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Reds honor Calipari, team




NATIONAL CHAMPIONS HONORED BY REDS — University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, right, talked with Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker in the dugout before the Reds played the San Francisco Giants in Cincinnati. Calipari threw the game’s opening pitch after he and members of his UK National Championship team were honored during pre-game ceremonies. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS HONORED BY REDS — University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, right, talked with Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker in the dugout before the Reds played the San Francisco Giants in Cincinnati. Calipari threw the game’s opening pitch after he and members of his UK National Championship team were honored during pre-game ceremonies. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

CINCINNATI

Coach John Calipari threw a ceremonial pitch — a strike to infielder Todd Frazier — as the Cincinnati Reds honored Kentucky’s eighth national basketball championship.

Calipari was given a Reds jersey with his name and the No. 1 before a game against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. Calipari, three of his assistants and some members of the university’s athletics department were introduced on the field with the championship trophy.

Many of the fans at Great American Ball Park wore Kentucky blue and cheered Calipari, some of them waving Wildcat banners. There were a few boos — some Cincinnati basketball fans unhappy over the Wildcats’ appearance on the field.

Kentucky is an important part of the Reds’ regional fan base. Their Triple-A team is in Louisville.


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