February 2010


Happy Reds Cap Day!
If Johnny Cash were alive, he’d turn 78 years-old today.  In honor of his birthday, I’m going to take my guns to town where I’ll walk the line along the big river to steal a mean-eyed cat from a boy named Sue.  If I got get busted and sent to San Quentin, please don’t cry, cry, cry.  I’ll be unchained soon enough.


Now for some rings of fire…

Reds manager Dusty Baker asked players and coaches to bring in their All-Star Game, World Series and league championship rings to this morning’s team meeting.  He wanted the rings to serve as an additional tool of inspiration/motivation for the players.

Reds Director of Media Relations Rob Butcher snapped some photos of the rings for Better Off Red.  Enjoy…



Individual game tickets for the 2010 Reds regular season home games at Great American Ball Park (excluding Opening Day on April 5) will go on sale TOMORROW at 9 am ET.   

Here’s how you can buy tickets:
• Internet: reds.com
• Phone: 513-381-REDS or 877-647-REDS (7337) 
• In person: Great American Ball Park ticket windows and at area Meijer stores.

“The Cubs games are always big and the Cardinals series during Civil Rights Game weekend (May 14-16) is going to be pretty popular.  The bobblehead and promotional giveaway item games always generate a lot of interest as well.  Overall, we’re expecting a good turnout tomorrow, basically because fans are excited about the team this year.” – John O’Brien, Reds director of ticket operations. 

If you’re holding out for Opening Day tickets, you can always go with the Reds Power Pack ticket plan. The Power Pack is on sale now and offers tickets to 10 selected games, including Opening Day. 

If the Power Pack is something that you might be interested in, click here.


Non-roster invitee Chris Burke suffered a small fracture in the knuckle joint of his right ring finger yesterday during practice.


Wondering what the Reds’ former Spring Training facilities in Sarasota look like these days?  Check it out…photos courtesy of the lovely Rita Butcher.



Here’s what the facilities look like at the Reds current Spring Training facility in Goodyear…today’s photos courtesy of Larry Herms.



From the Reds media relations department:

The Reds and Indians will host a fan festival at Goodyear Ballpark tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m (Arizona time)….admission and parking are free…the Reds will work out from 9:30 to 10:30, followed by the Indians from 10:45 to 11:45…following the workouts, fans can run the bases or play catch on the field…fans also can enjoy inflatables, baseball skill stations, a sports memorabilia show and tours of the facility…Goodyear Ballpark is located on Estrella Parkway about 3 miles south of I-10…information on the fan festival can be found at reds.com/spring.


Burt BobbleRed and I will be leaving for Goodyear on Sunday.  We’re both pretty excited.

Burt had a few friends stop by the office today for a going-away party.  Here’s a photo from the big bash…



And since today is Reds Cap Day, let’s welcome some new members to the Reds Cap Club!

HPIM0970.JPGHere’s Leigh Ann O’Bryant with her daughter Haley and son Zach at a Reds game last summer.

HPIM0968.JPGAnd here’s the O’Bryant patriarch, Matt with son Zach.

Thanks for the photos and welcome to the club O’Bryant family!

If you’d like to become a member of the exclusive Reds Cap Club, simply email a photo of you wearing your favorite Reds headgear to jramsey@reds.com


Well, that’s all for now.  The next Better Off Red post will come directly from Goodyear, Arizona! 

Have a great weekend, folks.  Unwind and let off some steam. 

As always, I’m very very grateful that you’re logging on and reading the blog.  Thank you!

Now it’s time for me to pack…

See ya!




Hello, hello, hello…how’s everybody doing?

Let’s start with today’s batch of photos, shall we?


IMG_0635.jpgRecord producer Rick Rubin chats with Brook Jacoby.  Rubin, who just put the finishing touches on the new Johnny Cash album, is covering the Reds for Cnati.com.

IMG_0636.jpgA rare photo of the legendary Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.

IMG_0638.jpgCincinnati Enquirer’s John “The Loose Cannon” Fay calmly watches batting practice.

IMG_0641.jpgAnother Fay sighting…this time, chatting it up with Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini.  Moments after this photo was snapped, Fay went bananas again.  This time climbing on top of the batting cage Spiderman-style claiming that he was going to “wear pajamas on the moon.” Batting practice was delayed until Rob Butcher arrived on the scene with the “Fay-zer Taser” and restored order.

