Reds pregame festivities: What to expect for Opening Day

CINCINNATI — Today is the 147th Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon.

Gates will open to the public at 2:10 p.m. with pregame ceremonies starting at 3:30 p.m., according to a press release from the MLB.

Former Reds third baseman Todd Frazier will be kicking off the pregame ceremonies by throwing the ceremonial first pitch.

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Pregame ceremonies include:

Honorary Captain: Hamilton County Commissioner Alicia Reece will serve as the Honorary Captain of the Game.

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 Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning.

National Anthem: Marlana VanHoose from Denver, Ky. 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-foot by 150-foot American flag will be unfurled during the singing of our National Anthem by members of the Cincinnati Firefighters Department.

Honor Guard: Members of the United States Marines Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Army & Air Force will present colors in our traditional “Parade of Colors.”

Rosie Reds: Representatives from the Rosie Reds organization will make the traditional presentation of Opening Day plaques to Reds manager David Bell and Pirates manager Derek Shelton.

Findlay Market Basket: Representatives from Findlay Market will make their annual Findlay Market Basket presentation to Reds manager David Bell.

Player Introductions: Rosters of both teams will be announced, and players will line the first and third base paths for introductions.

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