Jamie Ramsey will be the featured guest speaker at the Fitton Center’s Celebrating Self luncheon series on Wednesday, Jan. 11. CONTRIBUTED

Reds media official set for luncheon series

Fitton Center welcomes Hamilton native home for Celebrating Self.

In an up-close and personal setting, Ramsey will talk about his role with the Reds and what it’s like to be a part of major league baseball.

Ramsey, a current Montgomery resident, graduated from Hamilton High School in 1994. He began working for the Reds in 1997. He has worked his way up from the grounds crew at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field to his current position in media relations. Additionally, Jamie hosts and authors the “Better Off Red” podcast and blog on Major League Baseball’s website at MLB.com. We caught up with Jamie by phone in a Q & A to gain insight on his career, and to give guests a preview of the event.

Q: Being from Hamilton, the Celebrating Self luncheon will be a bit of a homecoming for you. Can you tell us about what it was like for you growing up in Hamilton?

A: “I grew up in Lindenwald until I was about 18 years old. I went to college in Central Michigan for a year, and then I came back home and started taking classes at Miami University, and that’s where I graduated from in 1999. I’m Hamilton born and bred. I spent some of the best years of my life there, and I’m very excited to be coming back to talk to the fine folks of Hamilton.”

Q: What was your major in college?

A: “Mass communications.”

Q: Looking back over your journey since you started with the Reds, what do you think of it now?

A: “There are times I don’t think I’ve accomplished much … .But, then I also have to catch myself and remind myself that it’s an important job, and a position that a lot of people would like to be in. Then, I look at my overall body of work, like the blog and the podcast, the travelling I’ve done with the team, and some of the situations I’ve been in that I’ve handled, and that’s something I’m starting to come to terms with and feel comfortable with. As much as I’ve wanted to beat my chest or say, ‘Look what I got to do, or look where I got to go,’ I could never allow myself to do that. I’ve always been taught humility, and my Dad, especially, did a good job of instilling humility in me.”

Q: Can you give us a glimpse of what you’ll talk about during Celebrating Self?

A: “I’d like to tell some stories about working with the Reds. When I go to hear speakers, I like hearing the stories that they’ve collected and the anecdotes. I’ll talk about some of the people I’ve worked with and some of the places I’ve got to see, and gone to.”

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