From my pal @Bongreatness...
The first 25,000 fans in attendance at today’s game will receive a Nasty Boys triple bobblehead, courtesy of PNC Bank. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Holders and 11:40AM for the general public. However, those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.
Today’s on-field ceremonies for the 25-Year Reunion of the 1990 World Series Champions Reds are scheduled to begin at 12:30PM. Ceremonies will include:
• A red carpet parade of the 1990 team through the Fan Zone and through the stands of Great American Ball Park onto the field
• Highlight videos
• A tribute to the late Tim Layana, Rick Mahler & Marge Schott
• Special messages from 1990 Reds First Base Coach Tony Perez & 1990 Manager Lou Piniella
• Speeches by Reds COO Phil Castellini and National Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin
• A simultaneous first pitch by 1990 Reds All-Stars Randy Myers, Rob Dibble, Chris Sabo & Barry Larkin
Should inclement weather keep today’s ceremonies from taking place on the field, we intend to hold the ceremonies from inside the new Handlebar at The Riverfront Club. If the ceremonies are forced inside, they will still start at approximately 12:30PM so that today’s sellout crowd, as well as the fans watching at home on FOX Sports Ohio and listening on the Reds on Radio network, can still enjoy today’s celebration of the 1990 Reds.
From my pal @Bongreatness…
Tonight is the second Friday Fireworks of the 2015 season, presented by Frisch’s Big Boy. The approximately 15-minute postgame fireworks show, choreographed to Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks and featuring a 1990 soundtrack, will begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.
Prior to the start of tonight’s fireworks show we will be welcoming over 30 members of the 1990 Reds World Series Championship team – including players, coaches & front office staff. The ceremonies will begin approximately 5 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game. They will be broadcast on FOX Sports Ohio and streamed on Reds.com.
The 1990 team will be arriving “red carpet style” to the ballpark tonight outside the Reds Hall of Fame at approximately 5:15PM.
Both the Reds & the Cubs will be wearing 1990 throwback jerseys during tonight’s game.
Tonight is the first of two Season Ticket Holder Fan Appreciation Days of the 2015 season. Season Ticket Holders will be participating in numerous pregame and in-game activities in celebration.
Prior to the singing of our National Anthem this evening, we will pause for a Moment of Remembrance in honor of “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks.
More than 30 members of the 1990 World Champion Reds are scheduled to appear April 24 & 25 to celebrate the 25-year reunion of the 1990 wire-to-wire champs.
Friday, April 24, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.
• 1990 Meet & Greet: Select members of the 1990 team will arrive at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at 5:15 p.m. on the FOX Sports Ohio Fan Express and will meet and greet with fans in the Museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• 1990 Commemorative Print: Print celebrating the 1990 World Series champions, free to all fans in attendance.
• 1990 Throwback Uniforms: Both the Reds and Cubs players and coaches will wear 1990 throwback uniforms.
• 1990 On-field Ceremonies: Over 30 members of the 1990 Reds will be recognized and honored on the field during post-game ceremonies.
• Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show with a soundtrack of hits from 1990, presented by Frisch’s Big Boy.
• Jackie Robinson Day: Pregame ceremonies will commemorate the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier in 1947. (All players and on-field personnel wore the Number 42 on April 15, the official date recognized by MLB, when the Reds played the Cubs at Wrigley Field.)
• Moment of Remembrance: The Reds will honor the late Cubs legend Ernie Banks with a moment of remembrance.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m.
• “The Nasty Boys” Triple Bobblehead: As part of Super Saturdays, a triple bobblehead featuring “The Nasty Boys” (Randy Myers, Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton) will be given to the first 25,000 fans at the game, thanks to PNC Bank. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to be among the 25,000 to receive a bobblehead.
• 1990 Meet & Greet: Members of the 1990 team are scheduled to participate in a meet & greet with fans in the Kroger Fan Zone beginning at 12:15 p.m., as they parade towards the field for the start of the special pregame ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
• 1990 First Pitches: All-Stars Rob Dibble, Barry Larkin, Randy Myers and Chris Sabo will throw out simultaneous first pitches.
