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‘Baseball 101’ event on July 21st at Great American Ball Park

CINCINNATI (June 14, 2016) — Are you looking for a unique and fun night out with the girls while learning more about the game of baseball?

The third annual St. Elizabeth Healthcare A Night of Their Own – Baseball 101 will be held Thursday, July 21 at Great American Ball Park from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This exclusive event gives women of all ages the opportunity to EAT, PLAY and LEARN with Reds coaches, broadcasters, staff and special guests to get an inside look at the game of baseball.

• Enjoy a dinner buffet in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club
• Open bar with beer, wine, and our signature drink, the Rosietini

• Throw a pitch from the mound and snag a flyball in the outfield
• NEW: Take cuts in the Reds batting cage on the field
• NEW: Call game highlights at the broadcast station, courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio

• Meet Reds manager Bryan Price and broadcasters Marty & Thom Brennaman
• Receive tips from the Reds coaching staff including third base coach Billy Hatcher

Event tickets are $175 and include:
– Upscale buffet with open bar
– NEW: Upgraded gift bag featuring an exclusive ladies Reds watch and wine tumbler
– Ticket for an upcoming Reds game
– Guided tour of Great American Ball Park with stops in the Reds clubhouse, press box and broadcast booths.

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Space is limited. Sign up today at or (513) 765-7237.

Event schedule:
– 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Registration and check-in
– 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner, cocktails and welcome
– 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Ballpark tours, field stations and Q&A sessions

All proceeds from benefit the baseball-themed youth outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

A special thanks to the event sponsors and partners: St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare, Hewlett Packard, D-Lo & Kristie from KISS107, Spruce Nail Salon, BLOWN Blow Dry Bar, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Prestige AV & Creative Services and Michael Bambino Photography.


We here at Better Off Red recognize that there are times when we need a break from the real world to enjoy a chuckle or two.  We’re going to try just that today.

I often tell fans that the “Reds” are your delicious breakfast while Better Off Red is the back of the cereal box; a supplement to what you’re really interested in.  If you’re familiar with the back of a cereal box, it usually has fun games and puzzles and other interested things to keep you entertained while you’re woofing down your Apple Jacks.

Below is some “back of the cereal box” material for you while you prepare for the next Reds game.  Most of this stuff was plucked from the photo folder on my laptop.  Enjoy!

Let’s start with this one…


Look out, Mark!

Quite possibly my all-time favorite (doctored) photo involves writer Mark Sheldon trying to get away from a monkey riding an ostrich.



Former Reds outfielder Brennan Boesch takes his pet AT-ATs out for a walk on the field during Spring Training last year.



Remember when Billy rescued a kitten from high atop a tree? It made the news!






This photo was taken to promote the Reds wearable fleece blanket giveaway. It as actually Bronson Arroyo‘s idea to get the guys together like this to pose for the photo. Remember Daniel Ray Herrera and Mike Lincoln?!



He’s got the whole world in his hands…



Several years ago during Spring Training, I tried to snap at least one photo of Corky Miller everyday. This one is probably my favorite.



It’s easy to imagine Devin Mesoraco being honored during a pregame ceremony…in 1966!



One of the truly bizarre photos I’ve ever seen, and of course, Doug Flynn is in it. That’s him and former Red Joel Youngblood taking their dogs to prom.



Uh oh

Who can forget that time Opening Day was postponed due to Godzilla?



Enchanting Great American Ball Park.


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Chris Heisey used to moonlight as “Hawk Man” when he played for the Reds.



Trent, John and Froggy

For many years, C. Trent Rosecrans and John Fay would travel to elementary schools and nursing homes to put on puppet shows. Here’s a backstage photo of them before one of their biggest ever shows at Hayes Elementary School in Hamilton.



One of the final days of Riverfront Stadium.



Joey riding Nibbles



“where did he come from?!”

That time an elephant knocked Joey out of the batter’s box.



Mike Leake and Bronson Arroyo survey the field after GABP was infested with sun flowers.



The Iron Sheik make Jim Day humble.



Queen Marty.



Votto vs Vader



The Sam Abides

One of my all-time favorite photos of Sam LeCure.



One of the many times my office in Goodyear was destroyed by interns.



Votto vs. Dragon



Another of Doug Flynn and his dog photo. Look at that afro!


We’ll do this again soon. Hope you giggled!

Expect good news,



Here’s a current list of the 2016 draft picks who’ve signed with the Reds.





From my pal @Bongreatness…

Today is Military Appreciation Day #2 of the 2016 season, presented by DAV – Disabled American Veterans – and Hankook Tire. The Reds will be wearing their digi-camo uniforms for today’s game.

