Saturday, March 10, 2012

Aaron Boone receives opening day honor

Opening Day in Cincinnati is unlike any other. In fact, it's practically an official holiday. So, to be named the Grand Marshall of the annual Findlay Market Parade is nothing to sneeze at. And that honor was bestowed to none other than former Reds great and current ESPN analyst Aaron Boone on Saturday.

Here's the press release from the team:

The Cincinnati Reds and Findlay Market announce that Reds great and ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone will be the Grand Marshal of the 93rd Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, which kicks off at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 5th.

Aaron will be joining his ESPN Monday Night Baseball partners Sean McDonough and Rick Sutcliffe in covering the Reds Opening Day game for a national TV audience on ESPN2. Boone also serves as a regular correspondent on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.

In his 12-year Major League career, Aaron Boone hit .263 with 126 HR, 555 RBI and 107 SB in 1,152 games for the Reds, Indians, Nationals, Yankees, Astros and Marlins. Selected by the Reds in the third round of the June 1994 free agent draft, from 1997-2003 Boone hit .271 with 86 HR, 362 RBI and 83 SB in 668 games for Cincinnati. He was an All-Star for the Reds in 2003, when he hit .273 with 18 HR, 65 RBI and 15 SB in 106 games before he was traded to the Yankees.

The Reds will release further details of Opening Week, including festivities planned for the new Spring Showcase, Opening Day and Opening Night, in the coming weeks.

Boone tweeted the following statement after the news broke earlier this morning:

"Honored to be serving as Grand Marshall in the opening day parade in Cincy this year."

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