Cubs Caravan ready to roll Jan. 13

Cubs Caravan ready to roll Jan. 13

CHICAGO -- Lou Piniella, new hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, and pitchers Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Tom Gorzelanny and Jeff Samardzija will take part in the two-day Cubs Caravan next week.

The caravan consists of two tours of Cubs players, coaches and front office staff who will visit seven cities, six elementary schools, two Boys and Girls Clubs, Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a charity luncheon benefiting Chicago Cubs Charities. The tour also will include stops at the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Ill., the USO of Illinois, and the Class A Peoria Chiefs' charity fan fest.

On Jan. 13, Piniella and Jaramillo will join Cubs TV broadcaster Bob Brenly, player development director Oneri Fleita, bench coach Alan Trammell, plus players Koyie Hill, Micah Hoffpauir, Andres Blanco, James Adduci, Welington Castillo, Brett Jackson, Elio Benitez and Hector Fabregas for a visit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

After a charity luncheon at Harry Caray's restaurant in Chicago, all but Piniella and Brenly will then stop at De Duprey/Von Humboldt Schools in Chicago and the Elgin Boys & Girls Club.

The second group on Jan. 13 will include assistant general manager Randy Bush, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, third base coach Mike Quade, bullpen coach Lester Strode, Samardzija, Wells, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Andrew Cashner and TV broadcaster Len Kasper.

The second group will stop at Alexander Hamilton Elementary School in Chicago; the Uplift Community High School in Chicago; Harry Caray's for the charity luncheon; Crispus Attucks Elementary School in Chicago, and the Northwest Indiana Boys & Girls Club in Gary, Ind.

On Jan. 14, the first group will include Bush, Fleita, Jaramillo, Quade, Strode, Hill, Hoffpauir, Wells, Berg, Blanco, Adduci, Cashner and television broadcaster Dave Otto. They will travel downstate to the Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield and attend the Peoria fan fest. Tickets for the Chiefs' event may be purchased in advance at O'Brien Field or various outlets in the Peoria area.

The second group on the second day of the caravan will include Piniella for the morning session, plus Rothschild, Trammell, Dempster, Gorzelanny, Jeff Gray, Caridad, Castillo, Jackson and WGN Radio broadcaster Pat Hughes. They will visit James Blaine Elementary School in Chicago; Hawthorne Scholastic Academy in Chicago; Waukegan (Ill.) School District; and a private event for the USO at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.