So much of your life is spent at work, therefore it’s important to enjoy what you do and who you do it with. The people you work with are such a vital part of experience, and if you are fortunate, they become like family.
I am one of the lucky ones. I’ve found a friend, supporter, partner in crime and a brother, all rolled into one. And it started with a blog.
Jamie has transformed a simple blog into a dedicated, tight-knit Reds community. Through Better Off Red, he’s brought strangers from across the country (heck, even the world) together through baseball. Friendship, encouragement, support, recognition, humor and fun…it’s all part of the Better Off Red family. @Jamieblog has truly put his heart and soul into this blog, which in turn has produced great rewards for so many.
Thank you, Jamie. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Expect good news and go Reds!
Usually Mr. Ramsey does the posting, but we’ve sent him off to get his birthday celebrating started early, so I’m going to update you on a few things while Jamie is enjoying drinks with a little umbrella and plastic monkey by a pool.
First, yes – July 26 is Jamie’s birthday. Feel free to tweet him early and often on Friday to wish him a good birthday, tell him what you are having for lunch, and ask him what time the gates open in LA.
Second, don’t miss being a part of the Better Off Red fireworks soundtrack contest for the August 23rd game. Since I’m ineligible to participate, feel free to suggest “Sympathy For The Devil” on my behalf. (Jamie shares a birthday with Mick Jagger, although I think Mick is a few years older)
Friday, August 9th is our next #RedsSocial night, presented by our friends at Cincinnati.com. We sold out the last one pretty quickly, so don’t wait around to get your tickets. With that said, the Ticket Offer Elves don’t have the deal set up yet, so watch BOR, the Reds Facebook page, and/or the @Reds twitter feed for the announcement that the ticket package is on sale. We’ll be offering a $25 ticket, which also gets you this super cool Todd Frazier t-shirt:
We will have Todd Frazier autographed items for giveaway, Toddfather trivia and Todd will also be selecting the music for the postgame fireworks that evening. Meet up with fellow Reds fans from facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, tumblr and google+ as the Reds take on the Brewers. Tickets on sale soon. Mark your calendar now!
World Premiere Sunday, July 14, at 9 PM (ET/PT)
The Turtle Team heads to Cincinnati for one of the most exciting calls of the season. Groundkeepers at Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds, have discovered a critter denned up in the team’s batting cages under the ballpark. The Reds enlists the help of Turtleman to nab the unwanted furry fan before it becomes a major league problem on Opening Night of the baseball season. Then, back in Kentucky, Turtleman responds to an urgent call from the owner of a popular bed and breakfast who’s trying to evict a feisty, four-legged creature.
HOMER BAILEY OF THE CINCINNATI REDS
AND BRIAN MCCANN OF THE ATLANTA BRAVES
NAMED THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey, who threw his second career no-hitter on July 2nd, and Atlanta Braves backstop Brian McCann, who had 15 hits in six games, have been named National League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending July 7th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
On Tuesday, Bailey tossed the first no-hitter in the Majors this season, throwing 109 pitches while fanning nine and walking just one for a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park. Prior to last week’s gem, the 27-year-old had thrown the most recent no-hitter (September 28, 2012 at Pittsburgh) in the Majors, making him the first pitcher to be responsible for the Major Leagues’ last two no-hitters since fellow Texas native Nolan Ryan (1974-75). In doing so, Bailey joined a class of four active pitchers with two no-hit efforts on their resume (Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay, Detroit’s Justin Verlander and Toronto’s Mark Buehrle). Bailey’s performance was the 16th no-hitter in franchise history and he joined Johnny Vander Meer and Jim Maloney as the only Reds pitchers to notch two career no-hitters in the Club’s history. Bailey improved his record to 5-6 with the no-no, and his ERA dropped to 3.57 (44 earned runs in 111.0 innings pitched). This is his third career weekly award (also: September 28-October 3, 2009 and September 25-31, 2012).