69102041.jpgReds skipper Dusty Baker helps out the folks from FOX 19

IMG_1072.JPGLarry Herms, Zach Bonkowski, Rick Stowe, Mark Stowe and Josh Stewart getting in their Last Chance Workout. 


Hall of Fame writer Tracy Ringolsby was recently in Reds camp covering Aroldis ChapmanHere’s the story.


Here are a couple of videos for you…The first one features the events of yesterday’s Photo Day at Reds Camp.  The second video was filmed yesterday at the Reds Hall of Fame, with HOF Executive Director Rick Walls showing off the museum and talking about the current renovations.

For Video 1 click here

For Video 2 click here

In regards to the video I post here on Better Off Red, it wouldn’t be possible without the talented people at MLB.com.  After receiving the amateur footage that Rob Butcher, Larry Herms and I film, the MLB folks work their magic to put together the finished product.  They make us look good, when in reality, they deserve most of the credit.  A big thank you to them.


That’s all for now.  Don’t forget, not only is tomorrow Reds Cap Day (prospective Reds Cap Clubbers send your photos to me at jramsey@reds.com), but you’re asked to wear black in honor of Johnny Cash’s 78th birthday.

Tomorrow will be my last post until I arrive in Arizona on Sunday!!!

As always, I really appreciate you reading the blog!  Thank you!!

Be safe, have fun and pursue happiness!




Hello all you wonderful people…

Fox Sports Ohio has announced its Reds television schedule for 2010.  Check out this file for details ——>
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Here are today’s batch of Goodyear photos, courtesy of my good friend and colleague Larry Herms

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The above photo is of Cincinnati Enquirer’s John “The Loose Cannon” Fay moments before he ran out onto the middle of the field screaming “FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!” 

Reds Director of Media Relations Rob Butcher, who is legally permitted to carry a taser gun when Fay is around (or as we like to call it, the “Fay-zer Gun”) zapped John near the pitcher’s mound, bringing him down without any further incident.  

After his hair stopped smoking, John got up and returned to his writing duties as if nothing happened.  The Reds media relations department likes John enough to tolerate the occasional crazed outbursts.



Exactly 20 days after Fleetwood Mac’s Grammy Award-winning album Rumours was released in 1977, Bronson Arroyo was born.  He weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces and stood 5 feet, 8 inches tall.  Three days after arriving into the world, he threw a complete-game shutout and hit for the cycle in his first Little League game.

In honor of Bronson’s birthday here’s some cool video of the Reds righthander getting filmed yesterday for the Great American Ball Park scoreboard. 

And photos…

IMG_0578.jpgHere is an actual fact: The day Bronson was born, Cincinnati city council voted to change the name of Riverfront Stadium to Charles P. Taft Riverfront Stadium, in honor of the former mayor.  The proposed name change wasn’t popular with Cincinnatians, including Taft himself.  Council reversed the decision before it became official.  (Redlegs Journal).


Speaking of birthdays…

Reds Marketing and Operations Coordinator in Arizona Lisa Lantz today is celebrating the anniversary of her birth. 

IMG_1059.JPGHave a good one, Lisa!


It was Photo Day for the Redlegs today in Goodyear.  With the explanation of what that is and what it entails, here’s Reds Director of Media Relations Rob Butcher….

“The purpose of photo day is to take head shots that then are provided to all MLB rightsholders and media. Today’s Photo Day included the Reds, MLB Photos, AP and licensees TOPPS, Getty Images and Photo File. By providing the basic head shots to the media, it prevents every publication in the country from having to come to our ballpark to duplicate the process. If a media outlet or another team asks for a head shot, we send it to them, or they can download it from mlbpressbox.com.”

Below are some photos of the big day…

IMG_1070.JPGThis reminds me of picture day at school when we were given those little black combs.  Remember that?


My departure date has been moved up.  It looks like I’ll be in Arizona this coming Monday to assist in duties other than my media relations work.  I’ll still be blogging, so make sure you keep reading/logging on.  In fact, it’s going to be a lot easier for me to keep you guys updated when I’m actually on the scene. 

