Thousands of baseball fans will be making their way downtown Monday to celebrate the Reds' first pitch of the season.
The Cincinnati Reds announced Thursday special events that will be going on at Great American Ball Park on Monday. One event includes a dedication to fallen Cincinnati firefighter, Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon, who died in the line of duty on March 26.
139th Opening Day in Cincinnati – Monday, April 6 - Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 4:10 pm (gates open at 2:10 pm)
• Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party: The fourth annual Opening Day Block Party kicks off at 11 a.m. on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Budweiser, Coca-Cola, LaRosa's and Queen City Sausage. Admission is free. Live music and entertainment provided by WEBN. Additional Block Party partners include St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Sargento Natural Cheese. All proceeds benefit the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.
• 96th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade: 1990 relief pitchers Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers (The Nasty Boys) will serve as the Grand Marshals, with select current Reds making an appearance.
• Ceremonial First Pitches: The Nasty Boys (Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers) will throw out simultaneous first pitches.
• National Anthem: Marlana VanHoose from Denver, Ky will sing the National Anthem. Marlana was born with cytomegalovirus (CMV), is blind and was featured on ESPN's E:60.
• Flyover: A helicopter from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Aviation Unit will perform a pregame flyover.
• Wounded Hero Recognition: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH 2nd District) will participate in a pregame ceremony to honor wounded veterans.
• American Flag: U.S. Navy Reservists will hold a giant American flag in the outfield during the National Anthem. The Navy Reserves are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year.
• God Bless America: “God Bless America” will be performed by Cincinnati firefighter John Winfrey during the 7th inning stretch and is dedicated to Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon, the Cincinnati firefighter who died in the line of duty on March 26.
• Hometown Hero: MSGT Michael Guilkey from Independence, Ky will serve as the Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero of the game.