From my pal @Bongreatness

Kids in attendance at today’s game will receive a Reds Baseball Card Set, courtesy of Kahn’s.

Today is the first Reds Rookies game of the 2015 season, in conjunction with TriHealth. Over 200 Reds Rookies and their families will be present for today’s game to participate in events in the Fan Zone as well as a pregame parade around the warning track. The Reds Rookies program is one of three official Reds consumer clubs and takes young Reds fans through their infant years until they reach Reds Heads status as young children.

During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be joined by Mr. Ben Walz who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.





From my pal @Bongreatness

The first 25,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Billy Hamilton Bobblehead, courtesy of Cincinnati Bell.  Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Holders and 2:40PM for the general public. However, those gate opening times may be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

During pregame ceremonies today we will recognize the Reds Way Employee of the Month for May, Mr. Charles Keith. Charles has been an usher with the Reds for 46 years. Charlie holds the distinction of being the Reds first African American usher when he joined the club in 1968. His long time employment with the team reflects his love of baseball and his love of all the Reds fans he has helped over the years. Whether it being wiping their seat, sharing a smile, or just talking Reds baseball, he brings joy and excitement to Section 113 on a daily basis.


Don’t forget to add #RedsBuckleUp to your tweets!



Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis today celebrates his 53rd birthday. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Here’s what Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton tweeted today to Davis…

In addition to Davis’ birthday, we are also celebrating Billy Hamilton Bobblehead Night.  What better way to honor both occasions than with a little mash-up, courtesy of the iconic Eric Davis Nike poster from the 1980s…

The Eric Davis Nike Poster substituted by 5 Billy Hamilton bobbleheads

The Eric Davis Nike Poster substituted with 5 Billy Hamilton bobbleheads


Need a Todd Frazier Game-Face fix? Here ya go…







From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is Friday Fireworks #4 of the 2015 season, presented by KOI Auto Parts. The approximately 15-minute fireworks display, set to a “Player At-Bat” soundtrack featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, will begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game.


Today is Jersey Day in Cincinnati!  Celebrate the Reds today by wearing your favorite jersey (Bonus points if it’s a New Jersey native Todd Frazier jersey!).

Tweet @Jamieblog photos of you wearing your Reds jersey with the hashtag #JerseyDayCin and you may end up right here on Better Off Red!



A few Reds programming notes:

The Reds/Cubs game on Sunday, June 14 has been picked up by ESPN and will be broadcast as a national Sunday Night Baseball game (8:08pm ET).  This means that game will not air on Fox Sports Ohio.

Fox Sports Ohio has picked up the second game of the Wednesday, July 22nd doubleheader vs. the Cubs.  That game is scheduled to air on FSO at 6:10pm ET.

The June 20th game vs. the Marlins is now a 7:10pm ET game (Fox Sports Ohio).


If you’re sticking around for the Fireworks Show following tonight’s Reds/Nationals game at GABP, the theme will feature a “Player At-Bat ” soundtrack.


From today’s Reds Gamenotes…

The Reds’ current starting rotation includes 3 rookies, all of whom have made at least 3 starts (RHP Anthony DeSclafani 9gs, RHP Michael Lorenzen 4gs, RHP Raisel Iglesias 3gs)…2010 was the last time the Reds finished a season with 3 rookies who made at least 3 starts (RHP Mike Leake 22gs, LHP Travis Wood 17gs, RHP Sam LeCure 6gs).


Reds and P&G partner for new video board
at Great American Ball Park

90’x30’ LED screen to debut in time for the All-Star Game

CINCINNATI (May 28, 2015) — A second LED video board will be added to Great American Ball Park in time for the 86th MLB All-Star Game, thanks to the continued partnership between the Cincinnati Reds and Procter & Gamble.

The video display, which if laid flat would span the entire length from home plate to first base, allows fans with obstructed views to the existing scoreboard a new direct line of sight to all the digital action.

P&G, a long-time partner with the Reds, is providing financial support for the scoreboard which will also feature some of P&G’s great American brands such as Tide, Charmin and Pampers. Construction is kicking off this week.

“We are proud to partner with P&G on this project and excited to showcase the extensive brand portfolio of this iconic global company,” said Bob Castellini, Reds President and CEO. “We are grateful P&G continues to honor its local roots by supporting projects such as this.”

The Reds and P&G have a longstanding partnership. Many of P&G’s popular brands are already featured around Great American Ball Park, and most recently the Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, sponsored by P&G, opened in the Roselawn neighborhood.

