Reds Pitchers Are Making It Rain Pizzas on Fans with Astounding Strikeout Rate

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterApril 24, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 4: Manager Dusty Baker and Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrate after the final out of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Great American Ball Park on April 4, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 5-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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If the Reds keep this up, we might consider moving to Cincinnati for all of the free pizza they are giving away. 

Yahoo! Sports reports the recent strikeout tirade from the Reds' more prolific arms has caused Cincinnati-based LaRosa's Pizza to give out $100,000 worth of delicious pizza. 

Anytime Reds pitchers combine to strike out more than 11 batters in a game, ticket-holders get a free eight-inch pizza valued at $6.79.

I have never been more jealous of Reds fans. The closest thing I have sniffed as a fan are free tacos that usually retail for $0.99 at an unnamed fast-food joint normally frequented after midnight. 

Now an eight-inch pizza is what I would call a meal. 

Still, it's astounding when you consider what these companies give out in the name of promotion. As the report states, this pizza chain that boasts 65 stores is nearly assured of beating its total last season and will do it rather quickly. 

Via Yahoo! Sports, the company only had to deliver on 13 occasions last season but have already done so seven times in 2013, and that's with just 15 home games being played. 

Of course, there is always the worry that a company will think better of a promotion milking them dry of every last ounce of mozzarella in the house. 

Thankfully, the people at LaRosa's are thrilled. Executive vice president for marketing, Pete Buscani, offered this to WLWT: "The real reason to do this is to underscore awareness of our brand and get people to visit. This is the best promotion we've done in a long time."

It has certainly worked as intended. Just the sheer volume of pizzas, thanks to stalwart pitchers, makes this particular promotion newsworthy. 

I have never had a LaRosa's pizza but am intrigued to hear what the verdict is on these pies. As for Reds fans, the Cubs come to town at the end of May. If you like pizza, you might want to get a ticket. 

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