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Appearances announced for 2014 Winter Caravan

DETROIT - The 2014 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan, presented by FOX Sports Detroit, is set for Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24, and features an exciting lineup of appearances in Detroit and around the state of Michigan. Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Al Avila, Manager Brad Ausmus, coaches, players, broadcasters and Detroit's favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey traveling in two buses and an additional dozen vehicles, across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

The 2014 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan will be making stops at nearly 30 locations, including 13 new destinations. In additions to the new stops, the caravan will also be visiting a pair of cities not visited in previous caravans. The Metro Bus will make a stop in Hamtramck, while the West Bus will debut in Battle Creek.

If fans aren't able to make any of the stops on the Winter Caravan or to TigerFest, they can follow all of the action on social media. In order to give fans the feeling they are traveling on the caravan with the players, the Tigers will be updating their official Twitter (@Tigers), official Twitter en español (@TigresdeDetroit), official Facebook (facebook.com/tigers) as well as the official Instagram (@Tigers) with pictures, video and the latest updates from the Caravan and the 19th annual TigerFest!

For the second straight year, fans will be able to share their experiences and pictures from the Winter Caravan and TigerFest with people from all over the world by using the official hashtag of the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan (#DETCaravan) and TigerFest (#TigerFest) on Twitter and Instagram. No matter where you are, you can track the Tigers live each day by visiting Tigers.com/caravan and Tigers.com/TigerFest. TigerFest will include the Tigers Social Media Clubhouse. Fans attending TigerFest and following the Detroit Tigers Twitter account (@Tigers) will have the opportunity to participate in exclusive interactive experiences with Tigers players in a unique environment.

A variety of season ticket options for the upcoming 2014 season are currently on sale. Ticket packages are available for as low as $15 per game and include great benefits. For more information or to purchase season tickets, call (313) 471-2255, email seasontickets@tigers.mlb.com or visit tigers.com.

Media are encouraged to attend each stop on the caravan as there will be numerous photo and b-roll opportunities. Please note select stops do not permit media to attend and others have specific media availabilities, which will allow for interviews with Tigers personnel.

Metro Bus

Thursday, January 23

1:05-2:05 p.m. DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan
DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan
3901 Beaubien Street, Detroit

  • MIGUEL CABRERA, DANIEL FIELDS, JOSE IGLESIAS, IAN KROL, KYLE LOBSTEIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, EVAN REED, ANIBAL SANCHEZ, FSD BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
  • Tigers will visit select patient rooms and leave each patient with a gift
  • Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance

1:15-2:15 p.m. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse
231 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit

  • AL AVILA, BRAD AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, RAJAI DAVIS, GENE LAMONT, OMAR VIZQUEL, FSD BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN
  • Tigers will take part in a meet and greet with United States District Judges in Chief Judge Rosen's chambers prior to the rally
  • Tigers will participate in a rally with courthouse employees
  • Media is not permitted

1:45-2:30 p.m. AAA Employee Safe Driving Rally
American Automobile Association  
One Auto Club Drive, Dearborn

  • TORII HUNTER, JOE NATHAN
  • Tigers will participate in a AAA Safe Driving Rally with AAA Employees
  • Tigers will take a ride in a AAA driving simulator

1:45-3:30 p.m. Focus: HOPE
Focus: HOPE  
1200 Oakman Blvd., 1200B Oakman Blvd., 1300 Oakman Blvd., Detroit

  • AL AVILA, RAJAI DAVIS, DANIEL FIELDS, JOSE IGLESIAS, IAN KROL, KYLE LOBSTEIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, EVAN REED, ANIBAL SANCHEZ, OMAR VIZQUEL, FSD BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
  • In honor of the 45th anniversary of Focus: HOPE, Tigers will participate in a rally with Focus: HOPE employees and community partners, with doors opening at 1:45 p.m.
  • Tigers will tour the Machinist Training Institute and the Food Center
    (Tours begin at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance

2:50-3:35 p.m. Fox Sports Detroit
Fox Sports Detroit
26555 Evergreen Road Suite 90, Southfield

  • BRAD AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, GENE LAMONT, FSD BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN
  • Tigers will participate in a meet and greet reception with Fox Sports Detroit sponsors and clients

5:00-6:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers Kids Rally
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center    
15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn

  • ALEX AVILA, MIGUEL CABRERA, DANIEL FIELDS, JOSE IGLESIAS, IAN KROL, KYLE LOBSTEIN, EVAN REED, ANIBAL SANCHEZ
  • Tigers will participate in an interactive rally for young fans kicking off the Tigers 2014 Strikeout Bullying campaign
  • All participants will receive a Strikeout Bullying wristband
  • Tigers will take part in a private meet and greet with Dreams Come True Guests, select members of the Detroit Tigers Kids Club and Radio Disney contest winners
  • Interactive, energetic event for kids with raffle prizes
  • Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance
  • Mayor John B. O'Reilly and members of the Dearborn City Council are scheduled to attend
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
  • Tickets Required - All tickets have been distributed

4:00-6:00 p.m. Hockeytown Authentics
Hockeytown Authentics
1845 East Big Beaver Road, Troy

  • VICTOR MARTINEZ, OMAR VIZQUEL
  • Fans have the opportunity to take a photo with Martinez and Vizquel in exchange for a donation of canned food to benefit the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit
  • A minimum of a 6 can donation is required for a wristband to take one photo with Martinez and Vizquel. (Maximum of 150 wristbands will be distributed for a guaranteed opportunity for a photo. Wristband distribution will begin at 4 p.m.)
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

6:00-7:30 p.m. Toledo Mud Hens
Fifth Third Field
406 Washington Street, Toledo, OH

  • BRAD AUSMUS, TORII HUNTER
  • Tigers will participate in a question and answer session at a seated dinner for fans
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
  • Ticketed Event


Friday, January 24

11:00-11:45 a.m, National Coney Island
National Coney Island
30140 Van Dyke Avenue, Warren

  • TORII HUNTER, JOSE IGLESIAS
  • Tigers will serve as celebrity waiters for customers at National Coney Island
  • Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

10:30-11:20 a.m. Canada Border Services Agency
Canada Border Services Agency    
Windsor Tunnel, ON

  • AL AVILA, RAJAI DAVIS, GENE LAMONT, ANIBAL SANCHEZ, OMAR VIZQUEL, FSD BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN
  • Tigers will receive an orientation of the Canada Border Services Agency operations and participate in a rally with Canadian Border Services Agency officers

10:15-11:40 a.m. General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly
Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly  
2500 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit

  • BRAD AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, MIGUEL CABRERA, DANIEL FIELDS, IAN KROL, KYLE LOBSTEIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, JOE NATHAN, EVAN REED, FSD BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
  • Photo opportunity with Tigers and Cadillac ELR vehicles at Comerica Park
  • A three Cadillac ELR caravan will lead the bus to the plant from Comerica Park
  • Tigers will receive a tour of the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and also participate in a rally with assembly employees

12:30-1:30 p.m. Comerica Bank
Comerica Bank  
3701 Hamlin Road, Auburn Hills

  • AL AVILA, BRAD AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, MIGUEL CABRERA, RAJAI DAVIS, DANIEL FIELDS, TORII HUNTER, JOSE IGLESIAS, IAN KROL, GENE LAMONT, KYLE LOBSTEIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, JOE NATHAN, EVAN REED, ANIBAL SANCHEZ, OMAR VIZQUEL, FSD BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN, FSD BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
  • Tigers will participate in a rally with Comerica Bank employees

2:15-2:35 p.m. Hamtramck Fire Department
Hamtramck Fire Department
2625 Caniff, Hamtramck

  • ALEX AVILA, RAJAI DAVIS, DANIEL FIELDS, IAN KROL, KYLE LOBSTEIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, JOE NATHAN, EVAN REED, ANIBAL SANCHEZ, FSD BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN
  • Tigers will present a jersey to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Hamtramck Fire Department and take a photo with Hamtramck firefighters

2:15-2:55 p.m. Drug Enforcement Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration, Detroit  
431 Howard Street, Detroit

  • BRAD AUSMUS, AL AVILA, MIGUEL CABRERA, TORII HUNTER, JOSE IGLESIAS, GENE LAMONT, OMAR VIZQUEL, FSD BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
  • Tigers will learn about the DEA's responsibilities and participate in a rally with local law enforcement agents
  • A jersey will be presented to local law enforcement agents at DEA, Detroit
  • Media is not permitted

3:00-4:00 p.m.North American International Auto Show
North American International Auto Show  
One Washington Boulevard, Detroit

  • ALEX AVILA, RAJAI DAVIS, DANIEL FIELDS, IAN KROL, KYLE LOBSTEIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, JOE NATHAN, EVAN REED, ANIBAL SANCHEZ, FSD BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN
  • Tigers will participate in a private meet and greet with select executives from the North American International Auto Show and General Motors
  • Tigers will participate in the daily "Parade of Cars"
  • Tigers will take part in a roundtable question and answer session in the Chevrolet display area
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

3:15-3:45 p.m. Michigan United & 555 Gallery
555 Gallery  
2801 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit

  • MIGUEL CABRERA, OMAR VIZQUEL
  • Housed in a former Detroit Police Department precinct building, the 555 Gallery is showcasing "The Really BIG Photo Show" presented by Focus: HOPE featuring the photographic artwork of Detroit high school and middle school students
  • Tigers will tour the facility followed by a short question and answer session
  • Special invites include the Honorable Raquel Castaneda-Lopez of the Detroit City Council, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Solutions
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

   
West Bus

Thursday, January 23

3:00-4:00 p.m. Fathead/EPI Marketing Services
EPI    
5350 W. Dickman Road, Battle Creek

  • DAVID DOMBROWSKI, AL ALBURQUERQUE, MICK BILLMEYER, NICK CASTELLANOS, JOBA CHAMBERLAIN, DAVE CLARK, DARNELL COLES, ANDY DIRKS, BRYAN HOLADAY, AUSTIN JACKSON, JEFF JONES, WALLY JOYNER, DON KELLY, STEVE LOMBARDOZZI, MATT MARTIN, JUSTIN MILLER, HERNAN PEREZ, RICK PORCELLO, LUKE PUTKONEN, BRUCE RONDON, MAX SCHERZER, DREW SMYLY, TIGERS RADIO BROADCASTER DAN DICKERSON
  • Tigers will tour the EPI Plant where many Fathead vinyl products are printed and participate in an employee rally

5:45-9:15 p.m. West Michigan Whitecaps Winter Banquet
DeVos Place Convention Center
303 Monroe Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids

  • DAVID DOMBROWSKI, AL ALBURQUERQUE, MICK BILLMEYER, NICK CASTELLANOS, JOBA CHAMBERLAIN, DAVE CLARK, DARNELL COLES, ANDY DIRKS, BRYAN HOLADAY, AUSTIN JACKSON, JEFF JONES, WALLY JOYNER, DON KELLY, STEVE LOMBARDOZZI, MATT MARTIN, JUSTIN MILLER, HERNAN PEREZ, RICK PORCELLO, LUKE PUTKONEN, BRUCE RONDON, MAX SCHERZER, DREW SMYLY, TIGERS RADIO BROADCASTER DAN DICKERSON
  • Mitten collection at the door to benefit Mittens for Detroit with special guest appearance by founder and actress Erin Cummings
  • Tigers players will meet and greet with Veterans prior to the start of the banquet
  • Players will meet and greet with the Agar Family of Rockford, MI, including son Johnny who was featured on ESPN's "E:60" show
  • Visit Detroit and the Detroit Sports Commission will distribute information
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
  • Ticketed Event - SOLD OUT

Friday, January 24

10:00-10:45 a.m. Hudsonville Creamery & Ice Cream Company
Hudsonville Creamery    
345 East 48th Street Suite #200, Holland

  • DAVID DOMBROWSKI, AL ALBURQUERQUE, MICK BILLMEYER, NICK CASTELLANOS, JOBA CHAMBERLAIN, DAVE CLARK, DARNELL COLES, ANDY DIRKS, BRYAN HOLADAY, AUSTIN JACKSON, JEFF JONES, WALLY JOYNER, DON KELLY, STEVE LOMBARDOZZI, MATT MARTIN, JUSTIN MILLER, HERNAN PEREZ, RICK PORCELLO, LUKE PUTKONEN, BRUCE RONDON, MAX SCHERZER, DREW SMYLY, TIGERS RADIO BROADCASTER DAN DICKERSON
  • Tigers will tour the Hudsonville Creamery and participate in a community rally
  • Ice cream sampling
  • Community rally and unveiling of new Tiger Traxx Ice Cream Carton
  • Visit Detroit and the Detroit Sports Commission will distribute information
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
  • Ticket required - SOLD OUT

1:20 p.m.-2:10 p.m. The Kellogg Company
Kellogg's World Corporate Headquarters
McCamly Street (Between Jackson and W. Hamblin), Battle Creek

  • DAVID DOMBROWSKI, AL ALBURQUERQUE, MICK BILLMEYER, NICK CASTELLANOS, JOBA CHAMBERLAIN, DAVE CLARK, DARNELL COLES, ANDY DIRKS, BRYAN HOLADAY, AUSTIN JACKSON, JEFF JONES, WALLY JOYNER, DON KELLY, STEVE LOMBARDOZZI, MATT MARTIN, JUSTIN MILLER, HERNAN PEREZ, RICK PORCELLO, LUKE PUTKONEN, BRUCE RONDON, MAX SCHERZER, DREW SMYLY, TIGERS RADIO BROADCASTER DAN DICKERSON
  • Tigers will participate in a rally with Kellogg's employees
  • Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance

 

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