Baseball Across the Region, a celebration of All-Star Summer in Cincinnati, has been made possible through the efforts of theCommunity Organizing Committee, an all-volunteer group made up of more than 200 area residents.
The Lexington Legends took part in the campaign with a pre-game ceremony June 14. Fans are encouraged to use #BATR on Twitter to share their ceremony experience.
Since February, the official baseball of BATR has been traveling throughout the region as a way of highlighting the neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and community attractions across Reds Country to generate excitement and enthusiasm for the 86th MLB All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park.
The journey will end at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, where the ball will become an official part of Reds baseball history.
The ceremony stems from the tradition of the passing of the Olympic Torch in anticipation of the Olympics.
About the Legends
The Lexington Legends are a class A affiliate of the American League champion Kansas City Royals and a member of the South Atlantic League. The Legends play 70 home games per year at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. Fans come in groups from Central and Eastern Kentucky and beyond to see the Legends play and to enjoy all the fun that goes along with minor league baseball. The Legends average about 4,000 fans per home game. The Legends were voted number one in family entertainment by readers of the Lexington Herald-Leader in 2011, and were named South Atlantic League Community Organization of the Year in 2013. Fifty-seven former Legends have gone on to play in the major leagues, including major league All-Stars Hunter Pence, Jose Altuve, John Buck and Ben Zobrist.
For more information, visit www.lexingtonlegends.com
About “Baseball Across the Region” & Community Organizing Committee
The “Baseball Across the Region” Ceremonial Display was created by Sterling Cut Glass. The crystal piece weighs over 15 pounds and measures over 11 inches high. It features 30 etched stars around its base representing each of the 30 MLB teams. Crowning the display are five three-dimensional stars, one for each year the Cincinnati Reds have hosted the All-Star Game. The official BATR sits in the center of the piece.
Formed in 2014 in partnership with the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Community Organizing Committee is an all-volunteer group made up of more than 200 area residents. Ceremonies have taken place at the Xavier University/University of Cincinnati Crosstown Shootout and the Science of Sports exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati. For more information visit http://www.cincyusa.com/coc.