What’s up Reds Faithful! 

I’m FINALLY 100% finished with the Player Development section of the 2010 Reds Media Guide…PHEW!  It really feels like I had been working on that forever, so it’s nice to finally be finished.

And to think some people had no idea that I actually work in the offseason…pppff!

Since I’m finished writing, my duties have now shifted to proofreading.  The entire media relations department (all 4 of us) is now reading over rough copies of the media guide to find errors/mistakes.  It’s easily my least favorite part of the process, but it has to be done (with aspirin nearby).

DSC00473.JPGAbove is the rough draft of the Player Development section


Congratulations to Marty Brennaman and Hal McCoy for once again being named Ohio’s sportscaster and sportswriter of the year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame. 

It marks the 16th state award for Marty and the 11th for Hal.  They’ll both be honored May 3rd at the NSAA Hall of Fame’s awards banquet in Salisbury, North Carolina. 

I’d think by now Marty and Hal would consider renting a condo together in Salisbury since there both there every year.


“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”Flora Edwards

Here’s hoping you did your part in helping out with the Haiti relief efforts – even just a little bit.  And if you haven’t, it’s never too late.  Get on the phone or get online and help.

Yesterday the Reds partnered with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to organize a donation drive for the earthquake victims.  Six 1-800-GOT-JUNK trucks were filled with children’s clothes and personal items and were delivered to Matthew 25: Ministries, which will be shipping the goods to Haiti.   An estimated 47,000 items of clothing were donated with an approximate value of $238,500.


In case you get excited when a national writer has good things to say about the Reds, I think you’ll like this article by Phil Rogers


If you missed it, the Reds yesterday inked reliever Jared Burton to a 1-year deal, avoiding arbitration. 

With Burton and Nick Masset signing deals over the past few days, the club and players have settled the last 6 arbitration cases. 

 “Jared has done a great job in our bullpen the last few seasons, and we’re counting on him again in 2010.  We’re glad to have signed Burton and Nick Masset before going to arbitration. Neither side wanted to go to a hearing.” – Walt Jocketty


I’m sure you’re probably aware of the late night wars going on over at NBC with Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno.  Well, last night while watching Conan (you can see where my allegiance lies), I concluded that I hadn’t had a haircut since Conan took over the Tonight Show

Today, I finally decided it was time…time to go to the barbershop to get my “wig busted.”

I’ve been going to the Hamilton Plaza Barbershop for over 30 years.  In fact, the owner Glenn Mills and his son Ernie have been my primary hair surgeons since John McNamara managed the Reds. 

When I walked into the shop today, neither recognized me at first due to my mop top.  But that’s exactly why I was there.

A great thing about the Hamilton Plaza Barbershop is that it’s a big-time supporter of Reds baseball – no surprise considering it’s located smack-dab in the middle of Joe Nuxhall country

With all the Reds stuff hanging up in the shop, I decided to snap some photos today so you could see…enjoy…

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Ernie (who’s not only a great barber, but a great musician with a great taste in music) had the honors of chopping off my lion’s mane today.  He had to use a blowtorch, a chainsaw and a pair of lawn shears but somehow he made me look presentable again…he always does. 

Here are the “before” and “after” shots…



So if you find yourself in Hamilton, Ohio and need your “ears lowered,” as my grandpa likes to say, please pop in the Hamilton Plaza Barber Shop and tell ’em Jamie sent ya.

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(Glenn and Ernie Mills)


My mom emailed me today with at least 50 name suggestions for the Bobblehead with No Name.   She had some good ones, so if you have a suggestion you better email me(jramsey@reds.com) as soon as you can.  And don’t worry, just because she’s my mom doesn’t mean I’m going to choose one of her names..keep in mind, she gave ME a girl’s name.

bobble.JPGYou have until the end of this week to get your name suggestions in.  Beginning next week, I’ll post all the suggestions on the blog and with your help, I’ll begin whittling it down (whittle by whittle).  We’ll get this dude named before I leave for the caravan, how’s that sound?


We’ve got some new members to the Reds Cap Club!

Pictured below are Randall Bounds and his son, Forrest.  The Bounds’ are from Chatham, Illinois and have been Reds fans forever.   Randall says, “I’ve been a Reds fan all my life, which there wasn’t too many of us growing up in Central Illinois in the middle of Cardinals and Cubs battleground.  With my son, he didn’t get much of a choice of being anything but a Reds fan, but he loves them as much as I do.  We take several trips each summer to see the team, including going to Spring Training a few times as well as traveling to Cincy, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Kansas City.”

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On the left is Randall with Forest at Riverfront Stadium in June of 1996.  This marked Forrest’s first Reds game.  On the right, Randall and Forrest take in a Reds/Cubs game at Wrigley in July 2009.

Thanks for the photos, guys!  Nothin’ beats a father/son day at the ol’ ball yard.  Keep it up.  I hope to see you both at Great American Ball Park in 2010.

The next newest members of the Reds Cap Club are Callie and Audrey Randolph of Florence, Kentucky.

Callie and Audrey.JPGTheir father, Jason, is a very good friend of mine and used to work for the Reds.  Thankfully, his adorable daughters didn’t get their looks from him.  Jason is a UK alum and has brainwashed his children into becoming Kentucky fans, too.  Personally, I’m looking forward to the day when Callie and Audrey are old enough to think for themselves and say “sorry dad, we want to attend Miami University.” 

Remember, you too can become a member of the Reds Cap Club by emailing me (jramsey@reds.com) a photo of you wearing your Reds headgear.


Well, I have some good news.  I think you guys have made Better Off Red legit.  I got new business cards today and guess what – in addition to my name/telephone number/email address, the cards now also feature”ramsey.mlblogs.com“!  That’s big time!  Thank you!





In all seriousness, thank you very much for reading.  I do appreciate it and I’m very grateful for your support.  Go Reds!


1 Comment

What, the barber has no Gapper stuff? As a matter of fact, there is no mascot memorabilia anywhere in these photos.
I was also wondering about the first of the before and after photos. Was there a funny smell in the shop?
As for my fellow caravan attendees, after our caravan meeting the other day, it is obvious that the A-Team will be responsible for mending fences and putting out fires left from the previous years caravan team.
Here’s to bringing back Reds fans.

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