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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

HAPPY “THANK A MAILMAN DAY”

A picturesque snowfall is coming down at GABP as I type this. Here’s footage from just outside my office window…

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On Tuesday, February 12, pitchers and catchers will report to Goodyear, have physicals and work out.
On Friday, February 15, position players will report to Goodyear, have physicals and work out.

Who’s ready?

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On this date, 1934….

From “Redleg Journal”  by Rhodes & Snyder:  Powel Crosley purchases the Reds as head of a syndicate that includes Larry MacPhail and Ohio Lieutenant Governor Charles Sawyer.  MacPhail became vice-president and general manager of the club.

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C Miguel Olivo (non-roster invitee) will wear #30.  Newest Red LHP Manny Parra has been assigned #43.

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

Expect good news!

Jamie

BASELINE ITEMS: “INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART DAY”

I was inspired by my pal Mike “Whiskey” Sours (@Mike_Sours) today to purchase a piece of “art” for Better Off Red Headquarters.  A custom order has been placed for a door-sized Burt BobbleRed “Fathead.”  I’m pretty stoked about it and can’t wait to see what a life-sized Burt looks like…

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Congratulations to Reds fans Andrew Dunn and Ben Wietmarschen for being selected as finalists to participate in the 2013 MLB Fan Cave!  Andrew and Ben are trying to make the cut to compete as “Cave Dwellers” at the MLB Fan Cave in New York.  If they make it, they’ll participate in a Survivor-style challenge throughout the 2013 baseball season in which they’ll try to outlast all other Cave Dwellers.  Oh yeah, and they’ll also attempt to watch every single MLB game while they’re there.

Let’s help these guys represent the Reds on a national stage!  Click HERE to vote for Andrew and Ben.  For addtional information (and hijinks) log onto MLB Fan Cave.

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Here’s some good news for those of you who can’t wait for Reds baseball to start…

Beginning March 4th, Fox Sports Ohio will be airing a “Reds Live – Spring Training 2013″ program every weeknight at 10pm ET.  The show will feature news, notes, interviews and features.

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And speaking of news, Chris Heisey and Alfredo Simon today signed 1-year deals to avoid arbitration.  Homer Bailey, Shin-Soo Choo, Mat Latos and Mike Leake are the remaining arbitration-eligible Reds.

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The equipment truck from Cincinnati leaves for Goodyear, AZ on February 4.  Pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 12.  Position players report on February 15.  Are you ready yet?

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A few people forwarded me this yesterday from ESPN’s web site…

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I had no idea Ryan Ludwick played hockey! And if he’s going to use an alias, why not “BROTHER” Salmela instead of “Ansii?”

This was emailed to Ryan and he responded with a chuckle and, of course, a “Brother!”

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That’s all I’ve got for now.  I’ll have more in a bit.  January is almost over, thank goodness!

Expect good news

Jamie

 

WEDNESDAY’S BASELINE ITEMS: “INANE ANSWERING MESSAGE DAY”

HAPPY INANE ANSWERING MESSAGE DAY!

Saturday, April 20th is Brandon Phillips Bobblehead Day.  Here’s what Dat Bobble looks like…

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Want Opening Day tickets?

Now through Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. ET, fans can register on reds.com/openingday for a chance to purchase up to four (4) individual Opening Day tickets.

There are a limited number of tickets available through this opportunity.

Applicants must complete and submit the registration form online on Reds.com to participate in this opportunity to purchase Opening Day tickets.

Winners will be selected at random from the pool of registrants.

Winners will be notified via email and will have the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day.

The best way to guarantee Opening Day ticket options is with a VIP Full, Weeknight or Half-Season Mix plan.

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Congratulations to Stephanie Barringer and @CCLandscaper for winning the 2013 Reds Pass-Ports!

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How would you like it if Great American Ball Park hosted the MLB All-Star Game every 5 years?  Acclaimed baseball columnist (and Miami University graduate) Terence Moore thinks it should happen.  CLICK HERE to read his story.

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Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has ranked 2013’s Top 100 Prospects.  There are three Reds on the list…Can you guess which ones?  CLICK HERE to find out.

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That’s all I’ve got for now.  I’ve got 2 last minute minor league bios to write for the media guide (and here I thought we were all finished! d’oh!)

