Joe Morgan to throw out first pitch before NLDS Game 3

CINCINNATI (October 9, 2010) – Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, MVP of the 1975 and 1976 World Series Champion Reds, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday’s Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies National League Division Series Game 3 at Great American Ball Park.

In April, Morgan was named Special Advisor to the baseball operations department. He has supported and assisted in the development of the club’s community outreach and diversity initiatives while participating in the efforts of the Reds Community Fund and Reds Hall of Fame.

As of now, the game is scheduled to start at 7:07pm. If the ALDS Yankees vs. Twins series concludes on Saturday evening, the game will move to 8:07pm.

Gates to Great American Ball Park will open at 5:10pm, regardless of whether it remains a 7:07pm game or moves to 8:07pm.

The first 40,000 fans will receive a Let’s Go Reds rally towel, compliments of Cincinnati Bell, Duke Energy, Kroger and Scotts.

Highlights of NLDS Game 3 will include:
– A flyover of two F-18 Hornets representing the Strike Fighter Squadron 131 from Virginia Beach, Va. The crew are Cincinnati natives, including pilots Lieutenant Commander Chad E. Welborn and Lieutenant Sam Boyd and ground coordinator Marine Corps Major Kyle Moore. The flyover will only happen for the 7:07pm game time. 

– The National Anthem will be performed by the The Mistics, a local four-man vocal group who have been singing the National Anthem for the Reds for over 20 years.

– The official game ball will be delivered by wounded veteran and Purple Heart recipient U.S. Army Specialist Sean Murphy from the 478th Engineering Battalion in Ft. Thomas, Ky.

– Honor Guard units from the United States Navy and Air Force  will comprise a Parade of Colors on the field.

– Cincinnatian Kathy Wade will sing God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
– Reds HOF’er George Foster will be signing his bobblehead on Sunday at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. Proceeds from the sale of the bobbleheads support the Reds HOF and George Foster’s Safe Youth Network. 

– On Sunday, guests paying full-price admission the museum will receive a limited edition print that commemorates the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose’s 4192nd hit. Pete has personally signed 500 prints which will be distributed randomly. There is a strict limit of one print per person per day. The collectable gift is made possible by Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions.

Reds Community Fund
– Support the Reds Community Fund by purchasing a “Split The Pot” ticket. The $2 tickets are available at the Community Corner presented by Coldwell Banker West Shell (located near section 120) and from volunteers selling throughout the ballpark. One lucky fan each game will win 50% of the net proceeds, with the remainder of the proceeds benefiting the baseball-themed outreach initiatives of the Reds Community Fund.


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