The postseason (a/k/a second season) is here!

The last day of the regular season was yesterday.  That was also the last day during the regular season that Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, and Adam Wainwright (maybe; he hasn’t announced his retirement yet) will be wearing the Birds on the Bat. But don’t be too sad because there is more baseball to come – the playoffs start tomorrow!  I call the playoffs “the second season,” because it lasts 21 games and with days off between series, the actual second season is almost a month-long, starting on October 7 and ending on November 5.  Like the first day of the regular season, every playoff team starts the second season from scratch and anything and everything is possible.  That’s what makes it exciting.

The first round is the Wild Card round.  As discussed in my blog post here, the number 3 seed (the Cardinals) plays the number 6 seed (the Phillies).  The number 4 seed (the Mets) plays the number 5 seed (the Padres).  The winner of the Cards-Phillies series will play the Braves and the winner of the Mets-Padres series will play the Dodgers in the National League Division Series. 

Manny Randhawa of MLB.com has a breakdown of the Cards-Phillies matchups that you can read here:  https://www.mlb.com/news/cardinals-phillies-wild-card-series-position-breakdown  I don’t agree with a couple of his choices. Bryce Harper over Albert Pujols at DH? Really, Manny?  Read the article and see what you think. 

All three Wild Card games will be played at the stadium of the team with the best record.  In the Cards-Phillies series, that means all three games will be played at Busch Stadium.  Since the Wild Card round will be played exclusively at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals released Wild Card round Homestand Highlights with pertinent information about the weekend festivities.  If you are fortunate enough to have tickets for any or all of the games, here is all the information you’ll need:

2022 NL WILD CARD SERIES DETAILS — CARDINALS VS. PHILLIES

Cardinals-Phillies Meet in Postseason for Second Time Ever, First Since Epic 2011 NLDS

The National League Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals (93-69) begin a best-of-three series tomorrow against the third NL Wild Card winner, Philadelphia Phillies (87-75).  A limited amount of tickets for each Wild Card game are available at cardinals.com/postseason.  Below are details for the NL Wild Card series against the Phillies.

NL Wild Card Game 1 — Friday, October 7, 2022 — Busch Stadium (1:07 PM CT)

TV: ABC / Postgame: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates Open: 10:37 AM

Pitchers: Jose Quintana v. Zach Wheeler

  • Rally Towel Giveaway: 40,000 fans entering with a ticket.  Presented by Mercy.
  • Pregame Field Ceremonies:
    • Introduction of the St. Louis Cardinals & Philadelphia Phillies
    • Color Guard & Flag presented by Fort Leonard Wood
    • National Anthem performance by the Fort Leonard Wood 399th Army Band
    • Ceremonial First Pitch by Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith
  • Series-Long 50/50 Raffle: Tickets are available to purchase online beginning at 9 AM CT on Friday, Oct. 7th, and inside Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the last game of the series on Saturday, Oct. 8th, or Sunday, Oct. 9th.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  Fans who purchase raffle tickets before Game 2’s first pitch will automatically be entered into a bonus raffle for a chance to win a trio of autographed baseballs by Cardinals Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee & Tom Herr.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Series-Long Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club.  The auction will open at 9AM on Friday, Oct. 7th, and close at 9PM on Sunday, Oct. 9th.

NL Wild Card Game 2 — Saturday, October 8, 2022 — Busch Stadium (7:37 PM CT)

TV: ESPN2 / Postgame: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:07 PM

Pitchers: Miles Mikolas v. Aaron Nola

  • Official Cardinals Pregame Pep Rally:
    • 3:00–5:30 PM on the Missouri Lottery Stage/Together Credit Union Plaza at Ballpark Village
    • Music, entertainment, and appearances by DJ Todd Thomas, Cardinals Organist Dwayne Hilton, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, and Cardinals Alumni with prizes and ticket giveaways!
  • Rally Towel Giveaway: 40,000 fans entering with a ticket.  Presented by Missouri Lottery.
  • Pregame Field Ceremonies:
    • National Anthem performance by retired U.S. Naval Petty Officer, 1st Class, Generald Wilson
    • Ceremonial First Pitch by Matt Adams
  • Series-Long 50/50 Raffle: Tickets are available to purchase online and inside Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the last game of the series on Saturday, Oct. 8th, or Sunday, Oct. 9th.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  Fans who purchase raffle tickets before Game 2’s first pitch will automatically be entered into a bonus raffle for a chance to win a trio of autographed baseballs by Cardinals Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee & Tom Herr.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Series-Long Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club.  The auction will close at 9PM on Sunday, Oct. 9th.

NL Wild Card Game 3 — Sunday, October 9, 2022 — Busch Stadium (7:37 PM CT)* (if necessary, game time subject to change)

TV: ESPN or ESPN2 / Postgame: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open 2½ hours before the first pitch

  • Official Cardinals Pregame Pep Rally:
    • Starts 4½ hours before the first pitch on the Missouri Lottery Stage/Together Credit Union Plaza at BPV
    • Music, entertainment, and appearances by DJ Todd Thomas, Cardinals Organist Dwayne Hilton, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, and Cardinals Alumni with prizes and ticket giveaways!
  • Rally Towel Giveaway: 40,000 fans entering with a ticket.  Presented by CarShield.
  • Pregame Field Ceremonies:
    • National Anthem performance by electric violinist, composer, and recording artist, Abigail Stahlschmidt
    • Ceremonial First Pitch TBD
  • Series-Long 50/50 Raffle: Tickets are available to purchase online and inside Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the last game of the series on Saturday, Oct. 8th, or Sunday, Oct. 9th.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Series-Long Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club.  The auction will open at 9AM on Friday, Oct. 7th, and close at 9PM on Sunday, Oct. 9th.

NEW CONCESSIONS

Delaware North Sportservice, the club’s concessionaire for more than 50 years, has developed a few new menu items for the 2022 postseason, including:

  • Midwest Monster: Burger patty, pepper jack cheese, pickles, house-smoked BBQ pulled pork, and onion rings served on an onion Kaiser roll.  Available outside Section 150. (There are a lot of carbs in that burger! – DMS)
  • Korean BBQ Pulled Pork Tater Tot Nachos: A bed of tater tots covered with Korean BBQ pulled pork, Pico de Gallo, queso, wasabi sour, kimchi, and scallions.  Available outside Section 135 and Section 458.
  • Frozen Custard Treat: Frozen custard with a warm chocolate chip cookie.  Available at Dinger Donuts outside Sections 145.
  • Custom Gourmet Popcorn from Pop Pop Hurray!: Two new flavors including Red October (cherry + white cheddar) and Playoff Pumpkin Spice.  Available at Coke Corner outside Section 132.
  • Beer Bats: 24 oz. of beer served in a souvenir plastic bat.  Available at the 1764 Craft Beer Bar outside Section 141, Cutwater Cantina outside Section 265, and outside Section 447.

I’m hoping that the August version of the Cardinals shows up in the Wild Card round and not the September version of the Cardinals. The Cards need to get hits early and often against these Phillie pitchers. I don’t want this series to be the last time we see Yadi, Albert, and Waino in Cardinals uniforms.

So let’s go Cards! Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights #13 – Last call!

