Check out these photos from Johnny Béisbol’s fantastic outing yesterday in Miami (courtesy of Denis Bancroft)…

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I’ve got some Reds stuff that I want to give away to the loyal readers of Better Off Red. Check out some of the things that could be yours…

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(and more stuff not pictured)

How can you get your hands on this stuff?  Well, I’ve got an idea…

Our dear friend (and blog mascot) Burt BobbleRed has been a little down in the dumps lately.  I would love it if you could help me cheer him up.  There’s a good chance you could put a smile back on his cute little porcelain face by tweeting photos/signs/poems/haikus/etc., that illustrate your loyal love and support for Burt and/or Better Off Red.

When Burt is smiling, he tends to be in a giving mood.  So come up with something good and include the hashtag #BetterOffRed.  I’ll randomly select winners using the @Jamieblog account.

There is no deadline for this contest and you can tweet as much as you’d like.  Sound good?  It’s a little open for interpretation, but I’m sure you can come up with something creative.  And remember, it has to be specific to Burt and/or BOR, so simply tweeting a photo of your kids or your dog wearing a Reds cap doesn’t count.

Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red ( giveaway. Better Off Red ( will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red ( giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red ( may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red ( will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.


Beginning today, you might see these posters in area restaurants advertising the Ultimate Sports Doubleheader...

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Attending a Reds home game and Bengals training camp/preseason game all in one day?! That IS the ultimate Cincinnati sports doubleheader!

Recently Reds players Brayan Pena, Jumbo Diaz and Ramon Santiago attended the second annual Orgullo Hispano Luncheon at Cancun Mexican Restaurant. Check out the photos courtesy of my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson

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Thanks to all the recent followers of @Jamieblog!

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That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Expect good news!



I’ve pitched Wiffle Ball at RedsFest to the little boy in the second to last picture. He’s like a mini Babe Ruth. Took me way, way, way deep many times. The best part was at 2013 RedsFest, he remembered me from 2012 and had his dad take his picture with me. That was so cool.

I write this in the spirit of “Bro-hio” — because I’m an Indians fan basking in the glow of the Tribe’s weekend sweep of the Rangers and the unveiling of the Jim Thome statue. Speaking of memorabilia, the must have been tons of Indians and Reds stuff moved at the National Sports Collectors convention in Cleveland (love those autographed balls and bobble heads). Hate to end on a sad note, but the Indians are going to sweep the Reds, too. Love ya’ — except when you’re playing us!

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