ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the schedule for the team’s 2012 Cardinals Caravan which will make stops in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Iowa and Tennessee.
The Cardinals will embark on five separate caravans, scheduled around the Winter Warm-Up weekend, January 13-16. Three caravans will depart on Friday, January 13 through Saturday, January 14 and two caravan trips are slated for Sunday and Monday, January 15-16.
The caravans are scheduled to visit 19 total cities, including the respective ballparks of local minor league affiliates Memphis (Tennessee), Springfield (Missouri) and Quad Cities (Davenport, Iowa).
Several current Cardinals players such as Jaime Garcia, Jason Motte and Jon Jay will take part in the promotional caravans. Also making appearances will be National League Championship Series and World Series MVP David Freese and new Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (Springfield, Mo. only), as well as numerous other veterans and future stars. Those players include Marc Rzepcyznski, Daniel Descalso, Mitchell Boggs and others. Cardinals’ minor league future stars include 2010 and 2011 Organizational Pitcher-of-the-Year Shelby Miller, 2011 Organizational Player-of-the-Year Matt Adams and 2010 first-round draft pick Zack Cox.
Fans will also be able to meet some of their favorite former players as Cardinals Alumni Andy Benes, Al Hrabosky, Danny Cox, Chris Duncan, Cal Eldred, Tom Lawless, John Mabry, Kerry Robinson, Jason Simontacchi and others will accompany the current players. Cardinals announcers Mike Shannon, Rick Horton, Mike Claiborne, Dan McLaughlin and John Rooney will serve as Caravan emcees and team mascot Fredbird will also be on hand.
A schedule of the five caravans, their destinations and participating players is attached, and can also be found on the team’s website at cardinals.com/caravan.