Cardinals announce 2014 radio and TV broadcast schedule

TV-radioThe weather is still cold outside (and a nasty storm is supposed to hit this weekend), but baseball season is getting closer and closer.  Another sign of the impending baseball season is that the Cardinals have released the radio and TV broadcast schedule for the 2014 season. More spring training games are being broadcast than ever before, which is wonderful for those of us who are starving for baseball.  You can read all of the details below.

CARDINALS ANNOUNCE 2014 TV & RADIO BROADCAST SCHEDULE

All regular season games broadcast on the Cardinals Radio Network and televised

ST. LOUIS, MO (February 27, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals today announced that every 2014 regular season game will be televised locally or nationally as well as broadcast on the Cardinals Radio Network.

In their 21st season with the team, FOX Sports Midwest is scheduled to carry 150 games in its fourth full season as the exclusive local TV home of the Cardinals. FOX Sports Midwest will also continue to produce the Cardinals Live pre and postgame shows for every regular season telecast on the network. This season, each telecast will originate from the network’s new television studio on the second level of Ballpark Village overlooking the FOX Sports Midwest Live! marketplace.

In 2013, Cardinals telecasts on FOX Sports Midwest generated the 2nd highest local market television ratings in Major League Baseball, the 14th straight year in which the Cardinals ranked among the top three teams. FOX Sports Midwest-produced Cardinals telecasts are shown in nine states and available in approximately four million homes.

Ten regular season games are currently scheduled to be carried exclusively as part of Major League Baseball’s national television packages with FOX (aired locally on KTVI), ESPN and new this year, FOX Sports 1. The September 20 and 21 games against the Cincinnati Reds are yet to be scheduled but will be carried by FOX Sports Midwest or be nationally televised. The schedule is subject to change based on future Major League Baseball national television selections.

A team record 18 Grapefruit League Spring Training games will also be televised live, starting Friday, February 28 on FOX Sports Midwest. An all-time high 15 games will air on FOX Sports Midwest, with additional games on MLB Network and ESPN.

In addition to televised game coverage, KMOX (AM 1120), the team’s flagship radio station, will carry every regular season game, as well as 18 Spring Training games on the Cardinals Radio Network and various shows live from Ballpark Village. This year marks KMOX’s fourth season returning as the flagship station and 54th year overall. Broadcasters Mike Shannon and John Rooney are heard on 126 radio stations in nine Midwest states as part of the Cardinals Radio Network.

A complete 2014 regular season broadcast schedule follows.

The first spring training game tomorrow, and the broadcast starts at noon CST on FOX Sports Midwest.  Hopefully, the game will still be on when I get home from the hospital after my procedure.  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

Advertisements

2014 single game tickets go on sale this Friday!

Another2014 tickets sign that winter is almost over is the announcement that single game tickets will go on sale this Friday (February 28).  Are you planning on purchasing single game tickets for three or more games? The Cardinals will give you an early chance to purchase tickets online starting Wednesday morning. Here’s all the details:

2014 SINGLE-GAME TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS WEEK

Cardinals ticket prices start at just $5 for many games

ST. LOUIS, MO (February 24, 2014) –The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that individual tickets for the 2014 season will go on sale this Friday, February 28th beginning at 10 a.m. CT.

Fans who wish to purchase tickets to three or more games will receive early access to take part in a special online-only “multi-game” on-sale beginning Wednesday, February 26th at 10 a.m. CT.

In addition to hosting traditional rivals such as the Cubs, Dodgers and Giants, the Cardinals’ 2014 home schedule features highly anticipated interleague matchups with the New York Yankees (May 26-28) in Derek Jeter’s final season, as well as a World Series rematch with the Boston Red Sox (August 5-7). The 2014 schedule also includes over 35 promotional giveaway dates, featuring popular favorites such as five replica jerseys, five bobbleheads, three replica Championship rings and many more.

While ticket demand is expected to be high coming off the team’s second NL Championship in three years, the Cardinals will continue to offer great values in 2014 with ticket prices starting as low as $5.

Coming to Busch Stadium should be both an enjoyable and affordable experience for our fans,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “Thanks to our dynamic ticket pricing system, we’re able to provide better deals on a consistent basis.”

