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#REDS BASELINE ITEMS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 28

Before we get started, I’ve GOT to post this “Throwback Thursday” photo…

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Remember when the Reds gave away those wearable blankets?

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As if you needed any further incentive to celebrate All-Star week in Cincinnati, Major League Baseball today announced who’ll be participating in the T-Mobile All-Star Fanfest from July 10-14 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Check it out..

Pretty good, huh? Fans attending the All-Star FanFest will have the opportunity to receive free autographs and participate in Q&A sessions and clincs led by former players; all included with the price of admission.

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A couple of days ago, my colleague with the New York Mets, Shannon Forde was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame.  I wish all of you could meet the beautiful/talented/courageous Shannon.  She’s absolutely one of the best people around and I’m so happy (and proud) of her.

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I posed the following question on Twitter today…

So far, I’m getting lots of great replies (Selena Gomez, Steve Carrell, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Fallon, Rhonda Rousey, etc).

What celebrity would you like to see participate?

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A programming note:  The Reds/Twins game at Great American Ball Park on July 1 will air on MLB Network, including in the Cincinnati market.

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This season, there have been 332 total replay reviews in Major League Baseball.  Of those, 301 have been “manager challenges” while the other 31 have been “crew chief challenges.”

    • 75 challenges “confirmed” (22.6%)
    • 97 challenges “stands” (29.2%)
    • 157 challenges “overturned” (47.3%)
    • 3 challenges “rules checks” (0.9%)

Here’s a breakdown of the types of challenges that have taken place:

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Folks, I don’t know about you, but that recent Reds/Indians series in Cleveland left a sour taste in my mouth.

In an effort to seek some sort of consolation, there’s a hashtag battle currently taking place between the Reds and Indians through the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  If you include #RedsBuckleUp in your tweets, we may be able to come back from a 26% deficit to overtake the Tribe and show everyone that the Cincinnati fans are the safest and most loyal in Ohio.

BuckleUp

 

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I’ll have more in a bit.

For those of you attending tonight’s Baseball 101 event at GABP, HAVE A GREAT TIME!

Expect good news!

Jamie

NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING UPDATE: #VOTEREDS

Reds starting infielders all rank in the top 5 at their respective positions in the first NL All-Star Game voting update, released today by Major League Baseball…

The 86th MLB All-Star Game will of course be played at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14.

CLICK HERE to VOTE REDS!

WEDNESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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TUESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOU ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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5-26 vs Col

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#REDS MEMORIAL DAY LINEUP

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From my pal @Bongreatness…

Today is Military Appreciation Day #2 of the 2015 season, presented by DAV & RetireMED iQ. Major League Baseball has issued special jerseys and hats for each team to wear during today’s game.  The Reds team game-used jerseys and hats will be available for purchase through the Reds Authentics program.

Please note that at the nearest break in play (in-between batters or inning break) at 3PM local time today we will pause to participate with Major League Baseball in the National Moment of Remembrance.  A Memorial Day tradition in baseball, there will be a short PA announcement followed by a Moment of Silence at this time during today’s game.

During pregame ceremonies today we will honor and salute our Armed Forces with activities including:
• In a pregame ceremony the Reds organization will receive the “Seven Seals Award” from the Ohio Committee for Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (EGSR). The award, which will be accepted by COO Phil Castellini, is in recognition of the Reds organization’s support of programs for active duty military, veterans and military families.
• Offering up a ceremonial first pitch will be a veteran of over 20 years of service, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Phil Tilly of the United States Army
• Providing our Honor Guard today will be the United States Navy
• Prior to the singing of our National Anthem we will hold a Moment of Remembrance in honor of Memorial Day which will include the playing of Taps by 33-year veteran of active service in the Marine Corps & US Army, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Robert L. White Jr.
• The National Anthem will be performed today by Wright Brass from the United States Air Force Band of Flight
• Delivering today’s official Game Ball will be Sergeant Roletta Goldsby of the US Army
• Serving as today’s Honorary Captain will be 1st Lieutenant Lucas Pace
• During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be rejoined by Wright Brass for the playing of God Bless America

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SUNDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; BASELINE ITEMS

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Down on the farm…

Last night for AA-Pensacola, RHP Robert Stephenson struck out 11 of the 21 batters he faced (4.2ip, 2h, 2r/2er, 5bb) as the Blue Wahoos were defeated by Jacksonville in extra-innings, 8-6.  Over his last 4 starts, Stephenson is holding batters to a .187 batting average (22ip, 8r/7er, 2.86era, 1hr, 24k).

Also last night for Pensacola, Reds prospects Kyle Waldrop and Jesse Winker switched outfield positions. Waldrop made his season debut in left field while Winker, Pensacola’s primary left fielder, moved to right.

After a slow start to the season (.242/.271/.394 in April), Waldrop has been on fire this month.  In 23 games in May, he’s batting .333 with a .351 on-base percentage while slugging at a .541 clip.

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If you’re wondering why Johnny Cueto isn’t making his scheduled start today, he’s suffering from elbow stiffness. Mark Sheldon has more on that story HERE.

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How about this throw from Joey yesterday?!

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More in a bit. Let’s go Reds!!

