Monthly Archives: November 2010

November 11, 2010

Redsfest 2010 Tickets on Sale Now

Yesterday, in the excitement of the Reds winning 3 Gold Gloves, I missed this press release from the Cincinnati Reds. Redsfest will be held on December 3 – December 4, and tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest are on sale now at, by phone at (513) 381-REDS, all area Meijer stores, ticket kiosks and Great American Ball Park administrative offices.

The annual fan festival will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, December 3 from 4 to 10:30 pm and Saturday, December 4 from 11 am to 6:30 pm.

One-day tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and younger. Two-day tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids.

New for 2010: With paid admission, all fans will receive one free View Level ticket to the Friday, April 15, 2011 Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game at Great American Ball Park. Also, the first 10,000 fans each day will receive a free drawstring backpack and Reds travel mug.

Redsfest features more than 200,000 square feet of activities, including autograph and photo booths with current and former Reds players, interactive games for fans of all ages, hard-to-find memorabilia and much more.

More than 50 current and former Reds players and coaches are expected to attend including Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Bronson Arroyo, Jonny Gomes, Aroldis Chapman, Dusty Baker and many more.

For more information and updated details about Redsfest, please visit Fans can also register on for the Redsfest VIP Sweepstakes and to bid on Autograph Fast Passes.

“Redsfest is one of the finest fan festivals in all of Major League Baseball,” said Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini. “It’s the best way for fans to get an up-close experience with the current Reds from the 2010 National League Central Division Champion team along with veterans from the past and the future stars of tomorrow.”

All current and former players in attendance will be introduced live on the Redsfest Main Stage on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

A special tribute to Reds manager Sparky Anderson is planned for the Main Stage and in booth #10 on the Redsfest floor.

Specific times for player appearances will be announced one hour prior to the autograph and photo sessions on the info screens on the Redsfest floor and on the Reds official Twitter page at:

The Redsfest Main Stage will feature popular activities such as kids-only press conferences involving players, a Reds Idol karaoke contest and the Reds Hot Stove Report with President of Baseball Operations and GM Walt Jocketty and Manager Dusty Baker.

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will again have a presence at Redsfest, including a display featuring the ’75, ’76 and ’90 World Series trophies, Reds artifacts, Reds trivia and more. Redsfest is a great opportunity to purchase a 2011 Reds Museum membership.

The annual Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament takes place on Saturday, Dec. 4. Registration and side games begin at 3:30 p.m. with the tournament starting at 5 p.m. Sign-up today at or call (513) 765-7240.

An exhibit highlighting the Reds Spring Training home in Goodyear, Arizona will return this year. Tickets for 2011 Spring Training will be on sale.

The Chipotle Wiffle® ball Tournament finals kicks off the weekend of programming on the 10,000 square foot Gorilla Glue Field of Dreams that also includes a celebrity Wiffle® ball home run contest on Friday evening.

Redsfest is the first chance to purchase a 2011 Reds Heads Kids Club membership. The $20 Reds Heads merchandise kit makes a great holiday gift for children ages 14 and younger, which includes vouchers for free Reds tickets and exclusive club gear.

Proceeds from Redsfest benefit the baseball-themed outreach programs of the non-profit Reds Community Fund.

November 10, 2010

NL Gold Glove Winners Announced

In a year that saw the Cincinnati Red win for the first time forever, you knew there had to be a good chance for some hardware to be won after the season. The first such awards were announced today, with the Reds getting not one, not two, but three Gold Glove awards.

Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen won his eighth Gold Glove, while two teammates, second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Bronson Arroyo, were also honored. Phillips’ award was his second, Arroyo’s his first.

Position Player Team
C Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
1B Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
2B Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
3B Scott Rolen Cincinnati Reds
SS Troy Tulowitzi Colorado Rockies
OF Michael Bourn Houston Astros
OF Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies
OF Shane Victorino Philadelphia Phillies
P Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds

I was confident that Phillips would win the award again; he was great again this year. I’m a little surprised by Arroyo and Rolen, although they are no slouch in the defensive department. But not giving one to Jay Bruce does seem like a crime to me. Bruce’s arm was constantly a runner-stopping presence. And he stole a home run or two from hitters, as well.

There’s always next year. Plus, it seems a little silly to complain about enough Reds not being lauded. Cincinnati won the most gold gloves of any team. Imagine that, award-winning defense back in Cincinnati!

November 6, 2010

Sparky Anderson Dies at 76

Sparky AndersonOn Thursday, former Reds’ manager Sparky Anderson died from complications from dementia. He was 76.

Of course, like any Reds fans, I know the name, but not having been born yet when Anderson was busy managing the Reds to their Word Series greatness, I wasn’t sure what I was going to say about the hall-of-fame manager that could possibly live up to his legend status.

Enter Chris Jaffe, author of the book Evaluating Baseball’s Managers, who has written up exactly the kind of knowledgeable and relevant piece that I am unable to. I might not have minded a touch more Cinci-centricity, but nobody’s perfect.

His baseball teams played a style of baseball many sabermetrically-inclined fans would approve of. His teams slugged the ball, were willing to draw walks, and accepted strikeouts as they came….Getting good offense was key because that’s how Anderson’s teams won.

Read the entire article on

And be on the look-out for a review of the book on RHM. I received excerpts over a year ago, and I expect to have time to read them as soon as my MBA is done in August.