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Pirates Winter Caravan ready to roll

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Promotional tour to make multiple stops throughout week of January 24

The Pittsburgh Pirates Winter Caravan will be making multiple stops throughout the city of Pittsburgh and its immediate surrounding communities from Monday, January 24 through Thursday, January 27. Fans will have the opportunity to meet players Andrew McCutchen, Ross Ohlendorf and Evan Meek along with third base coach Nick Leyva and broadcasters Bob Walk and John Wehner. The Caravan will visit 24 communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia from Monday, January 24 through Monday, January 31 to meet with fans and the media, and to build excitement for the 2011 baseball season.

“The Caravan gives our players and staff an opportunity to travel throughout the tri-state area and thank all of our fans for their continued support as we prepare for the upcoming season,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. “In addition to visiting many cities in the outlying areas, this year we added a number of public events close to the city of Pittsburgh that will allow our players and staff to connect with our fans in the immediate area.”

Three separate groups of players, coaches, broadcasters and front office staff will travel throughout the region during the week of Monday, January 24 through Thursday, January 27, and an additional group will visit Charleston, West Virginia on Sunday, January 30 and Monday, January 31.

Although the caravan will be making a total of eight stops in Pittsburgh, media are encouraged to cover one or both of the following events for best interview and photo opportunities:

Monday, January 24 - Allegheny General Hospital Visit

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Visit patients at the hospital

11:15 a.m. to noon: Players will sign autographs in the lobby

Thursday, January 27 - Linton Middle School in Penn Hills Visit

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Media session with caravan party

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: School program

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Meet and greet with varsity baseball team

For a complete schedule of caravan stops in Pittsburgh and the tri-state region, fans can visit www.pirates.com/caravan.

PirateFest will take place during the weekend following the first week of the Caravan. Now in its 21st year, PirateFest will once again take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from Saturday, January 29 through Sunday, January 30. The interactive two-day baseball carnival features free autograph sessions, youth baseball clinics, prizes, games and question and answer sessions with Pirates management and players and much more.

Players Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Evan Meek, Garrett Jones, Jose Tabata, Paul Maholm, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf, Brad Lincoln, Kevin Correia, James McDonald and Charlie Morton along with new manager Clint Hurdle, pitching coach Ray Searage and bench coach Jeff Banister are all scheduled to participate.

Tickets for PirateFest are $12.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids 14 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.pirates.com/piratefest or by calling 1-800-BUY-BUCS. PirateFest player appearances and autograph schedules will be announced at a later date on the team’s official website at www.pirates.com.

I spent three days late last month visiting 18 high schools across the WPIAL. I drove 533 miles, took hundreds of photographs, shook hands with dozens of coaches, athletic directors and principals and climbed way too many stadium steps. I loved every minute of it, of course.
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