UPDATE: Bruce scratched with a sore left knee…



From my pal @Bongreatness….

The first 25,000 fans in attendance today will receive a Ken Griffey Jr. dual bobblehead, courtesy of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Gates to the ballpark are scheduled to open at 2:10PM for Season Ticket Members and 2:40PM for the general public. However, those gate opening times could be adjusted in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code should the crowd size outside the gates dictate it so.

Tonight is the 2nd annual Northern Kentucky Night, presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Members of the Northern Kentucky community will be participating in various pregame and in-game activations today.

Today is also the first Military Appreciation Day of the 2016 season, presented by DAV – Disabled American Veterans – and Hankook Tires. Today’s celebration is in honor of Armed Forces Day in America. The Reds will be wearing their alternate digi-camo uniforms for today’s game. Numerous activities are planned for pregame and around the ballpark including:
• Honoring of 22 veterans from the Wounded Warriors organization in a pregame ceremony. Each Warrior will receive a Hometown Hero certificate and Reds Challenge Coin from Reds COO Phil Castellini along with City of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.
• Ceremonial first pitch by Marine Corps veteran Scott Bunker, who was wounded in action while deployed to Iraq in 2005.
• Joint Forces Honor Guard & singing of our National Anthem by Fort Knox soldier SGT 1st Class Lilnell Storm.
• Ceremonial ringing of the very first Honor Bell. The Honor Bell consists of military artifacts from 12 deceased veterans that were transported in a special van and escorted the 1,192 miles from Colorado to Ohio by Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) and Rolling Thunder Riders, and then Cincinnati police-escorted from the Ohio border to the Verdin Bell Company on Riverside Drive. The artifacts, including Medals of Honor, Purple Heart Medal, dog tags, and wings, were incorporated into 1,300 pounds of molten bronze and poured into the Honor Bell Foundation mold crafted by Verdin. Another ceremony was held this morning to break the bell out of the mold. The goal of the Honor Bell Foundation is to create a bell for all 132 National Cemeteries in 50 states. More information on the Honor Bell can be found in the attached release.
• Serving as Honorary Captains tonight will be WWII vet Army TSGT Edgar Joseph Moorman and active duty Brigadier General Barbara Lynne Owens, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Human Resources Command.

As part of the Reds celebration of Major League Baseball’s Play Ball initiative, twelve local R.B.I. players will be introduced and run onto the field just prior to the introduction of the Reds starters today. Each R.B.I. player will then receive an autograph on a Reds baseball cap from the player they meet.

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