Baseball road trip: Louisville Slugger Museum

Now that baseball is officially over for the season, it’s time to do other things, like take a road trip.  Our family decided to take a trip to Louisville, Kentucky to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs and the Louisville Slugger Museum. Since this is a baseball blog, I won’t talk about the Kentucky Derby Museum except to mention that it was very interesting. The museum is very well done and I learned a lot.

This was actually not my first visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum.  My son and I drove to Louisville in April 2018 to see Newsboys UNITED, since they were not playing anywhere near us. We decided to stop by the museum on our way to the hotel we were going to stay in.  We were short of time and money to take the museum tour, but we looked around at the rest of the museum and we decided that someday we would return to take the factory tour.  The Louisville Slugger Museum had a booth at the Winter Warm-Up in January, and if you signed up for their email list, you received a pass for two free factory tours.  This was our impetus to return, and I bugged my hubby all year to go until he finally caved in.  You can’t let a good deal like that expire.

We went to the Kentucky Derby Museum in the morning. We then went to lunch and made our way to the Louisville Slugger Museum, driving up 4th Street through the University of Louisville campus, then the Spaulding University campus, and finally, the beautiful old homes in Old Louisville.

The bat on the outside of the museum is so big it takes two photos to show it!

We parked at a private lot on 9th Street for only $6.00.  We arrived in time to get tickets for the 12:00 PM factory tour.  We wanted to add the bat vault tour, where you can see bats designed by legendary players, but sadly, tickets for the bat vault tour were sold out for the day.

Our tour guide’s name was Kate.  She was very knowledgeable. She mentioned at the beginning of the tour that we were not allowed to take photos or videos of the tour. The factory tour began with a movie that talked about the Hillerich & Bradsby Company (the parent company of Louisville Slugger)’s beginnings in 1884.  There is a forest in Pennsylvania where the trees grown there are used specifically for bats.  The tree selection process was discussed in the movie.

After the movie, we went into the factory. The selected trees are debarked and made into cylinders called billets. One tree can make up to 60 billets. Kate mentioned that less than 15% of these billets are made into bats for professional players.  Bats are made from ash, maple and birch wood. These woods have different qualities when they are made into bats. Some players come directly to the factory to select billets they want to be made into bats, including Christian Yelich.

The next step is to put the bat on a lathe, which smoothes out the surface. It takes 48 seconds to put a bat through the lathe. The bats have knobs at each end, called bat nubs, so they don’t move during the lathe process. The next step is to cut the bat nubs off of the bats and sand the ends.  You will see some bats with an indentation at the end and that is called the cutback.

The next step in bat production is the imprinting of the logo and names on the bats.  After that, the bats are finished, either by painting or staining the bats, and then putting a clear acrylic finish on the bat to give them a shiny finish.  There were baskets of bat nubs and we could take some nubs for a souvenir.  Phil and I both took a nub.

Our tour ended in a room with photos of players that used Louisville Sluggers.  One of the photos was of one of my all-time favorite Cardinals, Lou Brock.

Kate took questions from the tour guests at the end of the tour.  We then picked up our souvenir mini-Louisville Slugger bats.  After that, we went into the museum to look at the displays.  There were some interesting Lego sculptures, including a sculpture of one of my favorite places on earth, Busch Stadium.

Here’s a photo of a large glove, made of granite. Next to the granite glove is a batting cage, where you can pay to attempt to hit a baseball.

After we were done looking at all the displays, we went into the lobby where you can view wooden blocks with signatures of all of the players who have used Louisville Slugger bats, and these were grouped by decades. It was fun trying to find our favorite players.

We then went into the gift shop where I purchased yet another refrigerator magnet (my favorite vacation souvenir – they are inexpensive but useful) and a mouse pad.  My son bought some baseball cards, and in those packs were some lovely Cardinals baseball cards.  It was a nice end to a great tour.

I would highly recommend a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum for anyone who loves baseball and who is interested in how things work.  If you would like to find out more about the museum, you can visit their website at http://www.sluggermuseum.com.

In other news, six Cardinals players were nominated for Gold Glove awards, but only Kolten Wong won the Gold Glove.  As you know, the fans vote for the Platinum Glove awards.  The nominees for the Platinum Glove awards are the Gold Glove winners, so you can select Kolten to win the Platinum Glove. You can vote for the Platinum Glove Award here:  https://www.rawlings.com/.

That’s all for now!  Thanks as always for reading and I’ll see you next time!

Diane

News and views

The World Series started this week, but as you know, the Cardinals are not playing in it.  The juggernaut known as the Washington Nationals swept the Cardinals in 4 games.  The Cards’ bats tried to get hot in game 4, but it was too little, too late.  The Cards’ bats appeared to still be in Atlanta after game 5, in which they scored 13 runs.  Like many of the series in the regular season, the Cards overscored in one game and didn’t score many, if any runs, the next few games.  The Cardinals’ stellar defense and great pitching got them to the NLCS, but the lack of hitting caused them not to get to the World Series.  I was so hoping for a St. Louis Stanley Cup and a World Series title in the same year.  Maybe next year?

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend two games during the playoffs.  As mentioned in my last blog post, I was given two tickets to NLDS Game 4.  I also was able to attend Game 1 of the NLCS in St. Louis, which is the first NLCS game I have ever attended.  I won tickets from T-Mobile, my cell phone provider.  That was a mighty cold evening, and although the box seats were great, the Cardinals lost.

