SUPER SATURDAY’S AND INAUGURAL KIDS OPENING DAY HIGHLIGHT 2016 #REDS PROMOTIONS

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW WITH PICK-6 PLAN

CINCINNATI (Jan. 11, 2016) — The Cincinnati Reds promotional schedule for the 2016 season features 13 premium Super Saturdays giveaways, 14 fireworks shows and an expanded Opening Week that includes a new Kids Opening Day on Sunday, April 10.

Fans can pick any six individual games (excluding Opening Day) and save up to 25% with the Pick-6 Plan on sale now.

Opening Night – Wednesday, April 6 – Reds vs. Phillies (7:10 p.m.)
• Reds players and coaches walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone to meet and greet with fans
• 2016 Reds Team Calendar giveaway
• Post-game Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show

Kids Opening Day **New** – Sunday, April 10 – Reds vs. Pirates (1:10 p.m.)
• First Family Sunday of the season replicates the excitement of Opening Day “kids style” with special activities planned for kids and families
• Kids Opening Day Baseball Cap giveaway to kids 14 and younger

14 Fireworks Fridays
• Every Friday night features a post-game fireworks show from Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks

Votto-Super-Hero-bobbleheadSuper Saturdays – premium giveaway every Saturday
• April 9 vs. Pirates: Reds Fleece Blanket
• April 23 vs. Cubs: Joey Votto Super Hero Bobblehead
• May 7 vs. Brewers: STAR WARS™ X-Wing Fighter Mr. Redlegs Bobblehead
• May 21 vs. Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr. Dual Bobblehead (in both Reds and Mariners uniforms)
• June 4 vs. Nationals: Reds Tote Bag
• June 11 vs. Athletics Reds Garden Gnome
• June 25 vs. Padres: Super Saturday giveaway TBA (Reds Hall of Fame Induction Night)
• July 16 vs. Brewers: Zack Cozart Bobblehead
• July 23 vs. Diamondbacks: Reds Baseball Cap
• Aug. 20 vs. Dodgers: USA Reds T-shirt
• Sept. 3 vs. Cardinals: Super Saturday Bobblehead TBA
• Sept. 17 vs. Pirates: Reds Stein (Redstoberfest)
• Oct. 1 vs. Cubs: Reds T-shirt

Family Sundays
• Live mascot races, face painters and more as part of Family Sundays at the ballpark
• Giveaways for kids every Sunday including a series of nine Reds Fathead® wall graphics
• Run the Bases Days for fans of all ages on April 24, June 26 and Oct. 2

STAR WARS Weekend – May 6-8Redlegs-X-Wing-Fighter-bobblehead
• Post-game fireworks on Friday night featuring a STAR WARS-themed soundtrack
• Free STAR WARS and Reds-themed poster to the first 20,000 fans on Friday
• Free STAR WARS X-Wing Fighter Mr. Redlegs bobblehead to the first 25,000 fans on Saturday
• Free STAR WARS Fathead® Wall Decal to kids 14 and younger on Sunday
• Appearances by STAR WARS characters throughout the weekend

Pick-6 Plan on sale now!
• Pick any six regular season home games (excluding Opening Day) and receive a Joey Votto 30-inch Louisville Slugger® bat and six free McDonald’s®Extra Value Meals® with the 2016 Reds Pick-6 Plan presented by McDonald’s®.
• Order online at reds.com/Pick6 or call (513) 765-7500

The full promotional schedule can be found at reds.com/Promotions.

A PERSONAL NOTE ON JUNIOR

On a personal note…

It hit me yesterday as to how lucky I’ve been to be a card carrying member of the Reds organization from the day Ken Griffey Jr. was acquired from Seattle to the moment last night when he was selected as the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

I remember being one of the many front office folks in the cramped Crosley Room at Riverfront Stadium (Cinergy Field at the time) where Junior’s press conference was held to announce he had become a Red.

I traveled on Reds road trips when Junior was part of the team.  I was in Miami when he hit his 600th home run (Paul Bako hit two homers in that game and was jokingly incredulous as to why he wasn’t getting the most media attention that night).

While Griffey was a Red, I saw him at his best and at his worst – which made it even more surreal to me; knowing your childhood hero is as human as you are (to a degree, somewhat).  That’s what I most admire about Junior – his mortality and that although he had out-of-this-world ability, he still had (and has) to deal with the some of the same trivial things you and I do.

