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    Great American Ball Park gets makeover

    Great American Ball Park gets makeover
    New promotions, dining options to be offered in 2008
    By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- In the movie "Bull Durham," the Bulls' stadium featured a sign for hitters that said "Hit bull, Win a steak."

    At Great American Ball Park this season, there will be a similar target for Reds hitters. But if they actually hit it during a game, it would become a lucrative moment for a lucky fan.

    Last week, the club placed a red 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup truck on top of the elevator shaft well beyond the fence in center field. If a Reds player hits the truck during a home run, one randomly selected lucky fan will take home the $31,000 vehicle.

    It would take some gargantuan homer for someone to get the Tundra, however, as the truck is located more than 500 feet from home plate.

    The truck promotion is one of several changes Reds fans will notice when the 2008 season opens on March 31 vs. the Diamondbacks.

    The Cincinnati Bell Riverboat deck, which was introduced last season, has been given additional awnings and rest rooms. The Machine Room Grille has also been remodeled, and offers unrestricted field views. The restaurant's doors will open three hours before game time.

    On the third base concourse will be a new 5,000 square foot Game Day Pro shop. The area will also house the HH Gregg Highlight Zone, which will have 13 high-definition televisions showing every MLB game, and possibly other sports as well.

    Like many clubs in Major League Baseball, the Reds have added an "All you can eat" section with nearly 400 seats in the mezzanine section. For $30, fans get unlimited hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and soft drinks. The team will also introduce the Meijer family section in the right field box area, in which no alcohol will be permitted. Tickets in the family section will cost $22.

    Behind the scenes, manager Dusty Baker will be calling the Reds bullpen on the Cincinnati Bell Dugout Phone, using a Nokia wireless phone. The IKEA company is also sponsoring and furnishing a new suite for Reds Radio Network affiliates.

    The Ballpark will also be more environmentally friendly this season. In partnership with Duke Energy, the Reds have purchased carbon credits to offset the estimated fossil fuel emissions associated with the operation of GABP for Opening Day. Rumpke and Pepsi are sponsoring a recycling program for all plastics and paper waste. Additionally, cooking oils used in kitchens and concession stands will be recycled for reuse as bio-diesel fuel.

    Outside of GABP and in downtown Cincinnati, there will be two new Reds.com ticket kiosks on Fountain Square and at Skyline Chili on 4th St.

    http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/...=.jsp&c_id=cin

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Like many clubs in Major League Baseball, the Reds have added an "All you can eat" section with nearly 400 seats in the mezzanine section. For $30, fans get unlimited hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and soft drinks.


    I know where I'm sitting if I make it up this year!
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    I know where I'm sitting if I make it up this year!
    You honestly think Bob C. would allow a Nobel Prize winner to sit anywhere other than the Owner's Box?
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    The Cincinnati Bell Riverboat deck, which was introduced last season, has been given additional awnings and rest rooms. The Machine Room Grille has also been remodeled, and offers unrestricted field views. The restaurant's doors will open three hours before game time.

    On the third base concourse will be a new 5,000 square foot Game Day Pro shop. The area will also house the HH Gregg Highlight Zone, which will have 13 high-definition televisions showing every MLB game, and possibly other sports as well.
    That's awesome. Going to make a trip over there when I make it to GABP this year.
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    Let's face it, you mis-hit the bun with the mustard squirter, no one will really care.

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    Crosley had "Hit this sign and win a Siebler suit" ...

    Wally Post led in suits. Willie Mays led among visiting players.

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    Re: Great American Ball Park gets makeover

    Here's the truck:


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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    You honestly think Bob C. would allow a Nobel Prize winner to sit anywhere other than the Owner's Box?
    After you win six of the things, you kinda forget about it
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Great American Ball Park gets makeover

    Maybe they'll have a promotion, "Hit Kentucky and win it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Here's the truck:

    What's the longest HR in GABP history?
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    What's the longest HR in GABP history?
    Dunn's shot into the river over the batter's eye.

    I want to say it was 535?
    Quote Originally Posted by PuffyPig View Post
    Let's face it, you mis-hit the bun with the mustard squirter, no one will really care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    What's the longest HR in GABP history?
    535 feet by Dunn on August 10, 2004. I was at that game. Longest HR on major league record IIRC.

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    So, does Dunn pay for the broken windshield when one of his blasts nail it, or does the fan?

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    Cool, thanks. Does anyone know where/if there is a list of the longest HRs in GABP history?
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    When I look at that picture, all I see is the brown water of the breathtaking Ohio River.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCubb2003 View Post
    Maybe they'll have a promotion, "Hit Kentucky and win it."

    They'd have to throw in a balloon or something to make it worth it.
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."


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