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Johnny Bench wants to take back Opening Day

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench is on a mission (Photo courtesy of YouTube/Kingsford) Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench is on a mission (Photo courtesy of YouTube/Kingsford)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench is on a mission.

Bench wants to take back Opening Day. He believes baseball doesn't need an opening-night game (or three this season).

He wants the good old days, where every single team opened the season on the same date.

Bench is not just angry, he's disgusted and sad as well. 

He and Kingsford Charcoal have created ads based around the concept of taking back Opening Day.

Bench and Kingsford Charcoal have created ads based around the concept of taking back Opening Day.

The spots feature Bench singing, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" while representing the different emotions. 

In Cincinnati, home of the sport's first professional team, the annual Findlay Market Parade marks an official "city holiday" with people taking the day off to cheer on the Reds.

For decades, the first pitch of every major league season officially took place in Cincinnati, and the Reds remain the only major league team to always open the season with a home game.

Since 1994 ESPN has televised a regular-season game the night before "Opening Day." This year, ESPN aired three games the day before the official "Opening Day."

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