5/26/2013 2:30 P.M. ET
Reds set to honor vets in Memorial Day festivities
By Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Along with the rest of Major League Baseball, the Reds will use Monday's game as an opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day and honor some of the many people who are the reason for the holiday.
Every club is set to wear jerseys and hats with authentic military digital camouflage, which has been licensed from the United States Marine Corps. The hats will be available for purchase at the Reds Team Shops, while the jerseys can be found at the Reds' online shop, and all proceeds will go to Welcome Back Veterans.
Monday's games will also stop at 3 p.m. local time to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance honoring the Americans who have died while serving their country.
Before their Memorial Day matchup with Cleveland, the Reds will honor members of the Tuskegee Airmen and welcome Lincoln Ware as an Honorary Captain. Ware is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and currently works as a radio host on The Buzz 1230 AM.
U.S. Navy Second Class Petty Officer Nicholas Gagner is set to sing Monday's national anthem, and the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Samuel Deeds, who was injured by an improvised explosive device while serving in Iraq in 2005. The pregame festivities will be capped off by retired Lt. Col. Robert R. Adams, who will deliver the official game ball to the mound.
Reds' success on the field fills seats at Ball Park
CINCINNATI -- For the third straight game, the Reds and Cubs played in front of a sold-out crowd on Sunday at Great American Ball Park, marking the first time Cincinnati sold out an entire series since 2010.
Prior to this weekend, the Reds had just two sellouts this season, with one of them coming on Opening Day. But now Cincinnati is one of the hottest teams in baseball, and manager Dusty Baker thinks the fans have taken notice.
"We're happy because we're not only packing the house, but we're winning at the same time," Baker said. "It's very disappointing to not win at home. Both ways are disappointing -- home and road -- but it's more disappointing when you're losing in front of home fans.
"So far we've done a pretty good job of winning at home."
The Reds entered Sunday with an 18-6 record at Great American Ball Park this season, tying them with San Francisco and Pittsburgh for the most home wins in the Major Leagues. They also began the day in second place in the National League for runs scored at 237.
The sellout crowds coming with the Cubs in town is particularly significant, as Baker said Chicago fans used to drown out the hometown cheers. That has not been the case this weekend.
"They don't stand out as much, because there's so many of our fans," Baker said. "Before, they stood out. They were probably half the fans at one time, and especially with the sea of blue over the dugout."
Including this weekend, the Reds have a 7-1 home series record in 2013, and they'll look for their third three-game sweep of the year at Great American Ball Park on Sunday. Brandon Phillips said the fans deserve a little credit for that success.
"We feed off those guys," Phillips said. "It's like motivation, especially when we're down, or when we're up and we can still just keep on beating a team. We get momentum off our fans."
• Catcher Ryan Hanigan, who has spent much of the season battling a sore right thumb, entered Sunday with RBIs in back-to-back games for the first time in 2013.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.