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Reds fans celebrate Opening Day eve downtown

CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- On the eve of the Opening Day in Cincinnati, Reds fans walk through Crosley Terrace hours before thousands will pack Great American Ball Park and its surrounding streets. Although the first game of the Major League baseball season has already been played, Reds believe it's not official until the opening pitch has been thrown in Cincinnati.

Scott Flanders and his son Austin visit the Reds Team Shop as they pick up apparel before their first ever Reds Opening Day experience. His family has a total of 12 tickets for the Reds opener.

"There's some behind third base, some behind first base, two behind home plate, and I've heard I'm in top right field. I've got the worst ones," said Flanders.

However, one member knows exactly what opening day means to Cincinnati. Dave DeBra is hours away from attending his 44th straight Reds home opener.

"Bench, Rose, the likes of them, Larkin, they're great," said DeBra. "O'Toole, I got to see him pitch. I got to see Maloney pitch, I got to see Edwards catch, life doesn't get any better than what I've had it."

DeBra's children are grown now, but he remembers making them apart of the national holiday that is opening day in Cincinnati.

"My kids went to Wyoming; we used to take them out of school," said DeBra.  "They'd get a zero that day because the teachers didn't have tickets to Opening Day."

The Opening Day Parade begins at noon, and the first pitch is 4:10 p.m. as the Reds open the season against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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