Cincinnati Reds: Two fans celebrate 50th consecutive Opening Day Monday

CINCINNATI – Pete Rose had 21 Opening Days with the Reds – 16 as a player, two as player-manager and three as manager.

Which makes it all the more remarkable that two Reds fans are celebrating their 50th consecutive Opening Day on Monday.

Mandy Pfeiffer wanted her dad's golden anniversary Opening Day to be special, so she came up with the idea of giving him a T-shirt with the Reds emblem from his day – the mustachioed Mr. Red.

Then she recruited Blackout Tees to make it.

"It's crazy because I'm only 35, so I couldn't imagine going to 50 consecutive things," said Jason Madden, manager of Blackout Tees.

"When we heard of it, we loved to be apart of it, and they asked if we could do it and we said sure. Even on short notice - we got this order yesterday - it's definitely something we looked forward to doing."

This will be Patty Wiehe's 50th Opening Day, too. And she also has a special T-shirt.

"I've always liked baseball. I just always liked it,"  the great-grandmother said.  "And so when I was 17-18 years old, I started going to the games. I started out at Crosley and then to Riverfront and now Great American."

Wiehe has been a Rosie Red forever. During that time, she lost her parents and her husband. She boasts about her three great grandkids and her new favorite player.

The red T-shirt says it all:

"So the kids got me this for my 70th birthday that says 'Mrs. Votto' because now he's been my man," Wiehe said.

"You gotta be there, you gotta be down there. Every job I've ever had,  and I've worked in trucking my whole life, whenever I went in I would always say to them: 'Let's get this straight. I don't work on Opening Day."

She doesn't have to worry about that this year.

She's retired.

Nine on your side will have extensive coverage of this unofficial local holiday.

Our live Opening Day coverage begins at 4:30 a.m. Monday on Good Morning Tri-State.

We'll also be right on the parade route to bring you live coverage starting at noon.

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