Homestand Highlights for April 19-26, 2018

cropped-home-sweet-home.jpgThe Cardinals return home to Busch Stadium tomorrow night for the second homestand of the season. (And after today’s game, they’re probably glad to be coming home.)  Michael Wacha starts tomorrow night, Carlos Martinez starts on Saturday afternoon, and Miles Mikolas is Sunday’s starter.  I will be at the games on Saturday and Sunday, and I am looking forward to seeing Miles Mikolas pitch in person. Here’s all the details on this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, April 20—Thursday, April 26)

Green Week & Grateful Dead Tribute Night Highlight Second Homestand of 2018

After a winning road trip in Cincinnati and Chicago, the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for their second homestand of the season.  The six-game homestand kicks off with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds (April 20-22) and concludes with three games versus the New York Mets (April 24-26).  The homestand is highlighted by six promotional giveaways, including a Dexter Fowler bobblehead and a Kids Yadier Molina “Player’s Weekend” jersey, and five theme nights.

Friday, April 20, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Pullover Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will go home with a one-of-a-kind Navy Mesh Pullover Jersey, courtesy of AT&T. #CardsPromo
  • Grateful Dead Tribute Night: Dead Freaks Unite! Fans that purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Grateful Dead-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  Come early and enjoy a pregame concert in Budweiser Terrace by St. Louis’ favorite Dead tribute band, Jake’s Leg, starting at 5:45.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/gratefuldead. #CardsTheme
  • Green Week – Volunteer Recognition: The Cardinals will honor a longtime Green Team volunteer, Nancy Holzer, during a pregame ceremony.  All season long, the St. Louis Cardinals Knight FM Green Team walks down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings and collect recyclables from fans while promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for their services, they are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/green. #4AGreenerGame
  • Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. #STLCardenales
  • Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum.  Today’s featured item relates to the 2017 MLB Little League Classic.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.#CardsMuseum
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

Saturday, April 21, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Fowler Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive their very own Dexter Fowler bobblehead, courtesy of AAA Insurance. #CardsPromo
  • Green Week – Recycling Recognition: Representatives from Waste Management, the Cardinals recycling and collection partner, will be recognized during a pregame ceremony for teaming up with the club to encourage sustainability and recycling consumable materials.  Currently, there are over 550 recycling containers throughout Busch Stadium and, on average, nine tons of trash is recycled at Busch Stadium each game.  Waste Management will share recycling tips and educate fans about reducing waste. For more information, visit cardinals.com/green. #4AGreenerGame
  • Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. #STLCardenales
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals third baseman Scott Cooper will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.
  • Subiaco Jazz: Members of the Subiaco Academy (Arkansas) Jazz Ensemble will perform in Ford Plaza from 12:00-12:45 p.m.  The group regularly participants in invite-only festivals and special events across the mid-south.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050
  • MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.
  • Amateur Game: After today’s game, Palmyra High School will square off against DeSmet High School.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Molina Kids “Players Weekend” Jersey Giveaway:  All kids entering with a ticket, ages 15 and younger, will receive a Yadier Molina Jersey, just like the one he wore during Players Weekend in 2017.  Presented by Powerade and Shop ‘n Save.  Size exchanges can be made at the theme kiosk at Budweiser Terrace until 2:45 p.m. #CardsPromo
  • Kids Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All kids entering with a tickets, ages 15 and younger, will receive a free ticket voucher valid for select Cardinals regular season home games in 2018, courtesy of Ritz. #CardsPromo
  • Tote Bag Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a reusable tote bag courtesy of MLB Network. #CardsPromo
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Green Week – Food Recovery Recognition: Jim Gulliford, Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and present the Cardinals and the team’s concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice, with a certificate of recognition for their efforts to reduce food waste as part of the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge Program.  Since 2010, the Cardinals and Delaware North Companies have diverted over 43 tons of unused food from Busch concessions stands to Operation Food Search, which reduces the amount of waste going to landfills.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/green. #4AGreenerGame
  • Green Week – Shoe Collection: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoe Crew, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game.  Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bins.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/green. #4AGreenerGame
  • Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. #STLCardenales
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050
  • MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.
    Amateur Game: After today’s game, Clinton High School will square off against Tuscola High School.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a unique Cardinals t-shirt depicting former Cardinals outfielders Ray Lankford, Brian Jordan and Ron Gant.  The t-shirt was designed by former Cardinals starting pitcher Bob Tewksbury and selected as the winning design by the fans. #CardsPromo
  • Award Ceremony: Before the start of tonight’s game, Marcell Ozuna will be presented with his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award in recognition of being selected as the National League’s best defensive left fielder in 2017 as determined by a vote of NL managers and coaches.
  • Andy Van Slyke Budweiser Bash Theme Event: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Andy Van Slyke mini-bobblehead as we celebrate Cardinal fan favorites.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Andy.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash. #BudBash
  • Scouts Theme Night #1: All Girl/Boy Scouts and their families are invited to Scout Night at the ballpark.  This is the first of three Scout Nights for the 2018 season.  Scouts and their guests can enjoy $14 tickets, and each scout theme ticket will include a special Girl/Boy Scout patch.  Scout and troop leaders are also invited to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme. #CardsTheme
  • Live from the UMB Champions Club: FOX Sports Midwest will conduct its television broadcast from Busch Stadium’s premier all-inclusive ticketed area, the UMB Champions Club.
  • Fowler’s Friends: Dexter Fowler will host a group from Gene Slay’s Girls & Boy’s Club of St. Louis for tonight’s game as part of his Fowler’s Friends player ticket program.
  • Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Guerrilla Theory, Joe Miller andK.G. Roberts Band.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • PGA Championship Theme Night: The Cardinals are hosting PGA Championship Night in honor of St. Louis hosting the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive County Club in August.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Cardinals cap with the 100th PGA Championship logo.  The legendary Wanamaker Trophy will be on hand for photos and a portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to PGA REACH.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/PGA. #CardsTheme
  • Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back Boots at Busch—a series of home games featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features Jessica Tipton and the Johnathan Braddy Band.  Performances begin at 6:00 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.
  • Bowmaniacs: Matt Bowman will host a group from Annie’s Hope for tonight’s game as part of his Bowmaniacs player ticket program.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (12:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