There’s an old adage that says “I’d rather be lucky than good.”  In Junior’s case he was really good but a lot of his luck wasn’t.  Either way, he’s a much-deserved hall of famer and I’m the lucky one who got to watch the show.

Thanks, Ken.

Jamie

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If I had to choose my favorite memory of Ken Griffey Jr as a Cincinnati Red, it would probably be this one…

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A COLLECTION OF QUOTES ABOUT KEN GRIFFEY JR.

Statement From President and Chief Executive Officer Robert H. Castellini
Regarding Ken Griffey Jr.’s Election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame

“The Cincinnati Reds organization and our entire city congratulate Ken on his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Over a wonderful career that began right here at Moeller High School, Junior built his legacy while playing for the Mariners and continued that remarkable career in Cincinnati and then with the Chicago White Sox. He represented himself, his family and those cities with the class and professionalism consistent with the ideals of Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and he continues to serve all over the world as one of our game’s greatest ambassadors. We are very proud that Ken’s accomplishments have been validated at the highest level by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Reds fans are thrilled to see our hometown son earn a permanent place in Cooperstown alongside the other 43 players, managers and executives who spent all or parts of their careers in Cincinnati.”

Robert D. Manfred Jr., Commissioner, Major League Baseball
“Ken Griffey Jr.’s swing, smile and immense talent in all facets of the game made him one of the most popular and respected players of all-time, a stature clearly evident in the results released today. His election to Cooperstown surely marks a great occasion not only in the Pacific Northwest and his hometown of Cincinnati, but also for an entire generation of fans. Major League Baseball is proud to congratulate Ken and his family on this well-deserved honor.”

Johnny Bench, Cooperstown and Reds Hall of Famer
“It is such a well-deserved honor, for a young boy who hung around the locker room to become one of the most exciting players I ever saw. His grace and power were unmatched. He loved and respected the game. I don’t think he ever wanted to be noticed. He just played the game, and maybe the Big Red Machine gave him a great education in how to play the game. He was blessed with a father who each day gave everything he had on the field. You learn and you learn. His mom, Birdie, was always smiling and supporting. We are proud to have Ken Griffey Jr. join us in the Hall of Fame.”

Barry Larkin, Cooperstown and Reds Hall of Famer, teammate from 2000-2004
“Ken Griffey Jr. had the prettiest swing I have ever seen. Not only was the swing pretty but it was effective. He hit for average, for power, and he hit in situations. He played the game the right way offensively, he impacted the game defensively. Junior had great range, tremendous athleticism and a canon of an arm. And he played with a smile on his face. It was an honor to play alongside one of the greatest players in the history of the game.”

Aaron Boone, teammate from 2000-2003
“His talent made him a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but what I appreciate most about Ken is how much he wanted to just be one of the guys. I’m proud to call him a friend.”

Sean Casey, Reds Hall of Famer and teammate from 2000-2005
“There are only certain times in your career where you can say you had the privilege of playing with a Hall of Famer. As I played next to Junior for 6 seasons, I knew we all were watching one of the greatest to ever play the game. I’m proud to say that while he was a great player, he is an even better friend.”

Juan Castro, teammate from 2000-2004, 2006-2008
“Junior was one of those athletes born every 30 or 40 years with that special talent. Playing with and being around him was such a privilege because I got to know not only a great baseball player but a good teammate who was always so secure about what he was doing.”

Adam Dunn, teammate from 2001-2008
“Ken made things that were not supposed to be easy, look easy. There are very few players who had more fun playing the game. He loved playing, and we loved watching him play. Ken is one of my favorite people, both as a professional and on a personal level. He not only is a hall of famer on the field, but he also is one off it.”

Danny Graves, teammate from 2000-2005
“Junior was one of my favorite teammates. He had a great clubhouse presence and made the game look so easy. Watching his routes and the jumps on balls hit to him, it was like he knew where the batters were going to hit it before it was hit. He had the most accurate arm from any center fielder I’ve ever seen, always on the money. And, of course, he had the sweetest swing ever.”

Scott Hatteberg, teammate from 2006-2008
“Junior was the single most gifted all-around talent I played with or against over the course of my career. The guy was a comet. That he did what he did with the grace of a ballerina and the enthusiasm of a backyard rugrat makes him even more of an anomaly. It was a true gift getting to play alongside him.”

Austin Kearns, teammate from 2002-2006
“I’ll always remember how much fun he had, whether it was on the field or in the clubhouse. There were plenty of times I would be in tears, in the middle of an inning, from laughing so hard. I remember him saying one time, ‘If ya can’t laugh on a baseball field, then where can ya?'”