I don’t feel so bad that the Nationals swept the Cards, after seeing how they are beating up on the Astros.  Speaking of the Astros, I’m sure you’ve heard about the controversy concerning now-former assistant general manager Brandon Taubman.  For those who missed it, after the Astros won the ALCS, Taubman was in a room with three women reporters, one of which was Sports Illustrated reporter Stephanie Apstein. He shouted, “Thank God we got Osuna. I’m so f___ glad we got Osuna!” Osuna, of course, is Roberto Osuna, who served a 75 game suspension for assaulting his girlfriend. One of the reporters was wearing a purple domestic violence bracelet.  To make matters worse, the Astros’ front office waffled and tried to sweep the incident under the rug.  Apparently, the Astros have finally come to their senses and have fired Taubman. More details about this incident can be found in the article here.  I’m sure glad Jeff Luhnow left the Cardinals.  Now if only he had been smart enough to change his password when he got to Houston, the Cards wouldn’t have had to go through Hackergate.  This is the 21st century. Women reporters and bloggers are in locker rooms and clubhouses now and men really need to act like gentlemen and watch how they talk.  Teams need to own up to what their employees are doing and saying and take prompt action when things go bad rather than deny them and try to blame the victims.

Now for some good news!  The Gold Glove finalists were announced today and the Cardinals have the most finalists of all the National League teams.  The Cardinals’ Gold Glove finalists are Yadier Molina, Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Paul DeJong, Harrison Bader, and surprisingly, Jack Flaherty.  This is a reflection of the Cards’ shining defense.  I think Yadi and Kolten are shoo-ins for the Gold Glove.  The Platinum Glove finalists should be announced in the next few days.

Well, I think I’ve said enough for now.  Since this is the off-season, I won’t be blogging as much as during the season.  Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

 

 

Onward and forward to the NLCS!

Since it took 162 games for the Cardinals to win the National League Central (with some help from the Colorado Rockies – thanks, guys!), I shouldn’t have been surprised that it took all 5 games for the Cards to beat the Braves and win the NLDS.  The scores of all the games were close with the exception of Game 5.  Sunday’s game was especially heartbreaking, with Adam Wainwright pitching a masterpiece but Carlos Martinez giving up a home run to lose the game.  I really thought the Cards were done.

Then came Game 4 on Monday.  The marketing director at work stopped me on the way back to my desk on Monday around 1:55 PM to tell me that she had 2 tickets to the game and asked if I wanted to go.  Free tickets to an NLDS game?  You don’t have to ask me twice!  I went back to my desk, clocked out, changed into my sneakers and grabbed my purse. Since the building our law firm is in is only two blocks from Busch Stadium, I got there just in time to see Paul Goldschmidt’s and Marcell Ozuna’s home runs in the bottom of the first.  Yadi the G.O.A.T. became Yadi the hero in the bottom of the 10th inning with a sacrifice fly to bring Kolten Wong home to win the game.  Kolten ran like his hamstring had never been hurt. What a game! Hope was renewed.

Then came Game 5. I was so hoping that the Cards would not have to go back to Atlanta to face the tomahawk chop and those annoying Braves fans.  Well, at least the Braves fans didn’t throw beer bottles at the Cardinals on the field like they did during the wild card game in 2012.  And the Braves did not give fans the foam tomahawks, thanks to Ryan Helsley’s remarks (Helsey is half Cherokee). The Cards scored 10 runs in the first inning.  Jack Flaherty pitched a great game and even nicked Ronald Acuna, Jr., who mouthed off all the way to first base even with Yadi escorting him. And in the first inning, Matt Carpenter told Mike Shildt that one of the best defensive players in the National League was sitting on the bench.  Carp told Mike to take him out and put Bader in.  What a selfless guy and a great teammate!

And now for the first time since 2014, the Cardinals will be playing in the NLCS!  They will be playing the Nationals, and it’s the first time the Nats have made it to the NLCS. Matt Adams will be in the NLCS again. Sadly, however, since the Nats beat the Dodgers, my MLB playoff bracket is busted.  I was so hoping the Dodgers would win since the Cards seem to have the Dodgers’ number in the playoffs and especially Clayton Kershaw’s number, who imploded last night.

Since the Cards won the division and the Nats were the wild card. the Cards will have home field advantage in the NLCS.  Games 1, 2, and 6 and 7 (if necessary) will be played in St. Louis. Miles Mikolas will start tomorrow night and Adam Wainwright will pitch Saturday afternoon, with Jack Flaherty pitching on Monday and Dakota Hudson on Tuesday in Washington.  Will you be attending either (or both) Games 1 and 2?  If so, here are all the details:

2019 NLCS GAMES ONE AND TWO DETAILS — CARDINALS VS. NATIONALS

St. Louis and Washington Meet in Playoffs For Second Time, First Time Since Cardinals 2012 NLDS Win

For the first time since 2014, the St. Louis Cardinals have advanced to the National League Championship Series.  The Redbirds begin a best-of-seven series tomorrow against the Wild Card winning Washington Nationals, who defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in their Division Series matchup three games to two.  A very limited amount of NLCS tickets are available at cardinals.com/postseason.  Fans wishing to obtain tickets are strongly encouraged to purchase verified tickets on the team’s website or from the club’s official online marketplace, StubHub.  Fans are also encouraged to arrive early to the ballpark to allow everyone to be in their seats by the start of the games.  Below are details for the NLCS series against the Nationals.

