Reds announce festivities to occur on Opening Day

Reds announce festivities to occur on Opening Day

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds announced on Thursday an array of activity that will lead up to the first pitch vs. the Pirates on Monday's Opening Day at Great American Ball Park.

• The 1990 Reds relief trio known as the "Nasty Boys" -- Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers -- will throw out simultaneous first pitches. All three are also serving as grand marshals for the 96th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade

• Marlana Van Hoose from Denver, Ky., will sing the National Anthem. Van Hoose was born with cytomegalovirus (CMV), is blind and was featured on ESPN's E:60 program.

• There will be a ceremony to honor wounded veterans with Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. Brad Wenstrup.

• "God Bless America" will be performed by Cincinnati firefighter John Winfrey during the seventh-inning stretch. It will be dedicated to Daryl Gordon, the Cincinnati firefighter who died in the line of duty on March 26.

• The fourth annual Opening Day Block Party kicks off at 11 a.m. on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way.

In addition, the club will be holding Opening Night on Wednesday.

Reds players and coaches will walk a red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone for fans starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. More than 80 players and coaches from the national championship-winning Ohio State football program will take part in festivities. Head Coach Urban Meyer and members of the team will simultaneously throw ceremonial first pitches.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.