Homestand Highlights for April 19-26, 2018

cropped-home-sweet-home.jpgThe Cardinals return home to Busch Stadium tomorrow night for the second homestand of the season. (And after today’s game, they’re probably glad to be coming home.)  Michael Wacha starts tomorrow night, Carlos Martinez starts on Saturday afternoon, and Miles Mikolas is Sunday’s starter.  I will be at the games on Saturday and Sunday, and I am looking forward to seeing Miles Mikolas pitch in person. Here’s all the details on this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, April 20—Thursday, April 26)

Green Week & Grateful Dead Tribute Night Highlight Second Homestand of 2018

After a winning road trip in Cincinnati and Chicago, the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for their second homestand of the season.  The six-game homestand kicks off with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds (April 20-22) and concludes with three games versus the New York Mets (April 24-26).  The homestand is highlighted by six promotional giveaways, including a Dexter Fowler bobblehead and a Kids Yadier Molina “Player’s Weekend” jersey, and five theme nights.

Friday, April 20, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Pullover Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will go home with a one-of-a-kind Navy Mesh Pullover Jersey, courtesy of AT&T. #CardsPromo
  • Grateful Dead Tribute Night: Dead Freaks Unite! Fans that purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Grateful Dead-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  Come early and enjoy a pregame concert in Budweiser Terrace by St. Louis’ favorite Dead tribute band, Jake’s Leg, starting at 5:45.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/gratefuldead. #CardsTheme
  • Green Week – Volunteer Recognition: The Cardinals will honor a longtime Green Team volunteer, Nancy Holzer, during a pregame ceremony.  All season long, the St. Louis Cardinals Knight FM Green Team walks down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings and collect recyclables from fans while promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for their services, they are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/green. #4AGreenerGame
  • 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
  • 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.  Today’s featured item relates to the 2017 MLB Little League Classic.  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 by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

Saturday, April 21, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Fowler Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive their very own Dexter Fowler bobblehead, courtesy of AAA Insurance. #CardsPromo
  • Green Week – Recycling Recognition: Representatives from Waste Management, the Cardinals recycling and collection partner, will be recognized during a pregame ceremony for teaming up with the club to encourage sustainability and recycling consumable materials.  Currently, there are over 550 recycling containers throughout Busch Stadium and, on average, nine tons of trash is recycled at Busch Stadium each game.  Waste Management will share recycling tips and educate fans about reducing waste. For more information, visit cardinals.com/green. #4AGreenerGame
  • 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
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals third baseman Scott Cooper will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.
  • Subiaco Jazz: Members of the Subiaco Academy (Arkansas) Jazz Ensemble will perform in Ford Plaza from 12:00-12:45 p.m.  The group regularly participants in invite-only festivals and special events across the mid-south.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Amateur Game: After today’s game, Palmyra High School will square off against DeSmet High School.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Molina Kids “Players Weekend” Jersey Giveaway:  All kids entering with a ticket, ages 15 and younger, will receive a Yadier Molina Jersey, just like the one he wore during Players Weekend in 2017.  Presented by Powerade and Shop ‘n Save.  Size exchanges can be made at the theme kiosk at Budweiser Terrace until 2:45 p.m. #CardsPromo
  • Kids Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All kids entering with a tickets, ages 15 and younger, will receive a free ticket voucher valid for select Cardinals regular season home games in 2018, courtesy of Ritz. #CardsPromo
  • Tote Bag Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a reusable tote bag courtesy of MLB Network. #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).
  • 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.
  • Green Week – Food Recovery Recognition: Jim Gulliford, Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and present the Cardinals and the team’s concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice, with a certificate of recognition for their efforts to reduce food waste as part of the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge Program.  Since 2010, the Cardinals and Delaware North Companies have diverted over 43 tons of unused food from Busch concessions stands to Operation Food Search, which reduces the amount of waste going to landfills.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/green. #4AGreenerGame
  • Green Week – Shoe Collection: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoe Crew, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game.  Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bins.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/green. #4AGreenerGame
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    Amateur Game: After today’s game, Clinton High School will square off against Tuscola High School.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a unique Cardinals t-shirt depicting former Cardinals outfielders Ray Lankford, Brian Jordan and Ron Gant.  The t-shirt was designed by former Cardinals starting pitcher Bob Tewksbury and selected as the winning design by the fans. #CardsPromo
  • Award Ceremony: Before the start of tonight’s game, Marcell Ozuna will be presented with his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award in recognition of being selected as the National League’s best defensive left fielder in 2017 as determined by a vote of NL managers and coaches.
  • Andy Van Slyke Budweiser Bash Theme Event: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Andy Van Slyke mini-bobblehead as we celebrate Cardinal fan favorites.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Andy.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash. #BudBash
  • Scouts Theme Night #1: All Girl/Boy Scouts and their families are invited to Scout Night at the ballpark.  This is the first of three Scout Nights for the 2018 season.  Scouts and their guests can enjoy $14 tickets, and each scout theme ticket will include a special Girl/Boy Scout patch.  Scout and troop leaders are also invited to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme. #CardsTheme
  • Live from the UMB Champions Club: FOX Sports Midwest will conduct its television broadcast from Busch Stadium’s premier all-inclusive ticketed area, the UMB Champions Club.
  • Fowler’s Friends: Dexter Fowler will host a group from Gene Slay’s Girls & Boy’s Club of St. Louis for tonight’s game as part of his Fowler’s Friends player ticket program.
  • Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Guerrilla Theory, Joe Miller andK.G. Roberts Band.  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.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • PGA Championship Theme Night: The Cardinals are hosting PGA Championship Night in honor of St. Louis hosting the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive County Club in August.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Cardinals cap with the 100th PGA Championship logo.  The legendary Wanamaker Trophy will be on hand for photos and a portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to PGA REACH.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/PGA. #CardsTheme
  • 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 Jessica Tipton and the Johnathan Braddy Band.  Performances begin at 6:00 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.
  • Bowmaniacs: Matt Bowman will host a group from Annie’s Hope for tonight’s game as part of his Bowmaniacs player ticket program.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (12:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

  • Weather Day Theme Event: Join us for Weather Day at Busch Stadium hosted by KSDK’s Chief Meteorologist Craig Moeller and the entire 5 On Your Side Weather Team for a pregame program to educate students about the weather and its effects on the environment.  The all-new, interactive program features eye-popping experiments from the Saint Louis Science Center, an educational expo, lunch and tickets to the game all for just $15.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/weather. #CardsTheme
  • 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.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.
  • Amateur Game: After today’s game, Greenville High School will square off against Egyptian High School.

MORE INFORMATION

#CompleteGamer – Celebrating Bob Gibson in 2018

On April 15th, 59 years to the date of his first Major League start, the Cardinals formally launched the #CompleteGamer fan engagement campaign to honor Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, who played his entire 17-year career with the Cardinals and ended his career with more complete games (255) than his franchise leading number of wins (251).

To reach a new generation of fans, the team has released a #CompleteGamer song and music video that serves as a theme song for the campaign and seeks to convey Gibson’s extraordinary life story in a musical style reminiscent of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton by using hip-hop accompanied by powerful music performed by an orchestra.

As part of the campaign, fans are asked to share examples of people that they know who are a #CompleteGamer in their own respective field or vocation.  Each week, the team will highlight at least one fan #CompleteGamer and they will receive a special Gibson autographed item from the team.  Fans can nominate someone through an online submission form at cardinals.com/Gibson.

Cardinals Fan Music Contest

The club has launched the first-ever Cardinals Fan Music Contest as a way for fans to share their creativity and musical talent, along with their passion for Cardinals baseball.  Fans are asked to write, perform and share an original Cardinals-inspired song/anthem and share the performance via a video or audio file.  One lucky performance will be crowned the winner and receive a trip to Nashville to have their song professionally recorded and mastered at the Shoe Box Studios.  The Cardinals will also produce a professional music video and share the artist’s work with all of Cardinals Nation!  Details can be found at cardinals.com/MusicContest.

#BigMacFlashback

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Home Run Race that ultimately concluded with Mark McGwire establishing a new MLB single-season home run record.  All season long, we will share content on our social media channels that helps fans relive the 1998 Home Run Race; including videos of all 70 of Big Mac’s home runs, real-time updates on the home run count of McGwire, Sosa and Griffey Jr. and fan images that convey the excitement of that amazing season.

