Sounds like this year’s Opening Day festivities won’t be as star-studded as last year’s:

The Reds have announced their lineup of festivities for Monday’s season and home opener against the Mets.

U.S. Representative Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who was recently nominated to join President Bush’s cabinet, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The national anthem will be sung by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Felita Rowe, a vocalist with the Air Force Band of Flight’s “Systems Go” ensemble. Included in the anthem will be a flyover by the Air Force’s B-2 Stealth Bomber.

Cincinnati fireman John Winfrey will sing “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch.

The grand marshal of the 86h Findlay Market Parade will be Bengals running back Rudi Johnson.

5 Responses

  1. Chris

    I’ve seen a better list of celebrities at a Moose Lodge fish fry.

  2. Bill

    Eric Davis turned them down when asked to be Grand Marshall of the parade.

  3. Heath

    Aren’t the Reds glad the Bengals signed Rudi Johnson? I guess we would have been stuck with TJ Houshmanzadah or something :mrgreen:

  4. Chris

    Are you kidding, Bill? Hopefully it’s just a schedule conflict and not another bridge burned by the Reds. Next thing you know, we’ll see ED as grand marshall of the Nats’ parade.

  5. Bill

    Nope, not kidding. No explanation was given as to why. Larkin turned them down also, but said it was because he wasn’t sure about his duties with the Nationals.