“As a company focused on delighting consumers every day, we’re thrilled to create a partnership between America’s favorite brands, Great American Ball Park and our hometown Cincinnati Reds to enhance the fan experience,” said P&G Chairman and CEO A.G. Lafley. “As Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game puts Cincinnati on the worldwide stage, we’re proud to show P&G’s strong commitment to the Reds.”

The new Daktronics LED video display will be installed above the Sun Deck/Moon Deck seats in right field, complementing the existing main video board above left field.

Once the board is installed, about 7,500 seats that have limited or obstructed views of the main scoreboard will directly benefit from the new video display.

The installation of the new video board is scheduled to be completed later this summer in time for the MLB All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park.

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Lineups in a bit.

Expect good news!



Before we get started, I’ve GOT to post this “Throwback Thursday” photo…


Remember when the Reds gave away those wearable blankets?


As if you needed any further incentive to celebrate All-Star week in Cincinnati, Major League Baseball today announced who’ll be participating in the T-Mobile All-Star Fanfest from July 10-14 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Check it out..

Pretty good, huh? Fans attending the All-Star FanFest will have the opportunity to receive free autographs and participate in Q&A sessions and clincs led by former players; all included with the price of admission.


A couple of days ago, my colleague with the New York Mets, Shannon Forde was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame.  I wish all of you could meet the beautiful/talented/courageous Shannon.  She’s absolutely one of the best people around and I’m so happy (and proud) of her.


I posed the following question on Twitter today…

So far, I’m getting lots of great replies (Selena Gomez, Steve Carrell, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Fallon, Rhonda Rousey, etc).

What celebrity would you like to see participate?


A programming note:  The Reds/Twins game at Great American Ball Park on July 1 will air on MLB Network, including in the Cincinnati market.


This season, there have been 332 total replay reviews in Major League Baseball.  Of those, 301 have been “manager challenges” while the other 31 have been “crew chief challenges.”

    • 75 challenges “confirmed” (22.6%)
    • 97 challenges “stands” (29.2%)
    • 157 challenges “overturned” (47.3%)
    • 3 challenges “rules checks” (0.9%)

Here’s a breakdown of the types of challenges that have taken place:



Folks, I don’t know about you, but that recent Reds/Indians series in Cleveland left a sour taste in my mouth.

In an effort to seek some sort of consolation, there’s a hashtag battle currently taking place between the Reds and Indians through the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  If you include #RedsBuckleUp in your tweets, we may be able to come back from a 26% deficit to overtake the Tribe and show everyone that the Cincinnati fans are the safest and most loyal in Ohio.




I’ll have more in a bit.

For those of you attending tonight’s Baseball 101 event at GABP, HAVE A GREAT TIME!

Expect good news!



Reds starting infielders all rank in the top 5 at their respective positions in the first NL All-Star Game voting update, released today by Major League Baseball…

The 86th MLB All-Star Game will of course be played at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14.







5-26 vs Col






From my pal @Bongreatness…

Today is Military Appreciation Day #2 of the 2015 season, presented by DAV & RetireMED iQ. Major League Baseball has issued special jerseys and hats for each team to wear during today’s game.  The Reds team game-used jerseys and hats will be available for purchase through the Reds Authentics program.

Please note that at the nearest break in play (in-between batters or inning break) at 3PM local time today we will pause to participate with Major League Baseball in the National Moment of Remembrance.  A Memorial Day tradition in baseball, there will be a short PA announcement followed by a Moment of Silence at this time during today’s game.

During pregame ceremonies today we will honor and salute our Armed Forces with activities including:
• In a pregame ceremony the Reds organization will receive the “Seven Seals Award” from the Ohio Committee for Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (EGSR). The award, which will be accepted by COO Phil Castellini, is in recognition of the Reds organization’s support of programs for active duty military, veterans and military families.
• Offering up a ceremonial first pitch will be a veteran of over 20 years of service, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Phil Tilly of the United States Army
• Providing our Honor Guard today will be the United States Navy
• Prior to the singing of our National Anthem we will hold a Moment of Remembrance in honor of Memorial Day which will include the playing of Taps by 33-year veteran of active service in the Marine Corps & US Army, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Robert L. White Jr.
• The National Anthem will be performed today by Wright Brass from the United States Air Force Band of Flight
• Delivering today’s official Game Ball will be Sergeant Roletta Goldsby of the US Army
• Serving as today’s Honorary Captain will be 1st Lieutenant Lucas Pace
• During the middle of the 7th inning break today we will be rejoined by Wright Brass for the playing of God Bless America



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