Inspired by Daniel Shoptaw’s blog post proclaiming that spring training is like Lent, I decided to make a list of Cardinals holidays. They may not be religious or national holidays, but to the Cardinals fan, they’re worth celebrating. I have listed these in chronological order, starting at the beginning of the year. The dates change from year to year; however, I have provided this year’s dates.
Name of holiday: Truck Day
Date: A week before pitchers and catchers report – this year’s date was February 12.
Description: This is the day when teams pack their equipment in tractor trailer trucks and head to the team’s spring training location. Spring training starts in a week!
Name of holiday: Pitchers and Catchers Report
Date: One week after Truck Day – this year’s date is February 19.
Description: The day that pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Spring training is officially underway!
Name of holiday: Position Players Report
Date: 5 days after Pitchers and Catchers Report – this year’s date is February 24.
Description: The first day that position players are to report to spring training. A lot of the players arrived early this year. They’re excited for the new season.
Name of holiday: First Spring Training Game
Date: Varies by year – this year’s first game is March 5
Description: It’s been so long since the team’s last game! It’s great to see them back in uniform and on the field (that is, if the game is televised). It’s also great to hear Mike and John on KMOX calling the game.
Name of holiday: Opening Day
Date: Varies by year – this year’s Opening Day is April 5, which is also Easter this year.
Description: Finally – the season has arrived! Winter is officially over!
Name of holiday: Home Opening Day
Date: Varies by year – this year’s first home game is April 13.
Description: The Cards have opened on the road the last couple of years, so Home Opening Day is the real holiday for local Cardinals fans.
Name of holiday: All-Star Break
Date: Varies by year – this year’s All-Star break is from July 13 – 16.
Description: This holiday is a three day break in the middle of the season. Those Cardinals selected to play in the All-Star Game participate in those festivities, while the rest of the team and coaching staff go home for a break. A 162 game season is a long season. After the break, it’s all systems go in order to get into the playoffs.
Name of holiday: Last regular home game of the season
Date: Varies by year – this year’s date is September 27.
Description: This day can either be happy or sad, depending on where the Cardinals are in the standings. If they’re going to the playoffs, this is a happy day. If the Cards are not going to the playoffs, it’s a sad day –there will be no more Cardinals games until next spring.
Now some may say that the playoffs and World Series should be Cardinals holidays as well, but those aren’t guaranteed to happen on a year after year basis, so you really can’t print them on a calendar. Those might be considered extra holidays.
Pitchers and Catchers Report Day is tomorrow! I’m so excited! I hope you are too. I can’t wait for this new season to begin. Tomorrow night, I will be auditioning at the Gold’s Gym in Fenton, MO for the 2015 KMOX Spring Training Correspondent. More details are at the link here: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/kmox-sports-correspondent/. Stop by and audition yourself or just say hi! Or you can keep your fingers crossed for me and wish me luck. That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and see you next time!