2012 REDS CARAVAN SET FOR JANUARY 26-29

CINCINNATI (Jan. 10, 2012) — The 2012 Reds Caravan, presented by CincinnatiUSA.com, kicks off Thursday, Jan. 26 and is scheduled to make 15 fan stops in four states covering more than 2,800 miles over four days.

The 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 off two tickets to the 2012 Opening Day game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, April 5.

New for 2012: Tickets to the Opening Night game on Saturday, April 7 vs. Miami Marlins (7:10pm) will be for sale at the fan stops and memberships to the 2012 Reds Heads Kids Club will be available for $25.

For the third year in a row, the Caravan will stop at Great American Ball Park in conjunction with the annual “Select-A-Seat” event for prospective season ticket holders. Fans can choose their seats and purchase season ticket plans ranging from a 13-game plan to an 81-game full season plan. 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.

The caravans will also visit over 20 of the Reds on Radio affiliates throughout Reds Country during the trip.

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)
Date/Location/Time EST
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)
Date/Location/Time EST
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)
Date/Location/Time EST
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

Fans can visit reds.com/caravan for up-to-date information, maps and photos.

8 Comments

Jamie, I have never been a part of the caravan, and I have tried to find info but have had no luck. Can you tell me how I would find out the cost of this trip and other details? Thanks, Donna

Thank you for sharing this info.

The GABP select a seat how does that work and what players will be there and will you have the opertunity too meet the players?

Is Joe Morgan going to be on the Caravan again this year?

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I sure hope not. He is rude and not fan friendly. He wouldn’t sign certain items at last year’s caravan unless he was being paid huge dollars at a card show. The caravan should be all about good will and fan interaction. With Morgan on the caravan, you just get pissed off people after they get rebuffed from “Little” Joe. I was not the only one that felt this way. Everyone else that participated acted like first class guys. Joe was the lone jerk.

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