Cardinal Caravan comes to Centralia
The St. Louis Cardinals Caravan made a stop in Centralia recently and hosted a huge crowd to greet current and former players. The event was held at Castle Ridge.
Current players Alec Burleson, Andrew Knizner, JoJo Romero, and Jake Walsh joined former Cardinal players Brad Thompson, Al Hrabosky, John Costello, and Centralia native and hometown hero Gary Gaetti.
A question and answer session was held during the event and afterward, the players and former players made themselves available to sign autographs and pose for pictures. There were many young baseball fans in attendance and they got to meet their past, current and future heroes.
The Caravan benefitted the NubAbility Athletics Foundation. There were also raffles for Cardinal memorabilia and swag and that money also went to the Foundation. The organization exists to encourage, inspire and instruct limb different youth by getting them out of the stands, off the bench, and into the game so that they excel confidently in sports and in life.
The Caravan was a great way for fans outside of St. Louis to get up close and personal with their favorite team.
Although the Cardinals have lost superstars Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina to retirement, they still expect to compete at a high level for the 2023 season.
Current and former players of the St. Louis Cardinals recently traveled to Castle Ridge in Centralia for a stop by the Cardinals Caravan. Those who made the trek included, pictured above (L to R), Brad Thompson, Al Hrabosky, Alec Burleson, John Costello, Andrew Knizner, JoJo Romero and Jake Walsh. Centralia native and favorite son Gary Gaetti was also on the panel at the event.