CINCINNATI — Just six games to go.
The Marty Brennaman Countdown is winding down with the team's final homestand of the season beginning Friday.
The Reds have planned special events and giveaways in honor of the Hall of Fame broadcaster, who's calling his final game next Thursday after 46 years. Brennaman is not going to Pittsburgh for the club's final road trip to end the season.
"It was important to me that my last regular season broadcast happened at home,” Brennaman said.
The celebration starts with this weekend's series with the Mets and ends with a "Marty Party" on the field after next Thursday afternoon's home finale with the Brewers.
Brennaman, 77, will broadcast Friday night's game from a temporary radio booth at Gapper’s Alley behind Section 119. He will do pre-game broadcasts there on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and Wednesday, Sept. 25. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)
Marty’s son, Thom Brennaman, will join him in the radio booth for the entire game broadcast next Wednesday. Marty's regular radio partner, Jeff Brantley, will broadcast with him on Thursday.
“I wanted my final game to be business as usual, doing the broadcast from the booth. It is going to be very emotional for me and I want to savor every moment,” said Brennaman.
The Reds are planning a sweetly sentimental sendoff before and after Thursday's 12:35 game.
The first 20,000 fans will receive a Reds transistor radio so they can hear Marty's final call. After the game, attendees will be invited onto the field for a "Marty Party" featuring Brennaman on stage with Jim Day at the pitcher’s mound.
Special giveaways include:
Tuesday, Sept. 24 - Marty Brennaman Oversized Replica Ticket from Marty’s first Reds broadcast on April 4, 1974, to the first 20,000 fans. Presented by Humana.
Wednesday, Sept. 25 - Commemorative Marty Brennaman print celebrating Marty’s selection as the 2020 Reds Hall of Fame Inductee to the first 20,000 fans. Presented by Clark Schaefer Hacket.
Thursday, Sept. 26 - Reds Handheld Transistor Radio with earbuds to the first 20,000 fans. Presented by Kroger and Laura’s Lean Beef. Fans will be able to tune to 94.5 FM from their seats in the ballpark to listen to Marty’s farewell call.
Brennaman announced in January that this would be his final season.
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