The Cincinnati Reds have announced details for the 2009 Opening Day festivities on Monday, April 6:
? 90th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade Grand Marshal: Frank Robinson (parade starts at 10:30 a.m.)
Robinson will also be the Honorary Captain of the Opening Day game.
? Opening Day Parade Special Guest: Bronson Arroyo
Starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo will ride in the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. This will be the first time since the early years of the parade that a current Reds player will participate and ride in the parade.
? Ceremonial First Pitch: Nick Lachey
Cincinnati native and Jive Records recording artist Nick Lachey will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
? National Anthem: Mia Carruthers
18-year-old Mia Carruthers is a student at Cincinnati’s School for Creative & Performing Arts, singer/songwriter and a star of the MTV reality TV show “Taking the Stage.” She will be joined on the field by the nine other primary cast members of the show.
? American Flag: UC Football Team
Members of the University of Cincinnati’s 2008 Big East Champion football team will hold a giant American flag in the outfield during the singing of our National Anthem.
? Official Game Ball Delivery: Brian Kelly
UC head football coach Brian Kelly will deliver the official game ball to the mound for Opening Day starting pitcher Aaron Harang
? God Bless America: John Winfrey
Cincinnati firefighter John Winfrey will perform “God Bless America” during the game
? Parade of Colors
Honor Guard units from the Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army and Coast Guard will comprise a Parade of Colors on the field
? Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will receive his official 2008 Rawling’s Gold Glove Trophy during pregame ceremonies
? The Reds will honor a select group of wounded heroes…members of our Armed Forces who were wounded in battle during the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan
? A moment of silence will be held in honor of Glenn Sample, longtime Reds official scorer and Cincinnati sports icon who passed away on Nov. 21, 2008…the Reds will officially dedicate the Official Scorer’s Booth of the ballpark in Sample’s honor
? UC Marching Band will lead the crowd by playing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 7th Inning Stretch.
? The Goshorn Brothers will perform a pregame concert in the Fan Zone
? Gates to Great American Ball Park will open at 11:10 a.m. and the first pitch of the game is at 1:10 p.m.