Our friends at We Have Become Vikings have just thrown down. There has always been the little Sam LeCure/Cure/Robert Smith haha joke, but this design takes everything to a whole new level. WHBV is taking orders via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop ‘em a line, so you can look fine.
You gotta give it up to Duane, The Wooo Guy – “The Cincinnati Wooo” is a killer tune. Might this make an appearance on “Cincinnati Clutch Hits pt 2″?
The campfire is a nice touch.
Hey y’all, just got this note from the Reds. Coca-Cola is partnering with the Reds for nicely discounted seats for the games on Monday and Tuesday night. Here are the details:
Coca-Cola wants to thank Reds fans with special ticket offer for June 3-4
As a “thank you” to Reds fans for four consecutive sellouts at Great American Ball Park during Memorial Day Weekend, Coca-Cola is partnering with the Reds to offer discounted tickets at 40% below face value to the Reds vs. Colorado Rockies on June 3 & 4.
This Friday only, fans can purchase tickets to Monday and Tuesday’s Reds home games at the following price levels:
- Field Box: $20
- Mezzanine: $15
- View Level: $10
Fans have many options to purchase these tickets, while supplies last:
- Internet: reds.com/thankyou
- Phone: 513-381-REDS or 877-647-REDS (7337)
- In person: Great American Ball Park ticket windows, Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets and Reds.com kiosks on Fountain Square and at the downtown Cincinnati Skyline Chili at 4th and Sycamore.
The four-game sellout was the first at Great American Ball Park since 2004.
Video and images from an Old Timers Game St. Petersburg, Florida in 1983. You’ll find glimpses of Reds Hall of Famers Johnny Vander Meer, Joe Nuxhall and Ted Kluszewski.
Or, is it a football shirt?
Either way, when I posted a image of my creation on Twitter Saturday morning it got a positive response. Many folks asked where I purchased it or where they could get one, so I wanted let everyone know that it’s actually custom-made and share how it was created. It wasn’t difficult really, just a matter of sourcing the parts and getting it put together. So, in an effort to inspire others to create their own, here’s how it all happened…
Though you do occasionally see a hockey-style fashion jersey for baseball teams, I figured that nothing like this existed for baseball, much less the Reds. Knowing that I couldn’t design something completely from scratch and have it produced, I figured I would put one together using “off-the-shelf” parts.
I knew I wanted to incorporate the Mr. Redlegs patch seen on the Reds’ home jerseys as a “crest” type emblem. The trick was to get the right jersey, incorporating the correct Reds font used for the numbers, and of course, getting everything pieced together professionally.
Here’s a rundown of the shirt elements and how they came together:
- The base shirt is a Nike Team shirt with a white base and thin red horizontal stripes. This is actually the shirt I had in mind when I started the project and I was able to order it from Nike back in 2010. I looked through a few soccer catalogs to see what other styles were available from other manufacturers at the time, but nothing beat this style for me.
- The Mr. Redlegs patch and NUXY path were both purchased at Koch’s Sporting Goods in downtown Cincinnati. They have a ton of this kind of stuff, including some older patches from the ’88 All Star Game and other goodies.
- Koch’s also provided the numbers for the back of the shirt. We used just the red layer and they are the same size as the ones used on Reds jerseys, Koch’s also sewed everything together for me.
- There was one design element that was eliminated while working with Koch’s on the project. I originally wanted to do a white outline around the numbers on the back. This is identical to the design of the actual Reds jersey numbers, except I was not going to use the black drop shadow. The white would have been a subtle effect, but I think it would have been pretty crisp. We left it out was because the shirt material is very thin and we didn’t know if that much stitching would do damage to the jersey. Koch’s was a little nervous about it, so we decided to just use the red layer. It still came out well. Looking back at it now, it probably would have been okay.
Why 25? I guess that’s “my number.” I wore it playing football in high school and college. Oddly enough, I didn’t wear it playing baseball. A lower number or single digit would probably be a little more soccer-like. 2 would have worked for me as well.
Overall, I wanted to keep it simple. There were other add-ons that I thought of, but any more might ruin what is really working for this design. If I were to do another one, I would likely draw inspiration from the ’70s-era Reds designs, using solid colors and the heavy block font.
Our buddy C. Trent Rosecrans pointed me to designer Mark Willis’ blog where he has explored how MLB team designs would translate to soccer jerseys in a series called Soccer Our of Context. It’s a brilliant concept and you can go through his take on the NL Central right here. Personally, I’d love to see a Reds concept with black dropped from the pallet (as would C. Trent), but it’s still a great concept. The Braun (P&G) sponsorship also is a nice German tie-in to Cincinnati though it may not have been the original intent. Make sure you check it out. C. Trent also mentioned creating a look for the Reds based on Croatia’s current kit. Now, that would be great place to start.
So, if you’re diggin’ the soccer/football style, I encourage you to go out and make your own. I think it was a fun mash-up and certainly something unique. Also, when it gets darn hot out in the summer, the lightweight wicking soccer-style shirts are perfect. If you do make your own, make sure you share it with us. We’d love to see it.
Many serious Reds collectors will tell you the same thing: “I need Randy Myers”. Well, maybe not need him personally, but need his signature on something – a ball, bat, photo, etc. – to complete a part of their collection. Myers has always been an elusive autograph for many, many fans.
Myers’ interestingly fickle signing habits makes his upcoming appearance with his Nasty Boys teammates, Norm Charlton and Rob Dibble, at Sports Gallery an extremely exclusive engagement. The signing, being put on by Sports Gallery (our events calendar sponsor) and CEI Sports, will take place on Wednesday, June 12th from 6-8pm at their location in West Chester.
We’re wondering – Have all three Nasty Boys ever made an appearance together like this before? If it has happened before, it must have been a very long time ago as we’re unaware of any events like this taking place the past few years. Wow.
