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Reds Ready for Opening Night

Reds Ready for Opening Night

( Cincinnati ) Opening Night happens Wednesday at Great American Ballpark. The second game of the season has grown into a spectacle all it's own over the last few years and 2013 is no exception. Here's a rundown of the events that will take place as the Reds look for their first win of the season against the LA Angels.

• Reds in the Kroger Fan Zone: Reds players and coaches will walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone starting at approximately 5:30 pm.

• First Pitch: “Turtleman” Ernie Brown, Jr., star of Animal Planet’s Call of the Wildman and Kentucky native, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

• Ball Delivery: Miss Ohio Kristin Smith and Miss Teen Ohio Brittany Reid will deliver the official Game Ball to the mound during pregame ceremonies along with former Reds honorary bat boy Teddy Kramer.

• National Anthem: Arin Ray, top 10 finalist on the X Factor and School for Creative & Performing Arts senior, will sing the National Anthem. 

• 2013 Reds Calendar: The first 20,000 fans will receive a 2013 Team Calendar, presented by Kroger.

• Player Awards: During pregame ceremonies, the following players will be honored:

- Jay Bruce will receive his 2012 NL Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger award

- Todd Frazier will receive the Major League Baseball Players Association Players Choice Award for NL Outstanding Rookie

- Brandon Phillips (Team USA), Joey Votto (Team Canada) and Alfredo Simon (Dominican Republic) will be honored for playing in the World Baseball Classic.

• Rusty Griswolds: 80’s cover band The Rusty Griswolds will perform from a stage near the new Budweiser Bowtie Bar located on the right field porch during inning breaks and after the game.

• Postgame Fireworks presented by TriHealth: The Rusty Griswolds will play live during the post-game fireworks show featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.

Tickets are still available for Opening Night and all remaining games this season. Buy now at reds.com, 513-381-REDS, Great American Ball Park ticket windows and select Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets.

 

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