At the conclusion of Friday night’s National Anthem, Sam the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden made a ceremonial flight from the Cincinnati Bell Riverboat Deck to the pitcher’s mound. Friday’s flight marked the 2nd flight of the 2009 season and Sam’s 22nd career game flight at Great American Ball Park. Sam is also scheduled to appear at GABP on July 3, July 17 and August 14.
Sam’s perch before the flight is located just above the ribbon board on Cincinnati Bell Riverboat Deck.
Sam’s Flight. This picture doesn’t do this experience justice. This is one of those things you have to see in-person. Try to make it out to GABP for one of his three remaining pre-game flights.