3:01 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Fans Still Believe In Their Beloved Reds

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The 2012 baseball post-season did not end well for the Cincinnati Reds as they fell to the eventual World Champs, the San Francisco Giants, in the National League Division Series.  But the setback didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of fans who crowded into the Lexington Center on Sunday for the club’s annual Winter Caravan.  

L to R, Reds broadcaster Jeff Brantley, top minor league prospect Billy Hamilton, third baseman Todd Frazier, field questions from fans during the Lexington stop of the Reds Winter Caravan.
Credit Alan Lytle

The event featured Reds broadcasters Jeff Brantley & Jim Kelch, third baseman Todd Frazier and top minor league prospect Billy Hamilton.   

Life-long Reds fan Jason Clevenger drove several hours from Bristol, Tennessee just to show his support.

“It was absolutely heartbreaking because it’s only the second time in my life that I ever got to see them make a run at the playoffs, but  I think they’ve got a lot to prove like Mr. Frazier said.  I think they’re out to win it all this year", Clevenger told WUKY.

Fans lined up early Sunday morning for autographs and a question and answer session. 

One fan asked Billy Hamilton how he was dealing with the pressure of becoming Cincinnati’s next great center fielder/ phenom.

“I really don’t let it bother me.  I just go out and play my game every day and just get to the field, and get on base, steal bases and after the game, talk to the media a little bit.  But, other than that I mean I handle it pretty well.”

Recently the Reds announced that Hamilton will start the season playing for the Louisville Bats, the club’s Triple A affiliate.

Hundreds of fans attended the Reds Winter Caravan Event in Lexington on Sunday.
Credit Alan Lytle

It's been anything but a typical off-season for Frazier.  The New Jersey native says seeing his friends and neighbors get nearly wiped out by Hurricane Sandy has given him a new perspective on baseball and life.

“ It was terrible.  Everybody got affected.  A lot of my friends and family lost their houses…and it was just real tough.  I tried raising a lot of money to help them get back on their feet.”

The Reds open spring training in Goodyear, Arizona next month.