So where will Bryce or Manny land?

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It’s less than two weeks until spring training (pitchers and catchers report February 12 – hooray!), and the two biggest free agents, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado have not yet been signed.  Since it is so close to spring training, Bryce and Manny have to be a little nervous wondering where they will be playing this season.

So why haven’t Bryce and Manny been signed yet?  I have some thoughts on the matter.  First, I think teams are wary of long term contracts, especially 10-year contracts.  Teams see the 10-year contract that Albert Pujols received from the Angels and how that deal turned out.  Albert can no longer play the field; the only position he can play now is designated hitter.  Bryce is only 26 years old, but a 10-year contract would put him at age 36 when the contract is over.  Players start to decline in their early 30s. Second, Bryce’s agent is Scott Boras. That name strikes fear in the hearts of teams’ management.  He is a tough guy to negotiate with.

Will the Cards sign Harper?  The fans and my fellow bloggers are campaigning for this, but (if you’ll pardon my pun), I don’t think it’s in the cards.  Even with the Tommy Pham trade, there is still a logjam in the outfield.  While it’s true that this is the last year of Marcell Ozuna’s contract and it is anticipated that he will walk, there are plenty of outfielders at the minor league level who will be ready to move up. It’s not that the Cardinals don’t want to spend the money (we saw that during the last off-season when they tried to get Christian Yelich); I think it’s the length of the contract that bothers Cards management.

Don’t we all entertain thoughts of what we would do if we were part of the Cards’ management team, though?  Here’s what I would do.  I don’t want Manny.  He doesn’t hustle and that’s not a good look.  I would like to sign Bryce, but I would not offer him a 10-year contract.  I would offer him a 7-year deal at $300M, with opt-outs by either the player or the team at 3 years and 5 years.

Ken Rosenthal posted on Twitter today that Bryce will be meeting with the Padres tomorrow.  The Padres?  Wouldn’t Bryce like to be on a winning team? Especially a team with a rich history like the Cardinals.  If I were Bryce, I would go back to the Nationals with my tail between my legs and accept the qualifying offer rather than play for the Padres. There are reports that Bryce has talked to the White Sox, the Phillies, and a couple of other teams.  Manny has spoken with the Phillies too.

Hopeful Manny and Bryce will sign with teams soon.  I am reminded of last season when the Cards signed Greg Holland at the ninth hour, and he pitched poorly since he didn’t get a chance to go through spring training.  Holland signed a one year contract with the D’backs today.  I hope he pitches better for them than he did for us.

Even though we probably won’t get Harper, I’m glad that baseball will start again soon.  It’s been a long cold winter, especially this week.  I’m ready for spring to come. Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

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2019 Winter Warm-Up report

This past weekend, my son and I attended the 2018 Winter Warm-Up.  Mother Nature brought the winter part – snow was predicted for Saturday, but it was just cold and windy instead.  Mother Nature brought a surprise quick moving system that dropped an inch of snow on Sunday afternoon, but Monday was windy and cold, just like Saturday.

Saturday, January 19

Phil and I arrived at the Hyatt around 8:30 AM.  The line was almost ready to go out the front door. When the line started moving, we thought we’d be smart and take the elevators upstairs to the 4th floor.  However, those entrances were closed until 9:30 AM, which meant we had to go downstairs and rejoin the line, which was even longer by this point.  Thankfully, the line moves quickly.

We went to the coat check on the 4th floor and checked our coats.  I noticed three kiosks like the ones at Busch Stadium, only instead of game tickets, you could purchase or pick up autograph tickets.  That was a really good idea on somebody’s part – the line at will call in the lobby can be long.  I didn’t plan well and didn’t get any autograph tickets this year.  The only autograph ticket I really wanted was Harrison Bader, and his tickets sold out before I could even get home from work to purchase one.  I already had a lot of the autographs of the players with free autograph tickets.  The other tickets were not in my budget.

We decided to go downstairs to the second floor and check out the vendor area.  There were various sports collectors with items for sale.  There were booths from the Peoria, Springfield, Johnson City, and the Springfield minor league Cards teams.  The Louisville Slugger museum had a booth.  They had Paul Goldschmidt’s Silver Slugger award on display (see the photo on the left).  Phil and I had stopped by the museum in April when we went to the Newsboys concert in Louisville but didn’t have the time to take the tour.  I signed up for the museum’s e-mail list and received a free pass for two for the factory tour.  Now we have an excuse to return to Louisville and visit the museum.

I found a vendor with lots of Cardinals and Blues gear for sale at very decent prices.  My hubby has been looking for a reasonably priced Cardinals polo shirt.  I found one for $20.00.  This same vendor had Paul Goldschmidt jerseys for $100.00, which was a really good price.

Rawlings had a display with Yadi’s Gold Glove.  You could get your photo taken with the glove.  Amazingly, the glove comes off of the base, which is heavy.  My son had me take his photo with the glove and as I took his photo, so did a photographer from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  His photo was in the print edition of Sunday’s Post-Dispatch.  I was surprised that his photo made the print edition.

After we had gone through the vendor area, we decided to go to the Cardinals Authentics store.  There were lots of jerseys of current players and former players.  There was memorabilia available for purchase.  There were used equipment holders, like bat bags.  There were also used and broken bats for purchase.  I picked up Jedd Gyorko’s bat.  It still had pine tar on it and I accidentally touched it.  It was still sticky.

None of the morning breakout sessions appealed to us, so we went to the food sales area (cash only, by the way) to get Phil some caffeine and crash for a while.  I went on Twitter and saw a photo of Andrew Miller from the media session.  He wore a plaid long-sleeved shirt, and with his dark hair and mustache, he looked like a lumberjack.  Andrew is also very tall.  I attempted to use some paper napkins and some good old-fashioned spit to remove the pine tar from my hand, but I was unsuccessful and had to go to the restroom to wash my hands.

We missed seeing Kolten Wong because it was time to go to lunch – there was a presentation we wanted to attend at noon.  We were originally going to go out to eat lunch, but because the forecast (erroneously) said there was going to be 2-4″ of cold, blowing snow on Saturday, we decided to purchase a King of the Hill sandwich from Schnucks along with some chips on Friday evening and eat that for lunch.

The program indicated that at the noon presentation that the first 50 people would receive Cardinals Hall of Fame bobbleheads.  Phil and I got to the Clubhouse presentation room hallway by 11:30, thinking we would be early enough to snag one of the bobbleheads.  But according to the Cardinals Care volunteers, the vouchers for the bobbleheads were given out at 10:00 AM.  We were disappointed, but there would be another chance to get a bobblehead on Sunday.

The noon presentation was given by Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  It was called “Back to the Future – a look at the new road blue uniforms” about the new powder blue jerseys that the Cardinals will wear for Saturday road games next season.  Brian outlined the history of the blue jerseys – the Cardinals were not the first to wear powder blue jerseys.  The Dodgers wore satin blue jerseys in 1944 and 1948.  Brian’s presentations are very well done and entertaining.  And you’ll learn something too!

We wanted to attend the next presentation, which was the annual look at the upcoming season’s marketing and promotional items.  We and several others sat in the presentation room waiting for the presentation to begin, but a volunteer finally came into the room and told us that the presentation had been canceled. I was disappointed because I really enjoy seeing what the promotions department comes up with.  There should have been a better way to let us know the presentation had been canceled.

Since the presentation was canceled, we went up to the main ballroom to see Carlos Martinez and Dexter Fowler.  I couldn’t get close enough to get a decent photo of Dexter, so the photo is from the video screen.   Dexter has a beautiful smile.  He looked very happy to meet with the fans and sign autographs.  Hopefully, his foot is better and he will play better this year.

 

 

 

 

I stopped by the Post-Dispatch booth in the ballroom.  We are current subscribers, but our monthly bill just went up to newsstand rate and I expressed my displeasure.  They offered me a deal for $17.00/month for a year and that was awesome, so I grabbed it.

Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong, with a couple other players, were signing at 3 PM. Paul was very engaging with the fans.  I think he’s really going to like it in St. Louis and I hope he will sign an extension.  I couldn’t get close enough to either player to get a decent photo, sadly.

The major conversation buzzing through the fans was Cubs player Kris Bryant’s smart-aleck remark to Ryan Dempster on Friday evening that St. Louis is boring. Dempster replied that he would never play in St. Louis. Yadi basically said that players should not disrespect other cities and should play and compete with respect. The Internet blew up.  The remarks put fuel to the fire for the Cards-Cubs rivalry.  It should be a very interesting season.

After we saw the two Pauls, we decided it was time to go home.

Sunday, January 20

Our Sunday morning tradition is to stop at Starbucks in the lobby of the Hyatt for coffee before getting in line.  Starbucks itself had a line.  Everyone else must have had the same idea.

