From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the Fireworks Friday #7 of the 2014 season, presented by Popsicle. The 15-minute postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a patriotic 4th of July soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game. 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 could change in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Today is Military Appreciation Day #4 of the 2014 season, presented by Many of today’s pregame activities are being done in conjunction with the local agencies of the USO.

During pregame ceremonies today we will join teams across Major League Baseball in the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech. Prior to a ceremony honoring representatives of 4 ALS charity organizations we will play the Major League Baseball produced video featuring current MLB players reciting Gehrig’s speech.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Heather Rousch, in conjunction with the USO, as she leads us in the singing of God Bless America.


Friday, July 4, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
• Fireworks: Post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show with a patriotic music soundtrack, presented by Popsicle.
• Stars & Stripes Caps: For the seventh year in a row, the Reds (and all MLB Clubs) will wear specially designed “Stars & Stripes” caps from New Era on Independence Day as part of Major League Baseball’s ongoing fundraising and awareness initiatives for Welcome Back Veterans, which addresses the needs of returning veterans and their families.
• Military Appreciation Day: Tonight is the fourth in a series of Military Appreciation games this season, presented by Many of tonight’s pre-game ceremonies including first pitch, Honor Guard, National Anthem and Honorary Captain will feature servicemen and women.
• 75th Anniversary Lou Gehrig’s Speech: The Reds and Major League Baseball are commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s speech by joining forces with ALS organizations to raise awareness for the disease, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. On July 4th, 1939, Lou Gehrig delivered one of the most iconic speeches in American history. Today across MLB, players, managers, coaches, and umpires will wear a special anniversary patch and pregame ceremonies will honor Lou Gehrig and the fight against ALS.

Saturday, July 5, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 4:10 p.m.
• Joey Votto T-Shirt: The first 20,000 fans will receive military-themed Joey Votto tee, presented by John Morrell.
• Military Appreciation Day: Today is the fifth in a series of Military Appreciation games this season, presented by Many of the pregame ceremonies including first pitch, Honor Guard, National Anthem and Honorary Captain will feature servicemen and women. Reds players and coaches will wear the club’s alternate camouflage jerseys.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m.
• Kids Survival Bracelet: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Kids Survival Bracelet to the first 8,000 fans 14 and younger, presented by Meijer.
• Hall of Fame Vintage Game: See baseball the way it was played in 1869 at the annual Reds Vintage Game from Noon to 12:30 p.m. The Cincinnati Red Stockings play the Cincinnati Buckeyes in a three inning game using 1869 rules.
• God Bless America: A quintet from The Cincinnati Pops will perform God Bless America during the 7th Inning Stretch. The full Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will return with conductor John Morris Russell to play a post-game concert on Friday, July 25 as part of a special Fireworks Friday show. Details at
• Post-game Run the Bases: Fans of all ages can line up after the game and run the bases.

Monday, July 7, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.
• “Nasty Boys” First Pitch: Former Reds relief pitchers Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers, all members of the 1990 World Series Champions, will throw out simultaneous first pitches during pregame ceremonies.
• RBI Game: Over 500 players and coaches from Cincinnati RBI baseball and softball teams will march in a pregame parade. Two Cincinnati RBI softball players, Ashlee Larkins (Walnut Hills H.S.) and Kaylyn Schmitz (Taylor H.S.), will be honored in a special ceremony for being the recipients of MLB’s RBI for RBI Scholarship.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m. (Game 1 of Day-Night Doubleheader)
• Makeup game: Today’s game was originally scheduled for Monday, April 28 and postponed due to a rainout. Fans holding tickets from the April 28 game may present that ticket at the gates for the 1:10 p.m. game today with no exchange necessary. Business Day Special and Senior Citizen Special ticket offers are valid for this game. ( A separate ticket is required for the 7:10 p.m. game.)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Game 2 of Day-Night Doubleheader)
• National Anthem: Cincinnati jazz musician Kathy Wade will sing the National Anthem.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.
• Ball Delivery: The three daughters of Reds Hall of Famer Wally Post (class of 1965) will deliver the official Game Ball to the mound during pregame ceremonies. In attendance at the game tonight will be Wally’s family and friends plus over 100 members of the Reds Hall of Fame Chapter from Wally’s hometown of St. Henry, Ohio. Today would have been Wally’s 85th birthday.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 12:35 p.m.
• First Pitch: Food Network television personality Guy Fieri will offer up a ceremonial first pitch.

