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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Skip Schumaker Spearheads Fantasy Football Challenge
Schu’s Crew Fundraiser To Support Local And Global Charities

CINCINNATI – Skip Schumaker is hosting a fantasy football challenge that will include 9 teams captained by Cincinnati Reds players.

The fundraiser will be held Wednesday, August 27 in Great American Ball Park’s Champions Club from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will give fans the opportunity to team up with Schumaker or teammates Jay Bruce, Devin Mesoraco, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart, Jonathan Broxton, Sean Marshall, Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey.

Proceeds will benefit Big League Impact (, Jessie Rees Foundation (, Reds Community Fund ( and Cincinnati Children’s (

Participants will receive a tour of the ballpark and Reds Hall of Fame, lunch, the draft, an autograph signing by a Reds Hall of Famer, a batting practice viewing and tickets to that night’s 7:10 p.m. game vs the Chicago Cubs. The entry fee is $2,500 per person and $1,000 for a co-owner. Fans can register at

Schumaker is one of 10 Major League players serving as hosts, along with Atl’s Freddie Freeman, Phi’s Cole Hamels, SF’s Tim Hudson, LAD’s Clayton Kershaw, Cle’s Justin Masterson, Det’s Max Scherzer, StL’s Adam Wainwright, Pit’s Neil Walker and NYM’s David Wright. More than 60 players will participate, including more than a dozen 2014 All-Stars.

“It’s a great opportunity for our local fans to show their love for the Reds and fantasy football while supporting four great charitable causes,” Schumaker said. “What was supposed to be a one-time event last year drew such overwhelming support that we are asking players on other teams to help do more for people in need.”

Big League Impact raises money for local and global charities through contributions from participants in the fantasy football leagues. Proceeds will support non-profit organizations selected by the players with an emphasis on the local communities where they play. Big League Impact also will direct 25 percent of the net proceeds from all of its 2014 events toward a transformative international project that will bring multiple charity organizations together to provide basic needs such as food, water and shelter to a community in need.

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After a busy weekend in Cincinnati and at Great American Ball Park, I’m happy to report that the stadium is still standing and looking flawless…




I finally worked up the courage to move to the suburbs, and during the recent relocation, I dug up some old Reds stuff that I forgot I had.

Check it out…

Before bobbleheads, the Reds worked their marketing magic by luring fans with tube socks.  That’s right, these bad boys were a giveaway in 1987.  Sadly, I never had a chance to use the coupon.  RIP Kinney.


When I worked on the Reds ground crew in the late 90s, one of my favorite players was Pete Harnisch; super, World-Class guy and arguably one of the funniest people on the planet. I found this signed jersey among my loot…


And here’s even more Major League work clothing – my nasty old ground crew polo. I offered it up to the Reds Hall of Fame, but for whatever reason, they politely declined.


Did you have these 1999 issues of TV Guide?


I have lots more that I won’t bore you with. The unpacking process turned into a bit of a sentimental journey down memory lane. I can’t wait to have some of it displayed in my new place (probably not the socks).


#34 Bailey – “Fred Bear” by Ted Nugent
#68 Barnhart – “Thunderstruck” & “Highway to Hell”
#51 Broxton – “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath
#32 Bruce – “Trophies” by Drake (start at :05)
#54 Chapman – “Wake up” by Rage Against the Machine & “Jingo” by Santana
#52 Cingrani – “The King is Dead” by A Wilhem Scream (2:05) (Pitching)
#52 Cingrani – “Black Nurse” by Glass Jaw (Hitting)
#2 Cozart – “It’s all about the South” by Cadillac Three (start at :58)
#47 Cueto #1 – “Siguelo” by Wisin y Yandel (Pitching)
#70 Diaz – “Mozart LaPara” by Pa’Gozar
#21 Frazier – “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
#6 Hamilton #1 – “Ya Yo” by Yo Gotti
#6 Hamilton #2 – “We Dem Boyz’” by Wiz Khalifa (start at :14)
#6 Hamilton #3– “Fight Night” by Migos (start at :30)
#9 Hannahan – “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
#9 Hannahan #2 – “Guitars Cadillacs” by Dwight Yokam
#28 Heisey – “Gimmie Dat” by The Ambassadors (start at :21)
#60 Hoover – “Awake and Alive” by Skillet (start at :05)
#55 Latos – “Cherry Waves” by Deftones (Pitching)
#55 Latos – “Disclosure” by Latch (Hitting – start at 3:08)
#44 Leake – “Intro” by The XX (Pitching)
#44 Leake – “Fitzpleasure” by Alt-J (Hitting)
#63 LeCure – “Prodigal Son” by Black Angels
#48 Ludwick – “Brass Monkey” by Beastie Boys (start at :07)
#23 Lutz – “Rattle” by Bingo Players (start at :37)
#45 Marshall – “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
#39 Mesoraco #1– “Right Where I Need to Be” by Gary Allan (start at beginning)
#39 Mesoraco #2 – “Fishing in the Dark” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (start at :06)
#37 Miller #1 – “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams Jr.
#37 Miller #2 – “I Play Chicken with the Train” by Cowboy Troy (start at beginning)
#66 Ondrusek – “Sweet Child O’Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
#43 Parra – “Jump Around” by House of Pain
#46 Partch – “Flower” by Moby
#29 Pena – “Turn Down for What” by Lil John (start at :15)
#29 Pena – “All I do is Win” by DJ Khaled (start at :02)
#29 Pena #3 – “All of Me Techno Remix” by John Legend (start at 3:05)
#4 Phillips #1 – Changes / Left, Right, Left
#4 Phillips #2 – “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea
#4 Phillips #3 – “Drunk in Love” by Beyonce
#4 Phillips #4 – “Believe Me” by Lil Wayne ft. Drake
#5 Phillips #5 – “Walk Thru” by Rich Homie Quan (start at :06)
# 7 Santiago – “6 AM “ by J Balvin (start at :35)
#25 Schumaker – “Play it Again” by Luke Bryan (start at :45)
#31 Simon – “Dile” by Don Omar
#50 Soto – “Peligro” by Cosculluela (start at :39)
#19 Votto – “Lucifer” by Jay Z (start from beginning)




In the time these two photos were taken, a person was born and acquired his or her driver’s license…

(thanks for the photo, Michael "Mando" Anderson)

(thanks for the photo, Michael “Mando” Anderson)


The season’s unofficial second-half begins tonight with the Reds kicking off a 3-game series against the Yankees (47-47) in the Bronx.