As part of the look back, the team will be asking fans to share their photos, memorabilia, stories and experiences from the historic 1998 season as the fan perspective is an important part of this historic time in baseball.  Fans can share their favorite #BigMacFlashback memories with us using our online submission form at cardinals.com/McGwire.

My next blog post will be about the United Cardinals Blogger event, which occurs on Sunday.  That’s all for now!  Thanks as always for reading!

Diane

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Won’t you go home, Old Man Winter, won’t you go home?

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Photo from thebaseballbloggess.com

The title, of course, is set to the tune of “Bill Bailey.”  (And if you don’t know that classic song, well, Google it. Or ask Alexa or Siri.) Old Man Winter obviously can’t read, or he would see that today’s date is April 18 and realize that it is well past time for him to go back to the North (or South) Pole.  Snowballs and baseballs are roughly the same size, but this time of year, we would rather see baseballs being thrown than snowballs.  The weather gets warmer for a few days, fooling us into thinking that spring is finally here; then Old Man Winter returns, making the weather windy, cold and sometimes snowy.  Old Man Winter doesn’t know he’s outstayed his welcome.

Twenty-five Major League games have been postponed this season due to inclement weather, including today’s Cards-Cubs game, which was rescheduled for tomorrow.  Even closed-in stadiums were not exempt – one of the Blue Jays’ games had to be postponed due to a leaky roof.  The Cards-Cubs game that was cancelled on Monday due to inclement weather is scheduled to be played as part of a twi-night doubleheader on July 21.  It will hopefully be warmer by then.  I do recall, however, attending a Camera Night game in July at Busch Stadium II when the temperature was so cool that we were all wearing jackets.

I can’t remember a season when so many games have been postponed or rescheduled in the first month of the season due to the weather. So much for global warming!  It’s so sad to see our boys with the hooded sweatshirts under their uniforms and caps, trying to stay warm.  Sweatshirts are expected during playoff season in the fall, when it normally is cooler.  But in April?  What have we done to Mother Nature to make her hold back Spring?  There’s a reason that spring training is held in Florida and Arizona. Usually, the teams bring the warm weather up North when they return.  I will be attending both Saturday and Sunday’s games at Busch Stadium and the temperatures are projected to be in the low 60’s.  It should be in the high 60’s by now.

It’s not good for the players to play in such cold conditions. It makes the muscles tight and prone to injury. Tommy Pham pulled a groin muscle during last night’s game.  The cold weather might have contributed to that injury.  The cold weather conditions also doesn’t make the baseballs fly like they would if the weather was warmer. In addition, if the weather is cold, the fans won’t come to the stadium, and concession profits are lost.

So is this season an anomaly?  Could all these postponements/cancellations happen again next year? The weather can’t be predicted a year out, but maybe MLB could schedule games to prevent snow-outs/cold-outs/ice-outs.  How is that possible, you ask?  I’m (almost) certain that all of the game schedules are drawn up by computers by now.

Here’s my proposal:

  1.  All games in March and the first 3 weeks of April should be held in stadiums in   warmer climes or in stadiums with roofs.
  2.  The exception to number 1 would be an early April homestand for each team for   the home opener. The fans deserve an April home opener; they’ve waited six   months for baseball.  There will be a scheduled day off after the home opener, in   case the home opener is rained out, snowed out, or it’s just too darn cold to play.     The Cards already do this, but I’m not sure if other teams do.

Surely MLB can arrange the schedules so that the late March/early-to-mid-April games can be played at the stadiums located in warmer climes or that have a closed-in roof, and those teams are listed in Column A below. The teams listed in Column B are the teams that don’t have the necessary attributes for Column A.

 American League:

A                             B

Rays                      Yankees

Rangers                Indians

Athletics              Orioles

Angels                  Royals

Twins                    White Sox

Mariners              Red Sox

Astros                   Tigers

                               Blue Jays

 National League:

A                                             B

Braves                                  Mets

Padres                                  Phillies

Dodgers                               Pirates

Diamondbacks                  Nationals

Brewers                               Reds

Marlins                                 Cards

Giants                                   Cubs

                                                Rockies

You will note that there is an extra team in Column B for both leagues.  MLB will have to do a juggling act with the schedules, but that’s what computers are for.  Maybe the Blue Jays could play at the Rockies’ stadium for a quick interleague matchup to even things up.  Any other plan has got to be better than all the cancelled/postponed games this month. In addition, when it gets hot in the South and the West during the summer, perhaps those teams could visit the northern and the eastern teams and play in the cooler climes.

The Cards will be back home on Friday for a six game homestand.  Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and boot Old Man Winter back home.  I’ll have the homestand highlights in my next post.  Until then, thanks for reading! See you next time!

 Diane

 

Opening Day and Homestand Highlights for Thursday, April 5 – Wednesday, April 11

2018 Opening Day

It may be chilly tomorrow, but it will seem like spring since the Cardinals’ Opening Day is tomorrow!  Are you excited?  I’ve been waiting for this day all winter.  It will be great to see the current players riding into the stadium on the back of those Ford F150 trucks, and to see the new players too.  I get teary eyed seeing the Cardinals Hall of Famers in their red jackets.  I’m excited to see Bob Gibson’s first pitch to Tim McCarver, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1.12 ERA, which has never been broken.  And I’m glad that the game is in the evening so I can watch the pre-game festivities from home, rather than from the window of the office across from my desk and watching them on the big video screen at the stadium (and hoping and praying I don’t get caught).  Listed below is the schedule for the Opening Day festivities and the game information, as well the information for the rest of the homestand. You will want to note that the April 11 game will only be broadcast on Facebook, but that’s during lunch time for me, so I can watch it on my phone.  Go Cards!

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Thursday, April 5—Wednesday, April 11)

Home Opener & Mystery HOF Car Parade Bobblehead Giveaway Highlight First Homestand of 2018

The Cardinals open the 2018 home slate with a pair of three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (April 5, 7-8) and the Milwaukee Brewers (April 9-11).  The first homestand of the year is highlighted by Opening Day festivities, four promotional giveaways and two theme nights.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6:15 p.m.) OPENING DAY

Pregame Schedule

12:00 – 3:15 p.m.            Opening Day Pep Rally at Ballpark Village: 

Join Fredbird, Team Fredbird and DJ Todd Thomas at the Ballpark Village parking lot for the Cardinals Opening Day Pep Rally.  This event is free for all fans to attend and will proceed rain or shine.  Danny Cox, Kyle McClellan and the FOX Sports Midwest announcers will stop by with plenty of Cardinals prizes and even some Opening Day tickets to give away.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well.

11:00 – 5:00 p.m.            FOX 2 Pep Rally in Kiener Plaza (7th & Market)

1:00 – 6:00 p.m.              Two other pep rallies for you to attend:

KSDK Pep Rally – Tin Roof at 10th & Clark (formerly J. Buck’s                                                     Restaurant)

KMOV Pep Rally – 4th and South Broadway, with former                                                             Cardinals Kyle McClellan and Ray Lankford

3:00 p.m.                         Gates open

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.              Cardinals Batting Practice (subject to change)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.              Diamondbacks Batting Practice (subject to change)

5:30 p.m.                          Pregame ceremonies begin with an appearance by the                                                                 famed Budweiser Clydesdales

Introduction of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger

Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird

5:35 p.m.                          Hall of Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade around                                               the warning track. Hall of Famers will be riding in 2018 Ford                                                     Mustang convertibles.

Introduction of 2017 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class

Cardinals Opening Day Video

5:50 p.m.                          Introduction of Cardinals principal owner and CEO, Bill DeWitt                                               Jr.

Introduction of the 2018 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2018 Ford F-150 Raptors.

                                   Introduction of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Color Guard and American Flag in center field, courtesy of the service men and women of Scott Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood, respectively.

6:05 p.m.                          National Anthem performed by Colleen Schoendienst, daughter                                               of Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst

6:07 p.m.                           KC-135 Flyover (weather permitting)

6:09 p.m.                           Ceremonial First Pitch by Bob Gibson to Tim McCarver in                                                          recognition of Bob Gibson’s historic 1968 season.

