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redsfaninbsg
10-25-2012, 12:38 AM
I get free tickets every year from the Reds and never go due to the travel involved/work. This year, I could make it to Friday of the event but, I would have to drive home that night. So, is it worth traveling nine hours in one day to attend? What say Redszone?

RedLegsToday
10-25-2012, 07:16 AM
Heck no! So, can I get those tickets from you? ;-)

Seriously, Redsfest is awesome. I don't know that it would be nine hours worth of driving awesome though.

mattfeet
10-25-2012, 07:36 AM
Heck no! So, can I get those tickets from you? ;-)

Seriously, Redsfest is awesome. I don't know that it would be nine hours worth of driving awesome though.

I agree on both counts. It helps my decision to go when I live 15 minutes from the Convention Center, though.

redsfan30
10-25-2012, 09:36 AM
Definetly would not drive that far for it alone. Now if you have that plus other things you want to do while in town, maybe.

I have a two hour drive one way and it's barely worth it at that distance.

That being said....it is an extremely well done production and is very fun!

Chip R
10-25-2012, 10:01 AM
It depends on what you are into. If you are into the autographs and pictures and memorabilia, then it is worth it. But there are going to be long lines for the autographs and pictures - especially for Bruce, Phillips, and Votto. You may stand in line for two hours and not get what you want. There's always some kind of stage show going on with Reds personnel. The gift shop is there and they do sell certain items at a discount - although rarely any of the popular sizes. There's tons of memorabilia there - including a lot of non-Reds stuff. Saturday may be worth your trip since it's basically all day whereas Friday's only a few hours and you're going back that evening anyway. It's worth it to go - especially if you've never been there - but you may want to wait until you can get there Friday night, go all day on Saturday and either leave afterwards or leave on Sunday.

paulrichjr
10-25-2012, 10:53 AM
I have been several times and drive 6.5 hours. I had smaller kids though at the time and it was way worth it for them. I am planning to go this year because my oldest son will be starting college next year and it is probably our last time to do it. Would I go without kids? No way for a Friday only and especially no way driving 9 hours. My kids have some great memories there so it was worth it to me.

George Anderson
10-25-2012, 10:59 AM
I have been several times and drive 6.5 hours. I had smaller kids though at the time and it was way worth it for them. I am planning to go this year because my oldest son will be starting college next year and it is probably our last time to do it. Would I go without kids? No way for a Friday only and especially no way driving 9 hours. My kids have some great memories there so it was worth it to me.

My 6 year old son loves it.

He drives me crazy all the time asking when we are going.

crazybob60
11-08-2012, 02:26 PM
Anyone remember when they started to reveal some of the names of the players attending Redsfest last year?

paulrichjr
11-12-2012, 08:40 AM
Anyone remember when they started to reveal some of the names of the players attending Redsfest last year?

My boys sent me the list yesterday so I assume it hit then....

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/fan_forum/redsfest.jsp?loc=appearances

KittyDuran
11-12-2012, 11:47 AM
Votto will be Friday only... :(

HeatherC1212
11-12-2012, 03:59 PM
Votto will be Friday only... :(

Probably because he has to go to Jay's wedding on Saturday (which is just speculation on my part but it does say that Jay isn't attending at all this year due to Wedding/Honeymoon so it makes sense with that information). Glad I usually go both days! :p

BTW-Dallas Latos tweeted the other night that Mat is only missing from the Redsfest list because they haven't made travel arrangements yet so it's probably very safe to assume he will be there too. :)

UKFlounder
11-12-2012, 04:18 PM
Latos could be the greeter at the door - you know, the "welcome Mat" :p

gilpdawg
11-13-2012, 01:58 AM
Latos could be the greeter at the door - you know, the "welcome Mat" :p

Boooooooo. :)

Sent from my Transformer TF101 using Tapatalk HD

George Anderson
11-13-2012, 10:05 AM
Latos could be the greeter at the door - you know, the "welcome Mat" :p


I hope Dusty doesn't decide who relieves Mat as a door greeter.

Mat may be stuck there till 4 am till his replacement is sent in .

crazybob60
11-30-2012, 11:39 AM
Not much chatter about Redsfest this year in here.

dougdirt
11-30-2012, 11:41 AM
Not much chatter about Redsfest this year in here.

I will be there. I expect it to be as crowded as ever.

