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Reds trying to move 2012 opener off Good Friday

Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:34 pm
RobinsonBy Evan Brunell

The Reds are attempting to get Opening Day moved off of April 6, 2012, which falls on a Good Friday.

Cincinnati is a predominantly Catholic town with 479,000 Catholics in the 19-county Archdiocese, and schools are closed beginning at noon on Good Friday to observe the holiday, which includes fasting. That would preclude people from eating food at concession stands, as well as lend a somber tone to what should be a festive day of the Reds' home opener.

“The biggest thing is it’s a conflict of moods,” Dan Andriacco, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Opening Day is a very festive occasion. Good Friday is a key date in our salvation. And although it’s called ‘Good’ it’s not a celebratory occasion.

“I don’t know if it will cause turmoil or not, but it will certainly be a decision point [for Catholics].”

The Reds also had Opening Day scheduled for a Friday in 2011, but were able to move it to Thursday. Fans are still getting used to the Reds opening the season as the first team to do so, and always on a Monday. That changed in 2010 in an attempt to end the season earlier in order for the playoffs to end earlier instead of bleeding into November or Halloween. Opening Day is such a staple of the city, that constituents are considering whether or not to deem Opening Day a city holiday, so the fact that the 2012 date falls on Good Friday isn't winning any fans over.

“At the end of the day, we’ve got recognize that calendar changes every year,” Reds COO Phil Castellini told the Enquirer. “And we’ve got to be comfortable with our the fact that our Opening Day could literally be any day of the week. It’s likely to be between a Monday and Friday. What we need to do is make necessary adjustments to continue or traditions regardless of the day of the week.”

"We’re not wild about a Good Friday Opening Day either," Castellini continued. "The No. 1 thing to know is no matter what it’s going to be Reds Opening Day. There’s going to be a parade one way or another. It’s certainly harder on Findlay Market the closer you get to a weekend. So one or another we’ll work around those issues."

The main issue with thee Findlay Market parade, a staple of the city's tradition on Opening Day, is that it begins at 11:30 a.m.. A huge part of the parade comes from a half-dozen Catholic schools who would be unable to participate.

“It will still be the Findlay Market Parade,” Castellini said. “The Reds may have to play a much bigger role in putting on parade and there might even be a different area where the parade is staged and launched from. Those are logistic issue we’ll have to work through.”

The parade and festivities can be figured out if needed, but moving off of Good Friday will prove difficult. The Marlins are slated to open their new ballpark on Wednesday, April 4 before flying to the Reds to kick off a series. League rules mandate that any team playing a single-game series must receive a day off the day after, so the Marlins can't fly into Cincinnati and play Thursday.

“I would say to fans: Stay tuned, be patient, we’re trying to get something worked out,” Castellini said. “We’ll find a way to have a great Opening Day with a parade.”

This is not the first time the Reds have butted up against religious conflicts. In 1994, owner Marge Schott ordered all Opening Day ceremonies to occur the second game of the year after Opening Day came on Easter Sunday.

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Photo: Former Cincinnati Reds hall of famer Frank Robinson and wife Barbara ride in the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, Monday, April 6, 2009, in Cincinnati. Robinson was grand marshall for the parade.
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Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:02 am

Reds trying to move 2012 opener off Good Friday

Positive send. I actually in detail agree with just about everything you need created.

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:22 am

Reds trying to move 2012 opener off Good Friday

Seriously?  How idiotic are you?  And, what this article doesn't state is the fact that tradition is being ruined here by playing the marlins as the season opener.  Traditionally, the Reds, as the oldest professional baseball team, have the season opener.  They aren't even playing on the same day, which is a travesty.  How about you go enjoy your oh-so-fantastic dodgers in LA and show some respect.

Since: Jan 15, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:01 pm

Reds trying to move 2012 opener off Good Friday

Hey Im a catholic, I say play baseball, who cares about Good Friday coinciding with a Home Opener. How about we just move baseball out of Cincinnati, period!.. This is just too much. Softies!....How about moving the entire REDS schedule to be on the road, that way they will appreciate them being home more, even on Good Friday or Easter or whaterver.

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