6:15 p.m.                           First Pitch

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the pregame ceremonies in High Definition on FOX Sports Midwest beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Live pregame coverage will start at 4:00 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast nationally outside of the Cardinals home television territory on MLB Network.

MLB Network Showcase National Broadcast (out of market only)

2018 Cardinals Magnet Schedule: All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and older, will receive a magnet featuring the 2018 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser.

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

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 by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

Saturday, April 7, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Mystery Hall of Fame Opening Day Car Parade Bobblehead: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will be surprised at the gates when they find out which mystery Hall of Fame parade bobblehead they receive (Brock, Gibson, Schoendienst), courtesy of Ford.#CardsPromo

Ceremonial First Pitch: Former Cardinals outfielder Ray Lankford will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.  Ray will then serve as the first celebrity bartender at the Budweiser Terrace one hour after the start of the game.

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

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals outfielder Ray Lankford will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

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

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.

Amateur Game:  After today’s game, Hillsboro High School will square off against Edwardsville High School.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Performance Pullover Giveaway:  30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will leave the ballpark with their very own lightweight quarter-zip performance pullover, courtesy of Maryville University. #CardsPromo

Kids Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All kids entering with a tickets, ages 15 and younger, will receive a free ticket voucher valid for select Cardinals regular season home games in 2018, courtesy of Ritz. #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).

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

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

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.

Amateur Game: After today’s game, Greenville High School will square off against O’Fallon High School.

Monday, April 9, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:05 p.m.)

ESPN National Broadcast (out of market only)

Gates open at 4:35 p.m.

College Theme Night #1: Take a break from the books and celebrate the end of the school year on College Night at Busch Stadium.  For just $20, fans will receive a ticket to the game and an exclusive Cardinals crewneck sweatshirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college. #CardsTheme

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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Class of 2018 Theme Night: Graduates of all ages are invited down to the ballpark for Class of 2018 Night.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Class of 2018 t-shirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/graduation. #CardsTheme

Ceremonial First Pitch: 18-year-old Camille Fernandez, who received a life-saving procedure for her battle against leukemia thanks to Carlos Martínez’s Tsunami Waves Foundation, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (12:15 p.m.)

Facebook Watch Exclusive Broadcast

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

Facebook Watch: Today’s game will be distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch via the MLB Live show page (facebook.com/MLBLiveGames) as part of MLB’s newly expanded partnership for the 2018 season.

Award Ceremony: Before the start of today’s game, Adam Wainwright and Marcell Ozuna will be presented with their 2017 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards in recognition of being the best National League offensive starting pitcher and left fielder, respectively, as selected by NL managers and coaches.

Amateur Game: After today’s game, the St. Louis Patriots will square off against Marshall County High School (KY).

MORE INFORMATION

Cardinals Fan Music Contest

The club has launched the first-ever Cardinals Fan Music Contest as a way for fans to share their creativity and musical talent, along with their passion for Cardinals baseball.  Fans are asked to write, perform and share an original Cardinals-inspired song/anthem and share the performance via a video or audio file.  One lucky performance will be crowned the winner and receive a trip to Nashville to have their song professionally recorded and mastered at the Shoe Box Studios.  The Cardinals will also produce a professional music video and share the artist’s work with all of Cardinals Nation!  Details can be found at cardinals.com/MusicContest.

Cardinals 2018 Hall of Fame Voting

Earlier this month, Vince Coleman, Keith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Ray Lankford, Scott Rolen, Lee Smith and John Tudor were revealed as the seven players nominated for possible induction into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.  The seven nominees appear on the Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot online at cardinals.com/HOF presented by Edward Jones.  The two players with the most online fan votes after voting concludes on April 12 will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame this August.  #CardsHOF

#BigMacFlashback

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Home Run Race that ultimately concluded with Mark McGwire establishing a new MLB single-season home run record.  All season long, we will share content on our social media channels that helps fans relive the 1998 Home Run Race; including videos of all 70 of Big Mac’s home runs, real-time updates on the home run count of McGwire, Sosa and Griffey Jr. and fan images that convey the excitement of that amazing season.  As part of the lookback, the team will be asking fans to share their photos, memorabilia, stories and experiences from the historic 1998 season as the fan perspective is an important part of this historic time in baseball.  Fans can share their favorite #BigMacFlashback memories with us using our online submission form at cardinals.com/McGwire.

Busch Stadium Food & Beverages

The Cardinals Fan Food Guide is available at cardinals.com/food and via the MLB.com Ballpark mobile app to help fans locate their favorite food and beverages at Busch Stadium.

New concession items for 2018 include:

Gioia’s Hot Salami Sandwich: A St. Louis Hill classic since 1918!  A James Beard Award winning sandwich featuring Gioia’s hot salami, Italian bread, pepper jack cheese, diced onions, sliced pepperoncini’s and deli mustard.  Served at: Concourse Stand behind Section 151 for $14.25.

Coca-Cola Cantina Street Tacos: Three tacos with Coca-Cola marinated house smoked pork, Coca-Cola infused BBQ sauce, fresh pico de gallo, toasted onions, lime wedge.  Served at: Coke Cantina at Gate 1 for $9.

Grilled Chicken Bats: Smoked chicken legs with choice of BBQ, Buffalo or Hot Honey sauces.  Served at: Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $7.

Sausage Bites: Bacon Onion Cheddar, Whiskey Peppercorn, or Mango Habanero sausage topped with spicy aioli.  Served at Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $8.75.

Jumbo Shrimp Skewer: Four Jumbo Shrimp, grilled to order, marinated with minced garlic and fresh lime.  Served at: Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $12.

Grand Slam Mixed Grill: Sampling of Grilled Chicken Bats, Sausage Bites and Jumbo Shrimp Skewer. Served at: Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $25.

Updated Prohibited Items Policy

Fans may now bring empty cups, empty mugs, empty plastic bottles and ice packs into Busch Stadium.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/security for the complete inspection policy & prohibited items list.

Busch Stadium Re-Entry

Exit stamps will be available for guests who need to exit the stadium but plan to return.  The stamps will be located at Gate 1 (southeast corner of stadium) and Gate 4 (northwest corner of stadium).

Smoking Gate Relocation

Busch Stadium has moved the Smoking Gate to outside of Gate 1 (southeast corner of stadium).  This new space includes a covered area for guest and free access in/out of the area.

Fan Information Guide

The Busch Stadium Fan Information Guide can be viewed at cardinals.com/info.

Budweiser Ballpark Pass

Following a successful launch in 2017, the popular ticket subscription service returns for 2018.  Fans can attend as many Cardinals home games as they want each month for a monthly fee of $29.99.  Subscribers will have a Standing Room Only ticket to each regular season game (except Opening Day) digitally delivered to their smartphone via the MLB.com Ballpark app.  The subscription will automatically renew each month and subscribers can cancel at any time.  To purchase the Budweiser Cardinals Ballpark Pass or for more information, visit cardinals.com/pass.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cardinals are proud to continue to offer the Individual ($50) and Family ($85) Museum Membership options for fans in 2018.  Visit cardinals.com/membership for a detailed list of membership benefits.

This year’s new special exhibit entitled “Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific” examines how the Cardinals MLB’s baseball goodwill tours across the Pacific have helped pave the way for players to join leagues in the United States and Japan.  Additionally, the official World Baseball Classic trophy will be on display as part of the exhibit through Memorial Day.  Photo opportunities will be available on Saturday home games in April and May. The special exhibit is open to the public through the conclusion of the 2018 baseball season and is included with admission to the museum.

The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and remains open through the 7th inning on home game nights.  Adult admission is $12, and tickets can be purchased at cardinals.com/museum. #CardsMuseum

Cardinals Magazine – New Edition on Sale Now

Always a man on a mission behind the plate, Yadier Molina was boots on the ground in his homeland of Puerto Rico this offseason as he repaired homes and delivered supplies and hope to many devastated by Hurricane Maria.  In the season-opening edition of Cardinals Magazine, Yadi and his wife, Wanda, share personal stories and photos in an exclusive story you won’t find anywhere else.

Our inside access also takes you behind the scenes with arguably the league’s top outfield trio of Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler, and inside the home of pitcher Miles Mikolas—to visit with his wife, Lauren.  Plus, Adam Wainwright’s heartfelt letter to his younger self, the debut of Tommy Pham’s monthly column, our detailed look at the promising wave of young talent in the farm system, and so much more!  Start a print or digital subscription and receive two FREE tickets to a 2018 home game.  To order, visit cardinals.com/publications or call 314-345-9000.