The last homestand of the regular season starts tomorrow. My goodness, where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday that this season started. We Cardinals fans should be thankful, however, that there will be more baseball yet to come, for there will be three games in Pittsburgh after the final homestand (thanks to the lockout at the beginning of the season) and then the playoffs will begin. Some teams are not lucky enough to ever make the playoffs. This weekend, we will see Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols playing in Busch Stadium for the last time during the regular season. Be sure you have your Kleenex handy when you watch the tribute to Yadi and Albert on Bally Sports on Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinals start a three-game homestand, the last one of the season, tomorrow evening. Here are all the details:

2022 BUSCH STADIUM HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS #13

Friday, September 30—Sunday, October 2

The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium as NL Central Division Champions for the first time since 2019.  The final regular season homestand includes three games versus the Pittsburgh Pirates (Sept. 30-Oct. 2), with postseason play to follow at Busch Stadium for the National League Wild Card Series from October 7-9.  Homestand highlights can be found at cardinals.com/homestand.

Friday, September 30 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Jack Flaherty (1-1, 4.97 ERA) vs. RHP Johan Oviedo (4-2, 3.13 ERA)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

  • Adam Wainwright Bobblehead Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Coca-Cola and Dierbergs.
  • Roberto Clemente Ceremony: Before the start of tonight’s game, the Cardinals, along with the Clemente family and former Cardinals Roberto Clemente Award recipients, will hold a pregame ceremony commemorating Roberto Clemente’s 3000th hit, which occurred 50 years ago on this date.
  • Albert Pujols Pregame Ceremony:  Prior to the start of tonight’s game, the Cardinals will hold a pregame ceremony recognizing Albert Pujols’ 700 career home runs.
  • Pujols & Molina Thank You Cards:  Fans can thank Albert and Yadi for their contributions to St. Louis on and off the field by signing seven-foot-tall cards for the players.  The giant cards will be in the Together Credit Union Plaza at Ballpark Village from 3-7 PM.
  • 700 HR Fan Photo Opp:  In honor of Albert’s milestone home run, the Cardinals will have a four-foot, light-up “700” and balloon installation on the main stage in Budweiser Terrace for fans to take photos.
  • Weekend-Long Cardinals Care Auctions: The weekend’s auction will feature the original Molina and Wainwright painted canvas commissioned exclusively for Sunday’s promotional item in partnership with local artist Cole Mayer.  The canvas is autographed by both players.  Proceeds from the auction of the canvas will be split between Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact and Yadier Molina’s Fundación 4.  The auction will run from 9 AM CT on September 30 until 9 PM CT on October 2.  The items will be on display inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club. Fans can also bid online at cardinals.com/ccauctions.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Saturday, October 1 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery (8-6, 3.50 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Ortiz (0-1, 1.17 ERA)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 4:15 PM

  • Yadier Molina Bobblehead Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Coca-Cola and Dierbergs.
  • 2023 Cardinals Magnet Schedule: 45,000 fans, entering with a ticket, presented by Shelter Insurance.
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: 2011 World Series Champion Ryan Franklin will sign from 2-4PM with museum admission.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.
  • Pujols & Molina Thank You Cards:  Fans can thank Albert and Yadi for their contributions to St. Louis on and off the field by signing seven-foot-tall cards for the players.  The giant cards will be in Budweiser Terrace inside Busch Stadium at 4:15 PM through the early innings.
  • 700 HR Fan Photo Opp:  In honor of Albert’s milestone home run, the Cardinals will have a four-foot, light-up “700” and balloon installation on the main stage in Budweiser Terrace for fans to take photos.
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Tickets are available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning on Sunday, Oct. 2.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Weekend-Long Cardinals Care Auctions: The weekend’s auction will feature the original Molina and Wainwright painted canvas commissioned exclusively for Sunday’s promotional item in partnership with local artist Cole Mayer.  The canvas is autographed by both players.  Proceeds from the auction of the canvas will be split between Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact and Yadier Molina’s Fundación 4.  The auction will run from 9 AM CT on September 30 until 9 PM CT on October 2.  Fans can also bid online at cardinals.com/ccauctions.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, October 2 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Adam Wainwright (11-11, 3.51 ERA) vs. RHP Roansy Contreras (5-5, 3.72 ERA)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 10:45 AM (a half hour earlier than normal)

  • Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright Canvas Print Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older.
  • 2023 Cardinals Magnet Schedule: 45,000 fans, entering with a ticket, presented by Shelter Insurance.
  • 2023 Ticket Voucher Giveaway: For all fans that enter with a paid ticket.  Fans will receive a digital voucher for select Monday-Thursday games in 2023 via email later in October.
  • Albert Pujols & Yadier Molina Pregame Ceremony: The Cardinals will hold a special on-field pregame ceremony honoring the legendary careers of future Hall of Famers Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina beginning at 12:30 PM.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early.  The ceremony will be broadcast live on Bally Sports Midwest, KMOX, and the Cardinals Radio Network.
  • 700 HR Fan Photo Opp:  In honor of Albert’s milestone home run, the Cardinals will have a four-foot, light-up “700” and balloon installation on the main stage in Budweiser Terrace for fans to take photos.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes, and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning during today’s game.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Weekend-Long Cardinals Care Auctions: The weekend’s auction will feature the original Molina and Wainwright painted canvas commissioned exclusively for Sunday’s promotional item in partnership with local artist Cole Mayer.  The canvas is autographed by both players.  Proceeds from the auction of the canvas will be split between Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact and Yadier Molina’s Fundación 4.  The auction will run from 9 AM CT on September 30 until 9 PM CT on Oct. 2.  The items will be on display at Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club. Fans can also bid online at cardinals.com/ccauctions.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

I will be at Sunday’s game. I didn’t want to miss seeing Yadi and Albert’s last regular season home game. And I definitely wanted the giveaway. I’ll make sure to bring Kleenex because I’m probably going to cry buckets.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

It’s a (playoff) of confusion

(With apologies to songwriter Phil Collins) The Cardinals clinched the National League Central Division title last night with a win against the Milwaukee Brewers at Milwaukee, which means that the Cards got to celebrate in the Brewers’ visitors’ locker room.  This, of course, is much better than the Brewers celebrating in the Cards’ visitors’ locker room in 2018.  Oli Marmol gave a very nice speech.  He is very poised and well-spoken for a 35-year-old rookie manager.  Albert Pujols also gave a very nice speech, and then the party began, with beer and champagne spraying all over the locker room.  The Cardinals have posted several videos and photos of the celebration, but my favorite video shows Lars Nootbaar grabbing a microphone and interviewing several players.  Noot asked very good questions of his fellow teammates.  Jim Hayes had better watch out – Noot may be gunning for his job. LOL! I am so glad that the Cardinals won the division to enter the playoffs rather than sneak in via the wild card.

