Congratulations to Jay Bruce, who on Monday night in San Diego, belted his 200th Major League home run!
Here’s where Bruce ranks among Reds home run leaders…
Joe Sichi, 19, of Fallbrook, CA caught Bruce’s 200th home run ball and returned it to Jay following the game. Here he is posing with the Reds right fielder…
For those wondering if the Reds will see Johnny Cueto on the mound in Cincinnati later this month (Reds vs. KC 8/18-8/19), it tentatively appears Johnny Beisbol will miss the Reds by one day. Quick math suggests that Cueto will start against the Red Sox on August 20. That of course could change.
Congratulations to Tom James, who’s been randomly selected as the winner of yesterday’s Twitter contest!
— Tom James (@TJTomJames) August 10, 2015
We’ll have another give-away this week, so stay tuned!
Hi folks! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I have a few announcements below, followed by an opportunity for you to win some cool stuff from Better Off Red Headquarters. So, without further ado…
I had the privilege of filling in for Mark Sheldon on the most recent Reds Podcast with Phil Rogers. You can go HERE to listen.
3,000 participants raise $150,000 at the 2015 Redlegs Run
CINCINNATI — Close to 3,000 runners and walkers participated today in the 14th annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run at Great American Ball Park, raising approximately $150,000 for the Reds Community Fund.
• The overall top 5K male finisher was JJ Webber of Landen (OH) with a time of 15:22
• The overall top 5K female finisher was Katie Lenahan of Cincinnati with a time of 18:11
• The overall top 10K male finisher was Jeff Denny of Cincinnati with a time of 32:46
• The overall top 10K female finisher was Kerry Lee of Cincinnati with a time of 38:53 (now a four-time winner of Redlegs Run events)
The winners have been invited to throw ceremonial first pitches prior to the Tuesday, Aug. 18 Reds vs. Kansas City Royals game at Great American Ball Park.
Complete race results will be posted later today at www.reds.com/run.
All proceeds from the race directly benefit the Reds Community Fund and its youth baseball and softball outreach initiatives. Student-athletes from the Reds RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) baseball and softball teams served as volunteers on the 5K and 10K courses.
Race sponsors and partners: Coldwell Banker West Shell, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Cintas, UnitedHealthcare, Trophy Awards, Buckeye Running Company, Queen City Sausage, Kroger, Coca-Cola, Prestige AV and Creative Services, Castellini Group of Companies, LaRosa’s, United Dairy Farmers and 700WLW.
Dinner with Tony Perez and the Great Eight – Aug. 21
CINCINNATI — A limited number of tickets are available for an exclusive, intimate dinner with Hall of Famer Tony Perez and his Big Red Machine teammates on Friday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at Great American Ball Park.
Scheduled to appear with Perez are: Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, David Concepcion, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Ken Griffey, Sr., Jack Billingham, Don Gullett, Rawly Eastwick, Pat Darcy and Doug Flynn.
This special evening will include:
• Dinner, cocktails and a Q&A in the ballpark’s new, upscale Handlebar at the Riverfront Club presented by Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
• A commemorative jersey signed by Perez, a Perez statue and a commemorative lapel pin to all guests
• Silent auction featuring autographs and more
• Watch the Reds take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m.) with a spectacular view of the post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show.
The dinner kicks off “Tony Perez Weekend” at Great American Ball Park, with all proceeds from the event benefitting the Tony Perez statue to be dedicated on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are $500 per person and are available through the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum box office at 513-765-7923 and online at RedsMuseum.org.
About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 85 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.
The Museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.
Located next to Great American Ball Park, The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open year-round with extended hours on game days.
Plan your visit at http://www.redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.
Buffalo Wild Wings has designated next Wednesday, August 12 Reds Community Fund Day for their Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky locations (14 in all). This means that 10% of the day’s sales will go back to the RCF.
Want to win some cool stuff from Better Off Red Headquarters? Of course you do! Here’s how:
- Follow me on Twitter (@Jamieblog)
- Sometime before the end of tonight’s Reds vs. Padres game in San Diego, tell me via Twitter, what former Reds player you wish was still in his prime and playing on today’s team.
- Use the hashtag #BetterOffRed in your tweet.
- On Tuesday, I’ll announce one random winner.
- The winner will receive a mystery bobblehead, a BOR t-shirt and other goodies.
On Friday, August 7th, Delete Blood Cancer and the Cincinnati Reds will host a bone marrow donor drive at Great American Ball Park for community members to learn more about the process and get registered as potential lifesavers.
