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Reds Birthday Babies

Birthday Babies Newsletter

July 21, 2011
Gomes family joins Reds Birthday Babies
Jonny Gomes

The Reds Birthday Babies Club would like to recognize one of our newest members - Colt Gomes, the son of Reds left fielder Jonny Gomes and his wife Kristy. Jonny and Kristy, who have been married for two years and together for nine years, welcomed Colt into their family on Valentine's Day, 2011.

Conveniently, Colt's birthday fell during the offseason, a special time during which Gomes is able to spend every day with his kids. Even more convenient is that Jonny and Kristy live in Scottsdale, Arizona (about 40 minutes from the Reds Spring Training complex in Goodyear) so when spring duty arrived he wasn't too far from his loved ones. Since baby Colt was still brand new when Spring Training began, he only made it out to one game. However, Jonny described his two-year-old daughter, Zoe, as a tornado running through Spring Training, making the most of her dad's second home.

Gomes admits he and Kristy heard horror stories about bringing another sibling into the picture and how that affects the older child, but adds that "you hear horror stories about anything." Zoe has proved to be a caring older sister, who is happy to help take care of Colt. She holds him, and doesn't even mind the dirtier jobs - like when Colt spits up. Gomes describes Zoe and Colt as "two peas in a pod" - when Colt is upset, Zoe is upset; she feels emotions right along with her new brother.

Gomes displays his love for his children proudly and permanently with a tattoo on his right forearm of his children's first and middle names, Colt Johnson and Zoe Paris. Below their names are two kiss marks - "my wife's kisses," said Gomes. However, Gomes is determined to not let his own love of baseball overshadow his children's interests and dreams.

"I'm not going to be a 'Super Sports Dad'," said Gomes. "I want to expose them to everything, and then let them choose." He then added with a smile, "However, if Colt does choose baseball, I do have a few tips to offer."

Gomes has discovered that balancing his growing family and his career has helped him find perspective in life. Kristy gave birth to Zoe when Jonny was 29, and Jonny said this is when the young parents realized "what we're put on the planet for."

"Having children puts things like having a 4-4 or 4-0 record into perspective," said Gomes.

Despite his hectic and demanding baseball schedule, being a parent is one of the most gratifying experiences Gomes has ever had, and he wants to be the most "hands-on pops" he can be. Leaving the kids on a daily basis or longer during the season is difficult, so Gomes and the other players with children share tips on how to handle being away from their families and how their kids pass the time when their Major League dads aren't around. One of the most helpful tools Gomes has found has been Skype, a free program that allows users to make calls over the internet and incorporate a web cam to see other users face-to-face-perfect for family time when Gomes' is on the road without his little ones.

Also helpful is that Gomes' family moves from Scottsdale to Cincinnati during the season, and the NL Central is a tightly knit area. Coming up in the AL East with the Tampa Bay Rays, most of the road destinations were over three hours away by plane. In the NL Central road trips are often not more than five hours in a car.

Jonny, Kristy, Zoe and baby Colt are the newest Reds family to become a part of the Birthday Babies program, and are glad to join the rest of our members in all the perks of being a Reds Birthday Baby!


Friday, August 12

vs. Padres

Friday, August 12
7:10 PM ET

2011 First Birthday Babies Game

It is time again for the special celebration of Birthday Babies at Great American Ball Park! If you haven't participated in this exclusive festivity yet this year, there is still one more Official Birthday Babies game in the 2011 season - Friday, August 12! Please note that date has changed from the previously announced date. Whether it's your baby's Rookie Year or you're "rounding third", join other Birthday Babies in all of the events when the Padres come to town.

One family member may accompany your Reds Birthday Baby onto the field for a pregame parade before the 7:10 p.m. game. The parade will circle the warning track and is sure to be a memorable experience for all who participate.

Each family gets one FREE ticket to the game, and additional family members are invited to take advantage of half-price tickets in the same section!

Be sure to visit the Reds Fan Zone, which will be transformed into the Baby Zone, during the game located behind section 130 on the first base side. The Baby Zone will feature the "Future All Stars Kids Night" presented by Pampers, and other fun activities such as a Child ID Program presented by New York Life, a photography booth where you can receive a 4" x 6" Reds branded photo of you and your Birthday Baby, pre-parade Baby Contests and more!

Upcoming family-centered promotions at Great American Ball Park:
Father and son at a Reds game

Meijer Family Days: One member of the family pays full price and the rest of the family may purchase non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. All are Sunday games and have a 1:10 start time except for this Sunday, which was moved to 8:05 p.m. to accommodate ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

REACH MAGAZINE FAMILY SECTION - family friendly environment-no alcohol permitted. These seats are located in left-field, section 107 and can be used as part of the Meijer Family Day deal, or anytime. On Mondays, purchase a Reach Magazine Section ticket and a Kroger Meal Deal for just $15! The Kroger Meal Deal includes a hot dog, 16oz Coke product, chips and a snack that changes each home stand. This is a $31 value so be sure to take advantage of this deal!

On Select Sundays through the season, our very youngest Reds fans and our dedicated lifelong fans have the exciting opportunity to Run the Bases! Be sure to catch the final Run the Bases date of the 2011 season on August 28 when the Reds take on the Nationals. This activity is FREE, just line up after the game - and be ready to run like your favorite Reds players!

Click below to learn more about all the family-friendly fun at Great American Ball Park!

Baby Tips from TriHealth

Prevent diaper rash: Frequent diaper changes and thorough cleansing and airing of the diaper area will usually prevent diaper rash.

Reduce risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): When sleeping, place your baby on his back to help reduce the risk. When awake, place your baby on his tummy to help promote muscle development and to prevent flattening of the back of the head.

Recognize a fever: From age 1-3 months, a fever is considered to be greater than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Notify your pediatrician of your baby's fever and the method you used to take it.

Travel safe: Your baby should ride in a rear-facing car seat up to at least age 1. This is the safest position; it protects babies from spinal cord injury.

  • If your baby uses an infant-only seat, move him into a convertible car seat (one that can be rear-facing or front-facing) when his head is one inch from the top of the back of the car seat.

Sleep soundly: When trying to help your baby to sleep, remember that infants respond to swaddling, swaying, and shushing, which mimic the feelings and sounds experienced in the womb. A newborn has no control over her muscles, and swaddling keeps her arms and legs snug to her body while helping her get the uninterrupted sleep she needs.

Dress appropriately: Always dress your baby the way that you would want to be dressed for the temperature around you. If it's cold, layer the baby's clothing (for example, add a T-shirt and socks under the sleeper) and use only a light receiving blanket, if necessary.

Reserve a Reds Mascot for your next event!
Gapper with a young Reds fan

Your favorite mascots, Gapper, Rosie Red or Mr. Redlegs can help make your next birthday party, corporate outing, or community event extraordinary and kid-friendly! To request one of the Reds mascots for your event, simply fill out the form and a Reds representative will be in touch with you!

Contact Us

Send your questions or feedback about the Birthday Babies newsletter to Audra Sordyl at or (513) 765-7334, or Amy Kelch at or (513) 765-7314.