March 2010

Weekend in Nashville


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  I know I know it’s already Wednesday so I apologize for not blogging earlier but I’ve been out sick the last couple of days.  Well, this past weekend a total of seven interns made the 3.5 hour trip to Nashville for some country fun and to catch a Vanderbilt baseball game.

We want to thank former Redbirds intern Conrad Bradburn, who is currently Vanderbilt University’s Assistant Director of Marketing, for getting us tickets and letting us job shadow their operation.  It’s always good to see how other teams, amateur and professional, run their event.

hawkins field.jpg Hawkins Field: home of the Commodores baseball team

It was a beautiful day, and there was a live band outside for people to listen to as they walked in!

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The ballpark is gorgeous with some fun aspects to it:field w football.jpg

 

 

 

          It has their football stadium as a nice backdrop down the third base line


 

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They have a green monster-esque wall in left field similar to the one at Fenway Park

Kyle and Steve are in Jupiter….Jupiter, FL that is


Hey guys!  Dave here.  Director of Baseball Operations/PR, Kyle, is with our broadcaster Steve Selby down at the home of Cardinals Spring Training in Jupiter, FL.  So Kyle is basically keeping a running daily blog of his time down there on our web site.  Here’s the link so you can follow it as well…Redbirds Spring Training

RiverKings fun!


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  As promised, I have a boat load of photos from Friday night at the RiverKings game.  It was a good night all of the way around as not only did the RiverKings win, but there was a gurney race between our very own Rockey and one of their mascots, the RiverThing, during the second intermission.  Rockey was also prouncing around the arena throughout the game entertaining fans.  Here are some photos I was able to snap:

pregame fan.jpgRockey entertaining fans before the game

rocky pregame.jpgRockey giving me the double thumbs up

 face off.jpgRockey dropping the puck for the opening face off

jason.jpg                            Jason, our Ticket Sales Manager was on hand

ingame fans.jpgRockey making sure the fans are ready for the season!

rocky entertaining.jpgRockey entertaining the masses

 

Onto the race…

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Jordan and Marketing intern Matt are ready to join Rockey for the gurney race!

prehalf kid.jpgRockey still finding the time to entertain the kids right before the race

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Rockey on the gurney and ready to go

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Rockey and Thing getting into it before the race
midrace.jpgAnd they’re off!

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Matt is lucky he got up from his spill before I could take a picture of it

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They switch it up as Rockey pushes Jordan and Matt to victory!

victory I.jpgJordan celebrating.  Matt on the other hand, looks like he needs to catch his breath. 

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Looks like Matt finally caught his breath and is all smiles

 

RiverKings game tonight!


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Sorry it feels like we’ve been MIA most of the week, but there are a couple of things to share:

1)  The Redbirds opened their Spring Training schedule yesterday against the New Orleans Zephyrs.  Amary Cazana drove in Donovan Solano the eighth inning to give the Redbirds a 6-5 victory!  Matt Scherer pitched a scoreless eighth to get the win and southpaw Rich Rundles left the tying run on first base to close it out in the ninth to pick up the save.  They play Double-A Springfield this afternoon, so make sure you stay logged on to www.memphisredbirds.com to find out the outcome!

 

2)  Tonight, Rockey and a bunch of Redbirds staff members (me included) will be attending the Mississippi RiverKings hockey game.  I’m being told Rockey will be part of the intermission festivites and a Redbirds table will be set up at the game as well.  So if you’re going to the game tonight make sure you stop by and say hi!

 

Hope everyone has a great weekend and we hope to see you tonight!

Wanted: Memphis Redbirds Catcher, #47


He took all of our ticket vouchers!!

If you see the Memphis Redbirds catcher- please let us know. He’s been hiding on the outskirts of the ballpark and was last seen in the elevator on his way out of AutoZone Park late Monday afternoon with buy one get one ticket vouchers in his glove. These are the photos we’ve received of where he’s been spotted around downtown:

 Catcher Stadium.jpg     Catcher FedEx.jpg
                                                                     (We can still see you!)^^

   Catcher Beale.jpg     Catcher YMCA.jpg

 Catcher Ducks.jpg    Catcher Workout.jpg

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Catcher AZP.jpg     Catcher Duck.jpg

We have a lead that #47 will be at the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Beale Street this Saturday, March 13th and is said to have an entourage with him including nine Redbird Redhots and Rockey.  We urge you to act with excitement if around the catcher and approach him for one of the ticket vouchers he has taken from the Memphis Redbirds. All you have to ask #47 is, “have you caught the baseball fever?”

