Homestand Highlights for June 30 – July 9

image031The Cardinals have won 4 of their last 5 games (including a big win today)  and fans are cautiously optimistic.  Aledmys Diaz was sent to Memphis to get straightened out, which has apparently worked for Randall Grichuk.  The Cards come back to Busch Stadium tomorrow night for their last homestand before the All-Star break.  Let’s hope they can keep the wins going.  Here’s all the details about everything happening during this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, June 30—Sunday, July 9)

Fourth of July, Game of Thrones & Military Appreciation Nights Highlight Eighth Homestand at Busch

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 29, 2017 – The Cardinals return to Busch for their last set of games before the MLB All-Star break.  The ten-game homestand welcomes three NL East clubs beginning with a three-game weekend series against the Washington Nationals (June 30-July 2), followed by four games with the Miami Marlins (July 3-6) and concludes with a three-game weekend series versus the New York Mets (July 7-9).  The eighth homestand of the year is highlighted by great Fourth of July celebrations and giveaways, Game of Thrones Theme Night and the inaugural Military Appreciation Theme Night.

 Friday, June 30, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

1967 World Series Championship Beer Stein Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 21 and older, will take home the seventh stein in the Championship series, highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Cardinals Word Series Championship vs. the Boston Red Sox in 1967, presented by Budweiser.  (#CardsPromo)

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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 1967 Cardinals team.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum.  (#CardsMuseum)

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 inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

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.

Saturday, July 1, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (6:15 p.m.)

FOX National Broadcast

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

Replica 1942 World Series Championship Ring Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a wearable 1942 World Series Replica Ring in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Cardinals World Series victory over the New York Yankees, courtesy of Edward Jones.  (#CardsPromo)

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Saturday Signings at the Museum: Cardinals Hall of Fame catcher Ted Simmons 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.  Presented by Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company.  (#CardsMuseum)

Honorary First Pitch: Recently crowned Miss Missouri 2017, Jennifer Davis, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.  Jenn will compete for the title of Miss America in September.

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.

Sunday, July 2, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (7:05 p.m.)

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball National Broadcast

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

 Adult Patriotic Cowboy Hat Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will take home their very own Patriotic Cardinals Cowboy Hat, courtesy of Brown & Crouppen Law Firm.  (#CardsPromo)

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All-Star Selection Show: Prior to the start of tonight’s game, MLB will announce the 2017 AllStar Game rosters on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on ESPN at 6:00 p.m. CT. (My thought is that Carlos Martinez will be the Cards’ sole All-Star representative.)

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, July 3, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

Fireworks Night: Stay in your set after the game to watch a dazzling fireworks display with the St. Louis Arch as the backdrop.  Presented by Cooper Tires. (#CardsPromo)

Honorary First Pitch: NBA Champion and Golden State Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw, a St. Louis native who played basketball at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

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.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Adult Patriotic Cardinals Socks Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a unique set of Patriotic Cardinals Socks, courtesy of Coca-Cola and Powerade.  (#CardsPromo)

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Kids Patriotic Cardinals Socks Promotional GiveawayAll kids, ages 15 and younger, entering with a ticket will take home a pair of their own Patriotic Cardinals socks, courtesy of Powerade.  (#CardsPromo)

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.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m. 

Game of Thrones Theme Night: Lord DeWitt, third of his name, is calling upon all Cardinals fans to join forces and enjoy Game of Thrones Night at the ballpark.  Fans who purchased this special theme ticket will receive an exclusive Game of Thrones-inspired Cardinals t-shirt.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  An official Game of Thrones Iron Throne will be on hand for photo opportunities.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/thrones (#CardsTheme).

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Trevor’s Troops: Trevor Rosenthal will host a group from USO of Missouri for today’s game as part of his Trevor’s Troops player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Trevor in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  The 2017 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza.  Tonight’s battle features Jack McCoyO.O.P.A. and The Red Step Project.  Gate 6 will open at 5:00 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:30 p.m. with each act given 20 minutes to perform.  Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point.  The top four scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 26 in the Battle at Busch finals for the grand prize package.  Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Kids Day Out Theme Day: All kids are invited to come to the ballpark for Kids Day Out presented by Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer.  All kids who have a special $13 theme ticket will have access to a “Kids Zone” in Riverview Corner starting at 11:15 a.m. that includes carnival games, face painting and the Bubble Bus, among other fun activities.  Perfect for summer camps, daycares and any kids looking to have fun and catch a Cardinals game, the theme ticket also include a free hotdog, soda and chips!  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.  (#CardsTheme)

Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza for Great Clips’ Charity Haircuts.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips—who sponsors the event every weekday afternoon game during the season—will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

Friday, July 7, 2017 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (7:15 p.m.) 

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Adult Performance T-Shirt Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardinals Performance T-Shirt, courtesy of Apple Vacations.  (#CardsPromo)

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Military Appreciation Theme Night: The Cardinals are excited to partner with FOX Sports Midwest to celebrate our troops and veterans with the inaugural Military Appreciation Night.  Fans who purchased this special theme ticket will receive their choice of one of five exclusive caps supporting their favorite branch of the military.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  Additionally, a portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to USO Missouri.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/militarynight (#CardsTheme). 

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Telecast To The Troops: FOX Sports Midwest presents This One’s For You, its annual Cardinals telecast to the troops which began in 2005.  FSM will conduct live interviews with soldiers from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 1-138th Infantry Regiment deployed at Camp As Sayliyah Bas in Doha, Qatar during the game.  Family members and supports of the deployed troops will be at Busch Stadium as well.

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Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors.  Two current Cardinals players (TBD) will sign 100 autographs inside Ford Plaza for fans ages 15 and younger from 5:45-6:15.  Kids must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and are distributed in the Ford Plaza.  Former Cardinals Pat Perry and Cliff Politte will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  *Players subject to change*

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 1967 Cardinals team.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum.  (#CardsMuseum)

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, July 8, 2017 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (3:10 p.m.)

Gates open at 1:10 p.m.

Tim McCarver “Final Out” Bobblehead Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Tim McCarver bobblehead commemorating the final out of the 1967 World Series, courtesy of AT&T.  This bobblehead pairs with the Bob Gibson “Final Out” bobblehead promotional giveaway on June 24 to complete the championship battery! (#CardsPromo)

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Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals All-Star closer Tom Henke will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 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.  Presented by Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company.  (#CardsMuseum)

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.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Cardinals Snapback Hat Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a unique Cardinals Snapback Hat, courtesy of Maryville University.  (#CardsPromo) (This hat looks like something Mike Leake would wear, I think.) 

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Majestic All-Star Game Send Off: Cardinals player(s) named to the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami will be honored during a field ceremony prior to the start of today’s game. 

Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting).  Presented by Prairie Farms.

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.

I hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend! Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

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