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 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:
• 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:
• 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 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 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 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 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

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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




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…



Hi gang! I hope you all had a nice relaxing holiday weekend (like I did)!  Let’s get back to work, shall we?

First, the Redlegs are making some roster moves…

The Reds today are expected to recall from Class AAA Louisville RHP Carlos Contreras (#53), RHP Daniel Corcino (#64), IF/OF Jake Elmore (#15), LHP David Holmberg (#36), RHP J.J. Hoover (#60), C Tucker Barnhart (#16) and 1B/OF Donald Lutz (#23); recall from Class AA Pensacola OF Yorman Rodriguez (#33); select from Louisville the contracts of OF Jason Bourgeois (#30) and LHP Ryan Dennick (#41); transfer to the 60-day disabled list RHP Homer Bailey.

***Information on the new Reds can be found at the bottom of this blog post.***

And in case you missed it….


The Reds Triple-A Louisville Bats have played their final game of the season, but not before retiring  Corky Miller’s jersey number “8.”

Here’s video of Corky’s jersey retirement speech, courtesy of the Bats’ YouTube page…

It goes without saying that Corky is wildly popular among Reds, Bats, BOR and all baseball fans.  Here’s hoping he remains in the game for a very long time.  Congrats to one of baseball’s great ambassadors, Corky Miller!


Mark Sheldon has a nice piece HERE about Billy Hamilton, who’s on pace to steal 60 bases and possibly win the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

And speaking of Hamilton, I’ve got one of his bobbleheads to give away.  Are you interested?

In order to win, I’m asking for photos of Reds fans doing their best “Billy Bobble Pose.”

Tweet me (@Jamieblog) a pic of you performing your best Billy Hamilton bobblehead imitation.  One lucky winner will be randomly selected this Friday.  Cool?

Here’s your motivation…

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Check out this catch Kristopher Negron made on Sunday at Pittsburgh…

(You can follow Negron on Twitter at @KNegs17)


Very proud of BOR fan and follower, Coach John!  Check it out…


We’ll have more in a bit!

Expect good news,



53 CARLOS CONTRERAS, rhp Louisville: 0g
Was 1 of 10 September callups…is his third stint with the Reds this season (6/21-7/9, 7/11-8/20)…began the season at Class AA Pensacola and in 3 starts and 6 relief apps there went 2-1, 2.70 before he was promoted on 6/21…in that afternoon’s 11-1 win vs Tor threw a perfect ninth inning (1k) in his Major League debut…his first strikeout victim was Colby Rasmus…after 3 relief apps, as part of a series of roster moves on 7/10 was optioned to Class AAA Louisville but rejoined the Reds the next day…after 10 more relief apps returned to Louisville on 8/21 and spent the rest of the minor league season there…in his final appearance before he was sent to Louisville, on 8/20 at StL, left with inflammation in his right shoulder and did not pitch for the Bats during his August stint there…in his career still has not pitched in Class AAA…in the seventh inning on 7/11 vs Pit became the first Reds pitcher to strike out the side on 9 pitches since Rob Dibble on 6/4/89 vs SD (8th inning)…from 4/27-6/2 was on Pensacola’s disabled list with a lower back strain.

64 DANIEL CORCINO, rhp Louisville: 1gs, 0-1, 7.20
Was 1 of 10 September callups…is his second stint with the Reds this season (8/22-8/27)…spent most of the season at Class AA Pensacola, where in 25 starts and 1 relief appearance he went 10-11, 4.13 before he was promoted on 8/22…on 8/26 vs Cubs celebrated his 24th birthday by throwing a perfect ninth inning in his only Major League appearance…struck out his first 2 batters (Wellington Castillo, Chris Valaika)…when Dylan Axelrod was promoted to start on 8/28 was optioned to Class AAA Louisville…made his only start for the Bats in a 5-3 loss on 8/31 vs Indianapolis…from 4/27-6/2 was on Pensacola’s disabled list with a strained lower back.

41 RYAN DENNICK, lhp Louisville: 57g, 4-0-3, 2.36
Media guide bio is on page 214…was 1 of 10 September callups…when he pitches will be making his Major League debut…Tucker Barnhart, Jumbo Diaz, Carlos Contreras and Daniel Corcino already made big league debuts this season…made his first appearance of the season for Class AA Pensacola but spent the rest of the minor league season at Class AAA Louisville…graduated from North Olmsted (OH) High School…was selected by the Reds in the Class AAA phase of the 2012 Rule 5 Draft from the Royals, who drafted him in the 22nd round of the June 2009 first-year player draft.

36 DAVID HOLMBERG, lhp Louisville: 18gs, 2-6, 4.66
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be his third stint with the Reds this season, including spot starts in the nightcap of the day/night doubleheader on 7/8 vs Cubs and on 8/21 vs Atl…other than those 2 apps spent the rest of the minor league season at Class AAA Louisville…in December 2013 was acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of a 3-team deal that sent C Ryan Hanigan to the Rays…in spring training was limited to 1 appearance by a sore right shin…was on Louisville’s disabled from 4/22-5/11 and 5/21-6/10 with left shoulder tendinitis.

