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 four 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.
All Caravan fan stops open to the public are free.
All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)
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 Corky Miller, President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty, Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini and mascot Mr. Redlegs.
|North Tour||Fan Stops||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 broadcaster Jeff Brantley, outfielder Billy Hamilton, shortstop Zack Cozart (Nashville only), infielder Adam Duvall (Louisville only), minor leaguer Jesse Winker, Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager Sam Grossman, former outfielder Austin Kearns (Lexington only) and mascot Rosie Red.
|South Tour||Fan Stops||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, former infielder/outfielder Dmitri Young and mascot Gapper.
|East Tour||Fan Stops||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||Fan Stops||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|
A special question & answer session with all four tours of the Reds Caravan will take place from 11AM-12PM in the Center Court area of Florence Mall. Doors to the mall will open at 9AM. Following the conclusion of the Q&A session all current players and Manager Bryan Price will sign autographs while time allows for as many fans as possible. Each person is limited to one autograph per player and there are no posed photos with the group. Additionally there will be two photo booth opportunities for fans to take part in, free of charge. The minor leaguer players will be at one photo station and alumni players will be at the other. Fans will receive a complimentary 4"x6" photo keepsake and are welcome to use their personal cameras as well. Autographs are not permitted at the photo stations. The entire event is open to the public and free-of-charge.
|Current Players Attending:||Manager Bryan Price, Devin Mesoraco, Billy Hamilton, Ivan De Jesus Jr., Tucker Barnhart & Keyvius Sampson|
|Alumni Players Attending:||Corky Miller, Chris Welsh, Jeff Brantley, Dmitri Young & Tom Browning|
|Minor League Players Attending:||Alex Blandino, Amir Garrett, Cody Reed & Jesse Winker|
|Front Office Attending:||Bob Castellini & Walt Jocketty|
|Emcees:||Marty Brennaman & Jeff Piecoro|
|Mascots:||Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red, Mr. Red & Gapper|
The Reds Caravan will also visit over 20 of the Reds on Radio affiliates throughout Reds Country during the trip.
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 teen club 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.
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