The Cardinals’ dynamic pricing system allows the team to more accurately price tickets for individual games and provide fans more value. In 2013, over 50% of games featured tickets available for $10 or less.

Throughout the season, the team will continue to offer “Dynamic Deals of the Week” highlighting outstanding ticket savings for fans, as well as a host of other fan-friendly values which can be found at cardinals.com/fanvalues.

The multi-game sale and Friday single-game on-sale are both available online at cardinals.com. In addition, tickets will be available for Friday’s on-sale via phone at 314-345-9000 or in person at all Cardinals Clubhouse Stores and at the Busch Stadium Ticket Windows and kiosks.

A full list of fan-friendly values for the 2014 Season follows.

Fan-Friendly Values 2014

  • Dynamic Pricing: Ticket prices fluctuate based on market value, meaning many games feature tickets as low as $5.
  • Great Promotional Giveaways: Premium items including five replica jerseys, three replica rings and five bobbleheads highlight a season of over 35 stadium giveaways and special promotions.
  • Outside Food & Drinks at All Games: Busch Stadium is the only St. Louis sports venue where fans may bring in their own food and drinks for all home games (some size and content restrictions apply).
  • Hunter Family Sundays: On most Sundays, fans who purchase RF/LF Pavilion and RF Terrace tickets will receive a free Hunter hot dog and Coca-Cola.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sundays: Two hours prior to each Sunday game, enjoy games, prizes and FREE Prairie Farms ice cream and North Star frozen treats in the Ford Plaza.
  • Six Flags Double Play Combo: Get a Cardinals game ticket and a Six Flags ticket for only $60.
  • AAA Member Discounts: AAA members receive a $10 discount off select Monday-Thursday home game tickets.
  • Fill Up at Phillips 66: Fill up with eight (8) gallons or more at a participating Phillips 66 to receive a special discount ticket offer of up to 50% off many 2014 games.
  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: At 9 a.m. CT on the day of each home game, fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets for just $11.20 ($5.60 per ticket). Fans redeem their vouchers for actual tickets 15 minutes prior to game time. Tickets may be anywhere in the stadium from Field Box to Standing Room.
  • Ticket Packs: Several different 5-game and 10-game ticket packs, which feature discounted tickets to 2014’s best promotional giveaways and highest demand games.
  • Group Value Nights: Select games throughout the season where groups of 25 or more receive 50% off regular ticket prices.
  • Cards Cash: Stored money built into the barcode of your ticket, good for use at any Busch Stadium concession stand, kiosk or Team Store. Fans can add $12 Cards Cash to a ticket for just $10.

For more details, visit cardinals.com/fanvalues.

In other news, spring training has started and a pitcher is already injured (what’s new?). Jaime Garcia is experiencing pain in his pitching shoulder, on which he had surgery last season. For any other team but the Cardinals, this would be cause for concern. But the Cardinals have lots of pitching talent, so another pitcher can fill his slot if necessary. Jaime will have an MRI on Monday in St. Louis to determine the extent of the injury.  My husband had the same surgery that Jaime had a couple of years ago and he occasionally still has pain in his shoulder.

The first spring training game is Friday afternoon.  I would be able to listen to the broadcast if I weren’t having a colonoscopy that afternoon.  Your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.  Matt Holliday would be proud of me. Hopefully, I get a better report than his mother did.

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Ode to Spring Training

Today is the first day of spring training, which is a major holiday for baseball fans, second only to Opening Day.  The first day of spring training is a glimmer of hope in the middle of a long, cold winter.  I’ve written a poem to commemorate the first day of spring training.  It has a tune, and I tried to record a video but the cameraman (my son) wasn’t helping by laughing while he was recording and my voice was cracking for some reason.  So I decided just to post it as a poem instead.

Ode to Spring Training

Cardinals fans cheer! The day’s finally here,

We’ve waited for all winter long,

It’s time to rejoice, so lift up your voice,

And come and join me in this song!

Pitchers and catchers report,

Pitchers and catchers report,

Four words that say spring’s on its way,

Pitchers and catchers report!