Corky Miller, teammate from 2001-2004
“Ken was a special player who could do unreal things on and off the field. There was never a doubt watching him play that he was great, from when I was a kid watching him in A ball or playing on the same team in the Major Leagues. Ken was my brother’s favorite player, and we always wondered if he was the same in person as he was on TV. After playing with him, I knew that was true. Junior was a good teammate and a great person.”

David Weathers, teammate from 2005-2008
“Being a teammate of Junior, three things really stick out in my mind. First, he was a great teammate, always good to be around. He loved the game and played it like a kid. Two, he was a clean player from day one and had a Hall of Fame career with his natural talent. Third, he was tough. I saw him take bloody bandages off his leg from where he had torn a muscle three years earlier, and all of his teammates were amazed he played and never said a word. He also was unreal with my kid, rolling around wrestling on the floor. My son still remembers that.”

Jim Bowden, Reds General Manager from 1992-2003
“In my 15 years as a Major League Baseball general manager, my favorite moment was the day we traded for Ken Griffey Jr. and I was blessed to have the opportunity to walk to the podium to declare ‘baseball is back in Cincinnati.’ To be able to bring a future Hall of Famer, MVP, Gold Glove Silver Slugger superstar to the children of the greater Cincinnati area was an epic moment for me. Griffey’s signature smile and his backwards hat were as special as his swing and bat speed. I used to make my sons watch batting practice with me, always reminding them this was the Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays of their generation. I told them they would never see another swing as special as his. The best part about Griffey was always what a special human being he was. I referred to him as the Eddie Murphy of baseball clubhouses, there was no one funnier. His heart and soul has always been about family, and he always treated my children like his own. On the field, if Griffey had been able to stay healthy and never had the problems with injuries to his knees, calves, ankles and feet, there is no doubt in my mind he would have been the only player to hit 800 home runs in the big leagues. Congratulations to a special player and more importantly a special person.”

Mike Cameron, baseball coach at Moeller High School
“Ken Griffey Jr. is the most naturally gifted baseball player I have ever seen on the high school level. There was never a question he had professional skills.”

Hal McCoy, long-time Reds beat writer and 2002 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner
“Due to injuries, we in Cincinnati did not get to see the real Junior, but we saw enough. He was still one of the best players of all time. We were privileged to see home run numbers 400, 500 and 600 in a Reds uniform. More importantly to me, Junior was a good friend and a Hall of Fame person.”

#REDS & TRIPLE-A LOUISVILLE ANNOUNCE COACHING STAFF

From our friends with the Louisville Bats…

DeSHIELDS, POWER RETURN TO BATS STAFF FOR 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Bats manager Delino DeShields and pitching coach Ted Power will return to the team’s field staff for the 2016 season. They will be joined by new hitting coach Jody Davis and new trainer Steve Gober.

DeShields, 46, will skipper the Bats for his second season following the promotion of former Bats manager Jim Riggleman to the Reds’ staff. Louisville finished third in the International League West at 64-80 in 2015 in DeShields’ first campaign. The 2016 season will be his eighth overall in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization and seventh as a manager. DeShields has also managed at Double-A Pensacola (2013-2014), Class A Dayton (2011-2012) and Rookie Billings (2010). He began his tenure with the Reds as Billings’ hitting coach in 2009.

DeShields was the 12th overall draft pick by the Montreal Expos in the 1987 June draft out of Seaford High School in Seaford, Del. He made his Major League debut in 1990 and went on to play in 1,615 games with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs through 2002, mostly at second base. He finished his big league career with a .268 batting average and his 463 career stolen bases currently rank him 50th all-time.

Power, 60, returns for his 11th season as Bats pitching coach. Louisville pitchers have recorded a 3.97 ERA and have authored 96 shutouts during Power’s tenure with the Bats. He enjoyed a 13-year Major League career spending time with eight organizations, including six seasons with the Reds. Power was previously the pitching coach at Dayton (2002) and Billings (2000-2001).

