The annual Cardinals Caravan is traveling throughout Cardinal Nation, stopping at eight Missouri cities and towns in five other states. The team will talk with fans about successes last year and plans for 2016. Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance is the official sponsor of the 2016 Cardinal Caravan and will be a big part of stops in Missouri, Quincy, Ill., and Dyersburg, Tenn.
At each Caravan event, Cardinal teammates are available for questions and to sign autographs. The first 400 kids (15 and under) through the door on the day of the event will receive a free autograph ticket that guarantees one autograph from each current and former player.
Besides Missouri, the Cardinals Caravan will be found in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Below is a list of team members to expect at the various locations in Missouri and in Quincy and Dyersburg. Team mascot Fredbird may crash the party at many locations. The full schedule can be found online at cardinals.com/caravan.
Cardinals Kolten Wong, Tyler Lyons, Dean Anna, Jacob Wilson and alumni Brad Thompson will join emcee John Rooney at these locations:
Fri., Jan. 15: Noon at Moberly Municipal Auditorium. Call (660) 263-1600.
6 p.m. at the Missouri Farm Bureau Center, Jefferson City. Call (573) 875-1099.
Sat., Jan. 16: 11:30 a.m. at The Crossing, Columbia. Call (573) 875-1099.
5 p.m. at Westminster College Mueller Hall, Fulton. Call (573) 592-5319.
Cardinals Randal Grichuk, Sam Tuivailala, Austin Gomber, Kyle McClellan and alumni Alan Benes will join emcee Rick Horton at these locations:
Fri., Jan. 15: 12:15 p.m. at Hammons Field, Springfield. Call (417) 863-0395.
7 p.m. at John Q. Hammons Arena, Springfield. Call (417) 863-0395. (This event is autographs only and requires ticket to Bass Pro Tournament of Champions.)
Sat., Jan. 16: 12 p.m. at the Taylor Performing Arts Center (MSSU), Joplin. Call (417) 625-9777.
5:30 p.m. at Rolla High School Gymnasium. Call (573) 364-2525.
Cardinals 2015 All Star pitcher Michael Wacha, with Stephen Piscotty, Carson Kelly, Patrick Wisdom, Jason Simontacchi, will join emcee Tom Ackerman at this location:
Sat., Jan. 16: 5 p.m. at the Dyer County High School, Dyersburg, Tenn. Call (731) 627-2229.
Cardinals 2015 All Star pitcher Carlos Martinez, with Mitch Harris, Luke Weaver, Mike Ohlman, Tom Lawless and alumni Andy Benes, will join emcee Mike Claiborne at this location:
Sat., Jan. 16: 5:30 p.m. at the John Wood Community College Activity Center, Quincy, Ill. Call (217) 228-6600.
Cardinals Matt Adams, Greg Garcia, Charlie Tilson, Dean Kiekhefer, and alumni Danny Cox and Al Hrabosky, will join emcee Don McLaughlin at this location:
Mon., Jan. 18: 5:30 p.m. at the Osage Community Center, Cape Girardeau. Call (573) 339-6342.