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#REDS HOST ‘SELECT-A-SEAT’ AT GABP TODAY!

Last chance to guarantee 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® tickets
Members of the Reds Caravan to conduct a free Q&A at Noon

CINCINNATI — Reds fans buying ticket plans can choose their seats for the 2015 season at the annual Select-A-Seat event today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club at Great American Ball Park.

“Fans can walk the ballpark to pick the seats that are best them for the 2015 season,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “And Select-A-Seat is the last chance to guarantee 2015 MLB ALL-STAR GAME® tickets by purchasing Reds half-season ticket plans and above.”

Sunday also is the deadline to lock in the lowest prices for Reds 2015 ticket plans and guarantee Opening Day tickets. Season ticket plans start under $9 a seat.

Members of the Reds Caravan scheduled to participate in a free Q&A at noon include team President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini, General Manager Walt Jocketty, manager Bryan Price and players Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Brayan Peña, J.J Hoover and Tucker Barnhart.

Fans purchasing a season ticket plan (20 games or more) will have the chance to meet the members of the Reds Caravan and collect their autographs on a baseball.

Select-A-Seat is free and open to the public and cash parking is available in the Great American Ball Park and The Banks garages. Seating for the Q&A is limited.

2015 Season Ticket Plans (guarantee OPENING DAY & 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® ticket options)
• 39-game Weekend Plan (all Friday, Saturday and Sunday games)
• 40-game Half Season Plan (mix of weekend and weekday games)
• 42-game Weekday/Weeknight Plan (all Monday-Thursday games)
• 81-game Full Season Plan

2015 Season Ticket Plans (guarantee OPENING DAY ticket options only)
• 20-game Plans (four different plans available)

For more information on ticket plans, visit www.reds.com/tickets or call (513) 765-7500.

MERCURY MARTY RECAPS DAY TWO OF THE #REDSCARAVAN

“I love you guys!”

That’s a salutation that echoes throughout every facility with which we grace our presence…without any exception. Knowing us as you do, we never tire of hearing it. We would be less than honest, however, to admit that we are shocked or surprised at having people tell us that. We are not a boastful, arrogant, braggadocio type of group. While we are humbled by what people tell us, inwardly it’s the on-gong expectation that we have of people saying the same thing over and over. They may say it in different words or different ways but at the end of the day – it’s always the same.

It resonated at all of our stops on Day Two for the Rockstar group of the 2015 Reds Caravan.

The group’s first stop yesterday was far and away the most uplifting. We visited the home of Dave and Carol Heffner in Lexington (KY). Their daughter, Amy, confined to a wheelchair for the last 13 years sent an email to the Reds asking if it was possible that OUR group stop by and surprise her dad, who is such a huge Reds fan – and in fact has a Reds room in his basement. We were there for over an hour and it was truly an emotional and poignant experience from all of these battle-hardened veterans.

Now, it was time to rock-n-roll. On we went, first to London (KY) where we were greeted with open arms. An unexpected pleasure was meeting up with former UK head basketball coach, the legendary Joe B. Hall. From London it was on to, always one of our favorite stops – Somerset (KY). Somerset, for those of you who’ve never been there, is one of the most beautiful small towns in all of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Tireless and undaunted, we jumped back on the bus, piloted by our main man Michael, and departed for Music City…Nashville, Tennessee.

Our appearance before a massive crowd at Rivergate Mall, was not unlike our other mall stops. Time allowed for questions and answers from the great Reds fans of Tennessee; and then, the thing we enjoy the most, the autograph period. Why do we enjoy it as much as we do? Because it allows us to get up close and personal with our loyal Reds supporters. There’s nothing like looking deep into the eyes of a Reds fan and intuitively knowing that come Opening Day, his whole world, for the next six months will revolve around Reds baseball.

The day comes to an end all too soon for us. The thing that separates us from the other groups is that, every day, we reach a certain emotional high that those people never ever realize. They think they do, and God bless them for thinking that, because they will never ever realize the true feeling of the connection that WE and WE alone make during this four-day sojourn every year.

