2018 Winter Warm-Up Report Day 3

WWU2018Today was the third and last day of Winter Warm-Up.  It had snowed overnight, so it really looked like winter this morning.  Phillip and I boarded a Metrolink train at a later time this morning, since the first presentation we want to attend didn’t start until 11:00 AM.  We arrived at the Hyatt only 10 minutes after WWU opened for the day, and there were no lines snaking through the lobby.  The third day of WWU is not as well attended as the previous two days, since out-of-town people travel home and other people have to work on that day. The WWU planners seem to realize this too, as there were  no presentations in the Dugout room until 12 PM.

We checked in our coats and went down to the second floor to look at the vendor booths.  One of the vendors had a $5 bin with leftover promotional items.  I bought a Cardinals beach towel and a grey 1940’s jersey for my husband.  Some of the vendors had 50% off sales, and the Cardinals Care store had 50% off all of their items.  Even at 50% off, the jerseys still cost more than my budget allowed.

We went upstairs to the Main Stage ballroom to see what was going on.  The guys giving autographs before lunch this morning were Tyler O’Neill, Andrew Knizer, John Mabry, Brett Cecil, Whitey Herzog, Cliff Politte, Andy and Alan Benes, Mike Matheny, and Bill DeWitt II and III.  Once again, I need to apologize for the photo quality.  See the Day 1 report for details.

The first presentation we attended today was with Bill DeWitt, Jr. and III on the Main Stage.  They were interviewed by Matt Chambers of local TV station KMOV.  DeWitt, Jr. talked about the strategic way they look at players.  The issue of social media was discussed and how it stirs up interest in the club and engages players with the public.  As president of the club, DeWitt III is in charge of the Cardinals’ social media presence.  The Communications Department does the actual posting on social media.  DeWitt III said that the most popular social media posts are about the history of the Cardinals.

DeWitt III spoke about Phase II of Ballpark Village.  The west side will be a hotel, an office tower, and additional retail and some parking.  The east side will be a 29 story, 300 unit apartment complex.

DeWitt III then talked about the new Budweiser Terrace, which will be in the upper deck in the right field terrace level.  It will be a standing room only, social area for fans to kick back and socialize.

Questions were then taken from the audience.  The first question was since there was so many blown games last season, why didn’t the front office pick up Greg Holland or another closer?  DeWitt, Jr. had a long, drawn out answer, but the highlights were that there is no certainty with a closer – they can be great one year and bad the next, and if the current crop of available closers were great, they’d have been picked up already.

There were a couple of other interesting questions and thank you messages for the DeWitts for keeping baseball going in St. Louis.

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The second presentation we attended today was “2017 – A Year in Photos” by Taka Yanagimoto, the head of the Cardinals’ photo department. We attended this presentation last year and really enjoyed it, so we thought we would attend it this year.  Mr. Yanagimoto started by presenting some statistics as to how many photographs the photography team shot last season – 22,000 photos.  21,000 of those photos were saved to the archives.  Photographs are used in many ways – social media, the Cardinals magazine, etc.  The best part came next – when Mr. Yanagimoto ran the slide show of the best photographs that were taken last year.  It was sad to realize that a lot of the players in the photographs were no longer with the team.

After the presentation, Phillip and I went to Subway for lunch.  The temperature was starting to drop, and the wind was very cold coming off of the river.

The afternoon autograph signers were Kerry Robinson, Ray Lankford, Tom Lawless, Matt Carpenter, Jack Flaherty, and the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) Yadier Molina.  Phillip wanted to go home after lunch, but I wanted to see Yadi.  I was going to purchase an autograph ticket for Ray Lankford this morning when I got to the Hyatt, but when I went to the ticket sale area, I discovered that there were no more tickets left for Ray. Everyone was so happy to see Yadi that they broke out in a round of applause when he sat down in his seat.

