October 2009

Redsfest tickets on sale Monday

09_REDSFEST_LOGO2.jpgTickets for FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest, presented by Kahn’s, benefiting the Reds Community Fund, will go on sale Monday via the internet at reds.com, by phone at (513) 381-REDS, at all area Meijer stores and at Great American Ball Park administration offices…the popular fan festival will be held at Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, December 4 from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m….1-day tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for fans 12 and under…2-day tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids.

Updated Redsfest information is always at www.reds.com/redsfest.


Goodyear is ready

Here are some final shots of the Reds recently completed training facility in Goodyear, Arizona.  Enjoy!


GoodyearFinal2.JPGThis photo shows the Reds complex near the bottom, the Indians complex just above that (the two are separated by a small pond) and Goodyear Ballpark just up the road near the top of the photo.


Still without MLB Network?

MLB_network2.jpgFor those fans (like me) who live in Kentucky and have cable TV from Insight Communications and, thus, no MLB Network

Help spread the word! The more people that contact their provider, the better the chances are to get MLB Network added to the TV lineup!

To request the MLB Network in your area, simply click this link http://mlbn.viewerlink.tv/.


Phillies get “Rob”bed

RobWS1.jpgLast night, while working for Major League Baseball at the World Series, Reds director of media relations Rob Butcher (right, in suit) was captured on FOX TV’s broadcast immediately after Game 1.  His post-game responsibilities were to take Phillies 2B Chase Utley to Mark Grace for his FOX live on-field interview, then to ESPN Radio and Phillies Radio where he also appeared live.


Redsfest volunteers needed

FOX Sports Ohio’s Redsfest, benefiting the Reds Community Fund, returns on December 4-5, 2009 at the Duke Energy Convention Center (Cincinnati’s downtown convention center). There are less than two months before the doors open to Redsfest and we need to recruit over 300 volunteers to help make the event a success!

09_REDSFEST_LOGO.jpgThis year volunteers will be asked to work one or more of the following shifts: 

Friday, December 4   3pm-7pm
Friday, December 4   6:30pm-11pm
Saturday, December 5   10am-2:30pm
Saturday, December 5   2pm-7pm

If you’re interested in volunteering, we need to know which of the above shifts you can commit to fully. You may work up to all four shifts, but it’s crucial that you’re able to commit to the entire shift(s) for which you sign up. We also need to know your shirt size and mailing address. All volunteers who work will receive a $20 stipend per day, a volunteer t-shirt and two Field Box tickets to a 2010 Reds game (based on availability; excluding Opening Day and other Premium Series. Tickets will be mailed out in February 2010). There will be a volunteer training session on the evening of Thursday, December 3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. All volunteers are REQUIRED to attend this training.

Another part of the Redsfest production is assembling the 20,000 bags we pass out to all fans in attendance. As you can imagine, this is quite an undertaking and we need as many people as possible to help with this enormous task. You may bring anybody you’d like to help and there is no dress code. This is an unpaid duty, but it does count if you need community service hours and is also a great way to stand out and be noticed. It will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center lobby and you may come whenever you’d like for as long as you’d like. Even an hour here and there is a HUGE help. If you’re interested in bag stuffing, let us know what day(s) and approximate time(s) you’re available. 

Bag Stuffing Dates/Times:

Monday, November 30   9am-7pm
Tuesday, December 1   9am-7pm
Wednesday, December 2   9am-7pm
Thursday, December 3   9am-9pm

Please pass this along to others who may be interested in volunteering.  We take people of all ages (minimum 16 years of age for Friday/Saturday; no age requirements for bag stuffers), it’s a fun way to be involved with the Reds and it’s also wonderful resume building experience for college students.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathryn Braun at KBraun@reds.com.  Thanks!


The Series to determine the champion of the World

Similar to the NLCS where assistant directors of media relations Larry Herms and Jamie Ramsey worked for Major League Baseball, Reds director of media relations Rob Butcher has the duties for the World Series.  Here is his account of yesterday’s Workout Day.