60 J.J. HOOVER, rhp Louisville: 4g, 0-0-0, 0.00
Was 1 of 10 September callups…began the season with the Reds and went 1-10, 5.27 in 46 apps before he was optioned on 8/21 to Louisville, his first minor league stint since 2012…in 4 apps for the Bats posted a 0.00era…his active 10-game losing streak is the longest in Reds history by a reliever…his 10 losses tie for the most in history by a Reds reliever for a single season (Harry Gumbert, 10-10 in 1947; Tom Hume, 9-10 in 1980)…on 7/8 vs Cubs retired all 6 batters by strikeout, a career high for strikeouts in a game and the most by a Reds reliever in a game this season.

16 TUCKER BARNHART, C Louisville: 78g, .246, 1hr, 29rbi
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be his fifth stint with the Reds…made 13 apps and 10 starts during his first 4 stints (Opening Day-4/6, 4/26-5/17, 7/6-7/10, 8/9-8/17)…last played for the Reds in the nightcap of the day/night DH at Col on 8/17, started behind the plate…made his first Opening Day roster after Devin Mesoraco went on the disabled list…in the fifth inning of the 8-3 win on 5/1 vs Mil tied the score at 2-2 with his only Major League home run (solo off Marco Estrada)…is from Brownsburg, Indiana, near Indianapolis.

30 JASON BOURGEOIS, of Louisville: 136g, .278, 4hr, 43rbi, 24sb
Last name is pronounced BOOSH-wah…was 1 of 10 September callups…as one of the club’s final spring training roster moves was reassigned to Louisville the day before Opening Day…spent the season with the Bats, where he received the club’s Mary E. Barney Most Valuable Player Award…led Louisville in hits and stolen bases and tied for the team lead in apps…during spring training was hampered by a strained right hamstring and didn’t play until 3/6.

15 JAKE ELMORE, inf/of Sacramento/Louisville: 72g, .281, 0hr, 24rbi, 12sb
His media guide bio is available in the press box and online at…was 1 of 10 September callups…spent the minor league season at Class AAA, where for Louisville and Oak’s Sacramento affiliate he combined to hit .281 in 72 apps…went to spring training with the White Sox but was designated for assignment on 2/26…the next day was traded to the Athletics for cash…on 7/31 was designated for assignment and on 8/2 was claimed off waivers by the Reds and optioned to Louisville…prior to this season made 82 Major League apps for the Diamondbacks and Astros, most recently on 9/29/13 for Hou vs NYY…has played every position on the field, mostly SS (37g), 2B (17g) and LF (9g).

23 DONALD LUTZ, inf/of Louisville: 52g, .236, 6hr, 33rbi, 4sb
Was 1 of 10 September callups…has made 18 apps and 5 starts during his 3 stints with the Reds (5/23-6/9, 7/11-8/8, 9/2-current)…made 5 starts at 1B, 2 starts in LF and 1 start at DH…last played for the Reds as a pinch hitter on 8/4 at Cle and last started on 7/29 vs Ari (LF)…began the season at Pensacola and made 23 apps there (.360, 6hr, 16rbi) before he was promoted to Louisville on 5/16…in 52 apps overall for the Bats hit .236 (6hr, 33rbi, 4sb)…while with Pensacola, on 4/21 at Jacksonville hit for the cycle for the third time in his career.

33 YORMAN RODRIGUEZ, of Pensacola: 119g, .262, 9hr, 40rbi, 12sb
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be the second Reds player this season to make the jump from Class AA (RHP Carlos Contreras)…spent the minor league season at Pensacola…when he plays will be making his Major League debut…Tucker Barnhart, Jumbo Diaz, Carlos Contreras and Daniel Corcino already made big league debuts this season.




From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today Reds second baseman/outfielder Skip Schumaker will receive his award as team recipient of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Associations “Heart & Hustle” Award.  The Heart & Hustle Award is given annually to one member of each of the 30 MLB teams.  Of the 30 team representatives, one player will be selected as the overall winner of the MLB Heart & Hustle Award, which will be awarded at a dinner in New York City this coming November.  Past Reds team recipients of the award include Shin-Soo Choo (2013), Chris Heisey (2012), Miguel Cairo (2011), Jonny Gomes (2010), Adam Rosales (2009), Jerry Hairston Jr. (2008), Ryan Freel (2007) and Adam Dunn (2006).

Offering up a simultaneous first pitch today will be AVP tour players Emily Day & Summer Ross. This pair won its first AVP tournament last year at the Cincinnati Open, and is seeded third in the women’s bracket this week.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the annual Rosie Reds “Guest of the Reds” Night.  The Rosies recently celebrated their 50th anniversary as an organization and tonight they will participate in a pregame parade and ceremonial first pitch.

We will also recognize and salute representatives of the four charitable organizations who were beneficiaries in the inaugural “Schu’s Crew Fantasy Football Challenge”, which is taking place at the ballpark today.  The event brings together fans with many of the Reds players in a fantasy football league which raises valuable funds for charity.  Skip Schumaker brought the concept to Cincinnati this year, after its launch by Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright in St. Louis last season.  The charitable organizations that today’s event benefitted include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the Jessie Rees Foundation, the Reds Community Fund and Big League Impact.


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