NLCS Game 1 — Friday, October 11, 2019 — Busch Stadium (7:08 PM CT)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 4:35 PM

Official Cardinals Pregame Pep Rally:

  • 4:00–6:00 PM on the Missouri Lottery Outdoor Stage/Busch II Infield at Ballpark Village

         Music, entertainment and appearances by DJ Todd Thomas, Cardinals Organist Dwayne Hilton, Fredbird, Team               Fredbird, and Cardinals Alumni with prize and ticket giveaways!

Red & Navy Rally Towel Giveaway: 40,000 fans entering with a ticket.  Presented by SSM Health.

Pregame Field Ceremonies:

  • Introduction of the St. Louis Cardinals & Washington Nationals
  • Outfield Flag by Fort Leonard Wood
  • National Anthem performed by Charles Glenn
  • Ceremonial First Pitches by Cardinals Hall of Famers Jason Isringhausen and Scott Rolen

NLCS Game 2 — Saturday, October 12, 2019 — Busch Stadium (3:08 PM CT)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 12:35 PM

Official Cardinals Pregame Pep Rally:

  • 12:00-2:00 PM on the Missouri Lottery Outdoor Stage/Busch II Infield at Ballpark Village

         Music, entertainment and appearances by DJ Todd Thomas, Cardinals Organist Dwayne Hilton, Fredbird, Team               Fredbird, and Cardinals Alumni with prize and ticket giveaways!

Red & Navy Rally Towel Giveaway: 40,000 fans entering with a ticket.  Presented by Ameren Missouri & Ameren Illinois.

Pregame Field Ceremonies:

  • Colors presented by Navy Talent Acquisition Group – Mid-America Color Guard
  • National Anthem performance by Retired Naval Petty Officer, 1st Class, Generald Wilson
  • Ceremonial First Pitches by Cardinals Alumni Danny Cox and John Tudor

Below is the TV and radio station information for Games 3 through 7:

NLCS Game 3 — Monday, October 14, 2019 — Nationals Park (TBD)

TV: TBS;  Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

NLCS Game 4 — Tuesday, October 15, 2019 — Nationals Park (TBD)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

NLCS Game 5 — Wednesday, October 16, 2019 — Nationals Park (TBD)* (if necessary)

TV: TBS ; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

NLCS Game 6 — Friday, October 18, 2019 — Busch Stadium (TBD)* (if necessary)

TV: TBS;  Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

NLCS Game 7 — Saturday, October 19, 2019 — Busch Stadium (TBD)* (if necessary)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Division winner celebration and playoffs preview!

It took all 162 games, but the Cardinals are the 2019 National League Central Division Champions! Sunday’s game against the Cubs (which was also Joe Maddon’s last game as the Cubs manager and that was expected) was a rout.  Many thanks to the Colorado Rockies for beating the Milwaukee Brewers so that they couldn’t win the division. If the Brewers had won the division, the Cards would have had to play against the Nationals in the wild card game, with St. Louisan Max Scherzer on the mound. 

The celebration in the locker room was epic.  My favorite part was manager Mike Shildt’s speech.  “We don’t have team meetings, but we have three meetings left – when we pop the champagne when we win the NLDS, when we pop the champagne when we win the NLCS, and when we pop the champagne when we win the World Series.” Or something very close to that, because I don’t remember the exact words. Anyway, from your lips to God’s ears, Mike. We would all love to see the Cardinals win their twelfth World Series in 2019. As I mentioned back in May, it would be awesome if the Blues won the Stanley Cup and the Cardinals win the World Series in the same year.  They haven’t done that in Chicago – ever. What I and lots of old-time fans would really like to see is a Cardinals-Yankees World Series. The last time that happened was 1964 and the Cards won that World Series. An excellent book about the 1964 World Series is “October 1964” by the late David Halberstam.  

It has been a long regular season, with many ups and downs.  If you’re a regular reader of my blog (thank you), you know I’ve written about most of them.  May was a particularly bad month for the Cardinals. But what matters the most is where a team finishes at the end of the season.  One of my only complaints is that if the Cardinals had won a few more games during the season, it wouldn’t have to come down to the wire for them to win the division and the Cards could have breathed a little easier. But we’ve also seen what happens when there’s too much of a lull between a division win and the playoffs.  Perhaps winning the division on the last day was for the best after all. 

Jack Flaherty, he of the minuscule ERA and WHIP, won NL Pitcher of the Month yesterday for the second month in a row.  Since he had to pitch on Sunday, Jack will start Friday’s game in Atlanta. Miles Mikolas will start Thursday’s game and Dallas Keuchel will be the starter for the Braves.  The Friday game will start at 3:30 PM CST, but the time of Thursday’s game won’t be determined until the winner of the wild card game is decided. Sunday and Monday’s games will be at Busch Stadium.  I do hope the fans in Atlanta are better behaved this year than during the Cards-Braves wild card game there in 2012 when they threw beer bottles at the Cards players.  

Tickets for the National League Championship Series go on sale tomorrow at 12:00 noon CST.  If you’re so inclined and have the money, you can purchase tickets at this link: cardinals.com/postseason.  You must have an MLB account since the tickets will be delivered to the Ballpark app on your smartphone.  

I follow the Grammarly app on Twitter, and they posted a poll on Twitter today asking what our favorite thing was in October (there were four choices).  I replied as follows:

I hope you are excited about this postseason as I am!  Thursday afternoon (or night) is so far away! Thanks for reading!

