Happy Reds Cap Club Day! The club continues to grow every week! Are you a member yet? If not <gasp> all you have to do is tweet/email/instagram me a photo of you decked out in your favorite Reds cap and I’ll add you to the club next Friday!
Here are the new members this week…
— Chad Gibson (@ChadoMGibson) January 30, 2015
Have you seen Dmitri Young lately? The former Reds outfielder was recently in Goodyear serving as an instructor at Reds Fantasy Camp and he looks fantastic! Take a look (that’s the new Dmitri on the left)… …..
Thanks to everyone who came out last night to the Holy Grail Banks for the Reds Hot Stove League show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!
To see last night’s trivia script, which includes the questions & answers, click here> January 27
And last night’s final leaderboard…
We have 4 more nights of trivia left (February 3, 10, 17, 24), so be sure not to miss any of the fun!
See ya next week!
There’s no such thing as an offseason when you’re a Reds fan!
On the heels of another successful Reds Caravan, the weekly Reds Hot Stove League radio show returns tonight for a live episode at the Holy Grail Banks. The show starts at 6pm and will be followed immediately by Better Off Red Baseball Trivia, hosted by yours truly!
Reds Hot Stove hosts Thom Brennaman and Jim Kelch tonight will chat about the recent Devin Mesoraco contract extension and other stuff pertinent to the Cincinnati Reds.
The BOR trivia theme tonight will be “decades.” Each inning of trivia will focus on a specific decade.
As a bonus to you Better Off Red readers, here is one of tonight’s trivia questions:
Here’s hoping we see you tonight at the Holy Grail Banks for another fun night of Reds baseball!
Remember the footage from press conferences at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field? Those press conferences took place in an area on the office-level of the stadium called the “Crosley Room.”
The Crosley Room was easily identifiable on TV and in newspaper photos due to the conspicuous red and black mural of Powel Crosley Jr. That mural served as the backdrop for such major press conferences as the signing of Ken Griffey Jr…
When the Reds moved into Great American Ball Park in 2003, the Crosley Room mural was computer regenerated and placed in the new Crosley Room on the media level of the new ballpark.
These days, the new Crosley Room is primarily used for business/staff meetings. The Reds rarely hold press conferences in that area due to the fact that there’s a dedicated Media Interview room at GABP for such things.
However, when it was announced today that Devin Mesoraco and the Reds agreed to a 4-year extension, Devin and Walt Jocketty met with the media in the new Crosley Room. It kind of brought back memories to that weird old room at Riverfront.
The old Crosley Room was too small, had awful-looking red carpet, obnoxious wall-painting and 1970s-style chairs. But it always had that mural and that mural always meant, to me at least, a Reds trade or transaction (or a staff member’s birthday party).
Kind of neat thinking Powel Crosley still has his place, literally, in the two ballparks built after the one that bore his name.
How cool would Crosley Room wallpaper be in a bar or a man-cave?! Sign me up!
REDS, MESORACO AGREE TO 4-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
Club Avoids Arbitration With All-Star Catcher
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the club has agreed to a 4-year contract extension with C Devin Mesoraco through the 2018 season, avoiding arbitration.
Mesoraco, 26, in 2014 was named to his first All-Star team and finished 21st in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s National League Most Valuable Player Award voting. He led all Major League catchers in home runs and RBI.
“This is another example of rewarding a player that we drafted and developed,” Jocketty said. “We are pleased to be able to sign him for the next four years and expect him to be an integral part of the team.”
Mesoraco was selected by the Reds in the first round (15th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Reds in 2011 and has played in parts of 4 big league seasons with Cincinnati, including a breakout year in 2014 in which he batted .273 with 25 HR, 80 RBI, .359 OBP and a .534 SLG in 114 games.
“Devin has proven himself to be one of the leading young catchers in the game and we think there is the potential for an even brighter future.” added Jocketty.
Following the 2014 season, Mesoraco was eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Last chance to guarantee 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® tickets
Members of the Reds Caravan to conduct a free Q&A at Noon
CINCINNATI — Reds fans buying ticket plans can choose their seats for the 2015 season at the annual Select-A-Seat event today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club at Great American Ball Park.
“Fans can walk the ballpark to pick the seats that are best them for the 2015 season,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “And Select-A-Seat is the last chance to guarantee 2015 MLB ALL-STAR GAME® tickets by purchasing Reds half-season ticket plans and above.”
Sunday also is the deadline to lock in the lowest prices for Reds 2015 ticket plans and guarantee Opening Day tickets. Season ticket plans start under $9 a seat.
Members of the Reds Caravan scheduled to participate in a free Q&A at noon include team President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini, General Manager Walt Jocketty, manager Bryan Price and players Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Brayan Peña, J.J Hoover and Tucker Barnhart.
Fans purchasing a season ticket plan (20 games or more) will have the chance to meet the members of the Reds Caravan and collect their autographs on a baseball.
Select-A-Seat is free and open to the public and cash parking is available in the Great American Ball Park and The Banks garages. Seating for the Q&A is limited.
