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Mud Hens opening day Thursday

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The wait is almost over. The biggest party of the season kicks off Thursday with the Mud Hens Opening Day at Fifth Third Field.

Opening Day Bash

The party of the year begins at 3 p.m. with the Opening Day Bash. 56DAZE will be performing live in the Home Run Terrace and The Bradberries will be performing live in The Nest from 3-4:30 p.m. 

Opening Day Bash tickets are $30 and include an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Pre-Game Festivities 

The on-field Opening Day pre-game festivities begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. You'll want to arrive early and be ready in your seat as the 12th season of Mud Hens baseball begins. 

Opening Day Festivities

-Ceremonial first pitch 
Wanda Butts (2012 CNN Top Ten Hero

-Player introductions
The Louisville Bats will be announced first, beginning with their coaching staff, non-starters, and then starting lineup. Your 2013 Toledo Mud Hens will be announced second, beginning with the coaching staff, non-starters, and then 2013 Opening Day starting lineup.

-Presentation of colors

Prior to the season, the Toledo Mud Hens lost a beloved member of its family. A loyal Mud Hens fan and season ticket holder for nearly 30 years, Sis Deitrick and her son, Jimmy, traveled to nearly every Mud Hens game from Defiance. Sis Deitrick's family members will join the team as they remember one of their all-time greatest fans before the 2013 Opening Day game.  

-National anthem

Fans can purchase Opening Day tickets at the Fifth Third Field box office, by phone at 419-725-HENS, or online.

Ticket packages for the 2013 season are currently available for purchase by calling 419-725-HENS. All ticket packages include Opening Day. 
Bar managers and workers are already talking about Opening Day. They say it's one of the busiest days of the year.
"For Opening Day, we have a nice full staff working all day. We have an Irish breakfast going on here starting at 9 in the morning," said Ruth Gamber, with The Blarney.
It's a time of the year when many of downtown's businesses have to make special preparations for the overflow of Mud Hens fans.
"We get about eight new positions and make sure they're completely trained by the time Opening Day comes around," said Amanda Allure, with Pizza Papalis.
Along with extra staff, Pizza Papalis will have four to five exclusive drink specials.
Over at The Blarney, there will be live music.
Packo's at the Park will have something a little unique.
"We bought the barrel of Jack Daniels. So we will have our own blend of Jack Daniels, single barrel select, that we picked out ourselves. It's the only place in Ohio where you can get this Jack Daniels," said Jason Mandel, with Packo's at the Park.
Bars in the Warehouse District can only hope they are prepared enough for the home opener.
"We're expecting a lot of people in and out. You're going to have your families that come in for dinner right before, and then you're going to have your regulars just come down to hang out," explained Mandel.
Others in the business agree.
"For the Blarney, I mean, it's a busy, busy day. So that's always good," said Gamber.
It's a busy day bars in the Warehouse District are looking forward to celebrating: a brand new season full of beer, partying, and all around fun.
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