During pregame ceremonies Hankook Tire America Corp. President Hee-Se Ahn (he-say AHN) will present a check to DAV Executive Director Barry Jesinoski for $150,000 as part of Hankook’s continued support of our Nation’s military and veterans.

Offering up one of our ceremonial first pitches tonight will be Marines Corps veteran Bryan Lett, a native of Columbus, Ohio, who medically retired from the service after sustaining injuries while serving in Afghanistan. Bryan is now employed by DAV – Disabled American Veterans.

Also joining us for pregame events today are representatives of the Navy Band Northeast, attached to the Naval War College in Newport, RI, one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide. Groups representing the Navy Band Northeast will perform around the ballpark pregame as well as providing our National Anthem. The Navy Band Northeast is in town leading up to Dayton Navy Week.

Delivering the official Game Ball today will be Admiral Victor Hall. Admiral Hall is a graduate of both Xavier University & the University of Cincinnati and is the current Deputy Commander for Navy Medicine West.

Musician Second Class Laura Carey will join us to sing God Bless America during the middle of the 7th inning break today.

Following the conclusion of today’s game is the annual CollegeAdvantage RCF Family Catch, presented by TQL. During this unique opportunity fans will take turns going to the outfield grass of Great American Ball Park to play a game of catch. Spots are still available and will be sold at a staffed table in the Fan Zone during today’s game.



CINCINNATI (June 11, 2016) — With near record high temperatures in the lower 90s expected today, the Reds have recommendations for fans on how to stay cool and safe while enjoying the Reds vs. A’s games at Great American Ball Park this weekend:

• Fans will be permitted to bring opened bottles of water into the ballpark. (Unopened bottles of water and soft-sided coolers smaller than 16x16x8 are always permitted.)

• “Cool rooms” will be in operation with TVs so fans can watch the game. Please see a Reds staff member for an escort to a cool room.

• Cool water vapor misting stations are setup near sections 106, 130, 517 and under the PNC Power Stacks in center field.

• Sun screen lotion will be available for free at TriHealth first aid stations.

• Fans should keep hydrated and drink plenty of fluids (preferably water) before and during the game.

• Extra care should be taken when exposing infants and elderly fans to these conditions as they are much more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

• Any fans feeling weak or sick should let a Reds staff member know and medical aid will be summoned.

• Wheelchair assistance is always available. Please see a Reds staff member.

TriHealth Event Medicine staffs an emergency medicine physician, ambulance with crew, critical care paramedics and nurses at each game. Additional staff are added as temperatures rise.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and Reds Team Shops are air conditioned and great indoor locations for fans to escape the heat.




From my pal @Bongreatness

gnomeThe first 25,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Get Your ‘Stache On Garden Gnome, courtesy of Miracle-Gro. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 2:40PM for the general public. However those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

During pregame ceremonies today we will recognize participants from the regional Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run competition. The competitors to the field at Great American Ball Park earlier today to crown a regional champion at various age groups.

Also during pregame ceremonies the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, in cooperation with the Reds Community Fund, will award $2,500 grants to the Fairborn Little League and the Fairfield Community Foundation. Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded more than $27 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe & Asia.



From my pal @Bongreatness...

Tonight is the 6th Fireworks Friday of the 2016 season, presented by the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family. The postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to a “Reds ‘Country’” soundtrack, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.

All fans in attendance this evening will receive an authentic oversized reprint of Eugenio Suarez’s 2016 Topps baseball card.

“Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will join us for a ceremonial flight at the conclusion of tonight’s National Anthem. This is the second of five flights Sam will make this season.

Tonight is Elder Night at GABP with retiring Principal Tom Otten offering up a ceremonial first pitch that incoming Principal Kurt Ruffing will catch. Mr. Otten is retiring after 55 years as an educator and administrator at Elder. The Elder Glee Club will lead us in the singing of our National Anthem.

Offering up one of our other ceremonial first pitches this evening will be “Old Spice Guy” Isaiah Mustafa. Mustafa portrays the “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” in a series of popular Old Spice commercials. Mustafa will enter the field tonight riding horseback on the warning track. (!!!! YESSS!!!!)

Also joining us tonight for a special ceremony and first pitch will be representatives of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, including Chairman and Founder Michael Milken. At all MLB games from June 13th through Father’s Day, June 19th, home runs hit in MLB games will help raise funds for prostate cancer research.


