"SO SHINES A GOOD DEED IN A WEARY WORLD"

Hi everyone!  Remember when the sun used to shine?  Yeah, me neither.   Regardless, I hope you’re all doing well and staying warm while Old Man Winter continues to be a pest.

Even though a lot of us here in the Reds front office are busy preparing for the 2010 season as well as the upcoming Reds Caravan, several employees still set aside time today to assist with the Haiti relief efforts at Matthew 25: Ministries, including Reds Director of Media Relations Rob Butcher.

Here’s Rob’s report:

“Reds Hall of Famers Lee May and Tom Browning this morning joined some of the front office staff at Matthew 25: Ministries to help with relief efforts in response to last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti. Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization, currently is processing 16 40-foot containers of supplies that will be shipped to Haiti over the course of the next few weeks. Named by Forbes as one of the most efficient large U.S. charities, each year Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 10 million pounds of corporate discontinues, overruns, slightly damaged, returned and past season products and redistributes them all over the world to people in need. Volunteers are needed. For information on how to help, contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256.”

If you are interested in contacting Ms. Archer, please note that Joodi is in fact the proper spelling and pronunciation of her name. 

Here are some photos from today’s event…

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Reds Hall of Famers Tom Browning, left, and Lee May volunteering with relief efforts for Haiti at Matthew 25: Ministries.

 

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Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Browning conducts an interview during a break at Matthew 25: Ministries. Browning and Lee May, another Reds Hall of Famer, were volunteering with relief efforts for Haiti.

 

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Reds front office executives Catie Utz, left, and Ayanna Goddard volunteering with relief efforts for Haiti at Matthew 25: Ministries.

 

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Reds front office executives Chris Bausano, left, and Ryan Rizzo volunteering with relief efforts for Haiti at Matthew 25: Ministries.

 

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Reds Hall of Famer Lee May helps unload donations headed for Haiti. May and Tom Browning, another Reds Hall of Famer, were volunteering at Matthew 25: Ministries.

Thanks to the following Reds employees for helping out:
Michael Anderson, Ayanna Goddard, Ryan Rizzo, Catie Utz, Charley Frank, Jennifer Green, Chris Bausano, Lori Platt, Lisa Braun, Craig Warman, Michael Truong, Lori Watt, Casandra Ersel, Jodi Czanik, David Storm, Rob Butcher, Jami Patton, Nick Prince, Jennifer Berger and Anne Kirby. 

And if you’ve helped out with the Haiti relief efforts, thank YOU, too!

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Don’t forget, on Thursday morning the Reds Caravan busses depart for a combined 14 fan stops in four states covering four days and more than 2,600 miles.  If you live in Reds country, there’s a good chance one of the three busses will be coming to your neck of the woods.  So if you get a chance, come out and see us.  And don’t forget to bring your signs supporting your favorite caravan group (North, South, West).  I’ll be on the North tour, so I’m expecting a strong showing from you folks in Marietta/Parkersburg, Athens, Lima and Columbus

And for you fans in Bloomington, I just received confirmation that Scott Rolen will be joining the Reds Caravan group there at College Mall on Friday from 1:30-3:30.

Keep it here on Better Off Red for full Reds Caravan coverage.  I’ll be posting regularly from the North route and my good friend Jarrod Rollins of the Reds creative services department will be gathering and posting reports from the South and West routes.  It should be highly entertaining….

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Alright boys and girls, before I list all of the name suggestions for the Bobblehead with No Name…I’m sorry to report that he has been <gasp!> KIDNAPPED!  The Reds scoreboard department is claiming responsibility, according to this ransom note left in my office over the weekend….

ransom.jpgIn order for me to get him back, we have to come up with a name for him before the Caravan hits the road Thursday morning at 9. 

If you’d like to vote on your favorite, you can either reply to this blog post or email me at jramsey@reds.com.  Just like in real life elections, the popular vote will not be the determining factor.

Without further adieu, here’s what you folks came up with….

Rockin’ Reds Head
Bob The Reds Fan
Vassallo
Doobie
The Colonel
R.L. Gustavo
Lefty Shines
‘Legs Not Sox!
Strikes First
R.L. Stockings
Strikes Crosley
Casey
Cody
Chuck
Kelly
Bear
Arnold
Howard
Marty Jr
Tommy Jr
Elvis
Elroy
Earl
Shorty
Buster
Burt
Carlos
Tucker
Tony
Cool Breeze
Walker
Runner
Stubby
Stan
Redmond
Redland
Leland
Loco
Lane
Chase
Chance
Sporty
Bubba
Phil
Cuba
Whitey
Buck
Catcher
Stitch
Rerun
Cletus
Bandit
Rome
Winston
Buddy
Joey
Taco
Soupy
Bowser
Arlo
Guthrie
Wimpy
Popeye
Hopper
Delbert
Peanut
Sky
Skylar
Brady
Boone
Maddy
Mickey
Sal
Pauley
Cooter
Opie
Squirt
Stretch
Streaker
Stumpy
Stricker
Snuffy
Sunny
Swinger
Peppe
Poppy
Crosley
Red Ledbetter
Cappy
Red Steal
Captain Red
Little Red Ramsey
Little Red Rammer
Chappy
BOR
ROB
B.O.Red
Rambobble
Robobobble
Nuxy
Dynamite
Mr. BobbleRed
Clarence
Wayne Krenchicki
Red Head
Red Thunder
Red Bobblehead
Dr. Reds
Botto
Little Red Jr.
Slammer
Bobblehead Red
Bobble Bob
All Star Red

All wonderful suggestions!  Thank you all for participating.  I’ll take your votes on the above submissions until tomorrow and we’ll get this guy named Thursday!

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Minor league RHP Jon Adkins and OF Danny Dorn have been invited to Major League Spring Training camp, bringing the total number of non-roster invitees to 16.

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Finally, I’d like to link this story by Sports Illustrated’s Joe Lemire about former Reds pitcher and my classmate at Hamilton High School, Ricky Stone.  Ricky’s life turned upside down in August, 2008 when he collapsed at his home with a malignant brain tumor.  With help from his faith, his family and friends, as well as a wonderful organization called B.A.T., Ricky has fought all the way back and is regaining the life he once had.  It’s a great read, check it out.

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That’s all for now, I’ll be anxiously anticipating your bobblehead votes…Also, I haven’t received any Reds Cap Club photos lately…c’mon folks, I know you’re out there!

Take care and thanks for logging on!  I really, truly appreciate it. 

Go Reds

Jamie

 

5 Comments

I vote for: LITTLE RED RAMSEY :

I hereby cast my vote for: Bobblehead Red

My vote is for: BURT

“So shines a good deed in a weary world,” is originally from Shakespeare, however, I’m more familiar with the Willy Wonka version. Good call, Russell!

I was wondering if anyone knew where the title quote of this post came from. Jamie…is it Mr. Wonka?

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