The winter’s been long and dreary,

With snow and cold galore,

And although our hearts were weary,

They’re not that way anymore!

Because today –

Pitchers and catchers report,

Pitchers and catchers report,

Four words that say spring’s on its way,

Pitchers and catchers report!

I don’t know why the poem is double spaced.  I can’t get it to single space, even though I copied from Word.  Sorry about that! Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Diane

2013 United Cardinal Bloggers publication now available

Spring training is right around the corner (literally – pitchers and catchers report on Wednesday), which is something to look forward to in this seemingly never ending winter.  Bring back memories of last season and catch a preview of the 2014 season by downloading the United Cardinal Blogger’s annual publication, available in Kindle format on Amazon.com for your instant reading pleasure.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a Kindle – you can download the Kindle app for your smart phone or a Kindle app for your computer for free.  Here’s all the details on this year’s publication:

BRINGING THE CARDINAL HEAT TO A COLD WINTER

PURPOSE, PERSEVERANCE AND POWER ARMS: THE 2013 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

The 2013 United Cardinal Bloggers Publication

Compiled and Edited by Christine Coleman (Aaron Miles’ Fastball)

Foreword by Will Leitch

Another year, another deep run into October.  While the sight of Cardinal red bundled up to fight off cold fall nights is becoming common, it still warms the heart of anyone in Cardinal Nation.  The 2013 squad was no different, storming past Pittsburgh and Los Angeles to take the National League pennant before falling in six games to the Boston Red Sox in the Fall Classic.

From the first days in Jupiter to that last night in Boston and beyond, the United Cardinal Bloggers chronicled and analyzed St. Louis’s season and now are bringing that knowledge to you in their fourth annual writing collection.  From the season of Shelby Miller to the career of Chris Carpenter, from the MVP-worthy work of Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter to a recap of each postseason series, the UCB prepares you for 2014 with a look back at the successful season that just passed.

With a foreword from Will Leitch, senior editor at Sports on Earth, bloggers from across the internet, from sites large and small, come together in Purpose, Perseverance and Power Arms to give you a unique look at the Cardinals.  In this collection you’ll find writing from 17 different Cardinal bloggers, plus a capsule on every player that wore the Birds on the Bat in 2013.  Not only that, but you’ll get an overall look at what’s to come in 2014.

Purpose, Perseverance and Power Arms is available as an e-book at the Amazon Kindle store for $2.99. The book can be read on any of the devices in the Kindle family as well as by downloading Amazon’s free reading apps for your computer, tablet or smartphone.  It may also be read in your browser directly on Amazon.

About the United Cardinal Bloggers

Founded in 2007, The United Cardinal Bloggers (UCB) is a collection of bloggers who follow the St. Louis Cardinals.  The UCB encourages interaction and participation among its members via various means, including monthly projects as well as social media such as Twitter and Bonfyre.  Find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

Happy 91st birthday, No. 2!

The United Cardinals Bloggers’ project for the month of January is to write a blog post about Red Schoendienst. Our deadline was today, because today is Red’s 91st birthday. Red is now the longest living Cardinal.  Amazingly, Red is still quite active in the Cardinals’ organization.   Baseball obviously keeps Red young. Let’s take a look at Red’s life and career.

Albert Fred “Red” Schoendienst was born on February 2, 1923 in the small town of Germantown, Illinois, 40 miles from St. Louis.  I know that Germantown is a small town because we’ve driven through there on our way to Carlyle Lake to go camping.  His dad was a catcher in the Clinton County league and later became an umpire.  Red’s mother stitched up baseballs for Red and his friends to play ball with.  Red grew up during the Great Depression and times were tough.  Red didn’t care for school very much; he liked baseball more.

Back when Red was growing up, ballgames weren’t broadcast on the radio.  They had to wait to read about who won when the St. Louis newspaper was delivered the next day. That’s kind of hard to imagine now when we can now follow games play by play on the Internet.  Red and his brothers played on teams in Germantown and learned the fundamentals of the game.

