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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 –

Duke

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.

TUESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP; MAKE-UP DATE ANNOUNCED

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LHP Manny Parra, disabled since 4/29 with a strained neck, tonight is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment in a 1-inning start at Louisville.

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Majestic Athletic Announces Jersey Days in Every MLB City

The Official On-Field Uniform Supplier of MLB
Launches Team Pride Celebrations Across the US & Canada

Majestic Athletic, makers of the official on-field uniform of Major League Baseball, in partnership with MLB and its 30 Clubs, today officially announced Jersey Day celebrations in every Major League city. Jersey Days are a special day for baseball fans to celebrate their teams by donning their official team jerseys in a show of baseball fan pride throughout North America.

Jersey Day encourages fans to proudly wear their favorite team’s jersey to work, school and all over town that day to celebrate their love for the sport and their team. To provide all fans with the opportunity to cap off the celebration during a home game, club-centric celebrations are scheduled across the country at every Major League ballpark over the course of two consecutive Fridays – May 22 and May 29.

The Reds will celebrate Jersey Day on May 29.

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As I mentioned earlier on Twitter, I’ve replenished the Better Off Red prize closet and I have some stuff to give away this week!

If you’re interested in winning something cool from BOR Headquarters, here’s your chance.  In the ‘Comments’ section of this blog post, tell me who your favorite Reds player is and why.

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

SUNDAY’S #REDS LINEUP VS THE GIANTS: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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Heston will try and part the Reds’ “C” this afternoon at Great American Ball Park

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a free Mike Leake Poster, courtesy of Curly’s.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 11:10AM for Season Ticket Holders and 11:40AM for the general public.  However, those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

During pregame ceremonies today we will welcome over 100 participants from the 2015 Reds Fantasy Camp, which took place in Goodyear, Arizona, prior to Spring Training.  The fantasy campers will play their official “reunion game” on the field at Great American Ball Park tomorrow.

In One Acchord will join us in the middle of the 7th inning break today to lead us in the singing of God Bless America.

After the game today is the first Reds Heads Postgame Parade of the 2015 season.  This opportunity to take a tour around the warning track after the game is exclusive to Reds Heads members and their families.

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

May16

Vogelsong

From my pal @Bongreatness

Johnny-Bench-BobbleThe first 25,000 fans in attendance at today’s game will receive a Johnny Bench “Stars of the Queen City” bobblehead, courtesy of John Morrell. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 5:10PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:40PM for the general public. However, those times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Today is the first Military Appreciation Day of the 2015 season, presented by DAV & Retiremed IQ. The Reds will be wearing their alternative camouflage uniforms for today’s game. During pregame ceremonies and throughout tonight’s game we will honoring current and veteran military members and their families, celebrating Armed Forces Day in America. Ballpark ceremonies and events will include:
• “All Systems Go” from the Wright Patterson Air Force Base & Air Force’s Band of Flight will perform on the Fan Zone Main Stage prior to the game.
• Recognition of the US Navy Reserves, who are celebrating their centennial anniversary in 2015. We will welcome to the ballpark several Navy reservists who have recently returned from deployments around the world as well as family members of reservists currently serving abroad.
• The Navy Reserve Force Master Chief – Mr. C.J. Mitchell – will join us for today’s ceremonial and offer up one of today’s ceremonial first pitches. The Force Master Chief is the highest enlisted position in the Navy Reserves and Mr. Mitchell is a native of Cincinnati (Cincinnati Country Day School).
• A Joint Forces Color Guard of the United States Military will present tonight’s colors.
• Air Force TSGT (ret.) Felita LaRock will lead us in the singing of our National Anthem.
• Today’s official Game Ball will be delivered to the mound by Corporal Christian Dekker of the United States Marines.
• Serving as today’s Honorary Captain will be Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexis Reeves of the United States Coast Guard.
• Army veteran SPC John Langenheim will be honored as today’s Hometown Hero.

MLB ANNOUNCES T-MOBILE ALL-STAR FANFEST SCAVENGER HUNT IN CINCINNATI FROM MAY 18-22

Next week, Major League Baseball will launch a T-Mobile All-Star FanFest Scavenger Hunt in Cincinnati beginning Monday, the 18th through Friday, the 22nd giving fans the chance to win a Golden Ticket package to T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, which will take place from July 10th to the 14th at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The Golden Ticket package includes:
• Four tickets to each of the five days of T-Mobile All-Star FanFest
• Four hot dogs and sodas for each of the five days
• Four T-Mobile All-Star FanFest Jump Lane bracelets for each day
• One baseball autographed by an MLB legend

Beginning at noon eastern each day, clues will be released via Twitter from @AllStarGame and @Reds. Fans are encouraged to use #FanFestHunt as they follow along. For fans who don’t win a package, tickets for T-Mobile All-Star FanFest are available at AllStarGame.com.

About T-Mobile All-Star Fan Fest (7/10-7/14):
T-Mobile All-Star FanFest will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The five-day event, beginning on July 10th will serve as the launch of MLB All-Star Week, which will culminate with the 86th All-Star Game on July 14th at Great American Ball Park. T-Mobile All-Star FanFest is the world’s largest interactive baseball fan event, providing an unrivaled experience for fans of all ages. With more than 100 different appearances from MLB Legends and Hall of Famers, fans have the opportunity to get free autographs, participate in baseball clinics led by current and former players, attend Q&A sessions and much more. Legends who have attended T-Mobile All-Star FanFest in past years include Hall of Famers Barry Larkin, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield, plus current players Alex Gordon, Joe Mauer, Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton.

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

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is Fireworks Friday #3 of the 2015 season, presented by Orville Redenbacher. The approximately 15-minute fireworks show will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game and feature a Star Wars themed soundtrack with Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance tonight will receive a Star Wars themed Reds poster. Star Wars characters from the Ohio Garrison of the 501st Legion, the Great Lakes Base of the Rebel Legion, and the Rancor Clan of the Mandalorian Merchs will be in attendance at tonight’s game to participate in a variety of activities.

Tonight is also the annual Flying Pig Marathon celebration night at the ballpark. Hundreds of participants from the 2015 Flying Pig Marathon and it’s sub events are expected in attendance to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track. The winners of the full marathon – Amy Robillard of Montgomery and Adam Gloyeske of Hamilton/Fairfield – will each offer up ceremonial first pitches.

As mentioned, Orville Redenbacher is sponsoring tonight’s postgame fireworks show & we will welcome Orville’s daughter – Gail Tuminello – to serve as tonight’s Honorary Captain.

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

5-14

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is 700WLW Night at Great American Ball Park. During pregame ceremonies we will be honoring recently retired WLW personality Jim Scott. In addition to the ceremony in his honor, Jim will offer up one of tonight’s ceremonial first pitches.

We will hold a Moment of Remembrance tonight prior to the singing of our National Anthem to honor the life of former Reds Assistant GM and WLW “Extra Innings” host Darrell “Doc” Rodgers. Rodgers passed away yesterday at the age of 52 after a long battle with cancer.

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Throwback Thursday:  At the conclusion of the 2001 Reds season, Riverfront Stadium (Cinergy Field) transitioned from an astroturf playing field to natural grass.  Also, the stadium had half of its structure removed to accommodate the construction of Great American Ball Park (at one point, the stadia were literally inches away from each other).

Here’s a photo of Riverfront/Cinergy during that 2001 phase…

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