Jamie is out and so is my wifi at home. This means I unfortunately wasn’t able to post the fun graphic Jamie created for last night’s Reds win.
So better late than never…
REDS WIN!! BEAT THE BREWERS 2-1!
The Reds are back on Monday night and my work-neighbor Michael Anderson put together these fancy game Homestand Highlights so you know what’s coming up.
Homestand Highlights • August 19 – 25 • Reds vs. D-Backs & Brewers
4 for $48: For the Reds games against the Brewers Aug. 23 – 25, fans can buy four View Level tickets for just $48 and receive four FREE Reds caps! It’s a great way to save on Reds baseball and pick up some cool new Reds gear all at the same time. Buy now at reds.com/tickets. Presented by Valpak.
Monday, August 19, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.
• Reds Community Advocate Award: As part of the ongoing series of “Dusty Days” games, Cassandra Robinson will receive the Reds Community Advocate Award during pregame ceremonies. Ms. Robinson is the creator and event coordinator of the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Celebration, which has been held in Cincinnati for 25 years. The Reds Community Advocate Award recognizes business representatives, community leaders and civil servants in our community who advocate connection and inclusion.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.
• Bark in the Park: Over 600 dogs and their owners will be at the ballpark for the second Bark in the Park of the 2013 season, presented by Iams and Kroger. (Dog packages are sold out.) A special seating area is reserved for dog owners and their pets while the Kroger Fan Zone will turn into the “Dog Zone” with product samples and activities for both dogs and owners. A pregame parade with all the dogs and owners begins at 6:25 p.m. The first 5,000 fans will receive a free dog bandana. (Dog packages for the third Bark in the Park on Sept. 23 are also sold out.)
• Ryan Freel Award: Bryanna Hall, the recipient of the inaugural Ryan Freel Award, is the Honorary Captain of tonight’s game. Bryanna is nine years old and participates in the Reds Rookie Success League through the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club in Avondale. Ryan’s father, Patrick Freel Sr., partnered with the Reds Community Fund to create the Ryan Freel Award which will be awarded annually to a young person from the Reds Rookie Success League. Freel played for the Reds from 2003 – 08.
• National Anthem: Holly Miller, a Waverly, Ohio native and American Idol Season 12 contestant, will sing the National Anthem.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.
• Rosie Reds: Members of the Rosie Reds will be participating in pregame ceremonies, including a parade around the warning track, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, singing the National Anthem and serving as the Honorary Captain of the game. Formed in 1963, the Rosie Reds are a philanthropic and social organization that provides scholarships for local students and annual support of the Kid Glove Program.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 12:35 p.m.
• Business Day Special: For every Paycor Business Day Special, get one View Level ticket and $10 in concession credits for only $15: reds.com/tickets.
Friday, August 23, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
• Fireworks Friday: Readers of the popular Better Off Red blog helped pick the “Funkblast” soundtrack to tonight’s Rozzi’s fireworks display that starts approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game, brought to you by the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
• Eric Lange: Hamilton native and Hollywood actor Eric Lange will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Best known for his roles as Stuart Radzinsky on ABC’s Lost and Mr. Sikowitz on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, Eric attended Fairfield High School (class of ’91) and Miami University.
Saturday, August 24, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.
• SpongeBob SquarePants: Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants will be a featured guest at the ballpark and will participate in a pregame photo op in the Kroger Fan Zone. SpongeBob will also join the Scotts Reds Rally Pack and Reds mascots for fan meet and greets and activities around the ballpark throughout the game. On Friday, SpongeBob SquarePants visited the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club in Avondale.
• “Whispering” Bill Anderson: Country Music Hall of Fame singer/ songwriter “Whispering” Bill Anderson will serve as the Honorary Captain of tonight’s game. Bill’s song “Cincinnati, Ohio” reached #4 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs chart in 1967 and is played during the 7th inning stretch at Reds home games.
• Head & Shoulders Donation: The Reds Community Fund will be presented with a check for $10,000 for winning Head & Shoulders #Whiff campaign for the month of July. The donation will go to the Cincinnati Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, which provides inner-city youth an opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. The RCF also won $10,000 for the month of June.
Sunday, August 25, 2013 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m.
• Kids Votto Pillow: The first 8,000 kids 14 and younger receive a Joey Votto Jersey Pillow, presented by Cincinnati Bell.
• Reach Magazine Family Days: Sundays are family days at the ballpark. One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Outer View Level and Kroger Bleachers.
• Cincinnati Ballet: Dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet will perform pregame on Crosley Terrace and principal dancer Cervilio Miguel Amador will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Tom Hume Signature Series Autograph Signing – August 24: Meet and receive an autograph from former Reds pitcher and bullpen coach Tom Hume from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Autographs are free with admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.
• Tom Hume Baseball Brunch – August 25: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is hosting a special brunch in the Riverfront Club starting at 10:15 a.m. featuring former Reds pitcher and bullpen coach Tom Hume. Tickets include brunch buffet, Q&A with Tom, meet and greet and an autographed photo. For more information and to order tickets call 513-765-7921 or visit RedsMuseum.org.
• Reds Hall of Fame Ballot Voting: Fan voting runs through Aug. 31 to help choose the next player to be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014. Five former Reds players appear on the Modern Player Ballot presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett. Fans may cast ballots online at RedsMuseum.org or at ballot boxes located at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, over 20 locations at the ballpark and at the Reds Hall of Fame Grille at Kings Island.
I hope you are having a great Friday. I’ll be back later. – Lisa
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.)