The line this morning to get into the Warm-Up went out the front door.  When we finally got up to the 4th floor, we checked our coats and went to the ballroom.  I wanted to see Andrew Knizner (Yadi’s heir apparent, since Carson Kelly was one of the players traded to Arizona for Goldschmidt), Stubby Clapp and John Brebbia.  Brebbia has not yet grown back the beard he sported last summer.

We went down to the presentation room and spoke with the Cardinals Care volunteers about the bobblehead situation for Sunday.  They said that we should line up an hour before the presentation we wanted to attend in order to receive a voucher.  We got our coats and went to St. Louis Bread Company for lunch. After we returned, we went back up to the ballroom to see Miles Mikolas, Rick Ankiel, Jose Martinez, and Yairo Munoz.

I met Jayne, a Facebook friend that I have never met in person, which was really cool. Jayne (last names are not listed to protect the innocent) had an entourage with her that included Bertie, Linda, and another lady whose name I can’t remember.  We chatted for quite a while until it was time for us to get into the bobblehead line

We then got into the bobblehead line at 1 PM for the 2:00 PM presentation, which meant we missed seeing Mike Shildt, John Gant and Dakota Hudson. We also missed Mike Shannon, John Rooney and Mike Girsch on the main stage.

The 2 PM presentation was by Brian Finch.  It was titled “Call to the Hall: Lankford, Coleman, and Brecheen,” and it outlined the process of how players are elected to the Cardinals Hall of Fame.  It’s a more complicated process than you might think, and putting together the Hall of Fame ceremony involves a lot of logistics.  I was hoping to receive a Ted Simmons bobblehead, but we got Jim Edmonds bobbleheads instead.  If you have a Ted Simmons HOF bobblehead that you would like to trade for a Jim Edmonds, drop a comment below with a way for me to reach you.

After the presentation, we went back upstairs to see Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, and Jason Motte.  Jedd Gyorko was scheduled to appear, but Winter Storm Harvey kept him in West Virginia and all flights were canceled.

After we saw Waino, Wacha, and Motte, it was time to go home.  We were in the lobby by the elevators and I looked up to see Miles Mikolas. He was wearing a black, long-sleeved thermal henley shirt, black jeans, and black boots.  “Hi Miles!” I said.  “How’s it going?” He got into the elevator.  Phil asked me who I was talking to and I told him Miles Mikolas.  I said, “Didn’t you recognize the red hair, mustache, and beard?” LOL!

Monday, January 21

Sadly, Monday was the last day of Winter Warm-Up.  The only presentation we wanted to see was at noon, so we took a later train to try to get to the Hyatt a little later, but we got there just as the line started moving.  We looked around the vendor section to see if there were any last day discounts but didn’t find anything we wanted.  There was a rack of jerseys at the Cardinals Authentics booth that was 50% off, but I thought hubby would be upset with me if I spent $100 on a jersey, even if it was authentic.

We went up to the ballroom so we could see Matt Carpenter and Jack Flaherty.  We also wanted to see Whitey Herzog.  Whitey was the manager of my favorite 1980’s Cards teams.  I really liked Whitey, even though he traded my favorite Ted Simmons to the Brewers.  

We listened to the live auction on the main stage.  There were 3 items up for bid – a live cooking demonstration with a Cardinals hef, a 2013 Cardinals NL Champions large pennant, and a VIP experience at the 2019 Musial Awards.  All three of the items sold for over $1,000 each.

We decided to go to the cash food section for lunch since it was too cold to go out.  We missed seeing Jordan Hicks, Joe Magrane and Danny Cox.  The presentation we wanted to attend was at noon.  We got to the presentation room early enough where we could sit in on the presentation from Wild Bird Sanctuary.   The bald eagle was calm and well-behaved, even when Fredbird stopped by.  Birds of a feather flock together!

The noon presentation was titled “2018 – A Year in Photos” with Taka Yanagimoto, the Cards’ manager of photography.  We enjoy this presentation every year.  Taka explained that there are 4 other photographers on the Cardinals staff.  They take thousands of photos every year, but only so many are saved.  They are always looking for historical photos.  Taka then showed some of the best photos that were taken last year.  He always finishes the presentations with photos of players that have been traded or have left the team.  Close to the end of the presentation, a special visitor came to see Taka.  Can you guess who it is?

It’s Jack Flaherty!  Taka said that he and Jack are BFF’s.  For the first time since we have attended this presentation, Taka’s wife and family were at the presentation and they were sitting in the row behind us.

Going to the presentation meant that we missed Joe Magrane, Danny Cox, and Jordan Hicks.  But Tony LaRussa was still signing when we returned to the ballroom for the last time. I made a trip to the restroom and Phil said that Tony LaRussa walked right past him.

We also saw Bengie Molina and Yadi Molina.  When Yadi came in and sat down, the whole room broke out in applause.  Everyone started chanting, “Yadi! Yadi!”  We love our Yadi in St. Louis, even more since he defended St. Louis’s honor in his reply to Kris Bryant.

Then it was time to go across the ballroom to see hunky Harrison Bader.  Be still my beating heart!  He was wearing a black knit cap, which made me sad because I wanted to see his pretty, curly hair.  He flashed his gorgeous smile to all who wanted his autograph.  Next year, I’m purchasing autograph tickets the day they go on sale so I don’t miss out on seeing Harrison up close and personal.  I turned around and saw Bertie, one of Jayne’s entourage.  We discussed our mutual admiration of Harrison.

After we saw Harrison, it was time to go home.  What else could compare?

I have to apologize for the quality of some of these photos.  If you’re not in line to get autographs, you can’t get very close, and the digital zoom of the camera or iPhone makes the photos fuzzy.  Plus, you have to hurry to get a good shot as others folks are trying to do the same thing.

Baseball is coming soon – the first spring training game is a month from tomorrow!  Pitchers and catchers report on February 12.  Winter Warm-Up reminds me just how much I love Cardinals baseball.  Everyone should go to Winter Warm-Up at least once.  It’s a great experience.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

The hottest weekend of winter is happening soon!

Winter is long and dreary, and even more so since we’re waiting for baseball to start again. (There’s less than a month until pitchers and catchers report!) Snowballs remind us of baseballs – the only thing missing is the stitching. But this weekend’s baseball activities will chase your winter blues away.  There are many opportunities to see the boys of summer this weekend, and that should tide you (and me) over until next month. The weather folks are calling for accumulating snow on Saturday. Old Man Winter, please go north – way north. I’ve been waiting for Winter Warm-Up all winter.

Here are all of the details you’ll need for this happy weekend:

CARDINALS-THEMED HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO KICK OFF 2019 SEASON

Weekend Highlighted by 2019 Winter Warm-Up, Cardinals Caravan & Writers’ Dinner

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 15, 2019– The 23rd annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) and the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2019 season.

 Winter Warm-Up—the largest fundraising effort for the team’s charitable fund, Cardinals Care—returns to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch Saturday, January 19 through Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances from over 60 players, coaches and alumni.  For the most complete schedule and up-to-date Winter Warm-Up information, visit cardinals.com/WWU.

The 2019 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, departs Busch Stadium on Friday morning.  Over the course of the weekend, more than 30 current and former players will visit 20 cities throughout Cardinals Nation along six different routes before returning to St. Louis on Monday night.  For complete information on all caravan stops, visit cardinals.com/caravan.

The 61st annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner takes place at the Union Station Hotel on Sunday, January 20. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner honors the top players from the 2018 Cardinals team.  The evening will be highlighted by special guests and the presentation of the Red Schoendienst Medal, J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year Award and the Branch Rickey Award, among other awards. For complete information about the St. Louis Baseball Writer’s Dinner, visit stlouisbbwaa.com.

