So where will Bryce or Manny land?

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It’s less than two weeks until spring training (pitchers and catchers report February 12 – hooray!), and the two biggest free agents, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado have not yet been signed.  Since it is so close to spring training, Bryce and Manny have to be a little nervous wondering where they will be playing this season.

So why haven’t Bryce and Manny been signed yet?  I have some thoughts on the matter.  First, I think teams are wary of long term contracts, especially 10-year contracts.  Teams see the 10-year contract that Albert Pujols received from the Angels and how that deal turned out.  Albert can no longer play the field; the only position he can play now is designated hitter.  Bryce is only 26 years old, but a 10-year contract would put him at age 36 when the contract is over.  Players start to decline in their early 30s. Second, Bryce’s agent is Scott Boras. That name strikes fear in the hearts of teams’ management.  He is a tough guy to negotiate with.

Will the Cards sign Harper?  The fans and my fellow bloggers are campaigning for this, but (if you’ll pardon my pun), I don’t think it’s in the cards.  Even with the Tommy Pham trade, there is still a logjam in the outfield.  While it’s true that this is the last year of Marcell Ozuna’s contract and it is anticipated that he will walk, there are plenty of outfielders at the minor league level who will be ready to move up. It’s not that the Cardinals don’t want to spend the money (we saw that during the last off-season when they tried to get Christian Yelich); I think it’s the length of the contract that bothers Cards management.

Don’t we all entertain thoughts of what we would do if we were part of the Cards’ management team, though?  Here’s what I would do.  I don’t want Manny.  He doesn’t hustle and that’s not a good look.  I would like to sign Bryce, but I would not offer him a 10-year contract.  I would offer him a 7-year deal at $300M, with opt-outs by either the player or the team at 3 years and 5 years.

Ken Rosenthal posted on Twitter today that Bryce will be meeting with the Padres tomorrow.  The Padres?  Wouldn’t Bryce like to be on a winning team? Especially a team with a rich history like the Cardinals.  If I were Bryce, I would go back to the Nationals with my tail between my legs and accept the qualifying offer rather than play for the Padres. There are reports that Bryce has talked to the White Sox, the Phillies, and a couple of other teams.  Manny has spoken with the Phillies too.

Hopeful Manny and Bryce will sign with teams soon.  I am reminded of last season when the Cards signed Greg Holland at the ninth hour, and he pitched poorly since he didn’t get a chance to go through spring training.  Holland signed a one year contract with the D’backs today.  I hope he pitches better for them than he did for us.

Even though we probably won’t get Harper, I’m glad that baseball will start again soon.  It’s been a long cold winter, especially this week.  I’m ready for spring to come. Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

2019 Winter Warm-Up report

This past weekend, my son and I attended the 2018 Winter Warm-Up.  Mother Nature brought the winter part – snow was predicted for Saturday, but it was just cold and windy instead.  Mother Nature brought a surprise quick moving system that dropped an inch of snow on Sunday afternoon, but Monday was windy and cold, just like Saturday.

Saturday, January 19

Phil and I arrived at the Hyatt around 8:30 AM.  The line was almost ready to go out the front door. When the line started moving, we thought we’d be smart and take the elevators upstairs to the 4th floor.  However, those entrances were closed until 9:30 AM, which meant we had to go downstairs and rejoin the line, which was even longer by this point.  Thankfully, the line moves quickly.

We went to the coat check on the 4th floor and checked our coats.  I noticed three kiosks like the ones at Busch Stadium, only instead of game tickets, you could purchase or pick up autograph tickets.  That was a really good idea on somebody’s part – the line at will call in the lobby can be long.  I didn’t plan well and didn’t get any autograph tickets this year.  The only autograph ticket I really wanted was Harrison Bader, and his tickets sold out before I could even get home from work to purchase one.  I already had a lot of the autographs of the players with free autograph tickets.  The other tickets were not in my budget.

We decided to go downstairs to the second floor and check out the vendor area.  There were various sports collectors with items for sale.  There were booths from the Peoria, Springfield, Johnson City, and the Springfield minor league Cards teams.  The Louisville Slugger museum had a booth.  They had Paul Goldschmidt’s Silver Slugger award on display (see the photo on the left).  Phil and I had stopped by the museum in April when we went to the Newsboys concert in Louisville but didn’t have the time to take the tour.  I signed up for the museum’s e-mail list and received a free pass for two for the factory tour.  Now we have an excuse to return to Louisville and visit the museum.

I found a vendor with lots of Cardinals and Blues gear for sale at very decent prices.  My hubby has been looking for a reasonably priced Cardinals polo shirt.  I found one for $20.00.  This same vendor had Paul Goldschmidt jerseys for $100.00, which was a really good price.