HeatherC1212
11-30-2012, 11:44 AM
I'll be there too for both days and I'm really looking forward to it. My mom is coming for the first time ever on Friday night so hopefully we both survive the insanity, LOL :p I actually entered the online contest to get one of the guaranteed autograph sessions from one of the 'name' players and ended up winning one for Aroldis Chapman on Saturday. I never win anything so that was very exciting for me! :D

paulrichjr
12-06-2012, 10:16 AM
OK so tomorrow is RedsFest. I am leaving tonight at 9:00 CST and have to be in Cincy no later than 10:00 EST tomorrow for a campus tour at UC. 6.5 hours of driving late at night sounds great!?! Anyway, I'll be there with my 2 boys...If you see 3 guys (1 old one and 2 young ones) asleep when you walk into the Duke Energy Center that will probably be us.

mdccclxix
12-06-2012, 10:22 AM
I've never gone, but next year my kid will be more cognizant of what's going on, maybe the year after. I'd go just to see the event, but it's a ways away and I'm pretty busy. Have a great time all who attend!

HotCorner
12-07-2012, 09:58 AM
My 9 yo son and I are going both days this year. We're pretty excited.

redsmetz
12-07-2012, 11:08 AM
I'll be going down tonight, probably early for a few hours. I have my HOF pass that we get each year.

dougdirt
12-07-2012, 12:24 PM
I am already not looking forward to walking from the car to Redsfest. This rain needs to go away.

Chip R
12-07-2012, 12:51 PM
I am already not looking forward to walking from the car to Redsfest. This rain needs to go away.

Park in the garage across 5th street from the Convention Center. It has a skywalk from there to the Convention Center and you can stay warm and dry.

dougdirt
12-07-2012, 12:57 PM
Park in the garage across 5th street from the Convention Center. It has a skywalk from there to the Convention Center and you can stay warm and dry.

Last year it was like $10-15 to park there. I will just park down at fountain square like usual and save a few bucks to buy myself a stocking stuff. Writing on the internet doesn't pay as well as you would think. Or well, it probably pays exactly what you think lol :laugh:

KittyDuran
12-07-2012, 02:11 PM
I am already not looking forward to walking from the car to Redsfest. This rain needs to go away.

Same here. Can't leave work early this year... So w/the rain, traffic I'll probably be there around 6:30.

paulrichjr
12-07-2012, 03:09 PM
Seems like a huge crowd this year to me. In line for Ricky Henderson....I mean Billy Hamilton. Number 240 of 250....barely made it

redsmetz
12-07-2012, 05:05 PM
I just met George Anderson here. Thx for introducing yourself.

mattfeet
12-07-2012, 05:14 PM
RedsZone should get a booth next year!

Red in Chicago
12-07-2012, 06:22 PM
Post lots of pics for those of us who can't make it

George Anderson
12-07-2012, 09:37 PM
I just met George Anderson here. Thx for introducing yourself.

Nice meeting you.

I am alot better looking online than I am offline.

dougdirt
12-07-2012, 10:53 PM
I wound up paying way to much for parking because I can't read.....or the sign is confusing. Rates after five apparently don't apply if you get there before five. What I thought would be $7 wound up being $14. And of course it's automated. So you can't talk to an actual person....

paulrichjr
12-07-2012, 11:56 PM
Hot stove with Cast, Jocketty, Dusty, Joe Morgan, and Jeff Brantley had some interesting comments:

1. Something was brewing last week. 2 things I believe Jocketty stated. He thought they were very close to be done but the other teams wanted too much from the farm.

2. Something is happening next week (probably) according to Cast and Jocketty. I took this to mean something besides Ludwick.

3. They pretty much said Ludwick was a done deal. That brought some cheers

4. No one expects Rolen back. They have spoken to him...Dusty and Walt

5. Todd Frazier has "earned the right to start Opening Day" at 3B according to Dusty.

6. The more criticism Dusty gets the more Cast believes in him because Sparky got a lot also and was a good manager....this is very close to what Cast stated when discussing Dusty and lineup construction.