Friday, July 11, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m.
• Fireworks: Post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show with a “Girls Night Out” soundtrack, presented by TriHealth.
• Sweaty Band Giveaway: As part of Girls Night Out festivities, free Sweaty Band headband to the first 10,000 ladies, presented By PNC Bank.
• Girls Night Out: Celebrate Girls Night Out with a Sweaty Band giveaway, activities in the Kroger Fan Zone for ladies and fun throughout the night. Presented by Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.
• Honorary Captain: Former Reds first baseman Reggie Sanders will serve as the Honorary Captain of the game. He will be signing autographs at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on prior to tonight’s game and on Saturday, July 12.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m. (MLB on FOX)
• Billy Hamilton Bobblehead: Free Billy Hamilton bobblehead to the first 25,000 fans, presented by PNC Bank.
• First Pitch: Bill Hemmer, Cincinnati native and co-host of “America’s Newsroom” on the Fox News Channel, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
• Majestic All-Star Sendoff: The Reds All-Star selections will participate in a pregame ceremony in which they receive their All-Star jerseys.
• Cincinnati Zoo Bald Eagle Flight: “Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will perform a flight from the roof of the Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion in center field to the pitcher’s mound during the singing of the national anthem.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:10 p.m.
• Kids Todd Frazier Plush: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Todd Frazier plush doll to the first 8,000 kids 14 and younger, presented by Coca-Cola.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand:
• $12 Tickets: $12 tickets are available for the July 4-6 Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers games, while supplies last.
• 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:
• Jay Bruce 32 Crew: Be a part of the new Jay Bruce 32 Crew on Mondays at Great American Ball Park this season. For every Monday Reds home game, fans can buy two lower-level seats for just $32 and receive two exclusive Jay Bruce 32 Crew t-shirts:
• Bowtie Tuesday: For select Tuesday home games fans can purchase tickets for as low as $8, which includes an exclusive Reds 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:
• Business Day Special: For every Paycor Business Day Special, get one View Level Line ticket and $10 in concession credits for only $15:
• Senior Citizen Special: For select games (including July 10) 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 Win, You Win: For every Reds win during the Cubs and Pirates series this homestand, $4 will be taken off the price of Field Box tickets for the July 28-30 series vs. the Diamondbacks. Tickets will go on sale one hour after the end of the July 13 game:

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Eric Davis Bobblehead: The 2014 Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP continues in July with Eric Davis. Bobbleheads of the Reds HOF center fielder (class of 2005) are free with the purchase of full-price museum admission on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July, while supplies last.
• Seniors Free at the HOF – July 7: Senior citizens ages 60 and over will receive free admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Monday, July 7, courtesy of Life Enriching Communities.
• Reggie Sanders Autograph Signing – July 11 & 12: Meet and receive an autograph from former Reds outfielder Reggie Sanders. Reggie will be signing at the Hall of Fame on Friday, July 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free with Museum admission.


Eric-Davis-BobbleheadBobbleheads available Friday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

CINCINNATI (July 3, 2014) — The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum continues its collectible bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, with the release of the Eric Davis bobblehead.

The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame beginning Friday, July 4 at 10 a.m. and will be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of July, while supplies last.

The bobblehead depicts Eric Davis in Game 1 of the 1990 World Series as the Reds faced the heavily favored Oakland A’s. With a runner on in the bottom of the first inning, Davis smashed the first pitch from Oakland ace Dave Stewart over the center field wall for a two-run home run. No one knew it at the time, but Davis’ blast foretold the quick work the Reds would make of the A’s in taking the Series in four straight.

The bobblehead series continues each month through September with a different Reds legend in a classic pose that highlights an iconic image or moment from their Reds career.
• May: Sparky Anderson (only available through the purchase of a membership)
• June: Jim O’Toole (only available through the purchase of a membership)
• July: Eric Davis
• August: Barry Larkin
• September: Pete Rose

Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military/veterans.

The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the Hall of Fame & Museum as a member:
• $50 Reds Fan membership (individual) gets the Sparky Anderson and Jim O’Toole bobbleheads
• $85 All-Star membership (family) gets the Sparky Anderson, Jim O’Toole, Eric Davis and Barry Larkin bobbleheads.
• $200 MVP and $1,000 World Champion memberships get all five bobbleheads plus additional perks and gifts.

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, 81 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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m year-round with extended hours on game days.

Plan your visit at or by calling (513) 765-7923.


Happy July Fourth Eve, everyone!

A got a few things for ya today…

First, congratulations to Billy Hamilton, who yesterday was named National League Rookie of the Month for June!


For the month, Billy batted .327 (36-110) with 3 HR, 18 RBI, 14 SB, 18 R, 10 2B, and a .500 SLG.

A well-deserved honor for the guy who I think will run away with the NL Rookie of the Year trophy.

(Author’s Note: It was also determined this month,  that Billy runs much faster than my computer)


I really hope you folks can spend some time at the ballpark over the next ten days.  Tomorrow the Reds begin an 11-game homestand – their longest since 2004.

Eleven games in ten days, leading up to the All-Star break, presents a great opportunity for you to hang out at GABP and watch the team make up some ground in the division.

Single tickets and Standing Room Only are your remaining options for tomorrow night’s game.  Plenty of seats remain for the rest of the long homestand.  Hope to see ya!


