Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday, Grateful Dead Night)
Fireworks Show: Post-game fireworks show featuring a Grateful Dead soundtrack, presented by Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center and Gabriel’s Place.

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m. (Super Saturday)
Reds Stein: As part of Super Saturday and Redstoberfest, free commemorative stein celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1990 World Champion Reds to the first 20,000 fans, presented by Hollywood Casino.

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Redstoberfest: Festivities include pregame ceremonies and activities throughout the game celebrating our region’s German heritage. Peter Wittig, Germany’s Ambassador to the United States, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Reds Rookies Baby Club: More than 200 Reds Rookies Baby Club members and their parents will take part in a pregame parade on the field. The Kroger Fan Zone will become the “Baby Zone,” with pregame activities and games for babies and their families as well as giveaways from Reds partners Pampers, TriHealth and Kroger.

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday)
Kids Poster: Kids 14 and younger will receive a free Todd Frazier poster, presented by Tri-County Mall.

Heart & Hustle Award: Todd Frazier will be presented with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s “Heart & Hustle Award” during pregame ceremonies. The annual award was created to recognize one player on each MLB team who demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:10 p.m. (All-Star Monday)
Mascot T-ball Game: The 13th annual Mascot T-ball game will take place on the field from about Noon to 12:30 p.m. featuring Reds mascots and mascots from schools and organizations from throughout the region.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m. (All-Star T-Shirt Tuesday, Senior Citizen Special)
First Pitch: NASCAR driver Ben Rhodes will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The 18-year-old Louisville native drives the No. 88 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet with JR Motorsports and will race at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 26 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series 300.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m. (Student Discount Day)
National Anthem: Mary Joyner will sing the National Anthem. Mary is the daughter of Olympic track star Florence Griffith Joyner (known as “Flo-Jo”) and appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2012.
Angioma Alliance Night: Many of tonight’s pregame ceremonies will bring awareness to the Angioma Alliance, an organization for and by individuals who have abnormal blood vessels and those who care about them. Former Reds pitcher Joe Price (1980-86), whose family has been affected by cavernous angioma, will offer up a ceremonial first pitch.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. (Thirsty Thursday)
National Anthem: Annie Edgerton will sing the National Anthem. Annie is a professional singer and Broadway performer who is attempting to sing the National Anthem in every MLB ballpark. More information on her journey is available at

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday)
Fireworks Show: Post-game fireworks show featuring a patriotic soundtrack, presented by Koorsen Fire & Security.
9/11 Tributes: “Patriot Day” pregame ceremonies will honor the 14th anniversary of 9/11 and Reds players and coaches will wear MLB commemorative caps adorned with American flags. All MLB teams will observe a moment of silence in remembrance.
Police & Fire Appreciation: Many of tonight’s pregame ceremonies will feature members of local Police, Fire, Sheriff and EMT departments.
Bob Feller Act of Valor Award: Jay Bruce will be recognized as a finalist for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Since 2012, Jay has sponsored “Bruce’s Battalion” which provides tickets to local military families to enjoy Sunday home games from the Sun Deck. Winners are selected for the way they have reflected the values, integrity and dedication to service displayed by Feller.
• WWII Ship Welcome: The crew of USS LST 325, a WWII amphibious ship and nonprofit museum, will be introduced during post-game ceremonies. The ship, which carried troops and equipment to Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 (D-Day), will be docked at Cincinnati’s Public Landing and open to the public for tours Sept. 12-16:

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:05 p.m. (Super Saturday)
• Pete Rose Bobblehead: As part of Super Saturdays, all fans in attendance will receive a Pete Rose Bobblehead, presented by Queen City Sausage. Third of three in the “Stars of the Queen City” bobblehead series.

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Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday)
Kids Homer Bailey Poster: Kids 14 and younger will receive a free Homer Bailey poster, presented by PNC Bank.

Art Museum Day: Celebrate the Cincinnati Art Museum and Reds baseball all in the same day! Learn more about the great fine art on display, including several Reds-themed items. Plus, discounted tickets benefitting the Art Museum are available at

Ticket Offers For This Homestand:
Family Sundays: For every Sunday home game this season, families can take advantage of two exclusive offers, presented by Klosterman Bakery:
– Get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of one full-price ticket
– Receive a FREE Kroger Meal Deal that includes a drink, hot dog, chips and a snack with your ticket
Sunday games also include giveaways for kids, face painters, live mascot races and more:
All-Star Mondays: For every Monday Reds home game, fans can purchase a package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and a commemorative baseball featuring an MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® logo for only $25, presented by Tri-State Chevy Dealers. For the month of September, the featured baseball honors the 2015 Midsummer Classic:
All-Star T-Shirt Tuesdays: For all Tuesday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $25 package that includes a Terrace Line ticket and an exclusive All-Star-themed T-shirt featuring a Reds player, presented by Rice Krispies Treats. The September T-shirt features Joey Votto:
Senior Citizen Specials: For select games (including Sept. 8) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Some restrictions apply. Presented by Tri-State Centers For Sight:
Student Discount Days: Students of all ages can enjoy discount tickets to all Wednesday home games this season, courtesy of First Student:
Thirsty Thursdays: For select Thursday Reds home games (including Sept. 10) fans can purchase a $30 package that includes a Field Box ticket and a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages. Available only at

