BASELINE ITEMS: TIME TO KETCHUP

Better Off Red was down for maintenance for the majority of the day yesterday.  Apologies to you loyal subscribers/readers/commenters/voters/fans.  It appears we’re up and running today, so let’s catch up…

Let’s begin with the number one story out of the “Expect Good News” department – Reds third base coach Mark Berry has been told by his doctors that he’s now cancer-free!

Mark Sheldon has the rest of the story HERE.

And speaking of Sheldon….

Sheldon

MagnificentMark

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Today we received a few Joe Morgan t-shirts that the Reds are giving away this Saturday.  They might be the best shirts the team has given away (aside from some of the TweetUp shirts, of course).  Check ‘em out…

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In case you haven’t heard, the “Great Eight” (Morgan, Rose, Bench, Perez, Griffey, Concepcion, Foster, Geronimo) is in town for Joe Morgan Weekend at Great American Ball Park.  There’s already a buzz around the GABP offices.  My colleagues and co-workers are excited and really want to make it a special event for everyone involved.

Here’s my pal @Bongreatness with tonight’s rundown…

Tonight is the 12th Fireworks Friday of the 2013 season, presented by Koorsen Fire & Security. The approximately 15 minute fireworks show will begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and will feature Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, set to a 1970’s music soundtrack. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:40PM for the general public. However, those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code if the crowd size outside the gates dictates it so.

Prior to the start of tonight’s fireworks show we will be welcoming the legendary “Great Eight” of the Cincinnati Reds, from the 1975 & 1976 World Championship era. The “Great Eight” is comprised of George Foster (leftfield), Cesar Geronimo (centerfield), Ken Griffey (rightfield), Pete Rose (third base), David Concepcion (shortstop), Johnny Bench (catcher), Tony Perez (first base) and Joe Morgan (second base). Introductions will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game, once the outfield seating sections of the ballpark have been cleared in preparation for the fireworks show. During the game these same Reds legends will take part in a private fundraising dinner for the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, taking place in the Riverfront Club (no media). This will be the first time in the history of Great American Ball Park where the entire “Great Eight” will be assembled for an event.

During pregame ceremonies tonight a group representing “Players for the Planet” will be on hand to make a $13,000 donation to the Reds Community Fund, on behalf of the recycling effort of our community during the e-waste recycling drive held this past April. April’s event was the 4th annual recycling drive, held in conjunction with numerous Reds sponsors and partners, including title sponsor PNC Bank.

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(To answer any further questions you might have about the weekend festivities, please click HERE.)

What shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle of a busy weekend is that the Reds are playing the red-hot Dodgers.  Los Angeles is an eye-popping 36-9 since the All-Star break.  That’s an .800 winning percentage for those of you keeping score.

It should be a good test for the Reds, who are coming off a fantastic 4-game series victory over the Cardinals.

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Photo from last night…

Beautiful

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I’ve been giving away a lot of stuff lately, so let’s keep it going…

I have one of those aforementioned Morgan t-shirts (XL only), a patriotic Reds Jay Bruce t-shirt (XL only), a Reds cap (white cap, Green “C”) AND a Better Off Red t-shirt (any size except large) to give away to one random reader of Better Off Red.

To enter to win, simply add something nice to the comments section of this blog post.  I’ll select one winner at random (please don’t beg) and contact him or her via email.  Winner announced just prior to tonight’s first pitch.

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For those of you who’ve been lucky enough to win a BOR shirt lately, please send me your photos wearing the shirt.  I’d love to post it here on the blog (like Fernando, above).

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Alright, well I think that about does ‘er.  I think we’re all caught up, but if not, I’ll keep you posted right here on BOR.

More in a bit!

Expect good news!

Jamie

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64 Comments

Its better to “Better Off Red” than amoungst the Walking Dead

Jamie,

I truly appreciate the blog. I read it everyday that I get the chance to. I much as I appreciate the blog, I appreciate what you and the other Reds staff do to make this organization top-notch. Not only is this a top-notch organization on the field but also with the fans. I know I am not alone in saying thank you all so so much!

-Troy Current

We will be down at GABP for Saturday’s festivities. To get warmed up we will be watching the final game of the 1975 series on DVD prior to tonight’s Titanic Struggle. I am hoping it gives my kids (ages 9 and 5) a little greater appreciation for seeing the Great 8 all together!

Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to put this amazing weekend together!

I won’t beg, I’ll just say these two things:

1. Great news about Berry! he’s looking great and I’m proud of him for coming back and working hard.

2. Those pictures of Mark Sheldon are hilarious.

Congrats and continued good news for Mark Berry! I’m trying to get to the game tonight and look forward to seeing the Great 8 and a Leake win.

I love the Reds, I love your blog, thanks for making it even more fun to root for the Redlegs!

Hmmm…”leave something nice”…
The Reds went 3-1 vs the Cards this week! THAT IS EXCITING!!!!

This is the best blog by far in all of sports!!!! Love the Joe Morgan T-shirt!

Great work, Jamie! Go Reds!

Jamie, Thanks for all you do. You keep me up to date on the Reds when I’m traveling.

Call me “At Random”. We’ll be there to see the Eight!

Always like reading your blog had a great time thus week celebrating my wedding anniversary at the ballpark can’t wait to drive 4 hrs back Monday for some more reds baseball

Thank you for the opportunity to win. I love reading your posts, very informative for a Reds fan stuck outside of Reds Country. Wish I could be at the ballpark this weekend to meet some of the greatest Reds to ever play the game! Will have to try to catch it on T.V.

Thanks for all the updates today! Jealous my daughter will be there tonight (without me) to see the Great 8!!