Cincinnati starts play tonight at 51-44, in third place, 1.5 games off the pace in the National League Central.  The Reds trail second place St. Louis by a half game.

In the Wild Card standings, the Reds are currently in 4th place, 1.0 game off the lead.

The Reds will send to the Yankee Stadium mound this weekend Mike Leake (tonight), Alfredo Simon (Saturday) and Johnny Cueto (Sunday) to face RHP David Phelps (tonight), RHP Brandon McCarthy (Saturday) and RHP Hiroki Kuroda (Sunday).  New York has gone 8-14 since June 21.


With 51 wins, the Reds are the 12th team in franchise history to collect 50 victories at the All-Star break.

Last season, the Reds were 53-42 at the break.  When play resumed, they won 6 of 10 and finished with a 37-30 “second-half” mark.

In 2012, the Reds won 3 straight leading into the break and 22 of 25 after.  They finished with a 50-27 post-ASG record.

In 2010, the Reds were 49-41 at the break, 42-30 after.  They won 15 times in 22 games after the Mid-Summer Classic.


Here’s where the Reds stack up among their colleagues in the National League…

Runs, 8th, 377
Hits, 9th, 794
Doubles, 6th, 174
Home Runs, T7th, 81
Walks, 10th, 260
Strikeouts, 11th, 732
Batting Average, 8th, .249
On-Base Pct., 10th, .309
Slugging Pct., 6th, .386
Pitches Faced, 10th, 13,504
Grounded Into DP, 13th, 54
Extra Base-Hits, 6th, 266
Go Ahead RBI, 2nd, 96
Game Winning RBI, T4th, 49
Stolen Bases, 2nd, 81
Total Bases, 7th, 1,233
Left On Base, 10th, 632
Times On Base, 12th, 1,085
OPS (On-Base Pct. + Slugging), 8th, .695
Batting Avg. On Balls In Play, 10th, .296
Ground Balls, T11th, 1,100
Fly Balls, 11th, 737
Runs Per Game, 8th, 3.97
Opponents Runs Per Game, 6th (fewest), 3.67

Saves, T4th, 28
Save Opportunities, T3rd, 42
Shutouts, T6th, 8
Innings Pitched, 10th (6th fewest), 855.0
Hits, 14th (2nd fewest), 746 (Giants, 745)
Runs, 12th (4th fewest), 349
Earned Runs, 9th, 329
Home Runs, 4th, 94
Walks, 6th, 286
Strikeouts, 5th, 764
ERA, 7th, 3.46
Opponents Batting Average, 1st (best), .234
Opponents OPS, T5th, .678
Opponents Batting Avg. On Balls In Play, 1st (best), .277
Pitches Thrown, 13th (3rd fewest), 13,513
Stolen Bases Against, 13th, 33
Base Runners Allowed, 12th, 1,065
Extra Base-Hits, 7th, 260
Hits Allowed Per 9.0 Innings, 1st (best), 7.85
Walks + Hits per Innings Pitched, 4th, 1.21


When the Reds return from the All-Star break, they’ll play six games on the road (3 in Yankee Stadium, 3 in Miller Park)

Here are the Yankees probable staring pitchers…

Fri – RHP David Phelps (3-4, 3.94)
Sat – RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 1.35)
Sun – RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.10)


Have you guys heard about the Crosley Field site tour hosted by the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum?  Such a cool idea.  If you are interested or want more information, CLICK HERE.


One of Better Off Red’s favorite organizations – Ohio AlleyCat Resource – is having a “Purricane Party” this Friday from 6-9pm  at their location in Madisonville (5619 Orlando Place, 45227).

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Do you think Reds outfielder Donald Lutz was excited over his home country winning the World Cup?


As if you needed further reason to come to Great American Ball Park to see the red-hot Reds; check out this deal on



The monthly evolution of the 2014 Cincinnati Reds, according to the National League standings…

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Congratulations to Reds farmhands Jesse Winker and Robert Stephenson, who yesterday participated in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game in Minneapolis.

Winker started in left field and batted seventh for the US Team.  He went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.

Stephenson pitched a scoreless 8th inning in which 8 of his 11 pitches were strikes (1h, 1k).

07-13-14 Jesse Winker  Robert Stephenson

L-R; Winker, Stephenson


I was so happy to see Kristopher Negron hit his first Major League home run yesterday vs. the Pirates.  Kris is such a great guy and he was so excited to be in the starting lineup.  When I saw him in the clubhouse yesterday morning, he had a huge smile on his face each time he walked by the lineup board.  “It doesn’t get old,” he said after many looks at his name.


You guys enjoy the All-Star break, now.  I know I will.  It’s a nice little recess, especially after an 11-game homestand!

Expect good news!




Best of luck tonight to future Home Run Derby Champion, Todd Frazier!


Tonight’s Home Run Derby can be seen live from Target Field on ESPN at 8pm ET.


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