Here’s the pitching matchups for the weekend series vs. Milwaukee…

Fri vs Mil: RHP Alfredo Simon (10-3, 2.81) vs RHP Kyle Lohse (9-2, 3.08)
Sat vs Mil: RHP Homer Bailey (8-4, 4.39) vs RHP Matt Garza (5-5, 4.10)
Sun vs Mil: RHP Mat Latos (1-1, .45) vs RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.51)


You have through today to tweet me your #VoteReds lawn signs!  It’s your chance to win a signed baseball by Devin Mesoraco or Todd Frazier!  For more info, CLICK HERE.


And speaking of #VoteReds, the @Reds Twitter account has something fun for you today…


In case you missed yesterday’s minor league transaction, the Reds dealt RHP Jair Jurrjens, who had been with Triple-A Louisville, to the Colorado Rockies for minor league infielder Harold Riggins.  Riggins has been assigned to Double-A Pensacola.


That’s all for now.  I’ll have more in a bit.

Expect good news!





With the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s farewell address upon us, first baseman (and one shortstop) from around Major League Baseball – including Joey Votto – were asked to recite a line from that memorable address.  Here’s the finished product…


In preparation for today’s World Cup match between Belgium and the United States, Tuesday was deemed “Spirit Day” in the Cincinnati Reds offices. Employees were encouraged to wear their red, white and blue to support the US Men’s National Team. Here are some photos…


How ’bout them Redlegs?  With 81 games in the book and 81 to go, the Cincinnati club is 43-38 after starting the season 3-8.

The 2013 club was 46-35 after 81 games; the 2012 Reds were 44-37 and the 2010 team had a 46-35 mark.

A few random stats/tidbits…

  • Just completed 4-game series sweep of the Giants in San Francisco, something the Reds haven’t done since 1972.
  • Are 16-6 over their last 22 games (.727).
  • Have the best record in baseball in June (18-9, .667).
  • Went 6-0-1 in their last 7 series.
  • Since May 1, Billy Hamilton is batting .301 with a .330 on-base pct. and a .443 slugging pct. (55-for-183)
  • Reds lead the Majors with a .989 fielding percentage while committing the fewest errors (32).
  • Reds catchers are 82-for-301 (.272) with 17 homers, 51 RBI, .322 on-base pct. and a .508 slugging pct.
  • Beginning May 28, starting pitchers are 17-7 with a 3.33 ERA and a .239 opponents batting avg over 200 innings.



With the team playing well, here’s hoping you can make it down to Great American Ball Park for the upcoming 11-game homestand; 3 games vs. first-place Milwaukee, 5 games vs the Cubs (including a doubleheader on July 8) and 3 games vs. the Pirates.

It’s a perfect opportunity for the Reds to make up some ground in the National League Central, and what better way to do than with a full ballpark?


The 2014 All-Star Game takes place on on July 15.  We need to get some Reds on the team!  Vote now at

And don’t forget your chance to win an autographed baseball from Devin Mesoraco or Todd Frazier!  CLICK HERE for more details.


For a schedule of upcoming Reds player appearances, please CLICK HERE.


Reds career saves leader Danny Graves was recently in Cincinnati as a guest of the Reds Hall of Fame.  He’s currently involved in something really cool called 120 Sports.  You should check it out and download the app.


The very popular “I Do’s on the Diamond” event is returning to Great American Ball Park on Friday, August 22 prior to the Reds/Braves game.  That night, couples will get hitched (married) on the field during pregame ceremonies.  For more information, including how you and your better half can participate,  CLICK HERE.


That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Expect good news!


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Righthander Raisel Iglesias Agrees To 7-Year Contract

SAN FRANCISCO – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the signing of Cuban free agent starting RHP Raisel Iglesias to a 7-year contract through the 2020 season.

Iglesias, 24, will join the organization once visa issues are resolved.

“He’s a tremendous athlete, a converted shortstop. He throws 94-96 with two quality breaking pitches, a curveball and power slider, and has the makings of a quality changeup,” Jocketty said. “He has four quality pitches, and our scouts feel he can be a starter and be a starter very soon. What we’ve tried to develop here is pitching and defense. The more pitching we can acquire, the deeper we can get, the more flexibility it gives us going forward.”

Jocketty added, “It was a great organizational effort to get this done, and we’re very excited about it. The decision was based on the evaluation of our scouts, the same group of guys who went to see (Aroldis) Chapman. I guarantee you we saw him pitch more than any other club. I have tremendous respect and appreciation for the evaluation of our scouts. They’re hard-working and very diligent.”

Iglesias pitched for Isla de la Juventud in Cuba’s National Series for 3 seasons and compiled an 8-12 record and 3.47 ERA over 5 starts and 83 relief appearances (223ip, 202h, 115bb, 169k, 11hr).



Take a look at these photos of the Blue Angels flying over GABP this morning…


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