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SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR YOUR MONDAY

Here are today’s National League Central Division standings…

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Here are the National League Western Division standings from this date 2007…

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Significance? The Rockies played the Red Sox in the World Series that year.

I’m not implying anything other than “it ain’t over till it’s over.”

Go Reds!
Expect good news.

SLIDING INTO ŌM – YOGA ON THE FIELD AT GABP

CINCINNATI (Aug. 1, 2014) — Are you a Reds fan who’s also into yoga? If so, don’t miss “Sliding Into Om” on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Great American Ball Park.

It’s your chance to take the field for a one-hour yoga session led by instructors from Simply Power Yoga.

The Sliding Into Om package is only $25 and includes:
• Yoga on the field on Sept. 6 (8:30 a.m.)
• Game ticket for Reds vs. Cardinals on Sept. 9 (7:10 p.m.)
• Complimentary yoga session at Simply Power Yoga

Tickets must be purchased in advance, so reserve your spot today at reds.com/yoga.

Sliding into Om – Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Great American Ball Park
• 8 a.m.: Registration and check-in
• 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Yoga session on the field
• 9:30 to 10 a.m.: Refreshments provided by Coffee Emporium and fresh fruit from Castellini Co.

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FRIDAY BASELINE ITEMS & YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SOMETHING COOL

Check out these photos from Johnny Béisbol’s fantastic outing yesterday in Miami (courtesy of Denis Bancroft)…

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I’ve got some Reds stuff that I want to give away to the loyal readers of Better Off Red. Check out some of the things that could be yours…

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(and more stuff not pictured)

How can you get your hands on this stuff?  Well, I’ve got an idea…

Our dear friend (and blog mascot) Burt BobbleRed has been a little down in the dumps lately.  I would love it if you could help me cheer him up.  There’s a good chance you could put a smile back on his cute little porcelain face by tweeting photos/signs/poems/haikus/etc., that illustrate your loyal love and support for Burt and/or Better Off Red.

When Burt is smiling, he tends to be in a giving mood.  So come up with something good and include the hashtag #BetterOffRed.  I’ll randomly select winners using the @Jamieblog account.

There is no deadline for this contest and you can tweet as much as you’d like.  Sound good?  It’s a little open for interpretation, but I’m sure you can come up with something creative.  And remember, it has to be specific to Burt and/or BOR, so simply tweeting a photo of your kids or your dog wearing a Reds cap doesn’t count.

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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Beginning today, you might see these posters in area restaurants advertising the Ultimate Sports Doubleheader...

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Attending a Reds home game and Bengals training camp/preseason game all in one day?! That IS the ultimate Cincinnati sports doubleheader!
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Recently Reds players Brayan Pena, Jumbo Diaz and Ramon Santiago attended the second annual Orgullo Hispano Luncheon at Cancun Mexican Restaurant. Check out the photos courtesy of my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson

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Thanks to all the recent followers of @Jamieblog!

@OARnow @benlandis @VisitClintonCty @AnthonyBoyerTCB @themiehls @JennyBaseballl @cmeyer72 @thetranseptOTR @Ndamukong_Stu @kspriggs11 @feoshiawrites @ohiospud @AHaze13 @jonreardon2 @buckeyekaraoke @FakefulkJKM @SweetAdvise @RussellMcDermit @djd31475 @bobbibab1980 @matteo_mas @sheldoncooperis @daughtryfan09 @LAMPTV @BigWormsWay @Cetrey4 @JRFarase

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That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Expect good news!

Jamie

COLLECTIBLE BOBBLEHEAD FOR JULY: BARRY LARKIN

Larkin-BobbleBobbleheads available Friday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.

CINCINNATI (July 31, 2014) — The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum continues its collectible bobblehead series, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, with the release of the Barry Larkin bobblehead.

The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame beginning Friday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. and will be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of August, while supplies last.

One of the most complete players in Reds history, Larkin’s remarkable career culminated with his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. Of the many unforgettable moments of Larkin’s career, his celebratory leap after the Reds’ completed their sweep of the A’s in the 1990 World Series ranks among the most indelible of his career. The bobblehead replicates that triumphant moment in great detail, including the dirt that stained the front of his uniform from a slide earlier in the game.

Larkin was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2008.

The bobblehead series continues each month through September with a different Reds legend in a classic pose that highlights an iconic image or moment from their Reds career.
• May: Sparky Anderson (only available through the purchase of a membership)
• June: Jim O’Toole (only available through the purchase of a membership)
• July: Eric Davis (only available through the purchase of a membership)
• August: Barry Larkin
• September: Pete Rose

Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military/veterans.

The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the Hall of Fame & Museum as a member:
• $50 Reds Fan membership (individual) gets the Sparky Anderson and Jim O’Toole bobbleheads.
• $85 All-Star membership (family) gets the Sparky Anderson, Jim O’Toole, Eric Davis and Barry Larkin bobbleheads.
• $200 MVP and $1,000 World Champion memberships get all five bobbleheads plus additional perks and gifts.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 81 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.

The Museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.

Located next to Great American Ball Park, The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m year-round with extended hours on game days.

Plan your visit at http://www.redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.

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

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#REDS AND BENGALS TEAM UP FOR ‘ULTIMATE SPORTS DOUBLEHEADER’ POSTERS

Photos courtesy of Christy LaPlante

From BOR earlier today…

During pregame ceremonies today we will welcome three of the Cincinnati Bengals’ finest players – offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth, defensive tackle Domata Peko and running back Giovani Bernard – as we unveil the 2014 “Ultimate Sports Doubleheader” posters. For the third consecutive season the Reds and Bengals have teamed up on these posters to help highlight some of the dates where Cincinnati sports fans can experience a great doubleheader experience on the riverfront, by attending a Reds home game and Bengals training camp practice or preseason game. The posters will be on display at area restaurants throughout the month of August (not available for sale). This year’s posters feature the following combinations:
• “Power Surge” featuring Todd Frazier & Domata Peko
• “Rock Solid” featuring Devin Mesoraco & Andrew Whitworth
• “Speed Thrills” featuring Billy Hamilton & Giovani Bernard

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

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From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies today we will welcome three of the Cincinnati Bengals’ finest players – offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth, defensive tackle Domata Peko and running back Giovani Bernard – as we unveil the 2014 “Ultimate Sports Doubleheader” posters. For the third consecutive season the Reds and Bengals have teamed up on these posters to help highlight some of the dates where Cincinnati sports fans can experience a great doubleheader experience on the riverfront, by attending a Reds home game and Bengals training camp practice or preseason game. The posters will be on display at area restaurants throughout the month of August (not available for sale). This year’s posters feature the following combinations:
• “Power Surge” featuring Todd Frazier & Domata Peko
• “Rock Solid” featuring Devin Mesoraco & Andrew Whitworth
• “Speed Thrills” featuring Billy Hamilton & Giovani Bernard

Tonight is the fifth and final ceremonial flight that “Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo will make during the 2014 season. Sam will fly from the Cincinnati Bell Riverboat Deck to the pitcher’s mound at the conclusion of tonight’s National Anthem.

BREAKTHROUGH SERIES

If you’re reading this, you’ll probably agree that baseball is the greatest game.  As such, it’s important to have today’s youngsters fall in love with the sport, just like we did when we were kids.

I love what Major League Baseball has been doing with their RBI program; and nowthey’ve hit another home run with their latest project, in which they team up with USA Baseball - it’s called the “Breakthrough Series.”

Check out MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa’s story on the Breakthrough Series that was recently played here in Cincinnati.  Pay special attention to the quotes from the young men who participated in the event.  It’s comforting to know that the game is in good hands and continues to be met with excitement and enthusiasm.

Here are some photos from the Breakthrough Series, courtesy of my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson

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

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From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will welcome and salute the Rosie Reds organization. The Rosies are celebrating their 50th anniversary of existence as the premier fan support club in all of Major League Baseball. As part of today’s ceremonies we will welcome back 8 of the 23 club President’s in the organization’s history.

Today we will also salute Reds Way Employee of the Month for July, day of game ticket seller Chantee’ West.

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

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From my pal @Bongreatness, who demonstrates there is no such thing as “first annual”…

There are three separate giveaways at the gates today: (1) the first 8,000 kids 14 and younger will receive a free Mascot Magnet courtesy of Delta Air Lines (2) the first 5,000 fans will receive an ALS Awareness Day Lou Gehrig baseball card and (3) the first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a Dog Days of Summer Calendar, presented by Iams & Kroger.

During pregame ceremonies today the Reds will salute Donna Jones Baker, the President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, and present her with a Community Advocate Award, celebrating the efforts within our community that enrich our fans’ lives. Donna and the City of Cincinnati hosted the National Urban League Convention this past week.

Today Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award a $5,000 grant to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League as part of their annual “Equipment Day” event at Great American Ball Park.

For the second consecutive year the Reds and MSA Sport are teaming up to recognize the top high school baseball coaches in the tri-state from this past season. Finalists for the Coach of the Year Award include Jeff Keith (CHCA), Bill Krumpelbeck (CovCath), Bill Dreisbach (Lakota West), Tom Kilgore (Milford) and Troy Roberts (Simon Kenton).

For the third and final day, we will welcome back the Racing Presidents from Washington DC.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today the Reds will welcome Bishop Victor Couzens to lead the crowd in singing of God Bless America.

Following the conclusion of today’s game we will host the inaugural Gospel Day Concert at Great American Ball Park. Performing as part of today’s event will be the opening act by Stellar Award-winning artist Isaac Carree and headlining the show will be Grammy Award-winning artist, Pastor Donnie McClurkin. The concert is expected to begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of today’s game.

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