7. Billy Hamilton is "close". That was a word that Jocketty used.

8. Dusty has no butt anymore according to his wife. Yep that was stated from the stage.

HeatherC1212
12-08-2012, 02:39 AM
Best decision the Redfest folks made this year: Moving all the kids stuff to it's own area upstairs. It opened up the main floor SO MUCH and I finally didn't feel like I was stepping on everyone else just trying to get around that middle area. Hallelujah!! ;)

Anyway, I went downtown tonight with my mom and another friend and after a VERY long time trying to find a place to park (there was a bad accident on Plum Street and they had a ton of roads blocked off for a while), we finally got into Duke Energy Center. I'll spare you my long winded update of my evening (I'm way too tired to do that tonight but I'll definitely type up a report and post some pics tomorrow night) but here's a few tidbits about my evening. :) I got pictures with Sean Marshall & Logan Ondrusek, Devin Mesoraco, JJ Hoover & Pedro Villareal (who is adorable), Wayne Granger & Jack Billingham, coaches Mark Berry, Bryan Price (SUPER nice guy), Juan Lopez, Mike Stefanski, & Chris Spier, and I did the $10 photo booth with Bronson Arroyo. No autographs tonight but I'm gonna try to hit some of those tomorrow. The Kids Press Conference with Todd Frazier, Sam LeCure, and Joey Votto was HILARIOUS. They were totally ragging on each other the entire time and it was so much fun seeing Joey be more relaxed and outgoing during one of these sessions. They also did a brief feature before that session about Todd's efforts to help his area after Hurricane Sandy which definitely brought a few tears to my eyes (he got teary when he was trying to talk about it) and my mom & I went to the Cincy Shirts area and made a purchase to help out (they're donating proceeds from their Toddfather shirt sales to Todd's area for Hurricane relief so if you go back there tomorrow, please go buy at least one shirt from them). :) I bought four t-shirts total tonight (the Todd one and 3 from the team shop that were on sale) and the three from the team shop were only $34 total (you may be shocked to learn only one of these shirts was a Votto shirt, LOL :laugh: ). Love finding sales! I did go say Hi to Jamie Ramsey and the other folks in there but we never got to get back there before we left so I need to go back there tomorrow.

I can't think of anything else right now so I'll end this post now. Sorry I ended up rambling a bit more than I though I would but be prepared for a much longer ramble tomorrow! :D

lollipopcurve
12-08-2012, 08:19 AM
Nice post, Heather -- thanks. Love the enthusiasm.

Really rooting for Frazier to be successful as a Red.

_Sir_Charles_
12-08-2012, 10:39 AM
Does this mean Joey's got some competition as a future Mr. HeatherC1212 in Pedro Villareal? :O) Thanks for the update Heather (and others), we out-of-towners are eagerly awaiting some pics.

reds1869
12-08-2012, 01:37 PM
The place was hopping this morning. I'm glad to see so much Reds related enthusiasm in December.

Always Red
12-08-2012, 05:45 PM
I was there this afternoon, the place was absolutely packed.

I was standing right next to a dad with 2 small sons, and when Walt happened to be walking by, the dad asked if he could sign balls for his sons. Walt smiled and agreed, squatted down and talked with the boys while doing so. Very cool.

Doug Flynn did a nice job of emceeing on the main stage. Tracy Jones talked too much, but what else is new?

The memorabilia area was a mob scene. And they were dealing a bit, as end of the year is coming and the show was getting ready to close. Got good buys on signed, framed prints on Sparky and one I have never seen of Johnny Bench from the dugout of Wrigley in 69-71 era (you can tell from the uniform). Johnny is my wife's favorite, and she thought it was too much, but I talked her into it.

dougdirt
12-08-2012, 05:58 PM
So, I saw the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen in my life today at Redsfest. I was over in the memorabilia section and looking at some baseball cards. In the case was a Randy Myers autograph on a 1994 Donruss card. It was PSA/DNA certified as authentic (for those unaware, they are a major company in the sports industry who grades the condition of items as well as determines the authenticity of autographs). The asking price? $175.

I don't think there is anyone on the planet who would pay you the price that it would cost you to even send that card in to PSA for authentication (maybe $20, I haven't checked their prices in a long time). I couldn't believe it. I still don't believe it.

KittyDuran
12-08-2012, 09:33 PM
Some rambling observations:

Didn't go Friday night... by the time I got out of work and ate it was almost 7pm. Pouring rain, plus I was more than tired.

But I did go today and arrived about a quarter to noon. As Always Red said, it was packed (even though some of the kids stuff was put on the third floor). There seemed to be lines everywhere and not just for the photos and autographs.

Really liked the Reds Connect Zone w/Better Off Red and the Reds on Radio (affiliates not WLW). Since they usually draw a crowd with interviews of Reds personnel, it was nice to have a place for an audience to sit. Took a few photos and 2 small videos of Bronson. Took a pic of Billy Hamilton when he was at BOR.