We all slept like logs last night knowing that we enjoyed a sense of accomplishment that very few have ever realized.

I really have a certain sense that those who read these blogs everyday are better people when they finish them.

Until next time,
Mercury Marty

MERCURY MARTY RECAPS DAY ONE OF THE 2015 REDS CARAVAN’S SOUTH TOUR

You know, there are many things in life that I look forward to . However, I can’t imagine anything that I enjoy more than sitting down with Jamie Ramsey each of the four days that we get together each year of the Reds Caravan. This labor of love, so to speak, involves chronicling the great works of the Reds Rockstar group on our stops throughout Reds Country. To say that Day One was a delightful beginning is a gross understatement.

Starting in Cynthiana (KY) and then on to Madison (IN) with a stop off in Salem (IN) and climaxing the night before a massive throng at Slugger Field in Louisville; one would think I would get tired of talking about the record breaking crowds that the Rockstar group appears in front of at a ballpark like Slugger Field or the malls in which we appear. That, however, is not the case.

Last night’s turnout was a prime case-in-point. Record-breaking? You bet it was. Made more so by the appearance of Bob Castellini and Reds HOF second baseman Joe Morgan. But all that did was just add to the star power – and we’ve got a lot of it. You want some names? I’ll give you some names Brayan Pena, JJ Hoover, minor league outfielder Phillip Ervin, 1999 rookie of the year Scott Williamson, Sam Grossman, Ryan “Payless” Rizzo, the amenable Gapper– and the aforementioned Ramsey.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that right at the onset of this Caravan, evil forces have done everything in their power to tear this incredibly talent group apart. The word “conspiracy” comes to mind, and while it will not obviously rank with the well-documented historical conspiracies of our great country, it saddens one to think that others of way less integrity would go out of their way, as they have done, to tear us a sunder. Our heads are bowed but not even close to beaten.

We welcome in our new comrades and we go forward into another great day – to dazzle those whom we come into contact with. Not surprising, because we ARE the Rockstar group.

Until next time,
Mercury Marty

THAT’S A WRAP – DAY ONE OF THE #REDS CARAVAN: SOUTH TOUR

Greetings from the beautiful city of Louisville, where I write to you from the comforts of my spacious hotel room.  The Southern Tour of the 2015 Reds Caravan just wrapped up Day One and it’s now time to kick back and relax before we do it all over again tomorrow.

Marty will properly recap Day One first thing in the morning right here on Better Off Red.  You won’t want to miss it, as his daily Caravan reports are nothing short of spectacular.

The big news on our tour came this evening at Louisville Slugger Field when Reds CEO Bob Castellini announced that Pete Rose will attend the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

The not-so big news on our tour is that we are having fun and enjoying the sights and sounds of our stops in the southern portion of Reds Country.   Below are some photos and you can find more from the other three Reds Caravan tours HERE.

 

FRAZIER MOVES ON IN THE #FACEOFMLB CONTEST

Ric

‘NASTY BOYS’ ON MLB NETWORK TONIGHT!

No Reds Hot Stove League show tonight.  No Better Off Red Baseball Trivia tonight.  What is a Reds fan to do?  Well, after you get your 25 Tweets in for #ToddFrazier as the #FaceOfMLB, tune into the MLB Network at 9pm for Nasty Boys:  The 1990 Cincinnati Reds.

1990 Reds manager Lou Piniella went on MLB Network this morning to talk about the Nasty Boys and to preview tonight’s show.  Check it out…

#TODDFRAZIER #FACEOFMLB

Faces

#REDS AUCTIONING OFF “BAT MOBILE”

Need a new car?

BatsTruck

Created in 2003 as part of the Bats Incredible art initiative in Cincinnati, the Bat Mobile was purchased by the Reds in 2004 and used in numerous Findlay Market Opening Day Parades.