Below are highlights of the 2019 Winter Warm-Up weekend:

Friday, January 18, 2019

  • Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 3:00–7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The 2019 Caravan kicks off with stops in Jefferson City and Springfield, Mo., Memphis, Tenn., and Champaign, Ill.
  • Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact 3rd Annual Sing Off & Karaoke Challenge (Dave & Buster’s, 6:00 p.m.): Come watch Waino and eight of St. Louis’ best karaoke performers compete against each other for the title of 2019 Big League Impact St. Louis Sing Off Winner while raising money to help save lives in St. Louis and around the globe!  Tickets are available at bigleagueimpact.org.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Winter Warm-Up: The three-day event kicks off today, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    • Cardinals Autographs: Daniel Ponce de Leon, Andrew Miller, Kolten Wong, Alex Reyes, Ryan Helsley, Carlos Martinez, Dexter Fowler, Justin Williams, Drew Robinson, Paul Goldschmidt, Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, John Mozeliak.
    • Alumni Autographs: Kerry Robinson, Ted Savage, Scott Cooper, Ryan Franklin, Jim Edmonds, Cliff Politte, Brad Thompson.
    • Main Stage: The Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews throughout the day.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Claire Kellet from 9:00 to noon, Redbird Rookies Scholarship Presentation at 10:30 a.m., Q&A with President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak at 11:15 a.m., Andrew Miller jersey presentation at noon, and broadcasters Chris Hrabe, Dan McLaughlin, Brad Thompson and Jim Edmonds from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Dugout Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. –  Inside the new Cardinals Museum exhibit: “Pain, Protection and Performance: The Evolution of Baseball Equipment, presented by Rawlings” with Cardinals Museum Curator, Paula Homan
      • 11:00 a.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting sports memorabilia with Dave Jackson
      • 12:00 p.m. – “Busch Stadium Security: How we keep baseball safe and secure” with Cardinals Director of Security, Phil Melcher
      • 1:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
      • 2:00 p.m. – Learn about legendary sports cartoonist Amadee from Dan Martin of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
      • 3:00 p.m. – Cardinals Authentics: The ins and outs of the business from the field to your home
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Get to know stadium public address announcer and KSHE personality John Ulett
      • 11:00 a.m. – Examining the history of baseball’s batting helmet with Amy Berra of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
      • 12:00 p.m. – “Back to the Future: a look at the new road blue uniforms,” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum **First 50 guests receive a free HOF bobblehead**
      • 1:00 p.m. – An inside look at the 2019 Cardinals Marketing and Promotions with Dan Farrell, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
      • 2:00 p.m. – Go inside the 2019 Minor League System with Gary LaRocque, the Cardinals’ Director of Player Development **This presentation will take place in Gateway East on the 18th floor**
      • 3:00 p.m. – Watch the Emmy-nominated documentary “The St. Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot,” plus Q&A with filmmaker/author Ed Wheatley.
    • Silent Auctions (Fourth Floor): There are two silent auctions: 9:00–11:30 a.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.

o   Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.

  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinals Nation with stops in Jonesboro, Arkansas; Dyersburg, Tennessee; Peoria and Bloomington, Illinois; and Sedalia, Columbia, Joplin and Rolla, Missouri.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

  • Winter Warm-Up: Day two of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    • Cardinals Autographs: Lane Thomas, Andrew Knizner, John Brebbia, Chasen Shreve, Max Schrock, Dominic Leone, Miles Mikolas, José Martínez, Yairo Muñoz, Mike Mayers, John Gant, Austin Gomber, Dakota Hudson, Adam Wainwright, Jedd Gyorko, Michael Wacha, Mike Shildt.
    • Alumni Autographs: Kyle McClellan, Stubby Clapp, Randy Flores, Ricky Horton, Rick Ankiel, Mike Shannon, Al Hrabosky, Jason Motte.
    • Main Stage: The Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews throughout the day.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Maurice Drummond from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., broadcasters Polo Ascencio, Mike Claiborne, John Rooney and Mike Shannon from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., Q&A with Manager Mike Shildt at 12:30 p.m., Q&A with General Manager Michael Girsch at 1:30 p.m., and broadcasters Ricky Horton and Al Hrabosky from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Dugout Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Illustrating the Cardinals Scorecard cover with artist Mike Right.
      • 11:00 a.m. – Watch the Emmy-nominated documentary “The St. Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot,” plus Q&A with filmmaker/author Ed Wheatley.
      • 1:00 p.m. – Cardinals Authentics: The ins and outs of the business from the field to your home
      • 3:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting sports memorabilia with Dave Jackson
      • 11:00 a.m. – Discussing the Amateur Draft with Scouting Director and former Cardinals pitcher, Randy Flores
      • 12:00 p.m. – “History of the Negro Leagues and black baseball in Missouri” with Dr. Raymond Doswell of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
      • 1:00 p.m. – Best stories, soundbites, and moments from the 2018 Cardinals Museum programming schedule with Brittany Schelp
      • 2:00 p.m. – “Call to the Hall: Lankford, Coleman and Brecheen” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum **first 50 guests receive a free HOF bobblehead**
      • 3:00 p.m. – “Making and decorating the Cardinals Care Cupcake” with The Cup
    • Silent Auctions (Fourth Floor): There are two silent auctions: 9:00–11:30 a.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.
    • Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Evansville, Indiana, as well as Mattoon, Springfield and Mount Vernon, Illinois.
  • 61st Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner (Union Station Hotel, 5:00 p.m.): All baseball fans are invited to the 61st annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner, which will be held on Jan. 20, 2019, at the Curio Hotel at Union Station. This year’s honorees include St. Louis Baseball Co-Men of the year Miles Mikolas and Matt Carpenter, as well as standout rookies Jack Flaherty, Jordan Hicks, Harrison Bader and Yairo Munoz. Bob Costas, Lee Smith, Vera Clemente, Ozzie Smith, Mike Shildt, Sharon Robinson and others will also be feted at the event. Visit stlouisbbwaa.com to learn more.  Some year, I am going to get the money together to attend this dinner.

Monday, January 21, 2019

  • Winter Warm-Up: The final day of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Cardinals Autographs: Tyler Webb, Jack Flaherty, Matt Carpenter, Tyler O’Neill, Jordan Hicks, Adolis García, Yadier Molina, Harrison Bader, Bill DeWitt Jr., Bill DeWitt III.
    • Alumni Autographs: Tom Henke, Andy Benes, Alan Benes, Whitey Herzog, Joe Magrane, Danny Cox.
    • Main Stage: The Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews throughout the day.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Matt Chambers from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Q&A with Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and President Bill DeWitt III at 10:00 a.m., broadcasters Scott Warmann, Polo Ascencio, and Bengie Molina from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and broadcaster Tom Ackerman from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 10:30 a.m. and noon.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Dugout Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – “History of the Negro Leagues and black baseball in Missouri” with Dr. Raymond Doswell of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
      • 11:00 a.m. – Tips for storing and displaying personal memorabilia from the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum registrar, Danielle DiGiacomo
      • 12:00 p.m. –  Meet members of Team Fredbird
      • 1:00 p.m. – “Making and decorating the Cardinals Care Cupcake” with The Cup
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Meet the team behind the scenes of “Cardinals Insider,” and learn how the weekly show is produced
      • 11:00 a.m. – Take your photo with a Bald Eagle and learn about the World Bird Sanctuary, provider of our Opening Day/Postseason eagles
      • 12:00 p.m. – “2018 – A Year in Photos” with the Cardinals Manager of Photography, Taka Yanagimoto
      • 1:00 p.m. – Watch the Emmy-nominated documentary “The St. Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot,” plus Q&A with filmmaker/author Ed Wheatley.
    • Silent Auctions (Fourth Floor): There are two silent auctions: 9:00–11:00 a.m. and 12:00–2:00 p.m.
    • Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its final stops in Decatur and Quincy, Illinois; Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Paducah, Kentucky.

