Just a note for anyone that may be attending Redsfest…

In addition to the many former, current and future Reds appearing at Redsfest, I’ve heard there is going to be a late addition to the list.

Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Matt Klinker is going to be appearing at Redsfest.

Hopefully Matt will post next week and let us know how it went.

UPDATE (by Chad): Redsfest press release from the organization below the fold, with information about events and players who will appear…

REDSFEST XI Highlights • Dec. 12-13

Kahn’s Redsfest XI, benefiting The Reds Community Fund at The Duke Energy Convention Center
• Friday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tickets on sale now at reds.com/redsfest, (513) 381-REDS or at the door:
• 2-Day tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for kids (12 and younger)
• 1-Day tickets are $15 for adults; $7 for kids (12 and younger)
• Children under 3 admitted free

Redsfest XI Facts:
• Free player autographs and photographs with admission (50+ players appearing)
• Free Reds winter cap to the first 10,000 fans each day
• Expected to raise $100,000 for the Reds Community Fund and its baseball-themed outreach programs.
• $10,000 first prize for the Reds Community Fund Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament (Saturday night)

Over 50 current and former players are scheduled to appear:
• Dusty Baker, Arroyo, B. Phillips, Votto, Bruce, Volquez, Cueto, Keppinger, Encarnacion…and more!

Former Reds players:
• Mario Soto, Eric Davis, George Foster, Lee May, Tom Browning…and more!

All Reds on Radio and TV broadcasters:
• Marty & Thom Brennaman, Jeff “The Cowboy” Brantley, Chris Welsh, George Grande, Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro

Main Stage highlights:
• Friday at 6 p.m.: Reds Players “Past & Present” Introductions (50+ current and former players)
• Also Friday: “Team Cincinnati Choir” in concert…plus The Bronson Arroyo Band
• Saturday at 2 p.m.: ‘08 Team Awards including MVP, Most Outstanding Pitcher, Rawlings Gold Glove Award
• Both days: Kids-only press conferences, Hot Stove Reports with Dusty & Walt

Reds Stocking Stuffer: “All-You-Can-Eat” seats single-game tickets on sale!
• All-You-Can-Eat section tickets for $30 each…first time ever on-sale at Redsfest
• Unlimited Hot Dogs, popcorn, peanuts and soft drinks
• Four Saturday games available: May 9 vs St. Louis, July 18 vs Mil, Aug. 15 vs Wash and Sept.19 vs Florida
• Great for holiday gifts!

Redsfest XI Main Areas:
• Nine autograph & photograph booths featuring current and former players all weekend!
• Reds Community Fund Store featuring game-used, game-worn and autographed items
• Reds Hall of Fame exhibit featuring World Series trophies plus autographed/collectable merchandise for sale
• Belterra Sports Bar with 10 TV’s showing live sports all weekend
• Kids Fun Zone with interactive exhibits and games
• Majestic Team Shop with authentic Reds gear

New Features for Redsfest XI
• The Reds Raceway presented by KOI Auto Parts – kids 10 & under in pedal cars
• Redsfest Reading Room – Reds players will read to kids
• Alvis Marty Brennaman Long Drive Challenge – Hit a long drive on video golf display from GolfTEC
• Civil Rights Game Display – linking the history of the Civil Rights movement to the Reds and MLB


6 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    Off topic but FYI, an excerpt from a Baseball Prospectus article today:

    “In a bit of long overdue news, Tony Kubek was named the winner of the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award for meritorious service to baseball broadcasting by the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Kubek will be honored during the July 26 induction ceremonies in Cooperstown.

    “Kubek becomes the first exclusively television-based analyst to win the Frick Award, which was instituted in 1978. He gained election from a field that also included Billy Berroa, Tom Cheek, Ken Coleman, Dizzy Dean, Jacques Doucet, Lanny Frattare, Graham McNamee, Joe Nuxhall, and Dave Van Horne.”

    I wonder how much Joe Nuxhall won the fan vote by _this_ year. Sigh.

  2. GRF

    As an aside, I have never had the opportunity to go to this. Is it worth doing, and how kid friendly is it?

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

  3. Bill

    I’ve never gone either, but from what I’ve heard, it’s very kid friendly and is done pretty well.

  4. Ryan

    I go to RedsFest every year. It’s a lot of fun. The Reds really go all out for it. Kids would love it. It’s a chance to get pictures and autographs of many of the current players.

    Here’s a tip, though… go Friday. I went both days last year. I was able to do any of the activities I wanted with short lines on Friday. Saturday was so packed watching the main stage was about the only option.

  5. Chad

    If any of you go to Redsfest, please stop by and thank Matt Klinker for his work with Redleg Nation. It’d be nice for him to get some feedback.

  6. matt klinker

    Logan Parker, myself, and some other staff members at Champions’ Baseball Academy will be on hand Saturday. We have the field from 1 – 2 pm for free instruction. I know Logan and I will both hang around after, to catch up with guys like Cozart, Frazier, and Mesoraco, but don’t be afraid to come say hi.

    Brandon Waring was planning on coming to town for the event, but with the recent happenings, won’t be back until he’s hitting 450 foot blasts during interleague play in a few seasons.