Statement on Opening Day counterfeit tickets
CINCINNATI (April 6, 2012) — The Cincinnati Reds are cooperating with the Cincinnati Police Department after it was discovered that counterfeit tickets were sold on the secondary market for the Opening Day game, Reds vs. Marlins on April 5, 2012.
It is believed that several hundred counterfeit tickets were sold on the streets in the hours leading up to the start of the game and at least 47 of those counterfeit tickets were presented for admission to Great American Ball Park.
“Counterfeiters have gotten so good at making their tickets look real that it’s nearly impossible for the buyer to realize the tickets are fake,” said John O’Brien, Reds Senior Director of Ticket Operations. “Luckily, the technology at the ballpark is airtight and counterfeit tickets are immediately rejected by our system.”
The Reds recommend buyers use authorized Reds ticket agents for the ticket purchases.
Kerry Rowland, Reds Director of Public Safety and Security advises, “Buyer beware. It is difficult to see our fans taken advantage of like this, which is why buying directly from our box office, reds.com, Ticketmaster, Stub Hub and Reds ticket kiosks is the best way to guarantee your ticket will be valid.”
Fans have many options to purchase authorized Reds tickets:
- Internet: reds.com
- Phone: 513-381-REDS or 877-647-REDS (7337)
- In person: Great American Ball Park ticket windows, select Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets and Reds.com kiosks on Crosley Terrace, Fountain Square and at the downtown Cincinnati Skyline Chili at 4th and Sycamore.
6:05, Sports Talk
Your Opening Day experience
Did you like the 4:05 start?
A twist on "the dog ate my homework"
The Bengals today terminated the contract of S Chris Crocker, releasing him to free agency.
Crocker, from Marshall University, is a 10th-year NFL player in 2012. He played his fourth season with the Bengals in 2011, starting all 16 games and the Wild Card playoff game.
His dog ate what?
Tale of dog-eaten Masters tickets
Sierra, Berkman's Swiss mountain dog, had made a snack out of four of the most highly sought tickets in golf while Berkman was making a last-minute shopping run for his trip to Augusta, he told KJR's "Mitch in the Morning" show.
Berkman had won the right to buy the tickets for Wednesday's practice round through an online lottery conducted by the tournament. But when he returned home from shopping, he found the string from those tickets on the floor and realized what Sierra had done.
Not knowing what to do next, Berkman told the station, he called his girlfriend, who was at a triathlon in Hawaii.
Click HERE to listen to interview
When I was about 10 years old my dad got me Johnny Bench's autograph at a Meet the Reds Luncheon for season ticket holders. I taped it to the wall in my bedroom. One day the piece of paper the signature was on fell to the floor.
Our dog, Baron, got a hold of it and started chewing. I came home and found the paper all tattered. Baron had basically chewed all around the edge of the autograph.
I still have that piece of paper...complete with the teeth marks on it.
Clip and Save: 2012 MLB Salary Database
Prospect of the Day: Devin Mesoraco
Mesoraco is a 6-1, 220 pound right-handed hitter and thrower, born June 19, 1988. Primarily a pull hitter with above-average power, he's reasonably selective but isn't going to draw a huge number of walks. Don't expect a terrific batting average or OBP, but he should provide more pop than most catchers. Depending on who you ask, his glovework rates as average or slightly above. He's thrown out 29% of runners trying to steal in his career. He'll make a few errors, but his receiving and leadership skills are well-regarded and he'll have no trouble holding the job defensively.
Brewer payroll sets record---over $100 million
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The three most important qualities in an Easter candy, aside from looking cute at home in green cellophane grass, are seasonal spirit, originality and, of course, taste. (Fine, you can have calorie info, but it didn’t make or break any of our choices — everyone knows calories don’t count when they’re delivered by the Easter bunny.) Should your local bunny find itself needing a guide to goodness, we present you with The Daily’s definitive — and highly scientific — top 10 Easter candies of all time. And by all means, tell us if we’re wrong in the comments.
Tiger Woods: Love him or hate him, he's still the show
If you can get past the circus and past the character defects, if you can get past Tiger Woods’ bizarre obsession with the Navy SEALs, and that three of his alleged former mistresses (porn stars) are releasing a movie Tuesday (“Notorious Tales of the World’s Greatest Golfer,” and we’re just assuming it’s not about No. 1-ranked Luke Donald), and that his former swing coach is pimping a book, here’s one undeniable truth: Woods is gold — for the PGA Tour, for the sports world, for us.
