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Findlay Market Opening Day parade grand marshal is Marty Brennaman

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Posted at 10:51 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 13:41:38-05

CINCINNATI — The 2020 Findlay Market Opening Day parade officially belongs to Marty Brennaman.

Brennaman's role as grand marshal for the parade was announced at the Findlay Market Parade Association's annual press conference on Tuesday.

The parade will kick off Opening Day on March 26, just before the Reds take on the Cardinals at 4:10 p.m.

The Cincinnati Reds sportscaster legend called his final game on Sept. 26 at Great American Ball Park after 46 seasons behind the microphone.

During his career, Brennaman broadcast thousands of Reds games. He called a perfect game and a few no-hitters. He called Randy Johnson’s 20-strikeout game. He covered three World Series champions, five Most Valuable Players, three Rookies of the Year and three 20-game winners.

Most of all, he endeared himself to fans throughout Reds Country and immersed himself in this community through his charity efforts. Despite offers to go elsewhere, he couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.

“I never felt like the grass was always greener,” Brennaman said this week. “This town has everything. It has the best people in the world.”

A fan favorite, Brennaman's retirement was met with strong support from the Cincinnati local community. A crowd of 27,774 showed up at Great American Ball Park for his final game, and many fans came with banners and signs honoring Brennaman.