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Redsfest, held this past weekend at the Duke Energy Convention Center, drew 22,683 fans, the Reds announced on Tuesday.
Proceeds from Redsfest will benefit the Reds Community
Fund and its baseball-themed outreach programs.
"We make Redsfest bigger and better every year as a
tribute to our fans, who are the best fans in all of baseball," said Bob
Castellini, Reds President and CEO. "It's their chance to connect with our
players off the field, plus gets our players and coaches invigorated for the
Highlights from Redsfest include:
- Over 70 current and former players, coaches and
broadcasters participated in autograph sessions, photograph booths, Main Stage
events, kids-only press conferences and much more.
- An expanded Reds Heads Kids Zone on the third floor
featured trampolines, magicians, bounce houses, kids story times and
- Brandon Phillips received the Ernie Lombardi Award as
Reds MVP for the third time in his career, Johnny Cueto won his second Johnny
Vander Meer Outstanding Pitcher Award and Bronson Arroyo took home his fourth
Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award.
- Billy Hamilton won the Sheldon "Chief" Bender Minor
League Player of the Year for the second time.
- UC basketball fan favorite John Meeker teamed with Reds
Minor League Hitter of the Year Steve Selsky to win the Celebrity Wiffle Ball Home Run Contest.
- Dan Plettner of Batavia outlasted over 575 poker
players to win first place in the seventh annual Reds Community Fund Texas Hold
‘Em Poker tournament.