The same group traveled to the Apollo Career Center in Lima on Friday and then to the Air Force Museum on Saturday (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) before finishing the journey later that day (1:30-3:30 p.m.) at Parrish Auditorium at Miami-Hamilton University.
Moustakas signed with the Brewers as a free agent last February just before spring training and didn’t get to meet fans in the offseason. It’s been a different story this offseason. He attended Redsfest in Cincinnati not long after signing with the Reds and was excited to participate in the Reds Caravan.
“It’s been unbelievable,” Moustakas said. “It’s been awesome. To be able to sign my contract and then come out to Redsfest at the same time, I was able to see the love and passion fans have for this team and this organization. My family, the warm reception we got, it was incredible. I’m just excited to get to spring training and excited to get to the season and start winning some ballgames for this team and these fans.”
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Moustakas and his wife Stephanie have a 3-year-old daughter, Mila, and an almost 2-year-0ld boy, Michael, and they have another kid on the way. He said his family has gotten used to moving and loves traveling and going to games.
“My wife is incredible,” he said. “She brings them to almost all the games. (Great American Ball Park) is an unbelievable kid-friendly park. They’ve got a great kids room for the families. I’m excited to have them come out and watch dad play some baseball.”
Moustakas has played in 14 games at Great American Ball Park in his career: five times during his eight seasons with the Kansas City Royals and nine times last season when he was with the Brewers. He had 12 hits and eight walks in 18 games against the Reds last season in Cincinnati and Milwaukee, so he had plenty of time to talk to Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who’s famous for chatting with opponents on first base.
What did Moustakas and Votto talk about when they crossed paths?
“Honestly, it’s a lot,” Moustakas said. “We talk about a lot of different things. It can go from ‘How’s the family?’ to ‘What am I doing in the offseason to get better?’ I remember a conversation last year in Miller Park. He asked me about striking out and what my batting practice routine is like. I’m excited to get out there and learn from that guy. He’s a phenomenal hitter, one of the best in the game.”
REDS CARAVAN NORTH TOUR
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Parrish Auditorium at Miami-Hamilton University
Note: Seating is limited at all Caravan stops. Autographs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while time allows. No posed photographs. There may be restrictions on items participants can sign.