The drive will be held from 10am to 6pm the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club at GABP. (enter ballpark by HOF gates)
The Delete Blood Cancer team and local volunteers will be onsite to help participants fill out the registration form and swab the inside of their mouth to determine if they are a match for a patient in need.
Registration is simple and takes less than five minutes. Individuals between the ages of 18 to 55 in good health are eligible to participate. Anyone who cannot attend the drive can register online www.DeleteBloodCancer.org.
Cincinnati Reds season ticket sales manager Chris Herrell was battling myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in 2013 and his prognosis was grim. His doctors confirmed that his only hope for survival and a normal life was through a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Despite difficult odds, Chris’s hope became a reality when he received the news that a matching donor had been found – in Germany.
This week Chris finally met his donor, Jens Wagner, and on Wednesday, August 5th, had the honor of taking him onto the field at Great American Ball Park before the Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals game, where Jens threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Jens, who registered in Germany with Delete Blood Cancer nearly 15 years ago, said he never could have expected it would lead to this.
When asked why he decided to donate to someone he’d never met halfway around the world he responded simply, “If somebody out there needs your help there is no question, you just do it.”
Delete Blood Cancer DKMS is a global organization with the mission to grow the number of suitable bone marrow and blood stem cell donors for patients in need. With more than 5 million registered bone marrow donors worldwide, Delete Blood Cancer is part of the world’s largest network of donor centers. The Cincinnati Reds are partnering with Delete Blood Cancer to increase awareness and help patients battling blood cancer by hosting a bone marrow drive on campus.
As if that’s not impressive enough, I saw this on the news this morning (“expect good news”)…
During pregame ceremonies tonight we will recognize Jens Wagner, whose bone marrow donation in the spring of 2013 saved the life of Reds Season Sales Manager Chris Herrell. Jens registered into the worldwide bone marrow registry in 2000 via Delete Blood Cancer and although he lives in Munich, Germany, he was able to make the life-saving donation. Jens is visiting Cincinnati this week and participating with Chris and the Herrell family in a number of awareness raising activities for the bone marrow registry. Jens will offer up a ceremonial first pitch tonight and Chris will be on the receiving end.
Tonight is Xavier University Night at the ballpark. Several hundred Xavier University students, alumni and faculty will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track and additional ceremonies.
The Lakota West High School girls basketball team will receive a Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award during pregame ceremonies this evening. The Firebirds won the Ohio state championship in March.
Tonight we will unveil the 2015 “Ultimate Sports Doubleheader” posters featuring members of the Bengals & Reds. The posters are an annual tradition to celebrate Bengals preseason action and Reds baseball during the month of August. This year’s posters feature the following combinations:
• “Young & Hungry” featuring Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen & Bengals running back Jeremy Hill
• “Tough as Nails” featuring Reds pitcher JJ Hoover & Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (not present this evening)
• “Going Deep” featuring Reds shortstop Zack Cozart & Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (not present this evening)
#25 Badenhop – “Strangle Hold” by Ted Nugent
#16 Barnhart – “Kick the Dust Up” by Luke Bryan (start at :41)
#30 Bourgeois – “Candy” by Cameo
#32 Bruce – “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift (start at :03)
#9 Byrd #1- “Off the Rip” by French Montana (start at :09)
#9 Byrd #2 – “I’m So Blessed” by DJ Khaled
#54 Chapman – “Wake up” by Rage Against the Machine & “Jingo” by Santana
#3 De Jesus Jr – “Que Suenen los Tembores” by Victor Manuelle
#28 DeSclafani – “Moment of Clarity” by Jay-Z (batting)
#28 DeSclafani – “Calling” by Sebastian Ingrosso (start at :13) (pitching)
#70 Diaz – “Mozart LaPara” by Pa’Gozar
#21 Frazier – “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
#6 Hamilton #1 – “Make Sum Shake” by Cool Amerika
#6 Hamilton #2 – “Ain’t Done Turnin Up” by Chief Keef
#6 Hamilton #3– “Watch Me” by Silento
#60 Hoover – “Awake and Alive” by Skillet (start at :05)
#26 Iglesias – “Gente De Zona” by La Gozadera Feat. Marc Anthony (start at :35)(Pitching)
#26 Iglesias- “Firework” by Katy Perry (start at :45) (Hitting)
#50 Lorenzen – “Awesome God” by R-Swift (from start) (pitching)
#50 Lorenzen – “Praise the Lord” by K-Drama (from start) (hitting)
