The 2022 MLB season is expected to be a long one for the Cincinnati Reds, but that hasn’t shown up in the standings just yet: they are 2-2 after their first road trip.
Now, it’s time to go home and play in front of their fans.
Whether Reds fans are upset or not after ownership and the front office sold half the roster in the offseason remains to be seen, but fans are loyal and love their team: they should, at least initially, show their support to players.
The Reds will host the Cleveland Guardians at Great American Ball Park, with first pitch scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET.
Before that pitch, however, another Cincinnati sports great will make the ceremonial first pitch.
“David Bell and Zac Taylor chatting before today’s home opener. Taylor will catch Joe Burrow’s ceremonial first pitch,” Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted on Tuesday.
David Bell and Zac Taylor chatting before today’s home opener. Taylor will catch Joe Burrow’s ceremonial first pitch. pic.twitter.com/ygM8BEOCAV
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) April 12, 2022
The Bengals Are In Town
David Bell is the Reds’ manager, and Zac Taylor is the Cincinnati Bengals’ head coach, one who took his team to the Super Bowl and was close to pulling off the ultimate feat.
The first pitch, however, will be thrown by Bengals star quarterback Joe Burrow, the team’s first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Burrow took the Bengals to the Super Bowl but lost to the Los Angeles Rams.
He was stellar during the season, compiling a 10−6 record and completing 70.4 percent of his passes.
He threw for 4,611 yards with 8.9 yards per attempt, 34 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.
His quarterback rating was a very solid 108.3.
He is loved and respected by the whole city of Cincinnati, and will surely receive some loud cheers and applauses.
As he should.