Visit reds.com/auctions for your chance to own the historic “Bat Mobile”.

DEADLINE TO GUARANTEE 2015 ALL-STAR GAME TICKETS IS JANUARY 25

2015 Reds Ticket Plans Deadline
Select-A-Seat on Jan. 25 last chance to guarantee
2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® tickets

CINCINNATI (Jan. 16, 2015) — The deadline to lock in the lowest prices for Reds 2015 ticket plans and guarantee 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® tickets is Sunday, Jan. 25. Season ticket plans start under $9 a seat.

2015 Season Ticket Plans (guarantee OPENING DAY & 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® ticket options)
• 39-game Weekend Plan (all Friday, Saturday and Sunday games)
• 40-game Half Season Plan (mix of weekend and weekday games)
• 42-game Weekday/Weeknight Plan (all Monday-Thursday games)
• 81-game Full Season Plan

2015 Season Ticket Plans (guarantee OPENING DAY ticket options only)
• 20-game Plans (four different plans available)

2015 Mini-Plans (DO NOT include OPENING DAY ticket options)
• Nasty Boys Pick-6 Plan: This six-game ticket plan guarantees the new “Nasty Boys” triple bobblehead on Sat., April 25, plus pick five additional regular season home games of your choice and get six free McDonald’s Extra Value Meals®. Save up to 28%. (Exclusions apply)
• 13-Game Weekend Plans: each 13-game plan includes one T-Mobile ALL-STAR FANFEST® ticket
– Fireworks Friday Plan: Be there for all the post-game fireworks shows on Fridays
– Super Saturday Plan: New in 2015 – catch premium giveaway items on EVERY Saturday
– Family Sunday Plan: Giveaways for kids on every Sunday, including a series of Reds player posters

To order ticket plans, visit reds.com/tickets or call (513) 765-7500.

Select-A-Seat – Jan. 25 at Great American Ball Park
Reds fans buying ticket plans can choose their seats for the 2015 season at the annual Select-A-Seat event on Sunday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club at Great American Ball Park.

Members of the Reds Caravan scheduled to participate include Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Brayan Peña, J.J. Hoover, Tucker Barnhart, Bryan Price, Walt Jocketty, Eric Davis, Marty Brennaman and more will conduct a Q&A at Noon.

Fans purchasing a season ticket plan (20 games or more) will have the chance to meet members of the Reds Caravan and collect their autographs on a baseball.

Select-A-Seat is free and open to the public and cash parking is available in the Great American Ball Park and The Banks garages. Seating for the Q&A is limited.

FRIDAY #REDS BASELINE ITEMS: CAP CLUB, NASTY BOYS, HOF DISCOUNT

Happy Friday, everyone. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and gearing up for a great weekend. Since it’s Friday, here are the newest members of the Reds Cap Club…

Tom S.

Tom S.

 

If you’d like to become the newest member of the prestigious Reds Cap Club, simply wear your Reds cap and send me a photo of you doing so! You can email/tweet/instagram me and I’ll be sure to include you next Friday!

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How AWESOME does this look?

Tune in to MLB Network on Tuesday, January 20 at 8pm.

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Half-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on MLK, Jr. Day

CINCINNATI (Jan. 15, 2015) — In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will offer half-price admission on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

Discounted admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Children ages four and younger are free.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 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.

Following exhibits are currently on display at the museum:
• Kings of the Queen City – 145 years of Reds baseball history is showcased in the exhibition Kings of the Queen City, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The exhibit features a dynamic graphic timeline that emphasizes the greatest moments and biggest names in Reds history and a wide range of artifacts that represent Reds history from the early days to present day.
• Hometown Reds – More than 100 native Cincinnatians are honored in the exhibition Hometown Reds: Local Boys Who Played for the Cincinnati Reds. Hometown Reds features jerseys, game-used equipment and memorabilia dating back 145 years to 1869.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located next to Great American Ball Park at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202.

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

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. 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. Since its inception, 84 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.

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