#41 Mattheus – “Firework” by Katy Perry
#43 Parra – “Jump Around” by House of Pain
#29 Pena #1 – “All I do is Win” by DJ Khaled (start at :02)
#29 Pena # 2 – “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias (start at :45)
#4 Phillips #1 – “Planes” by Jeremih (start at :17)
#4 Phillips #2 – “My Way” by Fetty Wap (start at :13)
#4 Phillips #3 – “But The World” by Mike Will Mafe It (start at beginning)
#4 Phillips #4 – “Classic Man” by Jidenna (start at :25)
#4 Phillips #5 – “Flex” by Rich Homie Quan
#25 Schumaker – “Play it Again” by Luke Bryan
#7 Suarez – “Me Voy Enamorando” (Remix) by Chino & Nacho (start at 2:30)
#7 Suarez- “Mi Bajo Y Yo” by Ocar de Leon (start at :18)
#62 Villarreal – “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue
#19 Votto – “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2” by ASAP Rocky
Reds #2 though #4 lineup spots lead the Major Leagues in slugging (.512) and OPS (.879) – courtesy STATS
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the 6th Military Appreciation Game of the 2015 season, presented by DAV & RetireMED iQ. During pregame ceremonies tonight we will recognize several Ohio Patriots of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in anticipation of National Purple Heart Day on August 7th. We will also be saluting our United States Coast Guard tonight in recognition of the Coast Guard’s 225th birthday. Tonight is also Wright Patterson Air Force Base Night at the ballpark and we welcome members of the base for several pregame activities tonight as well.
Also during pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome the 2015 R.B.I. East Regional Champions, the Cincinnati Reds R.B.I. senior baseball team, with head coach and P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy Assistant Director Cameron Satterwhite. The Reds R.B.I. team is heading to Texas to represent Cincinnati and our region in the world tournament August 10-15.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a free Billy Hamilton poster, courtesy of Biz/Oxydol.
Today we have our annual postgame Faith Concert, presented by Prasco. The concert, featuring Grammy award winning Christian rock band Third Day, will begin approximately 25 minutes after the conclusion of today’s game. Lead singer Mac Powell will offer up one of our ceremonial first pitches prior to the game.
During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by the St. Cecilia Children’s Choir as they lead us in the singing of God Bless America from the rightfield porch area of the ballpark.
From my pal @Bongreatness...
The first 25,000 fans in the ballpark today will receive a Devin Mesoraco bobblehead, courtesy of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 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 if the crowd size outside the gates dictates it so.
Tonight is the inaugural St. Elizabeth Healthcare Northern Kentucky Night at Great American Ball Park. Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be University of Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari.
During pregame ceremonies we will salute the MSA sport “Coaches of the Year” for high school baseball in Reds Country. Tonight’s honorees include Josh Patrick (Fairborn High School), Mark Pelfrey (Springboro High School), Triffon Callos (Summit Country Day), Mark Day (Hughes High School) and Shawn Sowders (Harrison High School).
For those of you who follow Better Off Red on Twitter (@Jamieblog), you’re probably aware that I’ve been giving out some cool prizes during the current homestand. Well, I’d like to keep that going – but it’s up to you.
Tonight, I’ve got a Better Off Red t-shirt, a mystery Reds bobblehead and an All-Star Game media guide ready to ship out to one random follower who hangs out with me on Twitter during this evening’s Reds/Pirates game.
But there’s a catch. The only way I can give out the stuff I mentioned above is if we can come together as one and get RON ROBINSON trending on Twitter (at the very least, trending in Cincinnati). If that happens, I’ll package up the prizes and select one random winner. Cool? Do it for Ron (aka “The True Creature”)
Reds recall OF Kyle Waldrop (#44) to take Leake’s roster spot.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 31, 2015
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the 9th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by PNC Bank. The postgame fireworks show will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and feature Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “Wedding Celebration” soundtrack. Prior to the start of the fireworks show we will welcome local strongman Sean McCarthy who will attempt to break the world record for a washing machine toss. Sean was previously scheduled to attempt this record-breaker at the July 17th game but was rescheduled due to inclement weather that evening.
During pregame ceremonies today we will host our third annual “I Do’s on the Diamond”, presented by datenightcincinnati.com. We will have 11 couples saying their vows and tying the knot during tonight’s ceremony.