I have been busy today having fun watching all of the Reds fans and staff post on twitter about the 2012 Reds Caravan. Modern Technology has given a small town Canadian boy a chance to see everything that happens on the Caravan. Jamie Ramsey has been posting information and pictures along with fans posting pictures on twitter and I feel as if I am there. There is a lot to be happy about this offseason for the Reds. They have put together a winning team this offseason and fixed some holes that everyone wanted to see made better.
If you have a chance to make it to the Reds Caravan this year please follow me on twitter and send me pictures or post a comment on here with links to photos. @2r2dblog. You can follow all of the twitter fun by going to #redscaravan
Jamie Ramsey has been posting all about the Reds Caravan this offseason on his blog “Better Off Red” and you can check it all out starting with, “2012 REDS CARAVAN SET FOR JANUARY 26-29.” Some of the posters made by Jamie and by other fans are amazing to look at. For more information about this great event please check out Reds Caravan 2012.
The Southern Tour (editor’s note: this is the “Rock Star Tour”) stops in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky and features Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, Assistant General Manager Bob Miller, broadcaster and former pitcher Chris Welsh, Reds Hall of Famer Lee May, minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart and mascot Gapper.
The Northern Tour stops in Ohio and West Virginia and features broadcaster Thom Brennaman, catcher Devin Mesoraco, President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty, Reds COO Phil Castellini, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, minor league outfielder Ryan LaMarre and mascot Mr. Redlegs.
The Western Tour stops in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky and features broadcaster Jim Kelch, broadcaster and former pitcher Jeff Brantley, Manager Dusty Baker, infielder Todd Frazier, 2011 minor league Player of the Year Billy Hamilton, VP of Baseball Operations Dick Williams and mascot Rosie Red.
The Reds newest mascot Mr. Red will make special appearances at selected stops, including Huntington, Charleston, Parkersburg, Columbus and Louisville. Pitcher Nick Masset and Reds CEO Bob Castellini will also appear at selected stops, to be announced at a later date.
Southern Tour Fan Stops (free and open to the public, seating is limited)
Thursday, Jan. 26 Huntington, W.Va. /Ashland, Ky (Huntington Mall) 3:30 to 6 pm
Charleston, W.Va. (Charleston Town Center) 7 to 9 pm
Saturday, Jan. 28 Cincinnati, Ohio (Select-A-Seat event at Great American Ball Park) 11 am to 1 pm
Bowling Green, Ky. (Greenwood Mall) (3:30 to 5:30 CST) 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 29 Lexington, Ky. (The Shops at Lexington Center) 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Northern Tour Fan Stops (free and open to the public, seating is limited)
Thursday, Jan. 26 Athens, Ohio (The Market on State) 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Friday, Jan. 27 Parkersburg, W.Va. (Grand Central Mall) 4:30 to 7 pm
Saturday, Jan. 28 Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Fashion Place) 10 am to 12:30 pm
Lima, Ohio (Lima Mall) 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 29 Dayton, Ohio (National Museum of the U.S. Air Force) 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Western Tour Fan Stops (free and open to the public, seating is limited)
Thursday, Jan. 26 Hamilton, Ohio (Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton) 5:30 to 8 pm
Friday, Jan. 27 Muncie, Ind. (Stoops Automotive) 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 28 Indianapolis, Ind. (Castleton Square Mall) 9:30 am to Noon
Bloomington, Ind. (College Mall) 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 29 Louisville, Ky. (Louisville Slugger Field) 10 am to 1 pm