2012 Mariners Caravan returns to Tacoma January 26 for two stops

The 2012 Seattle Mariners Caravan makes a return trip to Tacoma on Thursday, January 26, for a Get Well Tour stop at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and a visit to the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club with Mariners players Mike Carp, Michael Saunders, broadcaster Rick Rizzs and the Mariner Moose.

The Get Well Tour visit to Mary Bridge is from 2:30-3:30pm. It is not open to the general public. During the Get Well Tours, children receive autographs and photos with players and the Mariner Moose, a Mariners sport bag, stuffed toy, baseball and get well photo card.

The Boys & Girls Club stop is at the Al Davies branch from 4:15-5:45pm. It is not open to the general public. Al Davies Club is located at 1620 S. 17th St. Kids will have the chance to meet Mariners players and ask questions about baseball skills. They’ll also get autographs and photos with the players and the Mariner Moose.

On Wednesday, January 18, the Caravan made a stop at Lowell Elementary School to present a Mariner Moose D.R.E.A.M. Team Assembly for students, a fun-filled program that stresses the importance of the D.R.E.A.M. principles: Drug-free, Respect for yourself and others, Education through reading, Attitude, and Motivation to achieve your dreams.

Over a three-week period (January 9-27), the Caravan makes stops in 25 communities across the Pacific Northwest from Portland to Vancouver, B.C., Tacoma to Spokane, and points in between. Other Week Three stops include Everett, Bellingham, Ferndale, Vancouver, BC, Bellevue and Lynnwood.

Mike Carp had a breakout season with the Mariners in 2011. He ranked among all-time leaders for Mariners rookies in home runs (12), RBI (46), and extra base hits (30). He was also among American League rookie leaders in several categories including grand slams (1), slugging percentage (.466, 2nd), RBI (4th), on-base percentage (.326, 6th) and total bases (135, 9th). Carp appeared in 79 games at four positions (first base, left field, designated hitter, right field). He hit .276 for the season, including a career-high 20 game hitting streak, the longest hitting streak by an MLB rookie in 2011. Carp was named the American League Rookie of the Month for August.

Outfielder Michael Saunders made the Mariners Opening Day roster last season and appeared in 58 games. He spent the majority of the year at AAA Tacoma, where he was named the Rainiers’ Gold Glove Award winner for best defensive player with a .978 fielding percentage over 64 games in the outfield.

Rick Rizzs is entering his 27th season as a member of the Mariners broadcaster team.

Seattle Mariners 2012 Caravan Itinerary

Week 3

Date/Time

City

Event

Mariners

Tues., Jan. 24

1-1:30pm

Everett

D.R.E.A.M. Team Assembly, Discovery Elementary School, 11700 Meridian Ave. S.

Mike Carp, Michael Saunders, Rick Rizzs, Mariner Moose

Wed., Jan. 25

1:15-1:45pm

Vancouver, BC

D.R.E.A.M. Team Assembly, McKechnie Elementary School, 7455 Maple St.

Mike Carp, Michael Saunders, Rick Rizzs, Mariner Moose

4-5:30pm

Ferndale

Ferndale Boys & Girls Club autograph session, 2015 Cherry St.

Mike Carp, Michael Saunders, Rick Rizzs, Mariner Moose

Thurs., Jan. 26

2:30-3:30pm

Tacoma

Get Well Tour, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, 317 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Mike Carp, Michael Saunders, Rick Rizzs, Mariner Moose

4:15-5:45pm

 

Al Davies Boys & Girls Club autograph session, 1620 DS.17th St.

Mike Carp, Michael Saunders, Rick Rizzs, Mariner Moose

Fri., Jan. 27

12-1:30pm

Bellevue

Chief Seattle Council Boy Scouts Luncheon, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St.

Mike Carp, Michael Saunders, Rick Rizzs, Mariner Moose

3:15-4:15pm

Lynnwood

Alderwood Boys & Girls Club Autograph session,. 19719 24th Ave. W., #10

Mike Carp, Michael Saunders, Rick Rizzs, Mariner Moose

5-6pm

 

Free public autograph session Seattle Mariners Team Store, Alderwood Mall, 3000 184th St. SW, Ste. 384

Mike Carp, Michael Saunders, Rick Rizzs, Mariner Moose