And now for the confusing part. The Cards’ magic number (to clinch the division) was three before last night, but all they had to do was win one game against the Brewers to clinch the division title.  I am sure you are doing the math in your head and are wondering how winning 1 game instead of a combination of three wins/second place team losses wins the division title.  Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com explains it much better than I could. His article is too long to quote from in this blog post, but if you would like to read it, you can do so here:  https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-playoff-tiebreaker-rules 

Thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement, there is a new playoff setup this season.  You may recall that the old playoff setup included two division series per league, the division championship round, and then the World Series.  Starting this season, however, the division winners and runners-up are seeded.  Anthony Castrovince explains the seed procedures as follows:

How are the teams seeded?
In each league, as follows:

  • No. 1 seed: Best league record
  • No. 2 seed: Second-best division winner
  • No. 3 seed: Third-best division winner
  • No. 4 seed: Best record among Wild Card teams
  • No. 5 seed: Second-best record among Wild Card teams
  • No. 6 seed: Third-best record among Wild Card teams

There are now four rounds of playoffs instead of three. Here’s the explanation:

Round 1 – Wild Card round (must win 2 of 3 games):

All three games will be at the home of the team with the highest seed. The winners of this series go on to the Division Series. The number 1 and 2 seeds in each league receive byes for the Wild Card round. They don’t have to play until the Division Series.

Round 2 – National/American League Division Series (must win 3 of 5 games):

The home team is the division winner with the best record in the regular season.  There are two Division Series per league. The winner of each Division Series goes on to the Championship Series.

Round 3 – National/American League Championship Series (must win 4 of 7 games):

The home team is the division winner with the best record in the regular season.

Round 4 – World Series (must win 4 of 7 games):

The home team in the World Series is the team with the best record in the regular season.  The league that won the All-Star Game used to receive the home-field advantage for the World Series, but thankfully that has changed since the American League always seems to win the All-Star Game.

As you can see, the Cardinals have a lot of games yet to play after the regular season is over, which is next Wednesday in Pittsburgh, the last of the three games rescheduled because of the lockout.  Here’s hoping that all the players stay healthy and don’t get injured.

If you’re going to the games at Busch Stadium this weekend, you can sign large greeting cards to thank Yadi and Albert for the memories. On Friday, the cards will be located in Together Credit Union Plaza at Ballpark Village from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday at the Budweiser Terrace inside Busch Stadium before the game and during the early innings.

Thanks for reading – see you next time!

Diane

Complacency, thy name is Cardinals

The definition of complacency (from Dictionary.com):

noun, plural com·pla·cen·cies.

a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.

The second part of this definition describes the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting and scoring situation to a T.  Why should the Cardinals try harder to hit and produce runs when they are 8 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central?  The magic number for the Cardinals to clinch the division is down to 6, but that’s not because they’re winning games; it’s because the Brewers keep losing games, except for today’s game, which they won.  As of this writing, the Cardinals haven’t scored in over 30 innings.  A team can’t win games if they don’t score runs, and they can’t score runs if they don’t hit.  That is not optimal.

You may recall Nolan Arenado stating that the team doesn’t just want to play in the Wild Card playoff series; they want to have the second seed in the playoffs.  But you can’t get the second seed if you don’t win games. I would really like to at least see the Cards win the division rather than sliding into the playoffs like they’ve done the past couple of years.  Hubby and I saw the baseball movie “Running the Bases” last night and those high school kids hit better than the Cardinals are right now.

The only player that seems to be hitting on a consistent basis is Albert Pujols, and he’s 42 years old.  Paul Goldschmidt shows signs of returning to his previous prodigious hitting, but then he stops hitting again.  Nolan Gorman was hitting so bad that he was sent down to Memphis and Juan Yepez (remember him?) was called up.  Juan is starting tonight, however. The bats appear to be cold and that’s a shame, considering how hot they were in August.

The Cards will not go far in the playoffs if they don’t start hitting.  It would be a shame to waste Yadier Molina’s and Albert’s last season without at least a World Series appearance.  I would really like to see Yadi and Albert go out on top. 

The pitching at times can be less than stellar as well.  Adam Wainwright hasn’t had very good stuff in September at all and he admits he is suffering from arm fatigue.  Miles Mikolas has been inconsistent as well.  Dakota Hudson pitched a great game 1 of the doubleheader last Saturday, but then he was sent back down to Memphis. However, he was brought back up to the parent club today and Packy Naughton was sent down to Memphis. Ryan Helsley did pitch an immaculate inning on Friday evening (3 strikeouts) but even he’s given up a run or two.

So to update my catchphrase from my last few blog posts: Just start hitting. Just start scoring. Just start winning. Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Lots of Cardinals news and Homestand Highlights too!

It sure has been an exciting 11 days since my last blog post. Paul Goldschmidt is the Cardinals’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for the second time, so don’t forget to vote for him, and you can do that by clicking here: https://www.mlb.com/community/roberto-clemente-award.

On September 7, the Cardinals and Cardinals Care, in partnership with the Gateway Region YMCA, Boniface Foundation, and Miracle League, broke ground on a new YMCA Adaptive Sports Complex on the campus of the South County YMCA. Located on the South County YMCA campus, the centerpiece of the $5.2 million sports complex is a custom-designed Miracle League Baseball Field with a cushioned, barrier-free surface and barrier-free dugout to provide accessibility for players with disabilities. The field is designed to have a look and feel similar to Busch Stadium and provide participants and their families with a “major league” experience, including a silhouette of the Gateway Arch on the outfield, just like the St. Louis Cardinals’ home field. The complex also includes fixed and lawn seating, a fan plaza with shelter canopies, a scoreboard, and concessions. In addition, the complex includes an inclusive and fully accessible playground, soccer field, and running track.

And check your credit card balance – tickets for the Wild Card games and the National League Division series go on sale on Friday, September 16 at 2:00 PM CST. This will be the last time that Yadi and Albert will be in the playoffs together, so you won’t want to miss that. You will be able to purchase tickets at http://www.cardinals.com/postseason or by calling 314-345-9000.

If the Cardinals win the NL Central and finish with the third-best record among the three NL division winners, they would host all three NL Wild Card games (best-of-three series) at Busch Stadium on Friday, October 7 (Game 1), Saturday, October 8 (Game 2), and Sunday, October 9 (Game 3, if necessary).

If the Cardinals advance to the NLDS as either the NL division winner with the third-best record or as a Wild Card team, they would host NLDS Game 3 at Busch Stadium on Friday, October 14, and NLDS Game 4 (if necessary) on Saturday, October 15.

If the Cardinals advance to the NLDS as one of the NL division winners with the first or second-best record, they would host three potential NLDS home games at Busch Stadium: NLDS Game 1 on Tuesday, October 11, NLDS Game 2 on Wednesday, October 12, and NLDS Game 5 (if necessary) on Sunday, October 16. My hubby’s birthday is October 12, so that would be a nice birthday present. Unfortunately, my birthday is in mid-November, so there is no chance of there ever being a baseball game on my birthday. 😦

And then there’s Albert. What a joy it is to watch him enjoy playing the game of baseball. Every time he’s up to bat, I stop what I’m doing in the hopes that he will hit a home run. And Albert hit home runs in both games this weekend in Pittsburgh. Albert passed Alex Rodriguez’s record of 696 home runs on Sunday, putting him firmly in fourth place for the most home runs hit. 700 home runs now seem well within reach. Babe Ruth is in third place with 714 home runs. That would be really great if Albert could pass the Babe, but I don’t think there are enough games left in the season for that to happen.

