Thursday, August 23, 2012

Schedule of events for Barry Larkin weekend in Cincinnati

 
Today kicks off a festive weekend around the Queen City as the Reds will honor the newest member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and hometown hero, Barry Larkin. The highlight of the weekend will come Saturday night at GABP when the team will officially retire the no. 11 in a pregame ceremony. He is set to become only the ninth player in franchise history to have his number retired joining the likes of Sparky Anderson (10), Johnny Bench (5), Dave Concepcion (13), Fred Hutchinson (1), Ted Kluszewski (18), Joe Morgan (8), Tony Perez (24) and Frank Robinson (20).

Here's the remaining schedule of events surrounding the momentous occasion:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

• Meet & Greet with Barry Larkin at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, 5 to 7 p.m.

– $11 for Reds Hall of Fame members; $16 for non-members

– Tickets at www.redsmuseum.org or (513) 765-7923

– Photos only, no autographs please

Friday, August 24, 2012 – Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m.

• Commemorative Print – All fans will receive a free commemorative Barry Larkin painting replica, presented by Cincinnati Bell and The Enquirer. Barry will be presented with the Bart Forbes painting during postgame ceremonies.

• Cymber Larkin (Barry’s daughter) sings National Anthem – approx. 6:55 p.m.

• Local Olympians Jason Parker, Nick Thoman & Peter Graves offer up ceremonial pitches – approx 7 p.m.

• Postgame Q&A with Barry Larkin and former Reds players

• “Barry Blast” postgame fireworks show presented by CVG – with soundtrack featuring Barry’s favorite songs

Saturday, August 25, 2012 – Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (gates open at 2:35 p.m.)

• Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party benefiting the Urban Youth Academy

– Free block party from 1 to 10 p.m. on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way

– Band “Frankly Speaking” performs at 1:30 p.m.

– Barry Larkin on stage at 2:15 p.m.

– Beverages from Budweiser and food from LaRosa’s

– Proceeds from concessions will benefit the Reds Community Fund’s Urban Youth Academy.

– Cymber Larkin postgame concert begins one hour after the game ends on the Street Party stage

• Barry Larkin Number 11 Retirement Ceremony – festivities begin at 3 p.m. Former players expected to attend include Joe Morgan, Dave Parker, Buddy Bell, Eric Davis, Mariano Duncan, Rob Dibble, Billy Doran, Ron Oester and Bret Boone. (Ceremonies streamed live on Reds.com)

• Reds Stein Giveaway – Free to the first 11,000 fans, presented by PNC Bank

• Commemorative Print – All fans will receive a free commemorative Barry Larkin painting replica, presented by Cincinnati Bell and The Enquirer.

Sunday, August 26, 2012 – Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 p.m.

• Saturday’s #11 jersey retirement ceremony will be shown on the GABP scoreboard at Noon

• Gapper Cup Giveaway – As part of family day at the ballpark, free cup in the shape of the Gapper’s face to the first 8,000 kids 14 and younger, presented by Frisch’s.

• Meijer Family Game – One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Outer View Level and Kroger Bleachers.

“11 Days of Larkin” ongoing activies and events:

• Video and audio highlights of Barry’s career featured on FOX Sports Ohio, Reds On Radio Network, reds.com

• Daily giveaways on Twitter (@Reds) and photos of Barry posted daily on Instagram (redsbaseball)

• Larkin merchandise at the Reds Team Shop including jerseys, player T-shirts and collectible items.

• Larkin celebrations at Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

– Aug. 20-23: Special $11 ballpark tour tickets available for regularly scheduled tours

– Aug. 24-26: Limited edition #11 lapel pin, free to the first 1000 purchasers of full-priced paid admission

– All fans named Barry and all 11-year old fans receive free admission to the museum

– Any fan wearing Barry Larkin gear will receive half-price admission to the museum

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