Awesome stadium pic!

Being locked out of BOR is like being put in twitter jail. TORTURE! #REDS :) love love love your blog nd typically I’m not a blog reader. We are stoked for this weekend, taking our son to his first Reds game tomorrow.

Reading this blog always makes feel closer to the team I love. I love it!

Jamie, you make us ALL glad to be Better off Red! Thanks for reminding us always to “Expect Good News”. As if we could root any harder for the Reds, the great Marty-isms for your “This One Belongs to the Reds” posts keep us cheering – thanks for all the info, insights, and pictures you share. (Now, I will go Expect Good News!)

Go Reds, gonna be a great weekend!

Love those Redlegs! Thanks for all you do, Jamie!

It really is awesome for the Reds to have a PR guy like you Jamie. Really cool to feel like us regular fans have an “inside” guy. Jonathan (@jonboyatmu)

Welcome to the Survivor club Mark! Here’s to many more years.

Jamie! You’re awesome!

Loving your pictures of M. Sheldon! I can’t wait to see the great 8 this weekend! So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tonight will be awesome, I can’t wait to explain to my kids why this reunion is so awesome. Nothing like re-living my childhood!

Thanks for interacting with the fans!
You make me laugh daily!
Go Reds!

Esther

Very excited to hear the great news about Mark Berry! I love being able to stay up to date on all things Reds thanks to your blog! Lets Go Reds!

Beautiful sunset pic from last night. I need to get down there so I can view that in person. Have a great Friday!

I love your positivity when it comes to everything Reds! From your your tweets to your “expect good news!” ending to every blog post! And I love your random giveaways to Reds fans. You’re always up for brightening people’s days any way you can!

Good reading for a true Reds fan. Helps pass the time in the hospital while sitting with my son. Better days ahead.

Go Reds!!

Can’t wait until tomorrow and all the festivities! It’s going to be a fun weekend!

Nothing like a relaxing night at GABP! Looking forward to the weekend!

Great news about Mark Berry! Wish I could see the Great 8 in person . . . but hoping they show the ceremonies online.
And Jamie . . . keep up the great work with this fantastic blog. I will never stop appreciating how you make ALL of us feel like we are part of the “team”! It makes even the bad losses . . . not so bad.

Thanks, Jamie for helping us keep in touch with our Reds. Time for the guys to put the pedal to the metal and head for the playoffs. Go Reds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lets hear it for The Great 8! Tonight the Reds will continue with the wins and Funkblast and send the Dodgers back home to LA crying!

So glad to hear about Mark Berry being cancer free! Wonderful news. I enjoy reading your blog! Go Reds!!

Great to hear about Mark being cancer free. My mother just went under the knife today. The beginning of what hopefully is the same result!
Keep up the good work Jamie!

Sugar and Spice and the Great 8 are nice!!! ….Now let’s go destroy the Dodgers! Go Redlegs!

Billy likes to drink soda, Miss Lippy’s car is green…
Oh, and let’s go Reds!

great insightful blog. I enjoy reading the inns and outs of the reds. well written, keep up the great work!

I love this team! Go Reds!

T-shirts are awesome. Especially BOR t-shirts!

Wish I could go tonight. Will be watching on TV. So excited for everyone who will be part of this momentous occasion. I grew up with the Big Red Machine and the games I went to as a kid are some of my best memories. Joe deserves this statue. And I’m SO happy Pete gets to be on the playing field and not just in the stands.

During last years ‘incident’ I had only been following BOR for a few weeks. The potential of not having you to follow seemed like a crappy situation given that I had just come to realize its greatness. Now over a year later I and super grateful that you decided to keep the twitter going and are another positive voice for the Reds.

Thank you.

First timer to BOR, really liked the blog. Thanks Jamie

Looking forward to a great weekend of beautiful weather and winning baseball!

That’s great news for Mark Berry! I say in honor of this news, the Reds shall sweep the Dodgers and make a great run to a Division title and more!!

Thanks for keeping us informed, and always staying positive. Can’t wait to see these players from my childhood all together again!

So happy the technical difficulties have ended. LOVE the pic from last night! BOR is one of my favorite Reds fan bonuses! Thanks for the great stuff Jamie!

Sounds like a fun weekend!

BOR is not only the best blog I read. it’s the only on I read. Thanks Jamie for all the cool stuf you do. gwtting us closrr to the olayers and seeing a little behind the scenes stuff

Go Reds! Looking forward to a great September and and even better October.

So thankful to know that no matter how bleak things may look (not very this year) you are always there with “Good News!!!” Thanks for making it fun to follow this team.

Love my Reds…have for over 50 years! ( and I’m only 56!) Good memories of time spent with my Beloved Dad….listening to Joe,Marty & Waite on the radio! Go Reds!

I am looking forward to tonight’s festivities and Sat’s game as well against the Dodgers!! Go REDs!!!

Jamie, thanks for all you do for the Reds and for us fans. You keep us in the loop with your timely, insightful posts and keep us laughing with your humor. You are a great asset and I appreciate your words and photos. Expect good things!be

Best wishes for a great series tonight Reds! Keep up the good work BOR…

Keep up the great work. Heading to the game tonight and Saturday.
Can’t wait to see the Great 8 on the field after the game.

Jamie:
I’ve followed the Reds since the early 60′s. I enjoy reading your blog every day. I’ve never lived in Cincinnati but my brother and I travel the US to watch the Reds play. We are expecting good things and plan to be in Cincy for the playoffs.

Time to take another series from Dodgers. Brings back memories of the old NL West chases.

A great blog for a great franchise.

Live the blog! Go reds!

Big Red Machine, the best 8 ever!

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