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As you may or may not know, Redsfest is occurring this weekend in Cincinnati. Well, you know now. I just told you.

There are many ways to approach Redsfest, but here’s me: it is a silly Comic Con for people who like the best sports team in the world. Yes, the Reds will make money off of you and so will Pete Rose if you let them. But if you want to have a fun time and point out Arismendy Alcantara to a five-year-old hopped up on cotton candy, well where else will you get that chance?

If you’re in the greater Cincinnati area, go check out Redsfest and let us know how it goes. This here will be your Redsfest Thread for the weekend. Let’s go over some ground rules, courtesy of the official Reds FAQ.

This is pretty straightfoward:

  • Bats are allowed because this is baseball, doyye.
  • Drones are banned because they anger Devin Mesoraco and may cause him to leave the golem enclosure.
  • Masks and bodysuits have been disallowed ever since Tony Cingrani showed up in Jim Edmonds’ skin.

What fun can I expect from Redsfest?

There will be current and former Reds aplenty. Want to feel old? Dmitri Young and Scott Williamson will be there along with Chuck Harmon! Also, Larry Luebbers will be in attendance, telling everyone he didn’t even have to buy a ticket.

The highlight will always be the Kids Press Conferences (6:30 Friday, 1:00 Saturday). This is partly because kids ask the darnedest things and partly because Votto and Bailey have hilarious banter and are really candid. Last year, when Homer was asked what he would do if he wasn’t playing baseball, he explained how he never was given any other options growing up and from 13 years on he was expected to play baseball until he simply couldn’t anymore. There was no question from his whole town of what other interests he may have or could pursue.

Like I said, fun!

Will any Reporters be there?

I have it on good account that BK and Mallaire will be around. You should say hi!

Is this your first Redsfest schtick?

No, my “rejected Redsfest sessions” gag is hilariously dated and still one of my favorite things I’ve done on this site.

Can I buy old jerseys or my own team gear at Redsfest?

Yes, but why?


Oh, right. Sorry about that.

How much baseball will there be?

There are indoor fields with several clinics and open batting cages. Check them out!

Where can I find more information?

The main stage schedule is here. The full Redsfest page is here. Have a Reds-errific time!