As you know, Cincinnati is hosting the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14. In addition to the game between the National and American League All Stars, Great American Ball Park will put on the Home-Run Derby on Monday, July 13 and the Futures Game and Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, July 12.

It’s no surprise that getting a ticket for any of these events is no easy task. To start, they’re expensive. To compound the scarcity, the vast majority are distributed by MLB to teams and corporate sponsors, not to local fans. That’s nothing new and part of the world we live in.

But that doesn’t mean those of us without tickets can’t be a part of the festivities. Obviously, we can vote Reds players onto the team. But it’s also worth knowing there are other events being put on outside the stadium and across the region over the next few weeks in which any fan can participate. The Cincinnati Community Organizing Committee (COC) supports those local community programs. I’ve spoken with one of the leaders of that group and I know they have a lot of exciting events planned — and not just for people with tickets to the game. We’ll keep you informed here of those opportunities as the details become available.

For now, one way to be involved in the excitement of the game is to wear red on Fridays. What started as a small social media message #RedsFridays has become something of a craze in the Queen City. Loyal members of Redleg Nation can be part of that by wearing red and/or Redleg Nation shirts and hats on Fridays between now and the ASG.

Do that tonight, right now!

Put on a red shirt and take a picture. Join me and post your picture in the comments section of the game thread or send it to us at and we’ll post it.