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Hello everyone!  I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday break and got to spend some quality time with family, friends and/or loved ones.  Some of you are still in your pajamas, enjoying another week away from the office; for that, I offer my most sincere “cheers!”

We have a few things here at Better Off Red to catch you up on…

Some of you long-time BOR readers remember the Reds Cap Club, right?  Well if you’re new to this or perhaps don’t remember, the Reds Cap Club was something we used to celebrate here on the blog every Friday.  I’d simply ask for emails (, Instagrams or Tweets (@Jamieblog) featuring images of folks wearing their Reds caps & hats.  The photos would be posted on the blog and those folks would then become the newest members of the Reds Cap Club.

Well, we’re getting the club back together starting this Friday and we’re looking for new members of the Reds Cap Club. For those of you who may have already joined the club a long time ago, your membership needs to be updated!  Simply email, Instagram or Tweet me a pic of your coconut in a Reds cap and…voila…you’ll become the newest RCC member!  (And by sending in your photo, you’ve agreed to have it posted here on Better Off Red).

What are club privileges, you ask?  Great question.  It’s top secret (meaning, nothing other than you get your photo on BOR and recognized by me as one of the coolest people in all of the land!).

I have one more New Era Winter Meetings cap to give away, so I figure I’ll make it available to one lucky participant in this week’s Reds Cap Club party.  Send in your photo and you could be randomly chosen to win the lid.

In addition to the Winter Meetings Cap, I’ll also give away a new book by my friend Craig Lindvahl entitled Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday: And Other Stuff You’ll Need to Know Tomorrow.  You might remember Craig as the filmmaker of Let’s Get Ready to Win: A Day at Great American Ball Park.  His new book is fabulous and I think you’ll enjoy it.  The winner of the cap will also get the book.


The Reds Hot Stove Radio Show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia RETURN to the Holy Grail Banks tomorrow (Tuesday, December 30)!  Join us beginning at 6pm for a live episode of the Hot Stove show and then stick around for some brain-bending baseball trivia, hosted by yours truly.  It’s always a good time and I’d love to see you!


Interested to see how Reds players are fairing in the Winter Leagues?  Check out the stats below…




That’s all for now!  More in a bit!

Expect good news,



Hi gang! I hope you all had a nice relaxing holiday weekend (like I did)!  Let’s get back to work, shall we?

First, the Redlegs are making some roster moves…

The Reds today are expected to recall from Class AAA Louisville RHP Carlos Contreras (#53), RHP Daniel Corcino (#64), IF/OF Jake Elmore (#15), LHP David Holmberg (#36), RHP J.J. Hoover (#60), C Tucker Barnhart (#16) and 1B/OF Donald Lutz (#23); recall from Class AA Pensacola OF Yorman Rodriguez (#33); select from Louisville the contracts of OF Jason Bourgeois (#30) and LHP Ryan Dennick (#41); transfer to the 60-day disabled list RHP Homer Bailey.

***Information on the new Reds can be found at the bottom of this blog post.***

And in case you missed it….


The Reds Triple-A Louisville Bats have played their final game of the season, but not before retiring  Corky Miller’s jersey number “8.”

Here’s video of Corky’s jersey retirement speech, courtesy of the Bats’ YouTube page…

It goes without saying that Corky is wildly popular among Reds, Bats, BOR and all baseball fans.  Here’s hoping he remains in the game for a very long time.  Congrats to one of baseball’s great ambassadors, Corky Miller!


Mark Sheldon has a nice piece HERE about Billy Hamilton, who’s on pace to steal 60 bases and possibly win the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

And speaking of Hamilton, I’ve got one of his bobbleheads to give away.  Are you interested?

In order to win, I’m asking for photos of Reds fans doing their best “Billy Bobble Pose.”

Tweet me (@Jamieblog) a pic of you performing your best Billy Hamilton bobblehead imitation.  One lucky winner will be randomly selected this Friday.  Cool?

Here’s your motivation…

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Check out this catch Kristopher Negron made on Sunday at Pittsburgh…

(You can follow Negron on Twitter at @KNegs17)


Very proud of BOR fan and follower, Coach John!  Check it out…


We’ll have more in a bit!

Expect good news,



53 CARLOS CONTRERAS, rhp Louisville: 0g
Was 1 of 10 September callups…is his third stint with the Reds this season (6/21-7/9, 7/11-8/20)…began the season at Class AA Pensacola and in 3 starts and 6 relief apps there went 2-1, 2.70 before he was promoted on 6/21…in that afternoon’s 11-1 win vs Tor threw a perfect ninth inning (1k) in his Major League debut…his first strikeout victim was Colby Rasmus…after 3 relief apps, as part of a series of roster moves on 7/10 was optioned to Class AAA Louisville but rejoined the Reds the next day…after 10 more relief apps returned to Louisville on 8/21 and spent the rest of the minor league season there…in his final appearance before he was sent to Louisville, on 8/20 at StL, left with inflammation in his right shoulder and did not pitch for the Bats during his August stint there…in his career still has not pitched in Class AAA…in the seventh inning on 7/11 vs Pit became the first Reds pitcher to strike out the side on 9 pitches since Rob Dibble on 6/4/89 vs SD (8th inning)…from 4/27-6/2 was on Pensacola’s disabled list with a lower back strain.

64 DANIEL CORCINO, rhp Louisville: 1gs, 0-1, 7.20
Was 1 of 10 September callups…is his second stint with the Reds this season (8/22-8/27)…spent most of the season at Class AA Pensacola, where in 25 starts and 1 relief appearance he went 10-11, 4.13 before he was promoted on 8/22…on 8/26 vs Cubs celebrated his 24th birthday by throwing a perfect ninth inning in his only Major League appearance…struck out his first 2 batters (Wellington Castillo, Chris Valaika)…when Dylan Axelrod was promoted to start on 8/28 was optioned to Class AAA Louisville…made his only start for the Bats in a 5-3 loss on 8/31 vs Indianapolis…from 4/27-6/2 was on Pensacola’s disabled list with a strained lower back.

