The Caravan — the Cincinnati Reds’ annual off-season goodwill tour — is scheduled to make 15 stops in four states over four days. The 2,600-mile-plus circuit will be split among three separate tours traveling simultaneously through Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia.
All stops are open to the public at no charge. Caravan participants will field questions and, time permitting, sign autographs. At each stop, the Reds will raffle off two tickets to the March 31 Opening Day game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Lexington is the final stop on what is billed as the Southern Tour. The Lexington visit is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 30, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at The Shops at Lexington Center.
Southern Tour participants include outfielder Jay Bruce (Saturday and Sunday only); Yasmani Grandal, 2010 first-round draft pick; Tom Browning, Reds Hall of Fame pitcher; Jim Kelch, broadcaster; Walt Jocketty, president of baseball operations and general manager; Phil Castellini, chief operating officer; and mascot Mr. Redlegs.
Before coming to Lexington, the Southern Tour will visit: Charleston (W.Va.) Town Center, 3:30-5:15 p.m., Jan. 27; Fannin Motors, Ashland, 7-9 p.m., Jan. 27; Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 29; and Greenwood Mall, Bowling Green, 3:30-5:30 CST, Jan. 29.
Western Tour participants include all-star second baseman Brandon Phillips; Devin Mesoraco, Reds Minor League Player of the Year; Marty Brennaman, Hall of Fame broadcaster; Bob Miller, vice president and assistant general manager; and mascot Gapper. Also, pitcher Matt Maloney will be on hand in Louisville.
The full Western Tour: Louisville Slugger Field, 6-8:30 p.m., Jan. 27; College Mall, Bloomington, Ind., 5-7:30 p.m., Jan. 28; Castleton Square Mall, Indianapolis, 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 29; Stoops Automotive, Muncie, Ind., 6:30-9 p.m., Jan. 29; and Parrish Auditorium, Miami University-Hamilton, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Jan. 30.
The Northern Tour cast includes Manager Dusty Baker; pitchers Travis Wood (Thursday and Friday) and Homer Bailey (Saturday and Sunday); Jeff Brantley, broadcaster; Todd Frazier, minor leaguer; and mascot Rosie Red.
The Northern Tour: The Market on State, Athens, Ohio, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 27; Grand Central Mall, Parkersburg, W.Va., 4:30-7 p.m., Jan. 28; National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (limited seating), 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 29; Lima (Ohio) Mall, 3-5 p.m., Jan. 29; and Polaris Fashion Place, Columbus, Ohio, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Jan. 30.
See reds.com/caravan for updates, maps and photos.