For you fans coming out to Goodyear for Spring Training, please say hello if/when you see me.  Oh, Burt’s coming out with me, in case you were wondering.  Poor guy deserves it after being continuously buried in snow last week.  He’s definitely going to need some SPF 2500, though. 


That’s all for now.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some more fun stuff…

Be safe, have fun and pursue happiness…
…and don’t run with scissors.

Take care!




Tuesday afternoon, I’m just beginning to see, now I’m on my way.
It doesn’t matter to me, chasing the clouds away.

Greetings Earthlings…Do you have the “moody blues,” too?  I blame the weather.


Here’s video of Jonny Gomes yesterday talking about re-signing with the Reds

As a word geek, I love that Jonny chose “campaign,” over “season.” 


Here’s a nice story on Homer Bailey by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Chen.


Phillies’ Director of Baseball Communications Greg Casterioto was recently the victim of one of the greatest pranks of all-time.  Click here for details.

Greg is a good guy and a good sport, so I know he found it as entertaining as everyone else. 

It’s a mystery to me how something like this has yet to happen to former Reds assistant director of media relations and current Brewers PR director Mike Vassallo


Former Reds third baseman Aaron Boone called it a career today and has joined ESPN as a baseball analysist

Baseball coverage on national television now employs more former Reds than the 2007 Washington Nationals.

Best of luck to Aaron, who is one of the true gentlemen of the game.  He’s going to be great on TV.


Did you see the wizards at Baseball Prospectus predicted the Reds to finish the 2010 season tied for 3rd place with a 77-85 record

Their predictions have the Cardinals as the only winning team in the division with a 89-73 mark, the Cubs finishing 2nd with an 80-82 record, then the Reds concluding the season in a 3-way tie for 3rd with the Astros and Brewers (all 77-85). 

I only include this so you can print it out and refer to it when we’re all drinking champagne in October.

What do you folks think of those predictions?


On this date 114 years ago, the Tootsie Roll was invented.  Here are a couple of recipes to help you celebrate (and add 25 pounds).

Just think, without the Tootsie Roll many of us would be thinner, probably grumpier and without one of the worst songs of all-time…I FEEL A WHOOP COMIN’ ON, A WHOOP COMIN’ ON!  TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT, TO THE RIGHT, TO THE RIGHT….

Yeah, good luck trying to get that out of your head.


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

Today’s newbies cover the entire continent of North America.  Let’s first start in the great white north…

Here are Vicky, Allie and Brad Clarke from Kitchener, Ontario.

P1080381.JPGVicky writes, “I live in Kitchener Ontario, Canada and grew up during the Big Red Machine era. (actually I was quite young then but do remember the games I watched on tv with my grandpa).  I have had a life long love for baseball and that era is one I remember most vividly. We travel every February (last 25 years or so) to Ottawa Ontario for an outdoor festival called Winterlude. The highlight of the festival is skating on the frozen Rideau Canal. It is billed as the world’s largest skating rink. From one end (Dows Lake) to the other (near downtown Ottawa) it is 7.8 km long. For you folks that is about 12.5 miles long one way.  We always skate one end to the other and back again. This year we did it 3 days in a row as the ice and weather conditions were perfect. I took a few photos on the Canal with our Reds hat on.”

What makes Vicky’s love for the Reds even more special is the fact that her son, Mitch was drafted by the Redlegs this past June in the 19th round.   “The Clarke family has become much bigger Reds fan of late as our son was drafted by Cincinnati last June,” said Vicky.  “He is reporting for his very first spring training in Arizona March 4.  We were lucky enough to visit the new complex last October during Instructional League. The complex is quite nice. It is neat to see all your on line photos and know we were lucky enough to see it in person.”

Very cool, Vicky.  Very cool.

Vicky also included some photos from Goodyear when she was there in the autumn watching her son play in the Instructional League….

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Thanks Vicky!

The next newest member of the Reds Cap Club is the one and only Nick Meyer, from right here in Cincinnati. 

046.JPGNick’s mom Karen writes, “Here is one for your Reds Cap Club!  Nick Meyer turns 11 next Tuesday (3/2).  He is a fifth grader at St. Michael School in Cincinnati.  He is definitely the biggest Reds fan ever.  His picture was even on the Clutch Hits CD a few years ago as the biggest fan.  When he is not playing for his Sharks baseball team, he is down at the ballpark cheering on the Reds.  For now, he is counting down the days until Opening Day.”

