SATURDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’
From my pal @PattyMcIrish…
During tonight’s pregame ceremonies, the Reds will pay tribute to the late James Barrett “Barry” Buse as we welcome over twenty members of his family including his four children, their spouses, and twelve Buse grandchildren. Barry was co-owner of the Reds franchise from 1966 to 1984 and passed away earlier this year at the age of 84. During his tenure, the club experienced its greatest sustained success in the Big Red Machine era. Mr. Buse was well known for entertaining people no matter where he was and is remembered for singing the famed song, “The Whole Town’s Batty About Cincinnati” prior to home games on the Riverfront Stadium’s artificial turf. During tonight’s ceremony, the family will be introduced prior to a short video of Hall of Famer Johnny Bench reminiscing of his time with Barry. The ceremony will conclude with Barry’s eldest son, BJ Buse, offering up a ceremonial first pitch in honor of his father. Additionally, “The Whole Town’s Batty About Cincinnati” will be played after tonight’s seventh inning stretch.
Tonight also marks the 4th Military Appreciation Day presented by Disabled American Veterans (DAV) & RetireMED iQ. Throwing out a ceremonial first pitch today on behalf of DAV is Retired Army Staff Sergeant Ben Parker. Ben was deployed to Afghanistan twice as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team Leader. His team safely disarmed more than 300 IEDs, and Ben received two bronze stars for his bravery. Additionally, Ben is a 2005 graduate of Sycamore High School and is a DAV life member. Continuing in the Military Appreciation celebration and serving as the honorary captain today, is Disabled American Veterans Senior National Service Officer, Linda Mingo. Linda served in the United States Army from March 1983 until October 1986 and the United States Army Reserves from 1987 until 1994.