The Cincinnati Reds, under the ownership of Robert Castellini, are going all in as the host for the 2015 All-Star Game. The event will mark the first time since 1988 that the Reds have played host for the game, but the prolonged absence looks like it will only make the Reds and the city even more determined to showcase the event to the maximum benefit for both.
The Reds held a pregame ceremony yesterday unveiling the logo for the 2015 All-Star game and a signed-size version of the logo above the right field seats for all to see at Great American Ball Park during every home game for the rest of this year and the first half of next season.
How much motivation the constant reminder of the event will have on the Reds’ players remains to be seen, but the Reds sent five players to the All-Star game this year — Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco and Alfredo Simon.
The extra attention can’t hurt the Reds as they continue to try to overcome the loss of Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto to injury, but the front office and organization as a whole still have a job to do this year to ensure the Reds have a chance to vie for the NL Central title.
The All-Star game logo unveiling is just the start of a week that will end with a lot of fanfare in Cincinnati as the Reds will induct Cincinnatians Ken Griffey, Jr., Dave Parker and Ron Oester into the team Hall of Fame.
It may be a coincidence that the Reds’ bats have suddenly heated up during the start of the festivities and buzz surrounding the Reds this week. But if the Reds keep hitting like they have on their recent 5-2 spurt, there will be even more celebration for them and the city.