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THURSDAY’S BASELINE ITEMS

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For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you’re probably familiar with the “Funkblast” tweets that I post following a Reds home run (Read more here).  We are going to use those tweets today to try and help the Reds Community Fund win $10,000!

After every Reds home run today, I will send out the customary “FUNKBLAST” tweet.  Each time one of those tweets gets retweeted 250 times, I’m going to give away, to one random retweeter, a brand new Better Off Red t-shirt (and other gooodies).

The end game here is to get as many Tweets containing “@Reds and #Whiff.”  Why?  Well, the proof is in the pudding…errr the shampoo.  CLICK HERE to see what all of this madness is about!

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The newest episode of Reds On Deck is here and it’s a good one. Check it out…

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Following tomorrow night’s game with the Brewers at GABP, a very special “Fireworks Friday” show will take place featuring a musical soundtrack inspired by Better Off Red!  You’re NOT going to want to miss it.  I promise you – between the game, the fireworks and the music – Great American Ball Park is going to rock tomorrow night.

Get your tickets HERE.   And as if you needed any added incentive – beginning tomorrow and lasting through the weekend, you can buy  4 View Level tickets for $48 and get 4 FREE Reds caps.  Pretty solid deal.

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Finally, today is a very special day in Reds Land.  Our friend and fellow blogger, Dallas Latos is celebrating her birthday!  If you get a chance, visit her blog and tweet her (@DallasLatos) a “happy birthday!”

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That’s all for now.  I’ll have more in a bit.  Enjoy the afternoon game!

Expect good news!

Jamie

TUESDAY’S BASELINE ITEMS

In case you missed the final out last night of Bronson Arroyo‘s complete-game shutout, check out the video below…

Last night’s victory for Arroyo was his 100th as a Red.  Pretty nice way to get it, huh?

Here’s what Elias said about it…

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We’ll post the lineups for tonight’s doubleheader when we get ‘em.

It’s going to be weird seeing the Reds wear their home whites all the way in San Francisco.  Long-time Reds clubhouse man Rick Stowe told me it’s the first time he’s ever had to pack the home jerseys for a road trip.

For more on tonight’s unusual double-dip, Rob Butcher sends this…

Tonight’s traditional doubleheader was scheduled following a rainout on 7/4 at Cin’s Great American Ball Park…the Giants will bat last in Game 1 and the Reds will bat last in Game 2, persuant to Rule 413(f), which states, “When a rescheduled game is part of a doubleheader the rescheduled game shall be the second game, and the first game shall be the regularly scheduled game for that date”statistically, the Giants are the home team for both games per Rule 2.00, which states in part, “The HOME TEAM is the team on whose grounds the game is played...”…Cin will finish the season with 82 road games and SF with 82 home games…the one attendance for both games will be credited to the Giants.

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Great American Ball Park was recently the target of an Imperial takeover.

Great American Ball Park was recently the target of an Imperial takeover.

Players and their sunflower seeds.  It's getting out of control.

Players and their sunflower seeds. It’s getting out of control.

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More in a bit.

Expect good news!

Jamie

SATURDAY’S #REDS BASELINE ITEMS

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From my pal @Bongreatness

This afternoon’s game is being shown on FOX national television as part of their broadcast of the MLB Game of the Week. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:05PM. Gates to the ballpark open at 2:05PM for Season Ticket Holders and 2:35PM for the general public. However, those gate openings times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code if the crowd size outside the gates dictates it so.

During pregame ceremonies Head & Shoulders/P&G will present a check for $10,000 to the Reds Community Fund on behalf of the Reds win of the #Whiff campaign during the month of June. Accepting the check will be Executive Director of the RCF Charley Frank, Reds Urban Youth Academy & RBI Director Bill Daggy & Reds Director of Digital Media Lisa Braun.

Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro defensive end Geno Atkins will join us today to offer up a ceremonial first pitch. Geno and his teammates will begin Training Camp at Paul Brown Stadium on July 25th. The Bengals and the Reds are once again partnering together to promote the Ultimate Sports Doubleheader, which highlights some of the joint Training Camp & Reds gamedays that will take place over the next month on the Cincinnati riverfront. Those dates include the Bengals’ Family Nights on August 1 (Reds off day) and August 11, and well as Bengals open practices on August 2 and August 10.

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Imagine my surprise this morning when I went down to the Reds clubhouse to hear the boys listening to oldies music – including this song…..

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Reds 2011 first-round draft pick Robert Stephenson made his debut yesterday for High-A Bakersfield.  Stephenson gave up 3 runs (2er) on 7 hits with no walks and 5 strikeouts in 6.0 innings.  He reached 98mph on the radar gun.  Stephenson had previously pitched 31 consecutive innings without having allowed an earned run.

