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    The first Reds Opening Day since the death of announcer Joe Nuxhall will feature a pre-game tribute to the Old Left-hander, and will see Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune on the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

    Opening Day, which is March 31, will also feature pre-game and seventh-inning stretch performances by Team Cincinnati, the Nick Lachey-led winners of the NBC reality talent show Clash of the Choirs.

    Also planned for Opening Day:

    - Kathy Wade will sing the national anthem before the game;

    - In addition to Nuxhall, the Reds will pay tribute to former general manager Bob Howsam, who died earlier this year on Feb. 19, and former executive Sheldon “Chief” Bender, who died on Feb. 27.

    - Reds Hall of Fame inductee, and former center fielder Cesar Geronimo will be the grand marshal of the 89th Findlay Market Parade.

    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

  • #2
    Sounds great, now if I could get tickets without a second mortgage on my hosue...


    • #3
      Ah, Todd Portune, the friend to Cincinnati sports teams. Is he still suing the Bengals? How did the Reds and GAB get out of that one?
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