Pirates Caravan to tour four states in three days

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the schedule for the team’s annual Winter Caravan that is scheduled to visit 20 communities in three days from Tuesday, December 11 thru Thursday, December 13. The Caravan is scheduled for appearances in and around the greater Pittsburgh area and will include stops as far away as Altoona, PA- home of the Pirates Double-A affiliate the Altoona Curve; Erie, PA; Charleston, WV- home of the Pirates Single-A affiliate The West Virginia Power and Jamestown, NY- home of the Pirates new short-season Single-A affiliate the Jamestown Jammers.

Pirates players scheduled to take part in this year’s Caravan include 2012 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award winner Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Josh Harrison, Jared Hughes, Michael McKenry, Bryan Morris, Alex Presley, Gaby Sanchez, Jose Tabata, Neil Walker and Justin Wilson. The players will be joined by manager Clint Hurdle and Pirates coaches Jeff Banister, Nick Leyva and Ray Searage.

The Caravan will feature four separate groups of players and coaches traveling to events throughout the region leading up to the 23rd annual PirateFest that will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center starting with a Season Ticket Holders only day on Friday, December 14 and open to the general public on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16.

The three-day caravan event features private and public appearances by the players and coaches, along with Pirates broadcasters, front office officials, the Pirate Parrot and/or the Pirates Pierogies. At each public visit, the participants will sign free autographs for fans, meet with members of the media and discuss the excitement surrounding the 2013 Pirates season. Please visit pirates.com/caravan for complete Caravan details.