—-Happy holidays, everyone!  I hope you’re all enjoying the Umpteen Days of Christmas.  It has certainly been fun giving away all of those cool gifts.  (You only have a couple of “umpteen” days left to win a prize, so good luck!)

—-Be sure to stop by the Holy Grail tonight at 6 for the Reds Hot Stove League.  I’d love to see you all there so I can personally thank you for supporting the Reds and BOR.

If you can’t make it tonight for the live broadcast, HERE’s the link for you to listen to the program online.  I’m going to try and get Little Orphan Marty to say “Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltine” over the air. 

—-I’ve been giving out Better Off Red shirts for a long time, now.  I’d love to see photos of you folks wearing them!  Send me the photos via email ( and I’ll post them here on the blog.

That’s BOR fan Tony Arno showing off his Better Off Red shirt at a Buffalo Sabres hockey game.  Tony’s a big Sabres fan and they won that night over the Maple Leafs, so maybe the shirt is good luck?!


Here’s the current Reds 40-man roster (roster is at 37)

Pitchers (16)
33 – Jose Arredondo
61 – Bronson Arroyo
34 – Homer Bailey
45 – Bill Bray
54 – Aroldis Chapman
47 – Johnny Cueto
46 – Carlos Fisher
xx – Mat Latos
44 – Mike Leake
63 – Sam LeCure
xx – Kyle Lotzkar
40 – Nick Masset
66 – Logan Ondrusek
62 – Jordan Smith
xx – Pedro Villarreal
30 – Travis Wood

Catchers (2)
29 – Ryan Hanigan
39 – Devin Mesoraco

Infielders (13)
43 – Miguel Cairo
2 – Zack Cozart
25 – Juan Francisco
21 – Todd Frazier
xx – Didi Gregorius
7 – Paul Janish
71 – Kristopher Negron
4 – Brandon Phillips
xx – Henry Rodriguez
27 – Scott Rolen
xx – Neftali Soto
3 – Chris Valaika
19 – Joey Votto

Outfielders (6)
32 – Jay Bruce
28 – Chris Heisey
xx – Donald Lutz
xx – Denis Phipps
17 – Dave Sappelt
6 – Drew Stubbs


Finally, who says we don’t have fun around here in the offices? 

Check out our guy Patrick McGrath posing in his Irish Christmas Shrine.  That sweatshirt he’s wearing used to be his mom’s (he took the shoulder pads out)….

And I have to give credit where credit is due. Yesterday as I was dilligently writing minor league bios for the 2012 Reds Media Guide, I began getting calls and emails from my fellow employees in regards to a Christmas card that I apparently sent around to everyone in the Reds administration building. The only problem was – I didn’t send out a greeting card to everyone in the Reds administration building.

I was the victim of a prank by my arch nemesis Zach Bonkowski. Here’s the card in question….

Funny? Yeah, a little.  Inspirational? Absolutely.  I’m now inspired for revenge.  I think Zach has forgotten that a couple of years ago, before he went on one of his many vacations, he asked me to house-sit for him.  He gave me the keys to his home.  I still have those keys.  And, I received permission yesterday from the Reds Human Resources Department that I won’t be punished for any retribution served off Reds property.  Let the games begin!


That’s all for now.  Be back with more later.

Expect good news,



Absolutely hilarious. Bongreatness is in T-R-O-U-B-L-E!


Love the sweater! LMAO! Rearrange his furniture or move it out completely.

How many of those packing peanuts can you get your hands on? Cause they are sooooooo hard to get rid of.

Take an everyday household item of his and dip it in the toilet but don’t tell him what, Seinfeld style.

made my day!!

LOL that is a good one

Proud of you Zach…I taught him everything he knows.

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