For the next “umpteen” days, I’ll be giving away some really cool Reds-related stuff here on Better Off Red.  Several Reds departments within the front office have graciously donated these prizes as a “thank you” for your support.

Congratulations to Jason McKendree, winner of Day Four’s prize – the Joey Votto Pick-4 Ticket Package!

Today I’m giving away a Jose Arredondo game-worn jersey and 3 game-used baseballs from the 2011 season.  These prize were donated by the Reds authentics department. 

If you’re interested in winning these awesome gifts, simply leave a comment below explaining why.  One winner will randomly be selected and announced tomorrow (Wednesday). 

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I’d like to win this because this is awesome.

Id like to win because Better off Red is the best blog on the interwebs, and gives the best prizes. It would be an honor.

Pick me! These would look great in my collection of Reds stuff!

Well this my umpteenth try at this. This cool swag would enhance my collection of Red stuff. Was a Ball Boy in the early 70’s and have been s Reds Fan all my life. I love all things Red.

I would love this because I am a huge Reds fan!

i would love to win this for my 13 year old son. we are both huge redlegs fans. he had a reds jersey but as you can imagine hes outgrown it. this would totally make his christmas. and it would not end up on ebay or something like that if you chose me. either way im allready a winner because im Better Off Red

Well who wouldn’t want to win this? I promise to give any item won a very good home!

These would make for a pretty rad addition to my small, but growing, collection of unique Reds’ memorabilia – which shall one day be on full display in one of, if not, THE sweetest Cincy Reds-themed man-caves in North-Central Indiana. Ahhh, yes. One day soon.

I’d love to win this because I don’t live in the Cincinnati area, and will be able to appreciate these. The uniform looks like the road jersey I saw on Jose during the three game stand in Washington in August. And since I grew to love the Reds during the Big Red Machine, the SPARKY patch is a clincher.

I like collecting Reds memorabilia because every I look at my collection it reminds me of walking into Riverfront for the first time with my dad for my first baseball game. It always takes me back and reminds me why I love baseball and especially why I love the Reds. This would be a great addition to the collection.

I’d like to win because who wouldn’t?

I need something to wear on Opening Day! That’s why.

I’m interested in winning these awesome gifts because BOR is the illest and so is free SWAG!

The jersey would be nice to win but it would be even better to win the game used baseballs since a foul ball wasn’t hit close enough for me to catch all year long. And I sat in many different sections throughout the year (Outer View Level to Diamond Club). And lastly, I am a hardcore Reds and have been my whole life and will keep trying every day to win one of the prizes. Thanks for the opportunity to win these prizes, Jamie!

I would love the jersey because I do not have an authentic jersey. This would make my collection of replica jerseys obsolete. I would have to give them to my children and I would only wear the authentic jersey. I would wear it every day. I promise to be buried in it when I die. The only time I will wear something else is when I go to the Hall of Fame this summer to Barry Larkin’s induction ceremony. Thank You.

I would love to win this, because I love the Reds!

Just moved into a house from a small condo and the wife said I can make a Reds Room. (Yes, I needed permission.)

This is an aewsome giveaway. I want to win. Cool stuff!!!!

My son and I collect Reds memorabilia. We have everything from game used bats, g.u. batting gloves, g.u. balls, bobbleheads and autographs. About the only thing we don’t have is a game used jersey. My sons mother moved to Texas in August and he will be returning to live with me in February. This would be a great gift to welcome him home with and to get us ready for baseball season.

Being a Reds fan out of state (Iowa), I think there would be nothing more appropriate than winning a road jersey. Considering the trip my wife and I made to Colorado last season, she needs a jersey and would look awfully good in that Arredondo one.

An Arredondo jersey would be a great giveaway to win so I can finally learn how to spell his name…

Jamie– I don’t deserve this, but my friend and co-worker that past away October 24th has three boys that do. He was a couple weeks shy of his 35th (Nov 3rd) birthday. He left behind 3 sons and a wife. His boys are 10,9, and 5. He past away a few days before his middle son’s 9th birthday. Willie shared a love for baseball with his boys. Although he was a Yankees fan, his boys cheered on the Reds. My co-workers and I have adopted his boys for Christmas. I know they’d enjoy these Reds items along with the other things we get them.