We then hurried down to the second floor to see the presentation with the bald eagle.  The eagle’s name was Liberty and the handler from the World Bird Sanctuary explained how Liberty came to live at the World Bird Sanctuary.  He spoke about the work that the World Bird Sanctuary.  Since we were late, we were at the back of the room. Fredbird sneaked into the room and gave me a peck on the head.  He always does that when he sees me because I have red hair.

After the bald eagle presentation, we went to the Cardinals Authentic booth to see if I could win a lovely 2009 All-Star Game plaque by correctly answering the trivia question.  I could not answer it, although I did not cheat by Googling the answer. The question was about Yadi – who did he pass on the Cardinals’ all time hits list?  It was Jim Bottomley.

It was time to us go home.  We  had a great time but I will do some things better next year.  I will have a better phone, a better camera, and I will get more autograph tickets.  I will also pack a lunch for at least one day to save some money.

Thanks for reading my long reports!  See you next time!

Diane

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2018 Winter Warm-Up Report Day 2

IMG_0001Today was the second day of the 2018 Winter Warm-Up.  We rode the same train to St. Louis this morning as we did yesterday.  However, we did stop at Starbucks in the lobby of the Hilton to get coffee this morning before getting in line.  We got in line about 10 minutes later than we did yesterday morning but we were farther up in line than we were yesterday.  I guess people were having a hard time getting up from their nice warm beds this morning.

After we dropped off our coats at the coat check booth, we headed toward the elevators. All of a sudden, we looked up and saw Tony La Russa heading our way.  I wished Tony a good morning and told him it was good to see him.  He asked how we were doing, and I told him we were trying to stay warm.  Then along came Dan McLaughlin.  I said hello and told him how much we enjoyed his presentations yesterday.  Dan and Tony were headed to the main ballroom, where Tony was scheduled to sign autographs at 9 AM.  Tony, Kyle McClellan (who I had an autograph ticket for), and Danny Cox were at Station 1, and Oscar Mercado and Alex Mejia were at Station 2.  Stubby Clapp was also supposed to sign at Station 2 today, but he cancelled.

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The first presentation we attended today was from the Society of American Baseball Research and was about SABRmetrics.  I follow the Nation SABR Twitter account and it’s entertaining, but this presentation made me realize that I’m just not all that interested in the numbers.  I have never been good at math (I almost flunked out of high school algebra) so that may explain my aversion to numbers.  Here are some slides from the presentation:

That formula being pointed to by Branch Rickey just about freaked me out.  Thankfully, I’m better with words than I am with numbers.

The next presentation we attended was “Designing the Cardinals’ Official Scorecard” with illustrator Mike Right. He is the person who draws the beautiful scorecards you buy at Busch Stadium.  Mike explained the process that he goes through to come up with a new drawing every year.  He thinks up the concept, sketches it out, and then puts it on the computer and uses Adobe computer software to paint and texture the drawing.  Mike has designed the front of the scorecards for every season from 2001 on with the exception of 2007, when the front office decided they wanted to feature the 2006 World Series trophy (since the Cards hadn’t won a World Series trophy since 1982).  His work is beautiful and I always enjoy the artwork on the front of the scorecards. I always wonder what the scorecard will look like every season.  Here are some of the slides from the scorecard presentation:

After that presentation, it was time for lunch, so we went to St. Louis Bread Company (which is known as Panera Bread in other parts of the country). It cost me more at Bread Co. for lunch than it did at Jimmy John’s yesterday.  Maybe next year, we’ll pack a lunch.

When we got back to the Hyatt, we decided to listen to the presentation on the Main Stage.  John Rooney and Mike Shannon were chatting about various subjects and telling various stories.  Listening to John and Mike is always very entertaining and informative.

The second presentation we attended today was called “Creating A Keepsake” with Molly Becker of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  If you purchase a yearly membership to the Museum, you receive one or two bobbleheads, depending on whether you purchase an individual membership or a family membership.  This year’s bobbleheads are Ted Simmons and Dizzy Dean.  They are smaller than the bobbleheads that are given out at Busch Stadium.

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Several of us (including myself) groaned when we were told that we would have to purchase a family membership in order to get a Ted Simmons bobblehead.