Anyone who finds this catcher and is able to get a good photo of him, please e-mail them to me at jordan.johnson@memphisredbirds.com. It is crucial that we get a hold of this Memphis Redbird in order to bring you fans great promotions and more ticket voucher deals!

New Look


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Anything look different on our web site?  Yup, it’s been revamped and is better than ever.

 

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Here’s the official press release:

 

Redbirds launch new Web site

New site features bring fans closer to the action

 

 

MEMPHIS, TN – The Memphis Redbirds in conjunction with MLB Advanced Media launched a new Web site today restructuring the look and use of memphisredbirds.com. 

 

The new memphisredbirds.com includes several new features that bring fans closer to the team, the players and the game. An expanded game center includes live in-game scoring and player information, upcoming schedule, and promotional news. Memphisredbirds.com also has feature areas dedicated to the latest video content and highlights, along with one-click access to social media platforms that gives fans opportunities to directly connect with the ‘Birds and other Redbirds fans. Fans can also easily access the team’s ticket center & view detailed info on upcoming homestands, as well as browse the latest headline news from the Redbirds, St. Louis Cardinals and Minor League Baseball.

 

“We’re very excited to launch this new Web site for our fans,” Redbirds General Manager Ben Weiss said. “We’ll be able to entertain, inform and interact with our fans more while also being one-stop shopping for all things Redbirds. It’s going to be a great season at AutoZone Park and this new Web site is just the start.”

 

The defending Pacific Coast League champions begin their season April 8 at Omaha and open their home schedule April 16 against Oklahoma City. For season ticket or group outing information call 901.722.0299 or visit the new memphisredbirds.com.

 

MLB Advanced Media, employing the same award-winning resources & ground breaking technologies used to create mlb.com, first launched the MiLB.com network in 2005. Now encompassing over 160 club and league sites in 2010, the MiLB.com network is the ultimate resource on the web for Minor League Baseball, providing baseball fans with an unparalleled amount of editorial and multimedia content, game and player stats, team information and ticketing opportunities.  

 

Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), two arenas in South Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum, four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 80 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; and 3601 Creative Group, a full-service in-house advertising agency. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces 10 nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC.

 

 

–memphisredbirds.com–

 

The Weather Outside is Delightful


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  What an unbelievably fantastic weekend it was here in Memphis!  I made it a point to spend as much time outside as possible.  I went to the Memphis Zoo on Saturday (got to love the Pandas) and Overton Park on Sunday.  It’s nice to see the good weather continue to today before some crummy weather hits Memphis on Tuesday.

As for the names of the 2010 Gameday programs, with the voting officially over the winner is (drumroll please)……………….The Bird Feeder!  Congratulations to Dennis Farris, Mary Lois Banks & Rebecca Glatt, who all are winners!  Thanks to everyone who voted!

Anyway, just want to remind everyone that individual game tickets go on sale one week from today.  You can pick up your tickets by visiting the Redbirds box office, online at www.memphisredbirds.com and over the phone by calling 901-721-6000.

Since the weather is so nice today I decided to head out and take a few pics with my camera of the park this morning:

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Today is also a big day for the Redbirds employees as it marks the first day of the year 2010 where we pull the tarp.  I’ll do my best to try and snap a few pics to give you some visual insight on the art of the tarp pull, but if I also have to pull my weight out there so I’ll do my best.

Exactly one month until opening day!  Remember to keep checking Chirp Chatter!

LAST DAY TO VOTE!!!


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Just letting you know, today at 5PM is the final day to vote for the name of the 2010 Redbirds Gameday Program!  “The Bird Feeder” has a pretty substantial lead, but there is a lot that can still happen from now until 5PM so get out and vote by going to our home page (www.memphisredbirds.com) and scrolling down to the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

Also, we’d like to thank Sports Hot Corner for naming Chirp Chatter the “Cardinals Blogger of the Week.”  There is a fun Q+A with our boss man, Director of Baseball Ops/PR Kyle Parkinson as he answers a lot of questions you might have about working for the Redbirds:  http://sportshotcorner.yuku.com/topic/541

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Kyle was the main man in coming up with Chirp Chatter last spring

Thanks everyone for helping us become Blogger of the Week and be sure to keep regularly checking out Chirp Chatter!  Have a great weekend!

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