Todd Frazier went to work this afternoon at Cincinnati’s Washington Park with the Catch-a-Fire pizza truck to film an upcoming episode of MTV2’s Off The Bat.  Frazier hung out with Off The Bat host Chris Distefano and served slices of pizza to hungry lunch-goers.  The episode of Off The Bat is expected to air October 12 on MTV2.  Here are some photos from the filming…




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 13th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by General Mills Box Tops for Education & Kroger. The 15-minute fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “Top 40” musical soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

During pregame ceremonies today the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Toyota Dealers will present a 2014 Toyota Tundra to the Reds Community Fund. This is the fourth year that Toyota has made this donation to a deserving local group – which as previously included a local fire department, a local police department & Matthew25: Ministries. The Reds Community Fund will utilize the Tundra for various needs, including use at the new P&G MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn. This presentation does not replace the opportunity for a lucky fan to win the Tundra in centerfield if a Reds player hits it or the sign on the PNC Power Stacks during this weekend’s series.





From my pal @Bongreatness

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches today will be professional golfer Marissa Steen. Marissa is originally from West Chester and during the course of this summer she won 3 times on the Symetra Tour, which earned her a spot on the LPGA Tour for the remainder of the season.

During pregame ceremonies the employees of the Reds Front Office will be on the field to salute our fans for their support during the 2014 season.  Those same employees will be stationed at the gates to Great American Ball Park at the end of the game to give thanks to the best fans in baseball.  This is the fourth consecutive season of this tradition.




Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
• Bark in the Park: Tonight is the fourth and final Bark in the Park game 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. and the first 10,000 dog owners will receive a free car magnet. Dog tickets are sold out.
• Roberto Clemente Award: Skip Schumaker will be recognized during pregame ceremonies for being the Reds nominee for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Schumaker is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award which recognizes MLB players who best represent the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Fans can vote for Skip at
• Honorary Captains: Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones and current Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins will serve as tonight’s Honorary Captains. The pair are joining us as part of Bowtie Tuesday, supporting the Bowtie Cause in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association and National Kidney Foundation.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 12:35 p.m.
• First Pitch: Marissa Steen, a professional golfer on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Marissa is a 2008 graduate of Lakota West High School.

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m.
• Fireworks: Post-game fireworks show starting approximately 10 minutes after the end of the game, presented by General Mills on behalf of Box Tops for Education and Kroger.
• Toyota Tundra Donation: Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Toyota dealers will donate a 2014 Toyota Tundra truck to the Reds Community Fund during pregame ceremonies. George Joseph, president of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Toyota dealers, will present the keys to Charley Frank, the executive director of the Reds Community Fund. The truck will be used at the new P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.
• #RedsSocial Night: Fans of the Reds on social media can purchase a special ticket package for only $25 that includes a lower level seat in the Reds Social section and an exclusive #JohnnyBeisbol t-shirt. A limited number of tickets available at Presented by

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:05 p.m. (originally scheduled for 4:10 p.m.)
• Team Photo Giveaway: Free team photo of the 2014 Reds to the first 20,000 fans.

2014 Reds Team Photo

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:10 p.m.
• Fan Appreciation Day: Today is Fan Appreciation Day presented by Walgreens, with prizes being given away to hundreds of lucky fans throughout the game, including gift cards, autographed memorabilia, merchandise and more. The full list of prizes can be found at Postcard entries are accepted.
• Mascot T-ball Game: The 12th annual Mascot T-ball game will take place on the field from Noon to 12:30 p.m. featuring Reds mascots and mascots from schools and businesses throughout the region.
• Team Photo Giveaway: Free team photo of the 2014 Reds to the first 20,000 fans.
• Kids Mascot Magnet: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Reds mascot magnet to the first 8,000 kids 14 and younger, presented by Delta Air Lines.
• Run the Bases: Fans of all ages can line up after the game to run the bases.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand:
• Half-Price Student Tickets: Students of all ages can enjoy half-price tickets to all Sunday through Thursday home games in September, courtesy of First Student.
• Bowtie Tuesday: For select Tuesday home games (including Sept. 23) 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. 25) 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:
• 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:

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Reds Hall of Fame Days – Sept. 23-28: The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum announces Hall of Fame Days, a six-day celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Museum’s opening on Sept. 25, 2004. The event features two for $10 admission to the Museum from Sept. 23-28 along with autograph signings by Reds HOF’ers and Reds alumni, merchandise specials, free batting cage sessions (with museum admission) and other exciting events. Visit for complete event schedule. Highlights include:
– Tues., Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m.: Reds Historian Greg Rhodes and the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi discuss the career of Reds Hall of Famer Jake Beckley (with Erardi as Beckley)
– Wed., Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.: Leo Cardenas & Tommy Helms autograph signing
– Thurs., Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m.: Jim O’Toole autograph signing
– Friday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.: Tom Browning autograph signing
– Sat., Sept. 27 at 11:30 a.m.: Eddie Milner & Gary Redus autograph signing
– Sun., Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m.: Ron Oester autograph signing