Diane

Cardinals are (will be) doing it for themselves

(Sorry, Annie Lennox, for appropriating your song title.) Unfortunately, the last couple of days, the Cards haven’t been doing it for themselves.  They lost a 19 inning marathon on Tuesday and a B team (except for Tommy Edman) lineup game on Wednesday at Arizona.  And the Reds were no help to the Cards – they could not beat the juggernaut better known as the Milwaukee Brewers, who have a 9-1 record in the last 10 games, and winning the last 7 games in a row.  And that’s without Christian Yelich, who broke his kneecap when it was hit by a foul ball.  The Brewers are not going to lay down and die, and they play the Rockies this weekend.  I’m not sure the Rockies will give the Cards any help either.

The Cards may have some assistance from an unlikely candidate.  On Twitter tonight, Paul Sullivan posted the following:

Joe Maddon has nothing to lose – the Cubs are out of the playoffs and it appears that he will be out of a job at the end of the season. If the Cubs play their B lineup, the Cards can beat the Cubs and squish the Brewers’ hopes of winning the division.

My fellow blogger Adam Van Grack posted a tweet today with how the wild card/NL Central could play out this weekend. He explained it much better than I could, so I post it here:

So even if the Cubs cooperate, it looks like the Cards indeed will be doing it for themselves.  Dakota Hudson is the starting pitcher Friday night and Adam Wainwright will be the starting pitcher on Saturday night.  Sunday night’s pitcher is to be determined.  Which pitcher will be used Sunday night will probably depend on what happens in the other two games.  And it’s the last homestand of the season.  Hopefully, this weekend’s games won’t be the last home games until next year.  Here are all the details for this weekend’s homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, September 27—Sunday, September 29)

Final Homestand to Determine National League Central Division Winner

The Cardinals return to Busch assured of a playoff berth, but just one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central.  The thirteenth homestand of the season brings the rival Chicago Cubs in for the final three games of the regular season (September 27-29).  Depending on this weekend’s results, the Cardinals could clinch the Central division title as early as Saturday or be forced to play a tiebreaker game against the Brewers on Monday at Busch Stadium.

Friday, September 27, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

Fan Appreciation Weekend

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, ESPN2

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Goodwill Autograph Night: Cardinals pitcher Mike Mayers will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 years and younger from 5:45-6:15.  Cardinals Alumni Al Hrabosky and Mike Tyson will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  Players subject to change.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with RP Steve Kline.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (6:15 p.m.)

Fan Appreciation Weekend

TV: FOX

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 4:15 PM

2020 Magnet Schedule Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket. Presented by Shelter Insurance.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals reliever Steve Kline will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Cardinals Wives Auction: Cardinals Wives will be auctioning off several “Favorite Things” baskets next to the 1764 Public House Craft Pub (Section 141).  The baskets feature player signed memorabilia along with some of the player’s favorite things.  All proceeds from the auction will support Hurricane Dorian relief efforts through the Global Empowerment Mission organization.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (2:15 p.m.)

Fan Appreciation Weekend

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 12:15 PM

2020 Magnet Schedule Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket. Presented by Shelter Insurance.

2020 Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours before the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Thanks as always for reading! Go Cards!

Diane

I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it)

When the Cardinals went to Chicago this weekend, I have to admit I was a bit nervous. The Cards had only won one game all season at Wrigley.  The best we could hope for was a split.

However, this was an exciting series from the first game to the last game, although the Sunday game was sort of boring until the top of the ninth inning, probably because there was limited scoring.  None of the games were blowouts – in fact, the Cards won all four games by only one run.  The Thursday night game went into extra innings, thanks to Carlos Martinez, but Matt Carpenter saved the day by hitting a home run in the top of the tenth inning.  Sadly, Carpenter was in the game because Kolten Wong injured his left hamstring running to first base.  When bad things happen, the other players take up the slack and get things done.  That’s the way it’s supposed to be.  Kolten has a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring and he hopes to be able to play in the Cubs series this weekend at Busch Stadium.

The Saturday afternoon game itself was so exciting, with the lead going back and forth, that I thought I might have a heart attack.  The two home runs in the top of the ninth by Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong (who hit it out of the park onto Waverly Avenue) were so exciting, my son and I screamed like we were at the ballpark.  Twitter was on fire this weekend, with Cards fans and Cubs fans going back and forth at each other.  Watching the game and being on Twitter at the same time is a great experience.  If you’re not on Twitter, you should be.  I post during games as much as possible. My Twitter feed is on the right-hand column of your screen.

The Thursday night Cards-Cubs game was on FOX and not FOX Sports Midwest, and the FOX announcers slobbered all over the Cubs just like the ESPN announcers do.  The Cards have the best announcer in baseball in Dan McLaughlin. We really miss Dan when we have to put up with the national announcers who act like the Cardinals don’t exist because they’re not an East or West Coast team or they’re not Chicago.  The exception to this would be the YouTube announcers and that may be because one of the announcers is Jason Marquis, who used to pitch for the Cardinals.  By the way, the Wednesday afternoon Cards-Diamondbacks game is on YouTube, which should make those Cards fans who have Dish Network or Sling happy since FOX Sports Midwest is no longer on those providers.  Danny Mac said yesterday that if the Cards clinch the division on Wednesday that there would be special coverage on FOX Sports Midwest after the game.

The Cards have clinched one of the wild card spots and had a lovely champagne toast, but that’s not enough – the Cards should win the division. The magic number for the Cards to win the division is now 4, which means that any combination of Cards wins/Brewers losses gives the Cards the division title.  The Cubs’ loss yesterday meant that they are eliminated from the playoffs.

The Cards play a three-game series with the Diamondbacks this week.  Paul Goldschmidt returns to Arizona and no doubt, the fans there will give him a standing ovation.  The Cards could clinch the division as soon as Wednesday.  The sooner the better, in my opinion.