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
1990 Replica World Series Ring collectable gift: Free 1990 World Champion Cincinnati Reds replica ring with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame (or Scotts Great American Ball Park tour tickets) on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September, while supplies last:

Reds Community Fund
Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash – Sept. 5: It’s not too late to register for the inaugural Tri-County Mall Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Super Bowl in Erlanger, KY. Join Brandon and his Reds teammates for an exciting evening of food, fun and bowling all while raising money for the Reds Community Fund. Details are available at and fans can register by calling (513) 765-7240.
Richter & Phillips Diamond Necklace Raffle – Sept. 11: Fans can purchase raffle tickets to win a $5,000 Baseball Diamond Necklace designed by Amanda Brennaman on Friday, Sept. 11. Representatives from Richter & Phillips, the official jeweler of the Cincinnati Reds, will be selling the raffle tickets inside the ballpark near the Crosley Terrace re-entry gate. The drawing will be held on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Richter & Phillips in downtown Cincinnati.

Reds Special Events
Yoga on the field at GABP – Sept. 12: Take the field for “Sliding into Om” on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8:30 a.m. for a yoga session on the outfield grass. The $15 package also includes a ticket to the Reds vs. Cardinals game on Sept. 13 and a free yoga session at Simply Power Yoga. Details and registration at


Hi folks – I’ve returned from the road trip and am happy to be back in Better Off Red Headquarters!

-Before we get started, I have some All-Star Game mystery prizes to give away, so let’s do that now.  In the Comments Section of this blog post, tell me who your favorite Reds rookie is and why.  I’ll choose one random winner and publish his/her comment.  That person will win the mystery ASG prizes!

-Speaking of Reds rookies, I’m not sure if you saw this or not…while in Chicago, Reds veterans asked the Reds newbies to walk to the Starbucks across the street from Wrigley Field – in FULL UNIFORM – to pick up coffee for the entire clubhouse…




-This guy has been simply amazing…

Raisel Iglesias has now entered into some elite company.  From Elias:


Elias also says no other Reds pitcher (ever) in the modern era recorded at least 10 strikeouts in each of three consecutive games or three consecutive starts.  Very impressive.

-I really think you Reds fans are going to like John Lamb.  Not only is he pretty good at what he does for a living but he’s also a super-friendly (and interesting) guy. It’s really easy to root for him.  BOR is planning a Q&A with John during this upcoming homestand, so be sure to tune in for that.

– Thanks to my pal Zach Weber – current Brewers media relations staffer and former Reds intern – for the newest collections to the BOR bobblehead collection!  Zach hooked me up when I was in Milwaukee last week.


-Are you folks planning to attend the Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash on Saturday?

– Congratulations to Reds farmhand Amir Garrett (LHP), who earlier this week was named Florida State League Co-Pitcher of the Year!  Garrett has posted a 9-7 record while pitching to a 2.44 ERA this season for A-Daytona, including a 7-2 record with a 1.72 ERA in the second half.  Garrett is one of our favorites here at Better Off Red and we couldn’t be more proud of him!

That’s all for now.  Lineup and Homestand Highlights coming up…

Expect good news,


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From my pal @Bongreatness...

During pregame ceremonies we will welcome several members of the Kentucky National Guard who will participate in a reenlistment ceremony.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches today will be Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey.  Catching the pitch for Vinny will be former Bengals running back, and 2004 Super Bowl Champion while a member of the New England Patriots, Corey Dillon.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Today is the 3rd Bark in the Park event of the 2015 season, presented by Iams & Kroger.  Over 300 dogs and their owners will be in attendance to participate in activities around the Fan Zone, as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.




From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome the Cincinnati Thunder, our area’s newest professional hockey team. The Thunder will play their games at the Cincinnati Gardens this year and participate in the NA3HL Tier 3 league.

Tonight we will also honor the Reds Way Employee of the Month for August, Tim Timmers.  Reds Way is a customer service initiative which the club enacted in 2010 to help provide a complete, fan-friendly experience for our guests at the ballpark. Tim is part of our gameday Event Safety staff.




Fundraiser to Support Local and Global Charities

CINCINNATI – Skip Schumaker is hosting a fantasy football challenge and has invited teammates Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart and Brayan Pena to join him.