Took 2 pics (long range) of Mike Leake at one of the photo booths.

Watched the Kids Only Press Conference and Reds Family Feud (fielders vs pitchers) on the Main Stage. Heather is right, Pedro Villareal is a cutie and he was taking some good-natured ribbing from Jim Day for his last name who was the host of the Feud.

Only went by the outskirts of the memorabilia area because it was very crowded (and maybe its just me but it seems to get smaller and more jammed packed every year). Paid for my 2013 Reds Passport and had it signed by the guy who created it.

Ate some cherry cordial ice cream ($1). IIRC it was free the years before, but smaller cups and they always ran out too...

Renewed my season ticket - dropped the club seats (very nice but too expensive), and changed the Bakers Dozen plan to a full weekend plan of 39 games. Changed the seat too.

In the some things never change department: Lighting for pics is still awful. Wireless reception is spotty. Fans still try to get autographs (not during the sessions) and still run (and there were sign everywhere telling them not to). Strollers everywhere (if they had the space there should be a stroller aisle).

Finally, (well until I think of some other things) one thing that I didn't see. Thursday I text Chip and asked if he would be a Redsfest (in the HOF area as a vintage bb player) He said no - which was OK since he wasn't there last year - BUT, I didn't see any vintage bb players. The HOF area was mostly an autograph/main stage, displays of trophies and history, and something new in the Legacy Brick campaign. So unless the players were somewhere else they were not invited. :(

That's it! I'll try to post pics tomorrow and throw the videos (only a few seconds) of Bronson on youtube.

dougdirt
12-08-2012, 09:38 PM
Kitty, there was at least one Vintage player roaming around on Friday night. I didn't see one today, but I wasn't as mobile today as I was yesterday and wasn't there as long either (the guy I was with wasn't feeling well, so we had to leave early).

Saturday was incredibly more packed than Friday.

As for the ice cream, it has been $1 for years. It has always been my "snack" while at Redsfest.

KittyDuran
12-08-2012, 09:57 PM
Last year it was like $10-15 to park there. I will just park down at fountain square like usual and save a few bucks to buy myself a stocking stuff. Writing on the internet doesn't pay as well as you would think. Or well, it probably pays exactly what you think lol :laugh:

It was $12 this year at Tower Place.
Oh, and you're right about the ice cream... I don't get it every year and last year they ran out so it stuck in my mind that it was handed out free before.

cincrazy
12-08-2012, 11:05 PM
This ownership does one hell of a job connecting with its fanbase. Say what you will about the Cardinals (I'd said enough myself), but I don't think it's any coincidence that Bob Castellini is a great majority owner after his time as a minority owner in St. Louis. Schott and Lindner did everything wrong for many years (cheapskates, alienated the fanbase, destroyed the farm system, etc.). But Castellini, IMO, has been almost perfect for this market. I love Votto, and Phillips, and Cueto, and all the rest. But this organization truly changed the day the people in charge changed.

HeatherC1212
12-08-2012, 11:51 PM
If last night was crazy at Redsfest, today was shear INSANITY as I think everyone in the tri-state area was crammed into Duke Energy Center (OK, not really but it felt like it at times). My poor mom and I got there around 11:30 AM and it was all ready nuts. I heard later in the day that they might have broken their attendance record this year and I totally believe that! :eek:

Anyway, we didn't really have anyone at noon that we were dying to get in line for so we just took in the atmosphere and walked around for a bit to start off today's activities. We ended up heading over to Tony Cingrani's photo line and got pics with him. We were at the game where he made his major league debut so that was fun to share with him. We also got pics with Steve Selsky and Robert Stephenson who were really great guys. Steve thought my earrings were really cool and fun (they're baseballs and I got them for Christmas last year) and Robert is quite the cutie. Why are all our prospects adorable?! :p

We walked around after that (skipping the Hot Stove Report on the main stage for the second time....we get enough of that during the offseason ;)) and got some info on Spring Training (we're hoping to go in March), talked to the Rosie Reds folks (joining them for the first time this year), picked up some other free stuff, and got the Louisville and Dayton schedules for next year. We also went to the Better Off Red area again and watched Tony Cingrani and Tucker Barnhart play some sort of game that reminded me a little bit of Cornhole. It was hilarious to watch these guys work so hard at this game and come up empty so many times, LOL :laugh: I got my picture with Tucker after they were done (great guy) and said hi to Jamie and the other folks there. Mom and I did the free photo booth thing in there and the pics turned out hilarious. That was a really fun activity that I'm glad they added this year! I watched part of Bronson's interview with the radio affiliates (Kathy-I think we must have missed each other there this afternoon!) and then saw part of the interview with Todd Benziger in the same area. We walked around the memorabilia area for a bit after that and I bought one of the Larkin giveaway hats for myself and another for a friend of mine for Christmas. We were at that game this year but got there too late to get the hat and he was really bummed out to miss it so I know this will thrill him! :D

