Go Minimal

Minimalist Great American Ball Park by S. Preston

Minimalist Great American Ball Park by S. Preston.

We’ve been closely following all of the MLB All-Star Weekend action up in Minneapolis on Twitter and have seen a lot of fun things that make us wish we were there. We’ll just have to wait until next year, right?

Our friend C. Trent Rosecrans has a affection for the All-Star Fanfest not unlike our own and tweeted a shot of S. Prestion’s Great American Ball Park print from his “Minimalist Ballpark Series”. We’re totally in love with it and wanted to share it with you.

Purchase a GABP print for yourself here and make sure to check out the entire collection minimalist ballparks as well. Beautiful work!

See all of Preston’s work at www.sprestondesigns.com.

Cincy is Lookin’ Good

New Cincinnati t-shirts from Homage

Cincy is lookin’ good thanks to Homage

Thanks to Homage, of course! Our friends up in Cbus have dropped a new set of Cincy threads on us and we’re stoked on em’. Check out the Cincinnati line here.

We can’t wait for Homage Cincinnati to open its doors in Over-The-Rhine this fall. We’ll be shopping there on the reg.

Puns Abound

Johnny Bench's Home Plate logo t-shirt from Homage

Plate. Get it?

Johnny Bench had a restaurant in Northgate Mall that was long gone before we ever got a change to eat there. It’s name was “Johnny Bench’s Home Plate” and if the food was as good as that pun, it must have been a glorious place to chow down. Get this tee from Homage for $32.

Johnny Bench's Home Plate

JB knows the score

Mr. Redlegs Mustache and Pillbox Hat Giveaway

More Bench For Your Walls

Johnny Bench Topps Independence art print

More Johnny B for your walls, man.

These new Topps prints are just outstanding. 10×14, hand numbered and limited to just 99 prints clocking in at $34.99. Check out the entire Independence Day art print lineup on Topps.com.

Dat Shirt

Dat Dude t-sirt for Reds Social

Wear Dat Dude

Is worthy. Make sure you pick one up by heading to the #RedsSocial on Friday, June 20.

Our Hometown Hero

Hometown Hero 2 by Zip Zoo Apparel

Hometown Hero 2 by Zip Zoo Apparel

We’ve seen a few of these shirts around town the last few weeks and we had to find out who was behind them. It turns out that the talented fellas at Zip Zoo Apparel crafted this epic homage to Mr. Redlegs and our favorite local ball club. It’s called the Hometown Hero 2 and it’s available here.

While we’re at it, Zip Zoo just dropped their 2014 Spring Collection, so make sure to check the new styles as well as the rest of their Cincinnati-centric lineup. They’re a talented up-and-coming local brand and we’re looking forward to what they’re going to dream up next.

Make sure you save 10% off your order at Zip Zoo with the coupon code “CHUNK”. Shop Now.

1982 Fleer George Foster

O’Toole bobblehead and signing at Reds HOF

Jim O'Toole Reds Hall of Fame bobblehead

Jim O’Toole awaits a spot on your shelf.

Year over year, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum has produced great bobbleheads and this year’s is arguably the best yet. After a quickly depleted supply of Sparky Anderson bobbleheads started the 2014 series, the long awaited (at least by the OMGReds staff) Jim O’Toole bobblehead will be released to the public on Friday, June 6. Members can pick theirs up now. Here’s information from the Reds HOF:

Friday, June 6 – The much anticipated Jim O’Toole bobblehead will be available to the public beginning at 10:00 a.m. Fans will receive a bobblehead with full-price paid admission to the Reds Hall of Fame on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of June while supplies last.

Jim O’Toole will also be signing autographs in the Hall of Fame from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. that night.

Not a bad day at all – Pick up your bobblehead and have it signed by Mr. O’Toole before heading to the Reds/Phillies game that night.

