By: Mike Rhodes—
Muncie, IN—At around 5:15 pm Thursday evening, the Cincinnati Reds Caravan bus pulled into the Stoops Buick GMC dealership for the Muncie stop of the 2018 Cincinnati Reds Winter Caravan.
The West Tour included broadcaster Marty Brennaman, outfielder Scott Schebler, catcher and Brownsburg native, Tucker Barnhart, minor leaguer Taylor Trammell, former infielder/outfielder Dmitri Young, vice president & assistant general manager Nick Krall, pitcher Austin Brice and mascot Gapper.
An estimated 400 enthusiastic Reds fans were anxiously waiting to hear about the upcoming season, get signatures on their personal items, interact with players, broadcasters and other members of the front office staff, as well as Woof Boom radio air-talent.
Mark Foerster, sports director for Muncie’s Sports Station, WXFN said, “To see the amount of Reds fans that are in Muncie is pretty special. The way this particular Reds group interacted with the numbers of Reds fans in attendance was just excellent. I remember one young man, who had his question at-the-ready for Tucker Barnhart. The young man knew the batting averages of Tucker through the last 3 years and really surprised the audience with his knowledge at such a young age. He may take my job someday—he was that good.”
Jeff Weller, who interviewed each member of the Reds Caravan group said, “I think there is a lot of optimism associated with the upcoming Reds season. There’s a lot of young players and new players I think people are expecting good things from. For example, take Nick Senzel. He was a very high draft choice by the Reds, and he hasn’t played in the major leagues yet. People want to know: When he is going to make the major leagues?” Nick Krall, assistant general manager of the Reds indicated the team anticipated Nick would be in a Reds uniform sometime in 2018.
Randy Stoops said, “The Reds organization came to us about 9 years ago with the idea, and we’ve had a great turnout since day one. The community pours out for the event, which just shows how loyal the fans are for the Reds, even with the club’s personnel turnover. It’s a fun evening and a great opportunity for the community to meet the players and management. People really enjoy the ability to ask a question or get an autograph.
“The thing that I hear more and more throughout the year, is the number of people that walk up to me and say, “I really want to thank you for hosting that event when you had the Reds come in. It really means a lot to us fans.”
You can listen to the Reds Caravan broadcast below.
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The Reds Caravan was presented and welcomed by 104.1 WLBC, 102.9FM/1340AM — Muncie’s Sports Station, and Stoops Automotive Group. Squeeze Play was on-hand with Cincinnati Reds memorabilia, free donuts were made available by Jacks Donuts, Baskin Robbins had delicious treats on-hand, Papa Murphy’s provided pizza for $1.00 along with $1.00 bottled-water from Pay-Less Supermarkets. Proceeds were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.