After more walking around that area, we sat down for a bit and watched the Family Feud game with Cozart, Stubbs, LeCure, and Villareal (with two fans also on each team) and that was hilarious. Sam and Zack were ragging on each other a little bit the entire game. :D Zack and Drew's team ended up winning overall. The Reds alumni Bull Session was pretty fun too (can't remember who all was out there but Tom Browning had a fun Christmas hat on) but I had to leave in the middle of that to go get my Aroldis Chapman autograph. My mom stayed though and she had a great time hearing the guys talk about baseball and share their stories. The Name That Tune game was also while I was gone and mom said it was hilarious. Apparently Mat Latos sang a Justin Bieber song (saw a tweet that Dallas wanted to DFA her husband after this, LMAO :laugh: ) among other funny things that happened during it. :D

My autograph experience: I thought I was being smart by going up to my autograph session about twenty minutes early but the line I ended up getting in was all ready from the escalator area all the way back to the doors that took you to the parking garage by that point. Thankfully it felt a lot smaller once we all got into the turnstile things in the autograph room. :eek: It took me about 40 minutes to get through the line but it was worth it to get Aroldis' autograph (his was a hard line to get into on the main floor). We were allowed to get a picture of him autographing whatever we brought too so I have a pic of him signing my picture as I'm standing near him which is cool. :) He was really nice to everyone and at one point, a girl with Down's Syndrome was allowed into the line and Aroldis was SO sweet with this girl. It was such a touching moment. :) After he signed my picture I said "gracias" to him and I was amused that he said, "You're welcome" back to me...thought I was being all clever saying thank you in Spanish, LOL :laugh:

On the way back down to the main area, I noticed that Tucker Barnhart and Ryan LaMarre were signing not far from the main stage (where my mom still was) so I went over there and got their autographs. They were both great but mad props to Ryan who, when he saw that I was taking a picture of him (I was trying to catch him in between autograph requests), stopped and gave me a huge smile. That is now one of my favorite pictures because he didn't have to do that at all. He was just being a good guy. :) Between Tucker, Ryan, Pedro Villareal, Steve Selsky, and Robert Stephenson, the Reds are definitely stocked up very well in the 'really nice and adorable looking baseball player' department, LOL :laugh: :D

After all that I went over to say hi to Mo Egger (always fun to catch up with him) and then finally joined my mom again for Bronson's concert. I know Bronson isn't the strongest singer or performer in the world but he always puts on such a fun show and this year was no exception. I love watching him perform and that saxophone guy he always performs with is still AMAZING. The concert was a fun way to end the weekend and once again, I am totally exhausted but really happy and now very anxious for spring training to get here. Redsfest is always a fun time but it definitely gets me antsy very early for baseball to start up again! :D

I haven't gone through all my pics yet but I will post some here at some point tomorrow afternoon. I didn't take quite as many as I normally do but I think I got some fun pics of the whole weekend. :) If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I did post a lot of random pics last night and during the day today so you can see those while you wait for my camera ones. My Instagram username is HeatherC1275 and my Twitter handle is kwanfan1212 if you guys want to check those pics out. :)

alexad
12-09-2012, 12:06 AM
It was crazy today. It was my first time going. Way to crowded for me. We got there at noon and they were already out of bags. People were carrying around 4 or 5 of them.

HeatherC1212
12-09-2012, 12:32 AM
Ugh, totally forgot to mention that we also got pics with Mat Latos and Mike Leake in the Reds Community Photo booth area today and that both guys were really great to everyone. Mat joked that he was smiling so much that he felt like his mouth was quivering, LOL :laugh: I saw Dallas in Mat's area at one point but wasn't able to talk to her. If we had made it to that area when Cueto was there this afternoon, and if Homer was in town for the event, we could very well have gotten pics with our entire starting rotation just from that one area, LMAO :laugh:

Another thing they changed this year....the LaRosa's pizza booth that's near the main stage (across from the sports bar area) finally got a turnstile thing put in next to it so the line to buy pizza was no longer blocking that main walkway like it's done in the past. Really glad they added that this year! :D

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 09:05 AM
It was crazy today. It was my first time going. Way to crowded for me. We got there at noon and they were already out of bags. People were carrying around 4 or 5 of them.