Molly told us about the process that goes into designing and making the bobbleheads.  First, the players to be honored are chosen. Only members of the Cardinals Hall of Fame are selected for bobblehead glory.  Then a decision is made as to what position the bobblehead will be in (Ted is in a catcher’s stance in the photo above).  Then photos are found and sent to the designers.  Here are a few slides from the presentation that illustrates the process.

The bobbleheads that will be given to museum members next year are Branch Rickey and Mike Simmons.  Molly reiterated the benefits of being a museum member and invited us to visit the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum booth to purchase memberships.

After the presentation, Phil and I went upstairs to catch what was left of General Manager Michael Girsch’s Q&A with Ricky Horton.  Horton and Girsch discussed various topics.

The schedule of autographs this afternoon starting at noon was Todd Worrell, Rick Horton and Paul DeJong at Station 1 and Adam Wainwright, Tommy Pham, Jose Martinez and Patrick Wisdom/Mike Mayers at Station 2.

Cardinals Nation got its first glimpse of Marcell Ozuna at 3:00 PM this afternoon.  His nickname “The Bear” is appropriate once you see him.  He smiled and enjoyed participating in the autograph session.  Greg Garcia, Luke Weaver and Michael Wacha also signed in the 3:00-4:00 PM slot.

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After we saw Marcell, it was time to go home, since we were going to have Sunday dinner at my sister-in-law’s house.  Tomorrow is the last day of Winter Warm-Up.  The first presentation will be attending tomorrow doesn’t start until 11 AM, so we’ll get there a little later tomorrow morning.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading!

Diane

2018 Winter Warm-Up Day 1 Report

WWU2018Today (1/13/18) was the first day of the 2018 Winter Warm-Up.  I want to apologize in advance for the crappy (all but a few) photos that I will be adding to this post.  I forgot my digital camera today.  I had to trade in my iPhone for an Android when I switched carriers to T-Mobile and my new phone takes crappy photos. I will be “JUMPing” back to an iPhone at the earliest opportunity. I promise to take better photos tomorrow.

My son Phillip attended WWU with me again.  We rode the Metrolink train over to St. Louis and got off the train at the Eighth & Pine station.  WWU doesn’t start until 9 AM, but we wanted to get there early so that we didn’t have to wait outside in the bitter cold.

The line to get into WWU started at the escalator that takes fans up to the second level of the hotel. When you are in line with other Cardinals fans, you always make new friends and today was no exception.  I started chatting with a couple of gentlemen standing behind me.  The older gentleman was interviewed by a FOX 2 reporter and the clip was shown on the 5:00 PM newscast.

We went to the fourth floor and dropped off our coats at the coat check booth.  I had an autograph ticket for John Tudor at 9 AM, so we went back down to the second floor.  It was announced previously that autograph seekers would be lined up in alphabetical order.  Since my last name starts with the letter S, I figured it would be awhile until it would be my turn. The Cardinals Care attendant told me to check back in 20 minutes.  We decided to check out the Cardinals Care store until it was time to enter the line.

I had an 8″ X 10″ color glossy of John that I had him sign at FanFest in 2009 during All-Star Game.  I had something special for John to sign today – I had a scorecard that I had filled out from a game on 9/6/87 in which he was the starting pitcher.  The Cards beat the Padres 6-2 that day.   He smiled when I told him that it was from a game in which he was the starting and winning pitcher.

John was my favorite pitcher in the 1980’s.  I cried when he got traded to the Dodgers for Pedro Guerrero, but it was for the best, because John got a World Series ring in 1988.

After I got the autograph, we went back downstairs and walked through the vendor area.  There was many wonderful things available to purchase, but most of them were unfortunately not in my price range.  It was still nice to look, though.

I also had an autograph ticket for Ryan Franklin for today, but he cancelled his appearance earlier this week.

We took a photo in front of a green screen at the Ballpark Village booth, which was merged with a photo of Busch Stadium.