So, this may be the shot you’ve been looking for to complete that autograph project, but it won’t come cheap, or automatically. The signing will set you back $200 for autographs from all three (reasonable, considering Myers’ rare availability) and tickets are limited to 150 and just one per household. You may get the item of your choice signed. Sports Gallery has instituted a lottery system to handle the demand. According to Sports Gallery, you can submit two entries to better your chances. Here are a few more details from the registration page:
Sports Gallery is excited to announce we have 150 exclusive autograph tickets, at $200 each, for this premiere, once in a lifetime “Nasty Boys” event.
Each lottery winner will be notified directly by phone or email immediately upon selection — Good Luck!
Per athletes and management request, all other information will be announced to the lucky lottery winners as it becomes available.
It appears that lottery winners will have the choice to either have their items signed in-person or by drop-off or mail-in.
Make sure you’re in the mix by registering here. Good luck!
Our comrades at Blue Seat Media have a great shirt design up on Tee Spring. Picking up design cues from their Cincy Lineup app, this tee should be a strong contender to become a regular in your summer shirt rotation. The shirt will be printed once they reach 75 shirts sold, so make sure you show your support. Proceeds help fun Blue Seat Media’s mission to create killer baseball apps for all of us die-hard fans.
We’re proud to be giving away three copies of Joel Luckhaupt’s latest book, 100 Things Reds Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. It’s a great read, even for those Reds fans that are well-versed in team history. Odds are, you’ll find stories and factoids in Luckhaupt’s book that you hadn’t come across before and a few new things to do to celebrate your own fandom. We highly recommend you add a copy to your Reds library.
But before you go out and buy one (Available at many fine retailers, including the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum), make sure you enter our giveaway! Here are details:
OMGreds will be giving away 3 copies of 100 Things Reds Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Each winner will receive:
- A copy of Joel Luckhaupt’s 100 Things Reds Fans Should Know Before They Die signed by the author
- A randomly selected OMGreds button
- A randomly selected Reds autographed baseball card from 1987
Enter now by leaving a comment below. Let us know your favorite Reds player from the ’80s while you’re at it. The giveaway will end on Friday, May 17 at 5:00pm EST. OMGreds will randomly select three winners and notify soon after. Good luck!
Congratulations to our winners! Their favorite Red from the ’80s also listed…
Matt (Eric Davis)
Jimmy N (Norm Charlton)
Cari (Johnny Bench)
Thank you to everyone who entered! We’ll have more giveaways this summer. Check back soon!
Does anyone else think of this scene from “Semi-Pro” every time GABP erupts with the Reds’ 11th strikeout of the game? (Warning: Two very brief instances of NSFW language in the clip)
“We don’t even GOT corndogs!”
Just a reminder from LaRosa’s website: Your ticket from the 11+-strikeout game is only good at a participating LaRosa’s from the day after the qualifying strikeout game for 7 days after the game. (So it’s not like you can hang onto it until June or July and then redeem it.)
So here are the tickets (if you keep all of your ticket stubs like we do but don’t sort them into pizza and non-pizza piles) that are still good for a small 4-topping pie:
5/6 vs. Braves
Well, more like, in vinyl.
Topps is releasing a set of 3-inch vinyl figures ala Kidrobot called “Big League Minis” featuring 28 players from around the league. The blind-boxes are $6.99 and aparently available at Dick’s Sporting Goods right now, though the release date is set for June 12.
Personally, I’ve been waiting for years for a mash-up of Kidrobot and MLB and this is the closest we may get. If you’re tired of bobbleheads (I’m sure someone out there is, right?) this might be the tchotchke for you.
I haven’t seen one in person, but the images release so far, and in-hand photos over at Big League Stew show a rather cartoonish design. They’re likely aimed at the youth market, radically different than the very adult leaning Kidrobot phenomenon.
At nearly $7 a pop, we’re guessing it’s a bit much for kids and their parents to buy more then a few. The kid-targeted design may be a turnoff to many adult collectors that would otherwise jump all over these. We’ll see how it shakes out, eh?
No worries Reds fans, Joey Votto makes an appearance in the set. Hopfully he’ll make an appearance next to the Barry Larkin Starting Lineup figure on your desk at work.
They’re a nice step up from the Reds mascot vinyl figure pictured below. Mr. Redlegs and Rosie were purchased at the Reds team store, Mr. Red and Gapper where a kids-only stadium giveaway during the 2012 season. OMGjr likes them, so they’re good to go in our house.
If you want to see an adult rip a pack, Beckett’s Chris Olds has you covered…
A checklist for Big League Minis can be found at The Cardboard Connection.
h/t: Our friends at Urban Vinyl Daily.
Reds Authentics posted their latest Reds Community Fund auction items earlier today with one very interesting and unique item – A ball pitched by Cubs’ pitcher Jeff Samardzija, with – get this – “blood all over.”
From the auction:
Game-Used Baseball from April 24, 2013 with Jeff Samardzija Blood all over Baseball – Zack Cozart Foul Ball off Samardzija – EK322426
If you don’t know the story, Samardzija pitched against the Reds on April 24 in Cincinnati and took a comebacker off his index finger in the first inning. Obviously, it bled, but Samardzija stayed in the game, even putting glue in the wound between innings to manage the bleeding.
The “Blood ball” may not be for everyone, but it’s definitely one of the more unique items that’s ever been sold by Reds Authentics. Let us know if this is something you’d want in your collection.
The official “Dusty Please Win” video from Comedian Josh Sneed and Nick Lachey is now out. Make sure you give it a watch.
All of the proceeds from the song will benefit the Reds Community Fund. You can download the song for just $1.00 at www.CincyShirts.com/Dusty.