• 1990 Uniform Sale: Visit the Reds Authentics storefront on Retail Row to purchase team-used 1990 uniforms from Friday’s game.
• Wives Favorite Things Basket Raffle: The Reds Wives will be selling $5 raffle tickets for the “Wives Favorite Things” basket raffle at the Reds Connect Zone near section 109. Gift baskets have been filled by the players’ wives with their favorite items including food and gifts from their home state, gift cards to their favorite stores along with books and DVDs and four tickets to an upcoming Reds game. Player baskets include Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco, Brandon Phillips, Burke Badenhop and Marlon Byrd. Raffle tickets will be for sale starting when gates open to the end of the 7th inning. The winners will be drawn at random during the 8th inning.
Sunday, April 26, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m.
• Family Sundays: Sundays are family days at Great American Ball Park. New in 2015, take advantage of TWO exclusive ticket offers presented by Klosterman Bakery. Every Sunday game includes giveaways for kids, face painters, live mascot races and more. Tickets available at reds.com/Family.
• Kids Aroldis Chapman Poster: As part of Family Sundays, kids 14 and younger will receive a free poster of the Reds closer, presented by College Advantage.
• High School Baseball Showcase: Players and coaches from 70 high school baseball teams who participated in the fourth annual Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase will be featured in a “March at the Majors” pregame parade. MVPs from each of the 35 games will be recognized on field during pregame ceremonies.
Monday, April 27, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
• Bark in the Park: Tonight is the first of four Bark in the Park games this season, presented by Iams and Kroger. Over 600 dogs and their owners will be in a special seating area while the Kroger Fan Zone will turn into the “Dog Zone” with product samples and activities for both dogs and owners. A pregame parade with all the dogs and owners begins at 6:25 p.m. A limited number of dog tickets are still available at reds.com/dogday. Dog packages must be purchased in advance of game day.
• First Pitch: Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
• First Pitch: FOX19 Morning Show anchor Kara Sewell will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
• Honorary Captain: Broken Bow Records artist Dustin Lynch will serve as the Honorary Captain of the game.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 12:35 p.m.
Ticket Offers For This Homestand: reds.com/tickets
• 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: reds.com/Family.
• 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 Chevrolet: reds.com/Mondays.
• 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: reds.com/Tuesdays.
• Student Discount Days: Students of all ages can enjoy discount tickets to all Wednesday home games this season, courtesy of First Student: reds.com/Students.
• Business Day Specials: For all 12:35 p.m. weekday Paycor Business Day Special games, get a View Level seat loaded with $10 in concession credits for just $20: reds.com/SkipWork.
• Senior Citizen Specials: For select games (including April 29) 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, Upper View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers. Presented by Tri-State Centers For Sight: reds.com/Seniors.
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Todd Benzinger Bobblehead: The 2015 Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP kicks off in April with Todd Benzinger. The bobblehead depicts Todd catching the last out of the 1990 World Series and is free with the purchase of full-price Museum admission on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April, while supplies last. Plan your visit at redsmuseum.org.
Reds Community Fund
• Reds Baseball & Softball Camps: Spots are filling up now for the official Cincinnati Reds baseball and softball camps, presented by Safeco Insurance. For 2015, Reds Camps are offering 13 camps in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville, Indianapolis, Columbus, Dayton and West Virginia. The camps begin in June are open to boys and girls ages six to 14. Sign up online today at reds.com/camps.
Are you folks aware of the event the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is holding on Friday? It’s called an “Evening with the 1990 World Champions” and it consists of watching the Reds/Cubs game with several members of the 1990 World Champion Reds at Great American Ball Park’s “Handlebar.” (It’s pretty much one of those once-in-a-lifetime/bucket list kind of events.)