Davis, 59, enters his first season in the Reds organization after spending two seasons as a hitting coach in the San Diego Padres’ system at Triple-A El Paso (2014-2015) and Class A Lake Elisnore (2014). He replaces Tony Jaramillo, who served as Louisville’s hitting coach from 2013-2015 and was promoted to assistant hitting coach with the Reds for 2016. Davis previously spent time in the Chicago Cubs’ system as manager at Class A Boise (2010), Class A Daytona (2007-2008) and Class A Peoria (2006). He was the Cubs’ minor league catching coordinator in 2009. Davis enjoyed a 10-year Major League career with the Cubs (1981-1988), where he was an All-Star in 1984 and 1986, and the Atlanta Braves (1988-1990). In 1986, he won a Rawlings Gold Glove and threw out a modern-day record 89 attempted base stealers. He recorded a .245 career average with 127 home runs and 490 RBI.

Gober enters his first season in the Reds organization after working with the Washington Nationals since 2002, including the three most recent seasons as assistant athletic trainer on the big league staff. He replaces Jimmy Mattocks, who served as Louisville’s trainer from 2011-2015 and was promoted to assistant athletic trainer with the Reds for 2016. Gober played golf and baseball at Shenandoah University and earned a degree in kinesiology/sports medicine in 1998.

The Bats’ new strength and conditioning coach is still to be determined. Cody Clark served in the role in 2015.

The Bats will open their 2016 schedule with a seven-game road trip beginning April 7 before the home opener on Thursday, April 14 vs. Toledo at 7:05 p.m.

The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 9.9 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

BETTER OFF RED PODCAST EPISODE 109: #REDS PITCHING PROSPECTS AT REDSFEST

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While at Redsfest 2015, we collected over 5 hours of podcast material from 19 Reds-related guests. It was quite a haul, and after poring over all of the interviews, we are making those recordings available to the listeners of the Better Off Red Podcast.

Today’s Redsfest episode is the first of two podcasts we’ll release this week and it features some of the organization’s top pitching prospects including Amir Garrett, Tyler Mahle, Cody Reed, Zack Weiss, Robert Stephenson, Michael Lorenzen and Sal Romano.  It was a treat to talk to all of these young men as they begin to blossom and become vital pieces to the success of the Reds club in the coming years.

Music on this week’s podcast comes courtesy of a dear friend to Better Off Red – the super-talented singer/songwriter Caroline Rose.  Buy her album (I Will Not Be Afraid), visit her web site (carolinerosemusic.com) and check her out on You Tube and follow her on Twitter (@CarolineRoseFM).  She’s destined for greatness so you might want to get in on the ground floor.

To listen to this week’s episode of the BOR Podcast, CLICK HERE.

Thanks for listening!

Jamie

#REDS BASELINE ITEMS: MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CHANGES FOR 2016

The Reds recently announced coaching changes to a few of their minor league affiliates.  Some new and familiar faces take over roles within the organization.  Here’s a rundown…

AA-PENSACOLA: On the heels of leading the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to their first playoff berth, Pat Kelly returns as manager for a second season. Kelly is joined by major league veteran Danny Darwin in his first season as Pensacola’s pitching coach, while Alex Pelaez returns for his third year as the team’s hitting coach.

Advanced-A DAYTONA: Pitching Coach Tom Brown and Hitting Coach Travis “Gookie” Dawkins have joined the staff alongside returning Manager Eli Marrero and Athletic Trainer Kyle Utne. Daytona’s 2015 Pitching Coach, Tony Fossas, has been promoted to Cincinnati Reds Pitching Coordinator.

R-BILLINGS: Ray Martinez will serve as field manager of the Billings Mustangs for the 2016 season. Martinez replaces Dick Schofield, who was promoted to manage the Dayton Dragons of the Class-A Midwest League.

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Don’t forget to join us tonight at the Holy Grail Banks for another tag-team match featuring a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League show and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!

The action gets underway at 6pm as Reds reliever J.J. Hoover joins host Jim Kelch for the popular Hot Stove program.  Immediately following, yours truly takes over for another round of baseball trivia.

If you haven’t joined us yet for one of these fun Reds-themed Tuesday nights at Holy Grail, you really should.  It’s a whole bunch of fun with a great atmosphere, not to mention, it’s a great way to get your Reds fix during these cold winter nights.

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Hoping to have two new BOR Podcasts this week in order to help you stay on that treadmill! Stay tuned!

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Just like many of you, I binged on Netflix’s Making a Murderer over the weekend…

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That’s all for now.  More in a bit.

Happy New Year!!

Jamie

#REDS DEAL CHAPMAN TO YANKEES

Monday, December 28, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REDS TRADE AROLDIS CHAPMAN TO YANKEES
Receive 4 Players From New York, Including 2013 Top Pick

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisitions of 3B Eric Jagielo, RHP Rookie Davis, 2B Tony Renda and RHP Caleb Cotham from the New York Yankees in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman.