Official Team Media Guide

The Cardinals official team Media Guide has long been relied upon by journalists and broadcasters who cover the team.  Containing stats, photos and biographies of every player in the Cardinals organization, along with the definitive history of the club since its inception, the official team Media Guide is the most comprehensive book about the Cardinals.  The 2018 Media Guide is available for $20 at the Official Cardinals Team Store, the Cardinals Authentics Shop or online at cardinals.com/mediaguide.

That’s all for now – and it’s a lot to process!  Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

Preseason ponderings and burning questions for the regular season

The last game of the preseason is tonight. The reason I called it a preseason game is because last night’s and tonight’s game are not in Florida, so they can’t be spring training games. You can watch tonight’s game for free on MLB.TV – just go to mlb.com, select the Cardinals-Blue Jays game in the scoreboard section and click on the TV icon. The game starts at 6:07 PM CST, so hopefully you’re not reading this too late to watch it.

It was a little disconcerting following last night’s game on Gameday only.  The game wasn’t broadcast on KMOX or on FOX Sports or any other cable network. It felt like the 1960’s and 1970’s when very few games were televised and you could only follow the game on KMOX. But the regular season starts in only 2 days and I’ll be able to watch and/or listen to all the baseball I want! Are you excited? I am. Here’s some of my thoughts on spring training and the season to come.

Spring training notes:

Amazingly, the Cardinals escaped spring training without a major injury, such as a pitcher needing Tommy John surgery. However, Adam Wainwright and Luke Gregerson suffered hamstring strains. Both Adam and Luke injured their hamstrings in a sprint drill. Why the heck are pitchers doing sprint drills? Pitchers do not do that much running, unless they manage to get on base. A pitcher would not need to sprint to cover first base. Gregerson also suffered an oblique injury earlier in spring training. Both Adam and Luke are on the disabled list to start the season. At least those are minor injuries.

Carson Kelly, Yadi’s backup last year, was sent down to Memphis. Yadi’s stamina has improved with age to the point that he hardly ever takes a day off. Carson’s offense has suffered as a result of not getting enough playing time, and that carried over to spring training. Carson needs to be playing every day in order to improve, and not ride the bench while Yadi plays. Be patient, young padawan; your time will come. Francisco Pena, the son of former Cardinals catcher Tony Pena, will be the backup catcher.

Jack Flaherty was lights out in spring training. He is definitely one of the starters in the rotation of the future. The future is now, however, as Jack will be taking Wainwright’s place in the rotation until Waino’s hamstring heals.

Yairo Munoz, one of the prospects obtained in the Stephen Piscotty trade, was very good in spring training. His great offense helped him make the team as an infield backup. It was reported that his mother cried when he told her the news. I would have cried too if one of my kids had played baseball and I was told that he/she had been added to the major league squad.

Burning questions:

Since no closer has been chosen, will the 9th inning be closer by committee? Dominic Leone and Tyler Lyons appear to be the top candidates for the closer position.

Carlos Martinez has shown flashes of greatness. Will he get it together and be the dominant pitcher we know he can be? Although some fans like Carlos’ funky hair colors, I think it’s a distraction. Save the funky colors for the off-season, Carlos.

Will Mike Matheny micromanage the team and keep Mike Maddux, Willie McGee and Jose Oquendo from doing their jobs effectively?

Will Tommy Pham have another season like he did last season? Or will his vision problems give him more trouble?

Will Jose Martinez get enough playing time? If Pham gets hurt, Fowler could be moved back to center field and Jose could play right field.

Will Michael Wacha’s shoulder stay healed? He has pitched very well in spring training. Here’s hoping he’s regained his 2013 form and will be the dominant pitcher he was then.

I have a great deal for you.  Is T-Mobile your cell phone provider? If not, you should hurry up and switch to T-Mobile – they are offering a great perk:  a free season of MLB.TV,  through their T-Mobile Tuesdays app. That means you can watch all out-of- market baseball games on your cellphone, tablet, etc. All you need is an MLB.com account. This deal is only good through April 7. I discovered this great perk in the app last Tuesday and it made me really glad that I had switched to T-Mobile from AT&T.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame fan ballot now open!

Hello friends!  Spring training has begun!  It’s so exciting to see the minor league players showing us their stuff during spring training games.  It makes me excited for the future.

It’s time now to honor the past as the 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame fan ballot is now open for voting.  I was pleased to see John Tudor, my favorite pitcher in the 1980’s, on this year’s ballot. I and my fellow bloggers have been posting on Twitter over the years that Ray Lankford deserves to be in the Cardinals Hall of Fame and he is also on this year’s ballot. There are also some carryover candidates from last year’s ballot.  Remember, you can only vote for two candidates.  Here are all the details on voting and descriptions of all the candidates’ Cardinals careers.

2018 CARDINALS HALL OF FAME FAN BALLOTING BEGINS TODAY

Fans Can Select Two Players For August Induction From A List of Seven Former Cardinals Greats

ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 1, 2018 – The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame fan balloting process is now open at cardinals.com/HOF.  Fans can select two players for election from a ballot that includes Cardinals greats Vince Coleman,  

HOFKeith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Ray Lankford, Scott Rolen, Lee Smith and John Tudor.

The seven modern ballot nominees were selected by a “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process in January.  The Cardinals Hall of Fame Fan Vote, presented by Edward Jones, will run through Thursday, April 12.  The two players with the most fan votes after the voting concludes will be announced as part of the fifth Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class on Friday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. during a televised 30-minute Hall of Fame announcement special on FOX Sports Midwest, and also in a pregame ceremony at Busch Stadium before the Cardinals face the Chicago Cubs.

The formal enshrinement ceremony for the 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Class is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village as part of the 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend.  The induction ceremony is free to attend.

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history.  To be eligible, players must have played for the Cardinals for at least three seasons and must be retired as a player from Major League Baseball for at least three years.  The eligible pool of players is divided into two categories of “modern players” and “veteran players”.  If a player retired more than 40 years prior to the induction year, he is classified as a veteran player.

In addition to nominating modern players for fan balloting, the Red Ribbon committee of Cardinals baseball experts also elects a veteran player for induction using a secret ballot process.  Independent of this process, the Cardinals organization may also opt to induct an individual who was an important figure in Cardinals history such as a coach, broadcaster or member of the front office.

Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame will be permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s museum.  The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public.  The plaques that adorn the gallery are produced by Mathews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Fans can check cardinals.com/HOF for more details about the 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend as they become available along with information about other events at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum that weekend.

Following is a description of each Hall of Fame nominee’s career as a Cardinal:

 Vince Coleman (#ColemanHOF)

Years: 1985 – 1990                          

.265/.326/.339, 937 H, 549 SB, 556 R, 56 3B (878 Games)

Vince Coleman burst on to the scene in 1985 by stealing 110 bases as a rookie, a MLB record that still stands today, and winning National League Rookie of the Year honors.  Coleman would continue to lead the National League in stolen bases throughout his six seasons as the Cardinals primary left-fielder while being named to two All-Star teams.  A member of two National League pennant winning teams in 1985 and 1987, Coleman’s 549 career stolen bases rank him second all-time in franchise history behind Lou Brock.

Keith Hernandez (#HernandezHOF)

Years: 1974 – 1983                          

.299/.385/.448, 1217 H, 265 2B, 81 HR, 595 RBI, 662 R (1165 Games)

Keith Hernandez played 10 seasons with the Cardinals, winning six straight Gold Gloves from 1978-1983 at first base.  He was a National League co-MVP in 1979, batting a league leading .344 with 48 doubles, 11 home runs and 105 RBI.  The two-time All-Star was a member of the 1982 World Championship team and batted .299 that season with 94 RBI.  Hernandez’s .385 on-base percentage ranks fifth all-time among Cardinals hitters to have played at least 10 seasons with the club.

