From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Billy Hamilton Fathead™, courtesy of PNC Bank.

Today is the second Reds Rookies game of the 2016 season, presented by Pampers, Kroger, TriHealth and Enfamil.  Over 200 “Rookies” at their families will participate in activities in the Kroger Fan Zone as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.

Today is also the 78th annual Shrine/Masons Family Day at the ballpark.  The Shrine/Masons Family Day is a tradition started by Powell Crosley Jr., himself a Mason, back in 1938.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Ben Walz, who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.


The Reds have recalled from Class AAA Louisville IF Jose Peraza (#9) and optioned to Louisville RHP Keyvius Sampson.




From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 25,000 fans in attendance at today’s game will receive a USA Reds t-shirt, presented by Toyota. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:40PM for all other fans. However those times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be former Reds second baseman Bret Boone. Bret will be selling and signing copies of his new book Home Game: Big-League Stories from My Life in Baseball’s First Family in the Fan Zone tonight from 7-8PM and tomorrow in the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum from 11:30AM to 1PM.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 10th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by TriHealth.  The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a Beatles soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

Tonight is Military Appreciation Day #4 of the 2016 season, presented by DAV – Disabled American Veterans – and Hankook Tire.  During pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor some of the thousands of active duty forces who serve at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  Ceremonies will include a Reenlistment Ceremony, a welcoming back of recently deployed Air Force members and a ceremonial first pitch by Colonel Bradley McDonald, Installation Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  The Reds will be wearing their digi-camo uniforms for tonight’s game.


Juan Dorado checks in with this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight

The Cincinnati Reds have won eight of their last 10 series and the minor league affiliates responded with a 25-12 week, their best week of the 2016 campaign. 5 of the 6 teams recorded a winning mark while the Louisville Bats finished the week 3-3.

Despite ending the week 3-3, the Bats received heavy honors during the middle of the week as Beau Amaral was awarded IL Batter of the Week honors on Monday. During his award winning week, Amaral hit .387, leading the league in hits for the week. Carlos Triunfel and Jose Peraza added big weeks at the plate as Triunfel finished the week batting .471 and Peraza batted .435.

Amaral was not the only player to receive an award this week as Ismael Guillon received Pitcher of the Week accolades in the Florida State League. During the week Guillon went seven scoreless innings, yielding two hits and striking out 11 batters. He helped the Tortugas go 5-2 and pull within two games of the FSL North standings.

While both those players were receiving individual awards, the Dayton Dragons put together their best week of the season as they went 6-1. Southpaw Ty Boyles went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA for the Dragons. He struck out 10 batters in 10.2 innings. Offensively Josciel Veras paced the attack, hitting .400 (8-for-20) with two dingers and six RBI. The Dragons are currently on a 6-game winning streak and are out of last place for the first time this season.

The Dragons will need four more wins to match the AZL Reds this season, as they had their season-high 10-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday. Despite the loss, the Reds turned in an impressive 4-1 mark. Pitchers Gregory Reinoso and Luis Alecis pitched well for the Reds last week. Reinoso went 1-0, allowing one run over 5.1 innings. While Alecis tossed five innings, allowing one run and striking out eight batters. The AZL Reds enter play with a 3.5 game lead in the AZL Central standings.

With the Reds fighting for the second half crown, the Billings Mustangs and Pensacola Blue Wahoos already have a seat at the playoff table. Despite turning in winning weeks, the teams are trending in different directions with Billings leading the Pioneer League while the Blue Wahoos have fallen to third place in the second half standings.

Billings went 4-3 this past week as the offense flexed its muscle. Hector Vargas hit .571 (12-for-21) with four doubles and six RBI while Cassidy Brown hit .500 (12-for-24) with nine RBI.

Pensacola went 3-2, led by the bat of Sebastian Elizalde. The infielder batted .474 (9-for-19) with five RBI.

With a huge week on the diamond, the Reds are within two games of finishing the season above a combined .500 mark. They enter play with a 294-296 overall record.

RED Bites: Former first rounder Alex Blandino had a big week, batting .357 with a double and an RBI… Tyler Stephenson was placed on the DL for the third time this season with another wrist injury… Aristides Aquino clubbed six homers and drove in 12 runs. He led the FSL in both categories.




