2013 World Series schedule – all you need to know!

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My last blog post was some nice overall musing about the Series.  Here’s the lowdown on all the pertinent information about locations, times, pep rallies, etc. for the 2013 World Series.  I hope this is helpful!

                        2013 WORLD SERIES at BUSCH STADIUM                             

St. Louis Cardinals –Boston Red Sox

How fans can enjoy World Series baseball and rally support for the Cardinals

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (October 23, 2013) – After beating the Los Angeles Dodgers to win their 19th National League Pennant, the St. Louis Cardinals are returning to the World Series for the fourth time in ten years. The series matchup with the Boston Red Sox – which starts tonight at Fenway Park – is the fourth meeting between the two clubs. The Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in seven games during the 1946 and 1967 Fall Classics, but fell victim to a four-game sweep in 2004. The Cardinals are making their tenth appearance in the postseason since 2000 and the 26thpostseason appearance in franchise history (#PostCards). When the Cardinals take the field on Saturday at Busch Stadium, the team will be wearing their home alternate uniforms that feature “St. Louis” in place of “Cardinals” on the jersey – the first World Series appearance since 1931.  For updated ticket availability, visit cardinals.com/postseason. Major League Baseball will be sending daily updates throughout the World Series (#WorldSeries) for more information on pre-game ceremonies and community activities.   

Game Schedule & Highlights

WS Game 1 – Wednesday, October 23, 2013 –Fenway Park – 7:07 p.m. CT (FOX)

WS Game 2 – Thursday, October 24, 2013 –Fenway Park – 7:07 p.m. CT (FOX)

WS Game 3 – Saturday, October 26, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 7:07 p.m. CT (FOX)

  • 3:30 – 6 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music from DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy, the Cardinals’ Warren C. Giles Trophy for the 2013 National League Championship and more
  • Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Chevy
  • Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track
  • An appearance from the Cardinals Hall of Famers
  • In a ceremony prior to the game, the Cardinals will recognize the 2013 Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver of the Year. More than 61,000 fans registered as designated drivers throughout the 2013 season.

WS Game 4 – Sunday, October 27, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 7:15 p.m. CT (FOX)

  • 3:30 – 6 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music from DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy, the Cardinals’ Warren C. Giles Trophy for the 2013 National League Championship and more
  • Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel and Stand Up to Cancer bracelet, courtesy of MasterCard
  • Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track

 

WS Game 5 – Monday, October 28, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 7:07 p.m. CT (FOX) (If necessary)

  • 3:30 – 6 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music from DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy, the Cardinals’ Warren C. Giles Trophy for the 2013 National League Championship and more
  • Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel and mini flag, courtesy of Bank of America
  • Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track

WS Game 6 – Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – Fenway Park – 7:07 p.m. CT (FOX) (If necessary)

WS Game 7 – Thursday, October 31, 2013 – Fenway Park – 7:07 p.m. CT (FOX) (If necessary)

 

Ballpark Village Parking

As a reminder, convenient parking is available to fans in the Ballpark Village parking lot throughout the World Series.

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the World Series games on FOX.

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the games, or listen to the national broadcast on ESPN Radio (101.1 FM) and the Cardinals Radio Network.

Social Media

Fans participating in the postseason action on social media can follow the Cardinals at Facebook.com/Cardinals, on Twitter (@Cardinals), on Instagram (@Cardinals) and Tumblr (stlcardinals.tumblr.com). Join the social conversation using #PostCards.

New this postseason, fans can share their good luck wishes to the Cardinals by sending a virtual Postcard to the team at cardinals.com/postcards. Fans can download a postcard template online, personalize the message and share on social media using #PostCards.

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Fans will also have the opportunity to win tickets to World Series games at Busch Stadium just by following the Cardinals on Twitter and Vine. The Cardinals will tweet the contest rules, and fans will be required to tweet an original video on Vine showing their #PostseasonPride. One fan will win tickets to a World Series game. For more information and official rules, visit cardinals.com/postseasonpride.

Online Or On The Go

Fans can follow the games for free on cardinals.com using the Gameday program. MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 1, provides mobile access to real-time game updates on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as supported Android phones and tablets. At Bat is available for free on your phone’s app store.

Driving to the Games

MoDOT has limited roadwork when the Cardinals are at home in the World Series. Currently, fans can expect no significant traffic impacts due to construction on Missouri interstates heading into Busch Stadium or heading home Saturday, October 26, Sunday, October 27, or Monday, October 28.  Fans should remember that since the Rams will be playing Seattle Monday night, the Broadway ramp into the city from eastbound I-70 will be closed due to NFL security requirements. Drivers can use the Pine Street ramp. In addition, they may also use the new ramp from eastbound I-70 to Tucker Boulevard to get to the games, avoiding much of the downtown interstate traffic. Fans can take Tucker to Market Street to get to parking for the game.

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic.  To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark.  Check the Metro website http://www.MetroSt.Louis.org for schedules and the Park-Ride lot nearest you.  There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium including the RedBird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois.  The first RedBird Express leaves 2 ½ hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes.

Fans Urged to Organize “Rally Everyone Days” to Support the Cardinals and Kids

The St. Louis Cardinals are encouraging local businesses, schools and other organizations to help kids in our community while supporting the team by participating in Cardinals RED for Kids (#RED4kids). RED stands for Rally Everyone Day.  Piloted during the 2011 postseason, Cardinals RED for Kids is the team’s version of an office “dress down” day in which participating organizations make a donation to Cardinals Care in exchange for the opportunity to sport their Cardinals clothes at work or school. To participate, fans should go to cardinals.com/red and register their organization. While the Cardinals would like businesses to help raise money while showing their team spirit, schools are not required to make a donation to get involved. Participating schools, businesses and organizations are also encouraged to submit photos via the team’s website and social media showing their Rally Everyone Day (#RED4kids) spirit.

2013 World Series Merchandise Available

  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Team Store will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. during the World Series. On game days, the store will close briefly 30 minutes prior to gates opening for 30 minutes. In addition to standard merchandise, the store will carry postseason, Central Division Champion and National League Champion merchandise as well as new World Series items including hats, t-shirts, balls, pennants, pins and more. Official merchandise is available in a variety of sizes including, youth, ladies and adult, as well as price ranges. Fans should be on the lookout for special merchandise discount tokens handed out around downtown throughout the World Series. Each token provides $20 off a merchandise purchase at the Team Store. During Games 3 and 4, Nike will have a location outside the stadium to personalize the official World Series sweatshirts.
  • Cardinals Authentics: Fans will want to stop by the Cardinals Authentics store in Ford Plaza, the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Featured items include game –used equipment from the 2013 season, 2011 World Championship themed items and more. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget.
  •  Cardinals Magazine & Cardinals Yearbook: Two of the most sought-after releases of the 2013 season by Cardinals Publications are now on sale during the World Series! The Official 2013 Cardinals Yearbook celebrates Stan Musial’s baseball brilliance and exemplary character—packed with details of all the big games, record-setting performances and off-the-field experiences that distinguished Stan’s remarkable career. This tribute to Stan the Man captures the extraordinary impact of his legacy unlike anything ever presented before. This edition also includes studio portraits and action images of the 2013 Cardinals, making for the perfect keepsake from this memorable season. And the new issue of Cardinals Magazine highlights the MV3 of Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig, who helped propel the Redbirds to a 12th division title and 19th National League pennant. Both publications are on sale at 314.345.9303 or at cardinals.com/publications.

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New Postseason Menu Items

Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the St. Louis Cardinals’ concessionaire for more than 50 years, is offering new menu options during the 2013 postseason. Sportservice will also have a new souvenir beer and soda cup for the World Series and a variety of gourmet hot chocolate and apple cider recipe cocktails. Following is a list of new items exclusive to postseason games at Busch:

  • Surf & Turf Sliders (148 & 509): A combination platter featuring one crab cake slider and one smoked-brisket slider served with french fries.
  • All American Grilled Cheese (Section 141): An American Classic. White American and Swiss cheeses melted on giant butter-toasted sourdough loaf.
  • Grilled Cheese Supreme (Redbird Club): Cheezy Heaven! Melted White Cheddar, Monterey Jack, White American, and Swiss cheeses topped with Heirloom tomatoes and Pecan Wood Smoked bacon all on a giant butter-toasted sourdough loaf.
  • Pecan Bacon Dog (Section 599): An all-beef Hunter hot dog wrapped with 2 pieces of sweet, thick-cut Pecan Wood Smoked Bacon on a fresh-baked hoagie roll, topped with jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and tangy Tequila BBQ sauce.
  • Pepper Bacon Dog (Section 599): An all-beef Hunter hot dog wrapped with 2 pieces of fiery, thick-cut Pepper Bacon on a fresh-baked hoagie roll, topped with jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and tangy Tequila BBQ sauce.
  • Double Dog Dare Ya (Section 599): Heaven on a Bun! Combine the sweet Pecan Bacon Dog with our fiery Pepper Bacon Dog all on the same hoagie roll! It comes with a double dose of jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and as much Tequila BBQ sauce as fans want.
  • Wasabi Sushi Rolls (Redbird Club and near Gate 1): Sushi chefs from Wasabi Sushi Bar will make and roll fresh sushi options including California Rolls, Philadelphia Rolls, and Vegetable Rolls. Wasabi currently operates 5 local restaurants and provides catering for Washington University.

Matchup History

  • The Cardinals have faced the Red Sox 3 times in the postseason, with all three matchups coming in the World Series; 1946, 1967 and 2004.
  • The Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox 4 games to 3 in both 1946 and 1967; however the Red Sox swept the Cardinals in 4 straight games in 2004.
  • The Cardinals did not face the Boston Red Sox during the 2013 regular season.

2013 Season Highlights

  • The Cardinals led the National League with 97 wins, the first time since 2005 when they led the Majors with 100 wins. Their 97-65 record also tied the American League Boston Red Sox for the winningest in MLB.
  • The Cardinals set franchise records with 75 errors, the fewest in team history and a .988 fielding percentage.
  • The Cardinals had a Major League‐leading 36 combined wins from rookie pitchers this season, their most since 1941 when they received the franchise record of 42 led by Ernie White (17‐7) and Howie Krist (10‐0).
  • The team has used 20 rookies this season ‐ the most since employing 21 in 1970.
  • Matt Carpenter set the Cardinals single‐season doubles record for a left‐handed batter with his 54th at Milwaukee (9/21), breaking Stan Musial’s mark of 53 in 1953. Carpenter also finished the season one hit shy of 200. The last Cardinal to collect 200 or more hits in a season was Albert Pujols in 2003 when he had an NL‐best 212 hits.
  • Mike Matheny became the first in St. Louis Cardinals history to make the postseason in each of his first two years as a manager.
  • The Cardinals finished the season with 3,369,769 fans, averaging 41,602 per game, ranking second in the majors behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, and earning their fifth highest attendance in franchise history. It was also the 17th time in franchise history the Cardinals eclipsed 3 million fans and the 10th straight season.

BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER

Bag Inspections Policy

·         Standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium are in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.

·         Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras as long as they do not obstruct other guest’s view and will be subject to inspection.  No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB Postseason credentials.

·         Non-alcoholic beverages such as water & soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.

·         Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.

·         Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.

·         Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process.

·         Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.

Exit/Re-entry Policy

A new exit/re-entry policy, instituted during the 2013 regular season, is in effect.  Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand stamped at Gates 1, 2 or 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect.  Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/Re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gates 1, 2 and 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Fans will get their hand stamped as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

Thanks for reading! Go Cards!

Diane

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As the World Series Turns

WS_FINALS_Web_MasterMiniseries were popular TV programs back in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and the 1990’s. The episodes of the miniseries were shown in prime time over several nights.  They were mostly historical dramas, based on previously published books, although some were based on fiction books.  Some of the more popular mini-series of those decades were Roots, North and South, and The Thorn Birds.

The 2013 World Series, Major League Baseball’s version of the miniseries, starts tonight.  The cast of players are the two teams that battled through the Division Series and the Championship Series in their respective leagues.  The settings for this Series are the old and venerable Fenway Park featuring the Green Monster, which opened in 1912, and the newer Busch Stadium III, which opened in 2006.  Both teams also had the best regular season record in their respective leagues, the first time that has happened since 1999.

Every good miniseries has several story arcs, and this World Series is no exception.  This is Carlos Beltran’s first trip to the World Series in his long illustrious career, and it’s Yadier Molina’s fourth trip to the Series.  This is Mike Matheny’s first trip to the World Series as a manager.  Chris Carpenter took batting practice at Fenway to fulfill a long held dream and he hit pretty well.  Maybe he should have been put on the roster on the bench?  LOL!

Will rookie Michael Wacha be as lights out on the mound as he was during the NLCS? Or will he get nervous and choke?  Will Matt Adams start hitting like he did during the regular season?  How will Allen Craig perform in a DH role?

This World Series brings hope to Boston after the terrible bombing at the Boston Marathon.  It’s the battle of the Red Sox beards versus the fresh faced Cardinals rookies.  It’s a showdown between 2 of the oldest franchises in MLB.  And of course, each team claims the best fans in baseball.

This World Series is the fourth meeting between the Red Sox and the Cardinals. The Cardinals hold a 3-1 lead in the matchups.  In the 2004 World Series, the Cards were swept in 4 games by the Sox.  Will there be revenge this year for 2004?  Only Molina, Matheny, and Chris Carpenter remain from that Cardinals team.

It would be easy to get caught up in all the drama.  But underneath it all, this is still the World Series and there is still baseball to be played.  On paper, the Cards and the Red Sox appear evenly matched.  This should be a very good World Series.  My prediction is that the Cards will win in 6, for Stan.  Let’s go Cards!  My next post will give you all the logistics for the 2013 World Series games and events.

Thanks for reading!  See you soon!

Diane

A love letter to the St. Louis Cardinals players

Dear boys,

I call you boys affectionately because you are all much younger than me. I am writing to express my love and devotion, and my excitement that once again you all are on the brink of winning another National League pennant.

However, this is not a blind love.  I hope you will be open to some loving and constructive criticism.  Let’s start with hitting.

Please be patient at the plate.  Take some balls.  Wait for a good pitch or a mistake pitch to hit.  Make the pitcher work for the out.  The higher the pitch count, the earlier the pitcher will be taken out of the game.  And just get a hit.  Enough hits in a row will equal runs.  There’s no need to be swinging for the fences every time you’re up at bat (yes, Matt Adams, I’m talking to you).  This is all fundamental stuff you should have learned a long time ago and shouldn’t have to be reminded about. Allen Craig is unable at the present time to pick up the slack. You should be thankful that during the first two games of the NLCS that the pitching was lights out; otherwise, I wouldn’t even be writing this letter.  To summarize, you boys need to hit more!

If and when you do get on base, be an alert base runner.  Watch for passed balls or wild pitches so you can advance on the base paths.  Watch and see where hit balls land to determine whether it’s safe to advance or not.  Listen to your base coaches; they will tell you whether to run or not.   And when it’s time to run, run like the wind.  Don’t get hung up between bases!

As for defense, I don’t have too many complaints about the infield.  The infielders are doing a good job throwing runners out at first, and there have been some timely double plays.  As for the outfielders, however (yes, I’m talking to you, Jon Jay), your communication skills need work. If you think you’ll be able to catch the ball then call the other players off.  Be alert and try and figure out where the ball will go then move your body there to catch the ball, preferably with both hands.

You boys are great baseball players, otherwise, you wouldn’t be playing in the NLCS right now – you’d be home watching on TV or playing golf.  There are a lot of NL teams that would love to be where you are right now.

So please boys, please get this pennant won tonight.  My heart can’t stand much more drama. I have to have some time to recover before the next round of drama hopefully starts next week.  Thank you!

Love always,

Diane

 

P.S.:  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!  Go Cards!

2013 NLCS Schedule – All you need to know!

2013 NLCS logoThe Cardinals won the NLDS in an exciting fashion, with a complete game by Adam Wainwright, and home runs from David Freese (a/k/a  Mr. October) and Matt Adams.   It took 5 games, but the Cards made the Pirates walk the plank and go back to Pittsburgh.  Now the Cards face the Dodgers, who have old friends Mark McGwire, Nick Punto, and Skip Schumacher in their ranks.   The first game is tomorrow night in St. Louis, and below are all the logistical details you need to know about the NLCS.  Let’s go Cards!

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2013 NLCS at BUSCH STADIUM

St. Louis Cardinals – Los Angeles Dodgers

How fans can enjoy Championship Series baseball and rally support for the Cardinals

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (October 10, 2013) – After beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in a winner-take-all Game 5, the St. Louis Cardinals advance to the best-of-seven 2013 National League Championship Series that starts Friday in St. Louis against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the best record in the National League at the end of the regular season, the Cardinals have home field advantage throughout the series. The Cardinals are making their tenth appearance in the postseason since 2000 and the 26th postseason appearance in franchise history (#PostCards). A very limited number of NLCS tickets may be available. For updated ticket availability, visit cardinals.com/postseason. Here are details on how fans can enjoy postseason baseball in St. Louis.

Game Schedule & Highlights

NLCS Game 1 – Friday, October 11, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 7:37 p.m. CT (TBS)

  • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Live Music from That 80’s Band, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • Former Cardinal pitcher and current FOX Sports Midwest broadcaster Rick Horton will sign autographs from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Budweiser Clydesdales will be staged in the Ballpark Village Lot
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Phillips 66
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 7:00 p.m.
    • Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track
    • Introduction of both teams to the line and introduction of Cardinals Hall of Famers
    • Colors presented by Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C Honor Guard
    • Cardinal Hall of Famer Bob Gibson and current Cardinals Jason Motte and Adam Wainwright will throw out the ceremonial first pitches. Each threw the final out of a Cardinals World Series Championship (Gibson ’67, Wainwright ’06, Motte ’11).
  • “God Bless America” will be sung by Generald Wilson, retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, during the 7th Inning Stretch

NLCS Game 2 – Saturday, October 12, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 3:07 p.m. CT (TBS)

  • Noon – 2:30 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • Former Cardinal pitcher Jason Simontacchi will sign autographs from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Gates open at 1p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel, courtesy of Purina
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 2:45 p.m.
    • The two all-time winningest Cardinals managers, Red Schoendienst and Tony La Russa, will throw out ceremonial first pitches.

NLCS Game 3 – Monday, October 14, 2013 – Dodger Stadium – 7:07 p.m. CT (TBS)

NLCS Game 4 – Tuesday, October 15, 2013 – Dodger Stadium – 7:07 p.m. CT (TBS)

NLCS Game 5 – Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – Dodger Stadium – 3:07 p.m. CT (TBS) (If necessary)

NLCS Game 6 – Friday, October 18, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 7:37 p.m. CT (TBS) (If necessary)

  • 5 – 7 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • A former Cardinal player will sign autographs
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel
  • Pre-game ceremony details TBD

NLCS Game 7 – Saturday, October 19, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 7:37 p.m. CT (TBS) (If necessary)

  • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • A former Cardinal player will sign autographs
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel
  • Pre-game ceremony details TBD

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the National League Championship Series games on TBS.

  • Direct TV: TBS – Channel 247
  • DISH – TBS – Channel 139
  • U-Verse – Channel 112/1112 HD
  • Charter – Varies; consult your program guide

 Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) and the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the games, or listen to the national broadcast on ESPN Radio (101.1 FM) or XM Radio.

Social Media

Fans participating in the postseason action on social media can follow the Cardinals at Facebook.com/Cardinals, on Twitter (@Cardinals), on Instagram (@Cardinals) and Tumblr (stlcardinals.tumblr.com). Join the social conversation using #PostCards.

New this postseason, fans can share their good luck wishes to the Cardinals by sending a virtual Postcard to the team at cardinals.com/postcards. Fans can download a postcard template online, personalize the message and share on social media using #PostCards.

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Fans will also have the opportunity to win tickets to NLCS games at Busch Stadium just by following the Cardinals on Twitter and Vine. The Cardinals will tweet the contest rules, and fans will be required to tweet an original video on Vine showing their #PostseasonPride. One fan will win tickets to an NLCS game. For more information and official rules, visit cardinals.com/postseasonpride.

Online Or On The Go

Fans can follow the games for free on cardinals.com using the Gameday program. In addition, fans can subscribe to Postseason.TV to watch live alternate angle online companion coverage of the 2013 Wild Card games, Division Series and NL Championship Series.

For just $4.99, fans receive Enhanced companion coverage with complete audio broadcast (full video broadcast feed excluded), and  can watch up to 4 alternate angles at once, choose from up to 10 different fixed camera angles, tune in for live batting practice, use the pitch by pitch widget, and view streaming tweets via Twitter.  The service is available to U.S. & Canada residents only on the computer and supported iOS and Android devices. Visit Postseason.TV for all of the details. MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 1, will provide mobile access to Postseason.TV on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as supported Android phones and tablets. At Bat is available for purchase during the Postseason at $3.99/one-time or $2.99/mo.

Driving to the Games

MoDOT has limited roadwork when the Cardinals are at home during the National League Championship Series. Currently, fans can expect no significant traffic impacts due to construction on Missouri interstates heading into Busch Stadium or heading home on Friday, October 11 or Saturday, October 12. Drivers may also use the new ramp from eastbound I-70 to Tucker Boulevard to get to the games, avoiding much of the downtown interstate traffic. Fans can take Tucker to Market Street to get to parking for the game.

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic.  To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark.  Check the Metro website http://www.MetroSt.Louis.org for schedules and the Park-Ride lot nearest you.  There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium including the RedBird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois.  The first RedBird Express leaves 2 ½ hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes.

 Fans Urged to Organize “Rally Everyone Days” to Support the Cardinals and Kids

The St. Louis Cardinals are encouraging local businesses, schools and other organizations to help kids in our community while supporting the team by participating in Cardinals RED for Kids (#RED4kids). RED stands for Rally Everyone Day.  Piloted during the 2011 postseason, Cardinals RED for Kids is the team’s version of an office “dress down” day in which participating organizations make a donation to Cardinals Care in exchange for the opportunity to sport their Cardinals clothes at work or school.

To participate, fans should go to cardinals.com/red and register their organization. While the Cardinals would like businesses to help raise money while showing their team spirit, schools are not required to make a donation to get involved. Participating schools, businesses and organizations are also encouraged to submit photos via the team’s website and social media showing their Rally Everyone Day (#RED4kids) spirit.

2013 Postseason Merchandise Available

  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Team Store will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. during the NLCS. On game days, the store will close briefly 30 minutes prior to gates opening for 30 minutes. In addition to standard merchandise, the store will carry general postseason and Central Division Champions merchandise as well as new NLCS dueling/matchup items including hats, t-shirts, balls, pennants, pins and more. The official locker room t-shirt is in stock and also available in ladies and youth sizes as well as fleece. Fans can also buy official t-shirts and hoodies, just like the players wear. Fans will enjoy Beat LA t-shirts, available in unisex, ladies and youth sizes, as well as the STL OCT t-shirt, both pictured below.

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  • Cardinals Authentics: Fans will want to stop by the Cardinals Authentics store in Ford Plaza, the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Featured items include game –used equipment from the 2013 season, 2011 World Championship themed items and more. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget.
  •  Cardinals Magazine & Cardinals Yearbook: Two of the most sought-after releases of the 2013 season by Cardinals Publications are on sale now for the League Championship Series. The Official 2013 Cardinals Yearbook celebrates Stan Musial’s baseball brilliance and exemplary character—packed with details of all the big games, record-setting performances and off-the-field experiences that distinguished Stan’s remarkable career. This keepsake publication is loaded with tremendous photography from baseball’s best image collections and captures the extraordinary impact of his legacy unlike anything ever presented before. And the new issue of Cardinals Magazine highlights the MV3 of Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig, who helped propel the Redbirds to a 12th division title and a 97-win regular season. Both publications are on sale at 314.345.9303 or at cardinals.com/publications.

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New Postseason Menu Items

Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the St. Louis Cardinals’ concessionaire for more than 50 years, is offering more new items for the NLCS.

In addition to the items below, introduced during the Division Series, Sportservice will be offering Wasabi Sushi Rolls. Sushi chefs from Wasabi Sushi Bar will be on site at the Asian Cafés in the Redbird Club and near Gate 1 to make and roll sushi options including California Rolls, Philadelphia Rolls, and Vegetable Rolls. Wasabi currently operates 5 local restaurants and provides catering for Washington University.

Sportservice will also have a new souvenir beer and soda cup for the NLCS. As the weather turns colder, Sportservice will also offer a variety of gourmet hot chocolate and apple cider recipe cocktails. Following is a list of new items exclusive to postseason games at Busch:

  • All American Grilled Cheese (Section 141): An American Classic. White American and Swiss cheeses melted on giant butter-toasted sourdough loaf.
  • Grilled Cheese Supreme (Redbird Club): Cheezy Heaven! Melted White Cheddar, Monterey Jack, White American, and Swiss cheeses topped with Heirloom tomatoes and Pecan Wood Smoked bacon all on a giant butter-toasted sourdough loaf.
  • Pecan Bacon Dog (Section 599): An all-beef Hunter hot dog wrapped with 2 pieces of sweet, thick-cut Pecan Wood Smoked Bacon on a fresh-baked hoagie roll, topped with jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and tangy Tequila BBQ sauce.
  • Pepper Bacon Dog (Section 599): An all-beef Hunter hot dog wrapped with 2 pieces of fiery, thick-cut Pepper Bacon on a fresh-baked hoagie roll, topped with jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and tangy Tequila BBQ sauce.
  • Double Dog Dare Ya (Section 599): Heaven on a Bun! Combine the sweet Pecan Bacon Dog with our fiery Pepper Bacon Dog all on the same hoagie roll! It comes with a double dose of jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and as much Tequila BBQ sauce as fans want.

Matchup History

  • The Cardinals have faced the Dodgers 3 times in the postseason; 1985, 2004 and 2009.
  • The Cardinals last faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series in 1985, where the Cardinals won the series 4 games to 2, to advance to the World Series.
  • The 2004 and 2009 postseason meetings were both in the Division Series round. In 2004, the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3 games to 1, but were swept by the Dodgers in 2009.
  • During the 2013 regular season, the Cardinals won 3 of 7 games against the Dodgers.

2013 Season Highlights

  • The Cardinals led the National League with 97 wins, the first time since 2005 when they led the Majors with 100 wins. Their 97-65 record also tied the American League Boston Red Sox for the winningest in MLB.
  • The Cardinals set franchise records with 75 errors, the fewest in team history and a .988 fielding percentage.
  • The Cardinals had a Major League‐leading 36 combined wins from rookie pitchers this season, their most since 1941 when they received the franchise record of 42 led by Ernie White (17‐7) and Howie Krist (10‐0).
  • The team has used 20 rookies this season ‐ the most since employing 21 in 1970.
  • Matt Carpenter set the Cardinals single‐season doubles record for a left‐handed batter with his 54th at Milwaukee (9/21), breaking Stan Musial’s mark of 53 in 1953. Carpenter also finished the season one hit shy of 200. The last Cardinal to collect 200 or more hits in a season was Albert Pujols in 2003 when he had an NL‐best 212 hits.
  • Mike Matheny became the first in St. Louis Cardinals history to make the postseason in each of his first two years as a manager.
  • The Cardinals finished the season with 3,369,769 fans, averaging 41,602 per game, ranking second in the majors behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, and earning their fifth highest attendance in franchise history. It was also the 17th time in franchise history the Cardinals eclipsed 3 million fans and the 10thstraight season.

Ford C. Frick Award

Ten of baseball’s iconic voices – including the Cardinals’ own Mike Shannon – have been named as the finalists for the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The annual award is named in memory of Hall of Famer Ford C. Frick, renowned sportswriter, radio broadcaster, National League president and Baseball commissioner. The winner of the 2014 Frick Award will be announced on December 11 at the Baseball Winter Meetings and will be honored during the July 26 Awards Presentation as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2014 in Cooperstown.

Hank Aaron Award

Cardinals’ second baseman Matt Carpenter is a finalist for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award given to the top offensive player in each League. For the fourth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999. To view the finalists and cast your vote, visit mlb.com. Voting ends today, October 10th.

 BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER

Bag Inspections Policy

·         Standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium are in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.

·         Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras as long as they do not obstruct other guests’ view and will be subject to inspection.  No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB Postseason credentials.

·         Non-alcoholic beverages such as water & soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.

·         Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.

·         Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.

·         Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process.

·         Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.

Exit/Re-entry Policy

A new exit/re-entry policy, instituted during the 2013 regular season, is in effect.  Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand stamped at Gates 1, 2 or 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect.  Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/Re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gates 1, 2 and 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Fans will get their hand stamped as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

The 7-10 split redux

And here we are again.  The Cards and Pirates are once again locked up in a tie in the National League Division Series.  When I wrote my previous 7-10 split post on Sunday, it was only the third game of the series and the Cards would have another game to play if they had lost, and sure enough, they did.

We all know what happened on Monday, though.  Michael Wacha pitched the game of his young career, making manager Mike Matheny look like a genius and giving Game 5 hope to Cards fans everywhere.  And now the Cards and Pirates are back in St. Louis with the series tied up once again.  Only tonight’s game is a do or die game.  One team goes home and the other team goes on.  And which team will do which?

The Cardinals will be back in their home nest tonight.  They will no longer have to listen to the loud, raucous Pittsburgh fans chanting the pitcher’s name and waving those black rally towels. (Thankfully, the towels were black rather than that hideous yellow color the Bucs used to have on their uniforms.) Michael Wacha may have liked that the Pittsburgh fans chanted his name, but it sounded more like a hockey or a football crowd than a baseball crowd.   Cards fans, who are rightly called the best fans in baseball, will root loudly for their team, applaud great plays (even by opposing players), and dress in more red than you’ll see at Christmas.  The atmosphere in the park during a playoff game is electric and I wish that I could be there in person tonight.  😦

Alas, the TBS announcers will be rooting for the Bucs like they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Never mind that the Cardinals have been to the playoffs the last three years in a row, or that they’ve won 2 World Series in the last 5 years. I get the underdog story, but at least the announcers could acknowledge that the Cardinals are playing well too.  In short, be non-biased.  Sadly, during the next round, the TBS broadcast team will be in the tank for the Dodgers.  At our house, we will probably mute the TV and listen to John and Mike on KMOX.  There is an interesting delay between the radio broadcast and the TV broadcast – we hear big plays on the radio before we see them on TV.

Here’s what needs to happen tonight (besides a Cardinals win, that is).  Matt Carpenter’s bat appears to have fallen asleep and it needs to be woken up.  After Matt got hit #199, the hits stopped coming.   This is an important game, but Waino needs to not be nervous.  The defense needs to be razor sharp. And the more runs, the better.

I’ll be on Twitter commenting during the game, so follow me at @Diane1611.  Go Cards!  See you next time!

Diane

The 7-10 split

In bowling, the 7-10 split is the hardest to convert to a spare.  You have to hit either the 7 or 10 pin hard enough and at just the right angle so that the pin jumps across and hits the other pin to knock it down.

The Cardinals and the Pirates have split the first two games of the NLDS.  In today’s game, the Pirates are starting their best pitcher, Francisco Liriano.  Game 3 is at PNC Park, where the Cardinals have had difficulty winning this season.  The Cards will have to work hard to overcome Liriano’s excellent pitching skills.

But the Cards counter today with pitcher Joe Kelly, who has a 10-2 record in his last 15 outings.  Kelly was the pitcher who stopped the Cards’ longest losing streak in August.  The last seven of Kelly’s wins have been after a Cardinals loss.  Kelly also has a 5-1 record on the road.  During  two appearances at PNC Park, he limited the Bucs to 7 hits, 6 walks and one earned run.  Joe will have to be the stopper again today, or the Bucs will have a 2 game lead in this series and the momentum will tip in their favor.

For the Cards to win today, Kelly will have to be dominant and the Cards’ bats will need to get hot.  The Cards will need to be patient at the plate and wait for good pitches to  hit, because Liriano will not give them much to hit.  The Cards’ defense will have to be sharp today as well.

So which pin will jump over and knock the other pin down to get the series lead, the Cards or the Bucs?  Here’s hoping the Cards looked carefully at how they lost on Friday, saw where they went wrong, and use that information to beat Pittsburgh today.  I’m looking forward to this game today, and I hope you are too.  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

2013 NLDS schedule of events – all you need to know!

The Cards’ last game was Sunday, and it seems like it’s been forever.  However, tomorrow is the first game of the NLDS.   Look for me at the pep rally tomorrow and let me know you read my blog.  Sorry, I won’t be able to give you a prize, but it’d be great to meet some blog readers!  Below is a press release from the Cardinals with all of the NLDS events.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (October 2, 2013) – With their first Central Division title since 2009, and the best record in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have home field advantage in the best-of-five 2013 National League Division Series that starts Thursday in St. Louis against familiar rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals are making their tenth appearance in the postseason since 2000 and the 26th postseason appearance in franchise history (#PostCards). A number of tickets for the Division Series games at Busch Stadium are available at cardinals.com/postseason. Here are details on how fans can enjoy postseason baseball in St. Louis.

 Game Schedule & Highlights

NLDS Game 1 – Thursday, October 3, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 4:07 p.m. (TBS)

  • 1 – 3 p.m.  Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy, Hardee’s Mobile Diner and more
    • Former Cardinal pitcher Andy Benes will sign autographs from 2 -3 p.m.
    • Budweiser Clydesdales will be staged in the Ballpark Village Lot
  • Gates open at 2 p.m.
  • All fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Mercy
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 3:30 p.m.
    • Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track
    • National Anthem by Four Digit Chord, an a cappella group of civilian and military volunteers at Scott Air Force Base
    • Service members from Scott Air Force Base will hold a large flag during the anthem
    • Colors presented by 375 AMW Honor Guard at Scott Air Force Base
    • Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon will throw the ceremonial first pitch

NLDS Game 2 – Friday, October 4, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 12:07 p.m. (MLBN)

  • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy, Hardee’s Mobile Diner and more
    • A former Cardinal player will sign autographs from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Gates open at 10 a.m.
  • All fans receive a Rally Towel, courtesy of MasterCard and Firestone
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 11:45 a.m.
    • National Anthem by Generald Wilson, retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
    • The 206th Regional Support Group Army Reserves, based in Springfield, Illinois, will hold a large flag during the anthem
    • Colors presented by Joint Service Color Guard -US Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base
    • Cy Young Award Winner & Cardinals Pitcher Chris Carpenter will throw the ceremonial first pitch

  NLDS Game 3 – Sunday, October 6, 2013 – PNC Park– Time TBD (TBS)

  NLDS Game 4 – Monday, October 7, 2013 – PNC Park– Time TBD (TBS/MLBN) (If necessary)

  NLDS Game 5 – Wednesday, October 9, 2013 – Busch Stadium – Time TBD (TBS) (If necessary)

  • TBD Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • A former Cardinal player will sign autographs
  • Gates open 2 hours prior to game time
  • All fans receive a Rally Towel, courtesy of the Post-Dispatch and State Farm
  • Pre-Game ceremony starts approximately 20 minutes prior to game time
    • Colors presented by U.S. Marines with Recruiting Saint Louis
    • National Anthem and ceremonial first pitch are to be determined

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the National League Division Series games on TBS. Friday’s game will be televised exclusively on MLB Network (MLBN). If fans aren’t sure if they have MLB Network, they can find their local channel listings at FindMLBNetwork.com.

  • Direct TV: TBS – Channel 247 | MLBN – Channel 213
  • DISH – TBS – Channel 139 | MLBN – Channel 152
  • U-Verse – Channel 112/1112 HD | MLBN – Channel 634
  • Charter – Varies; consult your program guide

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) and the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the games, or listen to the national broadcast on ESPN Radio (101.1 FM) or XM Radio.  

Social Media

Fans participating in the postseason action on social media can follow the Cardinals at Facebook.com/Cardinals, on Twitter (@Cardinals), on Instagram (@Cardinals) and Tumblr (stlcardinals.tumblr.com). Join the social conversation using #PostCards.

New this postseason, fans can share their good luck wishes to the Cardinals by sending a virtual Postcard to the team at cardinals.com/postcards. Fans can download a postcard template online, personalize the message and share on social media using #Postcards.

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Online Or On The Go

Fans can follow the games for free on cardinals.com using the Gameday program. In addition, fans can subscribe to Postseason.TV to watch live alternate angle online companion coverage of the 2013 Wild Card games, Division Series and NL Championship Series.

For just $4.99, fans receive Enhanced companion coverage with complete audio broadcast (full video broadcast feed excluded), and  can watch up to 4 alternate angles at once, choose from up to 10 different fixed camera angles, tune in for live batting practice, use the pitch by pitch widget, and view streaming tweets via Twitter.  The service is available to U.S. & Canada residents only on the computer and supported iOS and Android devices. Visit Postseason.TV for all of the details. MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 1, will provide mobile access to Postseason.TV on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as supported Android phones and tablets. At Bat is available for purchase during the Postseason at $3.99/one-time or $2.99/mo.

Driving to the Games

MoDOT has limited roadwork when the Cardinals are at home during the National League Division Playoffs. Currently, fans can expect no significant traffic impacts due to construction on Missouri interstates heading into Busch Stadium or heading home on Thursday, October 3rd and Friday, October 4th. Drivers may also use the new ramp from eastbound I-70 to Tucker Boulevard to get to the games, avoiding much of the downtown interstate traffic. Fans can take Tucker to Market Street to get to parking for the game.

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic.  To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark.  Check the Metro website www.MetroSt.Louis.org for schedules and the Park-Ride lot nearest you.  There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium including the RedBird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois.  The first RedBird Express leaves 2 ½ hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes.

Fans Urged to Organize “Rally Everyone Days” to Support the Cardinals and Kids

The St. Louis Cardinals are encouraging local businesses, schools and other organizations to help kids in our community while supporting the team by participating in Cardinals RED for Kids (#RED4kids). RED stands for Rally Everyone Day.  Piloted during the 2011 postseason, Cardinals RED for Kids is the team’s version of an office “dress down” day in which participating organizations make a donation to Cardinals Care in exchange for the opportunity to sport their Cardinals clothes at work or school.

To participate, fans should go to cardinals.com/red and register their organization. While the Cardinals would like businesses to help raise money while showing their team spirit, schools are not required to make a donation to get involved. Participating schools, businesses and organizations are also encouraged to submit photos via the team’s website and social media showing their Rally Everyone Day (#RED4kids) spirit.

2013 Postseason Merchandise Available

  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Team Store will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. On game days, the store will open at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. on Friday, October 4th) briefly closing 30 minutes prior to gates opening for 30 minutes. In addition to standard merchandise, the store will also carry exclusive postseason and Central Division Champions merchandise including hats, t-shirts, pennants, pins and more. The official locker room t-shirt is in stock and also available in ladies and youth sizes as well as fleece. Fans can also buy official t-shirts and hoodies, just like the players wear.

 Cardinals Authentics: Fans will want to stop by the Cardinals Authentics store in Ford Plaza, the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Featured items include game –used equipment from the 2013 season, 2011 World Championship themed items and more. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget.

Cardinals Magazine & Cardinals Yearbook: Cardinals fans can purchase two new keepsake items at Busch Stadium to celebrate the club’s successful pursuit of the N.L. Central title. The cover story in the new edition of Cardinals Magazine focuses on the new ‘MV3” of Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig and Yadier Molina, who pushed themselves into the NL MVP discussion with outstanding campaigns. Learn more about pitcher Joe Kelly, whose second-half emergence in the starting role helped the rotation at a critical juncture. The Magazine also reviews the top 10 trends, people and events that factored into the Redbirds’ postseason berth. Fans can also purchase the popular 2013 Official Yearbook, which offers the definitive celebration of Stan Musial’s Hall of Fame career. The magazine is $5; the yearbook is $15. Both publications are on sale at all gates and the official Busch Stadium Team Store, and can also be purchased by calling 314.345.9303 or visiting cardinals.com/publications.

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New Postseason Menu Items

Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the St. Louis Cardinals’ concessionaire for more than 50 years, is preparing to welcome fans back to the stadium with a starting lineup of postseason food to please every fan’s unique taste. In addition to the new menu items listed below, a new souvenir beer and soda cup is available. As the weather turns colder, Sportservice will also offer a variety of gourmet hot chocolate and apple cider recipe cocktails.

  • All American Grilled Cheese (Section 141): An American Classic. White American and Swiss cheeses melted on giant butter-toasted sourdough loaf.
  • Grilled Cheese Supreme (Redbird Club): Cheezy Heaven! Melted White Cheddar, Monterey Jack, White American, and Swiss cheeses topped with Heirloom tomatoes and Pecan Wood Smoked bacon all on a giant butter-toasted sourdough loaf.
  • Pecan Bacon Dog (Section 599): An all-beef Hunter hot dog wrapped with 2 pieces of sweet, thick-cut Pecan Wood Smoked Bacon on a fresh-baked hoagie roll, topped with jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and tangy Tequila BBQ sauce.
  • Pepper Bacon Dog (Section 599): An all-beef Hunter hot dog wrapped with 2 pieces of fiery, thick-cut Pepper Bacon on a fresh-baked hoagie roll, topped with jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and tangy Tequila BBQ sauce.
  • Double Dog Dare Ya (Section 599): Heaven on a Bun! Combine the sweet Pecan Bacon Dog with our fiery Pepper Bacon Dog all on the same hoagie roll! It comes with a double dose of jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and as much Tequila BBQ sauce as fans want.

2013 Season Highlights

  • The Cardinals led the National League with 97 wins, the first time since 2005 when they led the Majors with 100 wins. Their 97-65 record also tied the American League Boston Red Sox for the winningest in MLB.
  • The Cardinals set franchise records with 75 errors, the fewest in team history and a .988 fielding percentage.
  • The Cardinals had a Major League‐leading 36 combined wins from rookie pitchers this season, their most since 1941 when they received the franchise record of 42 led by Ernie White (17‐7) and Howie Krist (10‐0).
  • The team has used 20 rookies this season ‐ the most since employing 21 in 1970.
  • Matt Carpenter set the Cardinals single‐season doubles record for a left‐handed batter with his 54th at Milwaukee (9/21), breaking Stan Musial’s mark of 53 in 1953. Carpenter also finished the season one hit shy of 200. The last Cardinal to collect 200 or more hits in a season was Albert Pujols in 2003 when he had an NL‐best 212 hits.
  • Mike Matheny became the first in St. Louis Cardinals history to make the postseason in each of his first two years as a manager.
  • The Cardinals finished the season with 3,369,769 fans, averaging 41,602 per game, ranking second in the majors behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, and earning their fifth highest attendance in franchise history. It was also the 17th time in franchise history the Cardinals eclipsed 3 million fans and the 10thstraight season.

Ford C. Frick Award

Ten of baseball’s iconic voices – including the Cardinals’ own Mike Shannon – have been named as the finalists for the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The annual award is named in memory of Hall of Famer Ford C. Frick, renowned sportswriter, radio broadcaster, National League president and Baseball commissioner. The winner of the 2014 Frick Award will be announced on December 11 at the Baseball Winter Meetings and will be honored during the July 26 Awards Presentation as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2014 in Cooperstown.

BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER

Bag Inspections Policy

·         Standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium are in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.

·         Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras as long as they do not obstruct other guest’s view and will be subject to inspection.  No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB Postseason credentials.

·         Non-alcoholic beverages such as water & soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.

·         Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.

·         Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.

·         Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process.

·         Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.

Exit/Re-entry Policy

A new exit/re-entry policy, instituted during the 2013 regular season, is in effect.  Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand stamped at Gates 1, 2 or 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect.  Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/Re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gates 1, 2 and 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Fans will get their hand stamped as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

That’s a lot of information to digest, but hopefully it’s helpful.   Thanks for reading and Go Cards!

Diane

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