A big thanks to those who competed in Better Off Red Baseball Trivia last night at the Holy Grail Banks!
Here’s last night’s leaderboard…
For a look at last night’s trivia script, including the questions and answers, click >> February 3
We have 3 more trivia nights, so we’d love to see you before the season ends!
Don’t forget to join us tonight at the Holy Grail Banks at 6 o’clock for the Reds Hot Stove League show, featuring Reds All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco! Hosting tonight’s show are the incomparable Marty Brennaman and Jim Kelch.
Stick around immediately after tonight’s Hot Stove program for another edition of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia, hosted by yours truly. Tonight’s titanic trivia struggle will feature the following question:
Trivia teams tonight are encouraged to wear uniforms!
See ya at the Grail!
Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds today announced that fans can register for the opportunity to purchase full ticket strips for 2015 MLB All-Star events beginning today by visiting allstargame.com or reds.com.
Winners will be randomly selected as available tickets will be extremely limited. Date, time and instructions for purchase will be communicated via e-mail to each selected applicant in late April. Full strips include:
• One ticket to the 86th MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14
• One ticket to Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park on Monday July 13
• One ticket to All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, July 12
• Two tickets to T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at the Duke Energy Convention Center, July 10-14
• One official 2015 MLB All-Star Game Program
Cincinnati Reds Season Ticket Holders will be among the first fans to receive the opportunity to secure tickets for 2015 MLB All-Star events. For information on season ticket plans that include All-Star ticket options, fans should call a Reds ticket representative at (513) 765-7500.
Additionally, MasterCard, the preferred card of Major League Baseball, will offer a special pre-sale opportunity on May 4, 2015 to MasterCard cardholders for 2015 MLB All-Star ticket strips.
Gatorade All-Star Workout Day features American League and National League batting practice followed by the Home Run Derby, where players from each League participate in a home run hitting contest. Recent winners include Yoenis Cespedes, who won most recently in back-to-back years (2014, 2013), Prince Fielder (2012), Robinson Cano (2011) and David Ortiz (2010).
All-Star Sunday includes the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which showcases many of the top Minor League prospects and has featured current Reds Carlos Contreras (2013), Billy Hamilton (2013, 2012), Devin Mesoraco (2011), Jay Bruce (2007), Joey Votto (2007, 2006), Homer Bailey (2006), Marlon Byrd (2002) and Brandon Phillips (2002). Other players who have competed in both the All-Star Futures Game and the MLB All-Star Game include Robinson Cano, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout and Justin Verlander.
The 2015 All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, also part of All-Star Sunday, will feature stars from film, music, television and entertainment teaming up with former Major Leaguers and former Reds stars immediately following the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Past celebrity participants have included Jon Hamm, Jimmy Kimmel, Andy Cohen, Kate Upton, Marisa Miller, Chris Rock, January Jones and Jordin Sparks. The game has also featured a collection of Hall of Famers including the late Ernie Banks, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield.
T-Mobile All-Star FanFest will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The five-day event, beginning on July 10th will serve as the launch of MLB All-Star Week, which will culminate with the 86th Midsummer Classic on July 14th at Great American Ball Park. T-Mobile All-Star FanFest is the world’s largest interactive baseball fan event, providing an unrivaled experience for fans of all ages. With more than 100 different appearances from MLB Legends and Hall of Famers, fans have the opportunity to get free autographs, participate in baseball clinics led by former players, attend Q&A sessions and much more. Legends who have attended T-Mobile All-Star FanFest in past years include Hall of Famers Barry Larkin, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield, plus current players Alex Gordon, Joe Mauer, Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton.
For more information, please visit allstargame.com and reds.com.
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A groundhog from Punxsutawney predicts six more weeks of winter. A catcher from Punxsutawney says spring begins in 16 days. Always, always take a catcher’s word over a groundhog’s.
