My 9-year old and I braved the cold weather and snow today (after a sunny 70 degrees yesterday afternoon) and went to the Cincinnati Reds 2009 Opening Day!
Hometown hero Nick Lachey was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. You might know Nick as one of the guys from 98 Degrees (one of those carbon copy boybands of the 1990s), or as the ex-husband of Jessica Simpson. But he’s also part owner of the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate).
The honorary captain of the game for the Redlegs was Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.
Aaron Harang took the hill for the Reds…
…his opponent was perennial Cy Young contender Johan Santana.
Only three hits for the home team, all coming from the team’s young bucks…
and Darnell McDonald.
The Reds lost the opener, 2-1, but they are a young team and very fun to watch. Jay Bruce made a great throw from right field and nailed a runner trying to score, which was very exciting. There were a few blunders in the field (though only one official error), and no balls left the park for the Reds. Their lone run came from a Brandon Philips sacrifice fly, driving in McDonald.
A very fun day, and I’m definitely looking forward to visiting Great American Ballpark again in the near future!