Opening Day

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Click here for pictures from this year's parade.

Let's face it: The threat of rain in the weather forecast for the 98th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade is not ideal, but that's not going to stop thousands of people from coming out who know they can't see anything like it anyplace else.

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Monday, on the streets of Over-the-Rhine, at the party on the Banks, and, most importantly, in the packed stands of Great American Ball Park, thousands of memories will be made.

Memories for the young and the old – but mostly for the young. The kids who will be going to their first Opening Day and will carry with them memories that they will be able to recall to their children and grandchildren in vivid detail.

City of Cincinnati

Juuusssst a bit outside!  Ten years ago, Mayor Mark Mallory uncorked the wildest Opening Day ceremonial first pitch in Reds history.

With Eric Davis standing behind home plate, and the sold-out crowd watching in Great American Ball Park, Mallory took the mound before the Reds-Cubs game on April 2, 2007.

Major League Baseball

Our unofficial holiday, Opening Day in Cincinnati, is just one week away. Joining us to discuss how the Reds will perform this season are Hal McCoy  with the Dayton Daily News; sports writer John Erardi; Cincinnati Reds historian Greg Rhodes; and WVXU reporter and avid baseball fan Howard Wilkinson

John Kiesewetter

Reds fans can watch 145 games on Fox Sports Ohio this season, plus four games on Fox Sports 1, according to the FSO schedule released Wednesday.

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Opening Day is Cincinnati's favorite, unofficial holiday.

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Reds player William Hoy lost his hearing at age three due to meningitis. He not only grew up to be one of the greatest and most beloved baseball players of his time, he changed the way the game was played forever.

Dallas Morning News Theater Critic Nancy Churnin recently published a children's book about the Reds hall of famer: The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game. WVXU's Howard Wilkinson talked with her about the life and career of William "Dummy" Hoy. 

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Ed. note: WVXU's politics reporter, Howard Wilkinson, is a life-long Reds fan. The following is his personal take on what Reds fans can expect from their ball club in 2016. 

Whether the team has won World Series rings the year before or finished dead last in the National League Central Division, Opening Day in Cincinnati is a very special day.

It is a day of celebration; the first day of summer in the true baseball fan's calendar.

Mark Heyne

Cincinnati's unofficial holiday, Opening Day for the Reds, is just one week away. Many fans will no-doubt start celebrating early, but the official festivities begin at noon next Monday with the 97th annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, featuring former Reds manager Lou Piniella as grand marshal.

Cincinnati Reds

Play ball! Fans get their first look at the new, young Reds when Fox Sports Ohio and WLW-AM broadcast the Reds spring opener 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, from Goodyear, Ariz.

FSO will televise the second game, also against the Cleveland Indians from Goodyear, at 3 p.m. Wednesday.  FSO will carry two more spring games: Reds-Royals 1 p.m. Tuesday March 15, and Reds-Rockies 4 p.m. Friday March 25, according to the Reds broadcast schedule.

Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley will do the opener on WLW-AM, and the Wednesday game on Fox Sports WSAI-AM (1360). 

Joseph Kiesewetter

Six weeks before the first spring training game,  Marty Brennaman remains uncertain whether this year will be his last as Reds Radio announcer.

Brennaman, 73, is starting the final year of his contract, his 43rd year in the Reds Radio booth.

“I’ll be back in 2016. And after that I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m conflicted,” Brennaman said at the sold-out Joe Nuxhall Memorial Sports Stag in Hamilton, presented by Knights of Columbus Father Butler Council 968.

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.

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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.

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