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Nats begin Winter Caravan, Jan. 22-26
01/14/2009 12:16 PM ET
The Washington Nationals today announced the full schedule for their 2009 Winter Caravan, as the team will make several stops in the D.C. Metropolitan Area, including visits to Martinsburg, WV, Annapolis and Rockville, MD and Charlottesville, Richmond and Woodbridge, VA. The Caravan will take place Thursday, January 22 through Monday, January 26 and includes the first-ever NatsFest at Nationals Park on Sunday, January 25. Nationals Manager Manny Acta, pitchers Joel Hanrahan, John Lannan, Garret Mock, Scott Olsen and Terrell Young, outfielders Willie Harris and Josh Willingham and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be on hand to participate in the Caravan events. Nationals television broadcaster Bob Carpenter and radio voice Charlie Slowes will serve as moderators for various venues throughout the region.

The Winter Caravan is an opportunity for the Nationals team members to connect with their fans in the community and the region before they head to Viera, Florida for the start of the Spring Training season in mid-February. The Caravan will make 12 stops, including autograph sessions and meet-and-greets at the Martinsburg, WV Mall, Build-A-Bear location at the Annapolis Mall, the Harris Teeter in Rockville, MD and Red, Hot and Blue in Richmond, VA. Team members will participate in a celebrity cook-off at the ESPN Zone in Washington, DC on Friday evening and visit Amidon-Bowen Elementary school in Southeast Washington for a book donation and partnership announcement on Monday morning. Additional stops will be made in Woodbridge, VA, Charlottesville, VA and Washington, DC. "The Nationals are excited about the 2009 Winter Caravan, which is a great opportunity for fans throughout our region to get reacquainted with Nationals players, Manager and broadcast personalities," said Nationals Team President Stan Kasten. "The Inaugural NatsFest will give fans a unique behind-the-scenes look at both the ballpark and the organization."

NatsFest, which will be open to the public, will take place on Sunday, January 25, from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. The event will take place in the Lexus Presidents Club, PNC Diamond Club, Stars & Stripes Club and Conference Center and will include autograph, photograph and question-and-answer sessions. Q&A topics include "The Craft of Baseball" with author and The Washington Post columnist George Will, "Behind the Scenes" with Nationals SVP & General Manager Jim Bowden, "Call from the Dugout" with Nationals Manager Manny Acta and "Baseball in DC" with baseball historian Phil Wood. Fans may also enjoy clubhouse tours, games, face painters, caricaturists and concessions for purchase throughout the afternoon.

All Nationals Season Ticket Holders were offered four complimentary tickets per account. All Nationals fans may purchase tickets online at, by calling 1-888-632-NATS (6287) or at the Nationals Park Main Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm). The cost of the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12.

Media Alerts with details on each event and its participants will be distributed daily throughout the Caravan.

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