Additional Winter Warm-Up Information

  • Stay Updated: Text CARDS to 82810 to receive the latest Winter Warm-Up news and event information via text message to your mobile device!
  • Admission Tickets: Fans can purchase three-day passes for the event online at cardinals.com/wwu or at the Busch Stadium box office during regular business hours until noon on Thursday, January 17.  Ticket prices are $40 for fans 16 and older, $10 for fans ages five to 15, and free for kids under five.  Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult admission ticket which must be obtained in person at the ticket booth in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency during the times listed below.
  • Warm-Up Will Call: All Admission Tickets purchased after January 10, 2019 must be picked up at Will Call at the locations and during the times listed below.  A photo ID matching the name on the original order or a print out of the confirmation email is required to pick up your purchase:
    • Thursday, January 10th – Thursday, January 17th  from 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Busch Stadium Box Office
    • Friday, January 18th from 3:00–7:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Saturday, January 19th from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Sunday, January 20th from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Monday, January 21st from 8:30 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
  • Autograph Tickets: Remaining autograph tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/wwu until noon on Thursday, January 17.  Any remaining autograph tickets thereafter will be available for purchase at the Winter Warm-Up.  Every dollar donated for autograph tickets will benefit Redbird Rookies and charitable grants to other non-profit organizations that help kids.  Donation amounts can be found atcardinals.com/WWU.  All free autograph tickets have been distributed.
  • Second Floor: On the second floor of the Hyatt, fans will be able to find collectible memorabilia, baseball cards and more from more than 50 vendors, shop at the Cardinals Publications booth and Cardinals Authentics Shop, listen to informative presentations by Cardinals executives in the Dugout and Clubhouse Presentation rooms, meet Fredbird and watch the kids enjoy free activities in the Kids Room.
  • Fourth Floor: On the fourth floor fans will find the main stage, be able to meet their favorite players at autograph tables, bid on Cardinals Care silent auctions, shop the Cardinals Care Store and Official Cardinals Team Store, as well as visit booths for Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact, Carlos Martínez’s Tsunami Waves Foundation, the Jason Motte Foundation, Ballpark Village and more.
  • Cardinals Care Store: Open throughout the weekend, the Cardinals Care Store is stocked full of Cardinals memorabilia such as discounted baseball caps, team-issued apparel, t-shirts, game-worn jerseys, autographed photos and bats, and more.  Fans can even purchase photos for collecting player autographs and baseball cases for your new autographed collectibles.  Also, any fan that purchased an autograph ticket for a pre-signed baseball from Lou Brock, Bob Gibson or Ozzie Smith may redeem their ticket at the Cardinals Care Store to receive their autographed item.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Throughout the weekend, Cardinals fans, age 18 and older, can participate in the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle.  Fans can buy tickets (priced 3 for $5, 10 for $10, or 60 for $20) from kiosks located on each level of the event, or from roaming ticket sellers.  Each day of the Winter Warm-Up, one lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the raffle ticket donations raised and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.
  • Cardinals Kids Club Booth: The Cardinals Kids Club will have a booth in the Kids Room on the second floor.  To learn more about the Cardinals Kids Club, visit cardinals.com/kidsclub.
  • Official Cardinals Team Store: The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium will have a large selection of Cardinals merchandise available at the Warm-Up next to the silent auctions on the fourth floor.  The Official Cardinals Team Store, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., will have a FREE Gift with Purchase for any purchase $150 or more (before tax).  While supplies last, this weekend only.  The Majestic Store located on the north side of Ballpark Village will also be open Saturday and Sunday, sharing the same hours as the Team Store.  Stop by either location for the newest Cardinals gear!
  • Cardinals Publications: Fans visiting the Cardinals Publications booth inside the 2nd-floor ballroom can start a two-year subscription to Cardinals Magazine and receive the FIRST-EVER Harrison Bader bobblehead this spring, purchase the Official 2019 Cardinals Calendar for just $10 and take advantage of exclusive show specials and drawings! Other show-only deals include 1) premium Cardinals Magazine cover posters (starting at 24×32 inches) suitable for show autographs, featuring the likes of Jordan Hicks, Miles Mikolas, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright; 2) the extensive vintage collection of Cardinals Magazines, Yearbooks and postseason commemoratives; and 3) the one-year subscription special with two FREE tickets to a 2019 home game. Fans who purchase subscriptions at #CardsWarmUp will gain automatic entry into a drawing for 11-x-14-inch glossy photographs autographed by Red Schoendienst and Ozzie Smith. And patrons who spend at least $25 in other merchandise will receive automatic entry into a drawing for autographed cover posters signed by Matt Carpenter and Rick Ankiel! Stay tuned for special announcements and event coverage by Cardinals Publications via Twitter @CardsMagazine.
  • Busch Stadium Tours & Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum: Guided tours of Busch Stadium are available during the 2019 Winter Warm-Up each day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  These tours will be offered at regular tour prices, but will also include a stop inside the Cardinals Clubhouse—the only time each year the Cardinals’ locker room is open to tours.  Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum entry is also included in all tour ticket purchases.  The Cardinals Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes a new exhibit titled “Pain, Protection and Performance: The Evolution of Baseball Equipment, presented by Rawlings.”  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/tours.
  • Cardinals Authentics & Personalized Bats: Cardinals Authentics—the only official source of memorabilia directly from the team—will be selling unique game-used, limited edition, exclusive and autographed memorabilia at the Winter Warm-Up.  Cardinals Authentics is offering their lowest prices of the year; including 20% off the entire booth starting Saturday morning, along with other special offers all weekend long.  Also at the booth, fans can buy a personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat.  Each bat, which comes in different sizes and color options, can feature up to three lines of custom text and two logos, including the collectible 2019 Winter Warm-Up logo.  The Cardinals Authentics Store, located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village, will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Show your Winter Warm-Up admission ticket at the store in Cardinals Nation and you will receive 20% off your purchase all weekend long.  Stay tuned for special announcements by Cardinals Authentics via Twitter(@CardsAuthentics) throughout the three-day event.
  • Green Team: The team’s “4 A Greener Game” initiative will have a booth on the second floor where fans can learn more about the Cardinals Green Team—a group of volunteers who collect recyclables from fans throughout each game at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for volunteering, fans are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.  Visit cardinals.com/green for more information.
  • Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar: Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village is open daily during the Winter Warm-Up, and throughout the entire year: Monday–Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., with Late Night Happy Hour from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  During Winter Warm-Up weekend, attendees can show their admission ticket and receive 10% off their bill.  Make reservations online at cardinalsnation.com or by phone at 314.345.9880.

Food – (Notes from Diane) There is a lounge on the second floor of the hotel outside the room with the vendors where you can buy food like prepared sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries, drinks, etc.  The Hyatt has 2 full-service restaurants on the first floor. There is also a Starbucks at the Hyatt, and my son and I go there on Sunday morning to grab a cappuccino and a latte before the day begins, and they have breakfast goodies.  Lunch choices outside the Hyatt within a short walk are TGI Friday’s, Caleco’s, St. Louis Bread Company, Imo’s, Jimmy John’s, Tony Gitto’s Italian Restaurant, and Gio’s Restaurant. Subway and One North Cafe are only open on Monday.

Social Media

Throughout the Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up, fans can stay connected by following the Cardinals on Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (@Cardinals), Instagram (@Cardinals) and Snapchat (Cardinals) for the latest news, event updates and behind-the-scenes content.  Fans can join the conversation and share their own photos and experiences by using hashtags #CardsWarmUp, #CardsCaravan and #CardsCare.

Traffic & Parking

For the most up-to-date alerts regarding construction and winter road conditions this weekend, fans can visit the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website at modot.org.  Winter Warm-Up event parking can be found just two blocks south of the Hyatt Regency at the Stadium East Parking Garage, with entrances located on South Broadway and South 4th Street.

Note from Diane:  There is a parking garage under the Bank of America building on North Broadway, and the entrance is on 4th Street directly across from the Hyatt. I am not sure about the cost of parking there.  The Kiener Plaza West parking garage, which can be accessed from Pine Street between 6th and 7th Street, just 2 blocks west of the Hyatt, charges $6.00 for all day parking on the weekend.  The entrance to the Kiener West parking garage is on the left after you pass St. Louis Bread Company (a good choice for lunch, by the way – see the paragraph above Social Media for more lunch suggestions).  And the nearest Metrolink station (the son and I usually take the train) is 4 blocks west at 8th and Pine Streets.

Cardinals and Cardinals Care Sponsors

Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Cardinals would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the 2019 Winter Warm-Up possible: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, Edward Jones, Budweiser, FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX, PSAV Presentation Services,  Rawlings Sporting Goods, FastSigns of Bridgeton, Syberg’s, Cole Meyer Arts, Steven Walden Art, Hollywood Casino St. Louis,  Radio 1120 AM, KMOV News 4, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, In Focus Marketing, Wireless USA, Heartland Coca-Cola,  Gwin’s Travel, Companion Bakery, Belleville News-Democrat, Framin’ Place & Gallery, Betallic Balloons, RBO Print Logistix, The Cup, Estate Auction Pros and Tom Lange.

About Cardinals Care (#CardsCare)
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community—both on and off the baseball field.  Established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested over $24 million to support St. Louis area children and built or renovated 23 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.  Most recently, the Cardinals dedicated Dexter Fowler Field at Hess Park in Decatur, Ill. in July 2017.  This season marks the 16th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball and softball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play.  In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring, cultural arts, and scholarships for each of the nearly 3,000 kids who participate in the program each year. To learn more about all of Cardinals Care’s programs visit cardinals.com/community.

Will I see you at Winter Warm-Up this weekend?  I’d love to sit and talk baseball with you! Keep an eye on my Twitter account to see where I’ll be. Until then, thanks for reading!

Diane

Questions with Mo 2018 and other news

MoEvery year, those United Cardinals Bloggers who would like to participate have the opportunity to ask questions of Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.  I posed three questions to Mo, but unfortunately, one question and half of another question (If Jose Oquendo retires, who will be the new third base coach?; and Rick Ankiel and Trevor Rosenthal are attempting comebacks – are the Cardinals interested?) became moot before Mo answered all of our questions.

So here is my question that Mo did answer:

Q:  How does the organization view Tyler O’Neill going into the 2019 season?