Jagielo, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the first round with the 26th pick overall of the June 2013 first-year player draft. He has been a mid-season All-Star in each of his 3 professional seasons and in both 2013 and 2014 was a Yankees Milb.com Organizational All-Star. Entering this upcoming season, he had been rated by Milb.com the Yankees’ sixth-best prospect.

Jagielo entered 2015 as the Yankees’ eighth-best prospect. He was limited to 58 games at Class AA Trenton because of mid-season surgery to clean out loose bodies in his left knee but still produced 16 doubles, 9 HR and 35 RBI.

Davis, 22, spent last year at Class A Tampa and Trenton, where in 24 starts and 1 relief appearance he combined to finish 8-7 with a 3.86 ERA while ranking second among all Yankees farmhands with 129 strikeouts in 130.2 innings (132h, 26bb). He was added to New York’s 40-man roster in November.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound righthander was selected by the Yankees in the 14th round of the June 2011 first-year player draft out of Dixon High School in Holly Ridge, NC. Heading into the 2016 season, Davis had been rated the Yankee organization’s sixth-best prospect by Baseball America and 10th-best by Milb.com.

Renda, 24, originally was selected by Washington in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of California. He began 2015 rated the Nationals’ 12th-best prospect and hitter with the best strike zone discipline but on June 11 was traded to the Yankees in exchange for RHP David Carpenter.

In 127 appearances last season in Class AA at Harrisburg and Trenton, Renda combined to hit .269 with 30 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR, 44 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 29 attempts. He also recorded 43 walks and just 39 strikeouts.

Cotham, 28, in 2015 posted a 2.21 ERA in 35 relief appearances at Trenton and Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and in his Major League debut pitched in 12 games out of the bullpen for the Yankees. Selected out of Vanderbilt University in the fifth round of the June 2009 draft, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander in his minor league career has recorded 312 strikeouts in 367.2 innings. He will be on the Reds’ 40-man roster.

Chapman, 27, was signed by the Reds in January 2010 and produced a 2.17 ERA with 146 saves in 324 games over 5 seasons. He is eligible for arbitration and could become a free agent after next season.

POST CHRISTMAS POST

Before we get started with our “Post Chirstmas Post,” I want to recognize some of the great baseball people we lost over the last few days.

First, Reds Hall of Famer Jim O’Toole left us on Saturday at the age of 78.

Reds Hall of Fame Operations Manager Chris Eckes provided us this overview of O’Toole’s career:

A Chicago native who adopted Cincinnati as his hometown after spending nine of his ten Major League seasons as a Red, Jim O’Toole was a fixture at Reds events of all types and sizes throughout his post-playing career. No day was more special to Jim and his expansive family than Opening Day. Jim was the Reds starting pitcher in three Opening Day contests and won two of them. Each year, dozens of members of the O’Toole clan would attend the Reds’ first game of the season.

On December 26, 2015, Jim O’Toole lost his lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, passing away at his home a day after celebrating Christmas with his family. He was 78 years old.

One of the Reds’ top starting pitchers in the 1960s, O’Toole spent only one season in the minor leagues before making his Reds debut in September of 1958. He quickly developed into one of the anchors of a Reds pitching staff that became one of the game’s best.

A left-handed pitcher, O’Toole won at least sixteen games each season from 1961-1964, winning a career high nineteen in the Reds’ 1961 National League Championship season. O’Toole’s victory total ranked third in the National League in 1961 and his ERA of 3.10 was the league’s second best. His performance earned him the starting assignment in Game 1 of the 1961 World Series against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

The starting pitcher for the National League in the 1963 All-Star Game, O’Toole was a 17-game winner that season. He was a 17-game winner again in 1964, posting a career-best 2.66 ERA for a Reds team that finished two games short of winning its second pennant in four seasons.

O’Toole won 94 games over the course of his 1958 – 1966 Reds career, a total bested by only five left-handed pitchers in franchise history. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1970 in his first year of eligibility.

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The baseball world also learned yesterday of the passing of long-time St. Louis sportswriter Joe Strauss.  Joe lost his battle with leukemia at the age of 54.  I’ll always remember Joe as a fixture in the Great American Ball Park pressbox when the Reds hosted the Cardinals.

Although I didn’t know Joe that well, I did appreciate his wit and wisdom and dry sense of humor; and he was always very kind and friendly to those of us in the Reds media relations department.  I know for a fact there a several of us here in Cincinnati who are going to miss Joe.