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At 11:00 AM, we went to the Clubhouse Room to hear “The Overlooked Legacy of Stan Musial,” which was presented by Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  Brian was going to give this presentation last year on the first day of WWU, but you may remember that the first day was cancelled due to a predicted ice storm that never materialized.

The Clubhouse Room room was smaller than the normal room that the presentations are usually held in and it was very cramped in there.  Some folks had to stand at the rear of the room because there were no more seats available.  Hopefully, this will be rectified before Brian’s next presentation tomorrow afternoon or next year at the latest.

Brian’s presentation was entertaining and well put together as always.  Stan was such a nice guy off the field that we forget what a “beast” he was on the field.  Even though Stan hasn’t played baseball in a long time, his stats still stack up with the best players ever.  These slides are just a couple of Stan’s outstanding stats.

After the presentation, it was time for lunch.  Hardee’s was our usual go-to for lunch, but sadly for my wallet, it closed last fall.  We walked down the street to Jimmy John’s, where I paid $16 for 2 sub sandwiches and drinks.  I would have loved to go to Subway, but both downtown Subways are owned by the same guy and they are not open on the weekends.  That guy lost lots of money today by being closed.  We will probably go to Subway on Monday, though.  We will probably be at St. Louis Bread Company tomorrow, in case anyone wants to stop by and say hi.

After lunch, we went back to the Hyatt and watched some of the players sign autographs. We saw Miles Mikolas, the pitcher the Cards picked up from Japan.  Carlos Martinez was signing autographs today too, and I was amazed to see that his hair was back to its normal color.  Kolten Wong was signing today too.  Kolten was upset about the false ballistic missile alert sent out by his home state of Hawaii and he posted about it on Twitter.

We found a place to sit in the second row of the main stage area for the afternoon presentations.  There was a live auction.  There was a trivia contest with the Club Fredbird girls, and I won a Cardinals Care drawstring bag for knowing that Helene Britton was the first woman team owner in baseball.

The first presentation was with Dan McLaughlin and Tim McCarver.  Tim announced that he has signed with Fox Sports Midwest for another season and he would be announcing 35 or 36 games.  We all applauded.  I always enjoy listening to the broadcasts when Tim is announcing.  He has such great stories and straight to the point analysis. Tim didn’t disappoint – he had a couple of great stories for us today that featured Roger Maris and Bob Gibson.

After McCarver left the stage, a long, brown couch was brought up on stage.  I was wondering what that was all about.  The next presentation was with McLaughlin and Jim Edmonds.  The need for the couch became evident when we saw Edmonds walk up the stairs to the stage on a pair of crutches.  He told us that he tore a ligament off of his patella (his knee bone) playing basketball with his son Landon.  Jim was asked whether he had ever thought about coaching, and he replied that he wanted to spend more time with his family.  Jim mentioned that his wife is expecting twin boys in June.

The last presentation was with McCarver and Carlos Martinez and his family, talking about Tsunami Waves, Carlos’ charitable foundation.  This was a presentation that was not on the official schedule.  This happens sometimes at WWU.  The presentation started with a video about Camille, the young girl with leukemia that Carlos and the Pujols Foundation brought to St. Louis for treatment.  Then Carlos and his family took the stage and Dan spoke to Carlos about his foundation.  Dan asked Carlos how he felt the upcoming season.  Carlos said he needed rings, and we all knew he was talking about World Series rings. Carlos was also excited about Marcell Ozuna joining the Cards.

After the presentation, it was time to go home.  It’s time to rest up for another busy day at WWU tomorrow.  Stay tuned for the report from Day 2 of WWU!

Diane

2018 Winter Warm-Up schedule and more!

WWU2018The calendar has turned to a new year, and we can see spring right around the corner.  The first event of the Cardinals New Year is Winter Warm-Up and that happens this weekend.  I’ll share the schedule with you shortly.  But first, there are two items of interest.  First, Randal Grichuk accepted the Cardinals’ arbitration offer today for $2.6 million dollars for 1 year.  Will Randal be the Cards’ fourth outfielder, or was he signed in advance of a trade? Second, tickets for the Cardinals’ spring training games go on sale on Saturday and you can purchase them here:  cardinals.com/springtraining, or you can call 561-775-1818.  Someday I hope to get to spring training.