Rawlings had a display with Yadi’s Gold Glove.  You could get your photo taken with the glove.  Amazingly, the glove comes off of the base, which is heavy.  My son had me take his photo with the glove and as I took his photo, so did a photographer from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  His photo was in the print edition of Sunday’s Post-Dispatch.  I was surprised that his photo made the print edition.

After we had gone through the vendor area, we decided to go to the Cardinals Authentics store.  There were lots of jerseys of current players and former players.  There was memorabilia available for purchase.  There were used equipment holders, like bat bags.  There were also used and broken bats for purchase.  I picked up Jedd Gyorko’s bat.  It still had pine tar on it and I accidentally touched it.  It was still sticky.

None of the morning breakout sessions appealed to us, so we went to the food sales area (cash only, by the way) to get Phil some caffeine and crash for a while.  I went on Twitter and saw a photo of Andrew Miller from the media session.  He wore a plaid long-sleeved shirt, and with his dark hair and mustache, he looked like a lumberjack.  Andrew is also very tall.  I attempted to use some paper napkins and some good old-fashioned spit to remove the pine tar from my hand, but I was unsuccessful and had to go to the restroom to wash my hands.

We missed seeing Kolten Wong because it was time to go to lunch – there was a presentation we wanted to attend at noon.  We were originally going to go out to eat lunch, but because the forecast (erroneously) said there was going to be 2-4″ of cold, blowing snow on Saturday, we decided to purchase a King of the Hill sandwich from Schnucks along with some chips on Friday evening and eat that for lunch.

The program indicated that at the noon presentation that the first 50 people would receive Cardinals Hall of Fame bobbleheads.  Phil and I got to the Clubhouse presentation room hallway by 11:30, thinking we would be early enough to snag one of the bobbleheads.  But according to the Cardinals Care volunteers, the vouchers for the bobbleheads were given out at 10:00 AM.  We were disappointed, but there would be another chance to get a bobblehead on Sunday.

The noon presentation was given by Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  It was called “Back to the Future – a look at the new road blue uniforms” about the new powder blue jerseys that the Cardinals will wear for Saturday road games next season.  Brian outlined the history of the blue jerseys – the Cardinals were not the first to wear powder blue jerseys.  The Dodgers wore satin blue jerseys in 1944 and 1948.  Brian’s presentations are very well done and entertaining.  And you’ll learn something too!

We wanted to attend the next presentation, which was the annual look at the upcoming season’s marketing and promotional items.  We and several others sat in the presentation room waiting for the presentation to begin, but a volunteer finally came into the room and told us that the presentation had been canceled. I was disappointed because I really enjoy seeing what the promotions department comes up with.  There should have been a better way to let us know the presentation had been canceled.

Since the presentation was canceled, we went up to the main ballroom to see Carlos Martinez and Dexter Fowler.  I couldn’t get close enough to get a decent photo of Dexter, so the photo is from the video screen.   Dexter has a beautiful smile.  He looked very happy to meet with the fans and sign autographs.  Hopefully, his foot is better and he will play better this year.

 

 

 

 

I stopped by the Post-Dispatch booth in the ballroom.  We are current subscribers, but our monthly bill just went up to newsstand rate and I expressed my displeasure.  They offered me a deal for $17.00/month for a year and that was awesome, so I grabbed it.

Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong, with a couple other players, were signing at 3 PM. Paul was very engaging with the fans.  I think he’s really going to like it in St. Louis and I hope he will sign an extension.  I couldn’t get close enough to either player to get a decent photo, sadly.

The major conversation buzzing through the fans was Cubs player Kris Bryant’s smart-aleck remark to Ryan Dempster on Friday evening that St. Louis is boring. Dempster replied that he would never play in St. Louis. Yadi basically said that players should not disrespect other cities and should play and compete with respect. The Internet blew up.  The remarks put fuel to the fire for the Cards-Cubs rivalry.  It should be a very interesting season.

After we saw the two Pauls, we decided it was time to go home.

Sunday, January 20

Our Sunday morning tradition is to stop at Starbucks in the lobby of the Hyatt for coffee before getting in line.  Starbucks itself had a line.  Everyone else must have had the same idea.

The line this morning to get into the Warm-Up went out the front door.  When we finally got up to the 4th floor, we checked our coats and went to the ballroom.  I wanted to see Andrew Knizner (Yadi’s heir apparent, since Carson Kelly was one of the players traded to Arizona for Goldschmidt), Stubby Clapp and John Brebbia.  Brebbia has not yet grown back the beard he sported last summer.

We went down to the presentation room and spoke with the Cardinals Care volunteers about the bobblehead situation for Sunday.  They said that we should line up an hour before the presentation we wanted to attend in order to receive a voucher.  We got our coats and went to St. Louis Bread Company for lunch. After we returned, we went back up to the ballroom to see Miles Mikolas, Rick Ankiel, Jose Martinez, and Yairo Munoz.

