BASELINE ITEMS: MARCH 22

Hi folks!  TGIF!  I hope your brackets haven’t been busted yet…

Here’s some stuff for ya…

Fifteen hundred Opening Day tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 23 (tomorrow) at 9 am at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows only.  The available tickets to the April 1 season opener vs. the L.A. Angels (4:10 pm) are limited to 1,000 View Level and 500 Standing Room Only.

And yes, the line has already formed.  Here are some photos from my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson

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I had the following text message last night with the only person I know who picked Harvard to beat New Mexico

Todd: I told u harvard.  Here we go crimson.  Cinderella.  Put that on twitter after this Wwww.

Me: (Baloney!)

Todd: I want to c it on twitter asap thanks

Check out reds.com/backabracket to see “Todd’s” picks.

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Thanks to Stephanie Ben, we had a Be The Match mini-marrow registry drive here at the Reds Player Development Complex here in Goodyear.  Several of the Reds front office workers and media members participated.

The issue of life-threatening blood cancers has come front-and-center with the Reds organization ever since one of our own, Chris Herrell, has had to battle this terrible condition.  Chris is currently scheduled for a marrow transplant in April.  That doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods, by any means.  Please keep him in your thoughts and please-please-please see how you can participate in a Be The Match marrow registry drive.  CLICK HERE for more details.

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Congratulations to Ben Wietmarschen, who is one of just 9 lucky people selected to participate in the 2013 MLB Fan Cave!  Ben, 28, is from Cincinnati and a huge Reds fan.  It’ll be nice to have some Reds-flavor in the Cave this year.  Go Ben!

Check out the MLB Fan Cave HERE.

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With Opening Day fast approaching, I highly recommend taking a look at FindlayMarketParade.com.  There’s some good stuff there, including Opening Day stories from some folks you may know.

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Finally, I’d like to publicly congratulate my long-time colleague and one of my dear friends Larry Herms for becoming a father for the first time this week.  Larry’s lovely wife Maggie gave birth Wednesday to a beautiful little girl named Eden.  Everyone here at Better Off Red Headquarters couldn’t be happier for the Herms Family!

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The Reds play the Dodgers this afternoon (4pm ET) in Glendale. Mike Leake will oppose Clayton Kershaw. You can listen to the game on MLB.com’s Gameday Audio (see Reds.com).

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Following today’s game, I’m heading down to Phoenix for the McDowell Music Fesitval to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros AND The Shins. Pret-tee, pret-tee, pret-tee excited about it, too.

Expect good news!

Jamie

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