I’ll be at Winter Warm-Up, so if you see me, stop me and say hi!  I would love to meet those who read my blog.  And now without further ado,  here is the schedule for 2018 Winter Warm-Up.

CARDINALS-THEMED HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO KICK OFF 2018 SEASON

Weekend Highlighted by 2018 Winter Warm-Up, Cardinals Caravan & Writers’ Dinner

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 11, 2018 – The 22nd annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) and the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2018 season.

Winter Warm-Up—the largest fundraising effort for the team’s charitable fund, Cardinals Care—returns to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch Saturday, January 13 through Monday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances from over 60 players, coaches and alumni.  For the most complete schedule and up-to-date Winter Warm-Up information, visit cardinals.com/WWU.

The 2018 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, departs Busch Stadium on Friday morning.  Over the course of the weekend, more than 30 current and former players will visit 20 cities throughout Cardinals Nation along six different routes before returning to St. Louis on Monday night.  For complete information on all caravan stops, visit cardinals.com/caravan.

The 60th annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner takes place at the Union Station Hotel on Sunday, January 14. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner honors the top players from the 2017 Cardinals team and commemorates six decades of Cardinals players.  The evening will be highlighted by special guests and the presentation of the Red Schoendienst Medal, J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year Award and the inaugural Branch Rickey Award.

Below are complete highlights of the 2018 Winter Warm-Up weekend:

Friday, January 12, 2018

  • Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 12:00–7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The 2018 Caravan kicks off with stops in Champaign and Peoria, Ill., Jefferson City and Springfield, Mo. and Memphis, Tenn.
  • Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact 2nd Annual Sing Off & Karaoke Challenge (Dave & Buster’s, 7:00 p.m.): Come watch Waino and ten of St. Louis’ best karaoke performers compete against each other for the title of 2018 Big League Impact St. Louis Sing Off Winner while raising money to help save lives in St. Louis and around the globe!  Tickets are available at bigleagueimpact.org.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

  • Winter Warm-Up: The three-day event kicks off today, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    • Cardinals Autographs: Carson Kelly, Alex Reyes, John Brebbia, Dakota Hudson, John Mozeliak, Miles Mikolas, Matt Bowman, Carlos Martínez, Luke Voit, Rowan Wick, Austin Gomber, Sam Tuivailala, Ryan Sherriff & Kolten Wong
    • Alumni Autographs: Ray King, John Tudor, Al Hrabosky, Ted Savage, Brian Jordan & Scott Cooper
    • Main Stage: The Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews throughout the day.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Claire Kellet from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Redbird Rookies Scholarship Presentation at 10:30 a.m., Q&A with President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak at 11:00 a.m., and broadcasters Dan McLaughlin, Tim McCarver and Jim Edmonds from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Dugout Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. –  “A History of the St. Louis Browns’ 52 years in St. Louis” with author Ed Wheatley
      • 11:00 a.m. – “Designing the Cardinals’ Official Scorecard” with illustrator Mike Right
      • 12:00 p.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting sports memorabilia with Dave Jackson
      • 1:30 p.m. – Brian Jordan book signing (must bring a copy of his book or purchase at the signing)
      • 3:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – “Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific” with Cardinals Museum Curator Paula Homan
      • 11:00 a.m. – “The Overlooked Legacy of Stan Musial” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
      • 12:00 p.m. – Tips for storing and displaying personal baseball collections with Amy Berra and Danielle DiGiacomo of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
      • 1:00 p.m. – “2017 Minor League Year in Review” with Cardinals Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque
      • 2:00 p.m. – Learn about Cardinals Authentics and the MLB Authentication program with Ashley Brown of Cardinals Authentics
      • 3:00 p.m. – Learn about the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) including how baseball has embraced SABRmetrics with local chapter president Brian Flaspohler
    • Silent Auctions (Fourth Floor): There are two silent auctions: 9:00–11:30 a.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.

o   Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.

