Press release from the Reds...
The 2013 Reds Caravan, presented by Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network, kicks off Thursday, Jan. 24 and is scheduled to make 15 fan stops in four states covering more than 2,800 miles over four days.
The annual Caravan consists of three separate tours traveling simultaneously through Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia and provides fans with the opportunity to interact with current and former players, broadcasters and members of the Reds front office staff. At each fan stop, the group will field questions from fans and sign autographs while time allows.
All Caravan fan stops open to the public are free, and at each fan stop listed below the Reds will raffle two tickets to the 2013 Opening Day game on Monday, April 1 (4:10 pm) vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Single game tickets to the Opening Night game on Wednesday, April 3 (7:10 pm) vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be available to purchase at selected stops.
New for 2013: The Columbus, Ohio stop will be at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 10 am to 12:30 pm. The Caravan will be set up on the Bud Light Terrace, located inside the arena on the Main Concourse. Doors to the arena will open at 9 am.
The Northern Tour stops in Ohio and West Virginia and features Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, broadcaster and former pitcher Chris Welsh, minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart, Assistant General Manager Bob Miller and mascot Gapper. Mascot Mr. Red will appear at the Lima and Dayton stops.
|Northern Tour||Location||Time EST|
|Thursday, Jan. 24||Athens, Ohio (The Market on State)||6:30 to 8:30 pm|
|Friday, Jan. 25||Parkersburg, W.Va. (Grand Central Mall)||5 to 7 pm|
|Saturday, Jan. 26||Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena - new location for 2013)||10 am to 12:30 pm|
|Lima, Ohio (Lima Mall)||4:30 to 7 pm|
|Sunday, Jan. 27||Dayton, Ohio (National Museum of the U.S. Air Force)||10:30 am to 1:30 pm|
The Southern Tour stops in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky and features broadcaster Jim Kelch, broadcaster and former pitcher Jeff Brantley, infielder Todd Frazier, pitcher Logan Ondrusek (Thurs. & Fri. only), 2012 minor league Player of the Year Billy Hamilton, Vice President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams and mascot Rosie Red. Mascot Mr. Red will appear at the Huntington and Charleston stops.
|Southern Tour||Location||Time EST|
|Thursday, Jan. 24||Huntington, W.Va. /Ashland, Ky. (Fannin Motors)||3 to 5:30 pm|
|Charleston, W.Va. (Charleston Town Center)||7 to 9 pm|
|Saturday, Jan. 26||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. 27||Lexington, Ky. (The Shops at Lexington Center)||10:30 am to 1:30 pm|
The Western Tour stops in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky and features broadcaster Thom Brennaman, President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty, All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce (Thurs. & Fri. only), pitcher Homer Bailey (Sat. & Sun. only), veteran catcher Corky Miller, minor league outfielder Ryan LaMarre, Reds COO Phil Castellini and mascot Mr. Redlegs. Mascot Mr. Red will appear at the Bloomington and Indianapolis stops.
|Western Tour||Location||Time EST|
|Thursday, Jan. 24||Louisville, Ky. (Louisville Slugger Field)||6 to 9 pm|
|Friday, Jan. 25||Bloomington, Ind. (College Mall)||6 to 8 pm|
|Saturday, Jan. 26||Indianapolis, Ind. (Castleton Square Mall)||9:30 to 11:30 am|
|Muncie, Ind. (Stoops Automotive)||5:30 to 8 pm|
|Sunday, Jan. 27||Hamilton, Ohio (Parrish Auditorium, Miami Univ. Hamilton)||10:30 am to 1:30 pm|
Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini and Reds legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will also appear at selected stops, to be announced at a later date.
The Southern Tour of the Reds Caravan will stop in Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 am to 1 pm in conjunction with the annual “Select-A-Seat” event. Fans can see Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Jim Kelch, Jeff Brantley, Dick Williams and Rosie Red while choosing their seats and purchasing 2013 season tickets ranging from a 13-game plan to an 81-game full season plan. The Caravan will conduct a free Q&A session open to the public but autographs at the Select-A-Seat stop are limited to fans purchasing season ticket plans.
Reds sales representatives will be at each stop to answer ticketing questions, while the Reds Hall of Fame, the Reds Community Fund and Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network will attend selected stops.
Memberships to the 2013 Reds Heads Kids Club will be available for $25 at selected stops
The Reds Caravan will visit over 20 of the Reds on Radio affiliates throughout Reds Country during the trip.
Go to reds.com/caravan for up-to-date information, maps and photos.
Photo courtesy of @JamieBlog.