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CINNATI -- It was a fiesta of a different kind Friday night in Cincinnati as the Reds celebrated Hispanic Heritage Night at Great American Ball Park, honoring the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players to the game of baseball.
The evening of events began with an all-Spanish language press conference prior to the rest of the pre-game celebration. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto and infielder Miguel Cairo fielded questions from reporters in Spanish before heading up to the Reds' Fan Zone for a pregame Q&A in Spanish with Reds fans.
The band Azucar Tumbao also performed in the Fan Zone, backed by salsa dancing.
Festivities spilled over onto the field with a parade of flags from 22 Spanish-speaking countries and Hispanic dancers representing different Central and South American Countries, accompanied by Latino dance tunes.
The Reds then took the field to guest PA announcer Fernando Aguirre, a Reds minority shareholder and Chiquita CEO, who delivered the lineups en Espanol. The Reds also recognized the contributions to the community by their Hispanic Players.
Reds fans could indulge even further into the celebration, as authentic Hispanic food was served around the ball park Friday night.
Mark Clements is an associate reporter for MLB.com.