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FRIDAY BASELINE ITEMS

Postseason first pitch times have been released through Tuesday. Times are subject to change in case of a postponement or suspended game…

As you can see the Reds and Giants will play at 9:37 pm ET on both Saturday and Sunday. Tuesday’s game at Great American Ball Park is slated to start at 5:37 pm ET. Those games will be aired on TBS.

On the radio side, WLW and the Reds Radio Network will broadcast the Redlegs games throughout the postseason. Marty Brennaman and Jim Kelch will alternate play-by-play innings with Jeff Brantley on color commentary for the full 9. Thom Brennaman will replace Kelch during the week.

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Throughout the postseason, I’m hoping to see your photos and/or videos celebrating Reds victories.  As far as photos, send them to me at jramsey@reds.com.  If you have videos, send me the YouTube link.

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P&G announces $2,000,000 commitment to Reds Urban Youth Academy
P&G and Reds partnering to make a difference in the Cincinnati community

CINCINNATI (October 5, 2012) — P&G has committed $2,000,000 to the Cincinnati Reds and the Reds Community Fund’s “Urban Youth Academy.”

The Reds Urban Youth Academy will be a baseball and softball training facility at Roselawn Park in Cincinnati that provides free, year-round instruction for boys and girls ages 6-18 from Greater Cincinnati and throughout Reds Country.

“P&G is proud to continue our partnership with the Reds and the Reds Community Fund to help improve the Cincinnati community through the development of the first Urban Youth Academy in the Midwest,” said Jodi Allen, P&G VP North America Marketing and Brand Operations.

The complex will include four renovated fields and a 33,000 square foot building featuring batting cages, pitching tunnels and a full indoor field. Groundbreaking will be in 2013 with project completion expected in 2015.

“We are committed to creating opportunities to get more kids to play baseball,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “With the support of P&G and our other partners the Academy will be the hub for urban baseball and softball training in Greater Cincinnati and hope to serve more than 20,000 kids and coaches annually.”

The relationship includes support from Kroger featuring a strong in-store retail plan in 2013 that will promote several P&G brands while raising awareness for the Reds Urban Youth Academy project.

The Reds Urban Youth Academy is modeled after Major League Baseball academies in Compton, Ca., Houston, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

Since 2010, P&G and the Reds Community Fund have partnered for the annual “P&G Community Day” volunteer service projects featuring hundreds of P&G employees renovating baseball and softball fields and community parks. The most recent project on August 2 included over 400 P&G North America Marketing employees restoring the Cheviot Memorial Fields, historic grandstand and Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse.

The Reds Community Fund currently operates the Reds Urban Youth Academy at the temporary home of Cincinnati Public School’s Gamble Montessori High School in Winton Place. The fall/winter session starts October 22 and offers free baseball and softball instruction four days a week to boys and girls from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky public schools.

There is currently a need for an expanded, year-round Reds Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati because local Knothole participation has dipped significantly in the past five years while select baseball programs continue to expand. This suggests baseball is failing in urban areas that typically rely on neighborhood and recreational baseball for instruction. According to the National Sporting Goods Association, the number of kids aged 7 to 17 playing baseball decreased 33% from 8.7 million participants to 5.8 million participants from 2000 to 2011.

Additional partners in the Reds Urban Youth Academy capital fundraising campaign are Major League Baseball, The City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, PNC Bank and Reds owners and players.

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The Reds have a workoutout this afternoon at AT&T Park. I’ll be there and will have some photos and other stuff that I’ll post right here on Better Off Red.

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Also, please visit Reds Authentics to bid NOW on the Better Off Red Funkblast shirt that I wore in the clubhouse during the clinch!  I signed it “Expect Good News” and it still smells like beer and champagne!  We need to at least get this bad boy up over the $100 range….

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I’ll have more in a bit from San Francisco.

Expect good news,

Jamie

THURSDAY’S BASELINE ITEMS

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Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Johnny Cueto’s 2.03 ERA is the lowest among all Major Leaguers with a minimum of 150 innings pitched. Since the beginning of the 2010 season, his 2.79 ERA is the sixth-lowest among all big leaguers with a minimum of 300 innings pitched.

