Cardinals to Return to White House

Plans to re-visit President Bush alters Cardinals Caravan schedule in three Missouri stops. Spring Training reporting dates also announced.

Back in September, when the St. Louis Cardinals were on a road trip that included a stop in the Nation's Capital, principal owner William O. DeWitt Jr. arranged a visit to the White House.

President George W. Bush entertained Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and a party of 15 players and officials for 30 minutes. At the time, Bush and La Russa joked about a return visit.

After the Cardinals lived up to their end of the deal, winning the 2006 World Series, so did the President honor his part. A traveling party of Cardinals will return to the White House in mid-January, likely following Winter Warm-Up.

In fact, several stops on the Cardinals Caravan have been rescheduled as a result. That includes the Springfield, MO stop moving from January 15th to the 11th. Also changed were dates for Sedalia and Jefferson City. Updated Caravan dates and the names of Cardinals participating at each stop follow.

CARAVAN 1
Players: Randy Flores, Skip Schumaker, Brendan Ryan, Chris Lambert, Ken Reitz, Ken Dayley
Emcee: Dan McLaughlin
Date City Location Time Call For Info
Thurs Jan 11 Champaign, IL Hilton Garden Inn Noon 217-352-9970
Thurs Jan 11 Decatur, IL Decatur Hotel & Conf. Center 6:00 PM 217-429-4423
Fri Jan 12 Hannibal, MO Hannibal Inn & Conf Center Noon 573-221-3450
Fri Jan 12 Litchfield, IL Litchfield High School Gym 6:00 PM 217-324-5921
CARAVAN 4 ***PLEASE NOTE: Due to scheduling conflict, dates of this caravan have changed***
Players: Josh Hancock, Josh Kinney, Chris Narveson, Alan Benes, Al Hrabosky.
Emcee: Jay Randolph
Date City Location Time Call For Info
Thurs Jan 11 Springfield, MO* Bass Pro Shops 7:15 PM 417-863-2143
Fri Jan 12 Sedalia, MO State Fair Community College Noon 660-826-1050
Fri Jan 12 Jefferson City, MO  Truman Hotel & Conference Ctr 6:00 PM 573-893-5696
* Dave Duncan will attend the Springfield, MO program only
CARAVAN 2
Players: Chris Duncan, Adam Wainwright*, John Rodriguez, Tyler Johnson, Rick Horton, Tom Lawless
Emcee: Rick Horton
Date City Location Time Call For Info
Sat Jan 13 Mt. Vernon, IL* Mt. Vernon HS Auditorium 11:00 AM 618-237-3125 
Sat Jan 13 Memphis, TN Autozone Park 6:30 PM 901-721-6000
Sun Jan 14 Dyersburg, TN Dyer County High School 12:30 PM 731-287-1339
Sun Jan 14 Cape Girardeau, MO Osage Community Center 6:00 PM 573-334-2859
*Adam Wainwright will not attend the Mt. Vernon, IL program
CARAVAN 3
Players: Anthony Reyes, Aaron Miles, Brad Thompson, Danny Cox, Al Hrabosky
Emcee: John Rooney
Date City Location Time Call For Info
Sat Jan 13 Bloomington, IL U. S. Cellular Coliseum Noon (309) 434-2843
Sat Jan 13 Peoria, IL Holiday Inn City Centre 6:00 PM (309) 637-3700
Sun Jan 14 Quad Cities (Davenport, IA) John O'Donnell Stadium Noon (563) 324-3000
Sun Jan 14 Springfield, IL Crowne Plaza Hotel 6:00 PM (217) 429-4423

It has been a busy presidential period for the Cardinals as Bill Clinton was on the field before an August game in New York and Bush threw out the first pitch at the Cards' home opener in 2004.

In other news, the club announced official Spring Training reporting dates. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the team's training site at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL on February 14, with the first workout on the 15th. Remaining position players will arrive February 19, with the first full-squad workout on February 20.



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