Astros 2014 caravan continues on Tuesday

Astros 2014 caravan continues on Tuesday
January 21, 2014, 9:45 am
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CSNHouston Staff

It’s time again for the annual Houston Astros caravan as the team reaches out to its fans before heading off to spring training less than a month later.

The 2014 caravan is presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors and Blue Bell will hit the road on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and will make over 30 stops throughout Houston, central and south Texas, Oklahoma City and Louisiana. The 31-city tour consists of four simultaneous tours in seven days with stops in the Houston area (Jan. 20 – 24), San Antonio (Jan. 21 – 22), Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and Lafayette, LA (Jan. 21-22), Austin (Jan. 23 - 24), Brownsville and McAllen (Jan. 26 – 27) and Oklahoma City (Jan. 27).

At each Caravan stop, fans and local ambassadors will help Astros players and staff raise a flag over the cities that make up “Astros Country.” The tour will also highlight the club’s charitable interests including youth baseball and softball, support for the U.S. military and at-risk youth. Astros players, alumni and front office staff will visit schools, hospitals and military bases throughout the week, as well as conduct baseball and softball clinics. There will also be several opportunities for fans to get autographs from Astros players at select Academy Sports + Outdoors stores.

Current players and front office representatives expected to join the tour include President of Business Operations Reid Ryan, General Manager Jeff Luhnow, Astros Manager Bo Porter, Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, Astros TV and radio broadcasters Alan Ashby, Bill Brown, Francisco Romero and Alex Trevino, and Astros players Matt Albers, Jose Altuve, Anthony Bass, Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Kevin Chapman, Jarred Cosart, Matt Dominguez, Josh Fields, Robbie Grossman, Lucas Harrell, L.J. Hoes, Marc Krauss, Brett Oberholtzer, Brad Peacock, Chad Qualls, Brett Wallace and Josh Zeid. Astros top prospects Mark Appel, Michael Foltynewicz and George Springer will also be on the tour, joining Astros alumni Kevin Bass, Art Howe, J.R. Richard, Carl Warwick and Jimmy Wynn. Please note that all players and front office staff are subject to change.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Astros FanFest will cap off the week-long Caravan at Minute Maid Park. It will feature baseball-themed activities including current and former player autograph sessions, batting practice on the field, running the bases, bullpen throwing sessions, an interactive kids zone, fan forums with front office staff and current players and a vendor expo. Additionally, there will be mechanical bull riding, a rock climbing wall and several other activities for fans of all ages. The majority of FanFest proceeds will benefit The Astros Foundation’s programs for at-risk children and teens.

Here are the 2014 Houston Astros Caravan stops:

Monday, January 20th

Katy and Sugar Land

Josh Fields, Kevin Chapman

Houston Methodist West Hospital Cancer Center - 9:00am-10:00am

Lake Jackson and Angleton

Brett Oberholtzer, L.J. Hoes

Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department - 9:15am-10:15am

Whataburger Appearance - 3:00pm-4:00pm

  • 1120 N. Velasco St., Angleton, TX 77515
  • Open to the public


Lucas Harrell, Bo Porter, Jimmy Wynn, Milo Hamilton

Urban Youth Academy MLK Service Day - 9:00am-11:30am

Houston Methodist Research and Technology Facility - 1:30pm-2:30pm

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing - 3:00pm-4:00pm

• 2404 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098

• Open to the public


Robbie Grossman, Matt Dominguez, J.R. Richard

H-E-B - 9:00am-10:00am

• 28550 U.S. 290, Cypress, TX

• Open to the public

Cy-Hope Clinic - 2:00pm-3:00pm

Chick-Fil-A - 3:45pm-4:45pm

• 25835 Highway 290, Cypress, TX 77429

• Open to the public

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing 5:15pm-6:15pm

• 19720 Northwest Freeway, Jersey Village, TX 77065

• Open to the public

Tuesday, January 21st

San Antonio

Jose Altuve, Mark Appel, Art Howe, Bill Brown

Raise the Flag Ceremony at the Alamodome - 11:00am-11:30am

• 100 Montana St, San Antonio, TX 78203

• Open to the public

Whataburger - 12:00pm-1:30pm

• 4590 Northwest Interstate 410 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78228