Of  Johnny’s 7 starts so far this season, 6 have been “quality” (6 or more innings, 3 or fewer earned runs), including each of his last 5.

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Congratulations to Reds skipper Dusty Baker for becoming just the 20th manager in Major League history to collect 1,500 wins (1,500-1,381).

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I’m very much looking forward to Friday’s Reds Tweet-Up

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While you’re at the ballpark this weekend, don’t forget to cast your all-star votes for the Reds! I hope we can get as many Reds voted onto the National League All-Star team (especially Wolfgang Amadeus Cozart!).

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SATURDAY’S BASELINE ITEMS

Obviously, the big Reds news today is Ryan Madson’s season-ending elbow surgery.  The news this morning hit like a ton of bricks.  I read a lot of your tweets and comments and can certainly understand the emotions of sadness, anger and frustration.  However, I’m not co-signing on the feeling of defeat, and here’s why…

  • Baseball games aren’t played on paper and message boards.  Even good teams have to deal with adversity; great teams overcome it.  Let’s hold off at least until the second week of April before we write off the Reds.  This team has talent and is deep.  Its success isn’t dependent on one relief pitcher. 
  • Aroldis Chapman.  I’ve seen him pitch three times so far this Spring and he resembles a man who was given a big package of pitching wisdom for Christmas.  He’s focused and in control on the mound.  The few times he’s been in trouble, he’s pitched himself out of it rather than throw himself deeper into it.  I think I used the word “savy” on Twitter to describe his Saturday afternoon outing.  Imagine a smarter, wiser Aroldis Chapman, whose breaking pitches look nastier than ever.  Oh and to the pundits who all but eulogized his fastball, Chappy hit 98 on the gun today.  I don’t know what the plan is for Chapman.  I don’t know if he’s going to start or relieve.  I don’t know if he’s going to be in Cincinnati on Opening Day.  But I do know that he’s going to play a huge part in the Reds success this year. 
  • Jose Arredondo.  2012 will mark his second full-season following  2/2/10 “Tommy John” surgery – meaning, he’s back to full strength.  Jose Arredondo at 100% is capable of complete filthiness (in a dominating kind of way…see year 2008).  Arredondo (to my knowledge) isn’t a closer candidate but he will have a significant role in the bullpen and I suspect he will lessen the burden of losing Madson.  I like him and I really like what I’ve seen from him.
  • Zack Cozart.  Worried about a rookie starting at shortstop?  You should see this kid play.  Next to Chapman, he’s been the most enjoyable Red to watch this Spring.  I’m looking forward to seeing the looks on your faces when he makes that first Ozzie Smith-type play…he’ll probably have a couple of doubles in that game. 
  • Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips,  Johnny Cueto, Sean Marshall and Bill Bray.
  • Scott Rolen is healthy and he’s looking good…really good.
  • Mat Latos is the real deal.  It’s disgusting to think about how good this guy is going to be.  And don’t let the so-called “attitude-issues” worry you.  I can only judge a guy by the way he deals with me, personally.  So far he’s been nothing but nice.  It’s not unusual to see Mat milling around the Reds Spring Training complex chatting it up with everyone from our front desk employees to the parking lot guards.  He’s intense on the mound and he takes his job seriously.  Let’s not confuse that as being something else.

Those are just a few of my observations.  I know they consist of a lot of things that can’t be quantified.  Don’t hold that against me, I can only call ’em as I see ’em.  I think this team is still very solid from top to bottom; probably the best team I’ve been a part of in my 100 years that I’ve worked here.  I expect good news and I hope you do, too.

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So let’s take a deep breath and smile.  The sunshine is good for your teeth!

We have an entire baseball season staring at us in the face.  That’s gotta be a good feeling, right?

And if you’re having a hard time smiling, take a look at my desk when I walked into work this morning.  Someone (I know who) decided to have a little fun at my expense (and at the expense of our office supplies budget)….

 

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I leave you with a few photos I snapped today in Peoria…

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BASELINE ITEMS – MONDAY

First, I can confirm that the Reds have not signed Roy Oswalt.

