The Findlay Market Opening Day parade kicked off the Cincinnati Reds home season on March 30, with two Grand Marshals: Bronson Arroyo and Danny Graves. Both are part of the Reds Hall of Fame Class of 2023.
Over his 16-year career with the Reds and other teams, Arroyo tallied 148 wins, 1,571 strikeouts and a 4.28 ERA in over 2,400 innings pitched.
Arroyo was named to one All-Star team in his career during the 2006 season, his first with the Reds since being traded from Boston in exchange for outfielder Wily Mo Pena. In that 2006 season, Arroyo threw 240.2 innings with a 3.29 ERA.
Graves is an all-time leader in career saves with 182. He is a 2000 and 2004 NL All-Star. He earned the Ernie Lombardi Award in 2000 as well as the Johnny Vander Meer Award. He is the only Vietnamese-born player in Major League History.
Former Cincinnati Reds and Bengals players made an appearance in the parade. Cincinnati Reds alumni had their own float and included:
• George Foster 2x World Series Champion, 1977 NL MVP, 5x All Star
• Doug Flynn 2x World Series Champion, 1980 Gold Glove
• Ron Oester 1990 World Series Champion
• Scott Williamson 1999 NL Rookie of the Year; 1999 All Star
New at Great American Ballpark: Chick-fil-A, Skyline Chili Nachos and more.
There are also new items like Goetta Pretzel Bites, Skyline Chili Nachos, Redlegs Soft Serve served in a miniature Cincinnati Reds helmet. New drinks include selections from 50 West and BLOX drinks.