Thursday is opening night for Florence Freedom.
The minor league baseball team is launching its season with a home derby at UC Health Stadium in Florence featuring Cincinnati Reds legends and a helicopter flying in the first pitch ball.
The Freedom will be defending its Frontier League West Division title with the winningest season in franchise history in 2017.
Gates open at 5:35 p.m.
The home run derby featuring Dmitri Young, Reggie Sanders and Pokey Reese is set to begin at 6:15 p.m.
The Freedom will take on the Joliet Slammers at 7:05 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $9 to $16.
Purchase here: http://www.florencefreedom.com/
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