Opening Day: Mud Hens mania returns

Rain or shine, the gates at Fifth Third Field will open today for the biggest party of the baseball season: Opening Day.

The Toledo Mud Hens begin their 12th season taking on the Louisville Bats at 5 p.m. But the pre-game festivities begin at 3 p.m. with live band performances and an all-you-can eat buffet at the Opening Day Bash.

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CNN Top Ten Hero recipient Wanda Butts will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and the Mud Hens will honor the life of a loyal fan and 30-year season ticket holder before the game.

Fans can purchase Opening Day tickets at the Fifth Third Field box office, by phone at (419) 725-HENS (4367), or online at