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Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon to meet fans in winter caravan

Rockies fans can get a jump start on the 2018 season when the team rolls out its annual winter caravan, running from Saturday through Jan. 20. The caravan, featuring manager Bud Black, as well as select players and Rockies alumni, will visit cities in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.

The Rockies are rolling out quite a lineup for fans to meet and interact with, including all-stars Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado. Other players scheduled to participate include: Tyler Anderson, Mike Dunn, Kyle Freeland, Jon Gray, Jeff Hoffman, Jake McGee, Ryan McMahon, Tom Murphy, Scott Oberg, Chris Rusin, Bryan Shaw, Trevor Story, Mike Tauchman, Pat Valaika and Tony Wolters.

General Manager Jeff Bridich, former Rockies players Vinny Castilla and Cory Sullivan will also appear at some events.

Following are dates, times and places for events:

Saturday, Jan. 13 – Laramie, Wyo., Greeley, Ft. Collins

Players scheduled to attend: Anderson, Dunn, Murphy and Story.

  • 10-11 a.m.  – Laramie, Wyo., University of Wyoming Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center: Q&A, photo and autograph session
  • 1:15-2 p.m. – Greeley, University of Northern Colorado Campus Recreation Center: Q&A, meet-and-greet session
  • 2 p.m. – Greeley, Bank of Colorado Arena: UNC vs. Idaho State men’s basketball game
  •  4:30 p.m. – Ft. Collins, Colorado State Stadium: Q&A with Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County (private)

Sunday, Jan. 14 – Grand Junction

Players scheduled to attend: Anderson, Dunn, Murphy, Oberg, Story

  • 11 a.m. – Grand Junction, Suplizio Field: Media session
  • 11:30 a.m. – Grand Junction, Doubletree Hospitality Suite at Suplizio Field: Q&A and autograph session for Grand Junction Rockies season ticket holders (private)
  • 1 p.m. – Grand Junction, Lincoln Park Barn: Youth clinic, kids-only meet-and-greet session (private)

Monday, Jan. 15 – Denver

Players scheduled to attend: McMahon, Rockies alum Sullivan, Tauchman

  • 1 p.m. – Denver, Pepsi Center: Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks game
  • 4-5 p.m. – Denver, Diamond Dry Goods, Coors Field: Autograph and photo session

Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Albuquerque, N.M., Denver

Players/staff scheduled to attend: Bridich, Gray, Hoffman and Valaika (Albuquerque); Black, Rockies alum Castilla, McMahon, Tauchman and Rockies alum Sullivan (Denver)

  • 10:15 a.m. – Albuquerque, SAHQ Academy: School assembly (private)* (Bridich, Gray, Hoffman and Valaika)
  • 11:15 a.m. – Albuquerque, Isotopes Park: Media session (Bridich, Gray, Hoffman and Valaika)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Albuquerque, Isotopes Park Batting Cage: Q&A with Albuquerque Isotopes season ticket holders (private) (Bridich, Gray, Hoffman and Valaika)
  • 12:15-1 p.m. – Albuquerque, Isotopes Park Clubhouse: Autograph session (Bridich, Gray, Hoffman and Valaika)
  •  10 a.m. – Denver, Archuleta Elementary School: School assembly (private) (McMahon, Tauchman, Sullivan)
  •  12 p.m. – Denver, Children’s Hospital Colorado: Meet-and-greet with patients and staff (private) (Castilla, McMahon, Tauchman, Sullivan)
  •  4:30 p.m. – Denver, Coors Field, Right-Field Club Level: VIP reception with meet & greet, featuring both the Albuquerque and Denver player groups with the addition of manager Bud Black (private)
  • 5:30 p.m. – Denver, Coors Field: VIP Q&A with Black, Bridich and owner Dick Monfort, hosted by Drew Goodman (private)

Wednesday, Jan. 17 – Pueblo, Fort Carson, Colorado Springs

Players scheduled to attend: Freeland, Gray, Hoffman, Valaika

  • 10 a.m. – Pueblo, Pueblo West H.S.: Q&A assembly, meet-and-greet with baseball and softball teams (private)*
  • Noon – Fort Carson, HUB Restaurant: Meet-and-greet with base personnel (private)*
  • 2:30 p.m. – Colorado Springs, Memorial Hospital: Meet-and-greet with patients and staff (private)
  • 4-5 p.m. – Colorado Springs, Rockies Dugout Store: Autograph and photo session

Thursday, Jan. 18 – Denver

Players scheduled to attend: Freeland, Gray, Valaika

  • 9:30 a.m. – Denver, Holm Elementary School: Q&A assembly (private)*
  • Noon-1 p.m. – Denver, Diamond Dry Goods, Coors Field: Autograph and photo session

Friday, Jan. 19 – Denver

Players/staff scheduled to attend: Arenado, Black, Blackmon, Bridich, McGee, Rusin, Shaw, Wolters

  • 7 p.m. – Denver, Pepsi Center: Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns game

Saturday, Jan. 20 – Denver

Players/staff scheduled to attend: Arenado, Black, Blackmon, Bridich, vice president of international scouting and development Rolando Fernandez, pitching coach Steve Foster, McGee, Rusin, Shaw, Wolters

  • 9-9:45 a.m. – Denver, Coors Field Home Clubhouse Interview Room: Media availability for Arenado, Black, Blackmon
  • 10 a.m. – Denver, Coors Field: Season Ticket Hot Stove (private)

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