Don't be discouraged! Since you got your first taste of the crowds, you'll need to ask yourself next year "Why am I here?". That will determine how you approach the event. If you are looking for autographs be prepared to spend most of your time in line and have a backup plan (another autograph line) if you get there too late. New this year (for me at least) was the IMs from the Reds with the times/personnel for the autographs and photos. So instead of standing around the central booth-the info came via phone (rates applied). Twitter was helpful as well.

I started going to Redsfest in 2000-then it was held in January. This was after the Bichette and before the Junior trade. It was also snowing (not much). Even then the autograph lines were outrageous and you'd see people with large duffle bags worth of merchandise (side note: this year noticed that there was a sign limiting the size of bags). So I concentrated on photos and for the next couple of years that's what I gravited to. Also, in the early years it was pretty much autographs, photos, Main Stage (still have fond memories of Richard Hand and his tape recorder :p), and memorabila. Not much kids, vendors, or interactive stuff.

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 09:10 AM
Mike Leake at the $10 photo booth:

Vottomatic
12-09-2012, 11:03 AM
Every year I say I'm going to go and I don't.

I'm going next year.

What time do they open on Saturday, typically? It sounds to me like getting there early on Saturday is the thing to do.

How much money should you take? Other than parking and food, I don't know what else they charge for?

_Sir_Charles_
12-09-2012, 11:10 AM
Apparently Mat Latos sang a Justin Bieber song (saw a tweet that Dallas wanted to DFA her husband after this, LMAO )

ROFLMAO!!! Classic! :D

Chip R
12-09-2012, 11:31 AM
Finally, (well until I think of some other things) one thing that I didn't see. Thursday I text Chip and asked if he would be a Redsfest (in the HOF area as a vintage bb player) He said no - which was OK since he wasn't there last year - BUT, I didn't see any vintage bb players. The HOF area was mostly an autograph/main stage, displays of trophies and history, and something new in the Legacy Brick campaign. So unless the players were somewhere else they were not invited. :(

Yeah, we were not invited this year. Seems like the HOF needed the space. :dunno:

paulrichjr
12-09-2012, 11:34 AM
Every year I say I'm going to go and I don't.

I'm going next year.

What time do they open on Saturday, typically? It sounds to me like getting there early on Saturday is the thing to do.

How much money should you take? Other than parking and food, I don't know what else they charge for?

Secret is going on Friday and going to kids only section if you have kids. Lines are long but half the people (parents) can't get autographs.

Friday is less crowded and some of the best autographs happen as soon as door opens then. Griffey was often first on Friday then gone. Chapman was early on Friday....never saw him on Saturday.

If I had a choice...Friday or Saturday and that was it I would choose Friday.

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 11:43 AM
Yeah, we were not invited this year. Seems like the HOF needed the space. :dunno:
Sorry to hear that. :( The legacy brick campaign took up a lot of space - they actually had two big slabs of it, I guess for people to feel it, and areas w/computers for fans to personalize. They also enlarged the space for the Q&A and autograph area for the HOF, had more of a stage.

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 11:45 AM
Every year I say I'm going to go and I don't.

I'm going next year.

What time do they open on Saturday, typically? It sounds to me like getting there early on Saturday is the thing to do.

How much money should you take? Other than parking and food, I don't know what else they charge for?
11am on Saturday - if you get there before a long line awaits but it moves pretty fast. Opened earlier this year on Friday (3pm). In the past I've asked for a half a day from work on Friday, couldn't this year...

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 11:59 AM
Bronson on Albert Pujos, RedFest, 12/8/12 (short)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoMOKR2hI5Y&feature=g-crec-u

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 12:01 PM
More Bronson on opposing batters - he starts w/Felipe Lopez (IIRC)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yEwC5VdAZA&feature=g-crec-u

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 12:24 PM
Mike Leake at the $10 photo booth:Hey Heather! I just spied something in this photo... is Mr. Leake "off the market"? Looks like a wedding ring on his left hand.

