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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Caravan announced

From the Reds:

CINCINNATI - The 2008 Reds Winter Caravan, in partnership with CincinnatiUSA.com, is scheduled to make 28 stops in 25 cities and towns in four states covering four days and more than 1,500 miles. The caravan kicks off Thursday, January 24 and will include 12 fan stops that will be open to the public and 13 Hot Stove stops at Reds on Radio affiliates. The Caravan will visit two hospitals, King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in Indianapolis. The Reds Community Fund has field renovation dedication ceremonies scheduled for Columbus and Louisville.

The 2008 version will consist of two separate caravans touring simultaneously. The 12 stops open to the public will be free. At each stop (not including the field renovations) the Reds will raffle off two tickets to the 2008 Opening Day game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Fans can visit www.reds.com/caravan for up-to-date information, maps and photos from the 2008 Caravan.

The very popular Reds Winter Caravan provides fans with the opportunity to interact with new Reds manager Dusty Baker, executive vice president and general manager Wayne Krivsky, current and former players, broadcasters and other members of the front office staff. At each stop, the group will field questions from fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs. Sales representatives will be on hand to discuss season tickets and group sales, while the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, the Reds Community Fund and Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network also will attend selected stops.

Scheduled to appear in stops on the Northern Leg are Krivsky, second baseman Brandon Phillips, pitcher Todd Coffey, Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Browning, Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman and Reds mascot Gapper.

The Southern Leg group includes Baker, outfielder Ryan Freel, Reds Minor League Player of the Year Jay Bruce, Reds broadcasters Thom Brennaman and Jeff Brantley, senior vice president of business operations Phil Castellini and Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs.

NORTHERN LEG FAN STOPS (free and open to the public)
Thursday, January 24

Columbus, Ohio, Flannagan’s in Dublin, Ohio, 7 to 9 pm
Friday, January 25
Columbus, Ohio Columbus Parks and Rec at Driving Park, 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Lima, Ohio Lima Mall, 6 to 8 pm
Saturday, January 26
Muncie, Ind., Stoops Automotive Showroom, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Indianapolis, Location TBA, 6 to 8 pm
Sunday, January 27
Dayton, Ohio, Fricker’s in West Carrollton, Noon to 2 pm

SOUTHERN LEG FAN STOPS (free and open to the public)
Thursday, January 24

Marietta, Ohio, Location TBA, 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, January 25
Charleston (WV), Charleston Towne Center, 3 to 5 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va., Huntington Mall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 26
Lexington, Ky., Faytette Mall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 27
Louisville, Metro Parks at Wyandotte Park, Noon to 12:30 pm
Louisville, Louisville Slugger Museum, 1 to 3 pm


at 7:01 PM Blogger John said...

Why have the Reds surrendered the southern Kentucky/Middle Tennessee area to the Braves? Growing up in the late 70's and early 80's this was Reds country (AA team was even here).

at 8:37 PM Anonymous redfuture said...

Does a 4-seam and a 2-seam fastball count as two pitches in the repertoire? I've been hearing or reading that Volquez only has 2 pitches: the fastball and changeup. When I watched him pitch on MLB.TV he very definitely had both varietes of the fastball. I also saw him throw a few curves which probably were average at best, but he did have one. The rest of his pitches are above average stuff-wise but only average command-wise. It's my hope that Mario Soto will help him to improve his fastball/changeup command just a tad. Then watch out! But he'll need to have 7+ Ws to offset Josh's 20+ HRs by the All-Star break.

at 9:08 PM Blogger Moskau?!? said...

I was thinking the same thing John! I came to this area 16 years ago, and there was definitely more of a Reds vibe than it is now, and I still can't get the Reds on radio except for WLW at night. At least I get most of the Reds games now since Fox Sports South tapped into the Fox Sports Ohio broadcasts.

at 9:40 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I said it many times: The best marketing tool for the Reds is winning. If they win, those areas will come back.

at 10:21 PM Anonymous SouthernKYRedFan said...

It also doesn't help to have MLB's absurd blackout restrictions 4hrs or more drive away from the ballpark. Makes it difficult to establish a fan base for a team that must market regionally to be financially viable.

at 11:41 PM Blogger Pat said...

off topic: Kyle Lohse just bought a $4,000,000 home here in the Phoenix area. Now,I feel better about those baseball tickets I buy.

at 12:48 AM Blogger cincypride said...

