Re: Reds Winter Caravan....whos going and where??
I went to the stop in Bloomington with Dickerson, Alonso, Johnnie B. Baker, Grande and the Cowboy.
A couple of notes: The Cowboy is in mid-season form in talking about how good this Reds team is going to be. It's going to be a strong pitching, defense and speed team like the Reds haven't had in years, according to Brantley, who if I recall correctly kept saying early last season that the Reds were going to win the division.
Johnnie B. said he's excited about the young players - Bruce, Votto, Phillips and Encarnacion (he said Edwin will probably get better). He also said he knows there are other good players down on the farm.
The interesting thing to me was that this was the first time the caravan has ever come to Boomington, which is about a 2-1/2 drive from Cincy. By adding a third bus to the caravan this year, they were able to add cities like Evansville, Nashville, TN and Bloomington that haven't been stops in previous years.
This is part of an effort to reconnect with places that used to be part of "Reds Country" but have lost a lot of ground to the Cubs and other teams as a result of cable superstations and inattention by the Reds over the years. There will also be a Bloomington night at GAB with discount tickets (another first) on May 9, I learned.