Today will be OMGreds last day.

No tears, no sadness, a little bit of joy, but mostly just time to retire. It’s been a blast. It really has. We’ll jam hard at Redsfest today on Twitter then we’ll ride off into the sunset tonight.

When Rob, Dave, Ronson, Paul and I fired the blog up back in January 2008, the plan was to chronicle just the 2008 season through our experiences. Ultimately, it grew into something much, much more, for which I am tremendously grateful for.

A few thank yous:

To all the fans that have suporrted the blog, us on Twitter and Instagram and everything else. In particular, I’d like to give a shout out to Josh Sneed and the gang at Cincy Shirts, Jason Snell of We Have Become Vikings, my man Mike Dew, Dan Barczak, Chris Hendrixson and Jeffery Wyckoff at Blue Seat Media, C Trent Rosecrans, Swarles Barkley, Kelly and Aaron Doster, Nick Maples, Mike Royer, Mo Egger, Brian Blinn, JS Bragg, Joel Luckhaupt, Randi Rico, Tabari McCoy, Brandon Kraeling, Zan McQuade, Steve Ziegler, Tyler Shelton, Justin Nethers, Tony Arno, Mr. Redlegs, Brent Naughton, Jeff and Kati Sliter, Russell Wright, the Jakes and crew at Frameshop, Chris Cammack, Josh Shrott, JD Arney, Ben Pierce, Adam at Cincy Card Shows, Phil at Unheard Of, Jeremy Mitchell of Mitchell Bat Co., Jon at Fielder’s Choice Goods, Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo’s Big League Stew, Bob Crotty and Dan Bell at Green Diamond Gallery, all the folks at Koch’s Sporting Goods, Arvay Adams at Attica Jailhouse, Chris Ritter, Jay Becker, Leslie Amann and Nick Dew at BLDG, my guys at Zip Zoo, The Rivertown Inkery, Southpaw Prints, all the dudes at Article Menswear, the fellas at Baseball Card Vandals, Zack Cozart and of course, the God Father of OMGreds, Sam LeCure.

The Reds blogosphere has been very kind to us over the years with links, shout-outs, entertaining Twitter bander and friendship. A massive thank you to Redleg Nation, Red Reporter, Chris Sabo’s Googles, Big Red Redeption, Reds Facts, WHACKreds and many others.

The Cincinnati Reds organization has been particularly kind to us and has given us many opportunities over the years to be a part of things in ways I never imagined. In particular, thank you to Michael Anderson, Lisa Braun, Jarrod Rollins, Amy and Chris Calo, Jon Cline, Jared Dvorsky, Charlie Frank and the Reds Community Fund, Jamey Ramsey and Better Off Red, Rob Butcher, Audra Sordyl, Karen Forgus, Phil Castellini, Kathryn Braun, Ellen Remley, Zach Bonkowski, Jansen Dell, Ralph Mitchell, Corey Hawthorne and the many others who we’ve interacted with over the years. Thank you for believing in what we were doing and embracing it. And for that one cease and desist letter.

The Reds Hall of Fame has been amazing as well. Thank you Rick Walls, Chris Eckes, Greg Rhodes, Megan Hewitt and all the staff and volunteers – It’s one of my favorite places.

A massive thank you to the Fugates and everyone at Sports Gallery. Thank you for sponsoring the blog and always taking care of us. It’s been a blast getting to know the entire Fugate family and I’m looking forward to hanging out for years to come.

Of course, a huge thank you to Rob, Dave, Ronson and Paul for being a part of this. Between the blog posts, illustrations, button designs, “planning sessions,” baseball road trips, baseball card rip sessions, Redsfest hangs and really, everything – Thank you guys. Looking forward to more adventures to come.

Most importantly, thank you to my wife, Gretchen and my boys Wes (OMGjr) and Sam (OMGIII). They were along for so many of my OMGreds adventures and really made it all happen. Thank you and I love you.


Our Todd is an Awesome Todd
1990 Cincinnati Reds Fans

You’ll need a rosy disposition

Charlie Hustle had game. Do you? Sign up for the Charlie Hustle Look-A-Like Contest at 199C.

Hustle from Rhinegeist

199C All-Star baseball art show at BLDG in Covington, Ky


Brace yourself. It’s back.

BLDG Gallery’s 199C rocked our face off last year and we’ve got the inside scoop that it will be bigger, badder, brasher and thraser than before. We’re not totally sure what that means, but the bottom line is this: Be there.

Featuring artwork from 50+ artists from Covington, Cincinnati, Seattle, New York and beyond, 199C will celebrate the region’s All-Star summer through amazing artwork, live music, live art, vintage video game competitions, Wiffle Ball home run derby, beer, beer and more. Plus, beer!

Artists include Covington and Cincinnati-based designers such as Rob Warnick and Brian Stuparyk of Steam Whistle Letterpress representing the home team, while nationally recognized greats like Jon Contino (New York, NY) and Brian Lindstrom (Madison, WI) form the away lineup, drawing inspiration from their favorite MLB team.

The jam blasts off on April 3 at the BLDG Gallery beginning at 4 pm and running through 11 pm. For full details, head over the Facebook and RSVP.

For a little taste of the vibe check out OMGreds’ 199C coverage from the inaugural event last year.