Expect good news,

Jamie

FRIDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; CONTEST WINNER

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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 –

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

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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: https://vimeo.com/127644520
• 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

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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.

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Expect good news,

Jamie

PS – GO REDS!

THURSDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS; ANOTHER PRIZE OPPORTUNITY

Yesterday, we mentioned the Cincinnati Reds and All-Star Game wines that are available at select retailers.  Here are some photos to make you thirsty…

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For more information on the wine or for official imagery please contact Stefanie Drucker at 917-270-9938 or sdrucker@winebydesignco.com.

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On the Farm…

RHP Jon Moscot (AAA-Louisville) continues to dominate the International League.  Yesterday vs. Norfolk, the 6’4″ righthander allowed an unearned run on 3 hits over 6.0 innings to improve his record to a perfect 6-0.  In 7 starts overall this season for the Bats, Moscot has allowed just 10 earned runs over 21.0 innings pitched (2.06 ERA, 29k, .226 opponents batting average).

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This date in Reds history…

On this date last year, Reds manager Bryan Price lit a fire under the boys…

On this date in 2012, Mike Leake hit his first big league home run.  It was the first of 3 consecutive homers hit off the Braves that inning…

As the Reds prepare for a weekend series against their in-state rival Indians, let’s go back exactly 5 years ago to see highlights of Cincinnati’s exciting win over the Tribe…

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Congratulations to Suzanne, the winner of yesterday’s Better Off Red prize closet contest.

Let’s give away some more stuff today, shall we?  In the “Comments” section of this post, tell me about the first Reds game you ever remember watching – either in-person or on TV.

Please note that when you leave a comment, only I can initially see it (it gets emailed to me).  I will randomly “approve” the one winning comment and it will appear at the end of this blog post tomorrow (Friday).  Cool? Good luck!

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 (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) 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 (ramsey.mlblogs.com) 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 (ramsey.mlblogs.com) 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.

SNOOP DOGG ADDED TO THE LIST OF CELEBS PARTICIPATING IN ALL-STAR SOFTBALL GAME ON JULY 12

snoop3Major League Baseball announced today that Snoop Dogg, Macklemore and Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson have been added to the list of participants expected to play in the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, July 12.

Other celebrities expected to participate are Anthony Anderson, Rob Riggle, Justin Moore, Miles Teller, Charissa Thompson, Nick Lachey and former players Andre Dawson, Fred Lynn, Sean Casey, Eric Davis, Paul O’Neill and Aaron Boone. Olympic women’s softball star Jennie Finch is also scheduled to play in the annual event.

WEDNESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; ANOTHER PRIZE OPPORTUNITY

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Guthrie

 

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WWE Superstar and Cincinnati native, “Dean Ambrose” is seen wearing a Reds cap today on wwe.com.  Thanks for the support, Dean!

Ambrose

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Reds prospect Kyle Waldrop is beginning to heat up down in AA-Pensacola.  The lefthanded hitting Floridian is 25-for-65 (.385) in 17 games since May 3.  Overall, in 39 games for the Blue Wahoos, Waldrop is batting .304 with 5 homers and 25 RBI (.324obp, .500 slugging).

Waldrop has been playing primarily right field and first base for Pensacola.

Waldrop

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You wine lovers might want to check this out…

MLB All-Star Game and Reds Wines hit Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (May 20, 2015) — Commemorate the 2015 MLB® All-Star Game® with a limited edition Monterey County Pinot Noir.

Only 600 cases were specially crafted for this year’s game, hosted by the Cincinnati Reds and played at Great American Ball Park on July 14th.

The 2015 All-Star Game Midsummer ClassicTM Pinot Noir will be sold alongside the Cincinnati Reds Club Series wine, a 2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Midsummer Classic and Cincinnati Reds Club Series wines join the MLB Wine lineup, which includes bold Cabernets, Bordeaux styled reds, and sensational whites.

Look for all MLB wines now available for purchase at select local retailers, ballparks and stadiums across the country, and mlb.com/wine.

The 2014 Pinot Noir is the third annual Midsummer Classic wine and is medium to full-bodied with ripe strawberry and floral aromas.

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has been aged for 16 months and has intense aromas of black raspberry and cherry.

These wines are the result of selective sourcing, exceptional winemaking and expert blending from high quality grapes.

With access to over 25,000 acres of premium California vineyards, an experienced team of winemakers and viticulturists work together to produce a broad spectrum of fine wines.

Wine by Design is officially licensed by Major League Baseball to produce wines that feature the logos of each of the 30 MLB Clubs.

For more information on the wine or for official imagery please contact Stefanie Drucker at 917-270-9938 or sdrucker@winebydesignco.com.

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Congratulations to Andrew Herzog, the winner of yesterday’s Better Off Red prize closet contest.

Let’s give away some more stuff today, shall we?  In the “Comments” section of this post, tell me your favorite thing about Great American Ball Park.

Please note that when you leave a comment, only I can initially see it (it gets emailed to me).  I will randomly “approve” the one winning comment and it will appear at the end of this blog post tomorrow (Thursday).  Cool? Good luck!

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 (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) 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 (ramsey.mlblogs.com) 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 (ramsey.mlblogs.com) 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.

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