Reds Community Fund
• Urban Youth Academy Open House – Sept. 28: The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy is hosting an Open House for the community on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. Activities will include Wiffle ball games, a home run derby, batting cage access and a baseball game featuring participants from the Reds Community Fund’s Coldwell Banker West Shell “Match” program. Food and drink will be provided while supplies last. The Academy is located at 2026 E. Seymour Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45237 and offers free, year-round baseball and softball instruction along with educational and vocational opportunities for boys and girls ages 5-18 residing primarily in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky urban neighborhoods. More information at (513) 765-5000 or




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the fourth and final Bark in the Park of the 2014 season, presented by Iams & Kroger.  Over 600 dogs will partake in pregame festivities in the Fan Zone as well as a pregame parade around the warning track.

During pregame ceremonies today we will recognize our team recipient of the 2015 Roberto Clemente AwardSkip Schumaker.  Skip will receive a check for $7,500 to go to the Jesse Rees Foundation in his honor and is now eligible for the league-wide award, which will be announced during the 2014 World Series.

Performing our National Anthem tonight will be international whistling champion Chris Ullman.  Mr. Ullman has performed the National Anthem previously at NBA games, Presidential visits and most recently at a Washington Nationals game in May.

Former Cincinnati Bengal Dhani Jones and current Bengal Geno Atkins will serve as tonight’s Honorary Captains.  The pair are joining us as part of Bowtie Tuesday, supporting the Bowtie Cause in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association and National Kidney Foundation.


From my pal @LisaBraun

Our final #RedsSocial Night of the season is happening on Friday at Great American Ball Park, as the Reds take on the Pirates.

We let the fans on twitter vote on theme for the night and pitching ace #JohnnyBeisbol was our winner.  For just $25, event attendees will receive field box seat in our special #RedsSocial section and a shirt.  And since it’s a Friday night, we’ll have a fireworks show after the game.

Check-in at the Reds Connect Zone (behind section 109) before the game to pick up your shirt, enter to win prizes and take a selfie with the one and only @Jamieblog.

Here are the details on the offer:

Cueto tee




Reds manager Bryan Price told the media today that Joey Votto is expected to participate in batting practice prior to tonight’s game with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.




I took a stroll around a mostly empty Wrigley Field early this afternoon and snapped some photos – including of/from the infamous Steve Bartman seat…

The infamous Steve Bartman seat

The infamous Steve Bartman seat

The view from Bartman's seat

The view from Bartman’s seat

Be Alert!

Be Alert!

Todd Frazier speaks with Fox Sports Ohio's Jim Day in the hallow reaches of Wrigley

Todd Frazier speaks with Fox Sports Ohio’s Jim Day in the hallow reaches of Wrigley

Ron Santo statue

Ron Santo statue

The water fountain in the visitors dugout.  It's been beat up a few times.

The water fountain in the visitors dugout. It’s been beat up a few times.



I’m happy to be with the team for this three game series in Chicago; filling in for Reds media relations director Rob Butcher while he attends All-Star Game meetings back in Cincinnati.

I made it to the team hotel last night from Cincinnati at about the same time the club arrived via bus from Milwaukee.  I quickly found out that this leg of the road trip was the one featuring the annual Reds rookie dress-up spoof.  Each year, the newest Reds have their regular clothes taken from their locker and replaced with costumes that one would normally see during Halloween and/or Comic-Con.

Courtesy of @DatDudeBP

Courtesy of @DatDudeBP

Adding to the hilarity was that the rookies were dropped off on Michigan Avenue, in the heart of downtown Chicago, and made to walk the “Magnificent Mile” in all of their glittery glory.


The visitor’s clubhouse at historic Wrigley Field is notorious for being a bit incommodious, especially when the rosters expand in September.  Some of the players are forced to share lockers and reporters are stationed in a hallway outside the main locker area where they conduct their interviews with requested Reds; normally, ample space allows for this to take place inside the clubhouse.

The trip from the Reds clubhouse at Wrigley Field to the playing area is quite a trip.  Check out the video below to see what I’m talking about…


We were expecting rain earlier, but my fancy weather app is claiming we are in the clear.  Still quite cloudy and a bit on the cool side but I don’t think anyone is going to freeze to death.

Here’s hoping you enjoy the game tonight – whether on TV,, Reds-On-Radio or @Reds.  I’ll also be tweeting a little bit (@Jamieblog).


That’s all for now!  More in a bit.

Expect good news,




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