Former Hillsboro mayor Betty Bishop will serve as honorary captain Saturday during the “Highland County Day at the Ball Park” ceremony at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati prior to the Reds game against the Washington Nationals.
Bishop, who is also a former city manager of Greenfield, co-chaired the Highland County Chamber of Commerce’s drive to sell tickets and create interest for the special Highland County recognition at the June 26 game.
Just prior to the 4:05 p.m. first pitch, Bishop will take the lineup card to home plate with a member of the Reds coaching staff. She will be announced to the crowd and shown on the GABP video board.
Bishop said Friday that she resisted the idea of serving as honorary captain. She said she believes others are more deserving, and she has had the privilege of throwing out the first pitch at previous Reds games over the years, including one when Pete Rose was manager, which she said was “a thrill.”
But the chamber board of directors insisted she do the honors, and she finally agreed, she said. She will be accompanied onto the field by David Fauber, a chamber board member who served as co-chair of the ball park event with Bishop.
The initial goal was to sell 1,000 tickets, which would have allowed someone from Highland County to throw out the first pitch. In the end, 551 tickets were sold, said Bishop, and while that did not qualify for first-pitch honors, the Reds agreed to let an honorary captain carry the lineup card to home plate prior to the game.
“I’ve been so blessed to be rewarded in so many different ways,” said Bishop.
“Highland County Day at the Ball Park” will seat local residents together in sections 411, 412 and 413 of the park, which are mid-level seats on the third base line.
The Times-Gazette will have full coverage of the day’s events.