Greetings from snowy Cincinnati! On Sunday the Queen City was blitzed with a few hours of non-stop snow which forced many of us to an evening on the couch with hot chocolate and quality TV time. Not that the snow made that necessary for me anyway but it helps to have an excuse to be lazy!

Before the snow hit us on Sunday, many folks traveled to the west side of town for the visitation of Bernie Stowe, the long-time Reds clubbie who passed away last week at the age of 80. The visitation took place at Elder High School where hundreds upon hundred of people showed up to pay their respects. The amount of people who came to see Bernie and his family is a true testament to the kind of person he was.

Some of those I saw at the visitation included Barry Larkin, Devin Mesoraco, former Reds manager Dave Miley as well as many, many, many more names you’d recognize.

As an aside, I saw some folks at the visitation I hadn’t seen in a long, long time, including the lovely Donzetta Nuxhall and Ginny Kamp and my very first boss at the Reds – Dutch McMullen (former head groundskeeper). It was a shame it had to be on those circumstances, but I was grateful to see some of my favorite people from the past. It’s just like Bernie to do that – make something sad into a celebratory reunion.

Here’s a great a article about Bernie from Terrance Moore.

And how cool is this?!



It’s no secret that I wear my Reds “fandom” on my sleeve. Working for your hometown team, the team you always rooted for as a child and into adult years will do that to you. There are so many great things to be proud of with this organization, no matter what the standings say. What the Reds do on and off the field and behind the scenes make me proud to be part of all this. The video below is just another example of the Reds’ dedication to the community and to the people in it…


Want to be part of the Reds Rally Pack?

The Scotts Reds Rally Pack entertainment squad is looking for new members for the 2016 season.

Members of the Scotts Reds Rally Pack are true ambassadors for the Cincinnati Reds both at Great American Ball Park and out in the community.

At the ballpark, the Rally Pack serve as a cheer squad that performs various tasks at all Reds home games including t-shirt launches, birthday package deliveries, prize giveaways and promotions performed live on the ballpark’s video boards.

The Rally Pack also makes appearances at community events and activities around Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Members of the Scotts Reds Rally Pack always bring energy and excitement to every event they attend.

The Reds are currently recruiting for new members to join the 2016 squad. Apply today at reds.com/rallypack.

• Interact with fans to get them cheering and engaged in the game
• Execute in-game promotions and entertainment including t-shirt launches, birthday package deliveries, prize giveaways, and other promotions
• Maintain a fun and enthusiastic attitude at all times
• Foster a family friendly environment and work closely with kids
• Work closely with the Reds mascots

• Must be 19 years or older
• Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays, and be available for a majority of Reds home games
• Must be comfortable performing activities and interacting with fans on camera in front of 40,000+ fans
• Must also be comfortable wearing cheerleader-like attire
• Prior performance or entertainment experience preferred

Tryout information:
• Please complete application online at reds.com/rallypack by Feb. 24
• Only select applicants will be invited to interviews on Feb. 29 through March 3
• Final tryouts are scheduled to be held on March 11
• For more information, please contact Shannon Pratt at (513) 765-7347 or spratt@reds.com.

The Rally Pack is a paid, seasonal position. The Cincinnati Reds are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Don’t forget to check out the latest BOR Podcast with Jack Billingham! I had a great time talking to Jack and he was fantastic recounting his time on the Big Red Machine.

Also, we have two more Better Off Red Baseball Trivia nights at the Holy Grail Banks. Join us the next two Tuesday nights following a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League Show!


That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Expect good news,


1 Comment

Jamie, it was so good to see you too! I keep up with the Reds by your better off Reds.

Sent from Ginny Kamp


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