  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinals Nation with stops in Jonesboro, Ark., Dyersburg, Tenn., Bloomington, Ill., and Joplin, Rolla, Fulton, and Columbia, Mo.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

  • Winter Warm-Up: Day two of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    • Cardinals Autographs: Oscar Mercado, Alex Mejia, Josh Lucas, Harrison Bader, Adam Wainwright, Tyler Lyons, Paul DeJong, Tommy Pham, José Martínez, Patrick Wisdom, John Gant, Mike Mayers, Greg Garcia, Marcell Ozuna, Michael Wacha & Luke Weaver
    • Alumni Autographs: Tony La Russa, Danny Cox, Kyle McClellan, Stubby Clapp, Scott Terry, Ricky Horton, Todd Worrell, Mike Shannon & Rick Ankiel
    • Main Stage: The Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews throughout the day.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Maurice Drummond from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., broadcasters Mike Claiborne, John Rooney and Mike Shannon from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Adam Wainwright/Big League Impact Presentation & Q&A at 1:45 p.m., Q&A with General Manager Michael Girsch at 2:30 p.m., and broadcaster Ricky Horton from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Dugout Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. –  Learn about the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) including how baseball has embraced SABRmetrics with local chapter president Brian Flaspohler
      • 11:00 a.m. – “Designing the Cardinals’ Official Scorecard” with illustrator Mike Right
      • 12:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
      • 1:00 p.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting sports memorabilia with Dave Jackson
      • 2:00 p.m. –  “A History of the St. Louis Browns’ 52 years in St. Louis” with author Ed Wheatley
      • 3:00 p.m. – “Making and Decorating the Cardinals Care Cupcake” with The Cup
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – “Busch Stadium Security Updates for 2018” with Cardinals Security Director, Phil Melcher
      • 11:00 a.m. – Discussing the Amateur Draft with Scouting Director and former Cardinals pitcher, Randy Flores
      • 12:00 p.m. – Go behind the pages of the Cardinals’ two books “Uniforms and Logos” and “Redbird Relics” with authors Gary and Oliver Kodner and Brian Finch
      • 1:00 p.m. – Learn about Cardinals Authentics and the MLB Authentication program with Ashley Brown of Cardinals Authentics
      • 2:00 p.m. – “Creating a Keepsake”—see what goes into making Hall of Fame bobbleheads and learn about benefits of Cardinals Museum Membership with Molly Becker
      • 3:00 p.m. – Bring your camera and take a picture with an American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary
    • Silent Auctions (Fourth Floor): There are two silent auctions: 9:00–11:30 a.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.
    • Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Evansville, Ind., as well as Mattoon, Springfield and Mount Vernon, Ill.
  • 60th Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner (Union Station Hotel, 5:00 p.m.): This year’s dinner honors the top players from the 2017 Cardinals team and commemorates six decades of Cardinals players. The St. Louis BBWAA will present their highest honor to Bob Gibson for his Hall of Fame career and invaluable service to baseball.  Other highlights include presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year Award, the Stockton/Broeg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball, the Herman/Ostermeier Award for Cardinals Rookie of the Year Award and the inaugural Branch Rickey Award for Innovation in the Game of Baseball.  For information, or to purchase tickets, visit stlouisbbwaa.com.

