Many of you have asked about the caravan and the public stops this year, so here’s the deal. First, you can read the entire release to see exactly where we’re going this year and what time the stops are, etc. However, keep in mind that many stops on the release are not open to the public (schools, hospitals, etc.)
As for the public stops, there are four this year but only two are for autographs. The third is just a really cool thing we’re adding this year.
Next Tuesday, there’s a public stop at Yankee Doodles at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. We’ll be there at 5:30 pm and the guys scheduled to be with the group are Jeff Kent, Russell Martin, Brad Penny, Takashi Saito, Fernando Valenzuela and many others. This is an autograph stop.
On Wednesday morning, we’ll be sending off the Dodger equipment truck to Vero Beach in style. This really signifies the start of Spring Training, as all of our bats, balls, uniforms, etc. starts to make its way to Dodgertown a week ahead of all of us. The stop is open to the public and the players will be there, too, but this won’t be an autograph stop. Still, for those of you who can come in a little late to work, this will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Dodger Stadium by the players’ parking lot, so stop on by to help say "goodybe" to our stuff and "hello" to baseball season.
Wednesday afternoon, we’ll have a big pep rally at Universal CityWalk at 4 p.m. and this is also an autograph stop. Among those expected to be there are Andre Ethier, James Loney, Matt Kemp, Hiroki Kuroda and Nomar Garciaparra.
And finally, there’s another cool opportunity for those of you who can sneak out during the middle of the day. Our players and legends will be serving as the waiters at the Panda Inn in Pasadena (3488 E. Foothill Blvd) from 1:15 – 2:15. So, if you’ve ever wanted Andre or Matt or Nomar to take your order of orange chicken and beef and broccoli, this is your chance. You’ll need to call to make reservations at 626.793.7300. This is not an autograph stop, either, so please don’t show up with tons of things for the guys to sign. They’ll be busy working to get you your food in a timely manner.
We hope to see everyone there and that you’re all getting fired up about the season.