Facing the prospect of severe weather Thursday — more on that here — the Florence Freedom opted to push their opening day back 24 hours, according to a Monday afternoon news release from the team.
“We’re trying to make the best out of a situation that has the very high probability of being not pleasant,” general manager Josh Anderson said in a news release. “We hope our fans understand and we will go above and beyond to make this change of plans up to them.”
The Freedom will play their first game of the season Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Joliet Slammers. The Lake Erie Crushers, whom they had been scheduled to face Thursday, will instead return for a make-up match July 7. So will the three Reds players scheduled to make Thursday appearances: Danny Graves, Wily Mo Pena and Felipe Lopez.
Fans who had tickets to the Thursday game can exchange them for July 7 tickets starting Friday, according to the release.
The new opening day will still have plenty to recommend it, including appearances by Marvel superheroes and a post-game firework show at UC Health Stadium.