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Four Cardinals Caravans Itineraries Set



The St. Louis Cardinals are running four separate caravans, scheduled around the Winter Warm-Up weekend, January 17-19. Two separate caravans will depart on Friday, January 16 through Saturday, January 17, followed by two additional caravan trips slated for Sunday and Monday, January 18-19.

Several current Cardinals players such as Josh Kinney, Kyle McClellan, Brendan Ryan, Skip Schumaker and Brad Thompson will take part in the promotional caravans, as well as several players who made their Major League debuts last season. Those players include Brian Barden, Brian Barton, Joe Mather, Jason Motte, Chris Perez and Nick Stavinoha.

The organization’s Minor League Player of the Year, Daryl Jones, and Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Jess Todd, will be meeting Cardinals fans as well as top prospects David Freese, Colby Rasmus and Brett Wallace, the Cardinals No. 1 pick in last year’s draft.

Fans will also be able to meet a few of their former Cardinals favorites as Alan Benes, Danny Cox, Ken Dayley, Tom Lawless, John Mabry, Ken Reitz, Kerry Robinson and John Tudor will accompany the current players. Cardinals announcers Rick Horton, Al Hrabosky, Dan McLaughlin, Jay Randolph and John Rooney will serve as caravan emcees and team mascot Fredbird will also be on hand.

Details follow.

CARAVAN 1
Players: Kyle McClellan, Colby Rasmus, Cardinals Alumni: Rick Horton, Ken Dayley, Ken Reitz
Brad Thompson, Jess Todd Emcees: Jay Randolph, Rick Horton
Date City Location Time Call For Info
Fri Jan 16 Springfield, MO Drury University: Weiser Gymnasium 6:30 PM 417-863-2143
Sat Jan 17 Columbia, MO* Mizzou Arena (Mizzou vs. Iowa St.) 11:30 AM 1-800-228-7297
Sat Jan 17 Moberly, MO Moberly Municipal Auditorium 6:00 PM 660-263-1600
CARAVAN 2
Players: Skip Schumaker, Brian Barden, Cardinals Alumni: John Mabry, Alan Benes
David Freese, Daryl Jones Emcees: John Rooney
Date City Location Time Call For Info
Fri Jan 16 Champaign, IL Round Barn Banquet Centre 12:30 PM 217-359-9800
Fri Jan 16 Decatur, IL Decatur Hotel & Conference Center 6:00 PM 217-422-8800
Sat Jan 17 Hannibal, MO Quality Inn & Suites Noon 573-221-3450
Sat Jan 17 Springfield, IL Sacred Heart Griffin HS Gym 6:00 PM 217-787-1595
CARAVAN 3
Players: Joe Mather, Brian Barton, Cardinals Alumni: Kerry Robinson, TBD
Jason Motte, Brett Wallace Emcee: Dan McLaughlin
Date City Location Time Call For Info
Sun Jan 18 Cape Girardeau, MO Osage Community Center 12:30 PM 573-334-2859
Sun Jan 18 Carbondale, IL* SIU Arena (SIUC vs. Bradley) 5:15 PM 1-877-725-8547
Mon Jan 19 Memphis, TN Autozone Park Noon 901-721-6000
Mon Jan 19 Dyersburg, TN Dyer County High School 5:30 PM 731-627-2229
CARAVAN 4
Players: Chris Perez, Josh Kinney, Cardinals Alumni: John Tudor, Danny Cox, Tom Lawless
Brendan Ryan, Nick Stavinoha Emcee: Al Hrabosky
Date City Location Time Call For Info
Sun Jan 18 Bloomington, IL* Redbird Arena (Illinois St. vs. MO St.) 1:00 PM 309-438-8000
Sun Jan 18 Peoria, IL Embassy Suites Hotel 6:00 PM 309-694-0200
Mon Jan 19 Quad Cities Modern Woodmen Park Noon 563-324-3000
Mon Jan 19 Quincy, IL Quincy Univ. Hall of Fame Room 6:30 PM 217-228-6600
*Note: Columbia, Carbondale and Bloomington stops require a ticket to college basketball game

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