Reds’ Caravan here Jan. 22

Published 2:43 am Thursday, January 15, 2009

The 2009 Reds Winter Caravan presented by is scheduled to make 16 fan stops in five states covering four days and more than 3,000 miles.

The caravan kicks off Thursday, Jan. 22, and will include fan stops that will be open to the public along with Hot Stove stops at Reds on Radio Network affiliates.

The Reds Southern Tour will stop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fannin Motors on State Route 60 in Ashland, Ky., on Thursday. The tour will also stop in Charleston, W.Va. from 3:15 to 4:45 on Thursday at the Towne Center Mall.

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The 2009 tour will consist of three separate caravans touring simultaneously. The stops open to the public will be free, and at each public stop the Reds will raffle off two tickets to the 2009 Opening Day game against the New York Mets on April 6.

The very popular Reds Winter Caravan provides fans with the opportunity to interact with Reds Manager Dusty Baker, President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty, current and former players, broadcasters and other members of the front office staff.

At each stop, the group will field questions from fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs. Sales representatives will be on hand to discuss season tickets and group sales, while the Reds Hall of Fame, the Reds Community Fund and Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network also will attend selected stops.

In addition to the public stops, the Caravan will be visiting three hospitals: Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington, and The Children’s Medical Center in Dayton.

The Southern Tour makes stops in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee and includes Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, Gold Glove-winning second-baseman Brandon Phillips, broadcaster Chris Welsh, 2007 #1 draft pick Devin Mesoraco, Reds Hall of Famer Lee May, VP and Assistant GM Bob Miller, Senior Special Assistant to the General Manager Gene Bennett (Thursday only) and Reds mascot Gapper.