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Major League Baseball announced today that T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at the Duke Energy Center from July 10th-14th in Cincinnati will feature a theme and corresponding giveaway each day. Additionally, there will be chances to win various prizes, including tickets to All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, and the 86th MLB All-Star Game. All giveaway terms and conditions, plus information on how to purchase tickets, can be found at

For details with photos, click here > MLB Announces T-Mobile All-Star FanFest Theme Days and Giveaways




The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike Route to Take Participants to Kentucky and Back

Major League Baseball, the Cincinnati Reds and The Color Run have announced the course route for The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike taking place on Saturday, July 11.

The All-Star themed course takes participants through downtown Cincinnati starting at Sawyer Point Park, passes by Great American Ball Park and then crosses into Kentucky on the Taylor Southgate Bridge. After a portion in Kentucky, the route crosses the Purple People Bridge before finishing in Sawyer Point Park where a Finish Festival featuring music, giveaways and contests will take place. A map of the route is attached.

The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which participants are doused in different colored powder at each color zone. All registered participants will receive a limited edition Shine Tour Participation Kit, including: custom race t-shirt, gold finisher’s medal, tattoos, headband and powder packets.

Event information and registration is available at



In case you missed it, Devin Mesoraco will have surgery in New York on June 29 to repair the impingement in his left hip.  Hip specialist Dr. Bryan Kelly will perform the surgery.




From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 10,000 dads in attendance at today’s game will receive a Reds Tumbler, courtesy of Kahn’s. Additionally kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Johnny Cueto poster, courtesy of Arm & Hammer.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by The Mistics, who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.

Following the conclusion of today’s game we will have the annual Reds Community Fund “Family Catch”. Today’s event will have over 600 participants taking turns tossing the baseball in the outfield grass of Great American Ball Park. Discounted packages for today’s event are still available for purchase while at Great American Ball Park by visiting the registration table near Section 133 in the Fan Zone during today’s game.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the Reds organization today, as well as dads throughout Reds Country!


Reds players today are wearing ‘Vote Reds‘ t-shirts in an effort to drum up All-Star support for the home team.

Here are some photos (and remember, VOTE REDS!)

(Thanks to Paul Taylor for the photos)




From my pal @PattyMcIrish

During tonight’s pregame ceremonies, the Reds will pay tribute to the late James Barrett “Barry” Buse as we welcome over twenty members of his family including his four children, their spouses, and twelve Buse grandchildren. Barry was co-owner of the Reds franchise from 1966 to 1984 and passed away earlier this year at the age of 84. During his tenure, the club experienced its greatest sustained success in the Big Red Machine era. Mr. Buse was well known for entertaining people no matter where he was and is remembered for singing the famed song, “The Whole Town’s Batty About Cincinnati” prior to home games on the Riverfront Stadium’s artificial turf. During tonight’s ceremony, the family will be introduced prior to a short video of Hall of Famer Johnny Bench reminiscing of his time with Barry. The ceremony will conclude with Barry’s eldest son, BJ Buse, offering up a ceremonial first pitch in honor of his father. Additionally, “The Whole Town’s Batty About Cincinnati” will be played after tonight’s seventh inning stretch.

Tonight also marks the 4th Military Appreciation Day presented by Disabled American Veterans (DAV) & RetireMED iQ. Throwing out a ceremonial first pitch today on behalf of DAV is Retired Army Staff Sergeant Ben Parker. Ben was deployed to Afghanistan twice as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team Leader. His team safely disarmed more than 300 IEDs, and Ben received two bronze stars for his bravery. Additionally, Ben is a 2005 graduate of Sycamore High School and is a DAV life member. Continuing in the Military Appreciation celebration and serving as the honorary captain today, is Disabled American Veterans Senior National Service Officer, Linda Mingo. Linda served in the United States Army from March 1983 until October 1986 and the United States Army Reserves from 1987 until 1994.



From my pal @Bongreatness...

Prior to the singing of our National Anthem this evening we will observe a Moment of Remembrance in honor of fallen Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim. Officer Kim died in the line of duty earlier today. A previously planned tribute by tonight’s Honor Guard, The Emerald Society, to the family of fallen Firefighter Daryl Gordon will take place as planned during the presentation of colors tonight prior to the moment of silence. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Reds organization go out to the family of Officer Kim and our friends in the Cincinnati Police Department.

Tonight is Friday Fireworks #6 of the 2015 season, presented by the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family. The approximately 15-minute fireworks display will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and feature Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “ShamROCK the Ball Park” soundtrack.