The catcher in question? None other than the Reds all-star backstop Devin Mesoraco, who is in fact from Punxsutawney, PA. And guess what?! He’s going to emerge from his burrow LIVE tomorrow night at 6 o’clock to appear on the Reds Hot Stove League radio show at the Holy Grail Banks with Marty Brennaman and Jim Kelch!
Immediately following the hot stove program, stick around for another edition of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia, hosted by yours truly. Tomorrow is trivia Team Uniform Night – so make sure you and your trivia teammates are on the same page wardrobe-wise.
Thanks to everyone who came out last night to the Holy Grail Banks for the Reds Hot Stove League show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!
To see last night’s trivia script, which includes the questions & answers, click here> January 27
And last night’s final leaderboard…
We have 4 more nights of trivia left (February 3, 10, 17, 24), so be sure not to miss any of the fun!
See ya next week!
There’s no such thing as an offseason when you’re a Reds fan!
On the heels of another successful Reds Caravan, the weekly Reds Hot Stove League radio show returns tonight for a live episode at the Holy Grail Banks. The show starts at 6pm and will be followed immediately by Better Off Red Baseball Trivia, hosted by yours truly!
Reds Hot Stove hosts Thom Brennaman and Jim Kelch tonight will chat about the recent Devin Mesoraco contract extension and other stuff pertinent to the Cincinnati Reds.
The BOR trivia theme tonight will be “decades.” Each inning of trivia will focus on a specific decade.
As a bonus to you Better Off Red readers, here is one of tonight’s trivia questions:
Here’s hoping we see you tonight at the Holy Grail Banks for another fun night of Reds baseball!
Remember the footage from press conferences at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field? Those press conferences took place in an area on the office-level of the stadium called the “Crosley Room.”
The Crosley Room was easily identifiable on TV and in newspaper photos due to the conspicuous red and black mural of Powel Crosley Jr. That mural served as the backdrop for such major press conferences as the signing of Ken Griffey Jr…
When the Reds moved into Great American Ball Park in 2003, the Crosley Room mural was computer regenerated and placed in the new Crosley Room on the media level of the new ballpark.
These days, the new Crosley Room is primarily used for business/staff meetings. The Reds rarely hold press conferences in that area due to the fact that there’s a dedicated Media Interview room at GABP for such things.
However, when it was announced today that Devin Mesoraco and the Reds agreed to a 4-year extension, Devin and Walt Jocketty met with the media in the new Crosley Room. It kind of brought back memories to that weird old room at Riverfront.
The old Crosley Room was too small, had awful-looking red carpet, obnoxious wall-painting and 1970s-style chairs. But it always had that mural and that mural always meant, to me at least, a Reds trade or transaction (or a staff member’s birthday party).
Kind of neat thinking Powel Crosley still has his place, literally, in the two ballparks built after the one that bore his name.
How cool would Crosley Room wallpaper be in a bar or a man-cave?! Sign me up!
REDS, MESORACO AGREE TO 4-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
Club Avoids Arbitration With All-Star Catcher
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the club has agreed to a 4-year contract extension with C Devin Mesoraco through the 2018 season, avoiding arbitration.
Mesoraco, 26, in 2014 was named to his first All-Star team and finished 21st in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s National League Most Valuable Player Award voting. He led all Major League catchers in home runs and RBI.
“This is another example of rewarding a player that we drafted and developed,” Jocketty said. “We are pleased to be able to sign him for the next four years and expect him to be an integral part of the team.”
Mesoraco was selected by the Reds in the first round (15th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Reds in 2011 and has played in parts of 4 big league seasons with Cincinnati, including a breakout year in 2014 in which he batted .273 with 25 HR, 80 RBI, .359 OBP and a .534 SLG in 114 games.
“Devin has proven himself to be one of the leading young catchers in the game and we think there is the potential for an even brighter future.” added Jocketty.
Following the 2014 season, Mesoraco was eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Last chance to guarantee 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® tickets
Members of the Reds Caravan to conduct a free Q&A at Noon
CINCINNATI — Reds fans buying ticket plans can choose their seats for the 2015 season at the annual Select-A-Seat event today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club at Great American Ball Park.
“Fans can walk the ballpark to pick the seats that are best them for the 2015 season,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “And Select-A-Seat is the last chance to guarantee 2015 MLB ALL-STAR GAME® tickets by purchasing Reds half-season ticket plans and above.”
Sunday also is the deadline to lock in the lowest prices for Reds 2015 ticket plans and guarantee Opening Day tickets. Season ticket plans start under $9 a seat.
Members of the Reds Caravan scheduled to participate in a free Q&A at noon include team President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini, General Manager Walt Jocketty, manager Bryan Price and players Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Brayan Peña, J.J Hoover and Tucker Barnhart.
Fans purchasing a season ticket plan (20 games or more) will have the chance to meet the members of the Reds Caravan and collect their autographs on a baseball.
Select-A-Seat is free and open to the public and cash parking is available in the Great American Ball Park and The Banks garages. Seating for the Q&A is limited.
2015 Season Ticket Plans (guarantee OPENING DAY & 2015 MLB® ALL-STAR GAME® ticket options)
• 39-game Weekend Plan (all Friday, Saturday and Sunday games)
• 40-game Half Season Plan (mix of weekend and weekday games)
• 42-game Weekday/Weeknight Plan (all Monday-Thursday games)
• 81-game Full Season Plan
2015 Season Ticket Plans (guarantee OPENING DAY ticket options only)
• 20-game Plans (four different plans available)
For more information on ticket plans, visit www.reds.com/tickets or call (513) 765-7500.
“I love you guys!”
That’s a salutation that echoes throughout every facility with which we grace our presence…without any exception. Knowing us as you do, we never tire of hearing it. We would be less than honest, however, to admit that we are shocked or surprised at having people tell us that. We are not a boastful, arrogant, braggadocio type of group. While we are humbled by what people tell us, inwardly it’s the on-gong expectation that we have of people saying the same thing over and over. They may say it in different words or different ways but at the end of the day – it’s always the same.
It resonated at all of our stops on Day Two for the Rockstar group of the 2015 Reds Caravan.
The group’s first stop yesterday was far and away the most uplifting. We visited the home of Dave and Carol Heffner in Lexington (KY). Their daughter, Amy, confined to a wheelchair for the last 13 years sent an email to the Reds asking if it was possible that OUR group stop by and surprise her dad, who is such a huge Reds fan – and in fact has a Reds room in his basement. We were there for over an hour and it was truly an emotional and poignant experience from all of these battle-hardened veterans.
Now, it was time to rock-n-roll. On we went, first to London (KY) where we were greeted with open arms. An unexpected pleasure was meeting up with former UK head basketball coach, the legendary Joe B. Hall. From London it was on to, always one of our favorite stops – Somerset (KY). Somerset, for those of you who’ve never been there, is one of the most beautiful small towns in all of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Tireless and undaunted, we jumped back on the bus, piloted by our main man Michael, and departed for Music City…Nashville, Tennessee.
Our appearance before a massive crowd at Rivergate Mall, was not unlike our other mall stops. Time allowed for questions and answers from the great Reds fans of Tennessee; and then, the thing we enjoy the most, the autograph period. Why do we enjoy it as much as we do? Because it allows us to get up close and personal with our loyal Reds supporters. There’s nothing like looking deep into the eyes of a Reds fan and intuitively knowing that come Opening Day, his whole world, for the next six months will revolve around Reds baseball.
The day comes to an end all too soon for us. The thing that separates us from the other groups is that, every day, we reach a certain emotional high that those people never ever realize. They think they do, and God bless them for thinking that, because they will never ever realize the true feeling of the connection that WE and WE alone make during this four-day sojourn every year.
We all slept like logs last night knowing that we enjoyed a sense of accomplishment that very few have ever realized.
I really have a certain sense that those who read these blogs everyday are better people when they finish them.
Until next time,