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A friend of mine today tried to convince me that it’s February 6.  I simply laughed in his face. 

I took this photo today just to prove we are in fact celebrating the first day of Spring. 

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And speaking of Spring…I know we’re about to fire up the engines when I get my annual Spring Training credential

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Did you guys happen to see comedian Josh Sneed’s hilarious Redsfest video?

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The boss, Rob Butcher has arrived in Goodyear and snapped these photos of Reds Fantasy Camp, currently taking place at the Reds Spring Training complex…

Tom Hume and Billy Hatcher

I miss this

There's no power like OLIVER POWER!!

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My main man Jon “Moonshine” Cline from the Reds Authentics Department alerted me to this super-awesome Reds Auction taking place now….CLICK HERE.   If you tell Moonshine that Jamie sent ya, you’ll get absolutely 0% off everything in stock.

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That’s all for now.  I’ve been challenged to a “best 2 out of 3″ bowling match tonight by Reds Director of Homestand Meetings Zach Bonkowski.  I can promise you that game 3 won’t matter. 

Take care and thanks for logging on!

Expect good news,

Jamie

WEDNESDAY BASELINE ITEMS

Final Spring Game At GABP
Spring Showcase Features Reds vs Futures

The Cincinnati Reds will play their last spring training game in Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park on April 3 as part of a Spring Showcase, giving fans the opportunity to get a first look at the 2012 Reds and see the top players from the organization’s minor league affiliates.

The Spring Showcase begins with an interactive workout prior to the game. Former Cincinnati Reds infielder Doug Flynn (1975-1977) will serve as an on-field host, while select Reds coaches and players will wear microphones and interact with fans during minor league batting practice, minor league infield practice and major league batting practice. 

The Reds vs Futures game between the Major League club and players from the minor league affiliates will include special camera coverage on the scoreboard designed to give fans an unusual perspective on the action. The game will have flexibility to end when all pitchers have been used.

Gates will open at 5:00 p.m.. Interactive workouts will run until the start of the game at 7:00. Minor league players will pose for photographs and sign autographs prior to the game.

“We believe offering this unique access to our final spring training workout and game is the perfect way to kick off Opening Week in Cincinnati,” said Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini.  “Fans are anxious for baseball to begin, and what better way than to allow fans the chance to witness first-hand the hard work being done by our players and coaches in preparation for the season.”

Tickets go on sale to the public at 9am ET on Saturday, February 4 at reds.com, by phone at (513) 381-REDS, at the Great American Ball Park box office and at Ticketmaster Outlets, including select Kroger stores.

All seats for this family-friendly event are reduced:
• Bleachers: $5
• Sun Deck/Moon Deck: $10
• Field Box/Infield Box: $17

Tickets for the all-inclusive Diamond Club are $65,
and FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club are $35.

Fans 12 and under will receive free admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

There will be concessions and merchandise discounts throughout the ballpark.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by a fan randomly-picked from the crowd (must be in attendance by 6:45 p.m).

Minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart will receive his 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award during pregame ceremonies.

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THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY (courtesy of Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder)

1968 – Ground-breaking ceremonies are held on the future site of Riverfront Stadium.

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Here are some extra photos I received from the 2012 Reds Caravan…

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Opening Day First Pitch in Cincinnati in…

  • 2 months, 4 days, 4 hours, 59 minutes
  • 9 weeks, 1.167 days
  • 64.17 days
  • 0.18 years
  • 1,540 hours
  • 92,400 minutes

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

Thanks so much for longing on.  I really appreciate it!

Expect good news,

Jamie

BASELINE ITEMS

Don’t forget, tonight’s Reds Hot Stove League show will be broadcast live from the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum in the Palace of the Fans Theater from 7-8pm ET.  Tonight’s show is open to the public and admission to the HOF is free after 5pm.  If you can’t make it, you can still tune into the show on 700 WLW or online at THIS LINK.

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Check this out…

It’s the Scott Rolen Gold Glove replica (presented by Kahn’s) that we’re giving away on May 26 to the first 20,000 fans attending the Reds/Rockies game.  Cool stuff, huh?

