2014 Atlanta Braves Country Caravan coming to Aiken Jan. 27

  • Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:01 a.m.
Staff file photo by Noah Feit
Atlanta braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, center, and teammate J.R. Graham sign autographs for veterans and the staff at Charlie Norwood VA Hospital in Augusta as part of the Braves Country Caravan stop in the CSRA last year.
Staff file photo by Noah Feit Atlanta braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, center, and teammate J.R. Graham sign autographs for veterans and the staff at Charlie Norwood VA Hospital in Augusta as part of the Braves Country Caravan stop in the CSRA last year.

The 2014 Atlanta Braves Country Caravan, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, is rolling through the Southeast at the end of January, and it will include a stop in Aiken.

Members of the team will visit the community and meet fans while signing autographs on Jan. 27, when the Braves Country Caravan will stop at Academy Sports + Outdoors in Aiken. The Braves will also make a similar stop in Augusta that same day.

The event is scheduled to run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Additional details and a full lineup of participants will be announced at a later date.

“Every New Year brings fresh beginnings and the excitement of the upcoming baseball season. As we make our way around the Southeast during our Braves Country Caravan, each stop builds enthusiasm as we have the opportunity to meet with our fan base in their hometowns,” Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz said in a release. “This is our special way of connecting with Braves fans on a personal level, and to thank them for their loyalty and support heading into 2014.”

The Braves Country Caravan is made in anticipation of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. Braves players, coaches, broadcasters and front office staff will hit the road and travel thousands miles of Braves country to meet and greet fans prior to heading south for Spring Training in Orlando, Fla.

The Braves Country Caravan provides the opportunity to engage fans with players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters to create lasting memories in each of its stops. Throughout the planned visits, the Caravan will make community appearances, as well as host free public autograph signings at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores. Autographs are on a first come, first serve basis and aren't guaranteed. Fans will be limited to just one item for autographs and photographs with the Braves won't be allowed because of time constraints.

Last year, three members of the Braves' organization visited with wounded military members at Charlie Norwood VA Hospital in Augusta. All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman as well as teammates J.R. Graham and Tyler Pastornicky served as goodwill ambassadors. As part of the visit, the players toured the Active Duty Rehab Unit and got to see some of the equipment used during physical therapy.

“It's always a special time to come out an visit the wounded warriors,” Freeman said. “Anything we can do to give back and put a smile on their face.”

Noah Feit is the sports editor for the Aiken Standard and has been a professional journalist for more than 14 years after graduating from Syracuse University.

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