Slugger Field to host exhibition game

By on September 22, 2013
Photo by Michelle Lewis

By Michelle Lewis

Louisville Slugger Field is being called up to the majors. Many current major

league stars have come through Louisville and some are making a return trip. It was

announced on Sept. 19 that Slugger Field will be home to the final exhibition game

the Cincinnati Reds will play during the 2014 preseason. On March 29, 2014 The Reds

will face the Louisville Bats and many familiar faces will return to Louisville for a single

game. It is the first time Slugger Field has hosted a major league exhibition since 2005.

The Cincinnati Reds are the closest Major League Baseball team to Louisville, sitting

just up the river 100 miles. Louisville sits squarely in Reds’s Country and is home to the

team’s Triple A affiliate, The Louisville Bats.

Bats fans will recognize guys like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Aroldis Chapman,

aka The Cuban Missile. They along with quite a few of their teammates, will play a

Sat. afternoon game just before opening the major league season the following

Mon..

“The Bats have one of the strongest fan bases in the minor leagues, and we’re

happy they’ll be able to watch in person some of the major league players who recently

came through there,” Walt Jocketty, Reds’s General Manager and President of Baseball

Operations said.

The Reds are currently two games back in the National League Central and four

ahead of the Washington Nationals for the NL’s second Wild Card slot. They have

several players who spent the summer in Louisville before receiving Sept. callups. Recent additions to the Reds via the Bats have already proven helpful. Bats star and

base thief extraordinaire, Billy Hamilton, has nine stolen bases after just two weeks in the

majors. Hamilton had four stolen bases in his first major league start and was a key factor

in the Reds series sweep of the Houston Astros.

With the recent success of the Reds and the role Bats’ alumni are playing in the

majors, tickets are likely to go fast. There is a special “Big Red” ticket package, which

includes tickets for the exhibition and two Sat. night Bats games on June 14 and

Aug. 2, 2014, available now for $34 through the Bats ticket office. Also included in

the package is a Reds ball cap and both regular season games are bobble-head giveaways

featuring Homer Bailey and Joey Votto. Single game tickets for the exhibition will go on

sale Nov. 1

 2013. They will be $25 for infield seats or $14 for field reserve.

 

Photo Courtesy of Michelle Lewis

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