FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 18, 2017) - Texas Rangers outfield Delino DeShields has been added to the roster of guests for the Texas Rangers Winter Caravan presented by Kroger on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.
DeSheids joins Elvis Andrus, manager Jeff Banister, Keone Kela, Shawn Tolleson, Jose Trevino, former fan favorite and current broadcaster David Murphy, and Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel. Robinson Chirinos and Matt Bush, previously scheduled to appear, will not attend. Rangers Winter Caravan guests remain subject to change.
Rangers Winter Caravan FanFest remains free and open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to meet members of the Rangers, collect autographs (limited number of vouchers), and enjoy a day of free, family fun and festivities at Dr Pepper Ballpark as the Frisco RoughRiders celebrate the franchise's 15th anniversary season.
The RoughRiders Foundation is also partnering with the Keeper of the Game for Baseball Equipment Drive benefiting Puerto Rico. Fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used baseball gear, children's clothing, baby items and formula. The Keeper of the Game Foundation supports kids and young adults with special needs and disabilities in and around baseball. The organization also promotes servant leadership among players, coaches, teams and organizations.
In addition to the yearly autograph session with the Rangers (noon-1 p.m.), the Caravan continues to be a more family-friendly experience. Fans can enjoy inflatables (weather permitting), airbrush artists, and the Primrose and Riders playgrounds. Of course, team dog Brooks will be attendance as well!
The "Rangers Caravan VIP Autograph Session & Brunch" portion of the Winter Caravan has officially sold out.
Ballpark concessions will also be available for purchase with select $1 food specials, including $1 beer, hot chocolate, coffee, Dr Pepper Products, hot dogs and more.
Andrus, Bush, Kela and Trevino have played for the RoughRiders.
The Riders Outpost, the RoughRiders team store, will be open during the event, with specials on select merchandise. Additionally, fans who wish to purchase ticket packages for the 2018 season may do so during the FanFest.
Texas Rangers Winter Caravan
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, January 27
10:30 a.m.: Dr Pepper Ballpark gates open to public
10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Rangers Caravan VIP Autograph Session & Brunch (SOLD OUT)
11:45 a.m.: Media availability with the Rangers
Noon-1 p.m.: Public Autograph Session (limited number of vouchers)
Dr Pepper Ballpark
7300 RoughRiders Trail
Frisco, Texas 75034
Elvis Andrus, Jeff Banister, David Murphy, Delino DeShields, Keone Kela, Shawn Tolleson, Jose Trevino and Eric Nadel
All FanFest events are subject to change pending weather. The Rangers Winter Caravan is presented by Kroger.
The RoughRiders open the 2018 season April 5 at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Season tickets and ticket packages are now available at RidersBaseball.com, (972) 731-9200 and the RoughRiders Ticket Office.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 13 seasons (2005-2017). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past three seasons, investing nearly $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.