In six games last week, McCann led the Majors in batting average and hits, going 15-for-25 for a .600 mark. The six-time N.L. All-Star led the Senior Circuit with a .600 on-base percentage and 22 total bases and ranked second among N.L. hitters with an .880 slugging percentage. McCann hit safely in every game last week while collecting two-or-more hits in five of his six, including a career-high-tying four-hit performance in a 13-4 win at Philadelphia on Saturday. The Georgia native went 4-for-5 with a double and had two runs scored in the contest. He went 3-for-4 in a losing effort on Sunday, extending his current hitting streak to eight games. It was his first outing in seven straight games (6/29-7/6) that he had not recorded at least one extra-base hit. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his streak was the longest by a Braves catcher since Earl Williams accomplished the feat in July 1972 (also seven games). With the torrid week, McCann saw his average rise from .250 to .304 on the season. This is his first career weekly award.
We have a winner for the “What’s Your Reds Lifestyle” contest!
Before I announce the winner I would like to thank everyone that sent in their submissions. There were some heart felt stories, along with some funny, crazy stories. There were a lot of great photos of dedication and commitment to the Reds. I knew Reds fans were serious, but you guys are on a whole ‘nother level. I loved reading all of your stories and once again, thank you for submitting.
Now, on to the winner! Drum roll please…
Rachel Lutchin of Cincinnati, Ohio sent in a very funny submission. She actually used to broadcast her own Reds Radio Network. She sent in an actual recording of herself delivering the Reds News when she was little, just like Marty and the Cowboy would do. Here is her description of the broadcast:
“I am lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, thanks to my father. He is also a Reds fan, so were his parents. An earliest memory of my childhood is watching the Reds games with my father on TV. He would explain the rules of the game to me. When I was kid, I would pretend that I was a sports reporter. I recorded my voice, giving the Reds news on my Fisher-Price tape recorder. I still have the tape I used to record it. I attached a sound clip of me giving the Reds news when I was a kid.”
And for the actual recording, here ya go:
That was a very funny audio clip. The youngest Reds fans are sometimes the most committed. Congratulations to Rachel. She is the winner of a Ryan Hanigan signed baseball!
Thank You to everyone, and like I said before, Reds fans really are the best fans in the world.
Here are few pictures of some other submissions:
What a great Saturday…Another win at Wrigley and a second Better Off Red blog entry from Liz Romes (@RedsTixLiz)! Happy weekend. – Lisa
Hi my name is Liz Romes and I am a Client Service Representative for the Reds. I am born and bred Cincy, through and through. I love my Reds, Muskies, and Bungels. I absolutely love Skyline, and do not trust anyone who does not like it. I will argue anyone in the world that Graeter’s Ice Cream is the best ice cream on the planet. With that being said, when I was asked to guest write for this world prestigious blog, I was first honored but then I found myself dumbfounded at what to say or write. (And for anyone that knows me, they know that this does not happen too often). So, I thought about it for a while…
Reds baseball. What does it mean? Why are we so attached?
For some of you out there, Reds Baseball probably means summer is here and the boys are back on the field. It’s time to look at stats and standings, and compete with the Cards again to see who will come out on top in the Central. It means guessing how many walk-off home runs the Reds will have this year? Or how many toothpicks Dusty goes through during the season? (really though, how many?) And, of course, how far will we go in the playoffs?
But I feel like for me and for many people, it’s not always what happens on the field that makes us attached. Sure, we get attached to a specific team or love watching a specific player. However, it’s about the experiences at the ballpark, or growing up in this baseball town that makes Reds baseball a part of us.
So again, what does Reds baseball mean?
Summertime. I grew up in the small town of St. Bernard on Rose Hill Avenue. This street was one for the books. It was like straight out of the movie The Sandlot during the summer (except let’s add a few girls into the story). We would play whiffle ball and capture-the-flag all day, and at night we would catch lightening bugs and play hide and go seek all to the background sounds of Marty and Joe. There were two die hard Reds fans that lived next door to me growing up, Bonnie and Lynn. Every night they would get their cooler of Budweiser ready and listen to the game. They would scream and cheer while listening to those beloved radio voices. (These women had sets of lungs). And because we were so close to downtown, we would sometimes hear the fireworks after a home run. This is Reds baseball.
