Daily Archives: March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011

The Final Daily Brief of Spring Training

Last Game
It took until the penultimate game of spring training, but the Cincinnati Reds finally managed to put both good hitting and good pitching together over the course of a single game’s 9 innings. The offense provided 4 home runs–including a solo shot from Jonny Gomes and a 3-run shot from Drew Stubbs–and the pitching only allowed 1 run. Mike Leake even had a great start. Now that they’ve done it once, let’s hope this team can do that 90-some times during the regular season.

Next Game
Bronson Arroyo starts the final spring training game against the Cleveland Indians, who will be sending out Justin Masterson. The Reds will be looking to win the spring training Ohio Cup, as the series is currently tied. Game-time is 3:05pm EDT, and it will be on 700 WLW.

Kaisan at the Ol’ Ballpark
Great American Ball Park will be the Reds home for the ninth year this year. One thing that the Castellini ownership group has done ever since taking over has been making improvements and changes to the park every year. This year is no different. The Cincinnati Enquirer highlights the new features.

  • UDF Reds Market on View Level: GABP now has two UDF Reds Markets, one on the Terrace Level and, new for 2011, one on the View Level. This “grab-n-go” store on the top View Level features a variety of new items including sandwiches and wraps made fresh daily, fresh fruit, an extended selection of import and domestic beers, wine, Coca-Cola products, snacks and candy, plus sundries such as sunscreen, batteries, diapers and more.
  • New Terrace Level food bars: Two new food bars located along the first base line and third base line will serve Mexican shredded beef or chicken nachos, and tacos with Mexican rice.

  • Riverfront Club now open to all: The Riverfront Club offers extraordinary views of the Ohio River and GABP and is now open to all fans. Fans can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet or order appetizers or entrees off the menu. The buffet is $26 for opening day and night games, $20 for day games.

Another UDF Market? I wonder if they’ll have twice as much sushi.

The season is almost upon us. I can hardly wait to try some of these things for myself.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
With their win today, the Reds secured their first winning record in their second year of spring training in Goodyear, Arizona.