Homestand highlights

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Homestand Highlights • May 13-19, 2011

Friday, May 13 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 pm – Presented by KOI Auto Parts
• Creedence Clearwater Revisited Fireworks Show: Live concert before and after the game and post-game fireworks show featuring a soundtrack of classic hits from Creedence Clearwater Revisited, presented by KOI Auto Parts.
• VIP wristbands: For a $10 donation to the Reds Community Fund, fans can get a VIP wristband (while supplies last) that allows access to the field for the post-game concert and fireworks show. Fans can purchase the VIP wristbands starting at 5:40 pm in the Fan Zone.
• Free Agent Friday: Kick off your weekend with Free Agent Fridays at in the Fan Zone every Friday this season, presented by Mynt Martini. Before the game enjoy drink specials, fun and games for singles, Mo Egger from ESPN 1530, music from DJ Sab and more.
• Mr. Red’s Smokehouse: Tonight is the grand opening Mr. Red’s Smokehouse, GABP’s newest themed dining destination. Mr. Red’s Smokehouse serves savory smoked meats such as beef ribs, turkey legs, chicken wings and pulled pork sandwiches along with corn on the cob, macaroni cheese, creamy coleslaw and baked beans. New menu items will be featured each homestand tied to the visiting team and its regional cuisine. For the St. Louis series, Smoked Quail is on the menu, being playfully named “Smoked Cardinal�.
• Moment of silence: Prior to the singing of the National Anthem we will hold a Moment of Silence for a trio of individuals who passed away earlier this week: Warren County Sheriff Department officer Sergeant Brian Dulle, former Reds General Manager Bill Bergesch and Cincinnati entrepreneur and close friend to the Reds organization Edward Kohl. 
• Rally towels: All fans will receive a free rally towel, presented by Duke Energy, Kroger, Cincinnati Bell and Scotts.

Saturday, May 14 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 4:10 pm (gates open early at 2:10 pm) – Presented by KOI Auto Parts
• Sparky Anderson bronze statue: Free replica Sparky Anderson bronze statue to the first 20,000 fans, presented by John Morrell. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive one of the 20,000 statues.
• Sparky ceremony: Sparky’s daughter Shirlee Engelbrecht and grandson Jansen will be in attendance for a pregame ceremony.
• Sparky t-shirts at the HOF: The first 1,000 fans to purchase regularly-priced admission on Saturday to the Reds Hall of Fame Museum will get a free Sparky t-shirt featuring the Sparky patch worn by Reds players this season.
• Top Chef first pitch: “Top Chef All-Stars� winner Richard Blais will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
• Apron giveaway: The first 2,500 fans in the Kroger Bleachers get a free apron courtesy of Uncle Phil’s, the Official Mustard of the Reds.

Sunday, May 15 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 pm – Presented by KOI Auto Parts
• Kids cap: Free Reds kids cap to the first 10,000 kids 14 and younger, presented by Biz/Oxydol.
• Dannon Run the Bases Days: Fans of all ages can line up after the game to run the bases, presented by Dannon.
• Reds Heads parade: Over 1,000 members of the Reds Heads Kids Club will participate in a pregame parade around the field.
• Taft High School: The Taft High School boys basketball team will be honored for their 2011 Division III State Championship. Head Coach Mark Mitchell will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and Taft principal Anthony Smith will serve as the honorary captain.
• Honorary Bat Girl: MLB and Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently announced the winners of the 2011 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign to recognize fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to fighting the disease. The winner of the Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the Reds is Cheryl Veigel from Canton, Ohio. Cheryl and her family are guests of the Reds at today’s game.
• Aaron’s Aces by Jay Bruce: Jay Bruce is carrying on the tradition of honoring local military families by continuing the Aaron’s Aces ticket program created by former teammate and friend Aaron Harang. Jay sponsors a group in the Sun Deck for each Sunday home game. Guests get a ticket to the game, a custom camouflage Jay Bruce cap and will be recognized during the game on the big screen.

Monday, May 16 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 pm
• 1961 exhibit opens at HOF: The 1961 National League Champions 50th Anniversary Exhibit presented by Cincinnati Bell opens.
• TriHealth pregame ceremonies: A pregame ceremony will feature a Cubs fan (Larry Alexander) whose life was saved by CPR when he went into cardiac arrest at GABP last season. He is returning to partner with the TriHealth Event Medicine Team and doctors from Good Samaritan hospital who helped to save his life by passing along the message of the importance of CPR. Mr. Alexander will throw a ceremonial first pitch to the TriHealth nurse who helped to save his life by administering CPR last season.

Tuesday, May 17 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 pm
• March of Dimes: March of Dimes will participate in a pregame ceremony to award their top teams and top walkers for their fundraising efforts from this year’s March for Babies Walk on April 17. March for Babies Ambassadors will be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

Wednesday, May 18 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 pm
• Kid Glove Game #3 presented by Subway: 4,300 tickets for this game were sold through the Kid Glove Program. Since 1949, the Kid Glove Program has raised over $8 million for local youth baseball and softball programs.
• Breaking Barriers pregame ceremony: Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson will participate in a pregame ceremony to honor Meggie Zahneis from West Chester Township, the national recipient of the 2011 MLB Breaking Barriers essay contest. Meggie, a student at Lakota Ridge Jr. School, will also be recognized at the MLB All-Star game in Phoenix in July.

Thursday, May 19 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Houston Astros, 12:35 pm
• Weather Day: Over 4,000 kids and teachers will participate in the third annual Reds Weather Day presented by First Student, featuring a pregame (10-10:45 am) educational presentation with Steve Horstmeyer, Frank Marzullo, Pat Berry and Katy Morgan from the Fox19 Weather Team. Stefano DiPietrantonio from the Fox19 News Team will sing the National Anthem.
• Great Clips Haircuts: Get a free haircut from Great Clips at the Reds Community Corner. Donations are encouraged to benefit the RCF.
• Amigos de los Rojos: 100 guests from Cincinnati’s Academy Multilingual Immersion School are attending today’s game for free thanks to the Amigos del Los Rojos (friends of the Reds) ticketing program sponsored by the our Latin and Hispanic players.
• Walk off Wednesday: At every Wednesday home game fans can receive $5 off your favorite slugger’s name and number t-shirt through the fifth inning. Then, if that player hits a walk-off home run during the game, you receive a free replica jersey.
Reds Hall of Fame Museum: The 1961 National League Champions 50th Anniversary Exhibit presented by Cincinnati Bell opens on May 16. They were called the “Ragamuffin Reds� and surprised everyone by winning the club’s first pennant since 1940. Led the by the powerful bats of NL MVP Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson, Gordy Coleman, Jerry Lynch and Wally Post and the dominating pitching of “Big Three� starting pitchers Joey Jay, Jim O’Toole and Bob Purkey, the 1961 Reds won 93 games. The special exhibit features rare game-used jerseys and equipment, memorabilia, film clips and much more.

Reds Community Fund: The 10th anniversary of the Subway® Redlegs Run is Saturday, June 11. In celebration of this milestone, a 10K option has been added to the 5K, One Mile Kids Run, Gapper’s Kids Fun Run and Team Challenge 5K. Sign up online:

Kroger Meal Deal: $7 Kroger Meal Deal this homestand: Hot dog, 16 oz. Coke, bag of Mike-sell’s chips and David Sunflower Seeds

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