Jason Isringhausen (#IzzyHOF)

Years: 2002 – 2008                          

217 Saves, 2.98 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 408.0 IP (401 Games)

Jason Isringhausen spent seven seasons with the Cardinals. During his time with the team, the Cardinals won the Central Division in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 with World Series appearances in 2004 and 2006, winning the World Series in 2006.  He registered a National League-leading 47 saves in 2004, tying the franchise record which Lee Smith set, until Trevor Rosenthal broke the record in 2015.  An All-Star in 2005, “Izzy” still holds the franchise record for saves with 217, and is sixth with 401 appearances with St. Louis.

Ray Lankford (#LankfordHOF)

Years: 1990 – 2001, 2004              

.273/.365/.481, 1479 H, 928 R, 228 HR, 829 RBI, 250 SB (1580 Games)

Ray Lankford was known for his combination of speed and power during his 13 seasons in St. Louis.  Lankford recorded five 20-20 seasons (with four consecutive from 1995-1998) and ranks fifth all-time in club history in home runs and stolen bases.  He is the only player in Cardinals history with at least 200 home runs and 200 steals, and hit more home runs in Busch Stadium II than any other player (123).  The long-time Cardinal center fielder was named to the All-Star team in 1997 and still ranks in the all-time Top-10 franchise leaders in Runs (9th), Total Bases (10th), Doubles (9th), Runs Batted In (8th), Walks (5th) and Game Winning-RBI (T-2nd).

Scott Rolen (#RolenHOF)

Years: 2002 – 2007                          

.286/.370/.510, 678 H, 421 R, 173 2Bs, 111 HR, 453 RBI (661 Games)

In his five plus seasons with the Cardinals, Scott Rolen dominated the hot corner winning Gold Gloves in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006, and a Silver Slugger award in 2002.  He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, and named to the All-Busch Stadium team as the third baseman by vote of fans.  In 2004, Rolen slashed .314/.409/.598 with 34 home runs and 124 RBI.  His stellar 2004 campaign continued during the postseason with his pennant-clinching, two-run homer off Roger Clemens in the 6th inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series vs. Houston.  In 2006, Rolen helped the club to its 10th World Championship, closing out the postseason with a 10-game hitting streak.

Lee Smith (#SmithHOF)

Years: 1990 – 1993                          

160 Saves, 2.90 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 266.2 IP (245 Games)

Known as one of the most feared closers in baseball history, Lee Smith recorded at least 43 saves in three of his four seasons with the Cardinals, leading the league in 1991 and 1992.  During his Cardinals career, Smith earned three All-Star selections and finished in the Top-4 of National League Cy Young voting twice.  His 160 saves stood as a club record until Jason Isringhausen surpassed that total in 2007.

John Tudor (#TudorHOF)

Years: 1985 – 1988, 1990              

62-26, 2.52 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 12 SHO, 881.2 IP (125 Games Started)

During his five seasons in a Cardinals uniform, John Tudor accumulated a .705 winning percentage and 2.52 ERA over 125 starts, both of which still stand as all-time Cardinals records (minimum 750.0 IP).  The left-hander’s finest season came in 1985 when he won 21 games (went 20-1 after June 1) with a miniscule 1.93 ERA, including 10 complete game shutouts, and finished second in National League Cy Young voting.  A member of two National League pennant winning teams in 1985 and 1987, Tudor won at least 10 games in each of the four full seasons he pitched for the Redbirds.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Members

Jim Bottomley, Ken Boyer, Sam Breadon, Lou Brock, Jack Buck, August A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., Chris Carpenter, Dizzy Dean, Jim Edmonds, Curt Flood, Bob Forsch, Frank Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, George Kissell, Tony La Russa, Marty Marion, Pepper Martin, Tim McCarver, Willie McGee, Mark McGwire, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Terry Moore, Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, Red Schoendienst, Mike Shannon, Ted Simmons, Enos Slaughter, Ozzie Smith, Billy Southworth, Bruce Sutter and Joe Torre.

2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Red Ribbon Selection Committee

Tom Ackerman,  Frank Cusumano,  Derrick Goold, Whitey Herzog, Rick Hummel, Randy Karraker,  Martin Kilcoyne, Jenifer Langosch,  Tony La Russa, Bernie Miklasz, Jose de Jesus Ortiz, Joe Ostermeier, Rob Rains, Red Schoendienst and Brian Walton.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The 8,000-square-foot St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.  Since its creation in 2014, the Cardinals Hall of Fame, presented by Edward Jones, has inducted 37 former Cardinal players, coaches and executives.  The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 22,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archived photographs.  Fans can learn more about the museum at cardinals.com/museum.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

2018 Winter Warm-Up Report Day 3

WWU2018Today was the third and last day of Winter Warm-Up.  It had snowed overnight, so it really looked like winter this morning.  Phillip and I boarded a Metrolink train at a later time this morning, since the first presentation we want to attend didn’t start until 11:00 AM.  We arrived at the Hyatt only 10 minutes after WWU opened for the day, and there were no lines snaking through the lobby.  The third day of WWU is not as well attended as the previous two days, since out-of-town people travel home and other people have to work on that day. The WWU planners seem to realize this too, as there were  no presentations in the Dugout room until 12 PM.

We checked in our coats and went down to the second floor to look at the vendor booths.  One of the vendors had a $5 bin with leftover promotional items.  I bought a Cardinals beach towel and a grey 1940’s jersey for my husband.  Some of the vendors had 50% off sales, and the Cardinals Care store had 50% off all of their items.  Even at 50% off, the jerseys still cost more than my budget allowed.

We went upstairs to the Main Stage ballroom to see what was going on.  The guys giving autographs before lunch this morning were Tyler O’Neill, Andrew Knizer, John Mabry, Brett Cecil, Whitey Herzog, Cliff Politte, Andy and Alan Benes, Mike Matheny, and Bill DeWitt II and III.  Once again, I need to apologize for the photo quality.  See the Day 1 report for details.

The first presentation we attended today was with Bill DeWitt, Jr. and III on the Main Stage.  They were interviewed by Matt Chambers of local TV station KMOV.  DeWitt, Jr. talked about the strategic way they look at players.  The issue of social media was discussed and how it stirs up interest in the club and engages players with the public.  As president of the club, DeWitt III is in charge of the Cardinals’ social media presence.  The Communications Department does the actual posting on social media.  DeWitt III said that the most popular social media posts are about the history of the Cardinals.

DeWitt III spoke about Phase II of Ballpark Village.  The west side will be a hotel, an office tower, and additional retail and some parking.  The east side will be a 29 story, 300 unit apartment complex.

DeWitt III then talked about the new Budweiser Terrace, which will be in the upper deck in the right field terrace level.  It will be a standing room only, social area for fans to kick back and socialize.

Questions were then taken from the audience.  The first question was since there was so many blown games last season, why didn’t the front office pick up Greg Holland or another closer?  DeWitt, Jr. had a long, drawn out answer, but the highlights were that there is no certainty with a closer – they can be great one year and bad the next, and if the current crop of available closers were great, they’d have been picked up already.

There were a couple of other interesting questions and thank you messages for the DeWitts for keeping baseball going in St. Louis.

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The second presentation we attended today was “2017 – A Year in Photos” by Taka Yanagimoto, the head of the Cardinals’ photo department. We attended this presentation last year and really enjoyed it, so we thought we would attend it this year.  Mr. Yanagimoto started by presenting some statistics as to how many photographs the photography team shot last season – 22,000 photos.  21,000 of those photos were saved to the archives.  Photographs are used in many ways – social media, the Cardinals magazine, etc.  The best part came next – when Mr. Yanagimoto ran the slide show of the best photographs that were taken last year.  It was sad to realize that a lot of the players in the photographs were no longer with the team.

After the presentation, Phillip and I went to Subway for lunch.  The temperature was starting to drop, and the wind was very cold coming off of the river.

The afternoon autograph signers were Kerry Robinson, Ray Lankford, Tom Lawless, Matt Carpenter, Jack Flaherty, and the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) Yadier Molina.  Phillip wanted to go home after lunch, but I wanted to see Yadi.  I was going to purchase an autograph ticket for Ray Lankford this morning when I got to the Hyatt, but when I went to the ticket sale area, I discovered that there were no more tickets left for Ray. Everyone was so happy to see Yadi that they broke out in a round of applause when he sat down in his seat.

We then hurried down to the second floor to see the presentation with the bald eagle.  The eagle’s name was Liberty and the handler from the World Bird Sanctuary explained how Liberty came to live at the World Bird Sanctuary.  He spoke about the work that the World Bird Sanctuary.  Since we were late, we were at the back of the room. Fredbird sneaked into the room and gave me a peck on the head.  He always does that when he sees me because I have red hair.