I was never fortunate enough to go to every Opening Day growing up. I had only been to one when I started working here. However, the Opening Day I was able to attend was the one I will never forget. I was about 7 years old and I was “sick” that day for school. We listened to “Centerfield” on an A-track player while getting ready to go downtown. The excitement in me was amazing. I couldn’t tell you who the Reds played that day or if we even won, but I cannot describe in words how incredible it was to be there holding my dad’s hand while walking into Riverfront Stadium. I will never forget at the same game, my dad’s friend (who is sometimes mistaken as Ron Woods from the Stones) “procured” a bag of cotton candy for me. We were sitting up in the “red” and the vendor holding the cotton candy tray over his head happened to be standing right in front of us. So “Ron Woods” simply just lifted one right out and handed it to me. This is Reds baseball.
In recent years, buying my dad a beer at a game when I finally turned 21 is one of the coolest memories. And, of course, I am going to add the two clinch nights in 2010 and 2012. Not just because of what happened on the field, but celebration and the togetherness of the fans. It was awesome to see how proud this city was of our Reds.
Looking at the big picture, we really do have an awesome city and a team that we are all loyal to. Reds baseball is something that is passed down through generations in Cincinnati. It is in our blood. It doesn’t matter what always happens on the field, because I believe it’s the experiences that we have with our family at the ballpark, or watching the games with friends… that makes us truly attached.
So… Reds baseball, what does it mean to you?
Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read!
Liz Romes (@RedsTixLiz) in our Ticket Client Services Department gives us an update on Chris Herrell. #TeamHerrell
Chris Herrell, Season Ticket Manager in the Reds’ front office, recently underwent a bone barrow transplant. Chris is now finished with chemo and is now in a waiting period to see if his body accepts the cells after the transplant. The outpouring support from many of you has been amazing. I cannot tell you how many times, while talking to Season Ticket Holders, we stop the normal conversation to talk about our buddy, Herrell. We know that Chris appreciates the cards, gifts, and kind words during this tough time for him and his young family. Please keep thinking about him in your mind and heart. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see him walking around in those crazy Reds’ pants again!
If you are interested in a Team Herrell wristband, they can be purchased at the Reds main offices front desk for $5, while supplies last (9am-5p, Monday-Friday)
We close out the work week of stellar intern guest bloggers with Ellen Remley, another important part of our social media team. We’ll continue with guest bloggers this weekend, leading up to the return of the one and only, Jamie Ramsey. Now here’s Ellen… – Lisa
When I was maybe five or six, my family was driving to Reds game, and my dad (being my dad) was doing his best to get my older sister and me psyched up for the game.
Granted, it doesn’t take much to get two kids under the age of ten excited to go to a baseball game, but that’s not the point.
He was asking questions about baseball trivia and doing his best Marty Brennaman impression and spouting off quotes from former Reds players. (“Okay girls, who said, “Bench me or trade me!”?”) The closer we got to the ballpark, the more delirious we got with excitement, and the more he egged us on.
Finally, when we were just a few blocks away from Riverfront Stadium, my dad started calling out the names of the players as if he were announcing the starting lineup.
“And at shortstop, number eleven, BAAAAARRRRRYYYYYYYY–“
“MANILOW!” I yelled from the backseat.
This is one of those stories that my dad trots out regularly at family functions or late nights after work or whenever the mood strikes. And ever since I came to work for the Reds, it’s made more appearances than normal. We’ve rehashed this story so many times in my life, that I’m not sure if I actually remember it happening or if I’ve concocted a memory based on the anecdote that my dad has told so me so often.
In fact, there are a lot of Reds-related stories and incidents and trivia in my memory that I’m not sure if I actually remember or if my dad has inception-ed them into my brain. But that’s one of the best things about having grown up with a team that has a legacy like the Cincinnati Reds; there is always something new to learn or to teach or to celebrate.