A:  I get this question a lot, in terms of Tyler and what he needs to do or what he needs to work on. Tyler doesn’t have a lot left to prove at Triple A. When you put up the type of offensive numbers he’s put up the last couple of years, it’s pretty obvious he knows what that league is about. I think the big question for him is will he be able to improve his contact rate? Lower his strikeout rate? And if he does that, will he still be able to maintain his power? If he does, he has a chance to be an elite hitter in this game. When he gets into camp that will be something we’ll revisit with him.

In other news, Mo and Girsch have given Cardinals fans two major early Christmas presents.  On December 5, the Cardinals traded Carson Kelly, Luke Weaver, minor league infielder Andy Young and a draft pick to the Diamondbacks for first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.  The Cards have needed a first rate first baseman for a long time.  Jose Martinez has a great bat but poor defense.  Matt Carpenter was good at first base, but first base is not his natural position.  The Cards didn’t give up much for Goldy – Carson didn’t have a chance in St. Louis since Yadier Molina refuses to grow old and retire already, and Luke Weaver didn’t pitch well at all the second part of the season.  However, Goldy becomes a free agent at the end of the 2019 season.  The Cards will have to convince Goldy to want to stay. The fans will welcome him – Goldy’s Winter Warm-Up autograph tickets sold out the first day they went on sale, even at the price of $100.00 each. (Harrison Bader’s WWU autograph tickets sold out the first day they went on sale also, and I did not get one.  😦 Dear Santa, please bring me a Harrison Bader WWU autograph ticket for Christmas.  I’ve been a very good girl this year.)

The other major early Christmas present came this week with the signing of free agent left handed pitcher Andrew Miller to a two year contract with a vesting option for year three.  Miller was limited to 34 innings in 37 appearances last year because of injuries, but in 2017, Miller was an All-Star for the Indians.  Miller has advised that his health issues (knee, hamstring and shoulder) have been resolved.  If Miller can regain the form that helped him earn the AL Championship Series MVP in 2016, he will be a great help to the Cardinals bullpen.

Will Cardinals fans get the biggest Christmas present of \all – Bryce Harper?  As  of this writing, Bryce has not yet signed with any team.  The Cardinals can afford Bryce’s asking price.  But then there is the problem of what to do with Dexter Fowler.  I was sorry to hear that Dexter suffered from depression last season.  His situation with Mike Matheny probably didn’t help with that at all.  If the Cards don’t sign Bryce, I’m hopeful that 2019 will be better for Dexter, with a new manager and a new hitting coach to help him.

As Christmas is 2 days away, and 2018 is almost over, I would to take this opportunity to thank my loyal readers and and subscribers for reading and following this blog.  Please accept my best wishes for a blessed, happy Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2019! And may the Cardinals win their 12th World Series title in 2019!

Diane

News and views

NewsHello! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! It’s the off-season and things are slow right now, so I thought I’d try a little different format. There will be news items listed below, with my views after the news items.

News: Cardinals Toy Drive

The St. Louis Cardinals Front Office and Cardinals Care are teaming up with the American Red Cross, KMOV, Rawlings Sporting Goods, Fontbonne University, Companion Bakery, The Cup, the St. Louis Surge and the St. Louis Blues for the seventh annual Holiday Gift Drive on Wednesday, December 5, to provide gifts to area youth in need and children of military families at Scott Air Force Base. Special thanks go out to Papa John’s Pizza for their support of this year’s holiday gift drive as well.

Fans can support this gift drive for local children of all ages by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gift cards at the Gate 4 entrance to Busch Stadium along Clark Street. Fredbird and volunteers from each partnering organization will be outside Gate 4 to collect gifts from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Fans who make a donation will receive a token of appreciation from the Cardinals and a complimentary hot chocolate from Delaware North Sportservice.

Views: This is a great project that I have participated in for the last two years. The token of appreciation from the Cardinals the first year was a small teddy bear with Cardinals logos on it. Last year’s token of appreciation was a Marty pass (the yellow pass, named after the late Marty Hendin, who was in charge of the promotions department), which can be used for Monday-Thursday home games, with some exceptions. That was a really nice giveaway! And the hot chocolate tastes pretty good too. If you live in the St. Louis area, I would encourage you to participate in this very worthy cause. If you’re on your way to work or somewhere else, you don’t even need to get out of your car – Fredbird and his helpers will pick up your donation from your car. I exit the Metrolink at the Stadium station every morning, so it’s just a short walk for me to drop off my donation. Fredbird likes my red hair, so he always tries to swallow my head. Silly bird!

News: New road alternative jersey

The St. Louis Cardinals unveiled a new road alternate jersey that players will wear during select Saturday road games starting with the 2019 season. The uniforms are powder blue in color, similar to the “Victory Blue” uniforms that players wore from 1976 through 1984.

“We are very excited about the new powder blue ‘Saturday Road’ uniform,” said Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III, who led the design efforts. “I know it will be popular with both players and fans — particularly those who remember the great teams of the 70s and 80s who wore this same color on the road.”

Here is a photo of the new road jersey, being put on by Harrison Bader:

Bader

Views: The fans have been clamoring for a return to the powder blue jerseys for a long time. However, they (and I) wanted the powder blue jerseys to be the Victory Blue pullover jerseys and not the Saturday alternative home jersey in blue. I’m very disappointed. Harrison looks great (as always) in the jersey, but I won’t be buying one.

News: 2019 Cardinals promotional items announced

The St. Louis Cardinals released its 2019 promotional schedule with over 50 giveaways for ticketed fans at cardinals.com/promotions.

This year’s promotional schedule features many fan-favorite giveaways for guests of all ages including five bobbleheads, seven replica jerseys, two replica rings, as well as brand-new items including a Cardinals Fleece Vest (April 19), Crossbody Bag (May 12), Golf Umbrella (July 13) and an exclusive Yadier Molina Funko POP! Figure (September 2). The club will continue to keep item quantity at 30,000 for a majority of the promotional dates.

Views: These promotions are nice, but how about signing a front line player (such as Bryce Harper) that will excite the fan base and make them want to buy tickets, rather than items that will be sold on eBay? (Or worse yet, selling them to that guy that stands near the Metrolink station who offers to buy your promotional item for $5.00 so he can sell it on eBay.)

News: New premium party suites at Busch Stadium.

The St. Louis Cardinals have launched sales of newly renovated Premium Party Suites for the 2019 season. Renovation of six existing party suites is currently underway to transform the private, climate-controlled areas with a more modern sport design.

Premium Party Suites will accommodate groups of 30-36, and will feature a full-service bar in each suite with cocktail, wine and beer service that extends through the bottom of the ninth inning. The Suites will also feature a reimagined food experience, including exclusive catered delivery of new menu enhancements before and during games, in addition to the traditional ballpark favorites.

“Premium Party Suites are a great new option for fans looking to enjoy a game in style with clients, employees or friends,” said Joe Strohm, Vice President of Ticket Sales. “We’re excited to offer guests this modern and upscale game day experience at Busch Stadium for the upcoming season.”

Views: During United Cardinals Bloggers Day every year, we are treated to a game in a party room. I have noticed, however, that things aren’t set up as efficiently as they could be. You have to go outside the party room to the concourse if you want a beer that’s not a Budweiser product, and there are no restrooms in the party rooms. Hopefully, the premium party suites will have restrooms in them. Will United Cardinals Bloggers Day 2019 be held in one of these premium party suites? If not, I’d settle for the Red Jacket Club.

The hot stove is heating up. There is buzz on Twitter today about the Cardinals and Diamondbacks having trade discussions about Paul Goldschmidt. Hopefully, my next blog post will be about the Cards picking up Goldschmidt and/or Bryce Harper. Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

2018 United Cardinals Bloggers Roundtable Day 5

Sadly, the Cardinals’ season ended earlier than we all wanted it to.  So close and yet so far from the playoffs!  About 2 weeks after the season ends, the fall United Cardinals Bloggers Roundtable begins.  The bloggers who are interested in participating in the roundtable pose a question to the other bloggers who are participating, and they then respond.  After all of the answers are obtained, we are to take our question and the responses and put them in a blog post.   Yesterday was the day for me to post my question.  And since I didn’t remember that it was the day for me to post my question until the middle of the day, I only got four responses.  Either I missed the window of time that would have gotten the most responses, or no one wanted to think about the ramifications of my question.   So here was my question:

As we all know, Yadier Molina will be retiring after the 2020 season. 😭  Carson Kelly was once thought to be the heir apparent, but I think he has lost his luster due to his lackluster hitting. Francisco Pena became Yadi’s backup this season and did a fine job. Andrew Knizner is highly recommended but is still in the minors.
So who will replace Yadi in 2021? Will it be one of the aforementioned players? Or will the front office go outside the organization and sign a free agent or trade for a front line catcher?
Adam Butler of The Redbird Daily wrote this response:
I know that Yadi said he’s retiring after 2020 but, if he’s still productive, I have a hard time seeing him actually walking away. But let’s say he does walk away. I think the answer to who replaces him depends almost entirely on what kind of trade offers the Cardinals receive for Kelly or Knizner. I think it’s also important to remember that most catchers aren’t like Yadi, they typically take a lot more time to develop and adapt to the major leagues than any other position. I think giving up on Carson Kelly would be premature. Ideally you could have both Carson Kelly and Andrew Knizner on the team and 2021 and let them split time and see who runs with the job but that’s becoming increasingly difficult to see happening as neither have much left to prove in the minor leagues and we’re looking two years down the road.

