Many of you already know that, thanks to Ryan Ludwick, the word in the Reds clubhouse is “BROTHER!”

Ryan affectionately (and loudly) refers to his teammates as his brothers and never misses an opportunity to single out one of his fellow Reds with that emphatic term of endearment.

Think Hulk Hogan with a side of Sean Casey but delivered in a way that only Ludwick can.  It’s quite amusing and at times, down-right hysterical.

Because we all know that there’s something special with this 2012 Reds team,  I think it’s time to take this “BROTHER” thing a little further.  This is too fun to keep to ourselves.  It’s time that all of Reds Country knows about Ludwick and the Band of Brothers.

So, we’re going to have a little contest.

Beginning now (August 7) until the Reds come back to town on August 14, I want photos of how you’re spreading “BROTHER” fever.  Whether it’s through a t-shirt, costume, yard sign, posters, etc., I want to see your creativity.  Basically, the theme is Reds and “BROTHER”/Ludwick.  Other than that, I have no specific directions for you – it’s all open for interpretation.

Email the photos to me (in jpg form please) at

One lucky winner will get an autographed Ryan Ludwick baseball, a brand new Better Off Red “Funkblast” t-shirt, a Johnny Cueto bobblehead and other random Reds goodies.  Winner will be announced Wednesday, August 15.

Please know that I will post all photos (in good taste) right here on Better Off Red.  BOR staff will judge the photos on quality and creativity.

Good luck!

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