March 31, 2011

The Daily Brief: Opening Day

Last Game
The last Cincinnati Reds game was a meaningless exhibition affair, although the Reds did win it.

Next Game
The most important baseball day of the year: Opening Day. The Reds open the season at home, naturally, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Edinson Volquez gets the honors for Cincinnati, while the Brewers send out Yovani Gallardo. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Ohio and broadcast on 700 WLW. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:10pm EDT, but there’s another cool thing before then.

The Other Cool Thing Before Then
That cool thing before the first pitch of the first game would be the Findlay Market parade. This year marks its 92nd time, and the grand marshal will be Joe Morgan. The parade starts at 11am.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has put together a nice guide to Opening Day, with tips on places to park and best spots to watch the parade, as well as what to wear and pack. The best tip is probably this one:

Arrive early, leave late. Don’t be fashionably late to Opening Day.

It’s a holiday in Cincinnati, so make sure to enjoy it.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Edinson Volquez’ start today will be the first opening day start for a pitcher not named Aaron Harang since 2005, when Paul Wilson got the ball.

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