The Rundown (baseball pun)

Curve Ball Classic
Presented by: Folk School Coffee Parlor

4 – 5 pm Sign up for the Curve Ball Classic
5 – 7 pm The Curve Ball Classic Home Run Derby
7 – 8 pm Winner received two tickets to Opening Day
To register for The Curveball Classic contact Matt Williams,

Entertainment Line Up
Presented by: Folk School Coffee Parlor

5 – 6:30 pm Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle
6:30 – 8 pm New Moons
8 – 9 pm Uncle Mike Carr
9 – 11 pm The Tillers


  • Head-to-head vintage video game competitions
  • Dancing mascots
  • Outdoor photo booth
  • Live art installation
  • Charlie Hustle look-a-like contest


  • Braxton Brewing Company
  • Ei8ht Ball Brewery
  • Amerasia
  • Gomez Tacos
  • Grateful Grahams
  • Marty’s Waffles
  • Wunderbar

Hometown Hero III

Zip Zoo Apparel - Hometown Hero III women's t-shirt

Zip Zoo Apparel - Hometown Hero III men's t-shirt

Zip Zoo has dropped another Hometown Hero tee and the thrid edition is as tight as ever. Get yours at

Will Ferrell playing for the Cincinnati Reds 2015
Johnny Cueto's horse
1990 World Series replica ring
Topps '93 Johnny Cueto Wall Art

Only the Finest

We’re really diggin’ the Topps Wall Art issues and this Johnny Cueto ’93 Finest design is legit. Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Johnny Bench are also available. Numbered /25 ($99.99) and /1 ($199.99) so hop on ’em.

Check it

Go Minimal

Minimalist Great American Ball Park by S. Preston

Minimalist Great American Ball Park by S. Preston.

We’ve been closely following all of the MLB All-Star Weekend action up in Minneapolis on Twitter and have seen a lot of fun things that make us wish we were there. We’ll just have to wait until next year, right?

Our friend C. Trent Rosecrans has a affection for the All-Star Fanfest not unlike our own and tweeted a shot of S. Prestion’s Great American Ball Park print from his “Minimalist Ballpark Series”. We’re totally in love with it and wanted to share it with you.

Purchase a GABP print for yourself here and make sure to check out the entire collection minimalist ballparks as well. Beautiful work!

See all of Preston’s work at

Cincy is Lookin’ Good

New Cincinnati t-shirts from Homage

Cincy is lookin’ good thanks to Homage

Thanks to Homage, of course! Our friends up in Cbus have dropped a new set of Cincy threads on us and we’re stoked on em’. Check out the Cincinnati line here.

We can’t wait for Homage Cincinnati to open its doors in Over-The-Rhine this fall. We’ll be shopping there on the reg.

Puns Abound

Johnny Bench's Home Plate logo t-shirt from Homage

Plate. Get it?

Johnny Bench had a restaurant in Northgate Mall that was long gone before we ever got a change to eat there. It’s name was “Johnny Bench’s Home Plate” and if the food was as good as that pun, it must have been a glorious place to chow down. Get this tee from Homage for $32.

Johnny Bench's Home Plate

JB knows the score

Mr. Redlegs Mustache and Pillbox Hat Giveaway

More Bench For Your Walls

Johnny Bench Topps Independence art print

More Johnny B for your walls, man.

These new Topps prints are just outstanding. 10×14, hand numbered and limited to just 99 prints clocking in at $34.99. Check out the entire Independence Day art print lineup on

Dat Shirt

Dat Dude t-sirt for Reds Social

Wear Dat Dude

Is worthy. Make sure you pick one up by heading to the #RedsSocial on Friday, June 20.

Our Hometown Hero

Hometown Hero 2 by Zip Zoo Apparel

Hometown Hero 2 by Zip Zoo Apparel

We’ve seen a few of these shirts around town the last few weeks and we had to find out who was behind them. It turns out that the talented fellas at Zip Zoo Apparel crafted this epic homage to Mr. Redlegs and our favorite local ball club. It’s called the Hometown Hero 2 and it’s available here.

While we’re at it, Zip Zoo just dropped their 2014 Spring Collection, so make sure to check the new styles as well as the rest of their Cincinnati-centric lineup. They’re a talented up-and-coming local brand and we’re looking forward to what they’re going to dream up next.

Make sure you save 10% off your order at Zip Zoo with the coupon code “CHUNK”. Shop Now.

1982 Fleer George Foster

O’Toole bobblehead and signing at Reds HOF

Jim O'Toole Reds Hall of Fame bobblehead

Jim O’Toole awaits a spot on your shelf.

Year over year, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum has produced great bobbleheads and this year’s is arguably the best yet. After a quickly depleted supply of Sparky Anderson bobbleheads started the 2014 series, the long awaited (at least by the OMGReds staff) Jim O’Toole bobblehead will be released to the public on Friday, June 6. Members can pick theirs up now. Here’s information from the Reds HOF:

Friday, June 6 – The much anticipated Jim O’Toole bobblehead will be available to the public beginning at 10:00 a.m. Fans will receive a bobblehead with full-price paid admission to the Reds Hall of Fame on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of June while supplies last.

Jim O’Toole will also be signing autographs in the Hall of Fame from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. that night.

Not a bad day at all – Pick up your bobblehead and have it signed by Mr. O’Toole before heading to the Reds/Phillies game that night.

The 2014 Reds Hall of Fame Bobblehead Series:

Sparky Anderson – May
Jim O’Toole – June
Eric Davis – July
Barry Larkin – August
Pete Rose – September

Pitching for Success by Doug Coates

Pitching for Success by Doug Coates

While we’re talking Reds Hall of Fame awesomeness, there’s another appearance we’re really looking forward to coming up soon. Our friend, Doug Coates will be signing his new book Pitching for Success: Character Lessons the Joe Nuxhall Way on Saturday, June 7 from 2:00PM – 3:00PM at the Reds Hall of Fame. We’re looking forward to picking up our copy to share with our kids and read for ourselves.

For more information on all Reds Hall of Fame signing appearances and more, check out the OMGreds Events Calendar.

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