Paul Goldschmidt is still in the lead for the National League MVP, although both he and Nolan Arenado have been in a slump lately. Let’s hope that Sunday’s day out of the lineup and the team day off today gave them some rest to get them hitting again.

The Cards return home tomorrow night for a two-game series against the Brewers, one of which is against Corbin Burnes, who has pitched well against the Cardinals this year, and a five-game series against the Reds, with a Saturday doubleheader because of a July 17 game that was rained out. Here are all of the details on the upcoming homestand:

2022 BUSCH STADIUM HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS #12

Tuesday, September 13—Sunday, September 18

The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for their penultimate homestand of the regular season with seven games against NL Central opponents.  The action starts with two games against the Milwaukee Brewers (September 13-14), followed by five games in four days versus the Cincinnati Reds (September 15-18).  Homestand highlights can be found at cardinals.com/homestand.

Tuesday, September 13 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers:  LH Jordan Montgomery (8-3, 3.08 ERA) vs. Matt Bush (2-2, 3.23 ERA)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • Cardinals Decal Giveaway: 25,000 fans, presented by Shelter Insurance.
  • Jim Kaat Budweiser Bash: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited edition Jim Kaat bobblehead.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Jim in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.
  • Boots at Busch Finals: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals will crown a winner for 2022.  Tonight’s final battle features Brushville, Whiskey Bent, and Kenna Elpers.  Gate 1 will open at 4:45 for the event.  Performances begin at 5:10 PM in Budweiser Terrace.
  • Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches, and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display at Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.

Wednesday, September 14 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Adam Wainwright (10-9, 3.33 ERA) vs. RHP Corbin Burnes (10-6, 2.93 ERA)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • Rally Towel Giveaway: 30,000 fans entering with a ticket.
  • KMOX Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive KMOX t-shirt honoring Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols.  KMOX Night Theme Tickets are sold out.
  • Battle at Busch Finals: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals will crown a winner for 2022.  Tonight’s final battle features Stringz EMB, Malibu 92, and Zeus Rebel Waters.  Gate 1 will open at 4:45 for the event.  Performances begin at 5:10 PM in Budweiser Terrace.
  • Marmol’s MVPs: Manager Oli Marmol will host a group from Church on the Rock for tonight’s game as part of his Marmol’s MVPs ticket program.

Thursday, September 15 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Miles Mikolas (11-11, 3.42 ERA) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (0-3, 9.00 ERA)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • Roberto Clemente Day: This year marks the 50th anniversary of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente’s tragic plane crash while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.  As part of the league-wide celebration, all players and on-field personnel will wear a “21” patch on their uniform sleeves while all Roberto Clemente Award nominees and award recipients will have the option to wear “21’ on their uniforms.
  • Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a one-of-a-kind green Cardinals flannel shirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/stpats.

Friday, September 16 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Jack Flaherty (0-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP Hunter Greene (4-12, 5.26 ERA)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • Adult Cardinals Hockey Sweater Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Bally Sports Midwest.
  • St. Louis Blues Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Cardinals and Blues-themed dugout jacket.  Come early for a pre-game pep rally featuring a concert by Funky Butt Brass Band in Budweiser Terrace beginning at 5:30 PM.  Presented by Bally Sports Midwest.  Blues Night Theme Tickets are sold out.
  • Flashback Friday & Artifact SpotlightBefore every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations in the Sportsman’s Park Theater, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 4:00 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with former Cardinals alumni and personnel at 4:30 PM.  Today’s interview will be with 2011 World Champion closer Jason Motte.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.
  • Los Pajaritos de Polo: Cardinals Spanish Radio broadcaster Polo Ascencio will host a group from Holy Rosary Church for tonight’s game as part of his Los Pajaritos de Polo ticket program.
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Fans will have the chance to win big with a weekend-long rollover 50/50 raffle.  Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for the raffle will open at 9 AM CT with the drawing taking place at the end of the 7th inning on Sunday, Sept. 18.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches, and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.

Saturday, September 17 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (Game 1 – 12:15 PM) (make-up of July 17 game)

Probable Pitchers: LHP José Quintana/RHP Dakota Hudson vs. RHP Justin Dunn/LHP Mike Minor

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 10:15 AM

  • Cardinals Tote Bag Giveaway: 10,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by MLB Network.
  • Kids Nolan Arenado Growth Chart Giveaway: 10,000 fans, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket, presented by Missouri Farmers Care.
  • St. Louis CITY SC Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a Cardinals/CITY SC soccer scarf.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/soccernight.
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: 2011 World Series Champion closer Jason Motte will sign from 2-4PM with museum admission.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Tickets are available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning on Sunday, Sept. 18.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Saturday, September 17 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (Game 2 – 6:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: LHP José Quintana/RHP Dakota Hudson vs. RHP Justin Dunn/LHP Mike Minor

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:15 PM

  • Adult Cardinals Soccer Jersey Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors.
  • St. Louis CITY SC Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a Cardinals/CITY SC soccer scarf.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/soccernight.
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Tickets are available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning on Sunday, Sept. 18.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, September 18 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery vs. RHP Luis Cessa

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 11:15 AM

  • Albert Pujols Bobblehead Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older.
  • Kids Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Giveaway: 12,000 fans, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket, presented by Build-A-Bear Workshop.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes, and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning during today’s game.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Just keep winning, Cardinals, just keep winning! Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

August and the Cardinals – Hot, hot, hot!

The Cardinals have a day off today, and they deserve it. Last night’s game was a 13-inning marathon that finally ended when Albert Pujols cracked a hit that brought the lead run home, and that lead was padded by a home run by the happy, energetic Lars Nootbaar. The last day the Cards had off was August 15. Between then and now, the Cards had two series at home (but not consecutively) and three road series, one of which was a four-game series in Chicago that included a doubleheader because of a rainout earlier in the season. Paul Goldschmidt needed a day off – he’s been struggling at the plate.

August was an outstanding month for the Cardinals. They started August 3 games behind the Brewers for first place in the National League Central but finished August with a 6-game lead on the Brewers. Paul Goldschmidt continued his MVP-caliber hitting, with talk about Goldy even possibly winning the Triple Crown. Albert Pujols banged out enough home runs to get him within 6 home runs to 700, which would give him more home runs than Alex Rodriguez. When Albert is at bat, it’s must-see TV (sorry, NBC). You stop what you’re doing to see if Albert is going to hit yet another home run and get closer to the 700 mark.

John Mozeliak made some great trades at the trade deadline. He obtained starting pitchers Jose Quintana and Jordan Montgomery. The trade for Montgomery, which included trading fan favorite Harrison Bader to the Yankees, was viewed as a steal by many. Montgomery has a 7-3 record, but Harrison is still recovering from plantar fasciitis. Mo also obtained reliever JoJo Romero, whose looks remind me of a young Al Hrabosky, with the personality to match. Speaking of the bullpen, they have been fantastic, especially Andre Pallante and Ryan Helsley.

But the calendar has turned to September and it is now the last full month of the regular season. Where did the time go? September 1 is when teams can add players to the roster for the playoff run. The Cardinals recalled pitcher James Naile from Memphis and selected outfielder Ben DeLuzio from Memphis.

