Cincinnati Reds Caravan Kicks Off In Late January
The 2016 Cincinnati Reds Caravan kicks off Thursday, Jan. 28 from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and will travel over 3,300 miles making stops in five states over three days. The Caravan is presented by the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.
The four Caravan tours travel through Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee providing fans with the opportunity to interact with current and former players, top minor leaguers, broadcasters and members of the Reds front office staff. At each of the 16 fan stops, the groups will field questions and sign autographs while time allows.
"The Caravan is our official kick-off to the new season and our players, coaches, broadcasters and front office personnel are excited to meet with loyal fans in every corner of Reds Country," said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer.
All Caravan fan stops are free and open to the public, and at each fan stop listed below the Reds will raffle two tickets to the 2016 Opening Day game on Monday, April 4 (4:10 pm) vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.
The North Tour includes broadcasters Thom Brennaman and Jim Day, pitcher J. J. Hoover (Thurs. & Fri. only), catcher Devin Mesoraco (Sat. only), minor league pitcher Cody Reed, former Reds catcher and Dayton Dragons catching coach Corky Miller, President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty, Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini and mascot Mr. Redlegs.
North Tour (Time EST) --Thursday, Jan. 28 Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Fashion Place) 6:30 to 9 pm --Friday, Jan. 29 Lima, Ohio (Univ. of Northwestern Ohio Event Center - new location) 5 to 8:30 pm --Saturday, Jan. 30 Dayton, Ohio (National Museum of the U.S. Air Force) 11 am to 2 pm --Saturday, Jan. 30 Hamilton, Ohio (Parrish Auditorium at Miami-Hamilton Univ.) 3 to 6 pm
The South Tour includes broadcasters Jeff Brantley and Jim Kelch, outfielder Billy Hamilton (pictured), shortstop Zack Cozart (Nashville only), infielder Adam Duvall (Louisville only), minor leaguer Jesse Winker, Senior Vice President & General Manager Dick Williams, former outfielder Austin Kearns (Lexington only) and mascot Rosie Red.
South Tour (Time EST) --Thursday, Jan. 28 Louisville, Ky. (Louisville Slugger Field) 5:30 to 8:30 pm --Friday, Jan. 29 Nashville, Tenn. (CoolSprings Galleria - new location) 7 to 9:30 pm (6-8:30pm CST) --Saturday, Jan. 30 Bowling Green, Ky. (Greenwood Mall) 11 am to 2 pm (10am-1pm CST) --Saturday, Jan. 30 Lexington, Ky. (Fayette Mall) 4:30 to 7 pm
The East Tour includes broadcasters Marty Brennaman and Chris Welsh, catcher Tucker Barnhart, minor league pitcher Amir Garrett, Assistant General Manager Nick Krall and mascot Gapper.
East Tour (Time EST) --Thursday, Jan. 28 Athens, Ohio (The Market on State) 6:30 to 9 pm --Friday, Jan. 29 Charleston, W.Va. (Charleston Town Center) 6:30 to 9 pm --Saturday, Jan. 30 Parkersburg/Vienna, W.Va. (Grand Central Mall) 11 am to 1 pm --Saturday, Jan. 30 Ashland, Ky. (Fannin Motors) 3:30 to 6:30 pm
The West Tour includes broadcaster Jeff Piecoro, manager Bryan Price, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr., pitcher Keyvius Sampson, minor league infielder Alex Blandino, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe and mascot Mr. Red.
West Tour (Time EST) --Thursday, Jan. 28 Muncie, Ind. (Stoops Automotive) 6 to 8:30 pm --Friday, Jan. 29 Evansville, Ind. (Eastland Mall) 6 to 8:30 pm (5-7:30 pm CST) --Saturday, Jan. 30 Bloomington, Ind. (College Mall) 10:30 am to 1:30 pm --Saturday, Jan. 30 Indianapolis, Ind. (Castleton Square Mall) 3 to 6 pm
The Reds Caravan will also visit over 20 of the Reds on Radio affiliates throughout Reds Country during the tours. Additional Caravan participants may be added to select tours. Times are subject to change.
Reds sales representatives will be at each stop to answer ticketing questions and discuss 2016 ticket plans, while the Reds Hall of Fame, the Reds Community Fund and Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network will attend select stops.
Memberships to the Reds Heads Kids Club, Reds Rookies Baby Club, Club Red and Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will be for sale at select stops.
Seating is limited at all Caravan stops. Autographs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while time allows. No posed photographs. There may be restrictions on items celebrities can sign.
Visit reds.com/caravan for up-to-date information, maps and photos.
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