Big League Impact is bringing its winning formula to Cincinnati on Tuesday, August 25 for a Fantasy Football live draft. The event will take place in The Handlebar at Great American Ball Park from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Fans will then have the opportunity to compete against a Red throughout the entire NFL season.

Proceeds benefit the Big League Impact Global Initiative (, the Reds Community Fund ( and the Jessie Rees Foundation (

Participants will be treated to a VIP ballpark experience that includes drafting and playing fantasy football against a Reds player, a tour of the ballpark, team photos, autographed memorabilia, limited edition BLI merchandise, batting practice viewing, seats to the game and the chance to win an autographed Skip Schumaker BLI jersey and other prizes.

Founded by Adam Wainwright and his brother Trey, Big League Impact started with a single Fantasy Football charity event in 2013 and has expanded to eight MLB cities: San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.. This year’s roster of participating MLB players has reached 60 strong and includes Hunter Pence, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Neil Walker, Kyle Gibson, Torii Hunter, Matt Holliday, Michael Wacha, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, as well as Cardinal Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, actor Jon Hamm and St. Louis Rams legends Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner. BLI has raised $560,000 in support of 18 local charities and made major impact around the globe.

This year Big League Impact will be partnering with the Effective Altruism movement and GiveWell in an effort to maximize return on social investment by working with vetted organizations where need and impact are greatest. This year, 25 percent of all funds from BLI charity events will go to the Big League Impact Global Initiative to the largest impact possible for international communities in need.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight’s game is a makeup for the rainout that took place on June 18th.

Joining us at the ballpark today will be Ryan Johansen of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ryan will participate in a few events around the ballpark including serving as a shagger in the outfield grass during Reds BP, offering up a ceremonial first pitch and visiting the Reds Connect Zone in the 1st inning of tonight’s game. The Blue Jackets open their season on Friday, October 9th.

As part of FS1’s promotion of the upcoming college football season – the “HarBus” will be making a stop at Great American Ball Park this evening. The HarBus is on a 12-day, 12-city tour that will culminate in Salt Lake City with the start of FS1’s coverage of college football season when the Michigan Wolverines square off against the Utah Utes. Around the ballpark this evening you will see the “HarBros” – five college students from the University of Michigan who are taking part in the tour, dressed to the likeness of Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. For more information on the tour and additional stops, including those at other MLB parks, visit here.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Today is the annual Season Ticket Holder Photo Day at the ballpark.  Thousands of full and half plan Season Ticket Holders will join us on the warning track prior to the game as our players, coaching staff, broadcasters & mascots make an appearance for some up-close photos.

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Joey Votto poster, courtesy of PNC Bank.

Today is also the 77th annual Shriners/Masons Family Day at the ballpark. The Shriners/Masons Family Day is a tradition begun by Powell Crosley Jr., himself a Mason, back in 1938.

We also welcome “Art in the Park” to the ballpark today, in partnership with ArtWorks. Activities and performances will take place throughout the ballpark today as part of this collaborative arrangement.

Ms. Marlana VanHoose will join us today to sing God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning.


Many of you agree that Reds pitcher Homer Bailey and actor Christian Bale could pass for twins.  Well, now that the English Premier League season has begun, I’ve noticed another Bailey doppleganger – Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.  What do you think?

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Today is Tony Perez Day at Great American Ball Park.  At 4:30PM today we will dedicate a new Great American Ball Park statue featuring Tony’s likeness just outside of Crosley Terrace at the main entrance to the ballpark.  The ceremony is expected to last approximately 30 minutes and streets surrounding the ballpark will be temporary closed for the expected overflow crowd.  The ceremony will be shown live on the Hall of Fame videoboard that faces The Banks development.

The first 30,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Tony Perez Statue, courtesy of LaRosa’s.  The statue is a miniature replica of the one being unveiled today.  Gates to the ballpark are expected to open for all fans at the conclusion of today’s unveiling ceremony.

We will hold a pregame ceremony in Tony’s honor today beginning at 6:31PM.  The ceremony will feature many of Tony’s family, close baseball friends and his teammates.  In addition to receiving a replica of his statue (a larger one than today’s giveaway), Tony will have the opportunity to address the fans joining us at the ballpark and watching live on FOX Sports Ohio and, and listening on the Reds on Radio network.  Today’s ceremony will wrap up with Tony offering up today’s ceremonial first pitch.

Ohio’s First Lady, and Tony Perez enthusiast, Karen Kasich will serve as today’s Honorary Captain.

Please note that our National Anthem will be sung at 6:27PM and that batting practice times have been adjusted (30 minutes earlier) in preparation for today’s on-field ceremony.


The Reds yesterday participated in the second annual ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Brayan Pena, Todd Frazier and Jon Moscot were dowsed with ice cold water in an effort to raise awareness for ALS.  Check it out and see who the Reds challenged…


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