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Monday, January 14, 2013

Tigers Winter Caravan routes set for late January 2013


Nothing marks the beginning of the end for the offseason like the Detroit Tigers’ annual Winter Caravan.

Scheduled for Jan. 24 and 25 this year — just 17 days before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training in Lakeland, Fla. — a handful of Tigers players, executives and personnel will take to two buses, hitting a long list of sites around the state. Dave Dombrowski, the franchise’s president, CEO and general manager, will be on the bus trips, as will VP/assistant GM Al Avila and manager Jim Leyland.

Not all events are open to the public, but several are.

A pair of Tigers will serve as guest waiters at the Madison Heights Red Robin restaurant, a couple of hours before an interactive question-and-answer session at the Palladium 12 Theatre in Birmingham.

Below is a full list of this year’s stops on the two bus routes.

* — Denotes an event open to the public (NOTE: Tickets are no longer available for the stop at Royal Oak Middle School).
METRO BUS
Thursday, Jan. 24

GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights (1-2:30 p.m.)
* — Red Robin in Madison Heights (1:30-2:15 p.m.)
Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills (1:35-2:05 p.m.)
Detroit Arsenal at U.S. Army Garrison in Warren (2:30-3:45 p.m.)
West Bloomfield Police Department (3:15-4:30 p.m.)
Royal Oak Fire Station No. 2 (4-4:40 p.m.)
* — Birmingham’s Palladium 12 Theatre (4-6 p.m.)
* — Royal Oak Middle School (4-6 p.m.)
* — Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (5:15-6 p.m.)

Friday, Jan. 25
U.S. Coast Guard in Detroit (10-11:30 a.m.)
* — Southfield Dunkin Donuts (10:30-11 a.m.)
DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Detroit (11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)
DTE Energy in Detroit (1-2 p.m.)
GM Renaissance Center Wintergarden (2:30-3:45 p.m.)
Wayne State University’s Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (2:45-3 p.m.)
Manoogian Mansion (2:50-3:25 p.m.)

NORTH BUS
Thursday, Jan. 24

Cadillac’s Northern Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance Luncheon (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Cadillac’s Sweet Shop (1-1:45 p.m.)
Pepsi Marketing and Equipment Center in Flint (2-3 p.m.)
Christian Youth Fellowship Association Rally at the Temple Theatre in Saginaw (3:30-6 p.m.)
Saginaw Valley State University’s Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute’s graduation banquet (5-7:30 p.m.)

Friday, Jan. 25 Community rally at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant (7:30-10:30 a.m.)
Community rally at Midland Center for the Arts (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth’s 21st Annual Snowfest (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

For more information, go to www.DetroitTigers.com

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