 Monday, January 15, 2018

  • Winter Warm-Up: The final day of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Cardinals Autographs: Tyler O’Neill, Andrew Knizner, Brett Cecil, Mike Matheny, Bill DeWitt Jr., Bill DeWitt III, Jack Flaherty, Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter & Randal Grichuk
    • Alumni Autographs: John Mabry, John Costello, Cliff Politte, Andy Benes, Alan Benes, Whitey Herzog, Kerry Robinson, Ray Lankford, Brad Thompson & Tom Lawless
    • Main Stage: The Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews throughout the day.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Matt Chambers from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Q&A with Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and President Bill DeWitt III at 10:00 a.m., broadcasters Jay Randolph and Scott Warmann from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and broadcasters Tom Ackerman and Brad Thompson from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Dugout Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 12:00 p.m. –  “A History of the St. Louis Browns’ 52 years in St. Louis” with author Ed Wheatley
      • 1:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Learn about the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) including how baseball has embraced SABRmetrics with local chapter president Brian Flaspohler
      • 11:00 a.m. – “2017—A Year in Photos” with Cardinals Photography Manager Taka Yanagimoto
      • 12:00 p.m. – “Making and Decorating the Cardinals Care Cupcake” with The Cup
      • 1:00 p.m. – Bring your camera and take a picture with an American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary
    • Silent Auctions (Fourth Floor): There are two silent auctions: 9:00–11:00 a.m. and 12:00–2:00 p.m.
    • Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its final stops in Decatur and Quincy, Ill., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Paducah, Ky.