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Tonight at 10pm ET, MLB Network is revealing MLB.com’s top 50 prospects.  Tune in to see if any of the Reds farmhands made the list.

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Reds host annual ‘Select-A-Seat’ event on Jan. 28

CINCINNATI (January 23, 2012) — Reds fans can choose their seats for the 2012 season at the  annual Select-A-Seat event on Saturday, January 28 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club at Great American Ball Park.

“We invite all Reds fans considering partial or full season tickets to visit the Select-A-Seat event,” said John Davis, Reds Vice President of Ticket Sales. “This is the best way for fans to sit in different seats around the ballpark, determine what locations are right for them and personalize their own Reds experience.”

Beginning at 9:30 am, fans can team up with a Reds ticket sales representative and walk around the ballpark to select their seats for the 2012 season.

At approximately 11 am,  fans can participate in a Q&A with members of the Reds Caravan including Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, Assistant General Manager Bob Miller, broadcaster and former pitcher Chris Welsh, Reds Hall of Famer Lee May and minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart.

Fans purchasing a season plan of 20 games or more will have the chance to meet the Caravan members and receive a signed baseball.

Select-A-Seat admission is free and cash parking is available in the Great American Ball Park garage.

Seating for the Q&A is limited.

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

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That’s all for now.  I’ll probably have some more stuff in a bit…

Expect good news,

Jamie

BASELINE ITEMS – CUETO IN THE HOUSE

Johnny Cueto was at Great American Ball Park today working out with Reds Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Matt Krause.  Johnny and Matt also tossed outside on the field.

Johnny says he’s feeling great.  He was working up a pretty good sweat, so I didn’t want to bother him too much with small talk.

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And on that note…

FIRST PITCH AT GABP IN

  • 2 months, 16 days, 6 hours and 23 minutes
  • 10 weeks, 6.225 days
  • 76.22 days
  • 0.21 years
  • 1,829 hours
  • 109,764 minutes

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Wednesday’s Hot Stove League show will be broadcast live from the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum in the Palace of the Fans Theatre from 7-8pm ET.  Admission to the HOF is free after 5pm and open to the general public. 

If you can’t make it for the live broadcast, tune into 700 WLW or listen online by USING THIS LINK

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Reds Caravan Poster #10…

Be sure to collect all of the numbered unofficial Reds Caravan posters right here on BOR.   And don’t forget, you can join in on the fun by sending me (jramsey@reds.com) your very own specially-designed poster. If it’s good and in good taste, I’ll post it right here on BOR.

Here’s one with a Jersey Shore Theme, courtesy of Gary Sweeney and Tony Laurenzana

That’s right up Frazier’s alley.

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I’ll have more in a bit.

Expect good news

Jamie

BASELINE ITEMS – REDS CARAVAN POSTER #6

If you missed it yesterday – the Reds avoided arbitration by signing to 1-year contracts through the 2012 season RHP Homer Bailey, LHP Bill Bray and IF Paul JanishRHP Jose Arredondo and RHP Nick Masset are the only remaining Reds players eligible for arbitration.

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Reds Caravan Poster #6

Be sure to collect all of the “unofficial” Reds Caravan posters right here on BOR.

And if you want to send in your very own specially-designed Caravan poster, email it to me at jramsey@reds.com. If it’s good and in good taste, I’ll post it right here on the blog.

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Our man Rich Linville recently took part in the brand new MLB Network game show called Baseball IQ. He took some time to send in a full report (and photos). Enjoy…

I can’t tell you how I did, of course, but I will say the game is challenging. Oftentimes, you can’t believe how obvious the answers are, after they give them to you.

One of the pictures is the wall of signatures from players & other celebs who have visted the studio. I was looking for Johnny Bench or Joe Morgan and the 1st name I saw was Regis Philbin. Also, there is a closeup of Barry Larkin’s signature that he signed last week after he was elected to the Hall of Fame.

One hallway is lined with pictures of the MLB Network analysts. I took a photo of Sean Casey’s pic.

The other 2 pics are from the studio, after our show when the lights were turned off.