RIP Wilie J Byrd V

PS– Your blog rocks!!

I just refinished my basement and my walls are currently empty of much needed reds jerseys…

I should win because Chuck Norris said I should.

I would like to win these prizes to share with some of the less fortunate kids I coach.

I am not writeing not for myself but for the pastor of the church i attend. He is a Reds fan and i believe this would be a vvery nice gift for him for all that he does for our church. I would apprecitate it if i was chosen for this prize. I thank you for your time.

I would absolutely love to win these items! I live in south-west KS and I’m pretty sure I’m the only Reds fan in this town! My son is four years old and he loves to watch Reds baseball with me. We try and go to CO when the Reds visit the Rockies, but normally we catch all the action through Every Sunday afternoon my son and I sit down to watch the game together…we also have peanuts and Pepsi! He would love to wear this jersey while watching the game…and I can’t imagine how excited he would be to play “catch” with a real baseball that players actually used! Very cool gift!

I’d like to win this to start a Reds memorabilia collection for my sons … love the site.

I should win because I love the Reds!

I would love to Win this, just because I am a fanatic Reds fan !!! Go Redlegs

I would like to win because I’m a Reds fan in North Carolina and the only major league baseball I own is one I caught during a Reds/Pirates series in Pittsburgh, and is signed by a retired PIRATE. I need to change this!

Now this would look good next to my jay bruuuuuuuuce framed jersey.As a reds fan you know how exciting it is to have something as cool as this.

I’d love to win this for my husband.

I would love to win this!! This would look great in Max’s room next to his signed copy of SI!! He’s only 8, but we’re working on his memorabilia collection now!!:)

All of this memoribilia would look great in my Reds Room. Pick me!

This would be great gifts for my kids. Just in time for Christmas!

Would love to have the jersey so I can wear it to the games this year!!

Well yesterday was my birthday and I didn’t win, so the next best thing would be the next day right? Our whole family is huge reds fans. My one year old sons room is done in all reds. This would be great additions to his reds shrine.

when i saw this prize, i couldnt belive my eyes, an Arredondo jersey and look just my size, who will win, who will lose, check out BOR for that, and all you Reds news, if you still need a little help Mr. Ramsey ask Santa he’ll give you a couple clues, to all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New YEAR, goodluck on winning this cool Reds gear.

I would love to win this for my now 8 month old son Camden. On 7/23/11 I took him to his 1st Reds game, a 11-2 win over Braves, and Arrendondo pitched the 9th to close it out. I will never forget holding him, only 3 months old, and seeing his expression when the crowd went crazy and those smoke stacks were shooting fireworks. What better way to solidify that memory than with his actual jersey!!!!

I have a really good friend of mine who has cerebal palsy. He is a huge Reds fan dating back to the Big Red Machine. He has a room full of Reds memorablia. I even went to the Cravan stop the last few years to get autographs for him because he cannot go himself. Id love to be able to give him these things to add to his collection. he never misses a game on TV and even stays up late ot watch the west coast games!

I have loved the Reds since birth and read Better Off Red daily. Though I don’t comment often, I follow the reds all year and can’t wait for Spring Training! Winning this prize would simply be sweet!

Got a birthday later this month. This stuff would make a great birthday present.

I think any of these items would go great with my Pete Rose and Sparky Anderson autographed photo’s on my son’s wall.

These would be great items to start my memorabilia collection.

Wow, this is a pretty awesome prize pack. One baseball each for my nephews and a jersey for numero uno! Actually I’d be happy with a BoR t-shirt.

Why would I want this? Because I love my Reds, and as hard as I try, I can never catch a ball at a game! True story: at Cincy in September, Jay Bruce threw a ball right to my father in the pre-game warmups. Then he handed it to the man next to him (who had 4 sons). Apparently, he promised it to the man if he was allowed to catch it, just so he can say he caught a ball from a major-leaguer. But I still want that ball. And thanks to Jay for at least trying to get me one!