Excellent work, Nick!  Keep cheering on the Redlegs!  If I send you one of those CDs, will you sign it for me?

Thanks for the submission, Karen.  Here’s hoping that you too are a loyal Reds rooter.

My main man from Guadalajara, Mexico – Carlos Aguilera has returned to Better Off Red with more photos.  You might remember Carlos’ adorable son and current RCC member Giovanni from this post.  Well, Carlos sent in pictures of the rest of his Reds fan flock…

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cumple Dodo 026.jpgCarlos writes, “Hi Jamie:  It`s me again. This time I send you a couple of pics of my ‘big red machine’.  Here’s my family: Amparo (My wife), Angèlica (my princess), Carlos Jr., Miguel Angel and the famous Giovanni (of the family he`s the elder member of the reds cap club).  The pictures are from a couple of weeks ago (at Gio`s one year party).  Look at the beautiful weather we have here in Guadalajara.

Excellent job, Carlos.  You have a very lovely family.  Keep supporting Los Rojos!   Thank you and wish Giovanni a belated happy birthday from all of the Reds folks here in Cincinnati and Canada, too!

Remember, if you’d like to become the newest member of the Reds Cap Club email me a photo of you wearing your favorite Reds headgear (jramsey@reds.com)


I’d like to say hello to Reds fan and fellow music buff Chris Strand from North Dakota. 

Chris picked up on my “Aeroplane Over the ‘C'” headline from a couple of days ago and also enjoys the sporadic Beatles references I sometimes fling around in the blog. 

Last summer, Chris made it to Cincinnati for the first time ever and took in a Reds game at Great American Ball Park.  In that game, Drew Stubbs belted his first Major League home run. 

Thank you for your support, Chris! 


That’s all for now.  Check back later as I may have some photos from today’s activities in Goodyear. 

As always, thanks for logging on.  I appreciate it greatly!




The Reds today signed Jonny Gomes to a 1-year deal with an option for 2011.  To make room for Gomes on the 40-man roster, RHP Edinson Volquez was placed on the 60-day disabled list.



Today’s Aroldis Chapman press conference in Goodyear went well according to Reds Director of Media Relations Rob Butcher: “We had a great turnout for the press conference. It was a chance for the media to speak to Walt, Dusty, Bryan and Aroldis all in the same place at the same time. Most importantly, Aroldis now can focus on pitching and not have to worry about giving a daily one-on-one interview.”

Thanks again to Larry Herms for the following photos of today’s events….


Here’s a photo of John Fay (in red) of the Cincinnati Enquirer snapping photos of Aroldis Chapman.  Since Fay is known to be a loose cannon and wholly unpredictable, Rob Butcher (on the right in black) stands close by to monitor his conduct.

Here’s Reds staffer Zach Bonkowski using his cell phone to get a head-start on Redsfest (December 3-4, 2010).

Ominous clouds move over Goodyear.

Here’s Dusty and his 11 year-old son, Darren.  One of the lasting memories I’ll always have of Spring Training took place a couple of years ago on a long late-night bus ride home from a game somewhere in central Florida.  As manager, Dusty always sits in the first seat of the bus.  Darren joined us on this trip and sat upfront with his dad.  The game lasted longer than usual and we were due to get home really late.  While everyone on the bus was asleep or nearly asleep, one single overhead/passenger light remained on – it was Dusty’s.  Just like any good father, he was dutifully helping Darren with his homework.  I don’t know why that moment has stuck with me, but it’ll be something I’ll always remember.  Perhaps because it was an ordinary (if not poignant) real-life moment happening in the surreal world of Spring Training baseball.

The media clamor to get a glimpse of Aroldis Chapman, including the one and only Tracy Ringolsby (in the cowboy hat).

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips takes some grounders in the rain. 

Members of the media prepare for the Chapman press conference.  There’s the loose cannon, John Fay addressing his back-scratch fever.

From left to right: Walt Jocketty, Aroldis Chapman and Dayton Dragons pitching coach “The Mechanic” Tony Fossas acting as Chapman’s translator.



That’s all for today.  I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun-filled Reds stuff.  