As for the title of this post?  You may remember that back in May, I wrote a blog post about the Cards needing a theme song like the Blues had with “Gloria.”  On Saturday night, Jeff Niehaus (@Fly_the_L on Twitter) came up with the song “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire.  The first line is “Do you remember the 21st night of September?” and Saturday’s date was indeed September 21.  However, I believe I have found an even better song, and it’s “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters.  I put up a poll on Twitter, but unfortunately, I only got two votes, one for each song, so it was a tie.  In case you haven’t heard the song in a while, here’s the video:

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

 

In and out of the deep freeze

Coming into this series with the Rockies, the Cardinals’ bats were on fire. They scored 16 runs in the Pittsburgh series.  During the current series with the Rockies, however, their bats were as cold as the snow on the top of the Rocky Mountains.  Coors Field is supposed to be a hitter’s paradise, but the Rockies didn’t score much either.  They did, however, score just enough to beat the Cardinals.  The Cards’ bats finally thawed out in the last game of the series. Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong each hit home runs in the first inning, and Rangel Ravelo hit a 487 foot home run in the third inning, the second-longest HR by a major league player this season.  Marcel Ozuna also hit a home run in the third inning.  Harrison Bader hit a home run in the fourth inning.

The Cardinals still have some issues, however.  The Cardinals have had difficulty this season winning the first game after a day off.  The Cardinals’ next day off is September 26, which unfortunately is before the last series of the season with the Cubs.  That series could determine whether the Cardinals will be playing in the postseason.

The Cardinals are also having trouble again with situational hitting – i.e., getting runners in scoring position home. Home runs are not the only way to score runs.  Several players also look like they are tired and need a day off.  There are roughly 2 weeks still to go in the regular season.  Since the 40 man roster is now in place, there’s no excuse for these players to not get a day off.  The Cardinals have several bench players capable of filling in for a game, or two, if necessary.  Should the Cardinals win the NL Central, the players will need to be rested up for the postseason.

Thankfully, the Cubs have kept losing, so the Cards are still in first place in the NL Central.  The Brewers are on a hot streak, so they could pass the Cubs and the Cardinals in the standings if the Cardinals don’t start winning again.  The Brewers come to town for a 3 game series this weekend.  The son and I will be at Saturday night’s game because I really wanted that Stan Musial/Red Schoendienst bobblehead.  We will be in section 101 (right field bleachers), row 9, seats 14 and 15, so stop by and say hi if you’ll be at the game Saturday night.  I love to meet my readers!

In other Cardinals news today, Adam Wainwright was named the Cardinals nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given each year to the player who represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Adam was nominated for this award because of his work with his organization Big League Impact. You may remember that Yadier Molina won the Roberto Clemente Award last year for his work in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  A Blue Ribbon Panel that will elect the award winner will include a fan vote, and you can vote for Adam here: https://www.mlb.com/mlb/community/roberto-clemente-award.

On a side note, this is the 45th anniversary of the day I became a Cardinals fan, after listening to a 7 hour, 4 minutes, 25 innings, 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on KMOX with my mom.  There must have been no school the next day – my mom wouldn’t let me stay up until 2 AM on a school night.  You can read about it at the link here: https://www.stltoday.com/news/archives/years-ago-bake-mcbride-s-mad-dash-ends-the-longest/article_0be7f792-0367-515e-9020-03f849f15c5a.html.

The win today will hopefully start a long winning streak to keep the Cubs and the Brewers from winning the division.  The Cardinals return home to Busch Stadium tomorrow night for the second to last homestand of the season. (Where did the time go?)  Here are all the details you’ll need:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, September 13—Wednesday, September 18)

St. Louis Blues Night and Fiesta Cardenales Highlight Twelfth Homestand

The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium atop the NL Central standings, with 10 of their final 16 games coming against the Brewers and Cubs.  The six-game homestand kicks off with the final three games of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers (September 13-15) and concludes with a three-game series versus the current NL Wild Card leader, Washington Nationals (September 16-18).

Friday, September 13, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Cardinals Hockey Sweater Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by FOX Sports Midwest.

St. Louis Blues Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique Yadier Molina/Blues bobblehead.  Come early for a pregame pep rally in Budweiser Terrace and a concert by Funky Butt Brass Band starting at 5:30.  Theme Tickets for this event are sold out.

Blues Pregame Ceremony: Members of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues will be honored on the field before the start of tonight’s game.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with RP Al Hrabosky.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Saturday, September 14, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at  4:15 PM

 Stan Musial & Red Schoendienst Double Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Ameren Missouri.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals reliever Al Hraboksy will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Goodwill Autograph Night: Cardinals pitcher Tyler Webb will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 years and younger from 5:00-5:30.  Cardinals Alumni Tom Lawless and Ted Savage will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 5:30-6:15.  Players subject to change.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 11:15 AM

 Cardinals Adult Beanie Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Coca-Cola and Schnucks.

Cardinals Kids Beanie Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket.  Presented by Powerade and Schnucks.

Fiesta Cardenales: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a double bobblehead of Cardinals Spanish radio broadcasters Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Hispanic Education Cultural & Scholarship Foundation.  Come early for a pregame event featuring current and former Cardinal Latin players, folklórico dancers and a performance by Orquesta Chevere in Budweiser Terrace.   Presented by Ponce Realty Group.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/fiesta.

Cardenales Jerseys: To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Cardinals will be wearing special “Cardenales” jerseys for today’s game.

