After a quick trip north up I-69 from Indianapolis, the Westerners arrived in Muncie, IN, home of Ball State U. The Fightin’ Cardinals sport a number of famous alumni, including David Letterman, William Baldwin, Betsy Ross, Zach Bonkowski, Bill Reinberger and Teddi Mangas-Coon. Stoops Automotive was rockin’ with Reds fans and ESPN 1340 aired the visit live.
At this stop, fans learned from both Dusty Baker and Jeff “Cowboy” Brantley who created their respective nicknames. Dusty”s mom came up with his because he was always coming home dirty from playing baseball, while Lenny Harris coined Jeff as Cowboy because of his oft-worn cowboy boots.
The west leg of the Caravan continues in Dayton on Sunday where it wraps up for 2009.