Yesterday was Major League Baseball’s very first World Series Media Day, held in conjuction with Workout Day. Similar to the Super Bowl, every player from both teams was brought to the Great Hall at New Yankee Stadium and answered questions for 45 minutes. It’s a great idea, both for the media and for the players.


“Coming off the D Train, my attention immediately turned to what I consider one of the greatest places on earth, Old Yankee Stadium. She ain’t what she used to be, but she’s still standing…” -Butcher


Current Yankee and former Reds utility man Jerry “Bridge” Hairston Jr., left, at World Series Media Day.


Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira at the inaugural World Series Media Day.


An overall view of the Great Hall at New Yankee Stadium, where World Series Media Day was held. Note the huge TV screen.


While Rob’s photograph is a little dark, you can the massive contingent of media waiting for the players to be seated at World Series Media Day.


New Yankee Stadium is ready for it’s first World Series.


Former Reds manager Pete Mackanin, left, working hard during the Phillies’ batting practice at yesterday’s World Series Workout Day at Yankee Stadium. Pete is Philly’s bench coach and in every shot of the dugout during the FOX TV broadcast can be seen sitting next to manager Charlie Manuel.


The Rusty Ball

On Saturday, November 21, the Rusty Griswolds, a popular local 80’s cover band, will host a concert benefiting charitable organizations throughout Greater Cincinnati.  The second-annual “Rusty Ball” takes place at the Duke Energy Convention Center starting at 8:00 p.m. and will support more than 80 charities throughout the region, including the Reds Community Fund and the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

rusty_ball.jpgTicket prices range from $50-$85 and purchasers will be asked to select a charitable organization that will benefit.  The net proceeds will be disbursed among all charitable beneficiaries on a pro-rata basis determined by the percentage of ticket sales attributed to each non-profit organization. Tickets for the event can be purchased either online at www.therustyball.com or at the Duke Energy Convention Center on the day of the event.  If you plan to attend, please remember to select either the Reds Community Fund or the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum as your beneficiary of choice.

The Rusty Griswolds will also be one of the Friday night performers on the main stage at Redsfest this year.


Winter Ball thru 10-26-09

WinterBall 10-26-09.pdf

Attached are the stats through 10/26 for all players in the Cincinnati Reds organization participating in Winter Ball.  The Reds have 13 position players and 10 pitchers working this off-season in various leagues.


Walmart helps renovate Madisonville baseball field

Madisonville Walmart Field.pdf

Just a few hours after Cincinnati’s newest Walmart opens in Fairfax on Wednesday morning, a newly renovated baseball field will be dedicated just a mile away in Madisonville, thanks to a generous donation from Walmart to the Reds Community Fund.

The baseball field at Anderson Place will be officially dedicated on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 at 10 a.m., and will be used primarily by the Madisonville Braves youth baseball organization and students from nearby John P. Parker Elementary School.

In 2009, Walmart donated $20,000 to support the Reds Community Fund’s baseball-themed outreach programs. A portion of the donations have been earmarked for the Anderson Place field renovation.


Former Reds assistant trainer joins Royals

Kenney hired as Head Trainer.pdf

The Kansas City Royals announced yesterday that they have hired Nick Kenney as the club’s Head Athletic Trainer.

Kenney spent the past five seasons as a Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Cleveland Indians.  Kenney joined the Indians after serving as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Cincinnati Reds from 2003-04.  Bringing a strong clinical and strength and conditioning background to the Royals, Kenney also worked for two years as the program manager of sports medicine for TriHealth, the official medical provider for the Reds, and noted Reds team doctor, Dr. Timothy Kremchek, and for seven seasons as the head trainer for the Cincinnati Cyclones professional hockey club.

Royals former Head Athletic Trainer Nick Swartz announced his retirement on September 25 after 33 years of service with the club.