Cincinnati Reds Tickets
2016 is touted as a rebuilding year for the Cincinnati Reds, however you never know how the season will eventually turn out. They lost 98 games in the 2015 season, so there is certainly room for improvement for this year’s team. In an effort to move forward, the Reds dealt their second best hitter and stout closer in and around the trade deadline last season. As far as their pitching rotation goes, last season Cincinnati traded away Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon in the offseason then dealt Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake at the trade deadline. This produced an all-rookie rotation from late July on. This season, veteran Homer Bailey will be back from Tommy John surgery and will be joined by now sophomore right handers Anthony DeSclafani and Raisel Iglesias. The Reds bullpen will most likely be comprised of young arms they have acquired over the past few seasons.
At shortstop, this team is relying on the return of Zack Cozart to form after a major knee injury sidelined him last June. Offseason attempts to deal second baseman Brandon Phillips were unsuccessful in order to try and create room for young prospect Jose Peraza, so Phillips is back. First base is a lock with Joey Votto who should continue to get better this year after his injury riddled 2014, while Eugenio Suarez gets the nod at third base to replace the traded Todd Frazier. At center field, speedster Billy Hamilton will be back and the Reds can certainly use his defensive skills as well as his 57 stolen bases from last season. Jay Bruce will be out in right field and in left they are probably dealing with a platoon situation. Catcher Devin Mesoraco is returning from hip surgery and his being in the lineup will be crucial in both leadership and offense in order for this Reds team to possibly contend in 2016.
With zero expectations this season, the 2016 Reds are in an excellent spot to play spoiler in the NL Central. Fans should purchase your Cincinnati Reds tickets, grab a beverage and a hot dog, and come out to support these guys this season.
History of the Great American Ballpark
Home to baseball’s oldest franchise the Cincinnati Reds, Great American Ballpark sits along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. Having previously shared Riverfront Stadium with the Bengals since 1970, both franchises wanted their own modern stadiums after coexisting for nearly three decades.
In 1996, Hamilton County voters approved a bond to increase the sales tax in order to fund both new venues and two sites were proposed; Broadway Commons and an area between Riverfront Stadium and US Bank Arena known as the “wedge”. Debate ensued for over a year on where to place the new ballpark, however in November of 1998, citizens ended it by voting to have in constructed along the riverfront. This did not end the debate however, as Reds owner Marge Schott threatened to move the team to Northern Kentucky if they didn’t receive a better lease agreement than the Bengals.
The Reds and city officials agreed on a lease and ground was broken on the new venue on October 4, 2000. In order for construction to begin, 14,000 seats had to be ripped from the old Riverfront Stadium and for two years Reds fans were able to watch their new ballpark take shape beyond the outfield of Riverfront Stadium. Great American Insurance purchased the naming rights to the ballpark for $75 million over 30 years hence the name Great American Ballpark.
With a unique combination of old and new ballpark feel, Great American Ballpark offers an excellent setting for a baseball game. As fans walk outside the perimeter of the ballpark down Second Street they are greeted by a three-story brick and limestone building with the phrase “Rounding third and headed for home”, the signature sign-off of broadcaster Joe Nuxhall. At the intersection of Main and Second Street is the opening to Crosley Terrace, the home plate entrance where most Cincinnati Reds’ ticket holders pass through upon entering the ballpark. Statues of Crosley Field-era players dot the landscape along with a pitcher’s mound built to the MLB specifications of the day. Adjacent you will also find the Reds hall of Fame Museum and team store. A rose garden commemorating Pete Rose and the location of his record-breaking 4,192 home run sits there as well.
Great American Ballpark has approximately 42,271 red seats spread over three levels. The upper deck is broken into two sections, allowing people in downtown Cincinnati to see into the ballpark. Above the bleachers in left field is a 138” wide by 38” high LED video/scoreboard. A clock atop the main scoreboard is a replica of the Longines analog clock that was at Crosley Field. After the 2006 season, the Reds constructed a two-story 7,500 square foot Riverboat Deck that is used as a party area for about 150 Reds’ ticket holders.
Cincinnati Reds History
The Cincinnati Reds were actually the first professional baseball team. They first took the field in 1869 and promptly went on a 130-game winning streak. These good times did not continue. As one of the charter members of the precursor to the National League, the American Association, the team routinely fell short of first place and, at times, a winning record.
The World Series win 1919 meant little, as it was against the “Black Sox”. The first real win came 21 seasons later, when the Reds beat the Detroit Tigers in a full seven-game series. The Reds continued to have great moments but struggled persistently until the 1970s. By then the club had collected the parts to construct the Big Red Machine.
The machine was a reference to the offense. Outfielder Pete Rose, catcher Johnny Bench, second baseman Joe Morgan, and third baseman Tony Perez were the stars. Shortstop David Concepcion, left fielder George Foster, center fielder Cesar Geronimo, and outfielder Ken Griffey, Sr. were the help. When those four are your second tier players, the team is destined for great things and the Cincinnati Reds went to four World Series in the 1970s, winning two.
Eventually the decade came to an end, and the first half of the 1980s would prove a difficult time to be a Reds fan. Rose sullied his reputation and the club struggled immensely. Cincinnati made a huge comeback in the second half, finishing with four consecutive second place finishes in the NL West. All this led to its fifth World Series win to open the new decade.
That 1990 edition featured Chris Sabo, Eric Davis, and Paul O’Neill on offense and Tom Browning and Jose Rijo in the rotation. These are not well known names, but all these players had good careers. This year they had good enough performances to sweep the Athletics in the World Series. The club has been fighting to get back ever since.