The people at the network have been really nice. Being in a place that is nothing but baseball is awesome. Truly an unforgettable experience.

Thanks

Rich

Tune in to MLB Network to see how Rich faired in his appearance on Baseball IQ. Two new episodes will air every Tuesday through Thursday at 9 p.m. ET from Jan. 24 through Feb. 23, leading up to the start of Spring Training — 31 episodes in all.

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

Expect good news,

Jamie

BASELINE ITEMS – 1/16/12

Good morning, Fonzies!

First off, happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

Let’s get things started today with Reds Caravan Poster #4.  Remember, you can collect them all right here on BOR. 

 

I showed this to Marty over the weekend and he approved…but added  – “you are demented.” 

And my main man Tim Carper from Grayson, Kentucky’s WUGO Radio submitted his version of  a Caravan poster…

I love it!

If you’d like to put together a 2012 Reds Caravan poster, I’d love to see it. If it’s good and in good taste, I’ll post it right here on BOR.  Email it to me at jramsey@reds.com 

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Reds minor league catching prospect Tucker Barnhart (who will be traveling with the South Tour on the Carvan) sent me information on a charity football game that will take place in April, benefitting Alzheimer’s research

For more information, CLICK HERE or tweet @IndyBvB.

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THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY (courtesy of Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder)

1913:  The Reds purchase Three Finger Brown from the Cubs.

The future Hall of Fame pitcher had a career record of 195-95 when he arrived in Cincinnati.  Although he was past his prime, Brown was one of the few bright spots on the Reds staff in 1913, winning 11 games and posting a 2.91 ERA.  Brown is arguably the first Red to be used as a relief specialist.  He started 16 games but appeared in 39; in his 23 relief appearances, he picked up six saves, suggesting that new manager Joe Tinker used Brown to salvage wins.

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For those of you in the Cincinnati area, stop by the Holy Grail tomorrow night from 6-7pm ET  for another action-packed edition of the Reds Hot Stove League, hosted by Mercury Marty

I’ll be there and would love to say hi to ya.

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Received word from Zach Bongreatness that the South Bus of the Reds Caravan (aka, “The Rock Star Tour”) will be responsible for 1,118.4 of the 2,752.9 total miles traveled.  That’s about right.

The North Bus is expected to travel 818.6 miles while the West Bus is going to take it easy this year with a paltry 815.9 miles.

Once again, we’re counted on to pick up the slack.  Shameful.

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OPENING DAY IN…

2 months, 20 days and 5 hours

2 months, 20.17 days

11 weeks, 3.169 days

80.17 days

0.22 years

1,924 hours

115,443 minutes

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I’ll have more in a bit.  Thanks for logging on!

Expect good news,

Jamie

 

BASELINE ITEMS: FRIDAY THE 13TH!

I’d feel a lot more frightened by Friday the 13th if it were a Monday….

…and no, I don’t steal my material from Garfield.

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Reds Caravan Poster #3.  Collect them all right here on Better Off Red!

And if you have a Caravan poster you’d like to share, email it to me at jramsey@reds.com.  If it’s good and in good taste, I’ll post it right here on BOR.

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My favorite baseball writer, Meggie Zahneis, wrote a pretty cool piece on her experience covering her first press conference – the Barry Larkin presser at GABP.  CLICK HERE to read it. 

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As mentioned yesterday here on BOR, the Reds’ Rich Linville will be competing on the brand new MLB Network gameshow, Baseball IQ

Today the Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter wrote a nice story on Rich.  CLICK HERE to read it.

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THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY (thanks to Redleg Journal by Rhodes & Snyder)

1988:  The Reds deal Nick Esasky and Rob Murphy to the Red Sox for Todd Benzinger, Jeff Sellars and Luis Vasquez.

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OPENING DAY IN….

  • 2 months, 23 days and 3 hours
  • 11 weeks, 6.096 days
  • 83.1 days
  • 119658 minutes
  • 1994 hours

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Finally, I hope you got a chance to check out my guest blog post this morning for Paul Daugherty’s The Morning Line.  I had a good time with it.  Go HERE to read it.

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

Expect good news,

Jamie

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