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BOR-TV will be returning soon, stand-by.

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That’s all for now.  I’ll have today’s lineup soon, so be sure to vote for your “Red-To-Rock!”

Expect good news

Jamie

GAMEDAY! #REDS BASELINE ITEMS

Hi folks!  Hope everyone is doing well on this Thursday.

I didn’t get a chance yesterday to thank you all for participating in Wednesday’s #VoteReds Twitter Lunch.  You all did a wonderful job!  We’re going to do it again next week, so bring your appetite and get your votes ready!

In the meantime, you don’t have to wait, you can go to Reds.com/Vote to cast your Reds ballot.

This week’s #VoteReds Twitter Lunch winner is @DatPaulieg.  “Plug” gets an Aroldis Chapman bobblehead!

We’ll have another cool prize next week, so please join in us in getting our Reds players to the All-Star Game!

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Courtesy of our friends at Elias Sports Bureau

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My colleague Audra Sordyl shared with us some very interesting info yesterday – Friday (tomorrow), in just their 34th home date, the Reds will go over the 1 million mark in attendance this season at Great American Ball Park.  It’s the fastest to 1 million in the history of GABP and the fastest to that number since 1976 at Riverfront Stadium when the ball club reached a million in their 30th game.

Great job Reds fans!  Obviously, the place to be this summer is Great American Ball Park.  For those of you who have yet to attend a game this season, I highly recommend coming down to our beautiful ballpark.  And for those of you who have been to GABP in 2013, we’d love to have you back for more Reds baseball!

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Reds phenom RHP Robert Stephenson went on Dayton’s disabled list this week with a left hamstring injury.  If there’s a silver lining to this news, it’s that the injury isn’t arm related.

Here’s to a speedy recovery for Robert.

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Two of Better Off Red’s most loyal fans – Jason Lawrence and Robyn Stump will share  their wedding vows Saturday in Columbus.  All of us here at BOR would like to wish them a life-long marriage filled with love and happiness…and Reds baseball!  As Marty likes to say – “Ain’t love grand?”

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Take a look at one of the newest Reds fans – little Henry Harkins!

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Henry is the brand new son to my friends Joe and Molly.  He’s already a Reds fan, but I’m personally interested in seeing who he chooses as his favorite NFL team!

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As you saw yesterday, Brandon Phillips made yet another incredible play at second base.  Our friends at ESPN call them “Web Gems” and they are keeping a tally of  great plays around the Majors.  It’s no surprise Dat Dude sits atop of that Web Gems list…

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From today’s Reds gamenotes…

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Since a 5-3 loss on 8/9/12 the Reds have a 12-game winning streak at Wrigley Field marks a Wrigley Field record for most-consecutive wins by an opponet…the last Major Leauge team to win 12 games at an opponents park was when the Phillies beat the Padres 13-straight games at PETCO Park from 8/17/2008 through 4/20/2012…the Reds streak includs consecutive 3-game series sweeps in September 2012 and May 2013…the Reds have won 9 of their last 10g vs the Cubs and dating back to last season 19 of the last 22g…from 4/24-5/25 on 6 consecutive games vs Chi for the first time since 7/20-9/12, 2005…the previous record for consecutive wins here was 7 games (2002-2003).

LATOS: Only two pitchers in Reds history won 20 or more games in their first 25 decisions with the team:

Ted Breitenstein: 20-5
Mat Latos: 20-4

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Did you miss  Reds Social Media night last homestand?  Here are some photos…

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We’ll have more in a bit. Enjoy the game!

Jamie

FRIDAY BASELINE ITEMS: KOREAN LANGUAGE LESSON

With a quarter of the season in the books, let’s take a look at how our beloved Reds rank among their National League peers…

OFFENSE
Runs – 2nd, 195
Hits – 5th, 350
Doubles – 4th, 70
Home Runs – T7th, 40
Walks – 1st, 142
Batting Average – 7th, .251
On-Base Pct. – 1st, .335
Slugging – 8th, .394
Pitches Seen – 1st, 6,201
Pitches Per Plate Appearance – 9th, 3.83
Total Bases – 550, 7th

PITCHING
Hits – 339, T7th
Runs – 153, 10th (1st is Milwaukee w/ 192)
Earned Runs – 143, 11th (15th is St. Louis with 122)
Home Runs – 45, 4th most
Walks – 106, 12th (4th fewest)
Strikeouts – 343, 1st
ERA – 3.43, 4th (1st is St. Louis with 3.06)
Opponent’s Batting Average – .241, 3rd lowest
Opponent’s On-Base Pct. – .300, 2nd lowest
Opponent’s Slugging Pct. – .398, 8th
Pitchers Per Innings Pitched – 15.7, league best
Walks + Hits per Innings Pitched (WHIP) – 1.19, league best

9 of the bullpen’s 36 inherited runners have scored (25%). That’s the league’s 4th best percentage.

