The annual Cincinnati Reds Caravan made stops throughout the region, including Pikeville, Ky. and Logan, W.Va. on Friday afternoon.
The Pikeville, Ky. stop was hosted by East Kentucky Broadcasting, WDHR 93.1 FM/WPKE 1240 AM at the Mark 2 at The Landmark Inn.
The Logan stop was hosted by WVOW 1290 AM/101.9 FM at the Chief Logan Convention Center.
They later made a stop in Charleston, W.Va. on this branch of the caravan tour.
The East Tour participants that appeared included:
Jeff Brantley – broadcaster
Jim Kelch – broadcaster
Dick Williams – GM & President of Baseball Operations
Steve Selsky – outfielder
Drew Storen – pitcher
Chris Okey – minor league catcher
Eric Davis – Reds Hall of Famer
Rosie Red – mascot
The Reds signed Drew Storen, a right-handed pitcher, who played for Seattle last year, to a $3 million, one-year contract.
Eric Davis was a former center fielder for the Reds. He was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 19, 1984 with Cincinnati.
Davis became the first major league player to hit at least 30 home runs and steal at least 50 bases in the same season in 1987.
One of Davis’ most famous moments was when he homered off Oakland’s Dave Stewart in his first World Series at bat in 1990. The home run triggered a World Series sweep for the Reds.
Broadcasters Brantley and Kelch are also popular among fans, especially Brantley.
Brantley is a former relief pitcher who played for the Reds and other teams and is a current broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds. He was a Major League pitcher for 14 seasons, from 1988 to 2001.
The Reds hold the caravans throughout the region each winter.
The 2017 Cincinnati Reds Caravan, presented by Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network, consists of four separate tours (North, South, East & West) traveling over 3,300 miles and making stops in five states over four days. The tours kicked off Thursday from the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and will conclude with the “Caravan Finale” on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Florence Mall in Florence, Ky.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)