#RedsCaravan – North Tour recaps Day 1
By way of introduction, the Northern Leg of the Reds Caravan includes broadcaster Thom Brennaman, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, players Devin Mesoraco and Ryan LaMarre, GM Walt Jocketty and Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini. Rob Butcher, your author of this portion of the blog, and Zach Bonkowski also hitch a ride on the motor coach.
We had a productive but uneventful first day, including stops at Reds on Radio flagship 700 WLW Radio, a Reds Community Fund stop at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, radio stops at WBEX 1490 AM in Chillicothe and WMPO 1390 AM in Middleport followed by a great turnout at The Market on State in Athens. Thom, an Ohio University graduate,was the host with the most in Athens. He was huge there, as was OU graduate and Reds Hall of Fame and Museum Executive Director Rick Walls.
Our in-flight entertainment included the movies Columbiana and 30 Minutes Or Less. Both entertaining, yet neither will win an academy award. Still waiting to throw on the DVD last year’s favorite flick, Machete, which featured the memorable line “Machete don’t text!” Rained the entire trip, which is par for the caravan course, but driver Patty Patterson once again is on her game. Walt announced at the Athens stop that we signed RHP Jose Arredondo to a 2-year contract through the 2013 season, avoiding arbitration. He was the Reds’ lone remaining player eligible for arbitration. Headed for a good night’s rest before tomorrow’s Day 2 takes us to Parkersburg, Zanesville, Cambridge and Marietta. This is Devin’s third caravan, so he’s a veteran, but poor Ryan has no idea what the next three days has in store for him….