FIELDING
Error – 17, tied for 3rd fewest
Fielding Pct. – .989, 3rd best

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Speaking (literally) of Mr. Choo

Ever wondered how to pronounce “Cincinnati Reds” in Korean?  Well, thanks to our friend Seulhui Lee, here’s how…

Click on the MP3 file for your lesson

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I had a great time in Dayton last night as guest commentator for the Reds’ single-A Dayton Dragons telecast.  I got to see Jesse Winker in action and he didn’t disappoint.  Winker belted a  long home run to center field and had a very good approach at the plate.  He’s only 19 and he’s going to be a good one.

A big thanks to Tom Nichols and the Dragons for having me.  Below is a little time-lapse of Fifth Third Field in Dayton…

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PLEASE NOTE: The first pitch for the Reds’ game on Sunday, June 9 vs the Cardinals has been changed to 8:05 p.m. ET to accommodate the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

This is the night of the #RedsTweetUp, so please make plans accordingly.

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More in a bit

Expect good news

Jamie

HAPPY ‘DANCE LIKE A CHICKEN DAY!’

A few things to mention on this beautiful Tuesday….

Tomorrow on Twitter we will have our first #VoteReds Lunch!  For details, CLICK HERE.

As added incentive to participate, one lucky voter will receive a free item from the Reds Team Shop by Majestic! We’ll get underway at noon ET.

And you don’t have to wait until tomorrow to vote for your favorite Reds all-stars!  CLICK HERE to get started!

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In Reds news…

OF Chris Heisey, who’s been on the Reds disabled list since 4/29 with a strained right hamstring, made an injury rehab appearance last night for AA-Pensacola.  Heisey left the game in the top of the first inning with discomfort in that hamstring.  He will be re-evaluated this afternoon and his playing status updated.

RHP Johnny Cueto, who’s been on the Reds disabled list since 4/15 with a strained right lat, is scheduled to start in an injury rehab appearance for A-Dayton vs. West Michigan.  That game is slated for a 7pm first pitch.

LHP Manny Parra, who’s been on the Reds disabled list since 4/26 with a strained left pectoral muscle, pitched in an injury rehab appearance with AA-Pensacola (1ip, 1h, 2k, 13TP).  He’s expected to pitch again on Thursday vs. AA-Chattanooga.

RHP Robert Stephenson, the Reds’ 2011 first-round draft pick, last night for A-Dayton fired 6.0 scoreless innings.  Stephenson allowed just 1 unearned run on 2 hits and 1 hit-batsman.  He didn’t walk a batter and he struck out 7.  On a night when the temperatures reached just 58 degrees, Stephenson topped 98 mph on the radar gun.

Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo lead the Major Leagues in “Times On Base.”  Each have reached base safely 79 times.  The next closest National League player in that category is Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt (67 times on base).

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Were you at the Aroldis Chapman bobblehead game?  If so, you’ve gotta check out THIS awesome feature on Reds.com that allows you to find and tag yourself in the stadium!  How cool is that?!

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Today the windows at Great American Ball Park are getting some attention.  Hey, windows need some love, too!

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More in a bit…

Expect good news!

Jamie

 

NATIONAL JELLY BEAN DAY

Hello everyone and welcome to Monday, I’m your host @Jamieblog

Just a few reminders before we get started,

  1. I need more BOR Face photos.  If you’re not familiar with the phenomenon that is #BORFace, CLICK HERE.
  2. Due to the popularity (and 9-run win) of the Scorekeeping session we had on Wednesday, we will keep score once a homestand.  But with that being said, since this upcoming road trip is a long one, we’ll do it again when the Reds are in St. Louis on Monday the 29th.  Cool?  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, CLICK HERE.
  3. Hurry up and vote for the throwback uniform that you want to see Burt BobbleRed wear this year.  For that, CLICK HERE.
  4. Today is National Jelly Bean Day.  Eat up!

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Ok now that that’s out of the way…

I want to share with you folks a little story about how this most recent “Bark in the Park” was perhaps the most important one yet…

A friend of mine recently lost her husband to cancer.  She and her husband would regularly attend Reds games, as both were wild about the team.  On Tuesday, my friend attended her first Reds game since the passing of her husband.  She chose Tuesday because it was Bark in the Park  night at GABP and she could bring her best pal – “Indy.”

