The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the schedule and lineups for the team’s 2016 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance.
The caravan will span a total of six states including stops in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. Altogether, more than 30 current and former players will embark on the journey making stops in 21 cities throughout Cardinals Nation from January 15-18.
A combination of current players, future stars and former Cardinals will travel on each caravan emceed by a current team broadcaster. Some of the current players include 2015 MLB All-Star pitchers Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez as well as Stephen Piscotty, Kolten Wong, Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk. Brad Thompson, Danny Cox, Jose Oquendo, Alan and Andy Benes and Al Hrabosky, among others, will represent Cardinals Alumni, while broadcasters John Rooney, Ricky Horton, Mike Claiborne, Tom Ackerman, Chris Hrabe, and Dan McLaughlin will serve as emcees. Team mascot Fredbird will also make an appearance at several Caravan stops.
As in previous years, the Cardinals will be implementing an Autograph Ticket system at each stop. The first 400 kids (15 and under) through the door on the day of the event will receive a free Autograph Ticket which guarantees one autograph from each current and former player. Due to high demand, autographs will only be available for fans 15 and under.
The Caravan will make a stop in Mattoon on Sunday, January 17 at the Lake Land College Field House. The Mattoon Caravan will begin at noon. Tommy Pham, Tim Cooney, Marco Gonzales, Arturo Reyes, Jose Oquendo, and Kerry Robinson will all be at Lake Land for the Caravan. Chris Hrabe of KMOX will serve as the Emcee. Call 217-234-5333 for more info.
A full schedule of the Cardinals Caravan is available here.