CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) — Opening day for the 2019 Major League Baseball season has arrived.
The Cincinnati Reds kick off the season at home, hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates, with first pitch set for 4:10 p.m.
Few cities cherish opening day as much as the Reds.
A schedule of opening day activites in Cincinnati and at Great American Ballpark is listed below:
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party
– Free pregame Opening Day Block Party on Joe Nuxhall Way, Freedom Way and Walnut Street. All proceeds benefit the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy. For a map of the block party and more information, please visitreds.com/BlockParty.
• Noon – 100th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade
–Grand Marshal: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will serve as Grand Marshal along with Hall of Famer Johnny Bench will serve as Parade Ambassador.
–Reds in the Parade: Reds pitchers Sonny Gray and Anthony DeSclafani will ride in the parade along with a Reds 150th anniversary float, the new Reds Mobile Clubhouse, REDzilla and the Reds mascots.
• 2:10 p.m. – Gates open to Great American Ball Park
–Reds Magnet: All fans will receive a 2019 Reds magnetic schedule/car magnet commemorating the 150th anniversary of professional baseball, presented by PNC Bank.
• 3:30 p.m. – Pregame Ceremonies Begin
–Military Appreciation: Nine representatives of the crew of the USS Cincinnati will be honored during pregame ceremonies. The USS Cincinnati (LCS-20) is an Independence-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy. She is the fifth ship to be named after the Queen City and has been assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One and will be based in San Diego, California.
–Rosie Reds: Valerie Guthrie, President of the Rosie Reds organization, will make the traditional presentation of Opening Day plaques to Reds manager David Bell and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.
–Player Introductions: Rosters of both teams will be announced and players will line the first and third base paths for introductions.
–In Memoriam: A Moment of Remembrance prior to the Anthem to honor the lives of former Reds players, coaches and staff who have passed away since last year’s Opening Day, including a special tribute to Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.
–Honor Guard: Members of the U.S. Marines Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Army & Air Force will present colors in our traditional “Parade of Colors.”
–National Anthem: Vocal quartet The Mistics will perform the National Anthem.
–Flyover: The pregame flyover will be performed by two F-16 Fighting Falcons of the 112th Fighter Squadron “Stingers” from the 180th Fighter Wing Ohio Air National Guard Base in Toledo, Ohio.
–American Flag: A giant 300’ by 150’ American flag will be unfurled during the singing of our National Anthem by members of the Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48.
–Ceremonial First Pitch & Catch: Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.
–Commissioner of Baseball: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who is serving as Grand Marshal of the 100th Findlay Market parade, will participate in pregame ceremonies.
–Game Ball Delivery: Former Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo will deliver the Official Game Ball.
–Honorary Captain: Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will serve as the Honorary Captain of the game.
• 4:10 p.m. – Opening Day game – Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
–Starting Pitchers: Reds RHP Luis Castillo vs. Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon
–Kroger First Responder: Detective Robert Fulton from the Florence Police Department will be recognized as the Kroger First Responder of the game during the middle of the first inning.
–Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero: Chief Warrant Officer Scott Beeson of the United States Coast Guard will be recognized as the Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero of the game at the end of the second inning.
–God Bless America: Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior Abby Cates will perform “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch. She recently competed on Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice as part of Kelly Clarkson’s team.