Monthly Archives: January 2012

January 18, 2012

Reds announce tryouts for the “John Morrell Reds Rally Pack”

I was going to post about the fact that the Reds avoided arbitration by coming to agreements with Homer Bailey, Bill Bray, and Paul Janish tonight. That is, I was until I went to and came upon this press release calling for applications to be a Reds Rally Pack rallier.

CINCINNATI (Jan. 17, 2012) – The John Morrell Reds Rally Pack entertainment squad is looking for a few new members for the 2012 Reds season.

The John Morrell Reds Rally Pack is a fan interactive team that serves as ambassadors for Great American Ball Park. Through participating in pregame and in-game activities, greeting fans at the gates, tossing out victory balls and delivering birthday packages, this team knows how to get fans to feel welcome and on their feet at Reds game.

The Rally Pack performs at all home games and at many events throughout the community.

Tryout Expectations:

  1. Must be 21 years or older
  2. Must have a flexible schedule
  3. Customer service and people skills are a must
  4. Outgoing and able to talk to new people
  5. Crazy/zany personality and willing to be silly in front of 40,000-plus fans
  6. Willing to participate in creative promotions

Tryout Information:

  1. Please complete application online at
  2. Only selected applicants will be invited the auditions on Feb. 4.
  3. If you are selected, we will contact you by Feb. 1.

For more information, please contact Corey Hawthorne at (513) 765-7343 or [email protected].

The Rally Pack is a paid, seasonal position. The Cincinnati Reds are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

I’m not sure which part I like better: the fact that they try to get you to sign up for SMS alerts when you fill out the application, or the fact that, if chosen, you’ll apparently be rolled into a giant Reds Rally Katamari.
Soon it'll be rolling up Gapper and Logan Ondrusek

January 17, 2012

Reds sign Ludwick (so Baker can block young guys with him)

Ludwick in left fieldFrom

One by one, the Reds have been checking off their list of needs. Their latest move appears to have come on Monday night.

I’m not sure that signing a guy who was kinda good several years ago with the Cardinals but has been consistently declining ever since really qualifies as “checking off their list of needs.” Unless, of course, I’m misunderstanding entirely what “need” they’re talking about. But I digress. has learned through a source that outfielder Ryan Ludwick has agreed to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2013. The dollar figure remains unclear, but the Reds weren’t expected to spend a lot to fill their opening for a fourth outfielder.

Well, I would hope not. Myself, I think they should have signed Austin Kearns. He’d be cheaper, similarly capable of blocking young guys, and would allow us to bust out the old “Fear the Ears” shirts.

I guess not all the moves can be winners; sometimes you’ve just got to fill a roster.

January 16, 2012

Tony Perez’ Advice to Barry Larkin

John Erardi of the Cincinnati Enquirer has a nice piece up today where he talks to Hall of Famer Tony Perez about what is about to change for recently elected Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

It isn’t how you think of yourself that changes, Perez said.

It is how others think of you.

That is the biggest thing that will change for Larkin, Doggie predicted.

“Wherever Barry goes, that’s how he will be introduced now: ‘Hall of Famer Barry Larkin,'” said Perez. “On that one weekend a year, it changes the company you keep. That’s why you keep going back. Not only because they (the Hall of Fame officials) want you to, but because you want to. I love seeing those guys again.”

You should read the whole thing, as it includes a nice recounting of Tony Perez’s experience on being inducted and his first tour through Cooperstown.

Plus, if you have any memorabilia signed by Larkin, you’ll get to see how much its value has increased.

January 15, 2012

Inviting Some Facial Hair To Camp

This weekend, the Cincinnati Reds signed a couple pitchers to minor league contracts with invites to Spring Training camp. Ron Mahay and Clay Zavada, both left-handed pitchers, will compete in Goodyear this Spring for major league spots.

Mahay is a journey-man pitcher who, at 40 years old, is clearly at the tail end of his career. Last year, he had a successful year with the Minnesota Twins, posting a 3.44 ERA (119 ERA+) over 34 innings.

Zavada was in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system before being released. Last year, he was with the AA team and made no appearances in the big leagues. His only major league experience was with the Diamondbacks in 2009, when he posted a 3.35 ERA (134 ERA+) over 51 innings.

Of course, the most important thing Zavada brings are his handlebars. He sports one of the finer mustaches in the league and will certainly be bringing some competition to Sam LeCure, Corky Miller, and Mr. Redlegs.

January 12, 2012

Reds Caravan coming to a town near you

At last the Reds have announced their caravan dates.

The northern leg of the tour will feature:
Thom Brennaman, Phil Castellini, Walt Jocketty, Devin Mesoraco, Tom Browning, and Ryan LaMarre.

The southern leg of the tour includes:
Marty Brennaman, Chris Welsh, Brandon Phillips, Bob Miller, Lee May, and Tucker Barnhart.

The western leg of the tour is the one in my neck of the woods. It’s also the one that’s noticeably weaker than the other two legs. There’s even one fewer person on the roster:
Jim Kelch, Jeff Brantley, Dusty Baker, Todd Frazier, and Billy Hamilton.

If you went to any of the Caravan stops last year, you’ll want to check out the page on where these schedules appear because there are also photos from last year’s stops.