I love all things Reds! I would grudgingly give this to my 14 year old son (cause I’d like to have it for myself) to put in his top 1/2 Cincinnati Reds, bottom 1/2 UK Wildcats bedroom.

Would really like to add this stuff to my memorabilia collection which will one day be displayed in the man cave! (as soon as the basement finish gets completed).

I’d like to win. More Reds memorabilia to display and explain in my office! (add to my Rose, Morgan, and Kearns bobbleheads, big red wall, and the strange 20 pound rock with a Reds logo painted on it that my parents couldn’t resist buying me last Christmas)

i would like to win this because my brother is a big St. Louis fan and if i could win this i could rub it in his nose.

I would like to win because I am a long time Reds fan. Have been one since them mid fifties growing up. I have Reds memorabillia from the 1961 National League Champions Team Photo. I have been to many games at all 3 Ballparks and never have gotten a foul ball!

What a fun contest! I don’t envy you having to pick just one winner, Jamie. If you choose me, I will send you a pic of my 11-year old son, a budding Reds fan, unwrapping the jersey and two of the balls. (The other one will go to my staunch Cubs fan brother-in-law. But don’t hold that against him, he’s a good guy expect for that!)

I’m interested in winning because I’m a man

This would be a perfect gift for my nephews……………but I don’t have any nephews so I’d just keep it for myself.

It’s easy to sum it up if you’re just talking about baseballs. We’re sitting here, and you’re supposed to be the greatest writer, and we’re talking about baseballs. I mean listen, we’re sitting here talking about baseballs, not a game, not a game, not a game, ok it is a game ball but we’re talking about baseballs. Not the game that you go out there and die for and write about every game like it’s your last but we’re talking about baseballs man. How silly is that? I want the jersey!

Although I have lived just outside Kansas City for the past seven years, I was born and raised as a Reds fan in Dayton, OH. My love for the Reds has only gotten stronger since moving to KC, and I try to showcase my dedication to the team every chance I get. I am currently a student at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and I always find a way to incorporate the Reds in to every project that is assigned to me. For example, I have taken several web design courses as elective credits, and my website is 95% Reds related (check it out by following the link found in the “Website” field below).

My dad played for the Old Louisville Colonels in the 1940s. He got homesick and quit after one season. He loved the game and coached my brothers and other youngsters until the 1990s. He is still active in working with kids to get college scholarships playing baseball.

At 86, he has a very difficult time getting around to be able to attend games at Great American. He watches the Reds on Fox Sports Ohio Indiana. He would very much appreciate the significance of the baseballs or the jersey.

An Arredondo jersey would be the coolest Christmas gift for my Dad, a born and raised Reds fan! I’m no more or less worthy of the jjersey than anyone else on here, but this would be a special gift for my Dad’s Christmas!


I would love to win this because it would look perfect in my reds collection. Also, I can give my best friend one of the balls for Christmas! I love the reds and I would love for this to be my christmas present! Go redlegs🙂

I’d love to win it because it would make a great addition to my collection!

I have been a huge reds fan my whole life and am an avid collector of reds memorabilia. I have always wanted to add piece of game used memorabilia to my collection but have always stuck to autographs on baseballs and cards due to cost. This jersey and the game used balls would be a great addition to add to my collection which I proudly display in my basement.

I’d love to win this because I consider myself a big Reds fan and it would be the ultimate Christmas present.

I have always wanted more game-used things. The used baseballs would fit nicely in my collection.

This uniform would show my Reds Spirit!

I would love to have this jersey, because I would jump way up in the alphabet while wearing it.

I think that I should win because he is my favorite player. I got my picture with him at Redsfest which I drove 4 hours to. I believe that he is going to be an All Star oneday.

Who wouldn’t love this? He’s got one of the coolest names on the Reds.