Expect good news!

Jamie

 

TUESDAY’S BASELINE ITEMS: NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY

So it’s 64 degrees when I write to you on this Januray 29.  That’s normal, right?

Things are fairly quiet today in Better Off Red Headquarters.  I think a lot of folks are still recovering from the Caravan.  It’s business as usual, however, inside the ballpark.  It seems as if there isn’t an offseason that goes by at GABP without the presence of power tools and construction vehicles; no exception this year.

The solar blanket has made an appearance on the field to keep the grass warm.  The poor turf probably thinks today is the first day of Spring.  I’m sure the field will get a frigid reminder in the next few days that we’re still in the midst of winter.

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I’ve got a 2013 Reds Pass-Port to give away here on the blog and one to giveaway to one of my Twitter followers.  If you have legitimate plans to attend 20 or more Reds games this year, then you’re eligible to win.  In the comments section below, tell me how many games you plan to attend in 2013.  I’ll randomly choose a winner tomorrow.  You can improve your chances of winning by voting for Better Off Red in the “Best Blog” category of City Beat’s Best of Cincinnati readers poll (CLICK HERE TO VOTE).

If you need help on qualifying for those 20 games, you can take care of that at Reds.com/Tickets.

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I snapped some photos of the ballpark today…

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The Hot Stove League radio show airs tonight on 700 WLW and the Reds Radio Network.  Click HERE for more details, including archives of previous shows.

Here’s hoping Marty gives Thom a hard time about his autograph.

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Speaking of Marty, he’s lost 10 or so pounds over the last few months.  He’s been walking the malls and using something called a FitBit.  He swears by it…so much so that I ordered one today.

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A special mention to one of my favorite bands “Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.”  The four-piece indie rock group originated in Springfield, MO but lead-singer Phil Dickey is a big-time Reds fan and an avid reader of Better Off Red.  He sent me a message yesterday saying that he’s working on a song about the blog.  Consider me super-pumped!

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

Expect good news

Jamie

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HERE’S SOME STUFF FOR YA…

The Reds have invited to Major League spring training camp 15 non-roster players, including RHP Nick Christiani, LHP Wilkin De La Rosa, RHP Justin Freeman, RHP Drew Hayes, RHP Chad Rogers, C Nevin Ashley, C Tucker Barnhart, C Corky Miller, IF Emmanuel Burriss, IF Cesar Izturis, IF Kristopher Negron, OF Billy Hamilton, OF Ryan LaMarre, OF Denis Phipps and OF Derrick Robinson.

Click on the PDF link below for an updated Spring Training roster…

2013 Spring Training Roster

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Tonight’s Hot Stove League show will be the last of the off-season to emanate from Holy Grail Banks, located across the street from Great American Ball Park…RHP Logan Ondrusek is scheduled to attend tonight’s 6:00 p.m. show with hosts Marty and Thom Brennaman…next week, the Hot Stove League will be broadcast Wednesday (January 23) at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum as part of the Reds Caravan kickoff ceremonies…members of the traveling caravan will attend that show hosted by Jim Kelch and Marty.

Reds.com/HotStove

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Listen to some good music this year.  Check out the five current albums I’m listening to, over on the sidebar of this page —>

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Here’s a great piece from Cincinnati.com about Reds owner Bob Castellini receiving a much-deserved honor from Northern Kentucky University.

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For those of you folks who love the game-used stuff, Reds Authentics has posted a new Reds Auction HERE.  Check it out, there’s a ton of really cool items.

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Team USA’s provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic will be announced Thursday at 10am ET on MLB Network.

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Today is the last day to submit your applications for the 2013 Reds/P&G Community Makeover.  Applications are available online at www.reds.com/community.  P&G and the Reds will select one local community for a project that includes ballfield and other neighborhood improvements, similar to the Cheviot Fieldhouse restoration in 2012 and the North College Hill varsity baseball diamond and community center efforts in 2011.  the Reds Community Fund also will select a minimum of 2 additional ballfield projects to support.

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ELIGIBLE FOR ARBITRATION: RHP Homer Bailey, CF Shin-Soo Choo, OF Chris Heisey, RHP Mat Latos, RHP Mike Leake, RHP Logan Ondrusek and RHP Alfredo Simon.

