presented by Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center and Gabriel’s Place.
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m. (Super Saturday)
• Reds Stein: As part of Super Saturday and Redstoberfest, free commemorative stein celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1990 World Champion Reds to the first 20,000 fans, presented by Hollywood Casino.
• Redstoberfest: Festivities include pregame ceremonies and activities throughout the game celebrating our region’s German heritage. Peter Wittig, Germany’s Ambassador to the United States, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
• Reds Rookies Baby Club: More than 200 Reds Rookies Baby Club members and their parents will take part in a pregame parade on the field. The Kroger Fan Zone will become the “Baby Zone,” with pregame activities and games for babies and their families as well as giveaways from Reds partners Pampers, TriHealth and Kroger.
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday)
• Kids Poster: Kids 14 and younger will receive a free Todd Frazier poster, presented by Tri-County Mall.
• Heart & Hustle Award: Todd Frazier will be presented with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s “Heart & Hustle Award” during pregame ceremonies. The annual award was created to recognize one player on each MLB team who demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.
Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:10 p.m. (All-Star Monday)
• Mascot T-ball Game: The 13th annual Mascot T-ball game will take place on the field from about Noon to 12:30 p.m. featuring Reds mascots and mascots from schools and organizations from throughout the region.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star T-Shirt Tuesday, Senior Citizen Special)
• First Pitch: NASCAR driver Ben Rhodes will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The 18-year-old Louisville native drives the No. 88 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet with JR Motorsports and will race at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 26 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300.
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m. (Student Discount Day)
• National Anthem: Mary Joyner will sing the National Anthem. Mary is the daughter of Olympic track star Florence Griffith Joyner (known as “Flo-Jo”) and appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2012.
• Angioma Alliance Night: Many of tonight’s pregame ceremonies will bring awareness to the Angioma Alliance, an organization for and by individuals who have abnormal blood vessels and those who care about them. Former Reds pitcher Joe Price (1980-86), whose family has been affected by cavernous angioma, will offer up a ceremonial first pitch.
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. (Thirsty Thursday)
• National Anthem: Annie Edgerton will sing the National Anthem. Annie is a professional singer and Broadway performer who is attempting to sing the National Anthem in every MLB ballpark. More information on her journey is available at anthemquest.com.
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday)
• Fireworks Show: Post-game fireworks show featuring a patriotic soundtrack, presented by Koorsen Fire & Security.
• 9/11 Tributes: “Patriot Day” pregame ceremonies will honor the 14th anniversary of 9/11 and Reds players and coaches will wear MLB commemorative caps adorned with American flags. All MLB teams will observe a moment of silence in remembrance.
• Police & Fire Appreciation: Many of tonight’s pregame ceremonies will feature members of local Police, Fire, Sheriff and EMT departments.
• Bob Feller Act of Valor Award: Jay Bruce will be recognized as a finalist for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Since 2012, Jay has sponsored “Bruce’s Battalion” which provides tickets to local military families to enjoy Sunday home games from the Sun Deck. Winners are selected for the way they have reflected the values, integrity and dedication to service displayed by Feller.
• WWII Ship Welcome: The crew of USS LST 325, a WWII amphibious ship and nonprofit museum, will be introduced during post-game ceremonies. The ship, which carried troops and equipment to Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 (D-Day), will be docked at Cincinnati’s Public Landing and open to the public for tours Sept. 12-16: lstmemorial.org.
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:05 p.m. (Super Saturday)
• Pete Rose Bobblehead: As part of Super Saturdays, all fans in attendance will receive a Pete Rose Bobblehead, presented by Queen City Sausage. Third of three in the “Stars of the Queen City” bobblehead series.
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday)
• Kids Homer Bailey Poster: Kids 14 and younger will receive a free Homer Bailey poster, presented by PNC Bank.
• Art Museum Day: Celebrate the Cincinnati Art Museum and Reds baseball all in the same day! Learn more about the great fine art on display, including several Reds-themed items. Plus, discounted tickets benefitting the Art Museum are available at reds.com/art.
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 September, the featured baseball honors the 2015 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 September T-shirt features Joey Votto: reds.com/Tuesdays.
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games (including Sept. 8) 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.
• Student Discount Days: Students of all ages can enjoy discount tickets to all Wednesday home games this season, courtesy of First Student: reds.com/Senior.
• Thirsty Thursdays: For select Thursday Reds home games (including Sept. 10) 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.
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
• 1990 Replica World Series Ring collectable gift: Free 1990 World Champion Cincinnati Reds replica ring with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame (or Scotts Great American Ball Park tour tickets) on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September, while supplies last: redsmuseum.org.
Reds Community Fund
• Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash – Sept. 5: It’s not too late to register 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. Details are available at reds.com/bowling and fans can register by calling (513) 765-7240.
• Richter & Phillips Diamond Necklace Raffle – Sept. 11: Fans can purchase raffle tickets to win a $5,000 Baseball Diamond Necklace designed by Amanda Brennaman on Friday, Sept. 11. Representatives from Richter & Phillips, the official jeweler of the Cincinnati Reds, will be selling the raffle tickets inside the ballpark near the Crosley Terrace re-entry gate. The drawing will be held on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Richter & Phillips in downtown Cincinnati.
Reds Special Events
• Yoga on the field at GABP – Sept. 12: Take the field for “Sliding into Om” on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8:30 a.m. for a yoga session on the outfield grass. The $15 package also includes a ticket to the Reds vs. Cardinals game on Sept. 13 and a free yoga session at Simply Power Yoga. Details and registration at reds.com/yoga.