41 RYAN DENNICK, lhp Louisville: 57g, 4-0-3, 2.36
Media guide bio is on page 214…was 1 of 10 September callups…when he pitches will be making his Major League debut…Tucker Barnhart, Jumbo Diaz, Carlos Contreras and Daniel Corcino already made big league debuts this season…made his first appearance of the season for Class AA Pensacola but spent the rest of the minor league season at Class AAA Louisville…graduated from North Olmsted (OH) High School…was selected by the Reds in the Class AAA phase of the 2012 Rule 5 Draft from the Royals, who drafted him in the 22nd round of the June 2009 first-year player draft.

36 DAVID HOLMBERG, lhp Louisville: 18gs, 2-6, 4.66
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be his third stint with the Reds this season, including spot starts in the nightcap of the day/night doubleheader on 7/8 vs Cubs and on 8/21 vs Atl…other than those 2 apps spent the rest of the minor league season at Class AAA Louisville…in December 2013 was acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of a 3-team deal that sent C Ryan Hanigan to the Rays…in spring training was limited to 1 appearance by a sore right shin…was on Louisville’s disabled from 4/22-5/11 and 5/21-6/10 with left shoulder tendinitis.

60 J.J. HOOVER, rhp Louisville: 4g, 0-0-0, 0.00
Was 1 of 10 September callups…began the season with the Reds and went 1-10, 5.27 in 46 apps before he was optioned on 8/21 to Louisville, his first minor league stint since 2012…in 4 apps for the Bats posted a 0.00era…his active 10-game losing streak is the longest in Reds history by a reliever…his 10 losses tie for the most in history by a Reds reliever for a single season (Harry Gumbert, 10-10 in 1947; Tom Hume, 9-10 in 1980)…on 7/8 vs Cubs retired all 6 batters by strikeout, a career high for strikeouts in a game and the most by a Reds reliever in a game this season.

16 TUCKER BARNHART, C Louisville: 78g, .246, 1hr, 29rbi
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be his fifth stint with the Reds…made 13 apps and 10 starts during his first 4 stints (Opening Day-4/6, 4/26-5/17, 7/6-7/10, 8/9-8/17)…last played for the Reds in the nightcap of the day/night DH at Col on 8/17, started behind the plate…made his first Opening Day roster after Devin Mesoraco went on the disabled list…in the fifth inning of the 8-3 win on 5/1 vs Mil tied the score at 2-2 with his only Major League home run (solo off Marco Estrada)…is from Brownsburg, Indiana, near Indianapolis.

30 JASON BOURGEOIS, of Louisville: 136g, .278, 4hr, 43rbi, 24sb
Last name is pronounced BOOSH-wah…was 1 of 10 September callups…as one of the club’s final spring training roster moves was reassigned to Louisville the day before Opening Day…spent the season with the Bats, where he received the club’s Mary E. Barney Most Valuable Player Award…led Louisville in hits and stolen bases and tied for the team lead in apps…during spring training was hampered by a strained right hamstring and didn’t play until 3/6.

15 JAKE ELMORE, inf/of Sacramento/Louisville: 72g, .281, 0hr, 24rbi, 12sb
His media guide bio is available in the press box and online at…was 1 of 10 September callups…spent the minor league season at Class AAA, where for Louisville and Oak’s Sacramento affiliate he combined to hit .281 in 72 apps…went to spring training with the White Sox but was designated for assignment on 2/26…the next day was traded to the Athletics for cash…on 7/31 was designated for assignment and on 8/2 was claimed off waivers by the Reds and optioned to Louisville…prior to this season made 82 Major League apps for the Diamondbacks and Astros, most recently on 9/29/13 for Hou vs NYY…has played every position on the field, mostly SS (37g), 2B (17g) and LF (9g).

23 DONALD LUTZ, inf/of Louisville: 52g, .236, 6hr, 33rbi, 4sb
Was 1 of 10 September callups…has made 18 apps and 5 starts during his 3 stints with the Reds (5/23-6/9, 7/11-8/8, 9/2-current)…made 5 starts at 1B, 2 starts in LF and 1 start at DH…last played for the Reds as a pinch hitter on 8/4 at Cle and last started on 7/29 vs Ari (LF)…began the season at Pensacola and made 23 apps there (.360, 6hr, 16rbi) before he was promoted to Louisville on 5/16…in 52 apps overall for the Bats hit .236 (6hr, 33rbi, 4sb)…while with Pensacola, on 4/21 at Jacksonville hit for the cycle for the third time in his career.

33 YORMAN RODRIGUEZ, of Pensacola: 119g, .262, 9hr, 40rbi, 12sb
Was 1 of 10 September callups…will be the second Reds player this season to make the jump from Class AA (RHP Carlos Contreras)…spent the minor league season at Pensacola…when he plays will be making his Major League debut…Tucker Barnhart, Jumbo Diaz, Carlos Contreras and Daniel Corcino already made big league debuts this season.


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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!



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


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.



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!”


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

Expect good news!



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…



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.


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.


More in a bit.

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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.


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


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.


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


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

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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 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!


Courtesy of our friends at Elias Sports Bureau



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!


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.


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?”


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


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!


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…



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


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!



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…

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

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.

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



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



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…


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.


More in a bit

Expect good news



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!


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).


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


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


More in a bit…

Expect good news!




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!


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…



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


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….


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



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


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


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!




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