It’s the most wonderful game of the year . . . so far

When I saw that the Cardinals were going to hold a reunion of the 2011 World Series championship team, I knew I had to go to that game. I wanted one of those sweet David Freese bobbleheads to add to my collection. I also mentally reviewed the starting rotation and realized that Adam Wainwright would be starting. When the Cards had the reunion of the 2006 World Series championship team, Wainwright also pitched that night and got a shutout, so I figured Waino would be even more motivated to pitch well. I read where Wainwright would probably get his 2,000 strikeout during this start, and I wanted to see that in person (more on that later). So I decided to find tickets close to the field where I could see the players ride around the warning track in the Ford F-150 trucks. I went on StubHub and purchased seats in Section 193, row 3 (left field bleachers).

The Phillips 66 gasoline franchise sponsored a display called the Nest. The Rally Squirrel, you may recall, ran in front of Skip Schumaker while he was at bat, as you will see on the plaque below. Here are some photos of the display:

Even though our seats were in Section 193, we decided to enter at Gate 6.  The lines go through quicker at Gate 6 than they do at Gates 4 and 5.  Plus, I get to see Elvira, my favorite scorecard seller.  She always recognizes me when I show up. I gave her one of my business cards to this blog once upon a time. Last night, they were offering a deal where if you bought the 2021 Yearbook, you would get a bonus – a replica of the Jack Buck statue with the voice chip. For some reason, I didn’t get the Jack statue – I think I had something else going on that night and I couldn’t attend the game. I had purchased the yearbook at the last game I attended. If I had known they were going to run that deal, I would have waited. I tried to buy the Jack statue, but Elvira wouldn’t let me. I guess I’ll have to check on eBay to see if I can find one. As we was leaving, Elvira asked me if we were going to be coming to any more games the rest of the season. I told her I wasn’t sure, but told her to take care if I didn’t see her until next season. I am thinking about going to the last home game on October 4th, when the team is honoring Mike Shannon on his retirement, and a special t-shirt is the giveaway.

I wore my 2011 World Series t-shirt. It still fits, although it was a little tighter than it used to be:

When the son went to buy supper, I checked out our David Freese bobbleheads. I opened mine, and lo and behold! I got one of the MVP David Freese bobbleheads. There were a limited number of these available and I got one!

After the son and I ate, we walked over to our seats. We were in the section right next to the Padres’ bullpen. There was a little boy in the first row wearing a Padres jersey. He had a sign that stated he wanted Tommy Pham’s autograph for his 9th birthday, but I don’t think he got that. He did end up getting a baseball, however.

Finally, after the playing of “God Bless America” (a middle school band) and the singing of the National Anthem (a middle school choir), the festivities began. There was a video on the screen, then the Ford F-150 trucks with the 2011 players riding in the back came out of the wagon gate and started driving around the stadium on the warning track. Everyone waved and greeted the players as they rode by, and several of them were taping videos the crowds on their cell phones. Everyone was standing, and there were tall people standing in front of me, so I couldn’t snap too many good photos of the players. Here are some of the best photos I took:

The players got out of the cars at home plate, and shook hands with Bill DeWitt, III, John Mozeliak, C.J. Cherre, and other staff from 2011. Matt Carpenter was also at home plate, since he was called up near the end of the 2011 season. The other two players left from the 2011 season, Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina, crossed the field to the dugout since they were starting. Yadi tipped his hat to the crowd when his name was announced and the crowd (over 40,000) cheered.

Chris Carpenter and David Freese threw out the first pitch. Jack Flaherty caught Chris’ pitch and Nolan Arenado caught Freese’s pitch. One third baseman to another. Then the players and staff that were at home plate stood behind the World Series and had their photo taken. Adam Wainwright snuck into the photo at the last minute.

The players then paraded on foot back to the wagon gate. If I had known that, I would have bought seats in the right field box seats. I would have been able to take better photos of the players.

During the game, it was announced that in 2022, the seating area closest (Homer’s Landing) to where David Freese hit the home run in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series would be renamed Freese’s Landing. They showed Freese up in the party room during the announcement, and it was clear he had no idea that this was going to happen. He looked shocked and slightly uncomfortable as he waved to the crowd.

Oh yes, there was a game last night. Adam Wainwright only gave up 2 hits until the 4th inning, when he gave up 4 hits, which resulted in 2 runs for the Padres. Waino got strikeout 1,998 in the 4th inning; he got strikeout 1,999 in the 5th inning (striking out Fernando Tatis, Jr., no less); but he never got strikeout 2,000 thanks to home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, who played fast and loose with the strike zone. Cuzzi tormented the Padres as well. Padres’ manager Jayce Tingler got ejected for arguing about the strike zone in the 5th inning. Machado and Tatis, Jr. also had a heated discussion in the the dugout in the 5th inning.

It was a darn shame that Waino couldn’t get his 2,000th strikeout in front of the home fans. It’s like Cuzzi knew that Waino was close to the 2K milestone and wanted to make sure he didn’t get it. Twitter was hot about Cuzzi’s umping as well.

The son wanted to go someplace cooler to watch the bottom of the 7th inning, so we headed to Ford Plaza. By the middle of the 8th inning, we were both tired and decided to head home. It turned out we decided to head home too soon, because while we were waiting for the Metrolink, Harrison Bader got on base and ended up on third base. Then Bader scored on Tommy Edman’s sac fly. Paul Goldschmidt drew a walk. And then Tyler O’Neill played the hero again by getting a home run and making the score . Gallegos got the Padres out in the top of the 9th and the Cardinals won the series. The Cards also won today’s game, sweeping their second series in a row and and winning their eighth game in a row. They are currently in possession of the second wild card spot.

The Cardinals only play two teams for the rest of the season, the Brewers (who have clinched the division title) and the Cubs. The Cards need to win as many games as possible. Thursday’s game is on YouTube and not on Bally Sports. There is a doubleheader in Chicago on Friday – the first game is a makeup game from earlier in the season.

I’m sorry I haven’t posted much lately. I should have posted about Ted Simmons’ number retirement (we were there), but I didn’t, for some reason. I’m really not just a fair weather fan, but until the last couple of weeks, there really hasn’t been much to write about. Now it looks like the Cards may be in the postseason again, where they will face either the Giants or the Dodgers, depending on who wins the NL West. The Dodgers currently are in possession of the first wild card spot. I’d rather face the Dodgers in the WC game than in a series, although the Cards have been known to beat the Dodgers in the playoffs. The starters for the WC game, should the Cards face the Dodgers, would probably be Wainwright against Scherzer.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Road trip review and Homestand Highlights too!

The Cardinals had a most unusual road trip – they went 6-0. That has only happened once time in the team’s history, in May 2017. While this sweep times two was against two very bad teams (the Royals and the Pirates), it was a good way to build momentum for this next homestand, and a truly Happy Flight. During this road trip, Jack Flaherty made a spectacular return, giving up only 2 hits in a 6 inning start. And Adam Wainwright, that ageless, timeless wonder, finally pitched a Maddux, which is a complete game where the starter throws a complete game shutout in less than 100 pitches. On that same night, Yadier Molina moved into fifth place all time for innings caught. And Yadi also hit his 396th double, passing Hall of Famer Gary Carter. Paul DeJong is day-to-day with lower back tightness, but Edmundo Sosa has filled in very well. Jon Lester finally had his first win with the Cardinals, and J.A. Happ is also pitching well. Wade LeBlanc and Kwang Hyun Kim are on the IL with left elbow issues. Miles Mikolas will be returning soon.

The Cardinals are now in fourth place for the second wild card. Can the Cardinals get further up the Central Division standings? The Cards need the Reds and the Brewers to go on losing streaks. Anything is possible – the 2011 season proved that. Great hitting and smart defense and baserunning will give the Cardinals a chance.

Did you watch the Field of Dreams game? The power went out at our house due to a storm, but we went to my sister-in-law’s house and managed to watch a few innings. Rumors were that the Cards and Cubs would play next season’s Field of Dreams games, but it was announced that the Cubs and the Reds will play that game instead, much to Cards’ fans’ disappointment.

The Cardinals return home tonight for a eight game homestand, playing the first place Brewers, the Pirates, and the Tigers. There are lots of great things going on during this homestand (including the Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony), so here are all the details on that:

2021 BUSCH STADIUM HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS #10

Tuesday, August 17—Wednesday, August 25

After completing a perfect 6-0 road trip, the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for eight games over a nine-day stretch starting with a three-games versus the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers (August 17-19), followed by a three-game weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates (August 20-22) and concludes with a two-game Interleague matchup against the Detroit Tigers (August 24-25).  Fans can view a full list of homestand highlights at cardinals.com/homestand.

Tuesday, August 17 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Adam Wainwright (11-6, 3.27) vs. RHP Corbin Burnes (7-4, 2.23)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:15 PM

David Freese Budweiser Bash: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited edition David Freese bobblehead.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with David.  Theme Tickets for this event are sold out.

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Honorary First Pitch: In honor of his recent induction into the Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, Cardinals radio play-by-play voice John Rooney will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

The Players Alliance Gear For Good Tour: Before today’s game, The Players Alliance will host 15 Cardinals Care Redbird Rookies athletes for a meet and greet with a current player, followed by a Q&A session with Cardinals Front Office executives. The Players Alliance will also present each athlete with a bag full of baseball equipment.

Frontline Fans: The Frontline Fans program provides complimentary tickets for each Monday-Thursday home game to frontline and essential workers whose roles were crucial in supporting society during health-related shutdowns.  Today, personnel from the St. Louis Fire Department will be recognized for their heroic efforts.

Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display at Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.

Wednesday, August 18 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Jack Flaherty (9-1, 2.65) vs. RHP Freddy Peralta (9-3, 2.26)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:15 PM

College Night I: With the purchase of a special $20 Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals sweater fleece vest.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college.

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Edman’s Elite: Tommy Edman will host a group from Boys Hope Girls Hope for tonight’s game as part of his Edman’s Elite player ticket program.

Frontline Fans: The Frontline Fans program provides complimentary tickets for each Monday-Thursday home game to frontline and essential workers whose roles were crucial in supporting society during health-related shutdowns.  Today, staff from Mid-America Transplant Services will be recognized for their heroic efforts.

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

Thursday, August 19 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. RHP Brandon Woodruff (7-6, 2.18)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:15 PM

Fredbird’s Garage Sale: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will be able to select three previous Theme Ticket giveaways to take home.  Item/size availability is limited, and items will be available on a first come, first served basis.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/garagesale.

Nolan’s Corner: Nolan Arenado will host a group from Our Lady of Guadalupe School for tonight’s game as part of his Nolan’s Corner player ticket program.

Frontline Fans: The Frontline Fans program provides complimentary tickets for each Monday-Thursday home game to frontline and essential workers whose roles were crucial in supporting society during health-related shutdowns.  Today, custodial workers from SBM Management will be recognized for their heroic efforts.

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

Friday, August 20 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 PM)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:15 PM

Lou Brock T-Shirt Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Edward Jones.

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Lou Brock Tribute Night: The Cardinals will honor and celebrate the life of National Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock with a special pregame ceremony featuring Jackie Brock and Lou Brock Jr.

Grateful Dead Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Grateful Dead tie-dye baseball jersey.  Come early for a special pregame performance by St. Louis’ favorite Dead tribute Band, Jake’s Leg, in Budweiser Terrance beginning at 5:30 PM.  A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to Grateful Dead’s charity, The Rex Foundation.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/gratefuldead.

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Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with former Cardinals alumni and personnel.  Today’s presentations will take place outdoors on the Busch II Infield Stage in Together Credit Union Plaza beginning at 5:20 PM with Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees Keith HernandezTom Herr, and John Tudor.  Today’s events are free and open to the public.

Maryville University Cardinals Hall of Fame Walk Plaque Presentation: New plaques along the Maryville University Cardinals Hall of Fame Walk in Together Credit Union Plaza will be unveiled at 6:30 PM.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for today’s raffle will open at 9 AM CT and will conclude at the end of the 7th inning.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.

Saturday, August 21 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 PM)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

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

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

Gates: 4:15 PM

1985 Mystery Player NL Champions Ring Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Edward Jones.

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Edward Jones Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyKeith HernandezTom HerrJohn Tudor & Bill White will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame during a 3:00 PM ceremony on the Busch II Infield Stage in Together Credit Union Plaza.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.  The 2021 inductees will also be recognized during a pregame ceremony on the field at Busch Stadium.  #CardsHOF Note from Diane: My son and I will be there. If you see us, stop by and say hi!

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Hall of Fame Red Jacket Parade: Following the induction ceremony, fans will have the opportunity to see and cheer on their favorite Cardinals Hall of Famers as more than a dozen Red Jacket members will parade through Together Credit Union Plaza.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Cardinals Hall of Famer outfielder and NL Rookie of the Year Vince Coleman will sign from 10 AM-12 PM.  A special autograph ticket is required.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Number 8’s Teammates: Mike Shildt will host a group from Action for Autism for tonight’s game as part of his Number 8’s Teammates ticket program.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for today’s raffle will open at 9 AM CT and will conclude at the end of the 7th inning.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

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

Sunday, August 22 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 PM)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 11:15 AM

Bob Gibson T-Shirt Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Edward Jones.

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Cardinals Build-A-Bear Workshop Hall of Fame Bear Giveaway: 12,000 kids, ages 15 and younger, entering with a ticket, courtesy of Build-A-Bear Workshop.

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Bob Gibson Tribute Day: The Cardinals will honor and celebrate the life of National Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson with a special pregame ceremony featuring Wendy Gibson and Chris Gibson.

Sunday Signings at the Museum: Cardinals Hall of Famers Tom Herr and John Tudor will sign from 10 AM-12 PM.  A special autograph ticket is required.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

First Responders Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals First Responders t-shirt and a complimentary drink coupon.  A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to The Backstoppers.  Presented by Together Credit Union. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/firstresponders.

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

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for today’s raffle will open at 9 AM CT and will conclude at the end of the 7th inning.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

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

Tuesday, August 24 — Cardinals vs. Detroit Tigers (6:45 PM)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:15 PM

Nurses Appreciation Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a nurses-themed Cardinals shirt.  Presented by Elsevier Nursing & Health Education.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/nurses.

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Frontline Fans: The Frontline Fans program provides complimentary tickets for each Monday-Thursday home game to frontline and essential workers whose roles were crucial in supporting society during health-related shutdowns.  Today, staff from American Red Cross Biomedical Services will be recognized for their heroic efforts.

Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display at Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.

Wednesday, August 25 — Cardinals vs. Detroit Tigers (12:15 PM)

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

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

Gates: 10:45 AM

Nurses Appreciation Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a nurses-themed Cardinals shirt.  Presented by Elsevier Nursing & Health Education.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/nurses.

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

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

Diane

That lazy, hazy, crazy 2021 trade deadline day

Trade deadline day this year had to be the craziest trade deadline day in recent memory. The trades were fast and furious. I kept sneakily looking at Twitter on my phone to see what was going on all afternoon. You almost needed a flow chart to see where each player went. You’ve heard of the game musical chairs? Well, today, it was musical players. The Cubs and the Nationals had fire sales. Kyle Hendricks, Jason Hayward and Willson Contreras are the only players left from the Cubs’ 2016 World Series team. The Nationals don’t have many players left from their World Series team either.

Remember when I wrote in yesterday’s blog post that it didn’t look like the Cards’ front office was going to make any trades? I was wrong. It’s wasn’t the first time and it probably won’t be the last. The Cardinals got J.A. Happ from the Twins (who the Cardinals are playing this weekend) for John Gant and minor league pitcher Evan Sisk. That’s convenient – all they had to do was switch clubhouses. The Cardinals also got Jon Lester from the Nationals for outfielder Lane Thomas. Gant hadn’t been pitching much lately since he was either walking batters or hitting them. I will miss Gant’s lovely long flow, however. If the baseball gig doesn’t work out, he could be a stunt double for Chris Hemsworth in the Thor movies. Lane Thomas lost his luster at the major league level and was shipped down to the minors. The additions of Happ and Lester makes the Cardinals’ starting rotation one of the oldest in Major League Baseball, at least until Jack Flaherty and Miles Mikolas return.

There were rumors that the Cards were talking to the Rockies about Trevor Story. This got the Cardinals fanbase all excited on Twitter, but it was not to be. The Rockies decided to keep Story, since he’ll be a free agent at the end of the season. The Rockies will then make a qualifying offer to Story and if he gets traded, they then get draft picks.

The Cardinals started one of the longest homestands of the season tonight with a series against the Minnesota Twins. Below are all of the details of the games, with the exception of tonight’s game, since it’s been played as I type this.

2021 BUSCH STADIUM HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS #9

Saturday, July 31—Sunday, August 8

The Cardinals are back at Busch Stadium for nine games over a 10-day stretch starting with a three-game Interleague weekend series vs. the Minnesota Twins (July 30-Aug. 1), followed by three games with the Atlanta Braves (Aug. 3-5) and concludes with a three-game Interleague weekend series against I-70 rival Kansas City Royals (Aug. 6-8).  Fans can view a full list of homestand highlights at cardinals.com/homestand.

Saturday, July 31 — Cardinals vs. Minnesota Twins (6:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Jake Woodford (2-2, 4.25) vs. RHP Bailey Ober (1-1, 5.19)

TV: FS1

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

Gates: 4:15 PM

Ted Simmons Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Coca-Cola and Dierbergs.

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Ted Simmons Statue Unveiling & Number Retirement Ceremonies: The Cardinals will unveil a bronze statue of Hall of Famer Ted Simmons outside Busch Stadium at 2:00 PM.  The ceremony is free, open to the public and will stream live on cardinals.com.  The organization will also retire Simba’s uniform number 23 in a special ceremony before the start of the game.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals infielder and NL Rookie of the Year Ted Sizemore will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Edman’s Elite: Tommy Edman will host a group from Families United for tonight’s game as part of his Edman’s Elite player ticket program.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for today’s raffle will open at 9 AM CT and will conclude at the end of the 7th inning.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

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

Sunday, August 1 — Cardinals vs. Minnesota Twins (1:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: RHP Adam Wainwright vs. RHP Michael Pineda (4-5, 3.86)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 11:15 AM

Rawlings Kids Glove Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and under, entering with a ticket, presented by Rawlings.  A limited number of gloves for left-handed throwers will be available for exchanges in Budweiser Terrace until 2:00 PM.

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

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for today’s raffle will open at 9 AM CT and will conclude at the end of the 7th inning.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

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

Tuesday, August 3 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 PM)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

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

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Frontline Fans: The Cardinals have launched the Frontline Fans program to provide complimentary tickets for each Monday-Thursday home game to frontline and essential workers whose roles were crucial in supporting society during health-related shutdowns.  Today, mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri will be recognized for their heroic efforts.

Cardinals Care Auctions: Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display at Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.

Wednesday, August 4 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. TBA

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

Star Wars Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals-themed R2-D2 hooded pullover.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up 2 Cancer.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/starwars.

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Honorary First Pitch: Post-Dispatch sports reporter and BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner Rick Hummel will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

Nolan’s Corner: Nolan Arenado will host a group from Aim High for tonight’s game as part of his Nolan’s Corner player ticket program.

Frontline Fans: The Cardinals have launched the Frontline Fans program to provide complimentary tickets for each Monday-Thursday home game to frontline and essential workers whose roles were crucial in supporting society during health-related shutdowns.  Today, fulfillment workers from Worth Industries will be recognized for their heroic efforts.

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

Thursday, August 5 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 PM)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

Number 8’s Teammates: Mike Shildt will host a group from Giant Steps STL for tonight’s game as part of his Number 8’s Teammates ticket program.

Frontline Fans: The Cardinals have launched the Frontline Fans program to provide complimentary tickets for each Monday-Thursday home game to frontline and essential workers whose roles were crucial in supporting society during health-related shutdowns.  Today, transportation workers from Metro Transit will be recognized for their heroic efforts.

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

Friday, August 6 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:15 PM)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:15 PM

Cardinals Belt Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.

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Billikens Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Billikens-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/billikens.

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Honorary First Pitch: Three-time Stanley Cup champion and St. Louis-native Pat Maroon will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations in the Sportman’s Park Theater, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 4:00 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with former Cardinals alumni and personnel at 4:30 PM.  Today’s interview will be with former Cardinals shortstop and World Series MVP David Eckstein.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum

Goldy’s Golden Ticket: Paul Goldschmidt will host a group from Lemay Child & Family Center for tonight’s game as part of his Goldy’s Golden Ticket program. (Admit it – you sang the “Golden Ticket” song from Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in your head when you saw the title. – DMS)

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for today’s raffle will open at 9 AM CT and will conclude at the end of the 7th inning.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Auctions:Autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches and alumni can be bid on by fans in the ballpark and at home via cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The items will be on display inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club. The auction will run today from 9:00 AM—9:00 PM.

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

Saturday, August 7 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (6:15 PM)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 4:15 PM

Whitey Herzog Fishing Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Busey Bank.

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Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals shortstop and World Series MVP David Eckstein will sign from 2-4 PM.  A special autograph ticket is required.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

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.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for today’s raffle will open at 9 AM CT and will conclude at the end of the 7th inning.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

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

Sunday, August 8 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (1:15 PM)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 11:15 AM

Kids Water Bottle Giveaway: 8,000 kids, ages 15 and under, entering with a ticket, presented by The Pasta House Co.

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Topps Baseball Cards Giveaway: 30,000 fans, entering with a ticket, courtesy of Topps Trading Card Company.

Peanut Controlled Day: For just $20, fans with peanut allergies can enjoy the game in a peanut-free section located in Section 228.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/peanutcontrolled.

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 from 10:30 AM-1:30 PM.  Fans who bring a non-perishable food donation will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming Cardinals game (one voucher per person).

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

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Tickets will be available to purchase both online and at Busch Stadium. Ticket sales for today’s raffle will open at 9 AM CT and will conclude at the end of the 7th inning.  Fans must be 18 or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

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

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

Diane

Views and lots of news

The Cardinals are struggling to stay at .500. The Cardinals split the series with the Indians but could only win one game of the series with the Reds. Kwang Hyun Kim was pitching so well until Wednesday, when he got lit up like a Christmas tree by the Indians (who will be renamed the Guardians next season – what? After two large statues on a bridge?). Harrison Bader’s bat has been as hot as he is. Mike Shildt moved him up in the lineup in response. Let’s hope Harrison’s bat stays hot. Some of the other Cardinals’ bats need to get hot as well.

The trade deadline is 4 PM EST on July 30. While other teams are busy wheeling and dealing, it appears the Cardinals are not going to make any moves, unless John Mozeliak is making moves behind the scenes that no one is aware of. Since Jack Flaherty and Miles Mikolas are due back up with the big club next month, the front office probably thinks that’s just like making a trade deadline deal. The Cards are 7 games out from the second wild card. If the bats get hot and the pitching is back up to speed, the Cards could race up the standings like they did in 2011. But the front office made some deals during trade deadline week that year, and that made all the difference. This year, however, it appears that no help is forthcoming, from the front office or anywhere else. Hopefully Nolan Arenado has a lot of patience and doesn’t use his opt-out clause after this season.

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Speaking of the 2011 World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals organization announced it will host a 10-year anniversary reunion of the 2011 World Series Championship team at Busch Stadium on Saturday, September 18, presented by Heartland Coca-Cola.  Over 25 former players and coaches from the 2011 team, including Cardinals Hall of Famer Chris Carpenter, World Series MVP David Freese, 2011 Cardinals All-Stars Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday, are scheduled to take part in a pregame ceremony before that evening’s 6:15 PM game against the visiting San Diego Padres.  Beginning at approximately 5:30 PM, members of the 2011 team will parade along the Busch Stadium warning track in Ford F-150 trucks and be individually introduced at home plate.  The ceremony will conclude with a ceremonial first pitch and a team photo with the World Series trophy at home plate. 

The ceremony will conclude with a ceremonial first pitch and a team photo with the World Series trophy at home plate.  Other players and coaches scheduled to attend the 10-year reunion include Daniel Descalso, Allen Craig, Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse, Jake Westbrook, Jason Motte, Kyle McClellan, Mitchell Boggs, Ryan Franklin, Miguel Batista, Nick Punto, Tyler Greene, Gerald Laird, Tony Cruz, Mark Hamilton, Adron Chambers, Shane Robinson, Bryan Augenstein, P.J. Walters, and Joe Pettini.  Active players Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, along with Skip Schumaker, who will be in town as Associate Manager for the Padres, will participate as their respective schedules allow.

In other news, the Cardinals have also modified their mask protocol due to the City of St. Louis’ revisions to their mask protocol. In accordance with the City of St. Louis’ mask mandate that went into effect on Monday, July 26, the St. Louis Cardinals have updated their existing health and safety protocols.  All fans will be asked to wear a mask when entering or circulating inside the five indoor ticketed club areas, plus the Official Team Store and the Cardinals Authentics Shop at Busch Stadium.  The five indoor club areas include the Cardinals Club, Redbird Club, UMB Champions Club, National Car Rental Club, and Perficient Red Jacket Club.  Fans do not have to wear masks when actively eating or drinking inside the clubs or in the outdoor seating portions of those clubs. (I’m wondering about the other enclosed party rooms at Busch Stadium – will masks be required there as well? – DMS) Fans will also be asked to wear masks in all indoor public spaces at Ballpark Village. Masks will be made available for guests as they enter enclosed spaces to ensure compliance with the City’s new mandate.  The new mask mandate at Busch Stadium starts on June 30, as the Cardinals start a ten day homestand. I didn’t receive the press release with the Homestand Highlights in time to post them in this post.

The son and I will be at Busch Stadium this Saturday (July 31) for Ted Simmons Day. I am wishing and hoping that the rain and thunderstorms predicted for Saturday will not occur. We will be in section 149, row 2, seats 5 and 6, so you may see us on TV – who knows? Those seats are behind home plate, directly behind the green seats. These are the best seats I’ve ever had in either Busch Stadium II or Busch Stadium III. I can’t wait. For those of you without the Bally Sports channel, Saturday’s game will also be shown on FOX1. The Twins are 43-60, so the Cards should hopefully be able to beat them.

In the “what a difference a year makes” category, last year on this date, we Cardinals bloggers had a Zoom meeting with John Mozeliak. If you’re interested, you can read about that here. We have not received word whether there will be a blogger event for us this year. We are usually all crammed in two adjoining party rooms to ask our questions of Mo and Bill DeWitt III, and the thought of all those people in such close quarters may be giving the Cardinals’ communication department the willies (no pun intended).

In another “what a difference a year makes” category, no fans were allowed at the stadium last year, but now, the stadium is open to full capacity; that is, if enough fans buy tickets. The Cardinals have lowered ticket prices for certain games in order to get more butts in the seats. The best way to get butts in stadium seats, however, is for the Cardinals to win ballgames.

That’s all I have for now! And you’re probably thinking, “That’s enough!” LOL! Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

A mid-season review and Ted Simmons too!

It’s the All-Star break and it’s time to take a quick look at where the Cards are at mid-season. The Cards are 8 games back and in third place in the NL Central Division, with the Cubs in second place and Milwaukee in first place. Considering all of the injuries the Cards have suffered this season, this is not too terribly bad. It could be worse – the Cards could be in last place. John Mozeliak picked up some pitchers to hopefully tide the Cards over until Jack Flaherty and Miles Mikolas return. Wade LeBlanc is the only one that has impressed me, however. Carlos Martinez has a tear in the ligament in his right thumb and he is on the 60 day injured list. I know there are many fans who hope that we have seen the last of Carlos in a Cardinals uniform. Some of the pitchers have suffered injuries while batting, which makes a great argument for the DH in the NL.

There are roughly two-and-a-half months left in this season. There is still plenty of time for the Cards to make a comeback. It will be interesting to see if the Cards are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, which is at the proper time this year (July 30), thanks to a full, regular season. It’s been rumored that the Cubs will be sellers at the trade deadline. Kyle Hendricks is someone that might be good for the Cards to pick up if the Cubs make him available. As I write this, hubby told me that the Cubs traded Joc Pedersen to the Braves for Bryce Ball. It looks like they might not be waiting for the trade deadline.

While we wait for the second half of the second season to start – tomorrow night! – there is some great news about my longtime favorite Cardinal Ted Simmons. As you know, Ted is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on September 8. The Cardinals usually retire the uniform numbers of the players that are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Ted will receive that honor before the game on July 31. The fans will receive a Ted Simmons bobblehead. There will be a pre-game ceremony. Since my hubby won’t let me attend the McCarver-Simmons dinner or the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, I told him that I must go to this game and I must purchase seats as close as possible to home plate. So I went on Vivid Seats and bought seats in section 149, row 2. They are behind home plate. This is the closest I have sat to home plate in my life and I am so excited. Here are all the details on the Ted Simmons tribute day:

CARDINALS TO HONOR HALL OF FAMER TED SIMMONS ON JULY 31

Legendary Catcher to be Immortalized with Bronze Statue Unveiling and Dedication Outside Busch Stadium, Uniform No. 23 to be Retired by Organization

The St. Louis Cardinals organization announced today that it will pay tribute to National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Ted Simmons on Saturday, July 31, before the team’s 6:15 PM game versus the Minnesota Twins.  The tribute will be highlighted by the unveiling and dedication of a Ted Simmons statue outside of Busch Stadium and the retirement of “Simba’s” uniform number 23.

“Ted Simmons is one of the finest players to have worn the Birds on the Bat and will forever be a part of Cardinals history,” said Cardinals’ Chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr.  “We are proud to honor Ted before his Hall of Fame induction this Fall and add him to the exclusive group of ten individuals who have both a statue outside of Busch Stadium and their uniform number retired.  We hope our fans will come out in force to pay tribute to Ted and his family on July 31.”

The tribute will begin at 2:00 PM with the unveiling and dedication of a bronze statue of Ted Simmons outside Busch Stadium at the intersection of 8th Street and Clark Avenue.  The statue, completed by St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame sculptor Harry Weber, will join the existing 11 statues outside Busch Stadium and will be the first addition to the group since Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith’s statue was unveiled and dedicated in August 2002.  Other statues include Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, George Sisler (St. Louis Browns), James “Cool Papa” Bell (St. Louis Stars), Dizzy Dean, Enos Slaughter, Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and broadcaster Jack Buck.

The tribute will continue with a pregame ceremony starting at approximately 6:00 PM in which the organization will officially retire Simmons’ number 23.  Simmons will become the fifteenth individual associated with the organization to have his number retired and first since Hall of Fame Manager Tony LaRussa’s number 10 was retired in May 2012.  The ceremony will open with Ted riding around the warning track in a Ford Mustang and conclude with Simmons throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

Additionally, 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Ted Simmons bobblehead, presented by Coca-Cola and Dierbergs, as they enter the gates that evening.

Simmons will be officially inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York on Wednesday, September 8 with fellow Class of 2020 inductees Derek Jeter, Larry Walker and Marvin Miller.  The Induction Ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 PM ET and will be broadcast live exclusively on MLB Network.  Simmons and Walker will be the fiftieth and fifty-first individuals with ties to the St. Louis Cardinals organization to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Simmons, a Cardinals first round draft selection in 1967, played 13 of his 21 seasons with St. Louis, debuting in 1968 at the age of 19.  The switch-hitter batted a career .285 with 248 home runs and 1,389 RBI in 2,456 games played.  The eight-time All-Star (six selections with St. Louis) and Silver Slugger award winner ranks among the franchise’s top-10 in career home runs (172), RBI (929), and total bases (2,626), and is still the Cardinals all-time single-season leader in home runs (26 in 1979) and RBI (96 in 1972) among catchers.  Following his playing career, which included stints with Milwaukee and Atlanta, Simmons served as the Cardinals Director of Player Development from 1988-91 before taking the GM post in Pittsburgh in 1992.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Random rantings and ravings – Illegal substances

We all know the Cardinals haven’t been playing well at all lately – well, except for Adam Wainwright who, like fine wine, only gets better with age. Who’d have thought a 39-year-old pitcher would be the ace of the rotation in Jack Flaherty’s absence? In lieu of complaining about the Cardinals’ terrible play, I thought I would write about various issues that have concerned me lately.  The first topic is below.

Checking pitchers for illegal substances

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt may have opened a hornet’s nest a few weeks ago when he suggested that pitchers be checked for illegal substances, i.e., substances applied to the baseball by the pitcher in order for the ball to move a certain way so that the batter can’t hit it.  Rosin bags are used by the pitcher to dry their hands off when they get sweaty, and sunscreen is also used to slick up the surface of the ball.  Substances used on a baseball besides the resin bag and sunscreen, however, are illegal.

MLB has now started checking pitchers for illegal substances.  However, the punishment for a pitcher being found using an illegal substance is absurd.  If a pitcher is caught with an illegal substance, he is suspended for ten days.  What’s even worse, a team cannot replace him on the roster. Any team who has a starter that gets suspended now has a hole in the rotation that must be filled, and it would probably be by a bullpen guy who has never started a game before.  A ten-day suspension equals two starts for a pitcher in a five-man rotation.  What should happen when a pitcher is caught with an illegal substance is that he is ejected from the game he is currently starting in and then misses his next start or, as an alternative to missing a start, he pays a hefty fine. This punishment wouldn’t put teams in a bind. Teams may also want to think about adding their own fines/punishments on top of the punishment MLB metes out.

And the process by which a pitcher is checked needs to be streamlined as well.  During last night’s Phillies-Nationals game, Phillies manager Joe Girardi had the umpires check Nationals starter Max Scherzer for illegal substances three times. When the umpires came to the mound, Max removed his hat and then removed his belt. It then looked like he was going to take his pants off as well, but he must have changed his mind.  The video of Scherzer’s interaction with the umpires is very amusing and you can find it on Twitter.  Equally amusing is the video showing Scherzer glaring at Joe Girardi as he heads toward the dugout.

There should be a limit as to how many times during a game a pitcher should be checked for illegal substances.  They should be checked the first time they take the mound, and then not be checked the rest of the time they are pitching. This process should take five minutes or less. The pitchers are in the dugout after they pitch, so they should be carefully watched so that they don’t switch their caps in the dugout before they go out on the mound again.   The multitude of times of checking the pitchers for illegal substances are only serving to make game times longer than they already are. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred wants to make the games shorter.  This constant checking of the pitchers isn’t helping with that goal.

I’m sorry I haven’t written many blog posts lately. We all know the Cardinals are playing badly and there is no need to discuss that – we can see it with our own two eyes; that is, if we even decide to watch the games. My hubby would rather watch something else besides Cardinals games.

The son and I will be at Saturday’s game, since we really wanted those nice Yadi tumblers. We’ll be in section 107B, row 26, seats 17 and 18, so if you’re nearby, come by and say hi! Thanks as always for reading – see you next time!

Diane

Hanging on for dear life (but a great announcement too!)

The Cardinals were playing so well. Up until the Padres series, that is. There was a brief reprieve when the Cardinals played Pittsburgh, but things got bad again when the Cubs came to town. Miles Mikolas started his first game since 2019, but was removed after only 4 innings after he reported elbow discomfort. The Cards won only one game of the series, but it wasn’t the game we attended. I did remember why I like sitting in the bleachers, however – it’s really fun there, and it’s close to the bathrooms and the concession stands.

The bad play continued this week with the White Sox series. Harrison Bader got a hairline fracture in one of his ribs diving for a baseball. I was wondering when he was going to injure himself, since he has been taking many dives to catch balls. This is Harrison’s second trip to the IL this year. The middle relievers looked bad in game 1 of the Sox series, but they rebounded in game 2, although many errors were committed. Jack Flaherty suffered his first loss of the season in game 2, pitching against his high school teammate Lucas Giolito. The Cards picked up the win today with two (!) home runs from Tommy Edman, although Mike Shildt got ejected from the game for arguing and profanity when umpire Joe West disliked Giovanny Gallegos’ hat and removed it. The next stop on the Cardinals’ road trip is Arizona. Not a happy flight, for sure.

The Cards are hanging on for dear life to the lead in the National League Central, and the Cubs are creeping up behind the Cards with only 1 game out. I have to keep reminding myself that a baseball season is not a sprint but a marathon. It may be bad now, but hopefully a winning streak is right around the bend. While we wait for that winning streak to start, the Cardinals have released their promotional schedule for the rest of 2021, and tickets for the rest of the season go on sale at 12 PM CST tomorrow (5/27/21). Hopefully, once the tickets for the rest of the season go on sale, the prices for tickets on the secondary market (StubHub, Vivid Seats, etc.) will go down. Here’s the promotional schedule for the rest of 2021:

CARDINALS ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL 2021 PROMOTIONS SCHEDULE

Single-Game Tickets To All Remaining Busch Stadium Games On Sale Tomorrow at Noon CT

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced several additions to its 2021 promotional schedule with 24 giveaways for ticketed-fans at cardinals.com/promotions.

The updated 2021 promotional schedule features many fan-favorite giveaways for guests of all ages including four bobbleheads and six wearable items, as well as newly-designed, high demand items from previous seasons such as a “YADI” Cardinals Tumbler (June 25 & 26), a Cardinals Belt (August 6), and a Cardinals Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear (August 22).

Fans will be able to purchase tickets to promotional games when single-game tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 27, at 12 PM CT.

Below is a complete listing of the 2021 promotional schedule.  In addition to the promotional giveaway schedule, a full Theme Tickets schedule for 2021 will be announced in early June.  More promotional dates and item photographs will be posted at cardinals.com/promotions as they become available.

Cardinals Decal (Shelter Insurance)

Thursday, June 3 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:15 pm

10,000 fans entering with a ticket

Join us on Thursday, June 3, when the Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds. On this day, 10,000 fans will take home a Cardinals Decal featuring Nolan Arenado, courtesy of Shelter Insurance!

Adult Mystery Player Road Alternate Blue Jersey (Old Dominion Freight Line)

Friday, June 4 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:15 pm

10,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Come see the Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, June 4. 10,000 fans ages 16 and older will receive their very own jersey in the style worn by the Cardinals during Saturday road games that debuted in 2019. Fans may take home the jerseys of Paul DeJong, Jack Flaherty or Miles Mikolas, courtesy of Old Dominion Freight Line!

Adult Mystery Player Road Alternate Blue Jersey (Old Dominion Freight Line)

Saturday, June 5 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:15 pm

10,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Come see the Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, June 5. 10,000 fans ages 16 and older will receive their very own jersey in the style worn by the Cardinals during Saturday road games that debuted in 2019. Fans may take home the jerseys of Paul DeJong, Jack Flaherty or Miles Mikolas, courtesy of Old Dominion Freight Line!

Adult Mystery Player Road Alternate Blue Jersey (Old Dominion Freight Line)

Sunday, June 6 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:15 pm

10,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Come see the Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, June 6. 10,000 fans ages 16 and older will receive their very own jersey in the style worn by the Cardinals during Saturday road games that debuted in 2019. Fans may take home the jerseys of Paul DeJong, Jack Flaherty or Miles Mikolas, courtesy of Old Dominion Freight Line!

Cardinals Bucket Hat

Tuesday, June 8 vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:15 pm

10,000 fans entering with a ticket

Be a big hit this season with an Adult Cardinals bucket hat! 10,000 fans entering with a ticket will go home with this one-of-a-kind item on Tuesday, June 8!

Cardinals Bucket Hat

Wednesday, June 9 vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:15 pm

10,000 fans entering with a ticket

Be a big hit this season with an Adult Cardinals bucket hat! 10,000 fans entering with a ticket will go home with this one-of-a-kind item on Wednesday, June 9!

“YADI” Tumbler

Friday, June 25 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:15 pm

15,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Join us on Friday, June 25, when the Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. This day 15,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home a stainless steel, powder-coated tumbler featuring Yadier Molina!

“YADI” Tumbler

Saturday, June 26 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:15 pm

15,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Join us on Saturday, June 26, when the Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. This day 15,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home a stainless steel, powder-coated tumbler featuring Yadier Molina!

Cardinals Growth Poster (MO Farmers Care)

Sunday, June 27 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:15 pm

All kids, ages 15 and under entering with a ticket

Grow tall like the pros! Missouri Farmers Care is providing each kid who attends the game with a growth poster, so they can track their growth alongside Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty!

Willie McGee Bobblehead Gnome (AAA Insurance)

Friday, July 16 vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

On Friday, July 16, you can add to your bobblehead and gnome collection with this special, one-of-a-kind item. That day, 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will go home with an exclusive Willie McGee gnome bobblehead, courtesy of AAA Insurance.

Adult Paul Goldschmidt Home White Replica Jersey (Wells Fargo Advisors)

Saturday, July 17 vs. San Francisco Giants, 6:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Join us on Saturday, July 17, when the Cardinals take on the San Francisco Giants. This day 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home a home white Paul Goldschmidt jersey, courtesy of Wells Fargo Advisors!

Kids Home White Paul Goldschmidt Jersey (St. Louis Children’s Hospital)

Sunday, July 18 vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:15 pm

12,000 kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket

Now it is time to outfit the kids with the jersey of their favorite first baseman in the league, Paul Goldschmidt. On Sunday, July 18, 12,000 kids ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket will take home this home white jersey, courtesy of St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Adult Mystery Alumni Nickname Jersey (Maryville University)

Friday, July 30 vs. Minnesota Twins, 7:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Throughout the years, many Cardinals players with unique nicknames have left their mark on the organization and will be remembered for decades to come. On Friday, July 30, we celebrate a few of those players with a Mystery Alumni Nickname Jersey, courtesy of Maryville University. You will not know which player’s nickname will be on the back of your jersey until you walk through the gates of Busch Stadium to watch the Cardinals take on the Minnesota Twins!

Ted Simmons Bobblehead (Coca-Cola and Dierbergs)

Saturday, July 31 vs. Minnesota Twins, 6:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Join us on Saturday, July 31, when the Cardinals take on the Twins! On this night, 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home a unique bobblehead of Cardinals great Ted Simmons! This is a bobble everyone will want to add to their collection, courtesy of Coca-Cola and Dierbergs.

Rawlings Kids Glove (Rawlings)

Sunday, August 1 vs. Minnesota Twins, 1:15 pm

All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket

On Sunday, August 1, all kids ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket can celebrate Major League Baseball’s Play Ball initiative and field like the pros when they receive their very own Rawlings Kids Baseball Glove.

Cardinals Belt

Friday, August 6 vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Fans everywhere will love to sport their favorite team with this stadium-exclusive giveaway, adjustable belt. Join us at the ballpark when 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will go home with one of the most popular giveaway items for 2021.

Whitey Herzog Fishing Bobblehead (Busey Bank)

Saturday, August 7 vs. Kansas City Royals, 6:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

On Saturday, August 7, 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home the Cardinals Hall of Fame Manager’s bobblehead! This unique bobblehead features Whitey Herzog participating in one of his favorite pastimes, fishing! This is a giveaway that you will not want to miss, courtesy of Busey Bank!

Topps Baseball Card (Topps)

Sunday, August 8 vs. Kansas City Royals, 1:15 pm

30,000 fans, entering with a ticket

Come watch the Cardinals take on the Royals on Sunday, August 8. On this day 30,000 fans entering with a ticket will receive a premium baseball card, courtesy of the Topps Trading Card Company.

1985 Mystery Player National League Champions Ring (Edward Jones)

Saturday, August 21 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

30,000 fans ages 16 and older will receive a replica 1985 National League Champions mystery player ring on Saturday, August 21, courtesy of Edward Jones. The individual player rings will celebrate a few of the top players from the 1985 National League Championship team. Which one will you go home with? The ring includes a detachable base and is wearable!

Cardinals Build-A-Bear Workshop Hall of Fame Bear (Build-A-Bear Workshop)

Sunday, August 22 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:15 pm

12,000 kids, 15 and younger entering with a ticket

On Sunday, August 22, 12,000 kids ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket will go home with their very own, stadium-exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop bear. This bear is sporting a Cardinals Hall of Fame Jacket, just like the Cardinals greats!

Cardinals Adult Short-Sleeve Hooded Pullover (Shane Co.)

Monday, September 6 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Join us on Monday, September 6, when the Cardinals take on the Dodgers. This day 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home a baby blue hooded pullover, courtesy of Shane Co!

Adult Mystery Patriotic Baseball Hat (Country Bob’s)

Saturday, September 11 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 6:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Join us at Busch Stadium on Saturday, September 11 when the Cardinals take on the Reds! That day, 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home a patriotic baseball cap, courtesy of Country Bob’s.

Tote Bag (MLB Network)

Sunday, September 19 vs. San Diego Padres, 1:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

MLB Network wants you to gear up with a reusable bag to bring to and from each trip to the store. This bag highlights the 2011 World Series. Be sure to keep up with the latest action in Major League Baseball on MLB Network.

Paul Goldschmidt Bobblehead (Purina)

Saturday, October 2 vs. Chicago Cubs, 6:15 pm

30,000 fans, ages 16 and older

Come see the Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, October 2. 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will receive their very own bobblehead of Cardinals first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt! This bobblehead also includes a photo frame connected to the base, courtesy of Purina!

Let’s hope that as the temperature gets warmer that the Cards’ bats get hot as well. That’s all for now! Thanks as always for reading and I’ll see you next time!

Diane

Don’t walk this way

(With apologies to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry for borrowing their song title) It seems I was a bit too enthusiastic in my praises for the Redbirds in my last post.  Case in point – this weekend’s series with the Padres.  A lot of people (myself included) thought this series was going to be a cakewalk with star player Fernando Tatis, Jr. and other Padres players on the COVID-19 list.  We were all wrong.  The Cardinals were swept by the Padres, but amazingly, the Cards are still in first place in the National League Central.  This proves that the NL Central is a weak division. 

The weekend series wasn’t a complete washout. Several players hit home runs. None of the games were shutouts.  And the ESPN broadcasters on Sunday night’s game spoke highly of the Cardinals and didn’t idolize the Padres like the ESPN broadcasters do when they televise the Cards-Cubs games.  ESPN will also broadcast next Sunday’s Cards-Cubs game, which I will thankfully not see on TV since I will actually be at the game. I took advantage of those $20 tickets, added $10 to each ticket and scored some sweet seats in the bleachers in section 101, row 8. 

But there were two things that went dreadfully wrong in this series.  There appears to be a lack of communication on the field between players when a ball is hit.  If a player says that he is going to catch the ball (“I got it!”), other players should stay out of the way.  There was a dangerous situation last night where both Dylan Carlson and Max Moroff were going after the same ball, and they collided.  Dylan’s elbow hit Max’s mouth, which split Max’s lip, and it bled.  There were also some other collisions as well. If a player says he has the ball, the other players should stay alert and assist if that player can’t get to the ball, but they shouldn’t try to interfere with the play. 

But even worse than the communication problems in this series, however, were all of the walks given up by Cardinals pitchers (ergo, the title of this post).  The Cardinals pitchers gave up 26 walks in the Padres series.  In last night’s game alone, the Padres scored two runs on two consecutive walks with the bases loaded.  Why did the Cardinals’ pitchers give up so many walks? Was Yadi not framing the pitches correctly? Were the umps calling strikes as balls?  Were the pitchers missing their locations?  It could be any or all of those reasons.  This needs to be addressed by the pitching staff; otherwise, it’s going to be a long season.  Ironically, the Padres currently lead the major leagues in walks, per ESPN.

The Cardinals have an off day today.  They start a five game homestand tomorrow night, with two games against the Pirates, another off day on Thursday, and the first series of the season against the Cubs this weekend. As of this writing, there are still $20.00 tickets available for the Cubs series.  Here’s all the details you’ll need for this homestand:   

2021 BUSCH STADIUM HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS #4

Tuesday, May 18—Sunday, May 23

The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for two games against the Pittsburgh Pirates (May 18-19) followed by their first series of the season against the Chicago Cubs (May 21-23).  Fans can view a full list of homestand highlights at cardinals.com/homestand.

Tuesday, May 18 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers: John Gant (2-3, 1.83) vs. JT Brubaker (3-2, 2.58)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

  • Cardinals Visor Giveaway: 10,000 fans, entering with a ticket.
Visor

Frontline Fans: The Cardinals have launched the Frontline Fans program to provide complimentary tickets for each Monday-Thursday home game to frontline and essential works whose roles were crucial in supporting society during health-related shutdowns.  Today, a group of Shipt grocery shoppers will be recognized for their heroic efforts.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: The drawing for this week’s 50/50 Raffle will take place on Sunday, May 23, at the end of the 7th inning of the Cardinals-Cubs game.  Fans must be 18 years of age or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Online Auctions:Cardinals Care silent auctions featuring autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches and alumni will be held online this season at cardinals.com/ccauctions.  New items will be up for bid each homestand.

Wednesday, May 19 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:45 PM)

Probable Pitchers: Jack Flaherty (7-0, 2.47) vs. Trevor Cahill (1-4, 5.97)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest Plus

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

  • Cardinals Visor Giveaway: 10,000 fans, entering with a ticket.
Visor

Ken Reitz Budweiser Bash Theme Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Ken Reitz bobblehead. A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Ken Reitz Foundation. Ken’s son, Brett Reitz, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Reitz

Frontline Fans: The Cardinals have launched the Frontline Fans program to provide complimentary tickets for each Monday-Thursday home game to frontline and essential works whose roles were crucial in supporting society during health-related shutdowns.  Today, service members from Scott Air Force Base will be recognized for their heroic efforts.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: The drawing for this week’s 50/50 Raffle will take place on Sunday, May 23, at the end of the 7th inning of the Cardinals-Cubs game.  Fans must be 18 years of age or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

 Cardinals Care Online Auctions:Cardinals Care silent auctions featuring autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches and alumni will be held online this season at cardinals.com/ccauctions.

Friday, May 21 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 5.27)

TV: Bally Sports Midwest Plus

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

Gates: 5:15 PM

  • Adult Red Embroidered Jersey Giveaway: 10,000 fans, entering with a ticket, presented by Scott Credit Union.
Jersey

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: The drawing for this week’s 50/50 Raffle will take place on Sunday, May 23, at the end of the 7th inning of the Cardinals-Cubs game.  Fans must be 18 years of age or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Online Auctions:Cardinals Care silent auctions featuring autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches and alumni will be held online this season at cardinals.com/ccauctions.  New items will be up for bid each homestand.

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

Saturday, May 22 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (6:15 PM)

Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. Adbert Alzolay

TV: FOX

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

Gates: 4:15 PM

  • Adult Red Embroidered Jersey Giveaway: 10,000 fans, entering with a ticket, presented by Scott Credit Union.
Jersey

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: The drawing for this week’s 50/50 Raffle will take place on Sunday, May 23, at the end of the 7th inning of the Cardinals-Cubs game.  Fans must be 18 years of age or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Online Auctions:Cardinals Care silent auctions featuring autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches and alumni will be held online this season at cardinals.com/ccauctions.  New items will be up for bid each homestand.

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

Sunday, May 23 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (6:08 PM)

Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. Zach Davies

TV: ESPN

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

Gates: 4:08 PM

  • Adult Red Embroidered Jersey Giveaway: 10,000 fans, entering with a ticket, presented by Scott Credit Union.
Jersey

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: The drawing for this week’s 50/50 Raffle will take place today at the end of the 7th inning.  Fans must be 18 years of age or older and be located in the state of Missouri at the time of purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Online Auctions:Cardinals Care silent auctions featuring autographed items from Cardinals players, coaches and alumni will be held online this season at cardinals.com/ccauctions.  The third set of auction items will end at 5:00 PM today.

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

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

Diane

Everything’s coming up roses

“Everything’s coming up roses” is an idiom that means everything is going very well for a person and they are having great success. That certainly applies to the Cardinals these days. They’re in first place in the National League Central with a record of 21-14. Their bats are on fire – even Harrison Bader is hitting home runs. Carlos Martinez, however, went on the injured list because he hurt his ankle celebrating Jack Flaherty’s first ever home run. Perhaps you shouldn’t be so exuberant with your celebrations, Carlos.

But there is some even better news than the Cardinals’ hot start. The Cardinals have negotiated with City of St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and the Health Department to increase capacity at Busch Stadium to double the current capacity. This starts with the Cubs series on May 21. Tickets are available from $20/ticket, so hurry up and grab them! Plus, the Cardinals will be hosting a three-day COVID-19 vaccination event starting tomorrow, May 12, 2021. Here are all the details:

CARDINALS APPROVED TO INCREASE CAPACITY AT BUSCH STADIUM

Ballpark to Roughly Double Capacity with Minimum Three Feet of Distance Between Seating Pods Beginning Friday, May 21 vs. Chicago Cubs;

Club Partnering with City of St. Louis to Host Three-Day Vaccination Event at Busch Stadium Starting Tomorrow with Vouchers for Two Free Tickets for Two Free Tickets to a 2021 Cardinals Game

The St. Louis Cardinals organization announced that it has received approval from the City of St. Louis and the Health Department to increase capacity at Busch Stadium beginning Friday, May 21.

“As more of our residents make the choice to become vaccinated, in tandem with the Cardinals leadership’s efforts to have stadium-goers follow COVID-19 safety protocols, we believe more fans can be allowed into Busch Stadium without impacting the critical work our community has done to limit the spread of SARS-COV2,” said Dr. Fredrick Echols, acting director of Health for the City of St. Louis.  “As the Cardinals take this latest step toward a new normal, we all must continue to comply with the city’s COVID-19 mitigation measures to continue efforts to reopen the economy in a safe and responsible manner.”

Seating pods will now be spaced a minimum of three feet apart in all directions, allowing Busch Stadium capacity to roughly double.  Additional tickets to the May 21-23 weekend series vs. the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium are on sale now at cardinals.com or via phone at 314-345-9000, with tickets starting as low as $20.  Ticket on-sale dates for June games will be determined and announced at a later date.

Additionally, the St. Louis Cardinals are partnering with the City of St. Louis to host a vaccination event inside the Cardinals Club at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, May 12 (9AM—4PM), Thursday, May 13 (9AM—4PM), and Friday, May 14 (9AM—1PM).  Each individual who receives a vaccine at the event will receive a voucher good for two free tickets to a 2021 Cardinals game.  Free parking will be offered in the Starr Lot located directly across the street from Gate 2, on the southwest side of Busch Stadium.  Individuals can also ride Metrolink to the Stadium Station downtown to be dropped off directly across the street from the ballpark.  Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available.  Individuals are asked to register in advance for the event at https://form.jotform.com/211295106818152 (link accessible via St. Louis Department of Health’s social media accounts @CityofSTLDOH).  Individuals must enter through Gate 2 (Home Plate) for the event.  The club plans to announce a similar vaccination effort in cooperation with St. Louis County at a later date.

“We are thankful for the guidance provided by Mayor Tishaura Jones’ office and Dr. Echols in helping us safely increase our capacity at Busch Stadium,” said Bill DeWitt III, Team President.  “We are also proud to partner with the City of St. Louis in their effort to vaccinate more fans and encourage those who haven’t been vaccinated yet to come down to the ballpark, get your vaccine, and enjoy a Cardinals game on us later this year.”

“I am excited that Busch Stadium will now be able to welcome more Cardinals fans into Downtown St. Louis,” said City of St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones.  “As we #ReopenSTL, I encourage our visitors from all over the region to support our businesses Downtown, and to do so with the health and safety of others in mind.”

To accommodate the increase of guests at the ballpark, gate times will open two hours before first pitch on Friday-Sunday games and one-and-a-half hours before first pitch on Monday-Thursday contests.

Policies and protocols that have been in place since the start of the season will remain to ensure the health and safety of fans, employees, and players in 2021, including:

Socially-distanced seating: Guests will be seated in pods of four or less with a minimum distance of three feet between seating pods in all directions.

Masks required: Masks are required at all times in all areas of the stadium, including the seating bowl, unless guests are actively eating and drinking.

Mobile-only ticketing: All game tickets will be delivered via the MLB Ballpark app, ensuring a touchless entry into the ballpark.

Cashless transactions: Concession stands, kiosks and other retail transactions made in the stadium are cashless and only offer credit and debit payment optionsDebit cards are available for purchase using cash with no service fees at a limited number of locations inside the stadium.

Bags not permitted: To reduce contamination and ensure touchless entry, bags are not permitted to be brought in to Busch Stadium, except for medical bags, diaper bags with a child or clutches/wristlets not exceeding 6″ x 8″.  All exceptions must enter via the designated Inspection Lane at each gate.

Designated entry gates: Guests will be directed to enter and exit the stadium through one of six designated entry gates to expedite the process and limit crowding at any one entrance.  A designated entry gate will be noted on each ticket.  Guests are not permitted to exit and re-enter the stadium.

Fans can view the full list of Busch Stadium policies and protocols for the 2021 season at cardinals.com/backatbusch.

Further, with the increase in capacity, the organization is looking to add more ushers and event staff at Busch Stadium.  Interested candidates should visit cardinals.com/jobs to apply or learn more information.

We are going to the May 23rd game. I spent $10 more a ticket than the $20 tickets and got some nice bleacher seats in section 101, next to the bullpen. I’m looking forward to getting the beautiful red Cardinals jersey they’ll be giving away that weekend. Things are hopefully getting closed to back to normal, aren’t they? Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Albert, come home?

The news that the Los Angeles Angels were releasing Albert Pujols from his ten year contract came early this afternoon.  Cardinals Twitter was all a-flitter, wanting Albert to resign with the Cardinals, even if only for one game so that he could retire as a Cardinal.  Someone even started a hashtag, #Albert2STL.  But there are a couple of questions that need to be answered.

What about Albert’s personal contract deal with the Angels for 10 years after he stops playing for them?  Since the Angels released him, does that deal go out the window too?  I can’t see any team signing Albert if he’s still chained, albeit loosely, to the Angels.

Is Albert so old that the only thing he’s good for is being a DH?  The National League does not have the DH this season, so the only place for Albert to sign would be with an American League team. 

There are a lot of Cardinals fans who have the romantic notion that Waino, and Pujols and his BFF Yadi will ride off into the sunset together after this season (if Albert’s resigned by the Cardinals, that is). Let me disabuse you of that notion. 

Albert has a wonderful legacy with the Cardinals and five years after he retires, he’ll be putting on a red jacket and will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame, and (I predict) he will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as well.  However, I don’t believe there is a place for Albert on this current Cardinals team.  We already have a bench player that is a pinch hitter, i.e., Matt Carpenter.  Matt’s contract is up after this year, but Albert won’t wait until Matt’s contract is up before signing with a team.  Albert played first base the last time he was with the team. However, the Cardinals have an excellent first baseman now named Paul Goldschmidt. 

If memory serves me, Albert played a little third base as well when he was here. The Cardinals signed Nolan Arenado, the best third baseman in baseball, during the offseason.  Albert played left field at first until he was moved to first base, but the Cardinals have Tyler O’Neill, a Gold Glover, in left field now.  Albert was moved to first base because he was having a difficult time throwing from left field to first base, and since he’s 41 years old, his throwing arm is probably worse now. 

As much as Cardinals fans love the idea of Albert returning to the Cardinals for one last tour, it is probably not going to happen.  So where will Albert go?

If being a designated hitter is the only thing that Albert is good at these days, he would have to sign with an American League team since, as mentioned above, the NL doesn’t have the DH this season.  Albert’s old (literally) manager Tony LaRussa is managing the White Sox these days, and since Luis Robert is out for a while, Albert may fit in there. 

I enjoyed watching Albert play while he was with the Cardinals and my heart broke when he left, but I don’t see him returning to St. Louis as a player.  I wish him the best wherever he signs and/or whatever he does. 

Thanks as always for reading!  See you next time!

Diane