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Cardinals Caravan To Make Stops In Illinois

Published on January 7 2015 3:54 pm

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals announced the schedule for the team’s 2015 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance.

In addition to annual stops in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and Tennessee, the 2015 Caravan will add a sixth route with additional stops in Kentucky and Indiana. Altogether, more than 30 current and former players will embark on the journey making 22 stops in 21 cities throughout Cardinals Nation from January 16-19.

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 2014 Rookie of the Year finalist Kolten Wong, Michael Wacha, Matt Adams, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Marco Gonzales, and Randal Grichuk. Minor-league prospects include Stephen Piscotty, Greg Garcia, Tim Cooney, Xavier Scruggs and more. Brad Thompson, Danny Cox, Kerry Robinson, Alan and Andy Benes, and Al Hrabosky, among others, will represent Cardinals Alumni, while broadcasters John Rooney, Rick 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.

In Illinois, stops are:

Friday, January 16 Carbondalem SIU Arena Lobby Noon (618) 684-4561. Players include Michael Wacha, Tommy Pham, Tyler Lyons and Marco Gonzales. Cardinals Alumni include Danny Cox and Tom Lawless. Emcee is Tom Ackerman

Sunday, January 18 Decatur, Decatur Hotel and Conference Center 12:30 p.m. (217) 422-8800. Players include Pete Kozma, Dean Anna and Stephen Piscotty. Cardinals Alumni include Al Hrabosky Emcee is Chris Hrabe

Sunday, January 18 Champaign I Hotel and Conference Center 6:30 p.m. (217) 819-5656, Players include Pete Kozma, Dean Anna and Stephen Piscotty. Cardinals Alumni include Al Hrabosky Emcee is Chris Hrabe

Monday, January 19 Quincy Oakley Lindsay Civic Center 6 p.m. (217) 228-6600. Players include Pete Kozma, Dean Anna and Stephen Piscotty. Cardinals Alumni include Al Hrabosky Emcee is Chris Hrabe

Sunday, January 18 Mattoon, Lake Land College - Fieldhouse Noon (217) 234-5333. Players include Randal Grichuk, Xavier Scruggs, Sam Tuivailala and Ty Kelly. Cardinals Alumni include Brad Thompson, Cliff Politte Emcee is Dan McLaughlin

Sunday, January 18 Peoria, Embassy Suites Hotel 6 p.m. (309) 637-3700. Players include Randal Grichuk, Xavier Scruggs, Sam Tuivailala and Ty Kelly. Cardinals Alumni include Brad Thompson, Cliff Politte Emcee is Dan McLaughlin

Monday, January 19 Springfield, Prairie Capital Convention Center 5 p.m. (217) 788-8800. Players include Randal Grichuk, Xavier Scruggs, Sam Tuivailala and Ty Kelly. Cardinals Alumni include Brad Thompson, Cliff Politte Emcee is Dan McLaughlin

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