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Today is Hispanic Heritage Day at Great American Ball Park, the wrap-up to Heritage Weekend. As part of today’s celebration the team will be wearing it’s “Rojos” jerseys for the game. Additionally during pregame ceremonies today we will present Sister Jauna Mendez with the Reds Community Advocate Award, recognized her contributions to the Hispanic community of Northern Kentucky. We’ll also salute Reds players Pedro Villarreal (Mexico), Yorman Rodriguez (Venezuela), Kristopher Negron (Puerto Rico), Daniel Corcino (Dominican Republic), Carlos Contreras (DR), Jumbo Diaz (DR), Ramon Santiago (DR), Alfredo Simon (DR), Johnny Cueto (DR), Brayan Peña (Cuba) & Aroldis Chapman (Cuba) who will be receiving a certificate of recognition from the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission. Various other activities are planned in and around the ballpark throughout today’s game.
During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will welcome Peter Michael Pirro to lead us in the singing of God Bless America.
Following the conclusion of today’s game is our annual Reds Heads Run-the-Bases event. This run-the-bases event is exclusive to 2014 Reds Heads members. Memberships, which would include access to today’s Run-the-Bases, are still available for purchase inside Great American Ball Park.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
The first 20,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Reds Stein, courtesy of Hops House 99. The stein giveaway is part of German Heritage Night at Great American Ball Park. In addition to the stein giveaway we will welcome members of the UC Dance Team during pregame ceremonies and following the singing of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, as they help lead the crowd in the Chicken Dance.
Members of the Reds Rookies baby club were treated to a photo session today with Reds catcher Brayan Pena. Below are some photos from the event.
If you have a little Reds fan 3 or younger, CLICK HERE for information on the Reds Rookies baby club.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the 12th Fireworks Friday of the 2014 season, presented by Reds Home Team Products & Kroger. Tonight’s show features music by artists hailing from Ireland, as part of our Irish Heritage Night celebration, and will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Prior to the start of the fireworks show we will welcome the McGing Irish Dancers for a postgame performance.
As mentioned, tonight is Irish Heritage Night at the ballpark, as part of our “Heritage Weekend” celebration. Reds players will be wearing the special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys that they wore in Spring Training earlier this year. In addition, there will be a pregame performance by both the McGing Irish Dancers and the Emerald Society Bag Pipers prior to the game. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive an Irish-themed beaded necklace as they enter the ballpark today. Heritage Weekend continues tomorrow with our German Heritage celebration and on Sunday with our Hispanic Heritage celebration.
Also joining us tonight during pregame ceremonies will be light-heavyweight boxing champion Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins is in town as part of Showtime Championship Boxing, taking place at US Bank Arena tomorrow evening featuring Cincinnati’s own Adrian Broner in the main event. Hopkins, who will offer up a ceremonial first pitch tonight, makes his next fight on November 8th in Atlantic City.
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets, 7:10 p.m.
• Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game, presented by Kroger and Home Team Products.
• Irish Heritage Night: As part of Heritage Weekend, festivities will include Irish dancers performing before and after the game and music and activities in the Kroger Fan Zone. Free Irish-themed necklace to the first 20,000 fans. Reds players and coaches will wear alternate white and green jerseys.
• First Pitch: Boxer Bernard Hopkins, the current IBF, WBA and IBA light-heavyweight world champion, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Hopkins is in Cincinnati for the Showtime Championship Boxing event at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday and will fight Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 8 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets, 4:10 p.m.
• Reds Stein: Free Reds stein honoring 2014 Reds Hall of Fame Inductees Ken Griffey Jr., Dave Parker and Ron Oester and other “Hometown Reds” to the first 20,000 fans, presented by Hops House 99.
• German Heritage Night: As part of Heritage Weekend, festivities include German dancers and music and activities in the Kroger Fan Zone and the University of Cincinnati dance team performing the “chicken dance” during the seventh-inning stretch.
• Traveling Bases: A special set of bases will be used during the 4th-6th innings today that will visit every MLB ballpark this season including the 2014 All-Star Game. Fans can bid on the one-of-a-kind game-used set of #TravelingBases at auctions.mlb.com. A portion of the proceeds from this auction will go to MLB’s Reviving Baseball on Inner Cities (RBI) programs.
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets, 1:10 p.m.
• Hispanic Heritage Day: As part of Heritage Weekend, festivities will include pregame ceremonies and activities in the Kroger Fan Zone to celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month. Reds players and coaches will wear the alternate “Los Rojos” jerseys.
• Kids Mascot Magnet: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Reds mascot magnet to the first 8,000 kids 14 and younger.
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.
• First Pitch: Scott Hartnell, left winger for the Columbus Blue Jackets, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.
