RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN)- More than 400 fans came out to the Reds Caravan stop at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Saturday afternoon.
“It’s always good to get out here and it’s always nice to go back and show them our support too,” says Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton.
“I played here all year. I love the City of Dayton. I love all the fans here. So, it’s fun to come back and see everybody,” comments Reds minor league outfielder Jesse Winker.
“Everywhere we’ve been, we’ve had a full house. I knew today was going to be tough but we got some troopers and some die-hard Reds fans,” explains former Reds pitcher Tom Browning.
For many of those fans, this event is a family affair.
“I grew up with the Reds. My dad took me to all the games. I’ve been to the last nine Opening Days. I’m just trying to keep the tradition going,” says Zephrey Merchant.
Broadcaster and former Reds pitcher Jeff Brantley has high hopes for this team.
“I think they’re going to do great. I really do. I think they will do fine. I think the biggest issue is continue to play in August and September like they do in the beginning and the middle of the season,” he comments.
So do the fans.
“I think, I think they’ll do better. I’m hoping [they'll go to the World Series],” says Jaedyn Rivera.
The Reds organization also said Saturday that it hopes to bring another exhibition game to Dayton sometime in the near future.