The Cardinals start a seven-game homestand tomorrow night with three games with the Cubs and four games with the Nationals. You will note that the Cards pitcher for Monday’s game (Labor Day) is listed as TBD, but from what I’ve read, it appears that Jack Flaherty will be starting that day. If Jack can pitch as masterfully as he did before his injury, he will be a great addition to the starting lineup. Here are the details on the upcoming homestand:

2022 BUSCH STADIUM HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS #11

Friday, September 2—Thursday, September 8

After finishing the month of August with a 22-7 record, the Cardinals kick off September at Busch Stadium with a seven-game homestand starting with a three-game weekend series against the rival Chicago Cubs (September 2-4), followed by four games versus the Washington Nationals (September 5-8).  Homestand highlights can be found at cardinals.com/homestand.

Friday, September 2 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery (7-3, 3.28) vs. RHP Adrian Sampson (1-4, 3.97)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • Flashback Friday & Artifact SpotlightBefore every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations in the Sportsman’s Park Theater, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 4:00 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with former Cardinals alumni and personnel at 4:30 PM.  Today’s interview will be with 2011 World Champion pitcher Jaime García.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Day: As part of MLB’s league-wide Childhood Cancer Awareness Day, the Cardinals & Mercy will host a group of children and their families at the ballpark, including a special on-field pregame ceremony.
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Fans will have the chance to win big with a weekend-long rollover 50/50 raffle.  Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for the raffle will open at 9 AM CT with the drawing taking place at the end of the 7th inning on Sunday, Sept. 4.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches, and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Saturday, September 3 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (6:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Adam Wainwright (9-9, 3.09) vs. LHP Drew Smyly (5-7, 3.24)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:15 PM

  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: 2011 World Series Champion pitcher Jaime García will sign from 2-4PM with museum admission.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.
  • Coaches Who Care Presentation: The Cardinals and Nike will recognize the winners of the Coaches Who Care contest during an on-field pregame ceremony, honoring regional youth baseball and softball coaches who are making a difference in the lives of their players.
  • Honorary First Pitch: In recognition of National Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month, local advocate Madison Lawson aka Wheelchair Barbie, will be on hand with MDA CEO Dr. Donald S. Wood to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Fans will have the chance to win big with a weekend-long rollover 50/50 raffle.  Tickets are available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning on Sunday, Sept. 4.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, September 4 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (1:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Miles Mikolas (10-10, 3.48) vs. RHP Marcus Stroman (3-6, 3.98)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 11:15 AM

  • Pooches In The Park: Fans who purchased a special ticket are allowed to bring their dog to the game in a pet-friendly section of the stadium.  Participants will take part in a pregame parade around the warning track and receive a Purina goodie bag.  Tickets for this year’s event are sold out.
Pooches
  • Honorary First Pitch: Boston Celtics First Team All-NBA forward and St. Louis native Jayson Tatum will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before today’s game.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes, and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Fans will have the chance to win big with a weekend-long rollover 50/50 raffle.  Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning during today’s game.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Monday, September 5 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (3:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. RHP Aníbal Sánchez

TV: Bally Sports Midwest & MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 1:15 PM

  • Mystery Patriotic Bucket Hat Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older.
  • African American Heritage Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home an exclusive Cardinals cap designed by St. Louis artist Brock Seals.  Come early for a pregame heritage celebration in Budweiser Terrace featuring an art exhibit and St. Louis native DJ Charlie Chan.  Presented by Your Quality Ford Dealers.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/aaheritage.
  • #Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive: This year marks the seventh year of the donor drive, which is held each year to honor the legacy of Cardinals beat writer, Joe Strauss. Representatives from Be the Match will be in Ford Plaza from 1:15 until 4:45 PM to help fans sign up to receive a Bone Marrow Donor Kit.  For more info visit cardinals.com/join4joe.
Join4Joe

Tuesday, September 6 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers:  LHP José Quintana vs. TBD

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • Billikens Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans receive a Billikens-themed Cardinals cap.  Come early for a pregame pep rally in Budweiser Terrace.  Presented by Bally Sports Midwest.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/billikens.
  • Danny’s Macnificent Kids: Dan McLaughlin will host a group from the Litzsinger School for tonight’s game as part of his Danny’s Macnificent Kids ticket program.
  • Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches, and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display at Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.

Wednesday, September 7 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery vs. RHP Paolo Espino

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • Golf Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home an exclusive Cardinals club head cover.  Plus, the first 100 fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with 2001 PGA Champion and 2021 Ascension Charity Classic Champion, David Toms.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Ascension Charity Classic. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/golfnight.
  • Honorary First Pitch: Actor, comedian, and Missouri native David Koechner (Anchorman, The Office) will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.
  • Honorary First Pitch: PGA Tour golfer, two-time major winner, and noted Cardinals fan John Daly will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.
  • Goldy’s Golden Ticket: Paul Goldschmidt will host a group from Great Circle for tonight’s game as part of his Goldy’s Golden Ticket player ticket program.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Thursday, September 8 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (12:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Adam Wainwright vs. LHP Patrick Corbin

TV: Bally Sports Midwest & MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 10:45 AM

  • Career Day: 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 schools across 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.
  • Bob Feller Act of Valor Nominee Presentation: Cardinals pitcher Steven Matz will be honored as a 2022 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Finalist during an on-field pregame ceremony in recognition of his work and support for the service men and woman who serve our country and sacrifice themselves for our freedom.
  • Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

CARDINALS CARE MEMORABILIA SALE – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Cardinals Care will hold a special memorabilia sale featuring a wide variety of autographed, authenticated, game-used, team-issued, and replica items on Saturday, September 24, from 9 AM-5 PM at Busch Stadium.  All proceeds from the sale will benefit Cardinals Care programs.

The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register for timed entry tickets at cardinals.com/cardinalscaresale.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Happy days are here again – and Homestand Highlights too!

It’s been a fantastic time for the Cardinals since I last posted roughly a week and a half ago. Since my last post, the Cards have an 8-2 record, including a 3-2 series win over the Cubs in Chicago, and in several of those games, the Cards had double-digit scores. Paul Goldschmidt is on fire. He is in the lead for the NL MVP award, and Goldy is also in the running for the Triple Crown, which consists of leading the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. 1937 was the last time any player won the Triple Crown in the National League, and that player was Joe “Ducky” Medwick of the Cardinals. This is Paul’s year, without a doubt. When you watch the Cards play, you just wonder how many times Paul’s going to hit tonight.

Another player who has taken off since the All-Star Break is Albert Pujols. It appears that the Home Run Derby rejuvenated Albert’s swing. He currently has 693 home runs. He’s had a couple of multi-HR games. Every time Albert hits a home run, you think, “Can he do it? Can he get to 700?” Even if he doesn’t get to 700, it’s sure been fun watching all those home runs. We are watching history in the making every time Albert comes up to bat. We all don’t want it to end, but it will – Albert keeps saying that this is his last season whenever someone asks him about coming back next year. The Cardinals need to hand out boxes of Kleenex to everyone who enters the stadium on October 2, along with the canvas print that is the giveaway that day. The October 2 game will be the last time that Albert and Yadi will be in uniform at Busch Stadium during the regular season. Everyone will need Kleenex.