My guess is that one of the two gets traded and the other serves as Yadi’s backup until he retires. They’ll likely sign a veteran catcher to go along with them and make it somewhat of a 60/40 timeshare. I have a really hard time seeing this organization spending top dollar for a catcher.
The next response was from Colin Garner, The Prospect Preacher at CardsConclave.com:
That seems like a long time from now, and if the Cardinals don’t have another deep postseason run in them before Yadi retires it will be a shame. Like most, I’m not sure that Yadi will retire when his current deal expires, but let’s suppose he does.

To Adam’s point, it wouldn’t make sense to give up on Kelly if they don’t get comparable value. That being said, I have serious reservations with what the club has done to his development. They’ve made it an uphill battle for sure. Knizner isn’t there yet, but if he has a great first half, his bat will be ready for the major league challenge. I’d imagine he’d still have some rough edges to smooth out defensively, but he can really hit.
It’s unusual for a team to have two legitimate catching prospects, so I doubt they’d spend significant money or resources on an external option.
The third response was from Dennis Lawson of Pitchers Hit Eighth at CardsConclave.com:

I’d put my money on Knizner backing up Kelly at the start of 2021.  I don’t think either one checks all the boxes by any means, but they might combine to do it. If the Cardinals would stop playing a man down by refusing to use the backup catcher unless absolutely necessary, the two could make for a really solid combo.

Also, they’ve got so much time and energy invested in Kelly that I think he gets a little more time to prove he can play. They aren’t likely to get anything better from a journeyman catcher, and guys like Cervelli or Russell Martin don’t hit the market often, and when they do the price tag is heavily inflated.
The final response was from the UCB’s fearless leader, Daniel Shoptaw, and you can find his blog posts here at CardsConclave.com:
When Yadi goes, the Cards may be forced to run that combo, Dennis.  With a creative manager and someone that doesn’t train for 174 games taking up all the time, I could easily see some sort of mix-and-match situation going after Molina leaves.  I believe they’ll have to do that because the odds of finding the next great catcher immediately are really slim.
However, if Molina is going to play at this rate–and there’s no guarantee that if he doesn’t slow down 2020 is his last year, as Adam pointed out–I still think Kelly’s skills will be eroded by the lack of playing time.  I’m wondering–and Colin would know better than I on this–if we might not see Andrew Knizner as the starter in 2021 or 2022 backed up by Dennis Ortega.  I can’t believe Kelly will get 100 or less AB over the next two years and still be effective when he gets the full time spot.
Thanks to you gentlemen for your responses!  Speaking of Yadi, I’m sure you’ve heard by now that he was selected as the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award today.  Yadi was Mrs. Clemente’s personal choice to win the award (she is on the selection committee), and the fan vote for Yadi was overwhelming.  Yadi won the award for his work in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit and devastated most of the island.  Yadi could have been one of those guys who just contributed a lot of money and had others do the grunt work, but Yadi hit the ground running and distributed food and water himself, plus he helped repair people’s homes as well.  That shows what kind of character Yadi really has.  You can read more about Yadi’s work in Puerto Rico at the link here:  https://www.digitalpublications-mlb.com/157005/157249/186082/Cardinals-Gameday-Magazine-2018-Issue-1/
Yadi is the fifth Cardinal to win the Roberto Clemente Award, the most of any team in Major League Baseball.  The other Cardinals winners were Lou Brock (1975), Ozzie Smith (1985), Albert Pujols (2008), and Carlos Beltran (2013). This shows that not only are Cardinals players great on the field but off the field as well.
That’s all for right now!  Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!
Diane

The final countdown

The final week of the Cardinals’ 2018 regular season schedule starts today. There are 6 games remaining in the schedule, and they’re all against National League Central rivals. The Cards play the Brewers starting tonight (9/24) through Wednesday.  After a day off on Thursday, the Cards travel to Chicago to finish out the regular season against the hated Cubbies. If the stormy weather predicted for tomorrow occurs, however, the game may be played on Thursday instead since both teams have the day off.

The Cards swept the Giants this weekend in dramatic fashion. On Saturday, Yadi hit a 2 run homer to tie the game in the 8th inning.  We got two innings of bonus baseball until Tyler O’Neill hit his first ever walk-off home run. The celebration that ensued included a shredding of O’Neill’s jersey, which showed off O’Neill’s magnificent physique. O Canada! Lady baseball fans all over the country had to look for ways to cool themselves off after seeing that, myself included. Miles Mikolas pitched a masterful game on Sunday – he didn’t give up a single walk. Miles has to be in consideration for the NL Cy Young award. He is one of John Mozeliak’s best acquisitions.

The four finalists for the wild card slots have very similar records, which could make for a very interesting finish to the season. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com did the math and outlined the various scenarios, and you can read that article here.  Tickets for a possible tiebreaker game on October 1 go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 AM Central Standard Time for only $10 each, and you can get tickets at cardinals.com or call (314) 345-9000.  You can also go to either one of those sources for NLDS series and wild-card game tickets as well.

Hopefully, Kolten Wong’s balking hamstrings will be better soon and he’ll be able to play again. Yairo Munez has a hot bat, but his defense is lacking.  Harrison Bader is a great player, but he can’t cover the middle outfield and the middle infield.

I’m excited for this final week of the regular season for the first time in a couple years, mostly because the playoffs are a possibility.  The son and I are attending Wednesday evening’s game since it’s the last home game of the regular season.  I would love to see the Cards win all 6 games, but I know that’s probably not possible.  What I would really love to see, however, is the Cubs choking and the Cards win the division.  A girl can dream, can’t she?

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

 

It’s the last homestand of the 2018 season!

Since my last post, the Cardinals compiled a 6-5 record, including losing 3 out of 4 to the Dodgers.  A vintage start by Adam Wainwright kept the Dodgers from sweeping the Cards.  The Cards won both the Pittsburgh series and the Atlanta series.  There are just 3 series to go until the end of the season.  The Cards need to win all these series, which won’t be easy, considering that the last series is against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Jose Martinez, however, should not be allowed to bat with the bases loaded.  He strikes out every time.  Matt Carpenter hasn’t hit a home run in a while, either, which is also worrisome.  Perhaps the salsa should not have been available to the public until the season was over.

Did you buy tickets today for the wild-card game or the divisional series?  I wanted to buy tickets, but I looked at my checkbook and decided that maybe I’d better not.  With my luck, the wild-card game would be in the afternoon and I’d have to take a vacation day so I could go.  I hope the game will be scheduled in the evening so I can watch it on TV.

Tomorrow starts the last homestand of the season! Where does the time go?  I’ll be at the game tomorrow night so you might see me in Ford Plaza.  The law firm I work at is treating us to a game in the Coca-Cola Scoreboard Plaza to celebrate the fiscal year end.  I’ve never sat in that area before so it will be interesting seeing the game from that section.  I’m still trying to decide if I want to go to one more home game this season or not.  I can get bleacher seats pretty cheap on vividseats.com.

Here are all the details for this final homestand of the 2018 regular season. Remember, Saturday’s game has been moved to 12:05 PM. Hopefully, I’ll be posting details for the postseason!

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, September 21—Wednesday, September 26)

St. Louis Blues Theme Night & Fan Appreciation Weekend Highlight Final Homestand of 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 20, 2018 – The Cardinals are back at Busch after taking two of three games in Atlanta.  The six-game homestand kicks off with a three-game weekend series against the San Francisco Giants (September 21-23) and concludes with three games versus the Milwaukee Brewers (September 24-26).  The thirteenth and final homestand of the season is highlighted by Fan Appreciation Weekend and Ryan Ludwick’s Bud Bash event. 

Friday, September 21, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (7:15 p.m.)