Prairie Farms Kids Run The Bases: Fans ages 15 & under can run the bases after the game (weather permitting).

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Monday, September 16, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by StubHub.

College Night III: For just $20, get a ticket to the game and a cool Cardinals flannel shirt.  Presented by WGU.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college.

Mark DeJohn Retirement Ceremony: Minor League Field Coordinator, Mark DeJohn, will be honored for his 33 years with the organization in a field ceremony before tonight’s game.

 Johnson City Cardinals Championship Ceremony: Johnson City Cardinals Manager Roberto Espinoza will be recognized during a field ceremony before tonight’s game.  The Cardinals Rookie League affiliate won the 2019 Appalachian League Championship on September 4th, the 11th league title in franchise history.

Blues BP Jersey Auction: Online auctions for over 30 Blues-themed batting practice jerseys worn by Cardinal players prior to Friday’s Blues Theme Night begins today and ends on September 19 at 7:59 PM CT.  Proceeds from the online jersey auction will benefit Cardinals Care.  Fans can bid at cardinals.com/community.

Battle at Busch Finals: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals will crown a winner for 2019.  Tonight’s final battle features Casey Bazzell, Inner OutlinesCity of Parks and Joe Miller Band.  Gate 1 will open at 4:15 for the event.  Performances begin at 4:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Random thoughts and Homestand Highlights for August 30-September 5

The Cards’ last homestand went very well.  They won 6 out of 7 games.  The only game they lost was the August 21 rain-shortened game, thanks to the umps.  Manager Mike Shildt wasn’t very happy about that.

In player moves, Junior Fernandez was brought up and then sent back down.  Ryan Helsley then came back up from Memphis.  Harrison Bader came back to the big club from Memphis and showed more patience at the plate.  He even drew some walks.  I think the temporary detention was helpful.

The Cards’ bats were taken out of the deep freeze and they were on fire this last homestand.  Perhaps the firing of Mark Budaska was a good idea after all.  The Cards beat the Brewers by the scores of 3-0 and 9-4. During the Monday night game, Paul DeJong hit a home run so hard it broke the “M” in the Big Mac Land sign.  I was given bleacher seats by someone at work for the Wednesday night game.  It’s hard to cheer enthusiastically when you’re surrounded by Rockies fans.  We left as soon as we saw lightning and the grounds crew took the cover off of the tarp.  The Cards were just getting warmed up, however.  The team then beat the Rockies by the scores of 6-5, 8. 3,. 6-0, and 11-4.

The son and I were at the Sunday game.  There is an attorney at work that has season tickets on the first base side, 3 rows off of the field.  I helped him with a project when his assistant was out of the office, so he let me select a game I wanted to go to.  I chose Sunday’s game because the giveaway was a 1944 World Series replica ring, and I wanted it to add to my collection.  There was an over 2-hour rain delay. If it had kept raining, the grounds crew would have had to build an ark. The son was ready to go home, but I told him we’d go out one more time and see if the rain had stopped.  It had, and the grounds crew were taking the tarp off of the field, so we stayed.  That second inning was crazy, though!  The Cards’ whole lineup batted that inning and the first three batters in the lineup for a total of 12 batters.  I ran out of room on my scorecard for the second inning.  I had to put the remaining 3 batters in the second inning in the 10th inning column.  I’ve never had that happen in all the years I’ve been keeping score.  We weren’t planning on being there so late, so I had to go to the concession stand to get dinner.  I bought a chicken tenders and fries basket for me, nachos for the son, and a 21 oz. soda and a souvenir soda. I spent $42.00.  Now I know why I bring food to the ballpark.

After that, the Cards had a short series at Milwaukee.  They won 2 out of the three games but lost yesterday’s game.  The team had a well-earned day off today – they hadn’t had a day off since August 12.  We’re getting closer to the end of the season, so the Cards can’t put on the brakes now.  They’re in first place now by a game and a half.  The Cards need to keep winning to keep the Cubs from taking the division.  Here’s hoping the Cards don’t wait until the last weekend of the series to clinch the pennant.  That kind of suspense just drives me crazy.

The Cards return home tomorrow night for a 7 game homestand.  Some of the giveaways are pretty sweet, especially the Yadier Molina Funko POP! figurine on Labor Day.  Will you be going to any of the games during this homestand?  If so, here are all the details:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, August 30—Thursday, September 5)

Military Appreciation Night & Yadi Funko POP! Giveaway Highlight Eleventh Homestand

After taking two of three from the Brewers in Milwaukee, the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium as winners of 15 of their last 19 contests.  The eight-game homestand kicks off with a four-game weekend series (including a Saturday split doubleheader) against the Cincinnati Reds (August 30-September 1) and concludes with four games versus the San Francisco Giants (September 2-5).

Friday, August 30, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

2004 NL Champions Beer Stein Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 21 and older.  Presented by Budweiser.

Six Flags BOGO Ticket Giveaway: 30,000 fans, entering with a ticket.

Military Appreciation Night: Presented by FOX Sports Midwest, fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive cap supporting their favorite branch of the military.  Come early to enjoy a pregame concert by the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Starlifter beginning at 5:30 in Budweiser Terrace.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to USO Missouri. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/militarynight.

Telecast For The Troops: This One’s For You, FOX Sports Midwest’s annual Cardinals telecast to the troops, will link live with members of two Missouri National Guard units (the 157th Air Operations Group deployed to Qatar and the 1175th Military Police Company deployed to Kuwait) and broadcast tonight’s game live on the American Forces Network.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with OF Charlie James.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Saturday, August 31, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (12:15 p.m.)