When Red turned 16, he dropped out of school and got a job in the CCC, the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Each CCC camp had a baseball team and Red played on his camp’s team.  The accident that almost ended Red’s career before it started happened while Red was working at the CCC camp.  Red and his good friend Joe Linneman were building fences. Joe was attempting to hammer a nail to a post, but it flew off of the post and into Red’s eye.  Red was rushed to the Marine hospital in St. Louis, where he remained for 5 weeks while the doctors figured out what to do about his eye.  Finally, one doctor decided that Red’s eye could be saved but he had to do treatments to get rid of the double vision and spots he was experiencing.

Red and his friend Joe heard about the Cardinals holding a tryout camp in St. Louis and decided to go.  They hitched a ride to St. Louis on a Pevely Dairy truck.  After the tryouts, which included Red, Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra riding with Branch Rickey to Forest Park for a workout, Red headed back to Germantown.  When Joe Mathes, the Cardinals’ head scout, got back into town, he asked why Red hadn’t been signed.  Since Red was only 16, his father had to sign his contract.  Red then headed to Bowling Green, Kentucky to play with the Union City, Tennessee farm team in the Kitty League.

The Kitty League eventually disbanded, so Red went to play with the Albany Cardinals in Georgia.  Red stayed with Albany until 1943, when he was promoted to the Rochester Red Wings.  In 1943, Red enlisted in the Army.  However, Red injured his shoulder playing ball in the Army and the shoulder and eye injuries were enough for Red to be discharged.

Red joined the major league club in 1945.  Red was unsure what position he would be playing, until one day when he had Mike Gonzalez, the team’s pitching coach, hit some fungoes to him in left field.  Gonzales excitedly told Billy Southworth, the Cards’ manager, about how good Red was at fielding the ball in left field, so that’s where Red played, unless an infielder needed a day off.  The problems with Red’s bad eye got worse, so he went to an doctor and he was given exercises to do.  Red also met Mary, his future wife, on a streetcar in 1945.  (Single girls, stay alert – you never know where you’re going to meet the man of your dreams!)

In the winter of 1945, Billy Southworth left the club to manage the Boston Braves and Eddie Dyer became the manager.  Since the war was over, all the stars were coming back.  Dyer told Red in spring training in 1946 that he would be a reserve rather than a starter.  When Whitey Kurowski didn’t show up on time to spring training because of a contract dispute, Red started at third.  When Whitey finally showed up, Red moved over to shortstop, then ended up at second base when Lou Klein defected to the Mexican League.  In 1946, Red played in the All-Star Game for the first time and the Cardinals went to the World Series and defeated the Red Sox.

Red ended up being roommates with Stan Musial, which started a life long friendship.  Red also married his girlrfriend Mary in 1951.  Red played for the Cardinals until 1956, when he was traded to the New York Giants. In 1957.  the Giants traded Red to the Milwaukee Braves, where he led the team to their first pennant in 9 years.

During the 1958-59 off season, Red was diagnosed with tuberculosis.  He had to stay in a sanitorium away from his family and eventually had surgery to remove the diseased part of his lung.  Red wasn’t well enough to join the Braves until September 1959.  Red returned to the Braves in 1960, but Red was 37 by then and the Braves were wanting to use younger players. Red then signed a contract to bring him back to the Cardinals in 1961.  Red started as a pinch hitter, but became a coach after Solly Hemus left the team and Johnny Keane took over.  Keane left the team after the Cards won the 1964 World Series and Red became the manager.

Red was the Cardinals manager from 1965 to 1976 and again as an interim manager in1980 and 1990.  He was a coach for the Oakland A’s in 1977-1988, after which he returned to the Cardinals as a coach and a special assistant to the general manager.  Red’s title is now Special Assistant Coach.

Red was a part of 5 winning World Series teams:  as a player in 1947 and 1957; as a manager in 1967; and as a coach in 1964 and 1982.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989 by the Veterans Committee.  In 2014, Red was elected to the inaugural class of the Cardinals Hall of Fame.

So happy 91st birthday, Red!  May you live many more years!

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

Bibliography:

Red:  A Baseball Life by Red Schoendienst with Rob Rains, Sagamore Publishing (January 7, 1998)

Wikipedia entry for Red Schoendienst:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Schoendienst