MLB Network Showcase National Broadcast (out-of-market only)

Fan Appreciation Weekend

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Hockey Sweater Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will take home a one-of-a-kind Cardinals hockey sweater, courtesy of FOX Sports Midwest.#CardsPromo

St. Louis Blues Theme Night: Celebrate #TeamSTL and kick off the St. Louis Blues 2018-19 season at Busch Stadium.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Fredbird and Louie dual bobblehead.  Come early for a pregame pep rally and a concert by The Funky Butt Brass Band!  Theme Tickets are currently sold out.  #CardsTheme

Summer Grant Ceremony: In an afternoon ceremony, Cardinals Care will distribute more than $178,000 to 85 area nonprofit groups that support local kids.  A Cardinals player, executives and Fredbird will all take part in the afternoon event. #CardsCare

Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to the club joining the National League in 1892. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be led by former Cardinals pitcher Bob Tewksbury.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Boots at Busch Finals: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals present the Boots at Busch country concert series.  Tonight’s final battle features Jordan McCants, Shotgun CreekMiss E & The Rebels and Jessica Tipton.  Gate 6 will open at 4:25 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 4:45 p.m. in Ford Plaza.  Specially-priced Boots at Busch tickets are currently sold out.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

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 while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gates 1 and 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (12:05 p.m.)

FOX Saturday Baseball National Broadcast

Fan Appreciation Weekend

Gates open at 10:05 a.m.

Sweatshirt Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will receive a Cardinals sweatshirt, presented by Modern Agriculture supported by Bayer. #CardsPromo

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher Bob Tewksbury will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.  #CardsMuseum

Congressional Award Statewide Ceremony: Bill DeWitt III and the Cardinals will host Congressional Award medalists from the state of Missouri in a postgame ceremony in Cunningham Corner.

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 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.  #CardsCare5050

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Sunday, September 23, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (1:15 p.m.)

MLB Network Showcase National Broadcast (out-of-market only)

Fan Appreciation Weekend

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Adult Winter Hat Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home their very own Cardinals winter hat with flaps, presented by Cooper Tires.  #CardsPromo

Magnet Schedule Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket will receive a 2019 Cardinals magnet schedule, courtesy of Shelter Insurance.  #CardsPromo

Six Flags Day: Children under 48 inches will receive a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any one day, excluding Saturdays, until October 28.  #CardsPromo

Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting).  Presented by Prairie Farms.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last).

Reliving History: Join us for Reliving History with Miles Mikolas at the Cardinals Museum after the game at 6:00 p.m.  Guests of this special event will enjoy a photo opportunity with the 2018 All-Star and a presentation featuring Mikolas and Cardinals executives discussing his career and how the Cardinals scouted Mikolas in Japan.  To purchase tickets or for more information, visit cardinals.com/museum.

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 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.  #CardsCare5050

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Monday, September 24, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

College Theme Night #3Take a break from the books and celebrate the start of the school year with College Night presented by WGU Missouri.  For just $20, fans will receive a ticket to the game and an exclusive Cardinals quarter zip sweatshirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college. #CardsTheme

Groom’s Cake Dive: Witness the fun as 12 grooms-to-be dive headfirst into a multi-tiered wedding cake filled with special wedding-themed prizes.  The 5th annual Groom’s Cake Dive presented by St. Louis Best Bridal will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.

Dream Weavers: Luke Weaver will host a group from Do The Right Thing for tonight’s game as part of his Dream Weavers player ticket program.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gates 1 and 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Ryan Ludwick Budweiser Bash Theme EventFans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Ryan Ludwick bobblehead as we celebrate Cardinal fan favorites.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Ryan in the Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.  #BudBash

Battle at Busch Finals: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals present the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s final battle features Postal Modern, HOOkiEJoe Miller and Guerrilla Theory.  Gate 6 will open at 4:50 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:15 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

High School Video Challenge Winners: The club will recognize students from Clayton High School during a pregame ceremony in recognition for their winning entry in the team’s High School Student Video Challenge.  The students collaborated to write, develop and produce a short video featuring Ozzie Smith and Fredbird promoting the Cardinals and their high school.  Fans can watch the students’ entry and the final feature video at cardinals.com/student.

Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martínez will host a group from St. Cecilia School for tonight’s game as part of his Tsunami Waves player ticket program.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

Magnet Schedule Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket will receive a 2019 Cardinals magnet schedule, courtesy of Shelter Insurance.  #CardsPromo

Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket will receive a voucher good for a free ticket to a 2019 Cardinals regular season home game.  #CardsPromo

Memphis Redbirds Theme Night: Celebrate the Memphis Redbirds 2017 PCL Championship at Busch Stadium!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a replica 2017 PCL Championship ring.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/memphis.  #CardsTheme

Cardinals Music Contest Winners: The club will recognize KT Clark, Nite Owl, Beth Huonker and Nate Hershey during a pregame ceremony in recognition for their winning entry in the team’s first ever music contest.  The group collaborated to write, produce and perform the song “Cardinals Nation (Hearts are Pumpin’)”.  Fans can listen to the song at cardinals.com/musiccontest. #CardsMusic

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

MORE INFORMATION

**Getting to the Game – Eastbound Interstate 64 11th Street Ramp Closed**

Fans heading downtown for Cardinals games on September 21-26 will need to avoid the eastbound I-64 ramp to 11th Street, as MoDOT crews have closed the ramp as part of on-going repair work.  The ramp will be closed throughout the Cardinals homestand.  Drivers can use the 14th Street ramp or the 6th Street ramp to get into the downtown area.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Has the magic vanished? and Homestand Highlights for September 10-16, 2018

In my last blog post, I mentioned that the Cardinals should take the interim tag off of Mike Shildt.  I didn’t think they would do it the very next day!  LOL! I should probably buy some Powerball tickets.

What an August the Cardinals had!  They finished the month with 9 series wins, including sweeps of the Nationals, the Royals, and the Dodgers.  Matt Carpenter and his magical salsa led the Cardinals into playoff contention.  It was fun to watch Cardinals baseball again.

But then the calendar turned to September.  All of a sudden, the bad habits from earlier in the season began returning.  The batters had too many strikeouts and the pitchers allowed too many walks.  Yadi Molina and Kolten Wong landed on the disabled list with hamstring strains (although Kolten has been activated).  Jedd Gyorko landed on the DL with a groin strain.  He has had to return to St. Louis for reassessment.  The Cards miss Yadi and Jedd greatly.  The Cards have only won 3 of the 8 games played in September.  Did Matt Carpenter run out of the magic salsa? Matt should make a new batch when he returns to St. Louis.

Today’s game was interesting, however.  The Rally Squirrel made a return appearance and the Cards scored 5 runs in the inning after he showed up.  Matt Carpenter and Mike Shildt were both ejected from the game in the top of the 9th after a bad third strike call from the umpire.  After that, however, Carlos Martinez saved the game.  It was announced today that Mike Shildt has made Carlos the closer and I think that was a good choice.  Carlos thrives on pressure.  Let’s hope the magic returns and carries the Cards into the playoffs.

Hopefully, the win today will provide some momentum for the Cards’ return to Busch Stadium for the second to the last homestand of the season that starts tomorrow night.  Our good friend Adam Wainwright will be the starter for tomorrow night’s game, albeit without his batterymate Yadi. The last weekday game of the season is Wednesday against the Pirates.  Here are all the details on the upcoming homestand.  Will you be attending any games?

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, September 10—Sunday, September 16)

First Responders & Fiesta Cardenales Highlight Twelfth Homestand of 2018

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 7, 2018 – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium on September 10th after a six-game road trip through Washington and Detroit.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates (September 10-12) and concludes with a four-game series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers (September 13-16).  The twelfth homestand of the season is highlighted by 80s Night and a Mark McGwire bobblehead giveaway. 