2015 Season Ticket Plans (guarantee OPENING DAY & 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® ticket options)
• 39-game Weekend Plan (all Friday, Saturday and Sunday games)
• 40-game Half Season Plan (mix of weekend and weekday games)
• 42-game Weekday/Weeknight Plan (all Monday-Thursday games)
• 81-game Full Season Plan
2015 Season Ticket Plans (guarantee OPENING DAY ticket options only)
• 20-game Plans (four different plans available)
For more information on ticket plans, visit www.reds.com/tickets or call (513) 765-7500.
“I love you guys!”
That’s a salutation that echoes throughout every facility with which we grace our presence…without any exception. Knowing us as you do, we never tire of hearing it. We would be less than honest, however, to admit that we are shocked or surprised at having people tell us that. We are not a boastful, arrogant, braggadocio type of group. While we are humbled by what people tell us, inwardly it’s the on-gong expectation that we have of people saying the same thing over and over. They may say it in different words or different ways but at the end of the day – it’s always the same.
It resonated at all of our stops on Day Two for the Rockstar group of the 2015 Reds Caravan.
The group’s first stop yesterday was far and away the most uplifting. We visited the home of Dave and Carol Heffner in Lexington (KY). Their daughter, Amy, confined to a wheelchair for the last 13 years sent an email to the Reds asking if it was possible that OUR group stop by and surprise her dad, who is such a huge Reds fan – and in fact has a Reds room in his basement. We were there for over an hour and it was truly an emotional and poignant experience from all of these battle-hardened veterans.
Now, it was time to rock-n-roll. On we went, first to London (KY) where we were greeted with open arms. An unexpected pleasure was meeting up with former UK head basketball coach, the legendary Joe B. Hall. From London it was on to, always one of our favorite stops – Somerset (KY). Somerset, for those of you who’ve never been there, is one of the most beautiful small towns in all of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Tireless and undaunted, we jumped back on the bus, piloted by our main man Michael, and departed for Music City…Nashville, Tennessee.
Our appearance before a massive crowd at Rivergate Mall, was not unlike our other mall stops. Time allowed for questions and answers from the great Reds fans of Tennessee; and then, the thing we enjoy the most, the autograph period. Why do we enjoy it as much as we do? Because it allows us to get up close and personal with our loyal Reds supporters. There’s nothing like looking deep into the eyes of a Reds fan and intuitively knowing that come Opening Day, his whole world, for the next six months will revolve around Reds baseball.
The day comes to an end all too soon for us. The thing that separates us from the other groups is that, every day, we reach a certain emotional high that those people never ever realize. They think they do, and God bless them for thinking that, because they will never ever realize the true feeling of the connection that WE and WE alone make during this four-day sojourn every year.
We all slept like logs last night knowing that we enjoyed a sense of accomplishment that very few have ever realized.
I really have a certain sense that those who read these blogs everyday are better people when they finish them.
Until next time,
You know, there are many things in life that I look forward to . However, I can’t imagine anything that I enjoy more than sitting down with Jamie Ramsey each of the four days that we get together each year of the Reds Caravan. This labor of love, so to speak, involves chronicling the great works of the Reds Rockstar group on our stops throughout Reds Country. To say that Day One was a delightful beginning is a gross understatement.
Starting in Cynthiana (KY) and then on to Madison (IN) with a stop off in Salem (IN) and climaxing the night before a massive throng at Slugger Field in Louisville; one would think I would get tired of talking about the record breaking crowds that the Rockstar group appears in front of at a ballpark like Slugger Field or the malls in which we appear. That, however, is not the case.
Last night’s turnout was a prime case-in-point. Record-breaking? You bet it was. Made more so by the appearance of Bob Castellini and Reds HOF second baseman Joe Morgan. But all that did was just add to the star power – and we’ve got a lot of it. You want some names? I’ll give you some names Brayan Pena, JJ Hoover, minor league outfielder Phillip Ervin, 1999 rookie of the year Scott Williamson, Sam Grossman, Ryan “Payless” Rizzo, the amenable Gapper– and the aforementioned Ramsey.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that right at the onset of this Caravan, evil forces have done everything in their power to tear this incredibly talent group apart. The word “conspiracy” comes to mind, and while it will not obviously rank with the well-documented historical conspiracies of our great country, it saddens one to think that others of way less integrity would go out of their way, as they have done, to tear us a sunder. Our heads are bowed but not even close to beaten.
We welcome in our new comrades and we go forward into another great day – to dazzle those whom we come into contact with. Not surprising, because we ARE the Rockstar group.
Until next time,
Greetings from the beautiful city of Louisville, where I write to you from the comforts of my spacious hotel room. The Southern Tour of the 2015 Reds Caravan just wrapped up Day One and it’s now time to kick back and relax before we do it all over again tomorrow.
Marty will properly recap Day One first thing in the morning right here on Better Off Red. You won’t want to miss it, as his daily Caravan reports are nothing short of spectacular.
The big news on our tour came this evening at Louisville Slugger Field when Reds CEO Bob Castellini announced that Pete Rose will attend the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
The not-so big news on our tour is that we are having fun and enjoying the sights and sounds of our stops in the southern portion of Reds Country. Below are some photos and you can find more from the other three Reds Caravan tours HERE.