The Northern Leg just finished up a visit to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. A group consisting of infielder Jeff Keppinger, GM Walt Jocketty and COO Phil Castellini visited 10 kids ranging in age from 3 to 22 in the post op unit.
Minor League Player of the Year Chris Valaika, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning and broadcaster Thom Brennaman visited a group of preteen children as well, delivering hats and honorary memberships to the Reds Heads Kids Club.
On to Zanesville!
The Western Leg of the Reds Caravan just wrapped up a stop in Batesville, IN, visiting with longtime Reds on Radio affiliate WRBI, sporting the greatest call letters in all of baseball. The historic Sherman House hosted the Reds Caravan crew and WRBI radio, serving up what Reds staffer Larry Herms has called “the greatest deap fried rolls we have ever tasted.” Manager Dusty Baker is scouting out some nice fishing holes for this season.
Welcome to our ongoing coverage of the 2009 Reds Winter Caravan, which kicked off this morning at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. This year’s Caravan participants gathered with local media, Reds front office staff and a handful of fans at the Hall before departing for their first destinations.
This year’s Caravan features three tours for the first time ever and will cover more than 2,600 miles over four days, with 16 fan stops along the way.
Stay tuned to this blog over the next four days for updates and photos from all three legs as the Caravan continues.