• Open to the public

Methodist Children’s Hospital - 2:00pm-3:00pm

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing - 5:00pm-6:00pm

• 2024 N. Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232

• Open to the public

Alvin and Houston

Brett Oberholtzer, Josh Fields, Milo Hamilton

Whataburger - 9:00am-10:00am

• 2305 Texas 35, Alvin, TX 77511

• Open to the public

East End Little League Clinic at Diez Park - 3:45pm-4:45pm

Lake Charles

Anthony Bass, Josh Zeid, Brett Wallace, Steve Sparks

Chick-Fil-A - 2:15pm-3:15pm

• 3435 Nelson Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70605

• Open to the public

Coushatta Tribe Visit - 4:30pm-5:30pm

Pearland and League City

Jarred Cosart, Bo Porter, Robert Ford

Pep Rally at Clear Creek High School - 9:00am-10:00am

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing - 5:15pm-6:15pm

• 2804 Business Center Drive, Pearland, TX 77584

• Open to the public


Wednesday, January 22nd

San Antonio

Jose Altuve, Mark Appel, Art Howe, Bill Brown

Intrepid Center Visit - 10:00am-11:30am

Luncheon at Stonewerks hosted by UTSA - 12:00pm-1:00pm

San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Basketball game - 7:00pm-9:00pm

Galveston and Texas City

Brad Peacock, Kevin Chapman, Jimmy Wynn

U.S. Coast Guard Visit - 9:00am-10:00am

Luncheon at Landry’s Fish Tales with Sunshine Kids - 11:30am-1:30pm

Baton Rouge and Lafayette

Anthony Bass, Josh Zeid, Brett Wallace, Steve Sparks

Luncheon with Rotary Club of Baton Rouge - 11:45am-1:15pm

Visit with LSU Baseball Team - 2:00pm-3:00pm

Conroe and Huntsville

Robbie Grossman, L.J. Hoes, Michael Foltynewicz, Kevin Bass

U.S. Army Reserve - 9:00am-10:00am

Pep Rally at Sam Houston State University - 2:30pm-3:30pm

• 1905, Huntsville, TX 77340

• Open to the public


Thursday, January 23rd


George Springer, Jason Castro, Alan Ashby

RBI Dinner at the For the City Center - 7:00pm-9:00pm

Victoria and Rockport

Chad Qualls, Marc Krauss, Chris Carter, J.R. Richard, Milo Hamilton

Pep Rally with U of H Baseball Team - 11:00am-12:00pm

Rockport-Fulton High School Pep Rally - 2:30pm-3:30pm

K-Bob’s Steakhouse - 5:15pm-6:15pm


Josh Fields, Lucas Harrell

Buckner’s Children’s Services

Chick-Fil-A - 3:30pm-4:30pm

• 4050 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, TX 77706

• Open to the public

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing - 5:00pm-6:00pm

• 7130 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX 77708

• Open to the public

College Station/Bryan and Brehnam

Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid, Robert Ford

BlueBell Headquarters - 4:00pm-5:15pm

Friday, January 24th


George Springer, Jason Castro, Alan Ashby

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

• 12250 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78759

• Open to the public

Corpus Christi

Marc Krauss, Chris Carter, J.R. Richard, Milo Hamilton

Luncheon at Ortiz Center - 11:30am-1:30pm

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing - 4:45pm-5:45pm

• 1900 US 181, Portland, TX 78374

• Open to the public

Spring and The Woodlands

Lucas Harrell, Brad Peacock, Michael Foltynewicz

Whataburger - 3:15pm-4:15pm

• 3073 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77384

• Open to the public

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing - 5:30pm-6:30pm

• 1360 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380

• Open to the public

Humble and Kingwood

Matt Dominguez, Matt Albers

H.A.A.M. Humble Area Assistance Ministries - 3:15pm-4:15pm

H-E-B - 4:45pm-5:45pm

• 216 FM 1960 Bypass Road East, Humble, TX 77338

• Open to the public

Saturday, January 25th

FanFest - 11:00am-3:00pm

• Minute Maid Park- 501 Crawford Street, Houston, TX 77002

• Open to the public

Sunday, January 26th


Alex Trevino, Francisco Romero

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing - 2:30pm-3:30pm

• 4305 Old Highway 77, Brownsville, TX 75820

Valley Regional Medical Center - 5:15pm-6:15pm

Monday, January 27th

Brownsville / McAllen

Alex Trevino, Francisco Romero

Dr. Carlos E. Castaneda Elementary - 9:30am-10:30am

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