Some of the 1990 Reds scheduled to attend include:
Barry Larkin, all three Nasty Boys (Dibble, Charlton, Myers), Eric Davis, Hal Morris, Jose Rijo, Chris Sabo and many more.
As a Reds fan, this is probably something you won’t want to miss out on.
For more information, including how to sign up, CLICK HERE.
Look what I arrived today to Better Off Red Headquarters…
Today is your last chance to secure one of these beauties by ordering your Nasty Boys Pick 6 Plan! Also, there are single tickets and Standing Room Only tickets still available.
Remember, the first 30,000 people through the gates on Saturday will receive a bobblehead. Gates to GABP on Saturdays generally open 2 hours before first pitch, unless large crowds on Crosley Terrace dictate opening any earlier. Basically, what I’m saying is, if you want a bobblehead, get your ticket now and get to the ballpark early!
CLICK HERE for more details.
A few minor league notes…
In Louisville’s 13-8 loss yesterday to Toledo, IF Irving Falu went 2-for-2 with a triple and 3 RBI. Falu is batting .371 in 10 games for the Bats (13-for-35, .870ops).
OF Jesse Winker (2-for-5) yesterday hit his first home run of the season in Pensacola’s 8-4 loss to Birmingham.
RHP Nick Travieso fired 6 shutout innings in the first game of Daytona’s doubleheader vs. Dunedin. He scattered 5 hits with 2 walks while striking out 5.
How awesome was this last night…
Lineup and more to come,
From Elias Sports Bureau…
Did you see this cool piece on Kristopher Negron’s awesome Chris Mullin socks?
That’s all for now. More in a bit!
Expect good news,
The Reds were well-represented this weekend during the the sixth annual Marvin Lewis Community Fund’s Cincinnati Scurry. The Scurry is a creative fundraiser that takes the form of an “Amazing Race-type” of event.
Corporate teams of 4 people were sent around Cincinnati to complete various challenges that required speed, problem-solving, trivia and knowledge of the Cincinnati area. Tasks included acting out a scene from “A League of Their Own” in the Reds dugout, singing karaoke with a live band on stage at The Holy Grail, drinking 2 ounces of beer from a baby bobble nipple at Haufbrauhaus, riding in a Segway obstacle course, playing flip cup against members of a University of Cincinnati fraternity, kicking a field goal at Paul Brown Stadium and tasting and identifying juice ingredients at an Over-The-Rhine juice bar.
The Reds team, consisting of staffers Kristen Snyder, Brandon Chaney, Megan Hewett and Michael “Mando” Anderson finished in second place, just behind the three-time reigning champions. Congrats, gang!
“The Reds are proud to have finished runner-up to the three-time reigning Scurry champions from American Modern Insurance Group,” said Anderson, Reds public relations manager. “The event benefits the Marvin Lewis Community Fund’s ‘Learning Is Cool’ program so at the end of the day it’s all about the kids.”
“But make no mistake, we will be training diligently over the next year honing our Scurry skills to improve our second place finish,” added Mando. “Starting tomorrow, I’m going to practice drinking beer out of a baby bottle nipple every single day until I perfect my technique.”
There’s still time left to become a volunteer for the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park! Major League Baseball has many unpaid volunteer positions available. All applicants must register HERE but hurry, the volunteer registration site shuts down SOON!
Curious to know how MLB Replay is going? Here are some stats (through 4/16)…
16 “Confirmed” (28.1%)
17 “Stands” (29.8%)
24 “Overturned” (42.1%)
Standing Room Only ($15) tickets have been released for the Saturday, April 25th Reds/Cubs game at Great American Ball Park. Remember, that’s the 1990 25-Year Reunion Weekend, so you’ll want to be in attendance! CLICK HERE for more details.
Last year’s Reds first-round draft choice, RHP Nick Howard fired 5.0 solid innings on Saturday in A-Daytona’s 9-1 win over Tampa. Howard, 22, gave up an unearned run on 2 hits (5bb, 4k) and was popping the mitt with a mid-90s fastball.
More in a bit!
Expect good news,