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.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

Join the conversation! 5 Comments

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

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

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

  4. 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. 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.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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