After the bald eagle presentation, we went to the Cardinals Authentic booth to see if I could win a lovely 2009 All-Star Game plaque by correctly answering the trivia question.  I could not answer it, although I did not cheat by Googling the answer. The question was about Yadi – who did he pass on the Cardinals’ all time hits list?  It was Jim Bottomley.

It was time to us go home.  We  had a great time but I will do some things better next year.  I will have a better phone, a better camera, and I will get more autograph tickets.  I will also pack a lunch for at least one day to save some money.

Thanks for reading my long reports!  See you next time!

Diane

2018 Winter Warm-Up Report Day 2

IMG_0001Today was the second day of the 2018 Winter Warm-Up.  We rode the same train to St. Louis this morning as we did yesterday.  However, we did stop at Starbucks in the lobby of the Hilton to get coffee this morning before getting in line.  We got in line about 10 minutes later than we did yesterday morning but we were farther up in line than we were yesterday.  I guess people were having a hard time getting up from their nice warm beds this morning.

After we dropped off our coats at the coat check booth, we headed toward the elevators. All of a sudden, we looked up and saw Tony La Russa heading our way.  I wished Tony a good morning and told him it was good to see him.  He asked how we were doing, and I told him we were trying to stay warm.  Then along came Dan McLaughlin.  I said hello and told him how much we enjoyed his presentations yesterday.  Dan and Tony were headed to the main ballroom, where Tony was scheduled to sign autographs at 9 AM.  Tony, Kyle McClellan (who I had an autograph ticket for), and Danny Cox were at Station 1, and Oscar Mercado and Alex Mejia were at Station 2.  Stubby Clapp was also supposed to sign at Station 2 today, but he cancelled.

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The first presentation we attended today was from the Society of American Baseball Research and was about SABRmetrics.  I follow the Nation SABR Twitter account and it’s entertaining, but this presentation made me realize that I’m just not all that interested in the numbers.  I have never been good at math (I almost flunked out of high school algebra) so that may explain my aversion to numbers.  Here are some slides from the presentation:

That formula being pointed to by Branch Rickey just about freaked me out.  Thankfully, I’m better with words than I am with numbers.

The next presentation we attended was “Designing the Cardinals’ Official Scorecard” with illustrator Mike Right. He is the person who draws the beautiful scorecards you buy at Busch Stadium.  Mike explained the process that he goes through to come up with a new drawing every year.  He thinks up the concept, sketches it out, and then puts it on the computer and uses Adobe computer software to paint and texture the drawing.  Mike has designed the front of the scorecards for every season from 2001 on with the exception of 2007, when the front office decided they wanted to feature the 2006 World Series trophy (since the Cards hadn’t won a World Series trophy since 1982).  His work is beautiful and I always enjoy the artwork on the front of the scorecards. I always wonder what the scorecard will look like every season.  Here are some of the slides from the scorecard presentation:

After that presentation, it was time for lunch, so we went to St. Louis Bread Company (which is known as Panera Bread in other parts of the country). It cost me more at Bread Co. for lunch than it did at Jimmy John’s yesterday.  Maybe next year, we’ll pack a lunch.

When we got back to the Hyatt, we decided to listen to the presentation on the Main Stage.  John Rooney and Mike Shannon were chatting about various subjects and telling various stories.  Listening to John and Mike is always very entertaining and informative.

The second presentation we attended today was called “Creating A Keepsake” with Molly Becker of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  If you purchase a yearly membership to the Museum, you receive one or two bobbleheads, depending on whether you purchase an individual membership or a family membership.  This year’s bobbleheads are Ted Simmons and Dizzy Dean.  They are smaller than the bobbleheads that are given out at Busch Stadium.

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Several of us (including myself) groaned when we were told that we would have to purchase a family membership in order to get a Ted Simmons bobblehead.

Molly told us about the process that goes into designing and making the bobbleheads.  First, the players to be honored are chosen. Only members of the Cardinals Hall of Fame are selected for bobblehead glory.  Then a decision is made as to what position the bobblehead will be in (Ted is in a catcher’s stance in the photo above).  Then photos are found and sent to the designers.  Here are a few slides from the presentation that illustrates the process.

The bobbleheads that will be given to museum members next year are Branch Rickey and Mike Simmons.  Molly reiterated the benefits of being a museum member and invited us to visit the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum booth to purchase memberships.

After the presentation, Phil and I went upstairs to catch what was left of General Manager Michael Girsch’s Q&A with Ricky Horton.  Horton and Girsch discussed various topics.

The schedule of autographs this afternoon starting at noon was Todd Worrell, Rick Horton and Paul DeJong at Station 1 and Adam Wainwright, Tommy Pham, Jose Martinez and Patrick Wisdom/Mike Mayers at Station 2.

Cardinals Nation got its first glimpse of Marcell Ozuna at 3:00 PM this afternoon.  His nickname “The Bear” is appropriate once you see him.  He smiled and enjoyed participating in the autograph session.  Greg Garcia, Luke Weaver and Michael Wacha also signed in the 3:00-4:00 PM slot.

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After we saw Marcell, it was time to go home, since we were going to have Sunday dinner at my sister-in-law’s house.  Tomorrow is the last day of Winter Warm-Up.  The first presentation will be attending tomorrow doesn’t start until 11 AM, so we’ll get there a little later tomorrow morning.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading!

Diane

2018 Winter Warm-Up Day 1 Report

WWU2018Today (1/13/18) was the first day of the 2018 Winter Warm-Up.  I want to apologize in advance for the crappy (all but a few) photos that I will be adding to this post.  I forgot my digital camera today.  I had to trade in my iPhone for an Android when I switched carriers to T-Mobile and my new phone takes crappy photos. I will be “JUMPing” back to an iPhone at the earliest opportunity. I promise to take better photos tomorrow.

My son Phillip attended WWU with me again.  We rode the Metrolink train over to St. Louis and got off the train at the Eighth & Pine station.  WWU doesn’t start until 9 AM, but we wanted to get there early so that we didn’t have to wait outside in the bitter cold.

The line to get into WWU started at the escalator that takes fans up to the second level of the hotel. When you are in line with other Cardinals fans, you always make new friends and today was no exception.  I started chatting with a couple of gentlemen standing behind me.  The older gentleman was interviewed by a FOX 2 reporter and the clip was shown on the 5:00 PM newscast.

We went to the fourth floor and dropped off our coats at the coat check booth.  I had an autograph ticket for John Tudor at 9 AM, so we went back down to the second floor.  It was announced previously that autograph seekers would be lined up in alphabetical order.  Since my last name starts with the letter S, I figured it would be awhile until it would be my turn. The Cardinals Care attendant told me to check back in 20 minutes.  We decided to check out the Cardinals Care store until it was time to enter the line.

I had an 8″ X 10″ color glossy of John that I had him sign at FanFest in 2009 during All-Star Game.  I had something special for John to sign today – I had a scorecard that I had filled out from a game on 9/6/87 in which he was the starting pitcher.  The Cards beat the Padres 6-2 that day.   He smiled when I told him that it was from a game in which he was the starting and winning pitcher.

John was my favorite pitcher in the 1980’s.  I cried when he got traded to the Dodgers for Pedro Guerrero, but it was for the best, because John got a World Series ring in 1988.

After I got the autograph, we went back downstairs and walked through the vendor area.  There was many wonderful things available to purchase, but most of them were unfortunately not in my price range.  It was still nice to look, though.

I also had an autograph ticket for Ryan Franklin for today, but he cancelled his appearance earlier this week.

We took a photo in front of a green screen at the Ballpark Village booth, which was merged with a photo of Busch Stadium.

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At 11:00 AM, we went to the Clubhouse Room to hear “The Overlooked Legacy of Stan Musial,” which was presented by Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  Brian was going to give this presentation last year on the first day of WWU, but you may remember that the first day was cancelled due to a predicted ice storm that never materialized.

The Clubhouse Room room was smaller than the normal room that the presentations are usually held in and it was very cramped in there.  Some folks had to stand at the rear of the room because there were no more seats available.  Hopefully, this will be rectified before Brian’s next presentation tomorrow afternoon or next year at the latest.

