MAN VS. BACON

By now, I think you’re aware of the “Bacon Challenge” at Great American Ball Park’s Machine Room Grille.  If not, it’s basically a food-eating contest in which one has to eat four 1-pound bacon sandwiches along with sides of potato salad and chips….all in the span of 1 full inning of baseball (6 outs).

Up until a few days ago, none of the handful of challengers this season have come close to “winning” – if that’s what you want to call it.

Over the weekend, a young man named Jeremiah Forster nearly accomplished the impossible.

Forster had a plan of attack.  He smeared the potato salad on the sandwiches, soaked his chips in water, put in his ear-buds and went to town.  He ate all four of the 1-pound sandwiches before the inning was up but he didn’t get the chips down in time.

Eyewitnesses say if there had been a pitching change in the inning, he would’ve successfully answered the Bacon Challenge.

In a show of good sportsmanship, the folks in the Machine Room Grille still gave Forster half-off the price of the sandwiches and a “I Conquered the Bacon Challenge” t-shirt.

Here are a couple of pics from the gluttonous event…

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#REDS: TODD FRAZIER TO PARTICIPATE IN HOME RUN DERBY

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#REDS GAME TWO LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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#REDS GAME ONE LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

#REDS BEAT THE CUBS ON A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT AT GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK

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Rob Dibble, Randy Myers and Norm Charlton – better known as “The Nasty Boys” – offered up tonight’s ceremonial first pitch(es)

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Mike Leake evened his record at 7-7 with 7.0 strong innings

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Following a 21-minute rain delay, the skies above GABP took on a beautiful orange hue just before sunset (I may have used a teeny-tiny little filter)

#REDS: BRUCE AT FIRST

In preparation for his first professional appearance at first base, Jay Bruce took some grounders at GABP under the supervision of Reds coaches Jay Bell and Freddie Benavides.

Bruce has never played infield in the Majors or Minors.  The last time he played a position other than right field was August 10, 2008, when he started for the Reds in center field.

Here are photos of Jay taking ground balls today at first base…

MONDAY’S LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau

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Tonight, the Reds will welcome Cincinnati Reds Alumni Pitchers, Norm Charlton, Randy Myers and Rob Dibble, better known as the “Nasty Boys”, to throw out simultaneous ceremonial first pitches before tonight’s game.  During the 1990 season these gentlemen combined for 44 saves and 351 strikeouts.  And during the World Series that year, the trio pitched a combined 8 2⁄3 innings without an earned run – helping lead the franchise to its fifth World Championship.

Additionally, the Reds Community Fund is hosting members of the Cincinnati R.B.I. leagues at the ballpark.  Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities is a Major League Baseball youth outreach program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth while promoting greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game.

FOUR #REDS ALL-STARS ANNOUNCED!

Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco will represent the Reds as National League All-Stars in the Midsummer Classic on July 15th in Minneapolis.

SUNDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; TRANSACTION

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From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 8,000 kids 14 and younger at today’s game will receive a Reds Survival Bracelet, courtesy of Meijer.

The annual Reds Hall of Fame & Museum “Vintage Game” will take place today on the field from 12-12:30PM.  The Vintage Game features the Cincinnati Red Stockings squaring off against the Cincinnati Buckeyes in a game that uses baseball rules from 1869.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will welcome the Cincinnati Pops Brass Quintet for a special performance of God Bless America.  The Cincinnati Pops are partnering with the Reds for their first ever performance at Great American Ball Park, coming up on Friday, July 25th as part of our postgame fireworks show.

Following the game today it’s the second Run the Bases of the season, open to all fans.

SATURDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Today the first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a Joey Votto tee shirt, courtesy of John Morrell.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Holders and 2:40PM for the general public.  However, those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code, should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Today is the fifth Military Appreciation Day of the 2014 season, presented by GovX.com.  Many of today’s pregame ceremonies were done in conjunction with the local chapters of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, as well as the Yellow Ribbon Society.  Today the Reds will be wearing their digi-camo jerseys as part of this Military Appreciation Day.

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