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 12:38 PM
I watched part of Bronson's interview with the radio affiliates (Kathy-I think we must have missed each other there this afternoon!) and then saw part of the interview with Todd Benziger in the same area.
Yep... then I came back for a snippet of Oester's interview in which he and his father in 1973 saw Johnny Bench walking on the street in a full length fur coat! Unfortunately, no pics were taken. :D

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 01:28 PM
OK, this is it! Below are links to the other pictures (posted on one of my blogs):

http://kittyduran.tumblr.com/post/37566974599/full-sized-replica-of-the-2012-team-photo-and-the

http://kittyduran.tumblr.com/post/37567531816/mike-leake-2-pics-life-sized-replica-of-the

http://kittyduran.tumblr.com/post/37567873500/bronson-arroyo-redsfest-12-8-12

dougdirt
12-09-2012, 01:45 PM
Yep... then I came back for a snippet of Oester's interview in which he and his father in 1973 saw Johnny Bench walking on the street in a full length fur coat! Unfortunately, no pics were taken. :D

We must have all missed each other because I couldn't have been any more than 10 feet away from the video you posted.

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 01:57 PM
We must have all missed each other because I couldn't have been any more than 10 feet away from the video you posted.
5'4", dark hair, medium length, wearing a red, black and white ski sweater and faded blue jeans, and mirrored shades.

Wish I took more video. Bronson actually went past me in the walkway in the back and I heard someone say that he was going to the photo booth - and I didn't follow. Just moseyed back up to the Reds Connect section, saw the crowd and heard his voice. Then it took a while to get the video part of the camera rolling, hence the first short snippet.

Next to the Main Stage I hung around the Reds Connect area more because just outside in the area past the info booth there was some "breathing room", wireless reception wasn't too bad, and I could keep an eye out for a vacant seat in the season ticket area (when I was trying to renew).

Scrap Irony
12-09-2012, 04:31 PM
5'4", dark hair, medium length, wearing a red, black and white ski sweater and faded blue jeans, and mirrored shades.

Is that you, or are you describing doug?

(I get the mirrored shades, but ski sweaters for guys is, like, ten minutes ago, doug.

KittyDuran
12-09-2012, 04:35 PM
Is that you, or are you describing doug?

(I get the mirrored shades, but ski sweaters for guys is, like, ten minutes ago, doug.

I think Doug's a little taller? ;)

dougdirt
12-09-2012, 04:43 PM
I think Doug's a little taller? ;)

Yeah, I am a tad taller lol.

HeatherC1212
12-09-2012, 09:43 PM
Hey Heather! I just spied something in this photo... is Mr. Leake "off the market"? Looks like a wedding ring on his left hand.

I wasn't even paying attention but you might be right! Sure looks like a wedding band there. I know he wasn't married at last year's Redsfest. Wish I had noticed it because I totally would have asked him about it (his line wasn't too long when we were in it so a brief conversation could have been had at the time). Congrats to him if it's true! :)


Yep... then I came back for a snippet of Oester's interview in which he and his father in 1973 saw Johnny Bench walking on the street in a full length fur coat! Unfortunately, no pics were taken. :D

Haha! I heard part of that too! That was hilarious. :laugh:


I ended up getting distracted by some random stuff this afternoon and wasn't able to go through my pics like I originally planned but I will definitely try to post some of them tomorrow night. :)

REDREAD
12-10-2012, 10:40 AM
OK, this is it! Below are links to the other pictures (posted on one of my blogs):


Thanks for posting all that stuff Kitty.

HotCorner
12-10-2012, 11:29 AM
My 9 yo son and I went both days. I think he was a bit overwhelmed (and he's been before). He actually said to me on Saturday "there's nothing to do" in a frustrated tone but he actually meant there is too much to do and he couldn't make up his mind. :D

He ended up with 3 autographs (Mesoraco, Hoover, Arroyo). Friday night we watched the Cincinnati Zoo's Animal show and Drew Stubbs' reading of The Curse of the Big Bambino.

Jharb74
12-10-2012, 11:53 AM
Here's a cool pic of our radio show interviewing Mat Latos, and Sam LeCure jumps on stage to interject about crazy things that go on in the clubhouse.

crazybob60
12-10-2012, 12:35 PM
Had a great time. Ended up with 26 autographs altogether on both days combined. Which is pretty good since I didn't have any of the VIP passes or anything. Just about being in the right place at the right time.

On a random Reds poster that I have, I got: Chris Heisey, Nick Masset, Tommy Helms, Todd Redmond, Tony Cingrani, and Ted Power.

On a multi-signed ball, I got Tom Browning for a friend.

