Nats Announce Details About Winter Caravan and NatsFest

Posted by Dave Nichols | Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | , , | 0 comments »

From the press release:

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.

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.

Here's the complete schedule:

Thursday, January 22 – Monday, January 26

Participating Players, Manager and Front Office Staff*
Manager Manny Acta: January 22 – 25
SVP & Vice President Jim Bowden: January 23 & 25
Pitcher Joel Hanrahan: January 22 – 24
Outfielder Willie Harris: January 23 – 25
President Stan Kasten: January 23 & 25
Pitcher John Lannan: January 23 – 25
Pitcher Garret Mock: January 24 – 26
Pitcher Scott Olsen: January 24 – 26
Asst GM & VP Baseball Ops Mike Rizzo: January 23 & 25
Outfielder Josh Willingham: January 24 – 26
Pitcher Terrell Young: January 23 – 26
Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman: January 24 – 25


Nationals Television Broadcaster Bob Carpenter: January 25 – 26
NBC’s “Meet the Press” Moderator David Gregory: January 23
Nationals Radio Broadcaster Charlie Slowes: January 22 – 26

Thursday, January 22
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Martinsburg Mall,
Martinsburg, WV

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Harris Teeter,
Rockville, MD

Friday, January 23
10:00am –
Rebuilding Together Appearance, Washington, DC*
*Private Event

11:30am – 1:30pm
Hot Stove Luncheon,
Nationals Park*
*Ticketed Event – Sold Out

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Build-A-Bear, Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, MD

8:00pm – 9:00pm
ESPN Zone, Washington, DC
Celebrity Cook-Off

Saturday, January 24
10:00am – 11:00am
Potomac Nationals Pfitzer
Stadium, Woodbridge, VA

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Kelger’s Lanes, Charlottesville, VA

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Red, Hot & Blue, Richmond, VA

Sunday, January 25
1:00pm – 5:00pm
NatsFest, Nationals Park

Monday, January 26
10:30am – 11:30am
Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, Washington, DC
Book Donation and School Assembly

2:00pm – 4:00pm
National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Atrium Visit with Patients

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Washington Wizards Game, Verizon Center


*Player, Manager and Front Office Schedules Subject to Change