Sunday, July 28, 2002

Cinergy farewell sells out quickly

By Jim Hannah,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Pete Rose talks about the upcoming legends softball game at Cinergy Field.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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        Pete Rose will play his final game at Cinergy Field before a full house. Tickets for a Sept. 23 softball game between former Reds greats and other retired baseball all-stars sold out in 2 1/2 hours Saturday.

        “I feel great about this,” said Marty Garafalo, president of Denver-based Dream Events, the company organizing the event. “It is definitely a tribute to the players and history of the stadium. It shows how great the fans of Cincinnati are.”

        Single tickets sold for $20 and $30 for the game, to be played the day after the final regular-season home game at Cinergy Field. The Reds will move to the new Great American Ball Park in 2003.

        The game —— billed as the “Farewell to Riverfront/Cinergy Field Game” —— will be preceded by free autograph signings, a three-inning local celebrity softball game and a softball home-run contest. The more than 40,000 fans who purchased a ticket Saturday will also get a Pete Rose bobblehead doll.

        Big Red Machine-era players such as Mr. Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and George Foster will play against such stars as Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith and Steve Garvey.

        Players from the 1980s and the 1990 World Champion teams also will be invited.


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