Be safe, have fun and pursue happiness….

and never buy nothin’ from a man named Truth.  

Take care!







Hello there!  Good weekend for everybody?  ‘Hope so.
Yesterday I got a chance to visit with my grandpa, who is a very knowledgeable and loyal Reds fan, but at times a very jaded one.  90% of our conversations are about the Reds and 90% of our Reds conversations involve me trying to soothe his misgivings about the team. 

I wouldn’t have it any other way, though.  I always look forward to our visits and our baseball chats.  I could dedicate a month’s-worth of blog entries telling the stories he’s told me and writing about the things he’s experienced.  He’s simply a great man and my hero.


Here’s your daily Aroldis Chapman fix.  Photos courtesy of Reds Assistant Director of Media Relations Larry Herms….

IMG_0520.jpgAroldis will be meeting the media today in a press conference at the Goodyear complex.  Reds GM Walt Jocketty, Manager Dusty Baker and Pitching Coach Bryan Price will also be available.  Footage of today’s press conference will be available on Reds.com

Don’t be alarmed, there’s no news to announce.  Since Aroldis is a big story in camp this year, this is just a press conference to address everyone’s questions at one time without having to try and accommodate several media requests throughout the day/spring.  When Josh Hamilton first appeared on the scene, we had a similar press conference for him in Sarasota. 

If you’re wondering how Chapman is fitting in with his teammates and in the clubhouse, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com writes about it in this excellent story


For those of you who always wanted to be in the Reds team photo, you now have the chance…

Fans can bid now on reds.com for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be included in the 2010 Reds team picture that will take place on 4/21 at Great American Ball Park prior to the Reds/Dodgers game. 

The winning bidder will receive an 11″x17″ team -signed print of the photo, 4 tickets in the Champions Club to the 4/21 game ($340 value) and a Reds polo shirt and pullover. 

The opening bid is $500 with all proceeds of the auction benefitting the baseball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.


On Saturday, Goodyear’s “Heart & Sole” 5K race took runners right by the Reds Spring Training Complex…here’s funky-cool video of the race.

Reds Director of Media Relations and avid runner Rob Butcher didn’t officially “run” the race, but still somehow managed to finish in 4th place after walking the course backwards on his hands at an extraordinary 7 minute and 26 second pace, while snapping photos of the race with his feet.



I can’t say I’m a big hockey fan, but I did watch and enjoy every second of last night’s USA/Canada game.  It was quite exciting and was glad I tuned in.

Speaking of the Olympics, did you folks see Katie Uhlaender in the women’s skeleton finals on Friday?  Katie is the daughter of the late Ted Uhlaender, who played for the Reds on the Big Red Machine.


Here are three of my favorite guys in the organization doing their best Harry Caray impersonations. 

photo.jpgFrom left to right, that’s Reds Vice President & Special Assistant to the GM Jerry Walker, VP & Assistant GM Bob Miller and Special Assistant to the GM/Player Personnel Cam Bonifay just prior to seeing Avatar in 3-D.  Holy cow, guys! 


Another one of my best friends has taken a job with the Dodgers…

Caroline Phillips, who worked in the Reds’ premium sales department, was recently offered a great opportunity in L.A. and wisely took it.  Her last day with the Reds was on Friday and she’ll begin her Dodgers tenure March 1st.  As I type this, she’s making the cross-country trip with her mom…and they’re driving. 

Caroline now joins my long-time close friend and former Reds staffer Stuart King in the Dodgers front office.

Congratulations and good luck, C-Phil!!  You’re going to be missed around here! 


Loyal Better Off Red reader Jared Emery sent in these photos of his adorable children Abby and Luke with their Reds Snowman. 

IMG_0283.jpgNice job, Abby and Luke!  I’m willing to bet a snowball fight ensued at some point during this day.


We’ve got a brand new member of the Reds Cap Club

Please welcome to the club 2 year-old Alexander Gentil who is wearing his brand new Reds Heads Kids Club gear!

IMG_4351.JPGAlexander’s father, Jeff, wrote in to say: “Unfortunately this one is the best (photos) as he was running all over the place with his new gear.  Obviously, he was excited and can’t wait to go to his third Opening Day this year.” 

