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

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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