OUT OF OPTIONS: The following players on the Reds’ 40-man roster do not have options: RHP Jose Arredondo, RHP Bronson Arroyo, RHP Homer Bailey, IF Jason Donald, CF Shin-Soo Choo, IF Jack Hannahan, OF Ryan Ludwick, RHP Nick Masset, OF Xavier Paul, 2B Brandon Phillips and RHP Alfredo Simon.

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More in a bit.  Thanks for logging on!

Expect good news

Jamie

BASELINE ITEMS: “STEP IN A PUDDLE DAY”

As I mentioned on Twitter earlier today, these are the days in which a baseball blogger really has to show what he’s worth.  When new or prospective bloggers ask me for advice, I always tell them to, (1) keep it fresh and (2) keep it updated.  When there’s not much going on, you sometimes have to make lemonade out of lemons.  Today is one of those days, so grab your glass…

The guys in the Media Relations department have pretty much sewn up the writing portion of the 2013 Reds media guide.  We now have to proofread it and make corrections.  This is an onerous task and probably my least favorite part of the job.  But it has to be done or else the Player Development section will look like it was written by a third-grader (Player Development is my section of the media guide and I normally write it in crayon).

Anyway, after working up a pretty decent headache, I gave my eyes a break and my legs some exercise by taking a stroll this afternoon around the ballpark.  After receiving a few morning showers in Cincinnati, temperatures are incredibly mild today and the sun is shining bright.

Here's what GABP looks like today.  Naturally gorgeous, huh?  And that's without makeup!

Here’s what GABP looks like today. Naturally gorgeous, huh? And that’s without makeup!

While trying to figure out what I could possibly write to you today, I noticed on my calendar that January 11 is “Step in a Puddle Day.”  I’m not kidding, it says so right there.  So, because my calendar told me to,  I  looked for some puddles in/around GABP in which to step.  (Thankfully, tomorrow is NOT “Jump off a Bridge Day.”)

Here are some of the MVPs (most valuable puddles) of GABP…

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Just for fun, let’s pretend I stepped in all of ‘em.

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I checked my handy-dandy Redleg Journal and saw that, in addtion to “Step In a Puddle Day,” today is the 13th anniversary of Tony Perez’s election to  the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  My dear friend Ben Otto and I drove up together to Cooperstown that summer to watch the induction ceremony.  One of the best trips of my life.  In addition to Tony and Sparky and MartyCarlton Fisk was also inducted that year….and he just finished up his speech a few minutes ago. (waka, waka, waka!)

On this date in 1983, former Red and current radio personality Tracy Jones was selected in the first round of the secondary phase of the winter amateur draft.

And also on this date in 1919, the Reds nearly went out of business!

Excerpt from Rhodes and Snyder’s Redleg Journal:  January 11, 1919 – Garry Herrmann informs the stockholders that the club is unable to meet its payments on debt it owes from the construction of the new grandstand in 1912 (an outlay of some $400,000). Several years of poor attendance in the mid-teens left the club unable to meet its obligations. Hoping to stave off foreclosure and to raise capital, Herrmann proposed that the Reds, then operating under the name “The Cincinnati Exhibition Company,” be dissolved and a new entity formed: “The Cincinnati Base Ball Club Co.” The stockholders essentially received nothing for their old shares, and were asked to purchase shares in the new venture to keep the club afloat. Stockholder Lou Widrig proved to be the financial savior, buying hundreds of shares in the new venture. Widrig became treasurer of the club in the 1920s.

The book fails to mention that Garry Herrmann was also forced to sell off some those extra and redundant consonants in his name in order to pay for the star players on his “base ball club.”  It must have worked because the Reds went and won a very uncontroversial “World’s Series” that year.

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Speaking of construction, it continued today on Crosley Terrace and in the Reds Team Shop.  Check it out…

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Well, that’s all I’ve got for now.  Do me a favor and have a great weekend, will ya?!  (also take advantage of some of those Reds ticket deals that are currently available on Reds.com/tickets, you won’t be sorry because 2013 is going to be a very special year for our boys and our city).

Expect good news!

Jamie

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