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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