From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will recognize and celebrate the National Parks 100th Anniversary, which is coming up on August 25, 2016.  As part of our festivities we will welcome some of the dedicated staff of the William Howard Taft National Historic Site located in Mt. Auburn. With special events across the country and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25-28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark.


Hit a home run to win 2017 season tickets

 CINCINNATI (Aug. 17, 2016) — The Cincinnati Reds are inviting current and prospective season ticket members to the inaugural “Swing for your Seats” at Great American Ball Park on Saturday, Oct. 8.

 Fans who put down a deposit on a renewal or new season ticket membership for the 2017 season will have the opportunity to take three swings on the field at GABP.

 If a participant hits a home run, they receive their 2017 Season Ticket Membership for free! (Up to a $10,000 value)

 Swing for your Seats details:

• Event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m.

• Each participant will receive three (3) pitches

• An automatic pitching machine will be used 

• Deadline is Sept., 30, 2016 to place minimum 25% deposit on a 2017 Season Ticket Membership

• Eligible season ticket plans include 20-game, half season and full season 

Additional prizes for participants include:

• Hit the outfield wall on the fly to win a complimentary luxury suite for up to 16 guests for a game during the 2017 season. (Includes three parking passes)

• Various targets will be set up in the outfield for other opportunities to win Reds prizes.

 Full event details and information on how to place the required deposit are available at or by calling 513-765-7500.




From my pal @Bongreatness...

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome representatives from P&G, the Cincinnati Zoo and other community partners who participated in the 2016 “Community Makeover” project in partnership with the Reds Community Fund. Over 400 volunteers joined together with these partners on July 28th for a day-long project at three sites in Lower Price Hill: Evans Field & Playground, Community Gardens and the Joe Williams Family Center at the former Espy Boys & Girls Club.  2016 marked the 7th consecutive year that P&G has spearheaded this invaluable project for the Greater Cincinnati community.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be Columbus Crew SC Midfielder Wil Trapp.  Wil is also a member of the United States National Team and is an Ohio native.



From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight, the Reds are recognizing one of the key youth baseball programs operated by the Reds Community Fund – the Coldwell Banker West Shell “Match” program.  Now in its 11th season, the “Match” program blends inner-city baseball organizations with suburban counterparts.  Each “Match” receives a grant from the Reds Community Fund to underwrite the expense of joint activities.  These events include games at each other’s home field, and a visit to Redsfest in December.  Tonight the Match kids and coaches will participate in a pregame parade & recognition ceremony.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be ATP tour tennis professional Reilly Opelka. Reilly is 18-years old and recently joined the ATP circuit full-time, and is competing in the Western & Southern Open this week. The annual tournament runs through Aug. 21st at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.  Reilly won the 2015 Junior Wimbledon tournament and at 6’ 11” is one of the tallest tennis pros in ATP history.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Teams playing in Major League Baseball’s 2016 RBI Softball World Series in Cincinnati will participate in a pregame parade and ceremony. Eight softball teams from the U.S. and the Dominican Republic are competing Aug. 11-16 with games being played at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy, Mason High School and Miami University.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches this evening will be Lawrenceburg, Indiana, native and 2006 NHRA Rookie of the Year, driver J.R. Todd.  Todd recently took first place at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

In conjunction with Hoxworth Blood Center, tonight’s videoboard presentation of the Starting Lineups & Scoreboard Stumper are taking part in the “Missing Type Campaign”.  The Missing Type Campaign is a global campaign to create engagement and awareness of the importance of giving blood and the need of blood types A, O and B.  Those letters will be missing from the two videoboard features today. Hoxworth & the Reds partner every season for one of the largest blood drives in the nation.


If you’re like me, the Olympics and Reds baseball have dominated your recent television time.  I’ve spent so much time supplementing the Reds current road trip with the Rio games that I’m beginning to mix them in my sleep.

What if Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall were a synchronized diving team?  How about Billy Hamilton winning a gold in archery?  And was that Michael Phelps mean muggin’ or Joey Votto?   Below are photos of Reds players had they participated in this year’s Olympic games  (please pardon my rudimentary photo shopping!)


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