Another player that’s been hot is Corey Dickerson. He has had 10 consecutive hits in 10 at-bats. He is the first Cardinals player to go 10 for 10 since 1961. He has put in the effort to be a better hitter and it’s paid off.

And in off-the-field news, there has been a baby boom the last week or so for the Cardinals – the wives of Stephen Matz, Ryan Helsley, and Nolan Arenado have all had babies. Congratulations to the new parents! We know what you all were doing around the end of November. 🙂 Perhaps the babies will become second-generation Cardinals. That would be awesome.

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but we need to discuss Paul DeJong. When he was brought back from Memphis, he was a hot hitter for a while. But notwithstanding the grand slam home run that he hit Saturday night, his hitting has gone back down where it was before. His defense is still good, but his hitting is not. I honestly don’t think he will be a Cardinal next year.

The Cardinals head home to Busch Stadium tomorrow night for a short but very important homestand. The Cardinals play the Braves, who are in second place in the NL East. It’s also Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend. Here are all of the details on the upcoming homestand:

2022 BUSCH STADIUM HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS #10

Friday, August 26—Sunday, August 28

The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for a brief three-game homestand against the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves (August 26-28).  Homestand highlights can be found at cardinals.com/homestand.

Friday, August 26 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 PM)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

Probable Pitchers: LHP José Quintana (4-5, 3.45) vs. RHP Spencer Strider (7-4, 2.95)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest & MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • Yadier Molina & Adam Wainwright Hat Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Busey Bank.
  • Ludo Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Ludo-themed “pterodactyls on the bat” baseball tee.  Come early for a special pregame concert by the legendary St. Louis rockers in Budweiser Terrace starting at 5:30 PM.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/ludo.
  • Honorary First Pitch: Comedian, Emmy-Award Winning Saturday Night Live cast member, and St. Louis native Chris Redd will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.
  • Flashback Friday & Artifact SpotlightBefore every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with former Cardinals alumni and personnel.  Today’s presentations will take place outdoors on the Missouri Lottery Stage in Together Credit Union Plaza beginning at 5:20 PM with Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees Matt Holliday & Julián Javier.  Today’s events are free and open to the public.
  • Maryville University Walk of Fame Plaque Presentation: New plaques long the Maryville University Cardinals Walk of Fame in Together Credit Union Plaza will be unveiled at 6:30 PM.
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Fans will have the chance to win big with a weekend-long rollover 50/50 raffle.  Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for the raffle will open at 9 AM CT with the drawing taking place at the end of the 7th inning on Sunday, Aug. 28.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches, and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Saturday, August 27 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (6:15 PM)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

Probable Pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery (7-3, 3.08) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (6-5, 3.99)

TV: FOX

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:15 PM

  • Cardinals Hall of Fame Matt Holliday T-Shirt Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Edward Jones.
  • Edward Jones Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyMatt HollidayJulián Javier, and the late Charles Comiskey will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame during a 3:00 PM ceremony on the Missouri Lottery Stage in Together Credit Union Plaza at Ballpark Village.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.  The 2022 inductees will also be recognized during a pregame ceremony on the field at 6:00PM.
  • Edman’s Elite: Tommy Edman will host a group from Crisis Aid for tonight’s game as part of his Edman’s Elite player ticket program.
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Fans will have the chance to win big with a weekend-long rollover 50/50 raffle.  Tickets are available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning on Sunday, Aug. 28.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, August 28 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (6:08 PM)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

Probable Pitchers: RHP Adam Wainwright (9-9, 3.11) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 3.95)

TV: ESPN

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:08 PM

  • Mystery Hall of Fame Car Parade Bobblehead Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Ford.  Featuring Willie McGee and Jim Edmonds.
  • Fiesta Cardenales: The Cardinals welcome all members of the Latino and Hispanic community for a cultural celebration.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Cardinals Sugar Skull bobblehead.  Come early for a pregame heritage event featuring Latin music and dance in Budweiser Terrace beginning at 4:30 PM.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Hispanic Education Cultural & Scholarship Foundation.  Presented by He Gets Us.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/fiesta.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes, and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Fans will have the chance to win big with a weekend-long rollover 50/50 raffle.  Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning during tonight’s game.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Just keep winning, Cardinals! Just keep winning! Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Celebrating the 1982 World Series Champions!

The Cardinals celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World Series Championship this last weekend. This World Series anniversary was very important to me since the 1982 World Series was the first World Series I remembered. I was too young to remember the 1964, the 1967, and the 1968 World Series.

I was married to my first husband during the early 1980s. He was not a baseball fan – what the heck was I thinking? Young love can not only be blind, but it can also be stupid. During Game 1, when the Cards were losing badly, my ex-husband teased me and told me the Cardinals were going to lose, so I slammed the door to our bedroom and finished watching the game there. During the rain-delayed Game 6, he just had to go to a bar, and of course, I had to go with him. I kept watching the TVs in the bar to see if the game would resume, and it eventually did. Then in the waning innings of Game 7, he decided he just had to go and visit his mother on the other side of town. I don’t remember if we listened to the game on KMOX on the way there (probably not), but we got to her house just in time to see the fireworks go off and the fans rushing the field. Of course, I’ve seen the video of the last out many times since then, but it’s just not the same as seeing it when it actually happens. The ex and I divorced in 1985 for other reasons than not being a baseball fan, and I won’t go into those here.

I collect some of the bobblehead giveaways and I dearly wanted the Final Out double bobblehead that was given out on Saturday night. I bought tickets on Vivid Seats in the left field bleachers in case any home runs were hit there, and to see the parade of players pass by. I’ve been attending Cardinals games since 1985 but I still haven’t been able to catch a home run or a foul ball. My record sadly continued Saturday evening. There were no home runs hit anywhere near where we were sitting.

There must have been a lot of people really wanting that bobblehead because when the son and I got there at 4:00 PM, the line at Gate 6 went around the stadium. We then decided to go to Gate 1. The line was not as long there. While we were waiting in line, I looked down at the printed bricks on the sidewalk and saw the following:


It was very cool to see that brick. I always enjoyed watching So play. We eventually entered the stadium and found a table behind the big Coca-Cola sign. We were to meet one of my Facebook friends, Joe Bascio, who came all the way from Philadelphia to see the Cardinals’ games that weekend. We finally met up and he showed me photos on his phone of when he went to fantasy camp and got to meet Ted Simmons. I was so jealous. Hopefully, I will get to meet Ted Simmons one day before he dies.

When we got to the bleachers, we discovered we were sitting next to a couple who were Brewers fans. I am always nice and courteous when I discover I am sitting next to fans from the opposing team. Since Cardinals fans are supposed to be the best fans in baseball, we should not make fun of the opposing teams or their players in front of the fans from other teams. We had a lovely conversation about the 1982 World Series. I told the wife that there weren’t any divisions in 1982, but I was mistaken – there were Eastern and Western divisions in both leagues back then. I told her that even though they lost the World Series, they still were the 1982 American League champions and that was something to celebrate.

There were a lot of first pitches thrown on Saturday, but the most important one was from Missouri Governor Mike Parsons, accompanied by his wife. Finally, the pre-game festivities began. There was a video, and then the parade began. I remembered how crappy my photos were last year from where we were sitting for the 2011 World Series celebration, so I went to the first row to take my photos. Whitey Herzog was the first person in the parade, but the truck went by before I could take a photo. Here are some other photos, though:

The players were introduced at home plate as they exited the trucks they rode in. Some of the 1982 players that had passed away were represented by family members.

