Today 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.
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.
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.
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!