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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!

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That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Expect good news!

Jamie

COLLECTIBLE BOBBLEHEAD FOR JULY: BARRY LARKIN

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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.

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

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From my pal @Bongreatness

Today the first 20,000 fans in attendance at Great American Ball Park will receive a free Mr. Redlegs Mustache Hat, courtesy of LaRosa’s. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:05PM for Season Ticket Holders and 2:35PM for the general public. Today’s game is scheduled to start at 4:05PM as part of the FS1 national telecast of today’s game (also aired locally on FOX Sports Ohio).

The Racing Presidents from Washington are back today and will great fans entering the ballpark at today’s game, as well as participate in the world’s famous President’s Race at the end of the 4th inning. William “Bill” H. Taft is the defending race champion after taking the crown in the race last night.

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS • JULY 25-30 • REDS VS. NATIONALS AND DIAMONDBACKS

FireworksFridayPopsFriday, July 25, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 p.m.
• Cincinnati Pops and Fireworks Friday: The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, conducted by John Morris Russell, will play a post-game concert from the Kroger Fan Zone and will be shown on the videoboard for all fans to see. The last 20 minutes of the concert will accompany the Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show, which is presented by Homemade Brand Ice Cream. The Pops Brass will perform the National Anthem during pregame ceremonies and Take Me Out To The Ballgame during the 7th Inning Stretch. (Due to the Pops concert, the Fan Zone Wiffle ball field will be closed to fans on Friday night)
• Washington Nationals Racing Presidents: All five of the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents (George, Tom, Abe, Teddy & Taft) will race around the warning track from center field to the first base side at the end of the 4th inning and appear in the Kroger Fan Zone in from the 5th to the middle 6th inning for photos with fans. Tonight they will also join us for a special postgame relay race with Mr. Red, Mr. Redlegs, Rosie & Gapper, along with the Nationals eagle mascot “Screech.”
• Cincinnati Zoo Bald Eagle Flight: “Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will perform a flight from the roof of the Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion in center field to the pitcher’s mound during the singing of the National Anthem.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX Sports 1 National TV)
• Mr. Redlegs Hat & Mustache Giveaway: Mr. Redlegs mustache and replica striped pillbox hat to the first 20,000 fans, presented by LaRosa’s.
• Washington Nationals Racing Presidents: All five of the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents (George, Tom, Abe, Teddy & Taft) will race around the warning track from center field to the first base side at the end of the 4th inning and appear in the Kroger Fan Zone in from the 5th to the middle 6th inning for photos with fans.
• Ballpark Traffic: Fans should be advised that events on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium (Macy’s Music Festival) and U.S. Bank Arena (Disney Jr. Live) could lead to traffic delays around the ballpark. Please plan accordingly.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals, 1:10 p.m.
• Dog Days Calendar Giveaway: Reds Dog Days of Summer calendar featuring players, broadcasters and fans with their pets to the first 20,000 fans, presented by Iams and Kroger.
• Hall of Fame Day: In honor of the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and their induction ceremonies being held today in Cooperstown, N.Y., all uniformed personnel around Major League Baseball will wear a commemorative patch on their right sleeve.
• Baseball Tomorrow Fund: During pregame ceremonies, MLB’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund, in conjunction with the Reds Community Fund, will present a $5,000 grant to the Fairfield Community Foundation in support of the Joe Nuxhall Character Education Fund and its Reds Rookie Success League – Butler County program.
• Washington Nationals Racing Presidents: All five of the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents (George, Tom, Abe, Teddy & Taft) will race around the warning track from center field to the first base side at the end of the 4th inning and appear in the Kroger Fan Zone in from the 5th to the middle 6th inning for photos with fans.
• Post-Game Gospel Concert: Stay after the game for a Gospel concert featuring Isaac Carree and Grammy-winning artist Donnie McClurkin. Additionally, The Mistics will perform in the Kroger Fan Zone pregame and Donna Jones Baker (President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati) will receive the Community Advocate Award and throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Monday, July 28, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.
• Rosie Reds 50th Anniversary: Pregame ceremonies will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rosie Reds, the philanthropic and social organization that has supported the Reds since 1964.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.
• Bengals & Reds Kickoff: Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko, offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth and running back Giovani Bernard will participate in pregame ceremonies. The Bengals and Reds are partnering to celebrate the start of Bengals training camp at Paul Brown Stadium, which kicked off July 24.
• Cincinnati Zoo Bald Eagle Flight: Tonight is “Sam” the Bald Eagle’s final flight of the season from the roof of the Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion in center field to the pitcher’s mound during the singing of the National Anthem.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 12:35 p.m.
• Hometown Hero: The Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero of the game is Vietnam War veteran William (Bill) Sizemore of Fairfield Township. Bill was a tank commander in the 11th Armed Calvary, wounded in action in 1970 and lost his left eye and leg. For his bravery he received the Purple Heart Medal, the Silver Star Medal and the President Unit Citation. He will be honored at the end of the 2nd inning.
• ReadyOhio: On behalf of ReadyOhio, Michele Hansleman and Linda Carter of Clermont County will participate in pregame ceremonies. Both Michelle and Linda and their families were victims of the tornado that ripped through Moscow, Ohio in 2012. They are being recognized as “Ready Ohio Champions” because they know being Ready is ensuring that everyone is prepared to respond to, recover from and rebuild from any major incident. More information on ReadyOhio at ready.ohio.gov.

Ticket Offers For This Homestand: reds.com/tickets
• 4 for $48: Fans can purchase four Reds tickets for $48 and receive four free Reds caps for Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. game, while supplies last.
• Reach Magazine Family Games: Sundays are family days at the ballpark! One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Dugout Box, All You Can Eat Seats, Outer View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers: reds.com/family.
• Jay Bruce 32 Crew: Be a part of the new Jay Bruce 32 Crew on Mondays at Great American Ball Park this season. For every Monday Reds home game, fans can buy two lower-level seats for just $32 and receive two exclusive Jay Bruce 32 Crew t-shirts: reds.com/32crew.
• Bowtie Tuesday: For select Tuesday home games fans can purchase tickets for as low as $8, which includes an exclusive Reds bowtie: reds.com/bowtie.
• Reds Wild Wednesday: For every Wednesday home game this season, fans can purchase a package for as low as $19.50 that includes a Terrace Line ticket and a B-Dubs food voucher valid at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations: reds.com/wild.
• Business Day Special: For every Paycor Business Day Special, get one View Level Line ticket and $10 in concession credits for only $15: reds.com/skipwork.
• Senior Citizen Special: For select games (including July 30) fans 60 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Dugout Box, All You Can Eat Seats, Outer View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers. Presented by Tri-State Centers For Sight: reds.com/seniors.

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
• Rosie Reds Display: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Rosie Reds with a new display of items culled from the Rosie Reds’ archives. Featuring rare documents and photographs that date to the organization’s founding in 1964 through the present day, the display also includes an assortment of Rosie Reds artifacts that help trace the evolution of baseball’s oldest fan support group. The display is located on third floor of the Museum.

Reds Community Fund
• Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive – July 27: The Reds Community Fund and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund have teamed up to organize an equipment collection drive on Sunday, July 27. Volunteers will be collecting new or used baseball and softball equipment on Crosley Terrace (starting when gates open at 11:40 a.m.) to benefit the Fairfield Community Foundation, serving kids in the Cincinnati community.

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