A million thanks to the wonderful people at the Cincinnati Zoo for rolling out the “Reds” carpet for me this afternoon.  I got to meet some new friends and hang out with some beautiful animals like Duke here –


Megan-Kate, you are awesome!  Great to meet you Lisa, Michelle and Erin!


From our friends at Fox Sports Ohio…

FOX Sports Ohio Memorial Day Reds Telecast: Monday, May 25th starting at 12:30 p.m.

On Monday, May 25th, FOX Sports Ohio’s 12:30 p.m. Reds Live pregame show and 1:00 p.m. broadcast of the Reds vs. Rockies game will include several features paying tribute to the heroic men and women who have served our country.

“A Soldier’s Story: Major Stephen Reich”
• This 12 minute vignette will air in its entirety on a special Memorial Day edition of the Reds Live pregame show starting at 12:30 p.m.
o Video link:
• Major Reich served four tours of duty in Afghanistan and was killed in action on June 28, 2005 during a mission to rescue a four-man Navy SEAL team, as depicted in the book ‘Lone Survivor’, as well as the 2014 movie of the same name.
• Reich was one of 16 troops aboard the helicopter attempting to rescue their Navy Seal brothers when it was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing all onboard. Along with Stephen, another soldier who lost his life on the mission was Staff Sergeant Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio.
• Major Reich was born in Cleveland, Ohio and played T-ball and little league in Bedford, Ohio before his family moved to Washington Depot, CT. Reich was a three-sport athlete at Shepaug Valley High School before becoming a star pitcher for the United States Military Academy at West Point.
• His promising professional baseball career lasted only two games for a Baltimore Orioles farm team before the Army summoned him back to active duty.
• Reds connection:
o He played on the 1993 Team USA with former Reds pitcher Danny Graves.
o Ohio connection

FOX Sports will pay further tribute to our U.S. servicemen and women by airing a series of vignettes titled “Warriors Among Us” throughout Memorial Day weekend.
• “Warriors Among Us” provides a glimpse into the personal lives of a select group of soldiers who gave their lives while serving in the military.
• Each vignette offers viewers brief biographical information, including the soldiers’ connection to sports, as well as photos depicting their military service.

FOX Sports Ohio in-game coverage includes:
• Special stars and stripes graphic elements
• All talent will have Memorial Day lapel pins
• Live coverage of the National Anthem
• Live coverage of cover God Bless America


Congratulations to Joel Kaser, Thursday’s winner of the Better Off Red Prize Closet contest!

If you didn’t win this week, don’t sweat it, I might have some more stuff to give away next week.  Stay locked in to Better Off Red.


Expect good news,



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