Haha Pat that was rather depressing to read. I think they should not go to Marietta and come here to Athens, Oh where Ohio University is. I can get them the Baker Ballroom (holds thousands) here on campus and make this thing work. Lots of Reds fans are out here with the students and local Athens people. It would be awesome and really rub it in the face of all the Indians and Pirates fans. Make it happen or let me know of an email address to write too!

I say all of this because I see it as TBA on the location.

at 12:52 AM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

Hey John, does this have any truth to it?
From an article by Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider-
Reds Falling For It?
I am hearing that the Cincinnati Reds might be falling for this “M’s-Orioles Trade Talks Heating Up” thing and might have internally agreed to include Homer Bailey, Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto and a fourth player, possibly a young player from their 25-man roster.
That deal, depending on the fourth player, might be enough to trump any deal the Seattle Mariners are willing to make with Baltimore.
Update: The player Baltimore is asking for as the fourth player is thought to be 3B Edwin Encarnacion. In order for this to make any sense, the O’s would have to trade current 3B Melvin Mora, perhaps back to the Reds to give Cincy a starter at the hot corner. But Mora is due $16.5 million over the next two seasons and would have to waive a no-trade clause.
The Reds would want cash to be included, and are almost certain to ask for a little bit more in terms of talent - perhaps a lower level prospect to offset the Mora-Encarnacion thing, or, if Mora is not of interest, even for a low salary, Baltimore may have to toss the Reds a bone.

If there is any truth to this at all, then wow Wayne. Bruce had better be something and this team better be ready to win the next two years.

at 1:41 AM Blogger John Fay said...

I would be stunned if the Reds would include those four in any deal. Remember, the Reds backed off the Bedard talks because the O's wanted Cueto and Bailey.

at 2:05 AM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

Correct, we all know that they wouldn't include Bailey and Cueto in the same deal before, but maybe they inquired on Blanton and others and found the price to be much too high, and with Krivsky not having a job beyond this year, he may be feeling some heat. I asked the reporter, he's Seattle based and said his source is reliable and got the info from someone inside the Reds organization. Doesn't make it any more believable to me, but it still makes some sense. They trade for Volquez, you pencil him in as the 5, pencil Belisle/FA as the four, and Bedard, Arroyo, and Harang as the 1-3. If the four or five spot is any good then that's a solid rotation for at least two years, where as with Bailey and Cueto in the mix the it will be a crapshoot, it'd be darn near impossible to win the division this year and it'd probly still be rough for them to compete next year. Luckily for me I'm not the guy that has to make this decision.

at 9:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Reds would be nuts to trade either Bailey or Cueto much less both of them, their starting 3B, and future 1B. Bedard is not going to improve the team that much at that cost.

The Reds should hold on to both Bailey and Cueto. After all this talk of building through the farm system, why trade two pitchers in their early 20s who certainly have the potential to be front-of-the-rotation starters within the next two years? I cannot recall in my 40 years of being a Reds fan when this has been the case.

In this case, the better move is to makee this the trade that is not made.

Richmond, VA

at 12:00 PM Blogger Al in Ohio said...

I agree with you, Griz. If the Reds were to make that trade, they'd better be 100% convinced that they are not just one starting pitcher away from winning the division, but one starting pitcher away from winning a World Series, because that trade would, in one stroke, pretty much wipe out whatever gains their farm system has made in the last 4-5 years. They'd also have to be 100% certain that Bedard will re-sign with them after, presumably, taking the Reds to the World Series and winning at least one Cy Young award. I think that's the MINIMUM the Reds have to expect to make that deal. And not just a "hope", but a dead-solid lock that those things will happen.

at 12:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trading for Volquez wasn't just to make this team better, but to ensure the Reds have a quality arm when they trade Bailey and Cueto, or any combination of Bailey/Cueto/Volquez. But to throw in EE and Votto. I hope the Reds get a whole lot moore than just Bedard for that price.

at 12:41 PM Blogger Exiled No More said...

Getting back to the Nashville comments, I find it maddening that some games get blacked out here, but we're not even included in any of the Reds marketing plans. We usually get about 1-2 Reds games a week on tv, yet according to mlb.tv EVERY game will be blacked out here because we're in "Red's territory." Can someone please explain this to me?

at 5:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John,

I thought the Reds backed off the Bedard deal because the O's wanted Jay Bruce? No?

at 1:28 PM Anonymous Mike said...

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