The 2014 Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series:

Sparky Anderson – May
Jim O’Toole – June
Eric Davis – July
Barry Larkin – August
Pete Rose – September

Pitching for Success by Doug Coates

Pitching for Success by Doug Coates

While we’re talking Reds Hall of Fame awesomeness, there’s another appearance we’re really looking forward to coming up soon. Our friend, Doug Coates will be signing his new book Pitching for Success: Character Lessons the Joe Nuxhall Way on Saturday, June 7 from 2:00PM – 3:00PM at the Reds Hall of Fame. We’re looking forward to picking up our copy to share with our kids and read for ourselves.

For more information on all Reds Hall of Fame signing appearances and more, check out the OMGreds Events Calendar.

Wiffle Slam

OMGreds Wiffle Ball All Stars

OMGreds – Always hackin’, never lackin’

After seven years as the Reds Summer Wiffle Classic, our favorite Wiffle® Ball tournament has a new name and new charity – Wiffle® Slam supporting The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Foundation.

Wiffle® Slam takes place on Saturday, July 26 at Waterworks Park in Fairfield Ohio and is part of this year’s Nuxy’s Bash. After the tournament finals, Nuxy’s Bash will commence with a celebrity softball game, silent auction entertainment and more. Nuxy’s Bash is free and open to the public.

Wiffle® Slam – Tournament Details:

Date: Saturday, July 26th

Location: Waterworks Park (Fairfield, OH) – Semi Finals and championship game at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields.

Time: Pool play starts at 9am followed by single elimination bracket.

Cost: $125.00 per team with additional fundraising $$ appreciated!

Registration: Download form (PDF)

Day of Signups: There will be no “day of” signups. All fees must be in hand prior to tourney date.

More Information: The Wiffle® Slam will be exactly what you have come to expect with the former Summer Wiffle® Classic…. Except for a new charity and at a new location. All the rules stay the same!

Very Cool: The semi-final and championship games will be played on the Miracle League Fields as crowds arrive for Nuxy’s Bash!

Nuxy’s Bash: The Wiffle® Slam will be a part of the Nuxy’s Bash! All players are invited to the events following the Wiffle® Slam that include a Celebrity Softball game, Auctions/Raffles, entertainment and more!

For more information on The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League and the Miracle League Fields, please visit www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org.

Riverfront Tee

Riverfront t-shirt

“Riverfront” tee by Blue Seat Media

Our friends at Blue Seat Media (creators of Cincy Lineup) have designed a fantastic shirt paying Homage to a place where many of us spent our childhood summer nights – Riverfront Stadium. Here’s the word from Blue Seat:

Chris Sabo, Eric Davis, The Nasty Boys, The Big Red Machine. So many of us grew up at Riverfront Stadium sitting in the red, yellow or green seats, or if you were lucky enough, the blue seats. This is a limited edition run of 90 T-shirts in honor of the great 1990 World Series Wire-to-Wire Champs. The design is by Blue Seat, a Cincinnati-based baseball product company. Yes, our name is inspired by Riverfront! The shirts are printed on high quality fabric and we have women’s sizes.

Reserve yours now: http://teespring.com/riverfront

Domo Arigato Mr. Joey Votto

Domo Arigato Mr. Joey Votto

Domo Arigato Mr. Joey Votto by Cincy Shirts benefiting the Joey Votto Foundation

Our friends at Cincy Shirts have teamed up with the Joey Votto Foundation for a lineup of Votto-inspired shirts in both adult and kid sizes. Each sale benefits the Joey Votto Foundation. More information:

Cincy Shirts is proud to team up with the Joey Votto Foundation to create this collection of Votto Inspired apparel. A large portion of the net proceeds from the sale of each shirt will be donated directly to the foundation to support the healing of families affected by posttraumatic stress. You can also join Joey’s team by making a donation at www.vottofoundation.org.

View the entire Joey Votto Foundation t-shirt lineup

Dave Parker 1987 Topps
Joey Votto - Canadian Mountie

However, at Cincinnati the first game is always played there. This is because the Citizens of this Ohio city do not consider Opening Day just as Opening Day. They consider it one small notch below Christmas.

Fred Schwed, Jr. (1957)

199C at BLDG in Covington, KY

199C Rocked It

Baseball season kicked off a few days early in Covington with the opening of 199C at BLDG on Friday night. Wiffle Ball in the street, cold beer in the tubs, fantastic artwork on the walls and face-melting music fueled a night of celebration all for the love of baseball.