Braves coach Bobby Dews and former big league star Dave Henderson also left us over the weekend.

My most vivid memory of Dews was watching him while I was on the Reds ground crew tirelessly hit fungos during batting practice.  I don’t think I ever remember an image of Dews without a fungo bat in his hand.  Dews was an icon in the Braves organization and Better Off Red sends its most sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Gosh, how many Dave Henderson baseball cards did I have?  Countless.  That’s how I was first introduced to him and his unique smile.  “Hendu” finally became a real person to me when I saw highlights of him hitting that improbable home run off Donnie Moore in the ALCS so long ago.  He became a player to be wary of (and respected) when he joined the Athletics and squared off against our Reds in the 1990 World Series.  It saddens me that he left us at the young age of 57.  Better Off Red sends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of “Hendu.”

So many of us in and out of the game appreciate what all four of these guys contributed to our great sport and we won’t forget them.  Rest in peace, fellas.

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In happier news, Better Off Red gave you folks an additional few days to participate in the final day of the 2015 Umpteen Days of Christmas.  Our final day randomly-selected winner is Patty Heitzman. She correctly answered that Gimbys and Macys were the competing department stores in the original Miracle on 34th Street.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the 2015 Umpteen Days of Christmas!  It was fun and we had some great prizes to give away, thanks to all of the gracious departments in the Reds front office.

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For those of you who haven’t made it out to the Holy Grail Banks for a Tuesday night filled with Reds Hot Stove League and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia action – you’re really missing out.  Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about…

This past Tuesday (the 22nd) after Marty and Thom hosted a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and before we took the stage to begin BOR Baseball Trivia, a gentleman named Britt Denny requested a few minutes to propose to his girlfriend, Laura Kelch.  It was our first live marriage proposal!

Laura is the daughter of Reds broadcaster Jim Kelch and I can promise you that Britt did indeed get permission from Jim before popping the question.  It added to a great/memorable night at the Holy Grail Banks.  I hope you’ll join us next Tuesday, January 5th for Reds Hot Stove League/BOR Baseball Trivia!

Britt on kneeling on the right proposes to Laura in the green dress

Britt on kneeling on the right proposes to Laura in the green dress

 

She said yes!

She said yes!

And here’s a photo of Tuesday’s night’s BOR Trivia participants…

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That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Happy holidays and expect good news!

Jamie

THE 2015 UMPTEEN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: THE FINAL DAY

The Better Off Red elves are giving you a chance to win some very cool Reds-related gifts as a “thank you” for your support in 2015! It’s a little something we like to call “The Umpteen Days of Christmas,” and today is the final day!

To qualify for the the final day’s prize, correctly answer the following Holiday-related trivia question, using the comments section of this blog post:

What are the names of the two competing department stores in the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street?  

Easy enough?

You’ll notice, I made the actual comments in the comments section invisible to you and other readers. This is to cut down on “cheating.” Once you submit your comment, it will be automatically emailed to me, where only I’ll be able read your answer. I’ll put all the correct answers in a pile from which I’ll choose one random winner, daily. If you win, I’ll contact you via email.

And remember – no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of the year, Better Off Red celebrates it, too. Thus, all of you are encouraged to participate!

Congratulations to Day Eight’s randomly selected winner, Chad Chessin who correctly answered yesterday’s question that Uncle Eddie’s dog drank a half quart of Pennzoil before they left for the Griswold’s. (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). Chad wins an authenticated Major League baseball signed by members of the 2015 Cincinnati Reds, 2 tickets to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, two mystery bobbleheads, a “Get Your Stache On” t-shirt and a 2015 All-Star Game cap!

We’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Jamie

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A VERY SPECIAL BOR TRIVIA TUESDAY FOLLOWING HOT STOVE LEAGUE SHOW

Be sure to join us Tuesday, December 22 (tomorrow) at the Holy Grail Banks for a very special night of Reds baseball!

We’ll fire things up at 6pm for a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show. Immediately following the hot stove show, yours truly will host a very special edition of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!

This week’s BOR Baseball trivia theme will be “Christmas” and all trivia participants are encouraged to wear ugly holiday sweaters!  We’ll give away plenty of great prizes, have tons of fun and lots of laughs as we test our baseball and Christmas show knowledge.

I hope to see you all there at Holy Grail Banks tomorrow night (Tuesday, December 22)!

…and don’t forget to wear an ugly sweater!

Jamie

 

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