My Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum visit

Hall of Fame Museum 090At the blogger event in April, the Cardinals were gracious enough to gift each blogger with 4 comp tickets to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. Like most folks, our lives are busy, and we finally got around to use those comp tickets on Saturday (8/23/14).  Our family consists of only me, my husband and my son, so we had an extra ticket.  I asked a friend of mine to go with us to the museum and she was very excited.  We decided to go when the museum first opened so it wouldn’t be crowded and before it got too hot. I was interested to see if any of the suggestions I made in for the museum in my blog post last summer had been implemented.  The museum opens at 10 a.m. daily and closes at 8 p.m., except on game nights, when it closes after the seventh inning.

While we waited for the doors of Cardinals Nation to be unlocked, we watched a yoga class taking place on the grass at the Busch Stadium II replica. It was in the 80’s already at 10 AM and I was sure glad I wasn’t on on the field.  After the doors were unlocked, we rode the elevator to the second floor, where the museum is located.

The photo above is of the floor when you get off the elevator. Directly across from the elevator are the Hall of Fame plaques.  These can be viewed for free at any time when Cardinals Nation is open.  Here’s a photo of all the plaques:

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And here are the plaques of the 2014 Hall of Fame class:

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There is a video screen that you can press to learn more about any of the players on the plaques.  After viewing the plaques, there were 2 displays of uniforms and mementos from the four new members of the Hall of Fame.  We then went up to the desk and I turned in our comp tickets.  I mentioned that I was a Cardinals blogger and received the comp tickets at the blogger event.  The man at the desk asked me the name of my blog.  I told him to Google “Women Who Love Cardinals Baseball” – when you do that, this blog is the first entry on the Google search results.  I don’t know how this blog got on the top of the search results, but I’m not unhappy about it.  The guy pulled up the blog and started reading from it.  When I pulled out my camera, I was told that I couldn’t use flash.  I had to play around with my camera to turn the flash off.

When you enter the museum, there is a short video for you to watch.  The wall to the right of the video screen contains famous quotes from Cardinals players.  You then enter the Sportsman’s Park part of the museum.  There were several displays with uniforms and mementos from that period.  Here’s a photo of one of the displays:

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There is an extensive Stan Musial display in the Sportsman’s Park part of the museum.  It has 3 display cases, and two of the display cases had drawers that could be opened that had mementos inside.  If my friend hadn’t spotted the label that looked like a baseball that said, “Look here!,” we would have missed the drawers all together.  Here are 2 photos of part of the Stan Musial display:

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After the Sportsman’s Park section, we entered the Changing Exhibit part of the museum.  This section had displays of Cardinals pennants from years past.  Here’s a photo of one of the display cases:

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Before we moved on to the next section of the museum, Phil and I went into the Broadcast Booth to select a Cardinals moment we would like to broadcast.  You can select from 6 moments.  I selected the David Freese walk off home run from Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.  You sat in front of an old time desk microphone and you could make up your own play-by-play. I would have paid extra for a recording of my play-by-play.  A Cubs fan (why are you at the Cardinals’ museum?  Do you want to be converted?) said she heard my play-by-play and she said it was really good.  Here’s Phil in the Broadcast Booth:

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After this, we entered the Championship Gallery.  This part of the museum spotlights the World Series championships that the Cardinals have won.  Each case had a jersey and other mementos of that year’s World Series.  There was also a display for the 2013 NLCS. Here’s a photo of three of the displays:

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After we left the Championship Gallery, we went on to the Busch Stadium II part of the museum.  The display cases in this part of the museum covered each decade that Busch II was open.  Here’s a photo of one of the display cases:

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Before we left the Busch 2 part of the museum, Phil and I went to the Holding History section and had our photos taken with two famous players’ bats.  Phil selected Matt Holliday’s bat and I selected Stan Musial’s bat. We had to wear plastic gloves to handle the bats.  If you take your batting gloves, I wonder whether they would let you wear them instead of the plastic gloves?  Here’s a photo of Phil:

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And no, I will not post my photo with Stan’s bat.  After we left there, we went into the Look at the Cardinals section of the museum. There were display cases in this section of the museum that displayed the evolution of the Cardinals’ jerseys.  Here’s a photo of one of the display cases:

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After we left that section of the museum, we entered the Busch Stadium III portion of the museum.  There were several interesting displays in this section of the museum.  There was a section devoted to the Cardinals’ managers.  In this section.  you could select a video to watch in which certain managers discussed how they handled certain plays.  There were four display cases with certain managers’ jerseys and mementos.  Here’s a photo of one of the displays:

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There was a video to watch in this section.  There was also a model of Busch 3, as well as an interactive display where you can learn more about any of the current Cardinals.