Brian’s presentation was entertaining and well put together as always.  Stan was such a nice guy off the field that we forget what a “beast” he was on the field.  Even though Stan hasn’t played baseball in a long time, his stats still stack up with the best players ever.  These slides are just a couple of Stan’s outstanding stats.

After the presentation, it was time for lunch.  Hardee’s was our usual go-to for lunch, but sadly for my wallet, it closed last fall.  We walked down the street to Jimmy John’s, where I paid $16 for 2 sub sandwiches and drinks.  I would have loved to go to Subway, but both downtown Subways are owned by the same guy and they are not open on the weekends.  That guy lost lots of money today by being closed.  We will probably go to Subway on Monday, though.  We will probably be at St. Louis Bread Company tomorrow, in case anyone wants to stop by and say hi.

After lunch, we went back to the Hyatt and watched some of the players sign autographs. We saw Miles Mikolas, the pitcher the Cards picked up from Japan.  Carlos Martinez was signing autographs today too, and I was amazed to see that his hair was back to its normal color.  Kolten Wong was signing today too.  Kolten was upset about the false ballistic missile alert sent out by his home state of Hawaii and he posted about it on Twitter.

We found a place to sit in the second row of the main stage area for the afternoon presentations.  There was a live auction.  There was a trivia contest with the Club Fredbird girls, and I won a Cardinals Care drawstring bag for knowing that Helene Britton was the first woman team owner in baseball.

The first presentation was with Dan McLaughlin and Tim McCarver.  Tim announced that he has signed with Fox Sports Midwest for another season and he would be announcing 35 or 36 games.  We all applauded.  I always enjoy listening to the broadcasts when Tim is announcing.  He has such great stories and straight to the point analysis. Tim didn’t disappoint – he had a couple of great stories for us today that featured Roger Maris and Bob Gibson.

After McCarver left the stage, a long, brown couch was brought up on stage.  I was wondering what that was all about.  The next presentation was with McLaughlin and Jim Edmonds.  The need for the couch became evident when we saw Edmonds walk up the stairs to the stage on a pair of crutches.  He told us that he tore a ligament off of his patella (his knee bone) playing basketball with his son Landon.  Jim was asked whether he had ever thought about coaching, and he replied that he wanted to spend more time with his family.  Jim mentioned that his wife is expecting twin boys in June.

The last presentation was with McCarver and Carlos Martinez and his family, talking about Tsunami Waves, Carlos’ charitable foundation.  This was a presentation that was not on the official schedule.  This happens sometimes at WWU.  The presentation started with a video about Camille, the young girl with leukemia that Carlos and the Pujols Foundation brought to St. Louis for treatment.  Then Carlos and his family took the stage and Dan spoke to Carlos about his foundation.  Dan asked Carlos how he felt the upcoming season.  Carlos said he needed rings, and we all knew he was talking about World Series rings. Carlos was also excited about Marcell Ozuna joining the Cards.

After the presentation, it was time to go home.  It’s time to rest up for another busy day at WWU tomorrow.  Stay tuned for the report from Day 2 of WWU!

Diane

2018 Winter Warm-Up schedule and more!

WWU2018The calendar has turned to a new year, and we can see spring right around the corner.  The first event of the Cardinals New Year is Winter Warm-Up and that happens this weekend.  I’ll share the schedule with you shortly.  But first, there are two items of interest.  First, Randal Grichuk accepted the Cardinals’ arbitration offer today for $2.6 million dollars for 1 year.  Will Randal be the Cards’ fourth outfielder, or was he signed in advance of a trade? Second, tickets for the Cardinals’ spring training games go on sale on Saturday and you can purchase them here:  cardinals.com/springtraining, or you can call 561-775-1818.  Someday I hope to get to spring training.

I’ll be at Winter Warm-Up, so if you see me, stop me and say hi!  I would love to meet those who read my blog.  And now without further ado,  here is the schedule for 2018 Winter Warm-Up.

CARDINALS-THEMED HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO KICK OFF 2018 SEASON

Weekend Highlighted by 2018 Winter Warm-Up, Cardinals Caravan & Writers’ Dinner

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 11, 2018 – The 22nd annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) and the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2018 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 13 through Monday, January 15 (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 2018 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 60th annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner takes place at the Union Station Hotel on Sunday, January 14. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner honors the top players from the 2017 Cardinals team and commemorates six decades of Cardinals players.  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 inaugural Branch Rickey Award.

Below are complete highlights of the 2018 Winter Warm-Up weekend:

Friday, January 12, 2018

  • Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 12:00–7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The 2018 Caravan kicks off with stops in Champaign and Peoria, Ill., Jefferson City and Springfield, Mo. and Memphis, Tenn.
  • Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact 2nd Annual Sing Off & Karaoke Challenge (Dave & Buster’s, 7:00 p.m.): Come watch Waino and ten of St. Louis’ best karaoke performers compete against each other for the title of 2018 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 13, 2018

  • 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: Carson Kelly, Alex Reyes, John Brebbia, Dakota Hudson, John Mozeliak, Miles Mikolas, Matt Bowman, Carlos Martínez, Luke Voit, Rowan Wick, Austin Gomber, Sam Tuivailala, Ryan Sherriff & Kolten Wong
    • Alumni Autographs: Ray King, John Tudor, Al Hrabosky, Ted Savage, Brian Jordan & Scott Cooper
    • 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 10:30 a.m., Redbird Rookies Scholarship Presentation at 10:30 a.m., Q&A with President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak at 11:00 a.m., and broadcasters Dan McLaughlin, Tim McCarver 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. –  “A History of the St. Louis Browns’ 52 years in St. Louis” with author Ed Wheatley
      • 11:00 a.m. – “Designing the Cardinals’ Official Scorecard” with illustrator Mike Right
      • 12:00 p.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting sports memorabilia with Dave Jackson
      • 1:30 p.m. – Brian Jordan book signing (must bring a copy of his book or purchase at the signing)
      • 3:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – “Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific” with Cardinals Museum Curator Paula Homan
      • 11:00 a.m. – “The Overlooked Legacy of Stan Musial” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
      • 12:00 p.m. – Tips for storing and displaying personal baseball collections with Amy Berra and Danielle DiGiacomo of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
      • 1:00 p.m. – “2017 Minor League Year in Review” with Cardinals Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque
      • 2:00 p.m. – Learn about Cardinals Authentics and the MLB Authentication program with Ashley Brown of Cardinals Authentics
      • 3:00 p.m. – Learn about the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) including how baseball has embraced SABRmetrics with local chapter president Brian Flaspohler
    • 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 8:00 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, Ark., Dyersburg, Tenn., Bloomington, Ill., and Joplin, Rolla, Fulton, and Columbia, Mo.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

  • Winter Warm-Up: Day two of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    • Cardinals Autographs: Oscar Mercado, Alex Mejia, Josh Lucas, Harrison Bader, Adam Wainwright, Tyler Lyons, Paul DeJong, Tommy Pham, José Martínez, Patrick Wisdom, John Gant, Mike Mayers, Greg Garcia, Marcell Ozuna, Michael Wacha & Luke Weaver
    • Alumni Autographs: Tony La Russa, Danny Cox, Kyle McClellan, Stubby Clapp, Scott Terry, Ricky Horton, Todd Worrell, Mike Shannon & Rick Ankiel
    • 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 Mike Claiborne, John Rooney and Mike Shannon from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Adam Wainwright/Big League Impact Presentation & Q&A at 1:45 p.m., Q&A with General Manager Michael Girsch at 2:30 p.m., and broadcaster Ricky Horton 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. –  Learn about the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) including how baseball has embraced SABRmetrics with local chapter president Brian Flaspohler
      • 11:00 a.m. – “Designing the Cardinals’ Official Scorecard” with illustrator Mike Right
      • 12:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
      • 1:00 p.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting sports memorabilia with Dave Jackson
      • 2:00 p.m. –  “A History of the St. Louis Browns’ 52 years in St. Louis” with author Ed Wheatley
      • 3:00 p.m. – “Making and Decorating the Cardinals Care Cupcake” with The Cup
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – “Busch Stadium Security Updates for 2018” with Cardinals Security Director, Phil Melcher
      • 11:00 a.m. – Discussing the Amateur Draft with Scouting Director and former Cardinals pitcher, Randy Flores
      • 12:00 p.m. – Go behind the pages of the Cardinals’ two books “Uniforms and Logos” and “Redbird Relics” with authors Gary and Oliver Kodner and Brian Finch
      • 1:00 p.m. – Learn about Cardinals Authentics and the MLB Authentication program with Ashley Brown of Cardinals Authentics
      • 2:00 p.m. – “Creating a Keepsake”—see what goes into making Hall of Fame bobbleheads and learn about benefits of Cardinals Museum Membership with Molly Becker
      • 3:00 p.m. – Bring your camera and take a picture with an American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary
    • 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 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Evansville, Ind., as well as Mattoon, Springfield and Mount Vernon, Ill.
  • 60th Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner (Union Station Hotel, 5:00 p.m.): This year’s dinner honors the top players from the 2017 Cardinals team and commemorates six decades of Cardinals players. The St. Louis BBWAA will present their highest honor to Bob Gibson for his Hall of Fame career and invaluable service to baseball.  Other highlights include presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year Award, the Stockton/Broeg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball, the Herman/Ostermeier Award for Cardinals Rookie of the Year Award and the inaugural Branch Rickey Award for Innovation in the Game of Baseball.  For information, or to purchase tickets, visit stlouisbbwaa.com.

