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I have lived in Cincinnati for over 5 years now, and I have to say if you are a sports fan you should come experience opening day in Cincinnati. Of all things, this city does a great job of organizing and making a whole day party for opening day. Even if you are not going ot the game it is a good time. So, in my opinion, this is something you should put on your sports bucket list.
Just a day in the life, I'm narrating the scene
I went last year...i actually saw Strasburg pitch in Cincy last year..i exspect Cincy to be one of the top teams in the NL
This post was edited by Jos Mit on 4/6/2012 at 8:47 AM
Big fan of cincinnati. My fiance is in grad school at uc. Great city!
One of my favorite baseball traditions when I was a kid was 'The first pitch in Cincy'. I remember thinking 'hurry up Cincinnati start the game so the braves can play'. E$PN's opening night game has ruined that.
MLB should go back to having the first game always be at Cincy.
And I can't think of opening day at Cincy without thinking of umpire John McSherry dropping dead of a heart attack in the top of the first inning. From Wikipedia:
"As Cincinnati was the home of baseball's first professional team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the Reds had traditionally played the first game of the major league season at home. For this particular Opening Day game, the Reds were playing the Montreal Expos, and McSherry was assigned to work home plate. Seven pitches into the game, McSherry called a time-out, spoke briefly to Reds catcher Eddie Taubensee, and walked slowly towards the Reds' dugout. Moments after signaling for the second base umpire to come in and replace him McSherry stumbled and collapsed. Despite all efforts to resuscitate McSherry, he was pronounced dead, at age 51, at University of Cincinnati Hospital within the hour.
It was later revealed that McSherry had actually been scheduled for a medical examination the following day. As the Reds' Opening Day in Cincinnati is seen as a special occasion, McSherry likely didn't want to risk missing out on an assignment he felt was an honor. Third-base umpire Tom Hallion followed the ambulance to the UC medical center, leaving umpires Steve Rippley and Jerry Crawford to decide how to proceed regarding the game. Shaken and tearful players on both teams consoled the grieving umpires, and ultimately it was decided that it would be best to postpone the game.
Reds manager Ray Knight said: "Barry (Larkin, the Reds' shortstop), told me very quietly and with very much emotion: 'Ray, I've had a lot of deaths in my family. In good conscience, out of respect for life, I can't go out there.'"[3"
opening day parade and all the activities going on in Cincy for opening day were awesome. Great baseball town and it is sad that the tradition of Cincy having the opening game of baseball is gone.
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