Make-up of 6/5 Postponed Game

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 10:45 AM

Star Wars Day: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Star Wars-themed pullover jersey.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up 2 Cancer.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/starwars.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals OF Charlie James will sign from 9-11 AM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Saturday, August 31, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:45 PM

 Road Gray Embroidered Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Country Bob’s.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, September 1, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 11:15 AM

 Kids Pajama Pants Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket.  Presented by The Pasta House Co.  Size exchanges can be made at the Patio Pavilion until 2:15 PM.

Union Appreciation Day: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a specially designed Cardinals Union Proud stocking cap.  A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to the STLCLC “$5 for the Fight” Fund.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/union.

Prairie Farms Kids Run The Bases: Fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases after the game (weather permitting).

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Monday, September 2, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 11:15 AM

Yadier Molina Funko POP! Giveaway: 30,000 fans, entering with a ticket.  Presented by Nathan’s Famous.

KCancer Day:  In honor of the 7th annual league-wide KCancer Day, former Cardinals closer Jason Motte will be on hand to present the proceeds from his foundation’s 6th annual St. Louis Cornhole Challenge to Cardinals Care in a pregame ceremony on the field.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Woody Williams Budweiser Bash: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Woody Williams bobblehead.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Woody.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.

Boots at Busch Finals: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals present the finals of the Boots at Busch country music concert series.  Tonight’s battle features defending champion Brushville, Madd Hoss Jackson, Jake Shafer, & Kenna.  Gate 1 will open at 4:15 PM.  Performances begin at 4:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Billikens Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Billikens-themed Cardinals lightweight quarter-zip pullover.  Come early for a pregame pep rally featuring special Billikens guests in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/billikens.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (12:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 10:45 AM

KMOX Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a dual bobblehead featuring radio broadcasters Mike Shannon and John Rooney.  VIP tickets holders will get the bobblehead and access to an exclusive pregame meet-and-greet with Mike and John.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/KMOX.

Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

Thanks as always for reading! Have a great Labor Day weekend!  See you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights for August 19-25, 2019

The Cardinals’ last road trip was very productive.  They won both games in Kansas City and split the series with Cincinnati.  The only games that the Cards lost were the Wednesday and Saturday games in Cincinnati.  The Cards’ bats were hot on Friday (they won 13-4), but they only scored one run the night before and the night after that. The Cards’ bats need to be more consistent.  If the team could get the hitting going consistently, they could run away with the NL Central.  As of this writing, the Cards are tied with the Cubs for first place.  The Cards play the Brewers this week, and they could push the Brewers further down the standings with a successful series.   The Cubs need to get pushed down the standings too.

Can I be frank?  Those Saturday road uniforms have got to go.  They are bad luck.  The Cards have only won one game that they have played while wearing the Saturday road uniforms.  The blue road uniforms have even brought bad luck to their model, Harrison Bader – he is still down in Memphis, although it looks like he is regaining his swing.  If the Cards wanted to go with the blue uniforms, they should have just reissued the 1980s uniforms.  Sometimes you can’t improve on a classic.

The Cards return home for a seven-game homestand against Milwaukee and, for the first time this season, the Rockies.  Thankfully, the Cards play the Rockies at home and not at Coors Field.  Now that school is back in session, the weekday evening games will start at 6:45 PM and not at 7:15 PM, through the end of the season. It would be nice if the 7:15 PM games started at 6:45 PM all season long.  I usually don’t get back home from 7:15 PM weeknight games until 11:00 PM if I stay until the end of the game.

Here are all the details about the upcoming homestand, which includes the Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony information:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, August 19—Sunday, August 25)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Players’ Weekend Highlight Tenth Homestand

 After winning four of six on their road trip through Kansas City and Cincinnati, the Cardinals return to Busch atop the NL Central.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with three games against the Milwaukee Brewers (August 19-21) and concludes with a four-game weekend series versus the Colorado Rockies (August 22-25).

Monday, August 19, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Sandlot Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans can choose between a Cardinals “Hercules” or “Smalls” bobblehead.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/sandlot.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Will Clark Budweiser Bash: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Will Clark bobblehead.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Will.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Fire and Wood & Inner Outlines.  Gate 1 will open at 4:45 PM.  Performances begin at 5:30 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Specially-priced tickets are available for $10.  Learn more at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Star Trek Night: Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will take home an exclusive Star Trek-themed Cardinals cap.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/startrek.

Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back the Boots at Busch concert series featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features The Foggy Memory Boys, Madd Hoss Jackson & MiKayla Gunn.  Gate 1 will open at 4:45 PM.  Performances begin at 5:05 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $10 at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by StubHub.

World Wide Technology Raceway Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Harrison Bader IndyCar bobblehead and a free ticket to the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 qualifying night on August 23.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/gateway.  (I predict that Harrison will be called back up for his bobblehead night, like when Kolten Wong got called back up for his Hawaiian shirt night.)

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Friday, August 23, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (7:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Cardinals Mesh Pullover Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Cooper Tires / Dobbs Tire & Auto Center.

Heart & Hustle Award Presentation: Before the game, Paul DeJong will be recognized as the team’s 2019 MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award recipient.  The esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.

