STORY BY ALLIE RODRIGUEZ, STAFF WRITER
The Cincinnati Reds Caravan annual visit to the Dayton Air Force Museum happened this weekend. The “Reds Caravan” is actually four separate tours (North, South, East, and West) that present a pre-show for the upcoming 2017 season for the Cincinnati Reds. The bus tours travels over 3,300 miles in three days, making 17 stops in 5 different states including Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Each year, the Reds organization sends different players and representatives on the Caravan, including former Reds players, current players, new rookies, and members of the Reds staff. Some of the featured players and members representing the Reds this year were assistant general manager Nick Krall, broadcaster Marty Brennaman, catcher and 2014 National League All-Star Devin Mesoraco, outfielder Scott Schebler, former player Dmitri Young, and Blake Trahan, minor league player.
The show begins with the Reds players and staff entering the stage to hold a Q&A for the crowd, followed by the ESPN 1410 WING AM show. During the show, the crowd lines up to meet the players and staff, get autographs, and take pictures. ESPN 1410 WING AM Reds radio affiliate takes over the show with hosts, Mark Neal, Justin Kinner, and Brain Weaver broadcasting the Reds Caravan live on air from 11:00am-1:00pm. You can check out the show online at soundcloud or ESPN 1410 WING AM.com.
During the regular MLB season, Justin Kinner hosts the Reds pre-game show on ESPN 1410 AM before every Reds game. Justin Kinner, host of the Reds Caravan show, said “As much as I love working with the guys that come through on the Caravan, my favorite part of the event is really watching the fans getting to interact with the players and Reds front office guys. These fans literally waited for hours to go up and meet their favorite players and it really brought me back to what made me want to work in sports media to begin with and that was being a passionate fan. It’s really cool.”
The Reds Caravan began at 11:00am, while Reds fans arrived at the Air Force Museum hours earlier to secure chosen seats with the best views. Reds mascot, “Gapper” mingles with the crowd, as this event offers something for people of all ages. Families gather to meet the Reds, talk baseball, and have their baseball cards signed, all in anticipation of the upcoming season.
The Reds Caravan ended at 2:00pm on Saturday. At the conclusion of the event, famous Reds sportscaster, Marty Brennaman answered a few questions. Brennaman has spent 53 seasons broadcasting, with 44 of those seasons being a Reds sportscaster. He is often referred to as a “Hall of Famer” as he is represented in five Halls of Fame, including The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
When asked what he is looking forward to in the upcoming Reds season, Brennaman replied, “improvement on the ball club.” “The rebuilding process is going along very well right now.”
“I enjoy the heck out of the Reds Caravan, but by the time it’s over, it beats you to death,” said Brennaman. “I enjoy it. I really do.”
For more on the Reds, visit the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, located at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio or visit the website at http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/hof/ .
Story Edited by : Christopher Pounds Sports Editor
“I enjoy the heck out of the Reds Caravan, but by the time it’s over, it beats you to death,” said Brennaman.
Reds Season opener vs Phillies
When: 2017 Apr, 3
Where: Great American Ball Park
What Time: 4:10pm