Final Tune-Up

For today’s exhibition game in Dayton, we couldn’t have asked for a better day.  At first pitch, the temperature was 54 degress without a cloud in the sky.  We can only hope for something close to that for Opening Day.  For now, enjoy these pictures from Fifth Third Field in Dayton, OH.

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Reds infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. stopped to sign some autographs after arriving at the ballpark in Dayton.

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The field is in great shape and this ballpark is truly a beautiful facility.

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Directing traffic for a team photo is always a chore.

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The finished product: The 2009 Reds Futures Team.

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Dragons’ GM Gary Mayse and Reds first baseman Joey Votto address the local media before the game.

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Reds manager Dusty Baker and Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis discuss strategy during batting practice.

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Assistant GM Bob Miller and President of Baseball Operations/GM Walt Jocketty discuss the Opening Day roster.  Better get to work, it’s due at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.

We’ve got a packed house at Fifth Third Field and the fans are excited to see their former Dragons favorites.

-JM

1 Comment

I am a Cub fan, but really like what the Reds are doing. I was a fan of Baker’s as well, and he doesn’t have many here in Chicago. The media and fans were just terrible and irresponsible. I think you guys will win the division, but maybe need to add a right handed bat in the middle of the lineup. I like Phillips (is there a better hitter against lefties?), but I think Holliday from the A’s might be a good mid-season aquisition. That would make for a balanced, formidable lineup. I think Dickerson has a bright future, but he may be someone you lose in this type of deal. You have a strong history and I would love to see you guys making this NL stronger. Good Luck, I’ll be watching you guys again this year.

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