In case you’re wondering, the next anniversary celebration will occur in 2023, the 10th anniversary of the 2013 National League Championship.

And yes, there was a game that Saturday evening. Adam Wainwright once again pitched a masterpiece. He pitched for 6 2/3 innings without giving up a hit. And of course, Waino gave up the hit to Andrew McCutcheon, who was probably only signed by the Brewers because he has the Cardinals’ number. The game was a real nail-biter. Why is it, however, that when Waino pitches there is no run support for him? Paul Goldschmidt only hit a single and not a home run. In fact, no Cardinals hit home runs Saturday evening. When Albert came up to pinch hit, I was hoping that he’d hit a home run, not just to score, but so that there would be a free waffle fry in my Chick-fil-A app the next day. Alas, Albert did not hit a home run. The game went into extra innings, and the Brewers took advantage of the ghost runner to win the game. I hate the ghost runner except when the Cardinals are batting first in the inning.

The Cardinals won the series with the Brewers and the Brewers keep losing. Maybe they shouldn’t have traded Josh Hader? The Cardinals are currently 2 games up on the Brewers in the National League Central. As I’ve mentioned before, the NL Central is the Cardinals’ division to lose. The only real competitors in the division are the Brewers; the three other teams are under .500.

The Cardinals start a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies tonight. Dakota Hudson’s turn in the rotation, which would have been tonight, has been skipped and Jose Quintana will be the starter. Jordan Montgomery will start tomorrow night’s game and Adam Wainwright will start Thursday’s day game. To paraphrase Dory the clownfish from Finding Nemo, “Just keep winning.” If the Cards keep winning games, or at the very least, win each series, they will win the division.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

It was a Rocky Mountain low in Colorado, but hey, it’s good to be back home again.

(with apologies to the late John Denver) The Cardinals went into their series this week with the Rockies riding high on a seven-game winning streak against the Cubs and the Yankees. However, they plunged down to Earth, winning only the middle game of the three-game series. The Cardinals came mighty close to winning today’s game with the final score of 8-6, but not close enough. The 16-5 shellacking in Monday night’s game spelled the end of T.J. McFarland’s career with the Cards – he was designated for assignment on Tuesday and Jake Woodford was recalled from Memphis. Miles Mikolas was not his usual efficient self in Monday night’s game – could it be because Andrew Knizner was catching? It is my opinion that Knizner is not the heir apparent after Yadi retires. My hope is that the Cards sign Willson Contreras in the off-season, for he will be a free agent.

On Wednesday, Harrison Bader posted a thank you video to the St. Louis fans, with his new (dorky) haircut. Maybe we’ll see him again, who knows? In case you haven’t seen the video, here it is, and make sure you have some Kleenex ready:

It won’t be a happy flight, but the Cards come home for a six-game series starting tomorrow, with three games against the Brewers and the other three games against the Rockies. Since the Cards are playing the Brewers this weekend, it has been designated as the weekend for the 40th-anniversary celebration of the 1982 World Series Championship. The Cards played the Brewers in the 1982 World Series. The Brewers were in the American League back then. Here are all the details about the upcoming homestand:

2022 BUSCH STADIUM HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS #9

Friday, August 12—Thursday, August 18

Winners of 10 of their last 13 games, the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for a six-game homestand beginning with three games against division foe the Milwaukee Brewers (August 12-14), followed by a mid-week three-game series versus the Colorado Rockies (August 16-18).  Homestand highlights can be found at cardinals.com/homestand.

Friday, August 12 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 PM)

1982 World Champions 40th Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

Probable Pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery (4-3, 3.53) vs. LHP Eric Lauer (8-3, 3.59)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 5:15 PM

  • Adult Embroidered 1982 Jersey Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Phillips 66.
  • Top Gun Maverick Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home an exclusive Cardinals t-shirt featuring our favorite co-pilots, Uncle Charlie and Yadi.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/topgun.
  • Flashback Friday & Artifact SpotlightBefore every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations in the Sportsman’s Park Theater, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 4:00 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with former Cardinals alumni and personnel at 4:30 PM.  Today’s interview will be with 1982 World Champions Ken Oberkfell & Jeff Lahti.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.
  • Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Today’s battle features DeGenerate & ReUp Von Wolfgang.  Specially-priced tickets are available for $5.  Gate 1 will open at 4:45 for fans with Battle tickets.  Performances begin at 5:30 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Learn more at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Fans will have the chance to win big with a weekend-long rollover 50/50 raffle.  Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for the raffle will open at 9 AM CT with the drawing taking place at the end of the 7th inning on Sunday, Aug. 14.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches, and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display at Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.

Saturday, August 13 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:15 PM)

1982 World Champions 40th Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

Probable Pitchers: RHP Adam Wainwright (8-8, 3.42) vs. RHP Corbin Burnes (8-5, 2.45)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 4:15 PM

  • 1982 “Final Out” Bobblehead Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Schnucks & Coca-Cola.
  • 1982 World Series 40th Anniversary Reunion: Over 20 members of the 1982 World Series championship team will take part in a pregame ceremony beginning at approximately 5:30 PM.  Players will parade along the Busch Stadium warning track and be individually introduced at home plate.  The ceremony will conclude with a ceremonial first pitch and a team photo with the World Series trophy at home plate.  Presented by Heartland Coca-Cola.
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Cardinals Hall of Fame 2B Tom Herr will sign from 2-4PM with museum admission.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.
  • Danny’s Macnificent Kids: Dan McLaughlin will host a group from Urban Golf of Greater St. Louis for tonight’s game as part of his Danny’s Macnificent Kids ticket program.
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Fans will have the chance to win big with a weekend-long rollover 50/50 raffle.  Tickets are available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning on Sunday, Aug. 14.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Note: My son and I will be at Saturday night’s game and will be sitting in the left field bleachers, section 193, row 5. If you’re nearby, stop by and say hi! I love meeting my blog’s readers.

Sunday, August 14 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:15 PM)

1982 World Champions 40th Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

Probable Pitchers: RHP Miles Mikolas (8-9, 3.50) vs. LHP Aaron Ashby (2-10, 4.32)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates open at 11:15 AM

  • 1982 Mystery Player World Championship Rings Giveaway: 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Ameren Missouri, will receive one of six championship rings.
  • Donate Life Day: Presented by Mid-American Transplant.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals cap support organ and tissue donation. A portion of each ticket will also be donated back to support Mid-American Transplant.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/transplant.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes, and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).
  • Weekend-Long 50/50 Raffle: Fans will have the chance to win big with a weekend-long rollover 50/50 raffle.  Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. The drawing will take place at the end of the 7th inning during today’s game.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Tuesday, August 16 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana vs. LHP Kyle Freeland

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • WWE Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a David Eckstein WWE bobblehead. With the purchase of a VIP Theme Ticket, fans will have access to a meet & greet autograph opportunity with David.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/wwe.
  • Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back Boots at Busch—a series of home games featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features Dustin Coleman, Brandon Holland & Traci Lynn.  Specially-priced tickets are available for $5.  Gate 1 will open at 4:45 for fans with Boot tickets. Performances begin at 5:10 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Learn more at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.
  • Los Pajaritos de Polo: Polo Ascencio will host a group from St. Cecilia School & Academy for tonight’s game as part of his Los Pajaritos de Polo ticket program.
  • Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches, and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display at Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.

