Tonight is the fourth Fireworks Friday of the 2012 season. The postgame fireworks show will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and feature a “Hall of Fame Summer” soundtrack. The approximately 15 minute show will feature Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks and is being sponsored by the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family.
Prior to the start of the fireworks show we will have a “Hall of Fame Q&A” with Reds Hall of Fame alumni who were members of the Big Red Machine. The alumni expected to participate include Jack Billingham, Clay Carroll, David Concepcion, 2012 Inductee Dan Driessen, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo & Gary Nolan. The Q&A will be emceed by Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman.
The first 20,000 fans in attendance at tonight’s game will receive a Drawstring Backpack, courtesy of MLB Network.
Reds Hall of Fame alumni will be participating in a meet & greet photograph session with fans in the museum today from 5:30-7PM. Normal admission prices apply. Included in this group for the meet & greet is 2012 Inductees Sean Casey & Dan Driessen.
Today’s Farm Report includes all-star game recaps (Billy Hamilton won his team’s MVP) and Robert Stephenson’s pro debut.
Check out this photo of Jon Matthews, who last night singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning for Billings. Even after getting a shaving cream pie, he still finds time to sign for the fans before hitting the showers….
I’ve decided to no longer include here on Better Off Red the “Scribd” files of the Gamenotes and Farm Report . The Scribd format tends to slow down the speed of the blog and isn’t very reader-friendly on portable devices. Basically they’re more trouble than they’re worth.
I will, however, continue to include the PDF files of those same documents. Simply click on the links below to read today’s Gamenotes and Farm Report in PDF form. Let me know if this is better/worse.
From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau…
VOTTO GOES 44 FOR 100
Joey Votto, who was 2-for-4 with a home run and a double on Monday night, has 44 hits, including seven home runs and 12 doubles, over his last 100 at-bats. He’s the first Reds player since Frank Robinson in 1961 with 44 or more hits, including at least 19 for extra bases, in a span of 100 at-bats.
In case you missed it, yesterday Dat Dude BP was up to his old tricks….
Amazing! Now can we please get this guy voted into the All-Star Game…please?!
Speaking of amazing, how great is this music video going to be?
Of the Reds 4 active domestic minor league teams, only Louisville will be in action this evening, (Billings opens its season tonight) thus there will be no “official” Reds Farm Report on BOR this afternoon. However, we here at BOR would like to congratulate RHP Daniel Corcino for being named Southern League Pitcher of the Week for June 11-17. Corcino and reliever Wilkin De La Rosa on Saturday vs Mobile, combined for Pensacola’s first ever no-hitter. Corcino fired 8.0 innings and allowed just 3 walks while striking out 9.
Corcino is one of 5 players who will be representing Pensacola at tomorrow night’s Southern League All-Star Game in Kodak, TN. OF Ryan LaMarre, SS Didi Gregorius, OF Josh Fellhauer and RHP J.C. Sulbaran will be joining Corcino.
Bakersfield’s Billy Hamilton, who collected 5 stolen bases Saturday to give him 80 steals in just 66 games will headline tomorrow’s California League vs. Carolina League All-Star Game in Winston-Salem, NC. Hamilton’s teammates RHP Chad Rogers, RHP Brian Pearl, 1b/OF Donald Lutz and LHP Tony Cingrani were also named to the Cal League All-Star squad (Lutz – injury & Cingrani – promotion, will not participate in the game).
2b Ryan Wright will represent Dayton at tomorrow night’s Midwest League All-Star Game in Geneva, Ill.
More in a bit.
Expect good news!