Additional Winter Warm-Up Information

  • Stay Updated: Text CARDS to 82810 to receive the latest Winter Warm-Up news and event information via text message to your mobile device!
  • Admission Tickets: Although online ticket sales have ended, fans can still purchase three-day passes for the event in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency from January 12-15.  Ticket prices are $40 for fans 16 and older, $10 for fans ages five to 15, and free for kids under five.  Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult admission ticket which must be obtained in person at the ticket booth in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency during the times listed below.
  • Warm-Up Will Call: All Admission Tickets purchased after January 4, 2018 must be picked up at the ticket booth in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency during the times listed below.  A photo ID matching the name on the original order or a print out of the confirmation email is required to pick up your purchase:
    • Friday, January 12th from 12:00–7:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Saturday, January 13th from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Sunday, January 14th from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Monday, January 15th from 9:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
  •  Autograph Tickets:  Although online ticket sales have ended, remaining autograph tickets may be purchased in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency for a specific donation to Cardinals Care.  Every dollar donated for autograph tickets will benefit Redbird Rookies and charitable grants to other non-profit organizations that help kids.  Donation amounts can be found at cardinals.com/WWU.  All free autograph tickets have been distributed.
  • Second Floor: On the second floor of the Hyatt, fans will be able to find collectible memorabilia, baseball cards and more from more than 50 vendors, shop at the Cardinals Publications booth and Cardinals Authentics Shop, listen to informative presentations by Cardinals executives in the Dugout and Clubhouse Presentation rooms, meet Fredbird and watch the kids enjoy free activities at the Kids Room Stage.
  • Fourth Floor: On the fourth floor fans will find the main stage, be able to meet their favorite players at autograph tables, bid on Cardinals Care silent auctions, shop the Cardinals Care Store and Official Cardinals Team Store, as well as visit booths for Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact, Carlos Martínez’s Tsunami Waves Foundation, the Jason Motte Foundation, the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation, Ballpark Village and more.
  • Cardinals Care Store: Open throughout the weekend, the Cardinals Care Store is stocked full of Cardinals memorabilia such as discounted baseball caps, team-issued apparel, t-shirts, game-worn jerseys, autographed photos and bats, and more.  Fans can even purchase photos for collecting player autographs and baseball cases for your new autographed collectibles.  Also, any fan that purchased an autograph ticket for a pre-signed baseball from Lou Brock, Bob Gibson or Ozzie Smith may redeem their ticket at the Cardinals Care Store to receive their autographed item.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Throughout the weekend, Cardinals fans, age 18 and older, can participate in the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle.  Fans can buy tickets (priced 3 for $5, 10 for $10, or 60 for $20) from kiosks located on each level of the event, in the Cardinals Care Store, at the ticket booth in the lobby, or from roaming ticket sellers.  Each day of the Winter Warm-Up, one lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the raffle ticket donations raised and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.
  •  Cardinals Kids Club Booth: The Cardinals Kids Club will have a booth in the Kids Room on the second floor.  To learn more about Cardinals Kids Club, visit cardinals.com/kidsclub.
  • Official Cardinals Team Store: The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium will have a large selection of Cardinals merchandise available at the Warm-Up next to the silent auctions on the fourth floor.  The Official Cardinals Team Store, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., will have specially-priced items on sale for the weekend too.  The Majestic Store located on the north side of Ballpark Village will also be open Saturday and Sunday, sharing the same hours as the Team Store.  Stop by either location for the latest Cardinals gear!
  • Cardinals Publications: Fans visiting the Cardinals Publications booth at its new second floor location can take advantage of fantastic show specials, enroll in drawings for premium autographed items and start a subscription to Cardinals Magazine.  New subscribers will take home two free tickets to a 2018 home game, the newest edition featuring Alex Reyes on the cover and gain automatic entry into a drawing to win a 16 x 20 inch photo autographed by Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.  Fans who spend at least $25 in merchandise will receive automatic entry into a drawing for autographed magazine posters signed by Carlos Martínez and Rick Ankiel.  Additional show-only sales include: 1) the 2018 Cardinals Official Calendar—spotlighting the top images by club photographers and featuring the complete spring training and regular season schedules—for just $10 each; 2) oversized Cardinals Magazine cover posters featuring the likes of Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martínez and Yadier Molina; 3) an extensive and affordable vintage collection of Cardinals Magazines, Yearbooks and Media Guides; and 4) Official Scorecard collector sets.  Stay tuned for special announcements by Cardinals Publications via Twitter (@CardsMagazine) throughout the three-day event.
  • Busch Stadium Tours & Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum: Guided tours of Busch Stadium are available during the 2018 Winter Warm-Up each day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  These tours will be offered at regular tour prices, but will also include a stop inside the Cardinals Clubhouse—the only time each year the Cardinals’ locker room is open to tours.  Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum entry is also included in all tour ticket purchases.  Fans who purchase Stadium Tour or Museum Admission tickets during the holiday weekend will receive a special gift while supplies last.  The Cardinals Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes a new exhibit titled “Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific.”  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/tours.
  • Cardinals Authentics & Personalized Bats: Cardinals Authentics—the only official source of memorabilia directly from the team—will be selling unique game-used, limited-edition, exclusive and autographed memorabilia at the Winter Warm-Up.  Cardinals Authentics is offering their lowest prices of the year (this weekend only) along with other special offers and gifts with purchases.  Also at the booth, fans can buy a personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat.  Each bat, which comes in different sizes and color options, can feature up to three lines of custom text and two logos, including the collectible 2018 Winter Warm-Up logo.  The Cardinals Authentics Store, located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on January 13-15 and daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Show your Winter Warm-Up admission ticket at the store in Cardinals Nation and you will receive 20% off of your purchase all weekend long.  Stay tuned for special announcements by Cardinals Authentics via Twitter (@CardsAuthentics) throughout the three-day event.
  •  Green Team: The team’s “4 A Greener Game” initiative will have a booth on the second floor where fans can learn more about the Cardinals Green Team—a group of volunteers who collect recyclables from fans throughout each game at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for volunteering, fans are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.  Visit cardinals.com/green for more information. 
  • Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar: Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village is open daily during the Winter Warm-Up, and throughout the entire year: Monday–Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  During Winter Warm-Up weekend, attendees can show their admission ticket and receive 10% off their bill.  Make reservations online at cardinalsnation.com or by phone at 314.345.9880.

Social Media

Throughout the Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up, fans can stay connected by following the Cardinals on Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (@Cardinals), Instagram (@Cardinals) and Snapchat (Cardinals) for the latest news, event updates and behind-the-scenes content.  Fans can join the conversation and share their own photos and experiences by using hashtags #CardsWarmUp, #CardsCaravan and #CardsCare.

Traffic & Parking

For the most up-to-date alerts regarding construction and winter road conditions this weekend, fans can visit the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website at modot.org.  Winter Warm-Up event parking can be found just two blocks south of the Hyatt Regency at the Stadium East Parking Garage, with entrances located on South Broadway and South 4th Street.

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

Diane