Special “Sunday Sermon” E-dition

SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021

This Sunday in America… at the Church of The Compassionate Conservative, Beloved Whistleblower Publisher, the Right-Wing Reverend Charles Foster Kane was asking his Political Parishioners to Pray for Pastimes, even though Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is coming this week. The new season kicks off Thursday, April 1 as the league returns to a full, 162-game schedule. All 30 MLB teams will be in action on April 1, and there are plenty of intriguing matchups on the Opening Day schedule.

Opening Day in Cincinnati is much more than a baseball game, it’s an event. After last year’s cancellation, it’s been two years since the Reds had a traditional Opening Day game (they did beat the Tigers in 2020’s 60-game regular-season home opener though).


And once again, 2021 Reds fans will be able to forget Cincinnati’s long-discarded honor of always getting to host “Baseball’s Opening Game” every year, just because the first fully professional baseball team was the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings (ten men on salary for eight months from March 15 to November 15).

Whistleblower Senior Spoiled Sports Editor Andy FurBall says the Cincinnati Red Stockings won their first game on May 4, 1869, by a score of 45-9. They then went on to go 57-1 (wins-tie), touring the U.S. playing teams from Boston to San Francisco, something that had not been done before.

FurBall says the next year, they won another 24 straight games before finally losing 8-7 in 11 innings against the Brooklyn Atlantics on June 14.  After their first loss, attendance declined substantially and they were disbanded the following year despite only losing six games all season. Iconic Reds former Sportscaster Marty Brennaman remembers it well.

FurBall predicts despite winning last year’s Opening Day game 7-1 against the Detroit Tigers, fans are wondering if the Reds (scheduled to open against The St. Louis Cardinals on April Fools Day) will be good enough to make it to the playoffs again in 2021.