  • Weather Day Theme Event: Join us for Weather Day at Busch Stadium hosted by KSDK’s Chief Meteorologist Craig Moeller and the entire 5 On Your Side Weather Team for a pregame program to educate students about the weather and its effects on the environment.  The all-new, interactive program features eye-popping experiments from the Saint Louis Science Center, an educational expo, lunch and tickets to the game all for just $15.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/weather. #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 a $10 donation, Great Clips will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.
  • Amateur Game: After today’s game, Greenville High School will square off against Egyptian High School.

MORE INFORMATION

#CompleteGamer – Celebrating Bob Gibson in 2018

On April 15th, 59 years to the date of his first Major League start, the Cardinals formally launched the #CompleteGamer fan engagement campaign to honor Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, who played his entire 17-year career with the Cardinals and ended his career with more complete games (255) than his franchise leading number of wins (251).

To reach a new generation of fans, the team has released a #CompleteGamer song and music video that serves as a theme song for the campaign and seeks to convey Gibson’s extraordinary life story in a musical style reminiscent of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton by using hip-hop accompanied by powerful music performed by an orchestra.

As part of the campaign, fans are asked to share examples of people that they know who are a #CompleteGamer in their own respective field or vocation.  Each week, the team will highlight at least one fan #CompleteGamer and they will receive a special Gibson autographed item from the team.  Fans can nominate someone through an online submission form at cardinals.com/Gibson.

Cardinals Fan Music Contest

The club has launched the first-ever Cardinals Fan Music Contest as a way for fans to share their creativity and musical talent, along with their passion for Cardinals baseball.  Fans are asked to write, perform and share an original Cardinals-inspired song/anthem and share the performance via a video or audio file.  One lucky performance will be crowned the winner and receive a trip to Nashville to have their song professionally recorded and mastered at the Shoe Box Studios.  The Cardinals will also produce a professional music video and share the artist’s work with all of Cardinals Nation!  Details can be found at cardinals.com/MusicContest.

#BigMacFlashback

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Home Run Race that ultimately concluded with Mark McGwire establishing a new MLB single-season home run record.  All season long, we will share content on our social media channels that helps fans relive the 1998 Home Run Race; including videos of all 70 of Big Mac’s home runs, real-time updates on the home run count of McGwire, Sosa and Griffey Jr. and fan images that convey the excitement of that amazing season.

As part of the look back, the team will be asking fans to share their photos, memorabilia, stories and experiences from the historic 1998 season as the fan perspective is an important part of this historic time in baseball.  Fans can share their favorite #BigMacFlashback memories with us using our online submission form at cardinals.com/McGwire.

My next blog post will be about the United Cardinals Blogger event, which occurs on Sunday.  That’s all for now!  Thanks as always for reading!

Diane

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