Good stuff, Jeff.  Alexander is becoming quite the Opening Day veteran!

Remember, if you’d like to become a member of the Reds Cap Club, email a photo of you wearing your favorite Reds headgear to jramsey@reds.com 


I’ve got some more Reds memorabilia to share with you guys…

Most of my stuff was acquired when I was on the grounds crew at Cinergy Field.  Back then, regulations were loose on getting autographs and the players were always more than accommodating to us – at times even hanging out with us in our locker room (aka, “the cage”). 

One day, Deion Sanders came into the cage and dumped a box of his specially-made batting gloves on our dining/card table.  The batting gloves were made by Nike with “Prime Time” stitched on the flashy Velcro straps.  Deion had some extras, so he graciously gave them to us.  As if that wasn’t kind enough, he even signed a pair for me.  Here’s a photo…




Well that’s all for now.  Check back later as I should have some footage of today’s press conference with Aroldis Chapman.

As always, I really appreciate you taking the time out to log on and read the blog.  Thank you, tons! 





Some of you were curious about the airplanes seen in the Goodyear photos…


Rob Butcher’s explanation…”This is the shot of Phoenix Goodyear Airport, located near the complex. It is an active airport for smaller planes but doesn’t have the emergency medical services that would allow us to fly a team plane in or out. The planes you see in the photo have been, or are being, gutted for parts. To simplify, it’s a graveyard for the bigger planes shown in the photo.”


Addressing another question that some of you’ve had regarding the accessibilty and proxmity of the players to the fans at the Goodyear complex…If you attended workouts in the past in Sarasota, I’m told you’ll find it very similar. 

Here’s a map of the complex on which you’ll see shaded areas signifying “fan zones.”
Goodyear Complex Map.pdf 






Happy Reds Cap Day, everyone!
Before the RCC opens for session, I’d like to first direct you to some video of yesterday’s camp-opening workout  from Goodyear. 

Obviously the big story was Aroldis Chapman.  You probably read that he looked great, but here’s some video evidence as proof….video 1 and video 2.


Better Off Red’s Chief Arizona Affairs Correspondent and Senior Staff Photographer/Videographer Rob Butcher concludes his week-long report on the Reds brand new facilities in Goodyear, AZ. 

Today’s finale features the Reds minor league clubhouse.  Click here for video.

IMG_1011.JPGIn year’s past, this area of camp was commonly referred to as the “dungeon.”  It appears that the new clubhouse in Arizona is not so terrifying and actually looks quite welcoming. 

Great job this week, Rob.  I think a Pulitzer Prize is in order…

I hope you fans appreciated the photographic/video tour of Goodyear this week and get a chance to see it all for yourself sometime.  Personally, I can’t wait to get out there!


And to continue with the Goodyear theme, “The Repairman” Larry Herms offers us some more photos from camp….



Ok ladies and gentlemen, take your seats…the Reds Cap Club is now in session….

Please welcome our newest members, beginning with Terry Eby and his grandson T.J., who hails from Brooklyn, NY.

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Our next newest member is Jason Ingham and his daughters Jolie (10yrs) and Jalyn (4mos), from Waverly, OH.

100_2925.JPGNothing can bond a father with his daughters like the Reds Cap Club.  Outstanding job, Inghams!  Very cute. 

Finally, here’s Tim Cassady who had this photo snapped last Saturday at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  In the background is the luge track at Whistler Mountain.

reds-cap-club-olmypics.jpgTim had this to say about his experience at the Olympics in Vancouver, “It was absolutely amazing!  Too cool to experience in person.  I went to a luge event up at Whistler, a medals ceremony in Vancouver and the men’s hockey game U.S.A. vs. Switzerland.  Also got to see all the free stuff in the city which was cool.  The place was rocking with people from all over the place.  If you ever get a chance to attend an Olympics, I’d highly recommend it!”

Awesome, Tim!  I’m very jealous!  Way to represent the Redlegs at the Olympics!!!  You’re a gold medalist in my book.

Remember, if you’d like to join the Reds Cap Club, all you have to do is email a photo of you wearing your favorite Reds headgear to jramsey@reds.com 


If you live in the Cincinnati area…

Tomorrow (Saturday) at the Landon Square Kroger store in Mainville from noon-1pm, Reds greats Lee May and Chuck Harmon will be onhand signing autographs and greeting fans/shoppers.  (2900 West US Highway 22 & 3).