Cafe Lang Thang and Marty’s Waffles were on hand to dish out their tasty items while Automagik kicked out the jams. Speaking of, check their cover of 700 WLW’s jingle, “The Reds are on the Radio”

The Reds Are On The Radio! from BLDG on Vimeo.

If you missed the opening, you can still see the show and purchase art or prints through April 25. BLDG gallery hours are 9-6 Monday through Friday or by appointment. Contact info@bldgrefuge.com to make an appointment and more information can be found here. Prints and that awesome hat are now available on BLDG’s online shop.

A few photos from the show for ya…

Neltner 199C Process Video

Talented artist, designer and friend Keith Neltner just released this process video for his contribution to the 199C show opening Friday, March 28 at BLDG in Covington, Ky. Keith wields a mean pen and ink, and seeing him channel baseball through his craft just makes our brain melt. Check out more of Keith’s work at www.neltnersmallbatch.com.

BLDG 199c hat

199C Swag

Folks, 199C opens tomorrow afternoon at 4pm at BLDG in Covington, Ky. You’ll be there right? We’ve been stoked on the show since its announcement, but now we’re siked after seeing and hearing about some very limited edition items that will be available for you to nab at the show.

First off, the hat featured above is a must-have. This one is a pre-production comp, but the retail version will still feature the same icon and will be just as, or even more, badass. Be quick on these – They’re super-limited. Only 20 will be available and are priced at $30.

Second, there will be a number of prints available at the show. BLDG is crafting a set of four prints, each fitting the baseball theme of the show. Prints will be available at the show on www.bldgrefuge.com for $35 a piece or as a set for $95. Teasers for the designs are pictured below.

BLDG 199c print teaser

BLDG 199c print teaser

BLDG 199c print teaser

Also, prints from our friends at Unheard Of will be available featuring the infamous and iconic Mr. Deadlegs and the infamous and iconic Pete Rose. You can snag one of these for $40. We got a peak at them before the show and they are Boss Hoss. Here’s a teaser for those bad-boys…

199c UnheardOf Mr. Deadlegs print

BLDG 199C Unheard Of print of Pete Rose

See you there.

JOHNNY BENCH FOR MAYOR ART PRINT

JB for Mayor

Oh man, these “For Mayor” limited-edition prints from Topps are the jam. Get yourself a Johnny Bench quickly – They’re editioned out of 99 and only available until opening day. Go check out the rest of the selection as well. $49.99 at Topps.com

Taste-of-Belgium-Waffles

New Food at GABP

OMGreds had to opportunity to taste many of the new food offerings that will be at Great American Ball Park this year during the recent “2014 Media Tasting.” This season will see a lot of great additions to the ballpark menu. Here are some of the highlights:

Taste of Belgium Waffles

Dubbed “The Official Waffle of the Cincinnati Reds” the up-and-coming Cincinnati brand, Taste of Belgium, will be peddling their famous waffles at Reds game. This is huge for us at OMGreds – We’ve been fans of ToB for years. Not only will you be able to pick up a waffle (with toppings) to snack on, they’ll also be offering their popular Waffle ‘n’ chicken: Chicken breast on a waffle with Ohio maple syrup and hot sauce. Pair that with a side order of frites – twice-fried French Belgian fries and you’ve got a heck of a ballpark meal.

You can find Taste of Belgium waffles at the ballpark behind section 133 on the first base concourse.

Taste of Belgium’s menu at GABP

Waffle – $5.00
Chocolate & Cream Waffle – $7.00
Strawberry & Cream Waffle – $7.00
Waffle & Chicken – $10.00
Frites – $7.00

The Bacon

Holy moly. “The Bacon” is a monster. It’s a BLT with extra, extra, extra bacon. A pound of bacon, in fact. Lettuce, tomato and pepper mayo on an artisan roll round out the sandwich while being paired with chips, pickle and potato salad. The potato salad is totally ninja. While you’re awe-struck by the sandwich, the potato salad totally sneaks up on you – It’s fantastic. Make sure you save room for it. This insane concoction is available at The Machine Room. Good thing, since you’ll need to sit down for this one.

