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Caravan-like event: A partial list

So the Nationals have just forwarded me the list of confirmed events for what amounts to a caravan-like series of appearances. If you recall, last year lefty Mike O'Connor and outfielder Nook Logan went on an exhausting eight-day bus trip around the District and environs - heading all the way down to the Tidewater in Virginia, if I recall correctly - and were occasionally joined by others, including Ryan Zimmerman at the end.

Right now, we know that Aaron Boone - newly acquired veteran backup infielder - will be at the Jan. 12 event listed below, and Manager Manny Acta will appear at the events from Jan. 13-17. The Nationals are working to firm up appearances by other players, as well as a few other events, including visits to hospitals and schools.

Here you have what is confirmed, direct from the club:

Saturday, Jan. 12: NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Nationals organization will be represented all day at the event at the Washington Convention Center. Screech and the Racing Presidents will be there, and there will be a speed pitch machine. Aaron Boone is scheduled to be on hand from roughly noon to 3 p.m., and they'll have a skills demonstration and autograph session.

Monday, Jan. 14: Food and Friends, 9-11 a.m.
Nationals players and employees will assist the organization with preparing meals for delivery that day. Food and Friends prepares and delivers meals to people who live with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Thursday, Jan. 17: Smart CEO Future 50
Manny Acta will serve as the keynote speaker for the Smart CEO Future 50 black-tie event at the Westin Grand hotel.

Saturday, Jan. 26: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, 11:30-2 p.m.
Nationals players will host a youth clinic for a Boys & Girls Clubhouse and their members in Fairfax County. Exact location TBD.

Sunday, Jan. 27: Washington Auto Show, noon-3 p.m.
Nationals players will take part in a autograph session at the Washington Convention Center.

Like I said, there are more events in the works, and the club says they should have a full announcement out by next Wednesday at the latest.


By Barry Svrluga  |  January 4, 2008; 12:16 PM ET
 
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