The Florence Freedom open the 2019 season at home against the Lake Erie Crushers on Thursday, May 9 at 7:05pm. Fans will want to get here early as Cincinnati baseball stars Wily Mo Pena and Felipe Lopez will compete in a pre-game home run derby. Danny Graves will also be a part of the festivities as he will be the Freedom's opening day starting pitcher. Graves will pitch the 1st inning at a maximum, or until the first batter reaches base. Since May 9 is a Thirsty Thursday, presented by Miller Lite and Taylor Logistics, fans will get to enjoy $1 domestic drafts of Miller Lite and Coors Light, as well as $3 aluminum pints (Miller, Coors and Bud Light) and $4 craft pints.