And every Reds fan has a story to tell.
I know I have dozens; I could tell you about the stack of Reds hats we keep in the living for emergency rally-capping, or about the fact that we have two Reds flags flying outside of our house LITERALLY as I type this. I could tell you about the time I attended batting practice (and barely kept my inner-fangirl under control), or even about the time Ramon Hernandez gave me a baseball. And if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve already heard about the #MagicRallyShoe.
But I want to hear YOUR best Reds story. Or maybe your favorite bit of trivia; I’m always looking for something to stump my dad.
Feel free to send me your responses over at the Reds official Tumblr account, cincinnatireds.tumblr.com/ask .
(And for those of you who NEEDED to know [and I know you’re out there], Chico Ruiz wanted to be benched or traded.)
This week on Better Off Red we are giving you the opportunity to meet some of the great interns at the Reds. We are truly a team on and off the field, and interns are such an important part of what we do. Yesterday Justin Marshall gave us a look at his Reds lifestyle. If you haven’t checked out his post yet, make sure you do so you can enter his contest to win a Ryan Hanigan autographed baseball.
Today we hand the baton to Zach Weber in our Media Relations. Rob Butcher, our Media Relations Director, and his department are a big part of our social media efforts to bring Reds fans interesting content via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+. If you aren’t following us on at least a few of those platforms, you just may be missing the opportunity to see the Reds in a whole new way. – Lisa
Having the opportunity to become a guest contributor for Better Off Red, even if only for a day, I jumped at the opportunity. Well, jumped is a bit much; I merely sent an email stating that I would love to write a post, but hey, jumped works.
It took me some time to figure out what I wanted to write for the site. I had a few good ideas, but nothing really concrete. I could go with a story about my first season with the Reds or perhaps something about the differences between working in minors for the last two years and working in “the show.” In the end I ultimately decided to share with you my pregame experiences.
One of the many benefits of working for the Reds, especially in the media relations department, is the opportunity to experience batting practice. Batting practice is more than just a time when players hit deep fly balls on 50-60mph pitches, or when pitchers shag fly balls in the outfield. It’s a time when players let their guard down just a bit. It becomes a valuable opportunity for writers and members of the media to interact with players, get quotes, interview players, amongst other things. It’s perhaps one of the best times for members of the media to view the entire team from the stars, to recently recalled players for the minors.
On top of all of that, it is a time when guests can come to the ballpark and experience the team firsthand. Sometimes, when a band or a celebrity is in town, they are invited to stop by and take in the action first hand. For example, one of Dusty Baker’s favorite bands, Rebelution stopped by last home stand. (See photos below)
In addition to taking in the action on the diamond, I have spent many a night walking around and experiencing all of the pregame festivities around Great American Ball Park. Having spent four years working in baseball, I am quite blown away with what Great American Ball Park has to offer before even the first pitch is thrown.
As a Real Time Coordinator for MLB.com & their Cut4 program, I am asked to send in pictures of fans and the ballpark, as well as of players. I am told essentially attempt to capture the mood of the ballpark. The beautiful thing about this role is that it lets me get creative. After you take a few shots of kids running the bases and fans eagerly awaiting autographs, you start to lust for more original photographs. I am not a professional photographer by any means, but I have a fancy camera that I don’t know how to use and I try my best Ansel Adams impression. Please judge for yourself. I hope you enjoy them.
Well without further ado, I give you my pregame photos from just the tip of the season. It may be early, but the Reds & their fans have already provided plenty of “Kodak Moments,” though the expression “Iphone Moments” is probably more reflective of the times. (No one said I was funny).
One last thing before I go. In my spare time around the office and at home I have been trying to come up with as many Shin-Soo Choo related puns as possible. A single photo that would display our centerfielders awesomeness in a picture. Here is my latest creation. As I work on my next meme, I am always looking for ideas. Feel free to tweet me your ideas @ZachMWeber. Thanks!