• Check Presentation: During pregame ceremonies, Western & Southern Financial Group will present a check for $20,000 to the Barrett Cancer Center through the Reds on Radio “Strike Out Cancer” program.
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:35 p.m.
• 9/11 Tributes: Pregame ceremonies will honor the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and Reds players and coaches will wear MLB commemorative caps adorned with American flags.
• Police & Fire Appreciation Day: Many of today’s pregame ceremonies will feature members of local Police, Fire, Sheriff and EMT departments including Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell throwing out a ceremonial first pitch and Cincinnati firefighter John Winfrey singing the National Anthem.
Ticket Offers For This Homestand: reds.com/tickets
• 4 for $48 with Hofbrauhaus Vouchers: Purchase 4 tickets for $48 to the Sept. 5-7 Reds vs. Mets games and receive a voucher good for $15 at Hofbrauhaus Newport.
• Reach Magazine Family Games: Sundays are family days at the ballpark! One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Dugout Box, All You Can Eat Seats, Outer View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers: reds.com/family.
• Jay Bruce 32 Crew: For Monday Reds home games, fans can purchase two lower-level tickets near right field for $32 and receive two exclusive Jay Bruce 32 Crew T-shirts.
• Bowtie Tuesday: For select Tuesday home games (including Sept. 9) fans can purchase tickets for as low as $8, which includes an exclusive Reds bowtie: reds.com/bowtie.
• Reds Wild Wednesday: For every Wednesday home game this season, fans can purchase a package for as low as $19.50 that includes a Terrace Line ticket and a B-Dubs food voucher valid at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations: reds.com/wild.
• Business Day Special: For every Paycor Business Day Special, get one View Level Line ticket and $10 in concession credits for only $15: reds.com/skipwork.
• Senior Citizen Special: For select games (including Sept. 11) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Dugout Box, All You Can Eat Seats, Outer View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers. Presented by Tri-State Centers For Sight: reds.com/seniors
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Pete Rose Bobblehead: The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s popular 2014 bobblehead series presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP concludes in September with a bobblehead of Reds legend Pete Rose. The Rose bobbleheads are free with full-priced museum admission or ballpark tour tickets beginning on Friday, Sept. 5. The Rose bobbleheads will be distributed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of September while supplies last. Limit one per fan per day.
Reds Community Fund
• Marty Golf: The tenth annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, benefiting the Reds Community Fund, takes place Sept. 7 & 8 at Belterra Casino Resort. Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, more than 50 celebrity guests will be on hand, including former Reds players and members of the local and national media. Details at reds.com/martygolf.
Reds Special Events
• Yoga on the field at GABP – Sept. 6: Take the field for “Sliding into Om” on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. for a unique yoga session on the outfield grass. The $25 package also includes a ticket to the Reds vs. Cardinals game on Sept. 9 and a free yoga session at Simply Power Yoga. Details and registration at reds.com/yoga.
Walk-through metal detectors will be at ballpark gates starting Sept. 5
CINCINNATI (Sept. 4, 2014) — The Cincinnati Reds today announced that as part of Major League Baseball’s initiative to standardize security procedures at all 30 Major League parks for the start of the 2015 season, walk-through metal detectors will be phased-in at Great American Ball Park beginning on Friday, Sept. 5 for the start of the upcoming homestand.
The new metal detectors will be located at the main ballpark gates on Crosley Terrace (corner of 2nd and Joe Nuxhall Way) in an effort to acclimate fans and staff to the new procedures before the 2015 mandate.
All fans will be asked to remove cell phones and large metal objects from their pockets before walking through the metal detectors. Ballpark staff will work diligently to ensure this procedure is timely and efficient.
Guests that cannot walk through the metal detectors due to medical conditions have the option of being manually checked with a hand-held detector.
These procedures, which result from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout all of MLB.
As has been the policy for many years, all bags will be checked and only MLB-compliant bags (16 in. x 16 in. x 8 in. or smaller) will be admitted.
“The safety of our fans is the number one priority for us at Great American Ball Park,” said Tim O’Connell, Reds Vice President of Ballpark Operations. “We are committed to the procedures that MLB has asked us to implement and our staff is dedicated to maintaining the highest security standards possible.”
Beginning in 2015, all game-day entrances to Great American Ball Park will follow this protocol.
Many of the most commonly-asked questions concerning Great American Ball Park and attending Reds games can be answered by visiting the “Ballpark A to Z Guide” online at reds.com/guestguide.
If you’re one of the first 20,000 fans to the Reds/Mets game on September 6 (Saturday), you’ll get one of these…
Some of the highlights from last night in Baltimore…
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) September 3, 2014