I would where this proudly at reds games as the Reds closer jersey for 2012!…He is best in house candidate!

I would love to win this to give to my husband and son as amazing Christmas gifts! My husband collects Reds memorabilia and is emphatic about getting our son involved as well…what a start!!!

I will mail one of the balls to Albert in LA, and proudly wear the jersey when ever I go out in public.

i like reds stuff!!

My other tactics have thusfar failed, so here goes…Pick me, pick me, pick me! Ohhh pretty please with sugar on top? Please, please, please? You know ya wanna!🙂 Thanks BOR!

I need this stuff because I love the Reds!

I am a big Reds fan. I have watched every game since I was 10 years old. I would love to have this jersey because I have never been able to afford to buy one. Plus I have never won anything in my life.

I would like to win this prize package because l love better off red and I’m one of the biggest Reds fan. I follow the Reds daily through the season and after. I also am getting ready to fix up my basement and the Jersey and balls would look great in my reds basement. Thanks!

This would be really cool for my son Nick! He already has an autographed Reds #33 jersey framed and hanging in his bedroom. It was his jersey that he wore with “Aurilia” on the back because he was Rich Aurilia’s biggest fan when he was here. A matching jersey of the current Red would be pretty cool. Game used balls are always awesome too!

I’d like to win because this Arredondo jersey looks way better than the Fred Lewis jersey I picked up at Redsfest.

I have a small collection of Reds items and would like to add these to it.

If i should be lucky enough to win i would donate them to the Fairmount, W.VA. DAC for thier bingo that they once a year to raise money for thier building fund. thank you

Because I am stuck out here living among Phillies fans!

After making a spectacular return from Tommy John surgery, I can only assume that Arrendondo has some sort of super human powers. I imagine that the jersey itself contains some of Arrendondo’s magnificence. Not that I’m expecting to post his ERA or hit extra inning singles that help lead to a Reds win. But at least, with his jersey, and game used balls, I could (try to) convince people that I’m on the Reds roster…

I would love to be able to give this to my 16 year old daughter. She is a big Reds fan. She is always talking about the Reds. She watches the Reds everynight on TV, and I take her to a few games a year.

it would be a better end to a bad month

As my room of reds memorabilia grows each and every year after reds fest, from all and bobbleheads to the thousands of baseball cards collected over the years a jersey hanging on the wall would be just a perfect fit.

As a huge Reds fan, this would go great in my home. I would be proud to show off what BOR did for me and would be so grateful. Thanks for even giving the opportunity!

I have a grandson in Indianapolis who’s father is a big Mets fan and had always pushed his son that way. Up until now it has worked but as a big Jose Reyes he was crushed when he went to the Marlins and told his dad he thinks he might swinging grandpa’s way and go Reds. A jersey for Christmas would be item that would turn the tide especially since he likes Latin players and this is Arrendondo.

This would make a great present for my family. They love the Reds and watch them on TV all the time. They make the 4 1/2 hour trip from West Virginia to Cincinnati for a couple of games and Redsfest yearly.

I’d love this because I was at the game when Arredondo got his first hit and won the game!

I’d like to win because (a) BOR is a fantastic blog for all one’s Reds needs [& is linked on my personal blog], (b) Arredondo was really nice when we met at Redsfest, (c) it would make some dear friends very happy, and (d) because I won pop culture trivia! Thanks, Jamie & Reds staff! Great idea🙂

This would go great with the rest of my Reds collection.

Hey Jamie. The reason I would like to win this is because my friend and I have started a little charity group for kids that are in need – whether they are in the hospital for an injury or another health issue, if they are in a foster home or whatever trouble they have. This weekend we are going to Children’s Hospital and taking gifts that were donated for them to open for Christmas. These balls would make a few kids very happy. That is why I would like to win these.

My son is a 10 years old and a pitcher in little league. We would love the jersey for a Christmas gift!!

This would be a great addition to the Man Cave, Go Reds!!!

Quite simply, I’m the greatest Reds fan of all time! And, that jersey and balls would really tie my Reds room together.

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