Southern Leg – Grayson and Charleston
Earlier, the South Leg made its second stop of the day at the WUGO studios in Grayson, KY. WUGO is a loyal Reds affiliate and has become one of the favorite stops for the Caravan travelers for two big reasons – hospitality and food. Station rep Tim Carper once again served as an outstanding host and was excited to have the Reds in town. Because Tim’s interview segments are always fun and filled with laughter, Marty and the gang always have a good time at WUGO. In fact after one fit of on air laughter, Mary put it best when he said “We’ve lost our minds.” This also has become the traditional spot for the Caravan bus members to take their “team picture” in front of the call letters outside the studio.
As far as the food goes, Tim and his crewbrought in a great spread, one that resembled a mini-edition of a mall food court. There was chicken, pizza, sandwiches, hot dogs, french fries and just about anything else the Caravaners could fatten themselves up with. Devin Mesoraco took most of the abuse for eating (more than) his share.
From Grayson, the self-proclaimed “Big League Leg” journeyed on to Charleston, WV for its first main public stop of the day. The location was the Charleston Towne Center, a very spacious mall where lots of fans offered a warm greeting. “I think its great the Reds come here because we don’t have any pro sports teams here in the state so the Reds are our team,” said Sara Harlan from – appropriately enough – Left Hand, WV. Sara also brought her 7year-old daughter Silken. Sara’s mom used to take her to Reds games when she was Silken’s age, so she wanted to provide an opprotunity to her daughter to introduce her to the franchise she’s grown up rooting for.