Great American Ball Park

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The "Piano Man" himself is next summer's headliner at Great American Ball Park. Billy Joel will make his first solo stadium performance in Cincinnati on Sept. 11, 2020.

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If you see and hear first responder vehicles near Great American Ball Park at The Banks Thursday morning, don't panic. First responders are practicing how to respond in a mass casualty event like a natural disaster or terrorist attack.  

Marty Brennaman
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Reds fans have just four opportunities to see or hear Marty Brennaman's last games at Great American Ball Park.

Brennaman will work only four of the final six home games – Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. He will not go on the season-ending trip to Pittsburgh Sept. 27-29.

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On his birthday four years ago, I first proposed the Reds honor Hall of Fame radio announcer Marty Brennaman with the "ultimate birthday present," a statue on Crosley Terrace. I've updated the column for his 77th birthday today during his 46th and final season on Reds radio. Happy birthday, Marty! ! (And Happy Birthday to his wife, Amanda, who also celebrates one today!)

As he celebrates his 77th birthday today, Marty Brennaman sounds as excited as that rookie big league radio announcer who joined Joe Nuxhall in 1974. That’s what made him a Hall of Famer.

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Riverfront Stadium… Bob Braun… Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall... The Uncle Al Show … Uncle Al's accordion… Great American Ball Park…

The more I talked to actor Rob Lowe, who grew up in Dayton, Ohio, from 1964 to '76, the more I was surprised by his flood of Cincinnati memories. 

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Great American Ball Park will be one of 15 stadiums across the country to host a replica of Neil Armstrong's space suit. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is sponsoring Apollo in the Park to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing.

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Sometimes, as I sit in my mezzanine seats at Great American Ball Park, I hear fans sitting nearby – casual fans, folks who do not, like some of us, live and breathe Reds baseball all year long – talking about the circular plaques on the façade behind home plate, just below the press box and broadcast booths.

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After a long Ohio winter, today is the first day of spring and, just a week from now, the first day of baseball season.

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When you watch a biography of Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, you expect to see lots of World Series highlights available for years on DVD.

That's all part of BENCH, a terrific 90-minute MLB Network Presents film premiering 8 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 30 on the MLB Network. But the stars of the show are Bench, now 71, being a single father to sons Justin, 12, and Josh, 9, in their Florida home.

BENCH also will bring back a flood of memories for Big Red Machine fans with the sights and sounds from Riverfront Stadium, spring training, the Reds' dugout, and Bench's foray from behind the mask into the entertainment world with Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Hee Haw, David Letterman and his own TV show.

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Editor's note: This story was originally published March 25, 2014. We are re-posting it here in honor of the Reds' Opening Day on March 28, 2019, as the story is as much a fan favorite as the pastime of baseball itself. 

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DVR Alert! Fox Sports Ohio will repeat Scooter Gennett's historic four home-run night and two other Reds games over the All-Star Break.

Gennett set a Reds record June 6 when he became only the 17th person in Major League Baseball history to hit four homers in one game in a 13-1 blow-out against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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When Pete Rose and the Big Red Machine returned to Great American Ball Park Saturday, so did public address announcer Joe Zerhusen.

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Homeowners occasionally refinance their mortgages to take advantage of lower interest rates to save money. 

The Hamilton County Commissioners just did essentially the same thing Wednesday with the bonds it issued back in the 1990's to build Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park and other riverfront improvements.

Official Pete Rose Baseball Card Set

DVR Alert! Fox Sports Ohio will replay Pete Rose's record-breaking hit No. 4,219 game at 7 p.m. Monday.

A replay of the entire game from Sept. 11, 1985, will lead off FSO's special coverage of Rose being inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame and having his No. 14 retired during the Reds-Padres series June 24-26 at Great American Ball Park.

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After finishing second Sunday on “Cutthroat Kitchen,” Great American Ball Park executive chef James Major returns to Food Network 8 p.m. Thursday for the “Chopped: Impossible” finals.

Major, a former U.S. Navy cook -- and two other “Chopped” champs who won over the last three weeks -- will compete for $15,000 and a chance to go one-on-one in the kitchen against Robert Irvine, a “Chopped: Impossible” judge and and star of the network's "Restaurant Impossible."

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Not just a home run, but an inside-the-park home run. That’s how Great American Ball Park executive chef James Major advanced to the “Chopped: Impossible” finals airing 8 p.m. Nov. 12 on Food Network.

Judge Geoffrey Zakarian called Major’s walnut and balsamic sponge cake with peanut butter cream “a well done dessert, an inside-the-park home run.”

The “Chopped: Impossible” contestants had to concoct a dessert using a meat lover’s sub sandwich, ostrich egg, chunky peanut butter and balsamic vinegar.

Major also will compete on "Cutthroat Kitchen" 10 p.m. Sunday on the Food Network in an episode called "The Hunt For Bread October," says Michael Anderson, Reds public relations manager.  

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Can he do it again?

Great American Ball Park executive chef James Major, who won a special “Chopped” competition for baseball park chefs last year, appears on the Food Network’s “Chopped: Impossible” at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Major, who attended the Culinary Institute of America, is competing against 11 other “Chopped” champs in the four-part tournament, says Michael Anderson, Reds public relations manager.

The winner receives $15,000 and a face-off with Robert Irvine, the “Restaurant: Impossible” star and “Chopped: Impossible” judge.

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The replacement of seats at Great American Ball Park earlier this year came in under budget. That's in part because the project made a little money. 

Here’s how to see the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, all the live national TV specials from Great American Ball Park, Reds features on Fox Sports Ohio, and TV appearances by Barry Larkin, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose and more baseball stars today and Tuesday.

Rose will be on “MLB Whiparound – All-Star Game at the Park” live 5-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on Fox Sports 1 cable from Great American Ball Park. He’ll join Joe Buck and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas on the “Fox All-Star Pregame Show” 7 p.m. Tuesday on Fox (Channel 19), before going on the field when Fox airs the “Franchise Four” and four “Greatest Living Players” during the pregame ceremony.

Here’s how to see all the baseball fun on TV:

Time For An Update On All-Star Week Festivities

Jul 8, 2015
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Cincinnati is once again on center stage, as our city hosts the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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