If the opening of Spring Training camp has your cabin fever in overdrive and you’re in need of releasing some built-up baseball anxiety, I have the perfect cure….

Get out of the house this weekend and come down to the Reds Hall of Fame located right next to Great American Ball ParkThe Crosley Field exhibit is entering it’s final days, so you’ve gotta check it out before it’s gone.

Hall of Fame hours this weekend are from 10am to 5pm


I’m really digging that new Yeasayer album.  Check it out

Nearly seven years after his death, Johnny Cash’s final American Recordings album will be hitting stores on February 23.  

Lots of you know Johnny’s popular stuff from the radio or jukebox or even from the movie, but you might not be familiar with his 5 (now 6) albums he made on the American Records label called the “American Recordings” series.  If not, do yourself a favor and check this material out.  In my opinion, its his greatest work.     


That’s all for now…

Thanks so much for logging on!  You’re the best fans in the world. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  You deserve it!!

Be safe, have fun and pursue happiness!!

Go Redlegs!!



Here are some photos from today’s action in Goodyear, courtesy of my colleague “The Amazing” Larry Herms.





“I see great things in baseball.  It’s our game – the American game.  It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism.  Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set.  Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.”Walt Whitman

The four words you’ve been waiting for all winter have finally come to fruition – “pitchers and catchers report.”   I think in our own way, today is a national holiday…at least it should be.  

Although it’s not Friday (Reds Cap Day), I’m still wearing my Reds lid to celebrate the unofficial start of spring.   Yeah, yeah, I know there are piles of snow on the ground outside, but so what.  Even if the thermometer doesn’t say so, the weather just got a little warmer today.

Following physical examinations this morning, Reds itchers and scratchers are expected to take the field for stretching at approximately 2pm EST (12pm Goodyear, AZ time). 


Better Off Red’s Chief Arizona Affairs Correspondent and Senior Staff Photographer/Videographer Rob Butcher continues his week-long report on the new Spring Training home of the Reds in Goodyear, AZ. 

Today’s report showcases the Reds grounds crew in Goodyear and the outstanding work they do to get all of the fields ready for the club.  For video, click here.  Photos below…

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IMG_1048.JPGTomorrow’s report from Goodyear will include video and photos of the visitor’s clubhouse.


Not to be lost in all of the excitement, today marks a very special anniversary…

On this date in 1944, the Reds signed a “young lefthander” named Joe Nuxhall.

NuxhallJ.jpgBecause of the war-time shortage of big leaguers, the club inked Nuxhall at the ripe old age of 15 while he was still a high school student in Hamilton, Ohio.  Reds General Manager Warren Giles said that Nuxy could join the club when his school classes ended in June.  “The Ol’ Lefthander” would make his Major League debut on June 10 of that year against the Cardinals, and the rest is history.

On a day in which we welcome Reds pitchers back to the field, let’s also remember the most beloved one of all-time.  Nuxy would’ve been just as excited as all of us about today’s rite of spring.


Have you been watching the Winter Olympics

You might be interested to know that there’s a Reds connection at the games in Vancouver.

AA-Lynchburg manager Pat Kelly (who has been featured prominiently here on Better Off Red) sent me this story on US womens cross-country skiier Kikkan Randall

Kikkan is the niece of Pat’s wife, Becky.  Pat emailed me to say, “Becky is in Vancouver cheering her on.  See, it’s all ‘relative.’  Snow isn’t that bad!” 

Awesome, Pat!  You know, if she were to get photographed wearing a Reds cap, she’d become the first olympian admitted to the esteemed Reds Cap Club… just putting that out there.

Great job, Kikkan!  USA is proud of you!


I’m a little late in posting this photo from the parents of my good friend and Reds Premium Sales Manager Ryan Rizzo

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Mother Nature is no match for Reds Fever, just ask “Ma and Pa Rizzo!”


That’s all for now.  Check back later as I should have some photos from today’s activities in Goodyear. 

Don’t forget, tomorrow is Reds Cap Day.  Send me your photos!  jramsey@reds.com 

As always, thank you so very much for logging on.  I appreciate it! 




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