Monday, September 10, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Theme Night: Support our brave men and women in uniform at Law Enforcement Appreciation Night presented by American Eagle Credit Union!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement t-shirt.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  A day game option is available on September 12.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/lawenforcement.  #CardsTheme

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

September 11th Commemoration: The TSA Color Guard will present the colors during tonight’s pregame presentation of God Bless America and the National Anthem. Kristin Salvatore, a survivor of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, will throw a ceremonial pitch prior to tonight’s game.  We will also observe a moment of silence in remembrance of all the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Firefighters Appreciation Theme Night: Celebrate the men and women that help keep our city safe at Firefighter Appreciation Night presented by American Eagle Credit Union!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Firefighter t-shirt.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to The Backstoppers.  A day game option is available on September 12.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/firefighters.  #CardsTheme

Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors.  Francisco Peña will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 and younger from 5:45-6:15.  Kids must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and are distributed in Budweiser Terrace.  Former Cardinals Greg Mathews and David Green will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  Players subject to change.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

Player Ticket Program: A player will host a group from a local charitable organization for tonight’s game as part of the club’s Player Ticket Program.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

Law Enforcement & Firefighter Appreciation Theme Day: Support or brave men and women in uniform at Law Enforcement & Firefighter Appreciation Day presented by American Eagle Credit Union!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement or Firefighter t-shirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.  #CardsTheme

Career Day Theme Event: Students and educators can enjoy a special pregame Q&A/panel discussion with executives focusing on careers in sports and media, followed by an exclusive College Fair with representatives from colleges and universities around the Midwest.  The $15 Career Day Theme Ticket also includes a ticket to the game plus a jumbo hot dog, soda & chips.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/careerday.  #CardsTheme

Thursday, September 13, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: The Redbirds are hot! What can we attribute this spicy streak to?  It’s Gotta Be The Salsa!  20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a t-shirt commemorating the team’s salsa craze, designed by Fresh Brewed Tees.  #CardsPromo

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Theme Night: Join us for Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day presented by the St. Louis Metropolitan St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Busch Stadium.  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive green lightweight hooded pullover.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.  #CardsTheme

Player Ticket Program: Adam Wainwright will host a group from Lift for Life Gym for tonight’s game as part of the club’s Player Ticket Program.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Friday, September 14, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Replica 1928 Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, can help honor the 90-year anniversary of the 1928 season by taking home a one-of-a-kind 1928 replica jersey, featuring pinstripes and a throwback Cardinals logo.  Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line. #CardsPromo 

80s Theme Night: Go Crazy Folks, Go Crazy!  We’re going back in time to celebrate 80s Night at Busch Stadium.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive 80s-themed Cardinals dugout jacket.  Come early for a rad pregame concert by That 80’s Band in Budweiser Terrace.  In honor of a favorite 80s movie, Back to the Future, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Team Gateway To A Cure, benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Caregivers Support Groups.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/80s.  #CardsTheme

Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to Hall of Fame first baseman and 1928 MVP, Jim Bottomley. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be led by former Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Saturday, September 15, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (12:05 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:05 a.m.

Replica 2013 Mystery NL Championship Ring Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will receive a replica 2013 National League Champion mystery player ring, courtesy of Edward Jones.  The individual player rings will celebrate a few of the top layers from the 2013 team including Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha Matt Carpenter.  #CardsPromo

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.  #CardsMuseum

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 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.  #CardsCare5050

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

#Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive: This marks the 3rd year of the #Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive, which is held each year in remembrance of Cardinals beat writer, Joe Strauss. Representatives from Be the Match will be in Ford Plaza and Budweiser Terrace to help fans sign up to receive a Bone Marrow Donor Kit. For more info visit cardinals.com/join4joe.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:05 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

Mark McGwire Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will take home their very own Mark McGwire bobblehead commemorating the 20-year anniversary of Big Mac’s record-breaking 62nd home run, courtesy of Coca-Cola and Dierbergs. #CardsPromo

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last).

Fiesta Cardenales Theme Event: The Cardinals welcome all members of the Latino and Hispanic community for a cultural celebration during Hispanic Heritage Month.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardenales cap.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Hispanic Education Cultural & Scholarship Foundation.  Come early for a pregame event featuring current Cardinals players and music in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/fiesta.  #CardsTheme

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 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.  #CardsCare5050

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

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

Diane

Road trip report and Homestand Highlights for August 28-September 2, 2018

The Cardinals have been on fire on this last road trip.  They only lost one game, which was Saturday’s game in Colorado.   Matt Carpenter’s bat has been as hot as his salsa – he hit 4 doubles in yesterday’s game. Carlos Martinez shut down the Rockies on Friday evening, bailing out Miles Mikolas.  Harrison Bader has been, for lack of a better word, awesome.  He defies description.  And Mike Shildt should have the “interim” taken off of his title no later than the end of the season.  He has done a fantastic job turning this team around and letting his coaches do their jobs.

On the injury front, Kolten Wong is day-to-day after a hamstring strain on Saturday.  Mike Mayers was put on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and Dominic Leone was activated. Dominic was so excited to be back with the club that he skipped onto the field.  Ryan Sheriff, who has been on the DL after Tommy John surgery, was given his outright release.

The rosters will expand on Friday and some of our old friends will return, like Adam Wainwright.  The Cards need to keep winning series without any major injuries.  Some help from the other teams would be great too.  I really enjoy watching Cardinals baseball right now.  If I didn’t have Bible study tonight, I would be lost, since there is no game tonight.

The Cards return to Busch Stadium tomorrow night for the first of the last three homestands of the season.  There’s only one more month of the regular season.  That’s so hard to believe!  I will be attending Wednesday night’s and Thursday night’s game, so please Cards, win.  The last 2 times I’ve been to a game, the Cards have lost.  😦 My son’s birthday is this Thursday.  I feel really old – I can buy him a beer and he’s old enough to legally drink it!  Here are all the details on this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS

(Tuesday, August 28—Sunday, September 2)

Game of Thrones Night and Beatles Night Highlight Eleventh Homestand of 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 27, 2018 – The Cardinals are back at Busch Stadium after winning five of six in Los Angeles and Denver and return as the hottest team in baseball with a record of 19-5 in the month of August.  The six-game homestand kicks off with three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates (August 28-30) and concludes with a three-game series versus the Cincinnati Reds (August 31-September 2).  The eleventh homestand of the season is highlighted by Ray Lankford’s Bud Bash appearance and Union Appreciation Day.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

 Ray Lankford Budweiser Bash Theme Event: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Ray Lankford bobblehead as we celebrate Cardinal fan favorites.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Ray in the Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.  #BudBash

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Chasing Ginger, Mars Transit and Postal Modern.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

Purina Pet Adoption: Join us for Purina’s Better Together Pet Adoption Days at the Ballpark.  Head to Ford Plaza prior to the games to meet adoptable furry friends from Five Acres and the Belleville area Humane Society.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Game of Thrones Theme Night: Lord Dewitt, third of his name, is calling upon all Cardinals fans to join forces and enjoy Game of Thrones Night at the ballpark.  Fans who purchased this special Theme Ticket will receive their very own bobblehead commemorating Ozzie Smith’s ascension to MLB’s Iron Throne.  An official Game of Thrones Iron Throne will be on hand for photo opportunities in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/thrones.

Player Ticket Program: Harrison Bader will host a group from the St. Louis Dream Center for tonight’s game as part of the club’s Player Ticket Program.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 p.m.)

MLB Network Showcase National Broadcast (out-of-market only)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

Billikens Theme Night: Come cheer on the Cardinals with fellow Billikens alumni and fans!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Billikens-themed Cardinals mesh jersey.  Come early for a pregame pep rally featuring special Billiken guests.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/billikens.  #CardsTheme

Purina Pet Adoption: Join us for Purina’s Better Together Pet Adoption Days at the Ballpark.  Head to Ford Plaza prior to the games to meet adoptable furry friends from Five Acres and the Belleville Area Humane Society.

Fowler’s Friends: Dexter Fowler will host a group from College Bound for tonight’s game as part of his Fowler’s Friends Player Ticket Program.

Friday, August 31, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Beer Stein Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 21 and older, will receive a beer stein highlighting the Cardinals World Series Championship vs. the Milwaukee Brewers in 1982.  Presented by Budweiser. #CardsPromo

Beatles Tribute Theme Night: Come Together for Beatles Tribute Night!  Fans that purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Beatles-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  Come early and enjoy a pregame concert in Budweiser Terrace by Beatles cover band, Hard Day’s Night.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/beatles.  #CardsTheme

Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to the legacy of Stan Musial. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be led by museum staff and focus on the 1982 World Series Trophy design.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

Saturday, September 1, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

Embroidered Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will take home a Home White Embroidered Jersey, courtesy of TD Ameritrade. #CardsPromo

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher Alan Benes will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.  #CardsMuseum

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 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.  #CardsCare5050

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Sunday, September 2, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Cardinals Bear Giveaway: 12,000 kids ages 15 and under, will take home their very own Cardinals Bear, presented by Build-A-Bear Workshop. #CardsPromo

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last).

Fredbird’s Birthday Party Theme Event: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will join Fredbird and friends for a pregame birthday party and lots of great photo ops in Cunningham Corner.  Lunch and dessert will be provided and each special guest will take home a Cardinals goodie bag!  Tickets are currently sold out.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/theme.  #CardsTheme

 Union Appreciation Theme Day:  Start your Labor Day celebration a day early!  Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive a specially-designed Cardinals “Union Proud” t-shirt.  Additionally, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the St. Louis Labor Council’s “$5 For The Fight” fund.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/union.  #CardsTheme

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 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.  #CardsCare5050

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane