Roll with the changes

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I was going to write a blog post with the exact same title (borrowed from the REO Speedwagon song) today, but outlining the reasons why manager Mike Matheny and hitting coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller needed to be let go.  However, the Cardinals beat me to it, firing the 3 M’s shortly after last night’s sloppy and twice rain-delayed game against the Reds.  Twitter almost exploded with the many tweets from Cardinals fans and bloggers in shock, disbelief, and finally happiness.  Bench coach Mike Shildt has been named the interim manager, and a press conference to be held this morning will probably name the interim hitting coach.

Matheny’s firing was not an unprecedented move – Joe Torre got fired mid-season in 1995, although it this was the first time that it has happened with the DeWitt ownership group.  You may also recall that some coaching changes occurred around the time of the All-Star break last year. The 3 M’s probably should have been fired after last year, in my opinion.  Last week’s article at The Athletic by Mark Saxon and the resulting media attention and fan outcry was probably the last straw, although Matheny’s lack of communication with Dexter Fowler didn’t help his cause either.  Mike lost control of his team and for someone who’s supposed to be a leader of men, that was very bad.

On a personal level, I feel bad for Matheny – being fired is a shock.  I’ve been fired/downsized from positions before and I can empathize.  However, like in the real world, if you’re not doing your job to the best of your ability, your employer has the right to fire you.  Matheny had many chances to right the ship and he did not.

The fans were also tired of very bad baseball.  A comparison could be made to the Cards’ teams of the 1970’s, who besides the stellar talents of Ted Simmons, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson, were not very good.  You may have noticed that I haven’t posted any blog posts here in a while, and I didn’t even do a post with this weekend’s homestand highlights – I was that disinterested.  It became painful to even watch the games on TV.

I and Cardinals Nation have many questions now.  Who will be the new manager?  Will the Cards bring up Stubby Clapp (now there’s a great baseball name!) from Memphis? Or will the ownership team hire someone outside the Cards’ system, like Joe Girardi?  Or will they promote Jose Oquendo? And who will be the new hitting coach?  Will the Cards bring up Mark Budaska from Memphis, or will they hire someone like Matt Holliday or Carlos Beltran?  And how soon will this all get done?  Hopefully, a timetable for all this will be presented at today’s press conference.

A new era is dawning for the Cardinals, starting with today’s 1:15 PM game against the Reds, who have done quite well since they fired their manager.  Will the Cardinals put the Matheny era behind them and start playing great baseball again?  Cardinals Nation certainly hopes so, and I do too.  It’s time for the Cardinals to play the great baseball they’re known for and not the hot mess we’ve seen so far this season. There may yet be time to right the SS. Cardinals and steam full speed ahead to the playoffs, but that starts today.

Thanks as always for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homestand Highlights June 25-July 1, 2018

cropped-home-sweet-home.jpgThe Cardinals return home to Busch Stadium after a disappointing 3-4 road trip. Fans, bloggers and sportswriters alike are calling for John Mabry, the Cardinals’ hitting coach, to be fired.  The last two games in Milwaukee were promising. The Cardinals won both of those games.  The first three games of this homestand, however, are against the Cleveland Indians, who are the hottest team in baseball right now.  Here’s hoping that the last two wins and coming back to the home field will put this team to rights.  Here’s all the details on this upcoming homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, June 25—Sunday, July 1)

Carlos Martínez Bobblehead and Margaritaville Night Highlight Seventh Homestand of 2018

The Cardinals are back at Busch Stadium after a seven-game road trip through Philadelphia and Milwaukee.  The six-game homestand kicks off with a three-game interleague series against the Cleveland Indians (June 25-27) and concludes with three games versus the Atlanta Braves (June 29-July 1).  The seventh homestand of the season is highlighted by Bob Costas Night and an all-over print button up shirt gate giveaway.  Additionally, fans are encouraged to continue voting online for Cardinals players for the 2018 All-Star Game in Washington D.C. at cardinals.com/vote. #VoteSTL

Monday, June 25, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cleveland Indians (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Bob Costas Night: Broadcasting legend and honorary St. Louisan, Bob Costas, will be at the ballpark for Bob Costas Night!  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Bob Costas bobblehead celebrating his induction into the broadcast wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/Costas. #CardsTheme

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cleveland Indians (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Cancer Awareness Night: The Cardinals are teaming with Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to celebrate Cancer Awareness Night.  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals cap of their choice corresponding to the awareness colors of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated back to cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/cancer.#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 Jordan McCants, Silver Creek and Miss E & The Rebels.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

Dream Weavers: Luke Weaver will host a group from Burns Recovered for tonight’s game as part of his Dream Weavers Player Ticket Program.

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cleveland Indians (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 “The Heat is On” Cardinals t-shirt.  The t-shirt’s design was selected as the winner by fans via an online vote. #CardsPromo

Peanuts NightFollowing 2017’s popular Charlie Brown bobblehead, Peanuts Night returns to the Theme Tickets lineup!  Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals-themed Snoopy bobblehead.  For tickets, visit cardinals.com/peanuts#CardsTheme

Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martinez will host a group from Crisis Nursery Latino Outreach for tonight’s game as part of his Tsunami Waves 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 SHIVER, The Red Step Project and Skyline In Ruins.  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.

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

Friday, June 29, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

All-Over Print Button Up Giveaway: 30,00 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a one-of-a-kind Cardinals all-over print shirt, courtesy of Shane Co.#CardsPromo

Margaritaville Night: Change your latitude and float on down to Busch Stadium for Margaritaville Night.  Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive a Margaritaville-inspired Cardinals t-shirt and can enjoy a pregame concert in Budweiser Terrace by The Boat Drunks.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/margaritaville. #CardsTheme

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

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to baseball’s fixation with facial hair! To purchase museum tickets, visitcardinals.com/museum. #CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be hosted by former Cardinals starting pitcher Todd Stottlemyre.  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 inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

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

Saturday, June 30, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (6:15 p.m.)

FOX Baseball Night in America National Broadcast

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

Carlos Martínez Mystery Hair Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home one of four different Carlos Martínez Mystery Hair Bobbleheads, courtesy of AT&T.  Be sure to make your way to Ford Plaza to check out the lifesized version of this bobblehead that will be on display all season long.#CardsPromo

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

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

Cardinals Wives Grab Bag Fundraiser: Cardinals Wives will be selling mystery grab bags to fans for $50 at Gates 3 and 4, the Cardinals Club, the Redbird Club, Ford Plaza and Bud Terrace. Inside each bag is an autographed baseball from a Cardinals player and a card revealing the mystery signature. The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Angels’ Arms and Girls in the Know.  For more info visit cardinals.com/cardinalswives. #CardsWives

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

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

Sunday, July 1, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Adult Cardinals Bucket Hat Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive their very own Cardinals bucket hat, compliments of Coca-Cola. #CardsPromo

Kids Cardinals Bucket Hat Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket, will receive their very own Cardinals bucket hat, courtesy of Powerade.#CardsPromo

Transplant Awareness Day: Presented by Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals cap support organ donation!  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated back to support transplants and organ donation.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/transplant. #CardsTheme

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.

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights from June 11 to June 17, 2018

Red RIPThis has been a sad week due to the death of Red Schoendiest.  Red will always be remembered as Mr. Cardinal.  Stan Musial was the heart of the Cardinals, but Red was the soul.  Not only was he a great player and a great manager, but he was a wonderful person as well.  We will always remember Red fondly. There will never be another person like Red. There are some wonderful articles about Red in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch – if you are not a St. Louis local, you can find the articles on www.stltoday.com.

Don’t you wish that the Cards could play the Reds every game? (Well, except for today’s game, which broke a long winning streak.)  The Cardinals come back home tomorrow night for a series against the San Diego Padres and then the Cubs come back to town for a weekend series.  Saturday night’s game is on the regular FOX channel and Sunday’s night game is once again on ESPN.  Hopefully, the ESPN team will be nicer to us this time.   Here’s all the details about the next homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, June 11—Sunday, June 17)

Cards-Cubs Weekend and Star Wars Night Highlight Sixth Homestand of 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 10, 2018 – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium after a quick three-game road trip to Cincinnati.  The six-game homestand kicks off with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres (June 11-13) and concludes with three games versus NL Central rivals the Chicago Cubs (June 15-17).  The sixth homestand of the season is highlighted by Star Wars Night and Teachers Night.  Additionally, fans are encouraged to vote online for Cardinals players for the 2018 All-Star Game in Washington D.C. at cardinals.com/vote. #VoteSTL

Monday, June 11, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Teachers NightKick off summer break at Busch Stadium for Teachers Night!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive teachers-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/teachersnight. #CardsTheme

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Y98’s Courtney & Company Night: Join your favorite morning show ladies and gents for happy hour at Courtney and Company Night.  For just $20, you’ll receive a Courtney and Company t-shirt, one drink voucher and a ticket to the game.  Courtney, Jen, Kevin, Tim and Lance will be hanging out for happy hour with fans.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/Y98. #CardsTheme

Bowmaniacs: Matt Bowman will host a group from KEEN St. Louis for tonight’s game as part of his Bowmaniacs player ticket program.

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Star Wars NightJoin us for Star Wars Night at the ballpark where Busch Stadium will be transformed with Star Wars-themed sights and sounds.  Fans who purchased the special Star Wars Theme Ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Star Wars-themed Cardinals jersey featuring birds on a light saber.  A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up 2 Cancer.  Star Wars characters will be roaming throughout the ballpark for photo opportunities and a Star Wars truck will be displayed in Ford Plaza!  Star Wars Theme Tickets are sold out.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/starwars. #CardsTheme

Wainwright’s Winners: Adam Wainwright will host a group from Angels’ Arms for tonight’s game as part of his Wainwright’s Winners player ticket program.

Hailey Dawson Ceremonial First Pitch: Hailey Dawson, an 8-year-old girl born with Poland Syndrome, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.  Hailey was born without a right pectoral muscle and is missing the three middle fingers on her right hand.  As a result, Hailey utilizes a robotic hand developed by the UNLV Engineering Department.  Hailey, a Las Vegas resident, is on a quest to throw a first pitch for all 30 MLB teams. The club will be Hailey’s 14th different team in addition to throwing out a first pitch at Game 4 of the 2017 World Series.

Friday, June 15, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

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

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

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 at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to Cardinals in the movies. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.#CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be hosted by Museum Curator, Paula Homan, about the origin and evolution of Cardinals logos.  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 inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

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

Saturday, June 16, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

FOX Baseball Night in America National Broadcast

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher Josh Kinney will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition: Nathan’s Famous will host a local regional qualifier for their Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at 6:00 p.m. in the Ford Plaza.  The top male and female finishers in this event will qualify for a seat at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn where they will face reigning champion Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.

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

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

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

Sunday, June 17, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:05 p.m.)

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball National Broadcast

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights for May 31, 2018 – June 7, 2018

cropped-home-sweet-home.jpgThe Cardinals come back to town tomorrow night for a week long homestand. Alex Reyes pitched his first game at the major league level since September 2016 today.  Sadly, the Cards’ bats let him down.  Since my last report, Adam Wainwright and Dominic Leone have been moved to the 60 day disabled list.  Yadier Molina, however, has been cleared to start baseball activities.  Yadi, we miss you terribly, but don’t rush it – we need you back at 110%.  We’ll be at Friday night’s game in Section 166, row 16.  Come on by and say hello! Here’s all the details on this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Thursday, May 31—Thursday, June 7)

YADI Tumbler, Chris Carpenter Bobblehead & Christian Day Highlight Fifth Homestand of 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 30, 2018 – The Cardinals are back at Busch Stadium after completing a six-game road trip through Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (May 31-June 3) and concludes with three games versus the Miami Marlins (June 5-7).  The fifth homestand of the season is highlighted by the first-ever Elvis Theme Night, Photo Day and the start of All-Star voting. #VoteSTL

Thursday, May 31, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

Scouts Night: All Girl/Boy Scouts and their families are invited to Scout Night at the ballpark.  This is the second 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.  Theme Tickets to this event are currently sold out.

The Art of Baseball Program: Springboard to Learning’s signature, the Art of Baseball, will culminate at Busch Stadium before tonight’s game. Designed in conjunction with Cardinals Care, the program helps students in grades 3 through 8 discover exciting connections between art, Major League Baseball, statistics and the world of business.  Students will present infographics that display their research from 5:00-6:15 in Cunningham Corner, which is open for any fan attending the game to view.

Friday, June 1, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Ritz “Kick Off To Summer” Weekend

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

YADI Tumbler Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a stainless steel tumbler featuring Yadier Molina, courtesy of Apple Vacations. #CardsPromo

Elvis Night: Throw on your blue suede shows and head down to Busch Stadium for Elvis Night.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Elvis bobblehead.  Come early for a pregame performance in Budweiser Terrace by world-renowned Elvis talent performer Bill Cherry.  A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/Elvis. #CardsTheme

Alumni Celebrity Bartender: Former Cardinals reliever and St. Louis native, Cliff Politte, will be bartending in Budweiser Terrace from innings two through four during tonight’s game.·

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 Biscuits and Gravy, Shotgun Creek and Whiskey Raccoons.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

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 at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to the 1930 Cardinals and St. Louis Browns. To purchase museum tickets, visitcardinals.com/museum. #CardsMuseum

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

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

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

Saturday, June 2, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 p.m.)

Ritz “Kick Off To Summer” Weekend

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Saturday Embroidered Jersey Giveaway30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a Cardinals Saturday alternate jersey featuring an embroidered front logo, courtesy of Scott Credit Union. #CardsPromo

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

Photo Day: Prior to the game, fans will be granted access on the field to get photos of their favorite players, coaches and Fredbird (weather permitting).  Field access is on a first come, first served basis and will begin approximately 15 minutes after gates open.  Fans are encouraged to share their photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat using #CardsPhotoDay.

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

Alumni Celebrity Bartender: Former Cardinals starting pitcher, Dave LaPoint, will be bartending in Budweiser Terrace from innings two through four during today’s game.

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

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

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

Sunday, June 3, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 p.m.)

Ritz “Kick Off To Summer” Weekend

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Chris Carpenter Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a bobblehead of Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Chris Carpenter.  The bobblehead commemorates Carp’s diving catch and slide to first base in Game 1 of the 2011 World Series. #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).

Christian Day at the Ballpark: All fans are invited to participate in the 28th annual Christian Day at the Ballpark.  Following the game, fans can relocate to seats behind the Cardinals dugout to watch a special postgame program featuring Cardinals Hall of Famer and current coach Willie McGee, Mike Matheny and current Cardinals players.  For more information, fans can visit cardinals.com/christianday.  Presented by Thrivent Financial.

Zumba® Fitness Theme Event: The Cardinals invite all fitness fans to join us for Zumba® Fitness Party at the Park.  Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive access to a pregame Zumba® class and an exclusive Cardinals tank.  The pregame class will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Budweiser Terrace.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/zumba. #CardsTheme

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Scott Rolen Budweiser Bash Theme EventFans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Scott Rolen bobblehead as we celebrate Cardinal fan favorites.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Scott in the Budweiser Terrace.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash#BudBash

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Wayside, Away From Reason and HOOKiE.  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.

Tha Phamily: Tommy Pham will host a group from Dutchtown Outreach for tonight’s game as part of his Tha Phamily player ticket program.

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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Scouts Night: All Girl/Boy Scouts and their families are invited to Scout Night at the ballpark.  This is the third 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

Fredbird’s Garage Sale Theme Event: Fredbird has been doing his spring cleaning and found some items in the nest that he needs to get rid of!  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket for this event will be able to select three (3) previous Theme Ticket giveaways to take home including Bud Bash bobbleheads, Cancer Awareness caps, Star Wars & Grateful Dead t-shirts, etc.  Item/size availability is limited and items will be available on a first come, first served basis.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/garagesale. #CardsTheme

Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors.  Tyler O’Neill will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 and younger from 5:45-6:15.  Kids must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and are distributed in Budweiser Terrace.  Former Cardinals Mike Crudale and Glenn Brummer will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  Players subject to change.

Fowler’s Friends: Dexter Fowler will host a group from Boys Hope Girls Hope for tonight’s game as part of his Fowler’s Friends player ticket program.

Redbird Rookies Gold GloveSix children from the club’s Redbird Rookies baseball/softball program will be honored on the field before tonight’s game.  In order to qualify for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award the children had to attend all three Redbird Rookies off-field events as well as hit a “Home Run” in reading during the 2017 season.  They then had to complete an application which included a hand drawing or written contest entry, demonstrating the meaning of confidence, leadership, teamwork and integrity.  The applications were evaluated by Cardinals Care and Rawlings staff and two participants in each of the three age groups were selected as winners.  Each winner received four Field Box tickets to tonight’s game, an opportunity to meet a Cardinals player and will be presented with a personalized glove from Rawlings. #CardsCare

Live from the UMB Champions Club: KMOX will conduct its radio broadcast from Busch Stadium’s premier all-inclusive ticketed area, the UMB Champions Club.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (12:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

Kids Day OutAll kids are invited to come to the ballpark for Kids Day Out presented by Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer.  All kids who have a special $13 Theme Ticket will have access to a “Kids Zone” in Budweiser Terrace starting at 10:45 a.m. that includes carnival games, face painting and the Bubble Bus, among other fun activities.  Perfect for summer camps, daycares and any kids looking to have fun and catch a Cardinals game, the theme ticket also include a free jumbo hot dog, chips and soda!  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/kidsdayout. #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.

 

Thanks as always for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights for May 17-May 23, 2018

cropped-home-sweet-home.jpgThe Cards are limping back into town with Adam Wainwright, Luke Gregerson, Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons joining Yadier Molina on the disabled list.  The Memphis Express has been busy with John Brebbia and John Gant going back and forth.  The Cardinals start a week long homestand starting tomorrow night.  My son and I will be at Saturday afternoon’s game in section 131, row 5, so come by and say hello if you’re at the game.  Maybe you can buy us both a beer.  🙂 Here are the details on this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Thursday, May 17—Wednesday, May 23)

1968 NLCS Anniversary Weekend & I-70 Series Highlight Fourth Homestand of 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 16, 2018 – The Cardinals return home after completing a six-game road trip through San Diego and Minnesota.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies (May 17-20) and concludes with three games versus our American League rivals, the Kansas City Royals (May 21-23).  The fourth homestand of the season is highlighted by the 1968 National League Championship Anniversary Weekend and eight Theme events including Braggin’ Rights Night and A Night with the Ecksteins.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

Soccer NightWith the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique St. Louis Cardinals soccer jersey.  Presented by AJAX Soccer.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/soccer. #CardsTheme

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

Friday, May 18, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (7:15 p.m.)

1968 National League Championship Anniversary Weekend

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Bob Gibson Pitching Rubber Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, can relive one of the most dominant pitching performances in MLB history by taking home their very own Bob Gibson pitching rubber, commemorating Gibby’s incredible 1968 season.  Presented by Ameren Missouri. #CardsPromo

Bob Gibson Pregame CeremonyThe Cardinals will formally commence the #CompleteGamer fan engagement campaign celebrating Hall of Fame Pitcher Bob Gibson with a special ceremony prior to tonight’s game.  The #CompleteGamer campaign is designed to honor “Gibby” and share his extraordinary personal story while raising money to benefit musically-gifted urban youth and recognizing #CompleteGamers from other fields/vocations.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/Gibson for more information.

Braggin’ Rights Night: Illini Night and Mizzou Night are combing for Braggin’ Rights Night presented by FOX Sports Midwest.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an Illini or Mizzou-themed Cardinals jersey.  A pregame pep rally will feature band members, cheer squads and athletes from each school.  Mizzou Head Football Coach Barry Odom and Illini Head Basketball Coach Brad Underwood are both scheduled to attend as well.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/Illini or cardinals.com/Mizzou. #CardsTheme 

Cardinals Care Spring Grant Ceremony: In an afternoon ceremony, Cardinals Care will distribute more than $134,000 to 68 area nonprofit groups that support local kids.  A Cardinals player, executives and Fredbird will all take part in the afternoon event. #CardsCare

Alumni Celebrity Bartender: Former Cardinals reliever, John Costello, will be bartending in Budweiser Terrace from innings two through four during tonight’s game.

Dream Weavers: Luke Weaver will host a group from the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition for tonight’s game as part of his Dream Weavers player ticket program.

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 at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to former Cardinals outfielder Roger Maris. To purchase museum tickets, visitcardinals.com/museum. #CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be hosted Cardinals Magazine Senior Staff Writer, Stan McNeal.  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 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, May 19, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:15 p.m.)

1968 National League Championship Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

1968 Replica Ring Giveaway30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a wearable replica ring of the 1968 National League Championship ring that the players and coaches received 50 years ago! #CardsPromo

1968 National League Championship Anniversary CeremonyIn recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Cardinals 1968 National League Championship, 16 members of the 1968 team will be honored in a pregame ceremony.  The former players will be introduced from the dugout and members from the team will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals All-Star first baseman Julian Javier will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Alumni Celebrity Bartender: Former Cardinals starting pitcher, Danny Cox, will be bartending in Budweiser Terrace from innings two through four during today’s game.

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

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

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

Sunday, May 20, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:15 p.m.)

1968 National League Championship Anniversary Weekend

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Kids Baseball Glove Giveaway: All kids ages 15 and younger, entering with a ticket, can come out to celebrate Major League Baseball’s Play Ball Weekend and field like the pros when they receive their very own Rawlings Kids Baseball Glove.  Right handed-gloves can be exchange for left-handed gloves in Budweiser Terrace until 2:15 p.m. #CardsPromo

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

Six Flags Day: All children under 48 inches receive a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any one day through July 31, 2018. #CardsPromo

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

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

Negro Leagues Tribute Day: Come celebrate the history of the St. Louis Stars and Negro League Baseball at the ballpark.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a pinstripe St. Louis Stars cap.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.  President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick, and KMOX’s Mike Clairborne will host a round table in Cunningham Corner from 11:45a.m.-12:15p.m.To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/negroleagues. #CardsTheme

Home Run Against Hunger Food Drive: The Cardinals, in partnership with Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance and Feeding Missouri, are hosting a food drive in front of the Official Cardinals Team Store before today’s contest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Fans who bring a non-perishable food donation will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming Cardinals game. #HomeRunAgainstHunger 

Honorary Bat Girl: As part of MLB’s support of the annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, traditionally commemorated each Mother’s Day, the Cardinals will recognize Kathy Koke, a breast cancer survivor, with an on-field ceremony and honorary first pitch before the game.  Mrs. Koke is celebrating six years of being cancer free and is dedicated to helping fund cancer research and help raise awareness.

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

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

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

Monday, May 21, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:15 p.m.)

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

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 Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.  The t-shirt’s design was selected as the winner by the fans via an online vote. #CardsPromo

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

A Night With The Ecksteins Theme Event: 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein and his wife, Ashley, are returning to the ballpark to celebrate the release of Ashley’s new book and chat about following your dreams! With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive access to a pregame Q&A session with Ashley & David Eckstein, a copy of Ashley’s new book, It’s Your Universe, and an autograph from Ashley and David.  Tickets and more information available at cardinals.com/Eckstein. #CardsTheme

Nurses Night: Nurses Night returns in 2018 with a day and night option for all the shift-workers!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals scrub jacket. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/nurses. #CardsTheme

Wainwright’s Winners: Adam Wainwright will host a group from The Maren Fund for tonight’s game as part of his Wainwright’s Winners 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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:15 p.m.) 

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Brian Jordan Budweiser Bash Theme EventFans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Brian Jordan mini-bobblehead as we celebrate Cardinal fan favorites.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Brian in the Budweiser Terrace.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash#BudBash

Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martínez will host a group from World Pediatric Project for tonight’s game as part of his Tsunami Waves 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 Jean Claude & The Eclairs, L.T.H.and Legends Undercover.  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 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, May 23, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (12:15 p.m.)  

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

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

KMOX Day: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an old-school KMOX microphone that plays some special highlights from Jack Buck, John Rooney and Mike Shannon.  Fans can also enjoy a special pregame meet & greet with KMOX on-air personalities.  This event is sold out. #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.

MORE INFORMATION

#CompleteGamer – Celebrating Bob Gibson in 2018

On April 15th, 59 years to the date of his first Major League start, the Cardinals 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.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Hey ESPN – why won’t you talk about the Cards?

MicrophoneThe ESPN crew came to St. Louis to broadcast last evening’s Cards-Cubs game.  But the ESPN crew acted like only the Cubs were there. Hello, ESPN – there was another team in last night’s game.  But you sure wouldn’t have known it by watching the game.

The whole ESPN broadcast last night was a Cubs lovefest.  ESPN spoke with Joe Madden, while Mike Matheny wasn’t even spoken to and barely mentioned.  Between innings, the ESPN team started talking about Kris Bryant.  The game resumed and they were still talking about Kris Bryant.  We didn’t know what was happening in the game.  When the game starts, go back to the game!  Otherwise, why broadcast the game at all?  This season, the Cardinals have many players deserving of a few minutes of ESPN’s time to tell their stories to a national audience, but none were given.  Stephen Piscotty was mentioned, but only because SportsCenter was running a special after the game about Stephen and his mother, who suffered from ALS.

There was no mention of the storied rivalry between the Cubs and the Cards at all, which is probably the reason that ESPN broadcast this game.  There was a brief mention of Yadier Molina’s horrific injury during Saturday’s game (please get well soon, Yadi, and do listen to your doctors!).  I realize the Cubs won a World Series a couple of years ago, and the Cards haven’t won one since 2011.  But the Cards have won 9 more World Series than the Cubs (and the World Series wins weren’t over 100 years apart either).

What ESPN also failed to mention was that the Cardinals are currently in first place in the National League Central.  Chicago is currently in fourth place.  I can maybe see being all lovey- dovey over the Cubs if they were in first place, but they are not.

I can only imagine how the ESPN team reacted to Dexter Fowler’s hitting the walk-off home run in the 14th inning to win the game and sweep the Cubs, since it was 1 AM and I was already in bed.  But given the rest of the evening’s coverage, I’m sure it was less than enthusiastic.  They probably focused more on Justin Heyward not catching the ball than the Fowler home run.

Unfortunately, Cards fans should be used to the Cardinals being ignored by the national media by now.  ESPN’s non-coverage is doing a real disservice to Cardinals fans who live in other areas of the United States.  Unless they purchase MLB.TV, or live close enough to another major league stadium that the Cards play in, they have no chance to watch the Cards play live.  A national broadcast gives them that opportunity.  Let’s hope that ESPN shapes up by July 29, their next broadcast of a Cards-Cubs game.

I mentioned Stephen Piscotty and his mother earlier in this post.  Sadly, Gretchen Piscotty died today at the young age of 55 from ALS.  My prayers and condolences are with Stephen and all of the Piscotty family.  If you would like to contribute to ALS research in honor of Mrs. Piscotty, click here Mother’s Day is this Sunday – if your mother is still alive, give Mom a call and tell her that you love her (and send her flowers!), or better yet, spend some time with her.  Mom carried you around in her womb for 9 months and raised you up right, so the least you can do is say thanks and tell her you love her.  Husbands, don’t forget to do nice things for your wives who gave birth to those kids and trained them up right.

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

Diane

Homestand Highlights for May 1-May 8, 2018

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The Cardinals return home to Busch Stadium  tomorrow night after a brief three game road trip to Pittsburgh this weekend.  After being swept in Pittsburgh, I’m sure the guys are happy to be coming home to familiar territory.   Both Chicago teams will be visiting Baseball Heaven during this homestand.  The 2018 inductees to the Cardinals Hall of Fame will be announced on Fox Sports Midwest before Friday night’s game. Note that Sunday night’s game will be broadcast on ESPN rather than Fox Sports Midwest. Monday’s night game is also on ESPN, but only for out-of-market fans.  Here’s all the details on this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Tuesday, May 1—Tuesday, May 8)

Hall of Fame Induction Announcement & Pooches in the Ballpark Highlight Third Homestand of 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 30, 2018 – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium after a short, three-game road trip to Pittsburgh.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with two games against the Chicago White Sox (May 1-2), followed by a three-game weekend series against the Chicago Cubs (May 4-6) and concludes with two more games versus the Minnesota Twins (May 7-8).  The third homestand of the season is highlighted by the 14th annual Purina Pooches in the Ballpark game and Kurt Warner Theme Night.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago White Sox (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Decal Giveaway: 30,000 fans will take home a Cardinals decal, courtesy of Shelter Insurance. #CardsPromo

College Theme Night #2Take 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 throwback Cardinals tee, designed by STL Style.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college. #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 Charlie Barrale, the Cary Miller Band and Blacktop South.  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/bootsatbusch.

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago White Sox (12:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

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.

Friday, May 4, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Cardinals 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Announcement: The fifth elected Cardinals Hall of Fame induction class will be revealed on FOX Sports Midwest tonight during a 30-minute pregame television special at 6:00 p.m. CT.  A pregame ceremony will also take place to commemorate the announcement.  The 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 18. #CardsHOF

Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors.  A current Cardinals player will sign 100 autographs inside Ford Plaza for fans ages 15 and younger from 5:45-6:15.  Kids must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and are distributed in the Ford Plaza.  Former Cardinals Tom Lawless and Kyle McClellan will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.

Alumni Celebrity Bartender: Former Cardinals All-Star first baseman, Greg Jefferies, will be bartending in Budweiser Terrace from innings two through four during tonight’s 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

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

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be hosted by former Cardinals All-Star first baseman, Greg Jefferies.  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 inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Pet Treat Jar Giveaway30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will make their furry friend happy by taking home a special Cardinals Pet Treat Jar, courtesy of Purina.#CardsPromo

Purina Pooches in the Ballpark: Fans who purchased a special ticket are allowed to bring their dog to the game in a pet-friendly section of the stadium.  Participants will take part in a pregame costume parade around the warning track and receive a Purina goodie-bag.  All fans can enjoy the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team Show, which will take place in the outfield, from their seats at approximately 12:125 p.m.  #PurinaPooches

Alumni Celebrity Bartender: Former Cardinals closer and FOX Sports Midwest broadcaster, Al Hrabosky, will be bartending in Budweiser Terrace from innings two through four during tonight’s 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 All-Star first baseman Greg Jefferies 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.

 Sunday, May 6, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:05 p.m.)

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball National Broadcast

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Minnesota Twins (7:10 p.m.)

ESPN Monday Night Baseball National Broadcast (out-of-market only)

Gates open at 5:35 p.m.

Kurt Warner Theme Night: All fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Kurt Warner bobblehead, celebrating his 2017 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation.  Fans who purchase a VIP Theme Ticket will get the bobblehead and access to an exclusive pregame meet-and-greet with Kurt!  Tickets available at cardinals.com/Kurt. #CardsTheme

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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Minnesota Twins (12:15 p.m.)

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

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

Nurses Day: Nurses Night returns in 2018 with a day and night option for all the shift-workers!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals scrub jacket. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/nurses. #CardsTheme

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

Thanks as always for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

2018 United Cardinals Bloggers event report

UCB_11The annual 2018 United Cardinals Bloggers weekend was April 21-22, 2018. On Saturday evening, some of the bloggers and their guests went to Zia’s on the Hill. For non-St. Louisans, the Hill is where you will find some of the best Italian food in the St. Louis area. The Hill is also the neighborhood where the late Joe Garagiola and Joe Torre grew up and learned how to play baseball. My son and I had gone to the game on Saturday afternoon, so I was not able to go to the dinner. I understand that there was some pretty good swag available at the dinner from Fox Sports Midwest, including game tickets. I’m sorry I missed it – I do like some good swag.

Saturday’s game was a great game, even though Matheny put Lyons in in relief and he almost gave the game away. But as usual, Yadi saved the day – he hit a home run. Dexter Fowler also hit a home run – it was his bobblehead day, after all, which was why we were at the game. On our way home on the Metrolink, however, we had to exit the train at the 5th and Missouri station and get on a shuttle bus due to a train that caught on fire at the Emerson Park station. Channel 4 News was broadcasting at the 5th & Missouri station, and my local readers may have seen us on the 10 o’clock news. That shuttle bus took us through some places I never want to see again. I was exhausted by the time I got home.

On Sunday, the weather was cloudy, although there was only a slight chance of rain in the forecast. My husband and I rode the Metrolink over to St. Louis. I was hoping that there would not be a repeat of the Metrolink debacle of the day before.

I had picked up my tickets for Sunday’s game at the will call window on Friday afternoon after work. We arrived at Busch Stadium right at the time the gates opened. There were long lines of people at Gates 4 and 5, so we proceeded to Gate 6 (on the Broadway side of the stadium), which was closer to the party rooms anyway. The lines were much shorter there – we were in the stadium in about 10 minutes’ time. The lines always seem to be shorter at Gate 6, so you might want to enter the stadium there for future games, unless your seats are closer to home plate or on the third base side.

Our tickets were for room 216. I dropped hubby off there and made a quick trip to the ladies’ room before the festivities began. When I returned, I got a soda and noticed that people had already started eating the food (which smelled so yummy), so I made myself a plate. Here is the menu of the food in the party room, which includes where in the stadium you can find each item:

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I am assuming (perhaps incorrectly) that the Gf listed is for gluten free.

The Coca-Cola pulled pork street tacos were especially tasty. The barbecue beef brisket was excellent. I also enjoyed a bratwurst with sauerkraut. And of course, I had to have some nachos.

My hubby liked the bacon wrapped hot dog. Here are some photos of the food:

Budweiser and Bud Light is served in the party rooms, and if you’re not a fan of the local
product, just go outside of the party rooms and there is a bar where you can get Goose Island and Shock Top beers or a mixed drink. Coca-Cola products and water are also available in the party rooms.

There are some new items available for purchase in the Team Store, and here is a display of the items:

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I spoke with the Team Store representative about the new Dooney & Bourke purses that were on display. I said that I would really love to have a D&B Cardinals purse, but they were not in my budget. She replied that they weren’t in her budget either.

I went back over to Room 216. Ron Watermon, the Vice President of Communications for the Cardinals, entered the party room and greeted me. Daniel Shoptaw, the head honcho of the United Cardinals Bloggers (a/k/a “the Blogfather”), came over and we all started chatting. Ron was growing a beard, so the guys chatted about beard grooming and growing. Since I don’t have any skin in the beard game, I waited patiently until the beard conversation was over. We chatted about John Mozeliak’s promotion to Vice President and Daniel and I discussed with Ron why Mo would still want to talk to us bloggers. I said that it appeared to me that Mo always enjoyed talking to us and taking our questions. We also discussed the fine line between the amateur bloggers (like most of the UCB members) and the ones (like Joe Schwarz) who are writing for paid outlets like the Athletic STL and where they fall in terms of getting media credentials, etc.

It was getting close to 12:00 PM, so Ron excused himself to go over and get the microphones set up for the Q&. Mo himself then walked into the room. Mo was dressed very conservatively – he didn’t wear a bow tie and he didn’t wear funky patterned socks, like he’s done at past blogger events. He must think that now that he’s the president of the Cardinals that he needs to dress more conservatively.

Mo mentioned that the Cards’ front office always takes our input seriously, which impressed me.  Our blog posts are an informal report card.  He thinks this year will be competitive. Mo was excited about the depth that the team has been able to create.

The first question was about Wainwright.  We had just received the press release that morning that Waino was hitting the 10 day disabled list due to elbow discomfort and that Brebbia was being called up.  Mo said he would probably miss 2 starts.

The next question was Dennis pretending to be Dathan.  He asked about Mo’s feelings about shortening the season from 162 games to 154 games.  Mo said he felt the season continues to get longer, with spring training in February and the games starting one week sooner this season, and also the playoffs that go into early November.  Mo said that all of that takes a toll on the body. He thought that a shorter season might be considered, but he thought that some people might be against it because of the records.  He doesn’t anticipate any change in the near future.

The next question was about Carson Kelly.  Mo said that the best thing for Carson was what they did, to send him to Memphis so he could play every day.  When Carson was in the big leagues last year, he took a step backwards.  He needed to get back his hitting back to the major league level. With Carson at AAA and Knizer at AA and how well they’re doing, the Cards have some options.  Mo didn’t elucidate as to what options, however.

The next question for Mo was what with all the changes in the coaching staff, etc., what was the thing that impressed him so far this season and what needed improvement.  He was happy with the coaching staff changes.  They are making a big difference.

The next question was about new pitching coach Mike Maddux and his emphasis on sabermetrics.  He said the coaches were comfortable with analytics.  Managing is one part art, one part science.  There are some things that we don’t have access to and Mike Matheny gets beat up as a result. Mo talked about Mike keeping Lyons in during Saturday’s game.  Statistically he did the right thing, but Lyons didn’t get any of the hitters out. At some level, a player has to execute.  Managing is a lot harder than people think.

Bill DeWitt, III finally entered the room. He is usually sitting next to Mo during the Q&A. I
thought maybe there was something that demanded his attention and that’s why he wasn’t there.

The next question was about the pace of play initiative.  Mo says that there is tension between MLB and the Players’ Association.  The players get it; they don’t want to play 3 1/2 hour games.  Everyone needs to do what’s right for the game. The people who complain about the length of the game are the ones who leave after the 7th inning.  Mo, BDW, Jr. and BDW, III are advocates of trying to find a pace of play that draws a younger generation to the game.  He mentioned that our group is younger and that was impressive.

The next question was about how Mo’s job was different now that he was president of the Cardinals as compared to GM; what has changed?  His past job was 12 years of making baseball ops decisions.  The biggest challenge was delegating.  His new job is working to see how they want the club to be in 2020 and beyond.

Tara then asked about Jordan Hicks.  Was it a risk giving Hicks so much responsibility in high leverage situations.  Mo felt he could talk for an hour about Jordan Hicks, but he didn’t think we wanted to hear it.  Hicks  had a very unique path to the major leagues.  Mo said he relied on Yadi’s and Mike’s opinions on Hicks.  Mo says that we are concerned about strikeout rate is not where it should be.  Mo says that Hicks has a lower strikeout rate and walk rate than Aroldis Chapman.  Hicks is going to have to create the swing and miss opportunities for himself.  Mo said that he didn’t know what Hicks was going to be yet, a starter or a reliever.  He acknowledged that some of us thought he was cheap, which was funny.

The next question was about the comparison between Aroldis Chapman and Hicks and hitting triple digits normally.  Could it be a offensive approach?  Mo didn’t really know the answer. Should the Cards have changed their approach?  Hitting against Chapman helped Mo see that Martinez was going to be special.

The next question was about all the catching prospects in the minor leagues and whether any thought had been given to having any of them switch positions.  Most catchers have value as a catcher.  It is an unique skill.  Where they are offensively figures into the decision.  Mo thinks that they should stay catchers and hopefully the offensive side will catch up.  Catcher to first base isn’t a lot of work.

The next question was about comparing Chapman and Hicks again.  Mo says they try to set up a curriculum as to what a pitcher does.  Mo says they have the right pitching staff in place to set up a curriculum.  Mo announced that the Cards would be building a pitching lab in the Jupiter facility and that by this time next year, he hoped to have bricks and mortar up.  Mo said that it’s best to this internally.

The last question for Mo was about Adam Wainwright.  Given his propensity to injuries, would it be good to move him to the bullpen and move Jack Flaherty up?  Mo says no one has the perfect answer for this question.  Is being a bullpen pitcher easier on your body?  All that getting up and down and warming up takes a toll on your elbow.  Waino sees himself as a starter.  What would  his job be in a bullpen?  With Holland, the Cards will have a strong bullpen.  The name of Alex Reyes was whispered.  Mo doesn’t have to answer until May 1 but Mo thinks that Reyes will come back as a starter.  It could be based on need.  Mo says that Reyes looks strong and the velocity is there.  They put him on the 60 day DL so as not to rush him.

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Mo passed the baton – oops, the microphone – to Bill DeWitt, III.  Bill apologized for his tardiness. He explained that there was a fender bender on Highway 64 and that’s why he was late getting to the stadium. There was a bandage on his left middle  knuckle and I thought that perhaps his vehicle had been involved in the accident. I asked him on his way out of the party room about the bandage and he said that he had a gardening accident the week before and he had a couple of stitches.

Bill discussed the business side of the team.  He talked about the 1764 Craft Beer area on the first level behind home plate. He discussed the Budweiser Terrace.  It was built to attract millennials. Bill said they spent $10 million over the last year for improvements to Busch Stadium.

He talked about the Phase II and II additions to Ballpark Village. which includes a new hotel (Live! by Loews), an office tower and an apartment complex.  He mentioned that you could see a sample apartment in the old Jamba Juice location in Ballpark Village.  The office complex will be competed in summer 2019.  The additions will be done by 2020.

The first question was about the early season schedule.  The Cards have been luckier than some of the other teams in terms of cancellations.  He mentioned that the season started early to have more off days and now they’re going have to be used as makeup days.

The next question was about the Budweiser Terrace and how things were going.  Bill mentioned the $5 Busch beers and said he was happy we were in the party room instead of being up there.  He said the club was pleased with the response to the Budweiser Terrace and that he hoped it would get better in the future.

The next question was about St. Louis in general. Bill is encouraged by all the projects going on in St. Louis.  He was especially encouraged by the new Arch grounds addition and what it means for tourism.

The  next question was about pace of play and and whether or not the Cards would be getting a bullpen cart.  Bill said he had a couple of car companies reach out to him about that. He said he supported all the pace of play initiatives.  Bill stated that a lot of games were going about 3 hours and some of it had to do with batters in the batter’s box doing adjustments.  In no other sport are players allowed that much time to gather themselves and get ready.

The next question was about instant replays and why they take so long. He thinks replays are good, but they should be used for major problems and not for minor issues like did the player get  hit by a pitch, etc.  It’s the cost of getting it right.  The game has changed in the last 20 years.  The rules haven’t changed, but there are more pitching changes and other things. Rule changes that get us back to the way things used to be – a faster pace of game and more strategy..  Bill stated he wasn’t a fan of defensive shifts.

The next question was about club expenses and what the club was planning on spending money on this year.  Bill said the ballpark took up a lot of the budget.  He briefly mentioned the pitching lab that Mo talked about earlier and investing in virtual reality for player development. Bill stated that the Jupiter complex would be updated in the next few years and it would be a joint venture with the Marlins.

There were some other questions for Bill, but this blog post is already long enough.  If you’re really interested in what was asked, let me know and I’ll post a Part 2.

After Bill’s discussion, it was time to stand and listen to “God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sung by two very capable grade school choirs.

The last portion of the discussion was from the head chef at Busch Stadium. He discussed the new dishes being served at Busch Stadium and where they could be found. He talked about the house chips that are made in house and their seasoning. There are new sausage flavors available at the Budweiser Terrace, the new standing-room- only section at Busch Stadium. The next time I go to the ballgame, I’m going to have to go and check out the Budweiser Terrace. The $5.00 Busch beers served only at the Terrace are awfully tempting.

Ron closed the session and thanked everyone for coming. I went over and started taking photos of the food displays before I forgot to (which are posted above). The chef came over. I told him that I was taking photos of the food displays for this blog post. The chef realized that he had forgotten to mention the expansion of the Schnucks sandwich selection at the Grab ‘n Go stores. I told him not to worry and that I knew that our hungry bloggers would find the sandwiches.

And the game? It was great. The Cards beat the Reds again. Kolten Wong hit his first home run of the season and Paul DeJong hit his second home run of the weekend. Yadi hit another double.  And Miles Mikolas was magnificent. He did not issue a single walk. I wish the Cards could play the Reds every game.

During the game, I made a point of chatting with some my fellow bloggers. We may chat on Twitter, but I only see them in person once a year, so it’s good to say hello. We have so many new, young faces in the UCB and I tried to say hi and introduce myself to them.

Kyle Reis and Tara Wellman of Birds on the Black were doing a Periscope during the game, so of course, I had to hop in and say hi to everyone watching, especially to master graphics artist @CardinalsGIF. (If you don’t follow GIF on Twitter, you should.) There was a discussion as to what GIF’s real name was, as well as whether we should pronounce GIF with a “J” or with a hard G like the word “gift.” I realized later that I missed a joke – I should have said that “Jif” sounded the peanut butter. There were other interesting Cardinals things discussed as well and if you’d like to see the Periscope, go to Birds on the Black’s Twitter feed and you can find it there, or go to the Birds on the Black website (the link is in the first line of this paragraph).

During the 7th inning stretch, a group photo was taken of all the bloggers (and a blogger-to-be) that were there. Can you find me?

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Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. I had a great time and I always look
forward to the blogger event every year. It’s good to be among folks who love the Cardinals as much as I do. I’d like to thank the Cardinals for their wonderful hospitality and for all of the press releases and other items they forward to us throughout the year to help make our blogging easier. I don’t think any other Major League team has the close relationship that the UCB has with the Cardinals. They truly value us and our opinions; otherwise, they wouldn’t be throwing us this shindig every year.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

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.

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#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

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