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The Reds move their opening up a day

Nov 15, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT


When the 2012 schedule came out the Reds and officials in Cincinnati were none too pleased. Why? Because in addition to not getting the first game of the season — which they used to all the time but haven’t for many years now — they weren’t even going to be playing on the whole first day that regular games were played.  And what’s more, their first game was going to be on Good Friday, which city fathers feared would interfere with the parade and festivities that go on in the Queen City each Opening Day.

Well, that’s fixed. The Reds just announced that their first game will now be on Thursday, April 5th.  That’s the day after the Marlins and Cardinals kick off the season in a prime time Wednesday night game.  Seeing as though the Reds likewise open against the Marlins — Miami gets a one-game series to showcase their new joint — it means that they’ll be a bit more rested than their opposition.

But hey: the parade and parties have been saved.

  1. kiwicricket - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Somehow, I just know U2 are involved!

  2. SmackSaw - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    The Reds should play the first game. So many traditions have taken a beating.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      I agree 100% Smack Saw.
      In my opinion…as the original Franchise they should ALWAYS play the 1st game.
      Traditions are quite frankly…traditions. Unfortunately, no one could give a crap about it anymore.

      • tuloisgod - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:19 PM

        I always wondered … if the Reds were the sole “original franchise,” who’d they play against?

  3. cardsfanindelaware - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Sounds like the Reds F.O. needs a pacifier. They should go ask Brandon Phillips for one.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      While your comment in regards to #4 certainly made me laugh…
      This is something that should NEVER have changed Delaware.
      They are the original Franchise and I have no problems with them be honored for such.

      • meteor32 - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        The original franchise? Do some research. The original Cincinnati Reds left town after 1870 and went to Boston and are now the Atlanta Braves. The second incarnation of the Reds was kicked out of the National League in 1880. The current incarnation of the Reds didn’t start playing until 1882 in the American Association joining the NL in 1890. This is not the original franchise, but far from it. If you want to celebrate baseball’s oldest franchise, go join Craig and celebrate the Braves.

      • paperlions - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

        Not understanding the origins of traditions is tradition, quit screwing with our traditions.

  4. kalinedrive - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    “Miami gets a one-game series to showcase their new joint.”

    More stupidity from MLB. This is really really stupid.

  5. kopy - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Incredibly random, but this is the 2nd time in less than 24 hours I’ve heard somebody refer to Cincinnati as “The Queen City”. What’s weird about this is 24 hours ago I had always thought Charlotte, NC was “The Queen City”. I’ve never lived close to either, so I don’t think I have a bias, but I think two cities this large in the USA can’t have the same nickname. This needs to be settled somehow.

    • clydeserra - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:29 PM

      I have always heard Cincinnati referred to as the queen city. I don’t know anything about Charlotte. Was it named after a queen?

      • kopy - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:37 PM

        From wikipedia: “Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte and its resident county are named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become queen consort of British King George III the year before the city’s founding.”

        It was tough to get that info. Jimmy Wales was staring at me the whole time, so you’re welcome.

      • clydeserra - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:37 PM


    • spudchukar - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      There are at least 28 cities in the U.S. that claim to be “Queen Cities”, and two in Canada. Plus there is also Queen City, Mo, and Queen City, Tx. I guess it is good to be the Queen.

  6. sdelmonte - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Sounds like the Iowa caucus always moving earlier and earlier.

    Someday I expect the caucus to be before the preceding general election, and the Reds to open in February.

  7. brucewaynewins - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Good to see this has been turned into a better situation. Opening Day is a huge deal in Cincinnati and having a day earlier is much better when considering the Opening Day Parade and the fact it brings a lot of business to Findlay Market on what would normally be on a off day for the market. It’s also nice for traditional purposes.

  8. metalhead65 - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    I know it is a tough thing for people like craig to grasp but there are some things that should not be changed just for the sake of change. the activities he makes fun of have gone on for years and should not be moved just because of that.yea let’s do something different for no reason other than to be different this year.

  9. crnvic847 - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    If the MLB wants Miami to be able to showcase it’s new venue on primetime and have it as the first game of the year they should have White Sox vs Marlins in a one-game interleague series. I think that would be much more interesting than Cards vs Marlins. But hey that’s why Selig gets paid the big bucks!!

    • spudchukar - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      That would be fun, but the schedule was produced long before Ozzie flew south.

  10. cintiphil - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    The problem is that for years, MLB has ignored the time honored tradition of starting the new season in Cincinnati. It is too late now to object. As far as the first team in baseball, Cincinnati is the FIRST CITY to have a professional baseball team. You can’t change that although that doesn’t seem to matter much today.

    • cintiphil - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      One more thing. Manchester, N.H, is also called the Queen City.

  11. saintez - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Baseball is a game that celebrates tradition. It is ridiculous that the Reds aren’t the first game. They ARE the first professional baseball team and played the first ever night game. Shore up on that history.

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