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Mariners Caravan and Fan Fest 2007

The Mariners have info on their website now about Fan Fest 2007 and the Mariners Caravan 2007.

I have to admit that Fan Fest really doesn't look all that exciting yet.  I mean, the scheduled players as of yet are Felix, Betancourt, and JJ Putz.  Whee!  Though, to be fair, I'm not sure everyone who actually appeared last year was listed beforehand; guys like Norm Charlton and Mike Blowers and Dave Valle also gave Q&A sessions and chatted with people, for example, and even Mike Hargrove was wandering around at one point.  (Another thing Hargrove and Bavasi have in common are that they're both left-handed and are pretty nice if you stop and ask them to sign something, if you're wondering.)  Hopefully a couple more players will be there, or it's going to be a lot of long boring Q&A sessions with Bavasi and Lincoln.

Anyway, Fan Fest is January 27th and 28th, from 10am to 4pm, at Safeco Field.  Adults are $10, kids ages 6-14 are $5 and kids under 5 years old are free.  If you want to get a specific player's autograph, you should probably show up at least an hour before the gates open in order to get an autograph voucher.  I have no idea if we'll pull together a blog contingent for it this year or not; feel free to use this thread for planning such a thing.

In case you are nowhere near Seattle, but are within the Mariners geographical market, they also have the wonderful Mariners Winter Caravan, coming soon to a place near you!

I thought the opening stop at IKEA last year was actually pretty fun, and they had Jamie Moyer as well as Sherrill and Putz, and Jamie's just great with fans and is really funny to see when he's dressed in street clothes.  But this year, there's no kickoff event like that, and the closest they seem to be getting to Seattle is either the Alderwood Mall team store, or the UPS Fieldhouse down in Tacoma, both towards the end of the tour.

They spend about half of their time sessions in elementary schools and the Mariners Care get-well sessions, and about half the time in public autograph sessions. (The public sessions are free and they even usually give out little Safeco schedule posters to get signed.)  For the full details on these locations, see the official page.  The public ones are:

Week 1: Jones and Morse
Jan 9, 4:30-6pm : Olympia, Mariners Team Store: Adam Jones, Mike Morse, Rick Rizzs, the Moose
Jan 12, 4-5:30pm : Longview, Lower Columbia College: Adam Jones, Mike Morse, the Moose

Week 2: The Green Woods
Jan 16, 4:15-5:45pm : Wenatchee, Wenatchee Valley College Gym: Sean Green, Jake Woods, the Moose
Jan 17, 4:30-6pm : Pasco, Columbia Basin College Gym: Sean Green, Jake Woods, the Moose
Jan 18, 4-5:30pm : Walla Walla, Whitman College Sherwood Center: Sean Green, Jake Woods, the Moose
Jan 19, 4:15-5:45pm : Spokane, Spokane Falls Community College: Sean Green, Jake Woods, Dave Valle, the Moose

Week 3: How's Your Elbow?
Jan 23, 4:15-5:45pm : Mount Vernon, Skagit Valley College Pavilion: JJ Putz, Mark Lowe, the Moose
Jan 25, 4:30-6pm : Lynnwood, Alderwood Mariners Team Store: JJ Putz, Mark Lowe, John McLaren, Rick Rizzs, the Moose
Jan 26, 4:15-5:45pm : Tacoma, Univ. of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse: JJ Putz, Mark Lowe, John McLaren, Rick Rizzs, the Moose

I would vaguely consider trying to go up to the Lynnwood one, except that with normal working hours and rush hour traffic, it's fairly impossible for me to get there by 6pm.  I took off a few hours early from work to go to the IKEA one last year, and PositivePaul went down to the Olympia one (and had quite an adventure meeting George Sherrill).  If anyone ends up going to some of these, you should totally share your stories (and harrass Rick Rizzs about his facial hair)!