“ShamROCK the Ball Park” is in celebration of Irish Heritage Night. The Reds will be wearing their Irish Heritage alternative jersey tops this evening, which will be available for purchase through Reds Authentics after the game. Additional festivities around the ballpark include performances by the McGing Irish Dancers (pregame and postgame), a pregame performance by the Emerald Society Bagpipers, and the singing of both our National Anthem and Take Me Out to the Ballgame by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

Also during pregame ceremonies tonight the Reds will welcome the Prostate Cancer Foundation, including Chairman and Founder Michael Milken, as part of their tour of ballparks in support of the Home Run Challenge. At all MLB games from June 15th through Father’s Day every major league home run will raise funds for prostate cancer research.



Tonight’s game vs. the Detroit Tigers has been postponed due to rain.  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 a 2015 Cincinnati Reds regular season home game (exclusions apply), subject availability.

Ticket exchanges are available at Great American Ball Park throughout the regular season in advance of game day only.

If you ordered your tickets online at or over the phone through Ticketmaster you may contact Ticketmaster customer service at 1-800-745-3000 to exchange your tickets.

Please be aware that you will be required to pay the difference on an exchange if you are exchanging for a game or ticket to a higher price. If you are exchanging a ticket for lesser priced game or ticket no refund of the difference will be given.

Fans holding tickets purchased through StubHub may use their same tickets for the make-up game with no exchange necessary.  Please contact StubHub for more information.

Fans holding ticket for the Diamond Club, Champions Club, or Handlebar 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.

Fans holding Straight-A tickets may exchange for one of the remaining Straight-A dates, July 21 or July 30.

Excluded Dates for Exchange;

June 19
June 20
July 3
July 4
July 17
July 18
July 31
August 1
August 2
August 21
August 22
September 5
September 12
September 26





From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight we welcome groups joining us on behalf of two notable non-profit organizations – the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association – as they participate in several pregame ceremonies as part of their respective organization’s “Nights” at Great American Ball Park.

Also notable, the “Share a Coke” station will be setup in the Fan Zone this evening (as well as for Friday night’s game). Fans can get a customized Coke to share with a special someone or as a keepsake for themselves.


For those of you attending TOMORROW’S Reds/Tigers game at Great American Ball Park, the Reds Wives are hosting a “Players Favorite Things” basket raffle in the Reds Connect Zone (main concourse, left field corner).

Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets from the time gates open until the end of the 7th inning to win a basket filled with a Reds player’s “favorite things.” Below are photos of some of the baskets that will be raffled tomorrow (Friday).

Money raised from tonight’s raffle will go towards the Cincinnati Zoo’s animal care and health efforts.

Good luck!










In case you haven’t yet seen the All-Star mustache statues around town, the Reds’ fabulous media relations interns provided us with some photos.  Check ’em out…


And keeping with the mustache theme, I love this video…


Yesterday we played a little game on Twitter in which you tweeted me people/products/companies that you associate with the Reds (no players or broadcasters). I got some good ones. Here’s just a sample…


Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is scheduled to host a youth baseball camp next month.  CLICK HERE for details.


Third Annual ‘I Do’s on the Diamond’ at GABP adds new elements

CINCINNATI — Couples will be stepping up to the plate for their dream wedding at Great American Ball Park at the third annual “I Do’s On The Diamond” on Friday, July 31, presented by

Two new additions to the “I Do’s On The Diamond” game include:

Wedding Crashers Ticket Package
Fans can enjoy all the fun of a wedding reception before the game. This special “Wedding Crashers” ticket package includes a View Level ticket, a Reds-themed Wedding Koozie and $10 concession credit for food and beverage. Plus, we’ll have a DJ in the Kroger Fan Zone playing all your favorite wedding songs starting when gates open at 5:40 p.m. until the first pitch of the game. Tickets available at

Kenzie’s Closet Dress Drive
Fans are encouraged to donate gently used bridesmaid and prom dresses at the July 31 game to receive a voucher for a $10 View Level ticket for the September 6 game. Vouchers will also be available for all donations dropped off at the three Cincinnati area Appearance Plus Cleaners locations. Kenzie’s Closet, a nonprofit organization, provides complete prom attire for financially-disadvantaged junior and senior high schools girls in the Greater Cincinnati region. More information is available at

Couples participating in the “I Do’s On The Diamond” on-field wedding will say their vows in front of thousands of fans before the Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at 7:10 p.m. An officiant licensed by the State of Ohio will conduct the ceremony.

Following the pregame ceremony, the newlywed couples will join 12 of their closest family and friends to party the night away like a VIP in an exclusive reception featuring an upscale dinner and open bar. The night will be capped off with unparalleled views of the post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show, which will feature a soundtrack of wedding-themed music.

The “I Do’s On The Diamond” wedding package includes a congratulatory scoreboard message, special Reds favors and decor and photo opportunities with the Reds mascots.

A second package is available that includes only the on-field ceremony and two Field Box tickets to the Reds vs. Pirates game. (Exclusive reception not included; additional game tickets for family and friends can be purchased.)

For complete details, visit or contact the Reds Special Events Department at


That’s all for now.  More in a bit!

Expect good news,



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