Homestand Highlights for June 23-26, 2017

image021June is almost over, but the Cardinals need to get it together soon and form a coherent, well-playing whole team or they will not make the playoffs this year either.  In the meantime, the Cards fly back home to Busch Stadium for a short homestand that includes a make-up game on Monday from the rainout on April 29.  Here are all the details for the upcoming homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, June 23—Monday, June 26)

Margaritaville Night & Bob Gibson Bobblehead Giveaway Highlight Seventh Homestand at Busch

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 22, 2017 – The Cardinals are back at Busch for a quick four-game homestand that begins with a weekend series against NL Central rivals Pittsburgh Pirates (June 23-25) and concludes with a make-up game versus the Cincinnati Reds (June 26).  The seventh homestand of the year is highlighted by Margaritaville Night and a special Bob Gibson “Final Out” bobblehead giveaway.  Additionally, fans are encouraged to continue voting online for Cardinals players for the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami at cardinals.com/vote (#VoteSTL).  Voting ends Thursday, June 29.

 Friday, June 23, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Adult Cardinals Pullover Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will go home with a one-of-a-kind Cardinals Pullover, presented by Monsanto.  (#CardsPromo)

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Margaritaville Theme Night: The Cardinals invite Parrotheads, beach lovers and baseball fans alike to join us at the ballpark to celebrate Margaritaville Night.  Fans who purchased this special theme ticket will receive an exclusive Margaritaville-inspired Cardinals t-shirt.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  Come early and enjoy a pregame concert in Riverview Corner from The Boat Drunks, one of the Midwest’s best-known Buffett tribute bands.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/margaritaville (#CardsTheme).

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Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum.  Today’s featured items relate to the newest Cardinals Hall of Fame Inductee Pepper Martin.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum.  (#CardsMuseum)

Honorary First Pitch: Arizona Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden, a St. Louis native who played football at Mizzou and Affton High School, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

Honorary First Pitch: 2017 Missouri Teacher of the Year, Darbie Valenti, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.  Valenti represents the Savannah R-3 school district where she teaches 5th grade math and science at Minnie Cline Elementary.  The Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education conducts the Missouri Teacher of the Year program with financial support provided by the Boeing Company.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables will be located by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 p.m.)

FOX National Broadcast

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

Bob Gibson “Final Out” Bobblehead Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Bob Gibson bobblehead commemorating the final out of the 1967 World Series, courtesy of AT&T.  This bobblehead will pair with a Tim McCarver “Final Out” bobblehead promotional giveaway on Saturday, July 8 to complete the championship battery! (#CardsPromo)

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Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals all-star closer Lee Smith will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  In addition to having a valid admission to the museum, fans must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and will be distributed beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Busch II Infield outside Cardinals Nation.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:05 p.m.)

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball National Broadcast

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

Kids Fredbird Bobblehead Promotional Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger, entering with a ticket will take home an exclusive Fredbird Bobblehead. (#CardsPromo)

Zumba® Fitness Theme Night: The Cardinals invite all fitness fans to join us for Zumba® Fitness Party at the Park.  Fans who purchase this special theme ticket will receive access to a pregame Zumba® class and an exclusive Cardinals tank.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  The pregame class will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Cunningham Corner (on Level 2 behind the UMB Champions Club).  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/zumba (#CardsTheme).

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Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last).

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and in the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Monday, June 13, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (3:15 p.m.)

Make-up of Saturday, April 29 postponed game

Gates open at 1:15 p.m.

Carlos Martínez & Matt Carpenter Double Bobblehead Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a one-of-a-kind Carlos Martínez and Matt Carpenter double bobblehead highlighting the Cardinals’ post-home run, water splash celebration.  Presented by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. (#CardsPromo)

image023Piscotty’s Pals: Stephen Piscotty will host a group from the Down Syndrome Association for today’s game as part of his Piscotty’s Pals player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Stephen in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.

MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction by Gate 1 (Section 137) and Gate 3 from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

MORE HOMESTAND INFORMATION

#CardsRatPack Campaign Launched to Honor Whitey Herzog

image024On June 9, the St. Louis Cardinals formally launched #CardsRatPack to honor Hall of Fame Manager Whitey Herzog and raise money for the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation.  The campaign will center on a pack of 24 illustrated baseball cards that come to life as part of a weekly cartoon series on the team’s digital and social media platforms designed to convey an important part of Whitey’s life, career and the pack of players he managed.  The animated series will debut on Wednesday, July 12, and a new episode will be released via social media each Wednesday (#Whiteyball Wednesdays) and Friday.  Additionally, the team will release a limited number of corresponding illustrated #CardsRatPack baseball cards.

The team is also encouraging fans to show their affection for the White Rat all season long by sharing video memories, photographs and other messages via social media using the hashtag #CardsRatPack.  As part of the #CardsRatPack campaign, the team is sponsoring a one-of-a-kind video contest asking fans to share their favorite Whiteyball memory for a chance to have their personal video transformed into a professionally animated cartoon that would punctuate the #CardsRatPack series.  Fans can learn more about the campaign and video contest at cardinals.com/ratpack.

Paper Yadi

With his recent contract extension through 2020, Yadier Molina joins an elite group of players who could play their entire career with one team.  Let Yadi know how happy you are he will be a career Cardinal by taking a photo of yourself with Paper Yadi and sharing on social with #YadiYadiYadi.  You may even see your Paper Yadi post on the club’s social media pages or on the Busch Stadium scoreboard!  Go to cardinals.com/yadi to download and print your Paper Yadi today.

Mobile Friendly Fan Food Guide

The Cardinals Fan Food Guide is available at cardinals.com/food and via the MLB.com Ballpark mobile app to help fans locate their favorite food and beverages at Busch Stadium.  In addition to showing where each concession item may be purchased, the Cardinals Fan Food Guide also includes a photo of each item, as well as its price.  Fans can browse all concession options around the stadium generally via the A-Z listing or can target specific alcoholic and non-alcohol beverages and deserts.  The Cardinals Fan Food Guide even gives fans the ability to sort offerings by Healthy Choices & Special Dietary Requests.

Fans can access the Cardinals Fan Food Guide from their mobile devices while attending a Cardinals game by using the public facing WiFi (CardinalsWiFi) that was launched at Busch Stadium earlier this season.  I have the Ballpark mobile app on my phone and it’s great.  There’s a lot of useful information on it.

Cardinals Authentics

Cardinals Authentics will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Series Championship team by offering autographed pictures, baseballs and other memorabilia from Mike Shannon, Orlando Cepeda, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Red Schoendienst including a framed, limited edition, enlarged print of a World Series Game 4 ticket signed by all five players and a limited number (#’d to 67) of autographed and inscribed baseballs by Bob Gibson celebrating his three World Series wins.  Cardinals Authentics will also commemorate the 125th anniversary of the franchise with unique collectible items as well.

 Fans can pre-order game-used bases for any game in the 2017 season by calling 314.345.9851 or emailing gameused@cardinals.com.

Fans can visit one of the two Cardinals Authentics locations inside Cardinals Nation or in the Ford Plaza to shop for authentic Cardinals gear and to take home a piece of the game.  Cardinals Authentics specializes in official, game-used, limited edition and autographed memorabilia direct from the club.  Both shops offer a great selection of current and vintage Cardinals apparel, as well as one-of-a-kind collectibles.  The Cardinals Nation location is open daily from 10:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m. (April-October) and 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. (November-March).  On game nights, the Ford Plaza shop will remain open 30 minutes after last pitch while the Cardinals Nation shop will remain open one hour after the final pitch.  Visitcardinals.com/authentics or follow them on Twitter @CardsAuthentics.  (#CardsAuthentics)

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

Diane

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