My friend, whose name I’m protecting, emailed me after the game to tell me how it went.  She said she was lonely but was thankful to have Indy there to help ease her despair.   She concluded the email by saying she hopes the Reds never end the Bark in the Park nights.

Since I’m at the ballpark everyday for every game, I sometimes become oblivious to how the game and the ballpark experience affects those in attendance.  My friend’s story was a poignant reminder.

To many, a rainy night at the park with a playful “bring your dog” promotion was just that.  However, to some – or perhaps just one – it meant a whole lot more.

I also hope the Reds continue the Bark in the Park promotion.

Here’s Indy…

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Some of you have asked for some updates regarding Reds staffer Chris Herrell

Chris was scheduled to have his bone marrow transplant today.  However, according to his wife Laurie, an airline staff strike is currently preventing the donor’s marrow to reach the States.  Laurie writes that Chris’s cells have been purposely destroyed by his recent chemotherapy sessions to prepare for the transplant, and due to that, he needs the transplant ASAP.

The Herrells are currently working on finding another flight to get the marrow delivered.

Please continue your good thoughts, prayers and positive vibes for Chris.

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Mat Latos wears his “Team Herrell” bracelet

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Ok, now (or meow) let’s conclude this blog post with something a lot more lighthearted…

Recently, Mr. and Mrs. Latos were kind enough to give me a really cool shirt…but on one condition – I had to provide a photo of myself wearing it.

Well, without further ado, here’s me and Scout….

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As you can see, Scout was not amused. I was, though and I hope you are, too!

More stuff in a bit.

Expect good news

Jamie

FRIDAY FUN: SCARLETT (REDS) FEVER

Loyal BOR fans Bill and Linda Cotterman passed along this adorable photo of their “granddog,” Scarlett….

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Hang in there, Scarlett!  The Reds will be back on TV very soon!

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Fairly slow day today in the Reds media relations world.  My boss has departed for Goodyear and my colleague/office neighbor leaves for the Grand Canyon State on Sunday.  Our intern Justin and I will be holding the fort down until I head west next month.

Photos from Goodyear should be filtering in pretty soon.

That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Expect good news!

Jamie

 

“SEND A CARD TO A FRIEND DAY”

If you’re up for sending me a card, I’ll TAKE THIS ONE and you can mail it to me here at the ballpark.

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The Reds equipment truck has arrived at the team’s Spring Training complex in Goodyear!

(Photos courtesy of Nancy Moriuchi)

Pitchers and catchers are due to report to camp on Tuesday while position players check in on the 15th.

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In case you missed it, earlier this week the Reds and 700 WLW announced the renewal of the radio rights agreement to broadcast all regular season and postseason games through 2017.  That means at least 5 more years of seeing my main man Bill “Seg” Dennison at GABP.

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I’m honored to have been invited to tomorrow’s  University of Cincinnati Baseball’s “First Pitch Reception.”  The event will take place in Great American Ball Park’s “Champions Club” and feature Reds COO Phil Castellini as guest speaker.  During the reception, an announcement is expected to be made regarding a Reds/UC business partnership.

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Today marks a sad anniversary in Reds team history…

From Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder
February 7, 1942: The Reds sell 34-year old Ernie Lombardi to the Braves.
Warren Giles thought he had a better catcher on the roster in recently acquired Rollie Hemsley.  Giles couldn’t have been more wrong.  Lombardi won the National League batting title in 1942 with a .330 average, and played in the majors until 1947. He was not inducted into the Hall of Fame until 1986, nine years after his death.  Giles, as an influential member of the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee, had much to do with keeping Lombardi out of Cooperstown.

Might have to head down to Crosley Terrace today to give an ol’ pat-on-the-back to the Lombardi statue.

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That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Expect good news!

Jamie

NATIONAL WEATHERPERSON’S DAY

Hot off the presses!

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Just got a hard copy of the 2013 Reds Media Guide.  It’s always a good day when that thing finally arrives.  Great job by the club’s Creative Services department, headed up by Ralph Mitchell, for getting the guide produced in record time.

****The media guide is not yet for sale but should be available to purchase when the Reds Team Shop reopens (next month-ish).

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If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see I’m looking for “celebrity” tweeters that we can persuade in becoming Reds fans.  Do you have any suggestions?  Remember, the “celebrity” must be have a Twitter account.

Tweet your recommendations to me at @Jamieblog and hashtag it #CelebrityRedsFans.

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We are officially inside a week until pitchers and catchers are due to report to the Reds’ Spring Training complex in Goodyear, AZ!

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MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon wrote a solid piece on the Reds’ pitching staff.  Check it out by clicking HERE.

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Happy “National Weatherperson’s Day!”

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That’s all for now. I’ll have more in a bit.

Expect good news!

Jamie

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