Buckeyes brave rain for Cincinnati celebration

A little — OK, a lot of — rain could not prevent the Cincinnati Reds from celebrating Opening Night or Ohio State’s college football national championship.

Head coach Urban Meyer, assistant coach Kerry Coombs and players Adolphus Washington and Joe Burger threw out ceremonial first pitches after a lengthy rain delay, and the Reds presented Meyer with an oversized check for $3,000. That is intended to be donated to the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

The Reds presented the Buckeyes with the first Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award.

Meyer was a walk-on football player at the University of Cincinnati while Washington and Burger both went to high school in the Queen City at Taft and LaSalle. Coombs was born and raised in Cincinnati and spent many years as a high school coach in the city, leading Colerain High School to the Division I state championship in 2004.

Quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett were among the group of about 40 players who made the trip down I-71 for the game, although the rain delay that prevented the game from starting until 9:44 p.m. meant the Buckeyes had to leave before seeing any baseball.

Star running back Ezekiel Elliott did not, as promised, show up at the ballpark wearing the hat of his hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals. In fact, he wasn’t there at all.

But he had a good excuse.

Here are more sights and sounds from the Buckeyes’ trip to the ballpark.

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