OPENING DAY FACTS; PHOTOS FROM BATTING PRACTICE

Today’s crowd is expected to be the largest ever for a regular-season game at Great American Ball Park.

OPENING DAY FACTS

Today’s game is the Reds’ 137th Opening Day game, their 11th at Great American Ball Park and the first interleague Opening Day game in Major League Baseball history

The Reds are 66-69-1 in home openers, including 62-65-1 vs National League opponents, 4-6 at GABP and 2-0 in Opening Day games played on April Fool’s Day (11-4 win vs Col in 1997, 5-4 win vs Cubs in 2002)

For the second straight season the first pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET, the Reds’ latest starts since the 2003 opener began at 4:11…that 2003 game, the first regular season game at GABP, was the latest Opening Day start since the 1994 game began at 8:05 to accommodate ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

The Reds are 5-9-1 in their last 15 openers…are 11-2 in Opening Day extra-inning games, most recently an 8-4 victory at Hou in 11 innings in 1990…last played extra frames on Opening Day at home in 1988 (5-4 win vs StL, 12 innings)

Played a pair of openers at night (1966, 1994)

Opened on the road 5 times, including 3 times because of  inclement weather (1877, 1885, 1966), once because of labor strife (1990) and once as scheduled (1888)

There have been 32 home runs hit in the 10 Opening Day games at GABP, including at least 1 every year

The Opening Day record for HR by both teams is 6 (2005, 2010, 2011).

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A few photos from today’s batting practice session…

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