After we left the Busch 3 section of the museum, we entered the Cardinals Nation section of the museum.  In this section of the museum is an interactive video board with a map where you can tag where you live and it’s then added to the map.  There is also a display of all time leaders in various categories – strikeouts, ERA, etc. There are display cases of baseball cards, bobbleheads, and special baseballs. We then exited the museum, which took us back out in front of the Hall of Fame plaques. My friend and I engaged the lady at the desk in conversation on our way out with our suggestion for a free standing sign pointing out the drawers.

Here are my suggestions should you decide to visit the museum.  Allow plenty of time to view the museum.  There was a lot of reading  on the display cases.  You can take as many photos as you like, but you need to turn the flash off on your camera.  Bring batting gloves if you have them for the Holding History part of the museum.  Wear comfy shoes – there are a few seating areas, but you will be standing up to view the display cases and there is a lot of walking.

Here are my suggestions for improvements for the museum.  There needs to be a docent in the Sportsman’s Park area and a docent in the Busch II area.  There could be costumed characters giving presentations (How about Helene Britton?  I could write the script and act the part – I took an acting class in college.).  There should be freestanding signs or signs hanging down from the ceiling pointing to the drawers with exhibits. You could pay extra for a CD or an MP3 of the play-by-play you create in the Broadcast Booth.   I wished I had a map showing the various areas of the museum, like the diagram below, which was taken from the museum web page.  There should be a tri-fold brochure promoting the HOF and museum with a map inside.  The front page would have the logo, hours and location. The right hand flap could list the areas of the museum.  The map would be on the inside.  The back center flap would contain instructions like no camera flash, no recording the videos, don’t forget to look in the drawers, don’t touch the glass, etc.  The tri-fold brochure would be available at the museum front desk, at both Cardinals Authentics stores, the team store and the team administrative offices.  It could also be made available at local hotels for tourists and the St. Louis Visitors and Convention Bureau to be sent to tourists requesting information about St. Louis attractions. Also, the museum could use a Facebook page for important announcements.

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

Diane

And here’s the starting lineup (of Cardinals blogs)

lineup cardBelieve it or not, this blog is not the only Cardinals blog in cyberspace.  There are many other Cardinals blogs out there which you may or may not have heard of or even read.  As you know, this blog is a member of the United Cardinals Blogger network, and the UCB project for this month is to create a lineup of Cardinals blogs. We had the choice of just doing a starting lineup or a 25-man (or woman) lineup.  I chose the starting lineup option, with a few additions.  Here are my choices:

Pitcher: I70 Baseball  It’s okay that the Cards’ cross-state rivals the Royals are also covered by this blog, which is written by Bill Ivie and friends.  There is lots of good Cardinals information here as well.  The graphics are nice and you can even buy tickets at this blog.

Catcher:  Retrosimba. If you love Cardinals history like I do, Mark Tomasik’s blog is the one to read.  Not only does he post history, he uses it to compare to current players.  Ted Simmons, one of the Cardinals’ best catchers ever, was Simba long before there was a Lion King, so there’s a good reason Retrosimba belons in this position.

First base:  MLBVoice.  This blog is a lot of fun, with lots of graphics, lots of colors and enthusiastic writing.  Mary Clausen brings the fun to Cardinals baseball, but there’s good information here as well.  Mary and I hang out at the Cardinals blogger events, and she’s just as fun in person as she is on her blog.

Second base:   Red Cleat Diaries.  Being a baseball blogger who is a woman, I am fond of other baseball blogs written by women.  Marilyn Green appears to have been a baseball fan as long as I have, and she tells it like it is.  I also really like the red cleats background on the blog. 🙂

Third base:  Cardinals Farm.  If you’re interested in what’s going on with the minor league Cardinals teams. this is the blog for you.  Corey Rudd and his other writers post all of the minor league news you need to keep up.  The blog has a nice clean layout and I don’t have to enlarge the font to read it, which is great if you’re getting old like me.

Shortstop:  Fungoes.  If you love sabermetrics and stats, this is the blog for you.  Math was my worst subject in school, but Matt Philip takes numbers and actually makes them interesting.

Outfielders:

View from the Cheap Seats. Not only can you read Scott Wuerz’s blog online, but you can read it in print form as well in the Belleville News-Democrat. (Yes, I am a subscriber, in case you were wondering.)  Scott tells it like it is and doesn’t mince words. How refreshing!

Cardinals GM. This blog is a one stop blog with Cardinals news, minor league news and sabermetrics.  Tom Knuppel was the first blogger who befriended me at the first Social Media night I attended at Busch Stadium back in May 2011.  That seems like forever ago.

Redbird Rants. This blog has lots of nice color photos, large fonts (thanks, Dan Solzman), and well written articles.  It deserves a place on your reading list.  And they’re looking for writers, so if you think you’ve got what it takes, find the post with all the details.

Relief pitcher:  Aaron Miles’ Fastball.  Aaron Miles once pitched in relief for the Cardinals, so this blog was a natural choice for the relief pitcher position. Blog posts are written mostly by Christine Coleman, with an occasional post by Miranda Remaklus.  Christine and Miranda have a real love for Cardinals baseball, and it shows in their writing.  And if you love poetry, you will occasionally find a post on this blog with poetry.

Closer: By Gosh, It’s Langosch, Jenifer Langosch blogs for the Cardinals.  She’s on top of all the happenings with the team and reports on them promptly and thoroughly. Jenifer also takes inbox questions, which is nice.

Manager: C70 at the Bat. Daniel Shoptaw, who was the founder of this blog. is the head honcho of the United Cardinals Bloggers so his blog fits this position.  Dan posts at Cardinals Conclave these days.  This is the first Cardinals blog that I ever read, so it has sentimental meaning for me.

Coaches:  Cardinals Conclave.  This blog is an umbrella blog, with 11 different Cardinals bloggers taking roost there (pardon the pun).  Each blogger at Cardinals Conclave has a unique voice and a unique outlook on all things Cardinals.

You can visit these blogs by clicking on their names. I’m sure the writers would be extremely happy if you followed their blogs.  If you’re a blogger yourself and your blog is on the Blogger platform, you can add the blog to your reading list.  If your blog is on WordPress (like this one), you can subscribe to it.  If you would like to follow this blog, look at the right hand column and you will find a place where you can subscribe to this blog by email. I’m always excited when I get the email that someone new is following my blog – it means someone is actually reading my work. Many of these other blogs should also have a place where you can subscribe by email. And if you’re old school, you can add a blog to your RSS feed.

That’s all for now!  As always, thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! A digital version of the Media Guide now available

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Media Guide, which has statistics, facts, and information about the team, management, coaches and team history, is published by the Cardinals every year. For the baseball fan, the Media Guide is like the team’s Encyclopedia Britannica. The Media Guide is available for purchase only at the team store at Busch Stadium, at the gates of Busch Stadium where scorecards are sold or online at Cardinals.com.

The print edition of the media guide has 400 pages, which makes it a little hard to carry around.  Following in the footsteps of Cardinals magazine, the Media Guide is now available in a digital edition for the first time. The Cardinals graciously provided each of the United Cardinals Bloggers blogs with a free digital copy of the Media Guide for our review and for us to publicize.

The digital edition of the media guide is offered through Zinio. Zinio has an app for iPhone, Android, iPad, and Windows 8 to use to view the digital edition. I do have an Android phone, but my phone does not support the Zinio app – I guess my phone is too old. Honey, if you’re reading this, I need a new smart phone. I do have a Kindle Fire HD, and I wish that there was a Zinio app for the Kindle Fire. Those videos and photos in the digital edition would look great in HD. I would probably be able to “pinch” the screen to make the font bigger. I can access the digital edition through the Internet. You should also make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat on your computer.

If you’re using a browser, you can enlarge the digital edition to full screen for easier viewing. Buttons to turn the pages are conveniently located at the bottom right corner of the screen. The digital edition contains videos that obviously are not available in a print edition. The videos are easy to find – they’re located where you see the flashing play button. There are also photo galleries and extra historical information that are not available in the print edition. If you don’t want to scroll through the whole book, you can go to the table of contents and click on a title, and the page will come up.

The price of the digital edition of the media guide is only $10.00, which is a steal when you consider all the information it contains. The only drawback I can see is that you can only access the digital edition when you have an Internet connection. I can see wanting to use the digital edition while you’re at a Cardinals game. Busch Stadium has spotty 3G access, which I know about from personal experience. I also see folks complain about the bad 3G access at Busch Stadium on Twitter. The digital edition should be an e-book that you can access without having an Internet connection. Once you purchase the digital edition, it could be emailed to you and then you could download it to your desktop. You could open the email on a mobile device and save the attachment to the desktop for offline viewing. This would allow me to view the media guide using my Kindle Fire. The digital media guide could also be offered directly through Amazon, allowing me and other Kindle Fire users to directly download the media guide straight to our Kindles or to view using the Kindle app on other devices. The Kindle version could be priced a little higher (like $5.00 more, maybe) so that Amazon could make a little money on the deal.

Now that I’ve piqued your interest in the digital edition of the media guide, here’s the information you need to purchase it:

SPECIAL DIGITAL EDITION OF CARDINALS 2014 MEDIA GUIDE NOW ON SALE
Ultimate Insiders Resource With Bonus Digital Content Available on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android Devices

ST. LOUIS, MO, August 6, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced that fans can now own a special digital edition of the team’s 2014 Media Guide, the ultimate insider’s resource relied upon by media members, baseball executives and scouts that has become an annual must‐own fan collectible.

“For more than half a century the annual Cardinals Media Guide has been the best and most comprehensive book about the team,” said Melody Yount, Manager of Communications. “We are proud to offer this special, first‐time digital edition of the storied publication with bonus content that takes full advantage of the digital platform.”

Published annually since the 1950s, the Cardinals annual media guide was created to provide media with accurate, detailed information about the team to help provide historical context to current achievements on the field.

Containing stats, photos and biographies of every player in the entire Cardinals organization, along with the definitive history of the club since its inception, the digital edition of the Media Guide is packed with photos, videos and exclusive content unavailable elsewhere.

“We really wanted to take advantage of all that a digital platform has to offer,” said Ron Watermon, VP of Communications. “The guide includes dozens of high quality photos from the team’s talented photographers, as well as several videos from the Cardinals great video production crew.”

The digital guide includes “The Cardinals Way,” a special video developed to greet guests to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village. The digital edition of the media guide is the only place other than the museum that fans can see this video. The digital edition also includes a special section about team history that is unavailable within the 400 page printed edition.

The special digital edition may be downloaded on Mac and PC computers, as well as a variety of popular mobile device platforms including Android‐based tablets and smart phones, and Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices at a cost of $10 at cardinals.com/mediaguide. The Cardinals are just the second team in Major League baseball to offer a digital Media Guide.

Fans can also purchase the printed version of the 2014 Media Guide for $20 at cardinals.com/mediaguide, the Team Store inside Busch Stadium, at each gate where scorecards are sold, at the Cardinals Authentics Shop in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village and by phone at 314‐345‐9000.

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

Diane

My thoughts on the trade deadline deal

I was out of town last week on vacation, but thanks to Twitter, I could follow the trade deadline deal that GM John Mozeliak made for the Cardinals and all the reactions made by others. (Note to self: Never go on vacation out of town during trade deadline week again. If by chance I am on vacation, stay home.) Now that I’ve had a few days to think about the trades that were made, here are my thoughts.

I think that it was good that Mo traded for John Lackey and Justin Masterson without giving up any good prospects. You don’t want to give up your future to get rental players. Lackey is signed for the rest of this season and he has indicated that he will pitch for the Cards next year as well. Mo was doing James Ramsey a favor by trading him to the Indians. The Cardinals have a logjam of outfield prospects.

Allen Craig was not having a good season before the trade. His RBI production was way off. I think he wasn’t fully healed from the ankle injury last year. In fact, Craig went on the DL today for a foot injury. Mo knew what he was doing here.

Joe Kelly’s pitching performance last Tuesday night was brutal. It was like he was throwing batting practice. I think it was either Kelly or Shelby Miller that was going to be traded and Kelly’s performance sealed the deal.

For those who are sad about Craig and Kelly’s departure, remember that baseball is a business. In the business world, if you don’t perform up to your employer’s standards, you are fired. In baseball, if a player doesn’t meet the team’s needs or he performs poorly, he is traded, released or sent down to the minors. If a player has made it to the major league level, he is a professional and needs to play like one. A player is judged on his performance, but he is cut some slack for a while if he is injured.

Trades like these are why I don’t get attached to too many players. I learned my lesson with Albert Pujols. I am more a fan of the team as a whole rather than any particular players, although I am fond of Yadi. If I ever had the funds to purchase a Cardinals jersey, I would only buy a Cardinals jersey with either my name and favorite number on the back or a retired player’s name and number on the back, like Stan Musial. That’s a big investment to make for a player who may not stay with the team.

Lackey’s and Masterson’s starts this weekend went pretty well, since the Cardinals won both of them. In an interesting turn of events, Miller and Kelly will start against each other Wednesday night. They were the best man in each other’s weddings, and ESPN will run with that drama.

So goodbye Allen and Joe, and thanks for the memories. Good luck with your new team. Welcome AJ, John and Justin. I’m already enjoying watching you play for the Cards and wish you well.

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

Diane