From listener Danny
Got a chance to attend the Master’s practice round on Tuesday, thus knocking one item off of my “Sports Bucket List.” Anyhow, here is a picture I got of Tiger teeing off at the 4th hole – he was playing with Freddie Couples (in the background) – and a shot of the 16th hole (where they hit the skip shots across the water).
Living up to its reputation, Augusta National was absolutely magnificent! The greens, fairways, bunkers, Amen Corner, Magnolia Lane, etc. were absolutely pristine. I was able to attend because my buddy and I had entered the public lottery for tickets and were fortunate enough to be selected. The food and drinks were cheap (tried the Pimento Cheese sandwich and the Egg Salad sandwich), but the gift shop got me ($100 for a pull-over and hat). The ticket was $50 and was well worth it. I plan on entering the lottery again this year and I hope I get a ticket to the par three or one of the tournament days.
Miami goaltender, Reichard, Swoop's Stoop wins Giant Steps Award
Starting pitching+bullpen+offense+record regular season crowd
+Reds win+Casey's first Opening Day
What a day!
It doesn't get much better than a 4-0 win on Opening Day.
Johnny Cueto was dealing...big strikeout and throw out in 6th.
The bullpen of Chapman and Marshall was nasty.
Reds got contributions up and down the lineup.
Rolen flashed leather after the early bobble.
Loved the hard slides at second base.
Brandon had 5 plate appearances and saw 33 pitches (7,5,8,7,6).
Cozart gave them 2 hits, and I think more production than they got from Renteria and Janish all of last season.
Bruce had some nice at-bats. He battled back for a SF to drive in a run and clobbered the HR.
They got bench production from Heisey.
Yea, it's just 1 of 162 games, but, think about the guys we wondered/worried about: Rolen smacked the ball, Stubbs layed down an instructional video bunt for hit and walked, Ludwick drove in a run, Marshall sealed the deal in the 9th.
Loved the 4:05 start....didn't love the winds...wow it was cold on the 1B side in the shade.
Loved that giant video board as you walk in.
Bob of "Bob and Tom" sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame. It had a Wrigley Field feel to it. What about a celebrity for each 7th inning stretch?
Casey got to meet Bob Castellini and US Senator Rob Portman at our remote broadcast. Portman becomes my favorite politician because he listens to Sports Talk.
During the 2nd inning some Secret Service looking guys were walking up and our down our section. They stopped by us. I figured, "oh, crap what is wrong?". They asked Casey if he'd like to announce the leadoff batter in the 3rd inning. He was pumped. He got to introduce Zack Cozart!
Casey's day recorded in his Reds Pass-Port
Remote broadcast: Me, Seg, Bob Castellin, Joe Morgan and Willie
Father/Son Sports Talk?
Bob Castellini hangs out with us under the PNC Power Stacks
It wouldn't be Opening Day without Chuck D!
First pitch of season: Johnny Cueto to Jose Reyes
Casey takes in batting practice prior to Opening Day
Casey takes it all in before Opening Day
Love this new Reds Heads Kids Club field behind the first base side
A glorious site: Baseball back in Cincinnati
Reds take infield prior to Opening Day
Down on the Farm
Minor league game review around Reds organization
10 questions about the Reds AA Blue Wahoos
Simpson gets 15 days in jail
ESPN: Steinbach on Bears' radar
ESPN: Q/A with UC QB Munchie Legaux
Skip Prosser's influence not lost on Pat Kelsey
Michigan transfer to host Xavier
Xavier picks up commitment from big scorer
Thomas currently attends Chipola JC, but he had gone through a number of high schools in the past couple of years. Talent-wise, he was one of the best available offensive prospects in the country. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard was a top-15 prospect in the class of 2013, using his aggressiveness and athleticism to post big-time scoring numbers.
There were some red flags in Thomas' recruitment, though, not the least of which was his bouncing from high school to high school. He has been at Princeton Day Academy (Md.), Westwind Prep (Ariz.) and South Kent (Conn.), before enrolling in junior college in January.
Other questions center around his academic eligibility, but sources indicate he will good to go at Xavier in 2013. Moreover, Thomas has a tendency to let his emotions get the best of him on the court, picking up technical fouls and complaining too often.