Baja Tacos

I remember having a fish taco at Peco Park in 2003 and thinking how exotic it was to have one at a ballgame. Fast forward a few years and GABP has its own very solid offing. Also available in the Machine Room, this double-shelled taco features battered fish, cabbage, queso fresco, pico and baja sauce. It’s a great alternative to the typical ballpark hotdog and burger fare. Give it a whirl.

The Chipper

The Chipper just might be our go-to snack at ballgames this year. Saratoga chips are served “nacho-style” with pulled pork, nacho cheese, pickled jalapeño peppers and red onions. De-lish! It comes in two sizes – a single-serve smaller size and a larger, more sharable version. Don’t sleep on these, give them a try during one of you first games of the year.

Smoked Cardinal

Mr. Red’s Smokehouse has been clutch for OMGreds the past few seasons. Those night when we’re doing “dinner at the ball park” Red’s is usually our go-to choice. A feature this season will be the “Smoked Cardinal” – An item that is not only delicious, but you can also take your anger out on. Just taking a bite conjures up fantasies of eating Tony LaRussa’s face off… oh. That’s just me? Sorry. I digress. The Smoked Cardinal is damn good. Just get one.

1900 Burger

If you venture up the Riverfront Club – it is open to everyone, after all – make sure you give the 1900 burger a try. It’s hefty slab of meat served with house Cheez Whiz, grilled onions (love!), tomato, house white bread and house chips. If you’re able to “house” this big-boy you’ll likely not eat the rest of the day – it’s one heck of a burger. The burger is part of The Riverfront Club’s new “Our New Gastro Pub Bar Menu” also featuring the “RFC Bucket” with buttermilk fried game hen. Wow!

Hand Rolled Sushi

We still can’t get over how Paul Daughtery made such a big deal about sushi being available at GABP a few years ago. I personally think it’s a great option at a ballgame. Now, while it was nice to grab a sushi roll at the UDF stands, the several times I tried them they just weren’t up to par. But, this season, you’ll be able to snack on fresh, hand-rolled at the ball park sushi – just as the baseball gods intended. Rolls will be available at concession stands around the ballpark, so give it shot.

Here’s a full list of new offerings available at GABP this summer.

Concessions

  • Mr. Red’s Smoke House (The Smoked Cardinal, Pulled Pork Platter with Mac and Cheese)
  • Queen City (Beer Brat & Goetta Burger)
  • The Long Bar (60 Taps & 23 different beers)
  • Taste of Belgium (Featuring their Waffle)
  • Hand Rolled Sushi (Available through the ballpark)
  • The Chipper (Pulled Pork, Nacho Cheese, Pickled Jalapeno Peppers & Red Onions)

Riverfront Club (Featuring Our New Gastro Pub Bar Menu)

  • 1900 Burger (House Cheez Whiz, Grilled Onion, Tomato House White Bread, House Chips)
  • RFC Bucket (Buttermilk Fried Game Hen, Sriracha Pickle Chips, Maple Gravy, House Chips)
  • Cheese & Tomato (Brioche, Grafton Cheddar and Candied Bacon with Tomato Soup and House Chips)

Suites

  • Spanish Sampler (Roasted Vegetable Empanadas, Carne Diablo Short Ribs & Chicken Taquitos)
  • Skins Trio (Our Three Signature Potato Treats)
  • Batch Cocktails (Rum Punch, Red Sangria & Electric Strawberry Lemonade)
  • Rum Raisin Crisp (Oats and Brown Sugar with Chantilly Cream)

The Machine Room

  • Pickle Chips (Cilantro Ranch)
  • Baja Tacos (Battered Fish, Cabbage, Queso Fresco, Pico & Baja Sauce)
  • The Big Red Burger (Sriracha Mayo, Pepper Jack Cheese, Jalapeno Peppers & Fried Onions)
  • The Bacon (1 Pound of Sliced Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Pepper Mayo on an Artisan Roll w/ Chips, Pickle & Potato Salad)

Photos

We snapped a few pics of the new food to be sampled at GABP this season. Take a look…

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