Opening Day

Yes, this is a politics column.

That’s why it says “Politically Speaking,” right there in red, white and blue.

But let’s face it – tomorrow is Opening Day in Cincinnati, the beginning of another season of baseball for the game’s oldest professional team; and a holiday for those of us who love the game.

Not a day in this part of the world where your thoughts turn immediately to the ins-and-outs of politics.

Unless, that is, you happen to be running for office.

WVXU - Mark Heyne

It may be hard for some to imagine, but winter must be officially over, because Cincinnati’'s unofficial holiday, Opening Day, is finally here, as the Reds welcome the Pirates to Great American Ballpark Monday for their first game of the season. Greg Rhodes, Cincinnati Reds team historian; sports writer John Erardi; and, WVXU'’s Howard Wilkinson join us to size up this year’'s Reds, and take a look at the Findlay Market Parade and other opening day celebrations.

WVXU's politics reporter, Howard Wilkinson, talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the chances of an Ohio or Kentucky candidate being nominated for president if the GOP convention comes to Cincinnati in 2016. And, of course, a little baseball talk on the Reds' Opening Day.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade will take a slight detour this year because of streetcar construction. At 12 noon Monday the first entry steps off from Findlay Market in Over the Rhine and heads south on Race Street.

Instead of going straight down Race, the parade will turn right on Liberty and left on Elm to Central Parkway. It will then go back to Race and proceed as normal to 5th Street.

2014 Opening Day Playlist

Mar 25, 2014

Opening Day in Cincinnati is like no other.  With the help of the Cincinnati Reds, we have curated a special Opening Day Spotfiy playlist to help get you fired up for the 2014 season.  These are the songs you'll hear at Great American Ballpark when your favorite players come up to bat.

Go Reds!

Play Ball!

Mar 25, 2014
WVXU, Tana Weingartner

  With a seemingly never-ending winter it’s hard to believe opening day is less than a week away, but the people are more than ready for our city’s unofficial holiday and the first game of the season.

Michael E. Keating

In thinking about Great American Ball Park through the winter, photographer Michael E. Keating chose to make photographs in black-and-white, a classic look that conveys a mood.


The Reds are calling on two former team captains to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day.  In a release, the team says David Concepción and Barry Larkin will throw out simultaneous first pitches before the Reds take on the Cardinals on March 31st  at Great American Ball Park.  

Concepción was named captain in 1983 and Larkin got the title before the 1997 season.

Concepción also will serve as the grand marshal of the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, which begins at noon before the 4:10 game.

Sarah Ramsey

It's Opening Day in Cincinnati and it might as well be a major holiday in this baseball-crazed town.

Despite the cold, thousands of fans turned out to line the parade route, party at The Banks, and get into the ballpark early to watch batting practice.

Along Race Street Brandy Adams and her friend were seated hours before the parade began and it turns out, they sit in the same place every year to watch it.

"I don't know, it just kind of happens. We always park in the same spot, it was never done on purpose."

This week Howard talks baseball with Jay Hanselman.