Stranger Things Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a Cardinals-inspired Stranger Things t-shirt.  Come early for a pregame concert of 80s hits by That’s 80s Band in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/strangerthings.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with Cardinals Hall of Famer Jason Isringhausen (in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Club).  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports 1

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 4:15 PM

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Scott RolenJason Isringhausen, and Mort Cooper will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame during a 3:00 p.m. ceremony at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.  The 2019 inductees will also be recognized as part of a pregame ceremony on the field at Busch Stadium.  #CardsHOF

Mystery Cardinals Hall of Fame Cap Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Edward Jones.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Cardinals Hall of Fame OF Ray Lankford will sign from 10 AM-12 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Cardinals Wives Grab Bag Fundraiser: Cardinals Wives will sell mystery grab bags to fans for $50 at Gates 3 and 4, inside the Cardinals Club, Redbird Club, Ford Plaza, and Budweiser Terrace. Inside each bag is an autographed baseball from a Cardinals player and a card revealing the mystery signature. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Great Circle and KEEN St. Louis.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/cardinalswives.

MetroBus Painting: Add some color to the MetroBus fleet by painting two specially designed Cardinals murals onto the Art Bus.  The event is free and will be held outside the Busch Stadium Team Store from 4-6:30 PM.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (1:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 11:15 AM

1944 World Series Championship Replica Ring Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  My son and I are attending this game so I can add to my replica ring collection.  🙂

Paul Goldschmidt Growth Poster Giveaway: 10,000 kids, ages 15 and under, entering with a ticket.  Presented by Missouri Farmers Care.

Bikers at Busch: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals biker t-shirt that is bad to the bone.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours before the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

That’s all for now! Thanks as always for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

What a crazy last two weeks it’s been for the Cardinals.  The transactions alone these last two weeks have been dizzying. You couldn’t even fit them all on a scorecard. On July 29, Harrison Bader was optioned to Memphis, and hopefully there he will find the batting stroke he has lost.  Bader is still at Memphis, sadly enough for us ladies who enjoy watching him on the field. Perhaps the Cards will call him back for his bobblehead night on August 23. On July 30, the Cards claimed LHP Adalberto Mejia off waivers from the Angels.  The Cards designated Mejia for assignment on August 6, and the Angels reclaimed Mejia on August 8.  Easy come, easy go?

On July 31, Daniel Ponce de Leon was optioned to Memphis.  Matt Carpenter was assigned to Memphis for rehab on August 1 and was activated on August 4.  Yadier Molina was assigned to Memphis for rehab on August 1. On August 8, Yadi was sent to Springfield for rehab.  On August 3, Tyler O’Neill was put on the 10-day injured list for a wrist sprain. On August 4, RHP Mike Mayers was designated for assignment, Rangel Ravelo was optioned to Memphis, and Ryan Helsley was recalled (for the 6th time) from Memphis.  On August 6, Adalberto Mejia was designated for assignment, Mike Mayers was sent outright to Memphis, and the contract of RFP Junior Hernandez was purchased from Memphis.

The trade deadline was a disaster.  The only deal Mo made was to trade Jedd Gyorko to the Dodgers for cash, international cap space, LHP Tony Cingrani (who is on the injured list until after the season because of a shoulder injury and is a free agent after the season and RHP Jeffry Abreu (a minor league pitcher).  The team needed a starting pitcher and an outfielder and Mo obtained neither.  The only other acquisition was on July 29, when the Cards picked up LHP Zac Rosscup for cash from the Dodgers. Rosscup went straight to Memphis.  Some of my fellow bloggers and most of Cardinals Twitter agree it’s long past time for John Mozeliak to be fired.  If the Cardinals don’t make the playoffs for the fourth straight year, I believe Mo will go.

When last I wrote (July 25, 2019), the Cardinals were in a hot streak.  The bats were hot and so was the team. However, since then, things have taken a nosedive.  The Cardinals had a California road trip from August 3 – 7 and they didn’t win a single game.  The bats that once appeared to be on fire are back in the deep freeze.  Jack Flaherty pitched a masterful game yesterday with no win to show for it.  I believe the players are angry that Mo didn’t get help for them at the trade deadline, especially since they played so hard to get to first place. Their bats are on strike. The Cards are now 3 ½ games back in the NL Central.

If, after all of the above, you still want to see the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, the Cards return home tomorrow night for the shortest homestand of the year – 3 games.  The Dynamic Deal for Friday night’s game ($10.00 tickets with a free hot dog and soda, plus the promo item) was too good to pass up, so the son and I will be there. Here are all the homestand highlights:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS

(Friday, August 9—Sunday, August 11)

90s Night and Weekend of Wearable Giveaways Highlight Ninth Homestand

The Cardinals return to Busch for their shortest homestand of the season.  The brief homestand features a three-game weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (August 9-11).

Friday, August 9, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Adult Tank Top Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Cooper Tires / Dobbs Tire & Auto Center.

90s Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a 90’s-inspired Cardinals t-shirt.  Come early for a pregame concert of 90s hits by Proud Larry in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/90s.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with INF Mike Tyson.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.

Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back Boots at Busch—a series of home games featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features Kenna, Whisky Raccoons & Jessica Tipton and the Mud Flaps.  Performances begin at 5:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $10 at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Saturday, August 10, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 4:15 PM

Skyline Mesh Back Hat Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Shane Co.

Baseball Card Pack Giveaway: 30,000 fans, all ages, entering with a ticket, courtesy of the Topps trading card company.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals INF Mike Tyson will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 11:15 AM

Mystery Adult PKWY Socks by Stance, Inc. Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.

Fredbird’s Birthday Party: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will join Fredbird and friends for a pregame birthday party in Cunningham Corner.  Brunch and dessert will be provided and each guest will take home a Cardinals goodie bag!  Tickets are currently sold out.

Prairie Farms Kids Run The Bases: Fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases after the game (weather permitting).

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane