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Findlay Market Opening Day parade delivered Reds first pitch ball to Great American Ball Park

Season starts Friday against Detroit
Posted at 9:51 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 07:46:32-04

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds are ready for Opening Day after the Findlay Market Parade Committee delivered the baseball that will be thrown out for the first pitch.

Cincinnati police and fire departments escorted them from the market to Great American Ball Park on Monday.

Organizers couldn't go ahead with the typical Opening Day festivities in spring, but there's plenty to look back on and forward to.

“I'll just be reminiscing about the old parades that we had and all the people from around here and how much love this tradition, and how this is become Cincinnati's fabric, and how neat it is that just a group of vendors down here organized this thing 100 years ago,” said Parade Committee Chair Neil Luken. "Opening Day in Cincinnati is unique to any other city in the whole country and we're so lucky to have this."

Once at the park, Rosie Red took the ceremonial game ball for safe keeping. The Reds play the Detroit Tigers in their season opener at 6:10 p.m., though no fans will be in attendance.

MLB teams will play a 60-game season with no fans this year.