 Monday, January 15, 2018

  • Winter Warm-Up: The final day of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Cardinals Autographs: Tyler O’Neill, Andrew Knizner, Brett Cecil, Mike Matheny, Bill DeWitt Jr., Bill DeWitt III, Jack Flaherty, Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter & Randal Grichuk
    • Alumni Autographs: John Mabry, John Costello, Cliff Politte, Andy Benes, Alan Benes, Whitey Herzog, Kerry Robinson, Ray Lankford, Brad Thompson & Tom Lawless
    • 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 Jay Randolph and Scott Warmann from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and broadcasters Tom Ackerman and Brad Thompson from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 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):
      • 12:00 p.m. –  “A History of the St. Louis Browns’ 52 years in St. Louis” with author Ed Wheatley
      • 1:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Learn about the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) including how baseball has embraced SABRmetrics with local chapter president Brian Flaspohler
      • 11:00 a.m. – “2017—A Year in Photos” with Cardinals Photography Manager Taka Yanagimoto
      • 12:00 p.m. – “Making and Decorating the Cardinals Care Cupcake” with The Cup
      • 1:00 p.m. – Bring your camera and take a picture with an American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary
    • 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 9:00 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, Ill., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Paducah, Ky.

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: Although online ticket sales have ended, fans can still purchase three-day passes for the event in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency from January 12-15.  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 4, 2018 must be picked up at the ticket booth in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency 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:
    • Friday, January 12th from 12:00–7:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Saturday, January 13th from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Sunday, January 14th from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Monday, January 15th from 9:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
  •  Autograph Tickets:  Although online ticket sales have ended, remaining autograph tickets may be purchased in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency for a specific donation to Cardinals Care.  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 at cardinals.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 at the Kids Room Stage.
  • 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, the Whitey Herzog Youth 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, in the Cardinals Care Store, at the ticket booth in the lobby, 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 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 specially-priced items on sale for the weekend too.  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 latest Cardinals gear!
  • Cardinals Publications: Fans visiting the Cardinals Publications booth at its new second floor location can take advantage of fantastic show specials, enroll in drawings for premium autographed items and start a subscription to Cardinals Magazine.  New subscribers will take home two free tickets to a 2018 home game, the newest edition featuring Alex Reyes on the cover and gain automatic entry into a drawing to win a 16 x 20 inch photo autographed by Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.  Fans who spend at least $25 in merchandise will receive automatic entry into a drawing for autographed magazine posters signed by Carlos Martínez and Rick Ankiel.  Additional show-only sales include: 1) the 2018 Cardinals Official Calendar—spotlighting the top images by club photographers and featuring the complete spring training and regular season schedules—for just $10 each; 2) oversized Cardinals Magazine cover posters featuring the likes of Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martínez and Yadier Molina; 3) an extensive and affordable vintage collection of Cardinals Magazines, Yearbooks and Media Guides; and 4) Official Scorecard collector sets.  Stay tuned for special announcements by Cardinals Publications via Twitter (@CardsMagazine) throughout the three-day event.
  • Busch Stadium Tours & Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum: Guided tours of Busch Stadium are available during the 2018 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.  Fans who purchase Stadium Tour or Museum Admission tickets during the holiday weekend will receive a special gift while supplies last.  The Cardinals Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes a new exhibit titled “Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific.”  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 (this weekend only) along with other special offers and gifts with purchases.  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 2018 Winter Warm-Up logo.  The Cardinals Authentics Store, located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on January 13-15 and 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 of 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 10:00 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.

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.

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

Diane

The top 5 Cardinals stories of 2017

Top 5Tomorrow is the last day of 2017! Where does the time go?  (Probably the same place that missing socks from the dryer go.)  One of the United Cardinals Bloggers projects every year is to post what we believe were the top 5 Cardinals stories of the year.  There was a lot happening with the Cardinals this year, so it was hard to select just 5 top stories.  Like the countdown to midnight on New Year’s Eve, I will count down from 5 to 1.

5.   The Matt Adams left field experiment. Left fielders have been moved to first base before (see Albert Pujols), but I do not remember the reverse ever happening – until it did.  Bloggers and Cardinals fans alike scratched their heads at Mike Matheny’s bizarre experiment.  Thankfully, the Adams experiment ended and Matt was traded to the Braves.  Matt was later released by the Braves and picked up by the Nationals.

4.   MLB’s punishment on the Cardinals for Hackergate. MLB finally laid the smackdown on the Cardinals for Chris Correa’s hacking of the Astros’ computer system.  All things considered, the punishment was pretty lenient – a $2 million fine and the loss of the Cards’ top two draft picks to the Astros.  It could have been worse.

3.   Bullpen meltdown. Seung Hwan Oh did not repeat his stellar 2016 season, leading to his release.  Trevor Rosenthal was injured and had to have Tommy John surgery. The Cards released Trevor at the end of the season.  The big signing of Brett Cecil was a bust.  Juan Nicasio was picked up off of waivers from the Phillies in September, too late to qualify for the playoffs, but he pitched very well and I, along with a lot of other fans, were hoping that the Cardinals would sign him.  Unfortunately, the Mariners signed Juan for a lot more money than I’d be willing to pay him.

2.   The signing of Marcell Ozuna. The Cardinals lost out on Giancarlo Stanton, but that didn’t stop John Mozeliak from signing Ozuna.  I think the Ozuna signing was a good one.  Ozuna is friends with some of the Cardinals players, so he will fit in well with the team. It touched my heart when I read that Ozuna wants to make Cardinals fans smile.  Ozuna’s signing, however, led to Stephen Piscotty being traded to the A’s so he can be closer to his mother, who suffers from MLS.  And what will happen to Randal Grichuk?  Stay tuned for As the Outfield Turns.

1.    The emergence of Tommy Pham. Tommy has been in the Cardinals system for a long time.  He has battled through injury and an eye disease, but this season, Tommy upped his game and became the best player on the team. His emergence led the team to move Dexter Fowler to left field so that Tommy could play center field exclusively.

This off-season has seemed incredibly long, hasn’t it?  Mo has made a few deals (Ozuna, Mikolas) and changed up the coaching staff (welcome back, Jose and Willie – we really missed you), but there are other additions that need to be made so that this club can compete in 2018.  Hopefully after the first of the year, Mo will get out there and get it done.  The hot stove is losing its heat – and I’m not talking about the current frigid weather in the St. Louis area.

Winter Warm-Up is in 3 weeks and I can’t wait.  John Tudor, my favorite pitcher from the 1980s, will be signing autographs and I have my autograph ticket already.  You can order the free autograph tickets online to get them in advance so you don’t have to wait in long lines at Winter Warm-Up.  A lot of the free autograph tickets are already sold out, so don’t wait!  If you’re going to be at Winter Warm-Up, follow me on Twitter (check out the Twitter feed over in the right hand column) and maybe we can meet up!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, and may the Cardinals finally win the World Series again in 2018! Thanks as always for reading, and see you next time!

Diane