Family Day has been a staple among the Lake Erie fall season. This year is no different. But the 2012 version has undergone a facelift. After the passing of Storm shortstop Reid Rizzo this past June, the day has been renamed in his honor. Reid Rizzo Day was originally scheduled for Sunday, October 14 at 11am, following Homecoming events which consisted of the Lake Erie Baseball Alumni Game on Saturday at 4pm. But impending weather has forced a change in the Storm's schedule, yet again, and the Alumni Game has been rescheduled for a date in the spring while Reid Rizzo Day will now be held on Saturday, October 13 at 3pm at Kiwanis Rec Park.
The first pitch will take place while the Storm football team is still on the field taking on Malone University and will continue well after the football game ends. The game is scheduled for a 13-inning contest, the number of innings Reid played in his final game with the Storm. A ceremony is scheduled to take place during the 7th inning stretch, where the team, family and friends will release balloons to celebrate Reid's life. The balloons will be on sale through the top of the 7th inning along with Storm Baseball apparel (available the entire game). Proceeds will benefit the Reid Rizzo Foundation.
The primary goals of the Reid Rizzo Foundation will be to: (1) Provide financial assistance to those seeking to enhance their primary or secondary educational experience (2) Enhance education, awareness and research relative to medical conditions that affect the cardiovascular system & (3) Support athletic organizations wishing to enhance the support structure provided for the athletes they service.
The game itself will feature the Green and Black teams of the Storm Fall League in a winner-take-all 13-inning battle royale. The Green team holds a 2-1 SFL advantage, after a 3-game series in mid-September. The event is open to all those interested in attending and is free of charge. Donations to the Reid Rizzo Foundation will be accepted the entire day.
Schedule of Events
1:00 pm - Storm Football v. Malone University
3:00 pm - First Pitch (13-inning Game)
4:30 pm - On-Field Ceremony (During 7th Inning Stretch)
4:45 pm - Picnic
6:30 pm - Conclusion of Events