Cincinnati Reds

Rhodes-Klumpe Collection/Reds Hall of Fame

Somewhere in Great American Ball Park today, there will be many a little boy or little girl, dressed in red from head to toe, bundled up in Reds blanket, watching in awe at his or her first Opening Day.

Seeing their heroes play on the green grass – Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and the rest.

They will be sitting next to a mother or father, who had their own childhood heroes – the wire-to-wire, World Series champion Reds – thinking of their own childhood heroes – Barry Larkin, Eric Davis, Chris Sabo.

With Opening Day on Monday, visitors to Great American Ball Park should also plan time to check out some of the new exhibits at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. HOF Executive Director Rick Walls is in the studio with Mark Heyne to talk about the autograph exhibition, and the salute to Joe Morgan display that will culminate in the unveiling of the Joe Morgan statue on Crosley Terrace later this season.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

Manager of Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Joe Torre will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Reds opening day, on Monday.  In a release, the team announced the gates will open three hours before game time at 1:10 PM. 

Earlier the Reds Community Fund will sponsor a Charity Block Party on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way.  That starts at 11:00 AM.

Other Highlights include: 

Sarah Ramsey

Pitching a tent in front of Great American Ball Park.  Braving the cold night ahead.  Reds fans who do this swear by, not at, the annual ritual for a number of reasons.  Dozens of them started lining up at 9 Friday morning for a shot at the 1,500 Opening Day tickets that go on sale Saturday morning at 9.  

Camaraderie seems to be one of the biggest reasons.  Everyone pulls together and behaves themselves.

"You come down, you make friends with people and you watch each other's backs and stand in line," said Jeff King of Florence, a 10-year veteran of the campout.

Last year The Cincinnati Reds won 97 games and were the National League Central Division champions. But the team went on to give up a two-game series lead in the playoffs to lose to the Giants.  

Join us Thursday March 28 at 9:20, as we discuss what’s in store for the Reds this season, and take a look at Opening Day events. You can send your questions or comments to We’re also on Facebook and Twitter. Impact Cincinnati, on 91.7, WVXU.

Cincinnati Reds: Spring Training Update

Mar 22, 2013

Spring training for the Cincinnati Reds is fully underway in Goodyear, Arizona so it’s time to get a sense of the 2013 season from Fox 19 Sports Director Brian Giesenschlag. He just returned from Goodyear, so he’s in The Front Row with Betsy Ross with some thoughts on the coming year, and the two main stories from this year’s spring training: moving Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation and the addition of Shin Soo Choo as the leadoff hitter.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Military flyovers have become a standard part of major sporting events. But now the military is telling its elite air units to 'stand down' because of the sequester.

That means no special appearances at popular air shows and no military flyovers at baseball games, NASCAR races or soccer matches.

The Air Force, for example, says the Thunderbirds are canceling all performances effective April 1.

John Vanderhaagen on Wikimedia Commons

A new exhibit looks at the career of a Reds player many baseball experts consider the best second baseman in the history of the game.  Reds Hall of Fame Executive Director Rick Walls said the  Joe Morgan exhibit that started Tuesday is part of a season-long celebration of his baseball career.

"I think it's an inspiring story because Joe was once deemed to small to play," said Walls.  "I think he carries a little chip on his shoulder with that and wants to prove people wrong.  He did it his entire career."

UC Baseball and the Reds New Partnership

Feb 8, 2013

The Cincinnati Reds and University of Cincinnati Baseball program announced a unique business partnership Friday night. Learn more about it today from Brian Cleary, the head coach of the U.C. Bearcats baseball team when he's  in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.

Sports Tourism in Greater Cincinnati

Feb 1, 2013

The exciting news last week was that Cincinnati will host the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. How do events like these get awarded to cities and what does it mean for the local economy? Linda Antus, president of the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about the impact of big events and sports tourism.