CINCINNATI - Chicago Cubs fans coming to Cincinnati in droves this week will notice something different around Great American Ball Park.
The Moerlein Lager House, one of the newest members of the The Banks, is holding a rally they claim will give the visiting Cubs fans "a taste of what makes Cincinnati so special."
The Reds and Cubs kick off a three-game series beginning Tuesday night. The "Wrigley South -- A Rally for our Reds," will be held before the Tuesday and Wednesday night games and following Thursday's afternoon contest.
The rally, which will be held on the adjacent Schmidlapp Event lawn, will feature cold beer, brats and dance music.
The event has sparked a lot of discussion around the city.
Moerlein Lager House CEO Greg Hardman held a press conference Tuesday to address the issue.
"Obviously we're big Reds fans, and this was all about bringing more people downtown to support a win over the Cubs," said Hardman.
Reds C.O.O. Phil Castellini, along with Mr. Redlegs, were at the Lager House to show the Reds support for the business and reaching out to visiting fans.
"We support those folks coming in and we want them to have a great experience in Cincinnati and come back," said Castellini.
Castellini also talked about how visiting fans impact the overall economic value of being a major league city.
"In a lot of cases the visiting teams are producing as much of that economic return to the entire community as the home fans, so it's a critical part of any city that has a professional team is counting on both their fans and visiting fans," said Castellini.
Moerlein Lager House posted an apology on its Facebook page saying that the Wrigley South promotion was misguided, and they are truly sorry if they offended any fans.
For more from Moerlein go to their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gina.r.lacy#!/moerleinlagerhouse
The hours for the rally are as follows:
Tuesday: 4-7 p.m.
Wednesday: 4-7 p.m.
Thursday: 3-7 p.m.
This will be the second 2012 series between the two National League Central rivals. The Reds took two of three from the Cubs in Chicago two weeks ago.
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