Wednesday, August 17 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Dakota Hudson vs. RHP Germán Marquez

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • First Responders Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive one of our exclusive Cardinals First Responders hats of their choosing representing either Law Enforcement, Fire, or EMS and a coupon for one complimentary drink.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to The Backstoppers.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/firstresponders.
  • Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Today’s battle features Heavywater D2O, Darling Skye & Stringz EMB.  Specially-priced tickets are available for $5.  Gate 1 will open at 4:45 for fans with Battle tickets.  Performances begin at 5:10 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Learn more at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.
  • Wainwright’s Winners: Adam Wainwright will host a group from Families United for tonight’s game as part of his Bader Tots player ticket program.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Thursday, August 18 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (12:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery vs. RHP Antonio Senzatela

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, 98.7 FM & WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 10:45 AM

  • First Responders Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive one of our exclusive Cardinals First Responders hats of their choosing representing either Law Enforcement, Fire, or EMS and a coupon for one complimentary drink.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to The Backstoppers.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/firstresponders.
  • MLBPAA Auctions: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

For those who are Adam Wainwright fans (well, who isn’t?), the 2022 Cardinals Yearbook has just been released and it’s all about Waino, along with other team information. Here are the details on the 2022 Yearbook:

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OFFICIAL 2022 CARDINALS YEARBOOK—ON SALE NOW!

Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. calls Adam Wainwright “a perfect Cardinal” and the 2022 Cardinals Yearbook delivers page after page of stories that demonstrate why.  From an in-depth Q&A with the pitcher himself to an overflowing package of testimonials from more than 40 friends, family members, teammates, and competitors, to a look inside each of Wainwright’s past 17 seasons, you’ll get to know Waino like you never thought possible.

The first-of-its-kind tribute to the Cardinals pitching legend is packaged with traditional Cardinals Yearbook content, featuring action photos and studio portraits spotlighting members of the 2022 team.

Get your copy at Busch Stadium from vendors inside the gates or Team Store locations, by calling 314-345-9000 or visiting cardinals.com/yearbook

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Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

What a wild and crazy week it’s been!

As you probably know, last Tuesday (8/2/22) was the trade deadline. Twitter, as always, was the best and quickest place to find news about trades. No, the Cardinals did not win the Juan Soto lottery, but I didn’t think they would anyway. John Mozeliak’s modus operandi is not to give up prospects, the future of the franchise, in trades, but he also isn’t averse to picking up players who may not be front-line players but can still contribute to the team. The Cardinals did not need Juan Soto, but they did need two starting pitchers and a backup catcher and that’s what Mo signed, albeit a minor league catcher. RHP Chris Stratton came in the trade with Jose Quintana. Mo obtained more players than I thought he would, so I was impressed.

A shock for me, and a lot of other people as well, was that Harrison Bader was traded to the Yankees for Jordan Montgomery, a left-handed pitcher. I was sad when I realized that I would no longer see Harry stretching on the field before games at Busch Stadium. I may be old and married, but I’m not dead. LOL! But after some reflection, I realized that this trade was in the best interest of the Cardinals. Harrison is still recovering from plantar fasciitis and is currently in a boot. He won’t be playing for a while. Bader was going to be a free agent after 2023, so it was best that the Cards got something for Harrison now rather than lose him to free agency. Dylan Carlson’s play in center field in Bader’s absence made Bader redundant. I believe that Dylan will be fine playing in center field. Lars Nootbaar has been excellent playing right field. The only caveat of the Bader-Montgomery trade? If Harrison is not playing by the end of the season, then the Cardinals will have to give the Yankees a prospect. At least I got two seasons of wear out of my Bader shirsey. Since Montgomery received Bader’s uniform number, maybe I can figure out a way to put Montgomery’s name on top of Bader’s name. Waste not, want not!

You know the old saying, “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard,” right? Well, here is a list of transactions from the last week so you can keep everything straight:

8/2/22: Oakland Athletics traded C Austin Allen (the minor league catcher referenced above) to St. Louis Cardinals for RHP Carlos Guarate.

8/2/22: St. Louis Cardinals activated C Yadier Molina from the 10-day injured list. (Hooray!)

8/2/22: St. Louis Cardinals traded C Austin Romine to Cincinnati Reds for cash.
8/2/22: Pittsburgh Pirates traded LHP Jose Quintana and RHP Chris Stratton to St. Louis Cardinals for RHP Johan Oviedo and 3B Malcom Nunez.
8/2/22: St. Louis Cardinals activated LHP Jose Quintana.
8/2/22: St. Louis Cardinals activated LHP Chris Stratton.
8/2/22: New York Yankees traded LHP Jordan Montgomery to St. Louis Cardinals for CF Harrison Bader. 8/2/22: St. Louis Cardinals reassigned LHP Jordan Montgomery to the minor leagues.
8/4/22: St. Louis Cardinals activated LHP Jordan Montgomery.

The Cardinals had a day off yesterday and they needed the rest, for they played four games against the Cubs last week, one of which was a twi-night doubleheader, and three games against the Yankees. Amazingly, the Cardinals swept both series. The Cardinals’ pitchers were sure glad for Yadi’s return. James Montgomery faced his old team on Saturday and pitched the Cards to a 1-0 win. That had to be rough emotionally for him, but he pitched well. Sunday’s game was the longest game ever at Busch Stadium III, and the longest MLB game this season, 4 hours and 25 minutes. This was no thanks to home plate umpire Ed Hickox, and some of his terrible calls. Both managers argued with Hickox, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone and third base coach Matt Blake were ejected in the 5th inning. And it was very hot and humid on
Sunday as well. The only way I would have gone to Sunday’s game was if I had seats in an air-conditioned party room.

Former Cardinals Matt Carpenter made a triumphant return to Busch Stadium. Each of his at-bats were either met with standing ovations and/or loud applause. Matt’s old walk-up song was even played when he came up to bat. He even got a hit against the shift. But he couldn’t hit any home runs like he’s
been hitting in Yankee Stadium. There was one ball Matt hit that would have been a home run in
Yankee Stadium, but Lars Nootbar made a magnificent catch to rob Matt.

I was happy to see that Matt was doing well and got another chance at the major leagues with the
Yankees. However, in Seattle last night, Matt was at bat and hit a foul ball off his left foot, and he was diagnosed with a fracture. The poor guy just can’t catch a break, literally. I hope his foot heals quickly.

The Cardinals head to Colorado for a three-game series with the Rockies. The Rockies will honor Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina before the first game. Miles Mikolas is the starting pitcher tonight. I hope the winning streak continues. The National League Central is the Cards’ for the taking. The Brewers are tanking fast after trading Josh Hader and the Reds and the Cubs have losing records.

The Cardinals return home on Friday for a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers, of course, were their opponents in the 1982 World Series, which will be celebrated that weekend. I will have Homestand Highlights for you then. Until then, thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane