The Cincinnati Reds made a special stop in Zanesville as part of their annual Winter Caravan Tour.
The tour bus pulled into the WHIZ Studios Friday morning, where we had the opportunity to speak with Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini. Castellini is the son of Reds President Bob Castellini and an instrumental character is organizing the tour.
"What’s fun about it is seeing the parents bringing their kids out, grandparents bringing kids out, and it’s how you get introduced to the game," said Castellini. "For these guys, the little guys, to get connected to these current players I think it’s a way you make a lasting relationship with the fan."
Castellini said a new event coming in April will feature both their major league and minor league teams. The teams will play one another in the last game of their spring training and fans are always welcome.
"Big crowds is my favorite part, I’d rather see the park full of 36,000 instead of 16,000 and the players feel it as well," said Castellini. "We really promote weekends with the goal of getting more fans there, the more fans that get to experience a near sell out atmosphere, you feel the electricity in the building, that’s what it’s all about."
The Reds opening day is April 5th — you can catch the game on AM1240 radio.