Re: Reds Caravan - Charleston, WV - Jan. 22, 2009
Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
The fact that Brandon Phillips is still caravanning despite having signed a big, long-term contract last winter says a lot about him and the place that the fans in Reds country hold for him.
Phillips being on the "Southern Tour" with Marty Brennaman, Chris Welsh and former Reds slugge Lee "TheBig Bopper" May, among others, calls to mind the caravan trip of another gifted Reds second baseman many years ago.
Joe Morgan was newly arrived as a Red in 1972 when he hoped aboard the bus to Charleston, W.Va. Somewhere along the way the Reds party encountered a significant snowstorm. Finally arriving at his destination many harrowing hours later, an incredulous Morgan asked, “You mean to tell me people travel all the way from here to go to Reds games?”
The way I've heard that quote, it had a few expletive deleteds in it, which is probably more accurate given baseball players' fondness for hyphenated profanity and blue language. But I can definitely see (and hear) Morgan saying it. Charleston IS a long way away, but it says something about the "pull" of the Reds that they continue to draw from the Mountaineer State.
That ain't nothing. I used travel over 5 hours from southeastern Kentucky to watch the Reds. A few times I went to Cincy and back in the same day.
Lee May is a great guy. Back in the 80's I met him at an Appalachian League game in Johnson City,Tn,that his son was playing in. He was nice enough to sign a baseball for my nephews and was very cordial and pleasant to us.
Reds Fan Since 1971