You saw video here on Better Off Red yesterday of number one pick Nick Senzel. Here are some more moving pictures of the Reds’ next six picks…

TAYLOR TRAMMELL (OF – L/L – 18YRS) LOT A – 35th overall


CHRIS OKEY (C – R/R – 21YRS) 2nd Rd – 43rd overall


NICK HANSON (RHP – R/R – 18YRS) – 3rd Rd – 79th overall


SCOTT MOSS (LHP – L/L – 21 YRS) – 4th Rd – 108th overall


RYAN HENDRIX (RHP – R/R – 21 YRS) – 5th Rd – 138th overall


TYLER MONDILE (RHP – L/R – 18 YRS) – 6th Rd – 168th overall


That talented Juan Dorado brings you this week’s Reds Minor League Spotlight…

It was a big week for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates as eight players were announced to their respective mid-season classics.

Dayton snapped their season-high 12 game losing streak with a win last Friday and finished the week 2-4. The Dragons are enduring a rough first half, but right-hander Ariel Hernandez has been outstanding. The Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star went 0-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 18 appearances. He recorded two saves and 40 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. He was transferred to Daytona on June 6.

Daytona added a stellar arm to their bullpen while boasting three all-stars of their own. Hernandez joins Florida State League All-Stars Jimmy Herget and Jake Ehret in the bullpen. Herget has posted a 2-2 record with a 1.65 ERA. He tallied nine saves, striking out 38 batters in 27. 1 innings. Ehret is 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA and four saves.

While the bullpen has been shutting down the bats, Aristides Aquino has been making noise with his. The outfielder was selected to the FSL All-Star team after posting a .254 (55-for-218) with eight homers and 24 RBI. On Wednesday night, he went 2-for-4 with two homers and two RBI in Daytona’s 8-0 win over Palm Beach. He helped Daytona go 4-1 on the week.

Pensacola went 2-4 on the diamond, but they are still in first place and had five players on their roster named to the Southern League All-Star game. The Southern League’s top rotation in terms of ERA will have four representatives from their pitching staff at the midsummer classic. Jackson Stephens, Alejandro Chacin, Amir Garrett and Nick Routt will be throwing on behalf of the Blue Wahoos. Stephens is 5-4 with 3.36 ERA in 11 starts while Garrett is 5-3 with a 1.63 ERA. Garrett is in the top 10 in various SL categories like ERA (2nd), wins (T-5th), strikeouts (67, 5th), WHIP (1.04, 2nd) and batting average against (.191, 1st).

The rotation has been strong but Routt and Chacin have been electric. Chacin is 3-0 with a 0.70 ERA and 10 saves in 11 chances. He has fanned 31 batters in 25.2 innings. His miniscule ERA is only topped by Routt, who has posted a 0-0 mark with a 0.55 ERA in 19 games.

While the bullpen anchors the staff, Brandon Dixon is the heart beat of the offense. The infielder was named SL Player of the Week on Monday and an All-Star on Wednesday. In five games, Dixon hit .632 with seven runs, a double, six home runs, 12 RBI to win player of the week honors.  Dixon’s monster week is coupled by his strong year at the plate. In 49 games, he is batting .297 (49-for-165) with 11 homers and 39 RBI.

RED Bites: Louisville went 3-4 last week and remains 3.5 games behind the front-running Columbus Clippers in the International League West division…Jumbo Diaz continues his dominance for Triple-A Louisville, recording three saves in three chances. In 17 games, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and eight saves for the Bats.


If you are attending the Reds vs. A’s game on Saturday, June 11 (4:10pm) you’ll have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a “Players’ Favorite Things” basket raffle.

Twelve gift baskets have been filled by the players’ wives with their favorite items.

Items include food and gifts from their home state, gift cards to their favorite stores along with books and DVDs and four tickets to an upcoming Reds game.

Additionally, each raffle winner will receive an autographed jersey from the player.

Player baskets include: Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco, Jay Bruce, Tucker Barnhart, Ivan De Jesus, Jordan Pacheco, Caleb Cotham, Brandon Finnegan, Blake Wood, Dan Straily, Eugenio Suarez and Ross Ohlendorf.
*subject to change

The retail value of each basket is well over $300.

What dad wouldn’t love this?

The Reds Wives will be selling raffle tickets (cash only) inside the first base side re-entry gate at Great American Ball Park starting when gates open at 2:40pm to the end of the 7th inning. Fans must have a ticket to the game to purchase raffle tickets. Tickets will be on sale for one for $5 or three for $10.

The winners will be drawn at random during the 8th inning. Fans do not need to be present to claim their baskets.

All proceeds will go toward the Dragonfly Foundation, a non-profit, which is dedicated to bringing comfort and joy to kids and young adults enduring cancer and bone marrow transplants.


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