This is one game where we can absolutely, 100 percent, without doubt promise you fireworks. With Justin Upton and Joey Votto swinging the lumber there's bound to be some long balls at the hitter-friendly Chase Field on Friday night when the Arizona Diamondbacks open at home against the Cincinnati Reds.
But even if pitching probables Ian Kennedy (0-0, 4.50) and Travis Wood (1-0, 1.29) combine for the greatest game every thrown, fans attending this celebration of baseball will be treated to a postgame fireworks display.
That's all part of the D-backs big plans for the first home game of the season.
The party starts with a flyover by four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 310th Fighter Squadron "Top Hats" at Luke Air Force prior to the 6:40 p.m. first pitch. Those jets will passover a giant 60-by-30 foot American flag in the outfield. The D-backs announced earlier this week that Roger Clyne, frontman for the independent rock group Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, will sing the national anthem.
The ceremonial first pitch will be tossed by a legend of the game. Roland Hemond, who was recently presented the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, has the honors. For more on his great career and contribution to the game, click here.
According to a team press release, tickets for Friday's home opener and fireworks show are still available and can be purchaseed at the Chase Field ticket office, by calling 602.514.8400 or online at dbacks.com.