The Cincinnati Reds’ 2014 season has been an up-and-down affair, and even though the team has been largely disappointing, they’re still not completely out of it. One thing we know for sure, though, is that the Reds will host the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park, and we’ll get our first glimpse of the official All-Star logo today, as reported at MLB.com
Just revealing the new logo is not a big deal on the surface, but it does put a “face” to this nebulous event we’ve had on our radars for quite awhile now, and it brings a little more focus to the Riverfront. The impending mid-summer festivities also serve to remind us that it’s important for the Reds to field a strong team next year, because it really stinks to be the center of the baseball universe at a time when your local squad is scrumming in the division cellar.
See the Minnesota Twins, 2014 edition, for evidence of that.
One aspect of the 2015 All-Star Game that is sure to perk up the casual fan is GABP’s reputation as a home run park, especially as contrasted to the cavernous Target Field in Minneapolis. While the 2014 Home Run Derby felt like a soccer game at times, expectations will be high for monster shots, and lots of them, in Cincinnati next year.
If the Reds sit in the middle of the NL pack in terms of team home runs, as they do now, by the time of the All-Star Game, there is a good chance that they will have underperformed in the standings again. If that’s the case, general manager Walt Jocketty and maybe manager Bryan Price will be feeling some heat.
So, is the 2015 All-Star logo reveal today insignificant? Maybe for the moment, but it’s the beginning of year’s worth of focus on the Riverfront that could help shape the Reds’ national profile over the next few years.