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May 10, 2011

Mr. Red’s Smokehouse to debut May 13

Try “Smoked Cardinal” during the St. Louis series

CINCINNATI (May 10, 2011) – The grand opening of Great American Ball Park’s newest themed dining destination Mr. Red’s Smokehouse is scheduled for Friday, May 13 when the Reds play the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mr. Red’s Smokehouse will serve savory smoked meats such as beef ribs, turkey legs, chicken wings and pulled pork sandwiches along with corn on the cob, macaroni & cheese and creamy coleslaw.

Inspired by barbecue shacks throughout the country, Mr. Red’s Smokehouse has been constructed from repurposed and locally-sourced materials such as rough-cut oak barn siding, reused industrial lumber logs and salvaged steel support columns.

Just like back in the day when smokehouses were made from whatever materials were available, Mr. Red’s Smokehouse keeps that authentic feel with a bar made of polished concrete set on strapped wood barrels and beer kegs on ice in a bath tub salvaged from a renovated Over-The-Rhine building.

Located at the end of the first base concourse overlooking the Ohio River, fans can enjoy the smoked meats at high-top wooden tables or belly-up to the bar and enjoy a cold beer.

Representatives from the Reds and Delaware North-Sportservice researched the best smoking techniques and adapted the best recipes from the region to develop the menu.

The menu offerings at Mr. Red’s Smokehouse include:

  • Smoked Beef Ribs
  • Smoked Turkey Legs
  • Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Smoked Chicken Wings
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Creamy Coleslaw
  • Domestic and craft beers

Rotating Menu Items such as “Smoked Cardinal”
New menu items will be featured each homestand tied to a visiting team and its regional cuisine beginning this Friday with the addition of Smoked Quail to the menu, being playfully named “Smoked Cardinal.”

May 10, 2011

32 Days till Blog Jog 2011

Day two of training for the big Blog Jog, and we did better than yesterday, but it’s still hard to imagine how I’m going to get to running for 30 minutes straight when I’m huffing and puffing after 60 seconds. Hopefully 32 more days will be long enough that I can put in a good showing.

Run number 2 in the books

Whether I make it through the whole Redlegs Run running or not, I’ll enjoy the Blog Jog events. There’s supposed to be a pre-race gathering at the ball park, where there will be prizes for the best outfits, and pictures of everyone for all the blogs. Sounds like there will be a gathering after the event, too, but whether there’s an official event or not, you can bet your booty I’ll be celebrating.

If you’d like to join in the fun, log on to http://reds.com/5k to sign up for the Redlegs Run, then email [email protected] to RSVP to the Blog Jog proper. You have to pay to be in the run, but you don’t have to pay any extra to hang around with the blogging goofballs.

May 10, 2011

The Daily Brief: Winning is Easier When the Other Team Doesn’t Score

Last Game
The Cincinnati Reds rolled into Texas to face the Houston Astros, and the great starting pitching the Reds rediscovered in Chicago continued. Travis Wood almost made it through the 7th inning, but couldn’t get the final out and had to settle for 6 2/3 shutout innings. The strange lineup manager Dusty Baker put together–no Joey Votto and both catchers–came through and gave the Reds an easy 6-1 win.

Next Game
Homer Bailey will make his second start of the season for the Reds, and everyone would love for him to be as dominant as his first time out. The Reds will be facing Brett Myers of the Astros. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm EDT, and it will be televised on FS-Ohio.

Rolen Close to a Return
Scott Rolen traveled to Houston to rejoin the team and participated in batting practice.

“It went good,” he said. “No pain, no harm, no foul, no blood. We’ll trying again tomorrow.”

He’s been on the disabled list with shoulder issues since April 24. His appearance prompted questions about his return from the disabled list and whether he’ll rehab.

“He’s been doing a lot of treatment,” Baker said. “We’ll see day-to-day. It depends on how he looks. Some guys need it and some guys don’t . . . It depends on his stroke. It depends on the person. It depends intricacies of their swing. The more moving parts you have the tougher it is.”

Given the Reds’ caution in returning banged up players to the lineup so far this year, I tend to think Rolen will still be out for a while. But considering their record without him playing–it’s not good–I can’t see the team sending him to Louisville for a rehab assignment.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Thanks to their two home runs last night–one from Travis Wood–the Reds now have the most home runs in the National League with 41.