And then on the ROMLB on the sweet spots, I got: Johnny Cueto (only one that didn't sign on sweet spot), Norm Charlton, Mike Leake, Devon Mesoraco, Jim Maloney, Jack Billingham, Mat Latos, Robert Stephenson, Billy Hamilton, Jim O'Toole, Ryan Hanigan, Bronson Arroyo, Drew Stubbs, Dave Collins, Leo 'Chico' Cardenas, Tommy Helms, Todd Benzinger, Chris Welsh, and Kyle Lotzkar. New hobby I am starting with this.

Also, on a side note, when I was waiting to get in on Saturday morning, no more than 10 people behind me was the infamous guy that was shown on tv during the initial 'Howl' or 'Whoo' this season. The guy with the stache and the red curly hair. I wanted to say hey or whatever and ask if he really knew he was on tv like that, but when the line wrapped around, the best I could do was just the casual head nod hello.

dougdirt
12-10-2012, 05:50 PM
Here's a cool pic of our radio show interviewing Mat Latos, and Sam LeCure jumps on stage to interject about crazy things that go on in the clubhouse.

That was one of the funnier interviews from the two days that I saw. :thumbup:

Jharb74
12-11-2012, 10:09 AM
That was one of the funnier interviews from the two days that I saw. :thumbup:

Thanks dougdirt. It was crazy, we spent about 10 mins talking to Latos about tattoos, hair gel, & shaving cream pies, before we got to any baseball questions. Then LeCure stormed the stage. They actually were whispering behind me trying to "clean up" their clubhouse stories since kids were in the crowd!
Our producer, Todd, shot this great pic at that moment...hilarious!:

HeatherC1212
12-11-2012, 10:28 AM
Here are a few of my pictures from Redsfest. Finally got to go through them! :)

Link to all pics (they're in reverse order for some reason so ignore that): http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/user/KwanFan1212/library/Redsfest%202012

Here are a few of my faves...

Getting Aroldis Chapman's autograph:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/KwanFan1212/Redsfest%202012/P2000345.jpg

Tom Browning was in a festive mood:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/KwanFan1212/Redsfest%202012/P2000323.jpg

Me with JJ Hoover and cutie Pedro Villareal:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/KwanFan1212/Redsfest%202012/P2000176.jpg

Joey laughing during the Kids Press Conference:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/KwanFan1212/Redsfest%202012/P2000133.jpg

The whole team on stage Friday night:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/KwanFan1212/Redsfest%202012/P2000067.jpg

Me with Logan Ondrusek and Sean Marshall (and feeling extra short!):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/KwanFan1212/Redsfest%202012/P1990918.jpg

Me with Steve Selsky and Robert Stephenson:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/KwanFan1212/Redsfest%202012/P2000265.jpg

Hanging out with Tucker Barnhart in the Reds Connect Area:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/KwanFan1212/Redsfest%202012/P2000266.jpg

Always Red
12-11-2012, 10:32 AM
Wow- those are great pics, Heather, thanks for sharing. :thumbup:

_Sir_Charles_
12-11-2012, 11:08 AM
Nice. Thanks Heather. And good lord we have some tall pitchers. Standing next to you really puts that in perspective. :O)

HeatherC1212
12-11-2012, 11:38 AM
Nice. Thanks Heather. And good lord we have some tall pitchers. Standing next to you really puts that in perspective. :O)

Well, I'm only 5'1" so I can make ANYONE look really tall. ;) You should see my pic with Mike Leake....he looks way taller than he actually is while standing next to me even though he's 'only' like 5'10" or something, LOL :laugh:

Glad you guys like the pics! :beerme:

_Sir_Charles_
12-11-2012, 11:52 AM
Yeah, I knew how tall you were, but I was just pointing out that most times we see these guys standing next to each other...and not normal humans. :O)

HeatherC1212
12-11-2012, 12:01 PM
Yeah, I knew how tall you were, but I was just pointing out that most times we see these guys standing next to each other...and not normal humans. :O)

Good point although a lot of normal human beings still tower over me by a good amount, LOL :laugh:

_Sir_Charles_
12-11-2012, 01:28 PM
Good point although a lot of normal human beings still tower over me by a good amount, LOL :laugh:

LOL. Fair enough. I'm sure I'd be one too. ;)

REDREAD
12-11-2012, 01:34 PM
Glad you guys like the pics! :beerme:

Thanks again for the picts Heather, you got some great ones.