I met Jayne, a Facebook friend that I have never met in person, which was really cool. Jayne (last names are not listed to protect the innocent) had an entourage with her that included Bertie, Linda, and another lady whose name I can’t remember.  We chatted for quite a while until it was time for us to get into the bobblehead line

We then got into the bobblehead line at 1 PM for the 2:00 PM presentation, which meant we missed seeing Mike Shildt, John Gant and Dakota Hudson. We also missed Mike Shannon, John Rooney and Mike Girsch on the main stage.

The 2 PM presentation was by Brian Finch.  It was titled “Call to the Hall: Lankford, Coleman, and Brecheen,” and it outlined the process of how players are elected to the Cardinals Hall of Fame.  It’s a more complicated process than you might think, and putting together the Hall of Fame ceremony involves a lot of logistics.  I was hoping to receive a Ted Simmons bobblehead, but we got Jim Edmonds bobbleheads instead.  If you have a Ted Simmons HOF bobblehead that you would like to trade for a Jim Edmonds, drop a comment below with a way for me to reach you.

After the presentation, we went back upstairs to see Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, and Jason Motte.  Jedd Gyorko was scheduled to appear, but Winter Storm Harvey kept him in West Virginia and all flights were canceled.

After we saw Waino, Wacha, and Motte, it was time to go home.  We were in the lobby by the elevators and I looked up to see Miles Mikolas. He was wearing a black, long-sleeved thermal henley shirt, black jeans, and black boots.  “Hi Miles!” I said.  “How’s it going?” He got into the elevator.  Phil asked me who I was talking to and I told him Miles Mikolas.  I said, “Didn’t you recognize the red hair, mustache, and beard?” LOL!

Monday, January 21

Sadly, Monday was the last day of Winter Warm-Up.  The only presentation we wanted to see was at noon, so we took a later train to try to get to the Hyatt a little later, but we got there just as the line started moving.  We looked around the vendor section to see if there were any last day discounts but didn’t find anything we wanted.  There was a rack of jerseys at the Cardinals Authentics booth that was 50% off, but I thought hubby would be upset with me if I spent $100 on a jersey, even if it was authentic.

We went up to the ballroom so we could see Matt Carpenter and Jack Flaherty.  We also wanted to see Whitey Herzog.  Whitey was the manager of my favorite 1980’s Cards teams.  I really liked Whitey, even though he traded my favorite Ted Simmons to the Brewers.  

We listened to the live auction on the main stage.  There were 3 items up for bid – a live cooking demonstration with a Cardinals hef, a 2013 Cardinals NL Champions large pennant, and a VIP experience at the 2019 Musial Awards.  All three of the items sold for over $1,000 each.

We decided to go to the cash food section for lunch since it was too cold to go out.  We missed seeing Jordan Hicks, Joe Magrane and Danny Cox.  The presentation we wanted to attend was at noon.  We got to the presentation room early enough where we could sit in on the presentation from Wild Bird Sanctuary.   The bald eagle was calm and well-behaved, even when Fredbird stopped by.  Birds of a feather flock together!

The noon presentation was titled “2018 – A Year in Photos” with Taka Yanagimoto, the Cards’ manager of photography.  We enjoy this presentation every year.  Taka explained that there are 4 other photographers on the Cardinals staff.  They take thousands of photos every year, but only so many are saved.  They are always looking for historical photos.  Taka then showed some of the best photos that were taken last year.  He always finishes the presentations with photos of players that have been traded or have left the team.  Close to the end of the presentation, a special visitor came to see Taka.  Can you guess who it is?

It’s Jack Flaherty!  Taka said that he and Jack are BFF’s.  For the first time since we have attended this presentation, Taka’s wife and family were at the presentation and they were sitting in the row behind us.

Going to the presentation meant that we missed Joe Magrane, Danny Cox, and Jordan Hicks.  But Tony LaRussa was still signing when we returned to the ballroom for the last time. I made a trip to the restroom and Phil said that Tony LaRussa walked right past him.

We also saw Bengie Molina and Yadi Molina.  When Yadi came in and sat down, the whole room broke out in applause.  Everyone started chanting, “Yadi! Yadi!”  We love our Yadi in St. Louis, even more since he defended St. Louis’s honor in his reply to Kris Bryant.

Then it was time to go across the ballroom to see hunky Harrison Bader.  Be still my beating heart!  He was wearing a black knit cap, which made me sad because I wanted to see his pretty, curly hair.  He flashed his gorgeous smile to all who wanted his autograph.  Next year, I’m purchasing autograph tickets the day they go on sale so I don’t miss out on seeing Harrison up close and personal.  I turned around and saw Bertie, one of Jayne’s entourage.  We discussed our mutual admiration of Harrison.

After we saw Harrison, it was time to go home.  What else could compare?

I have to apologize for the quality of some of these photos.  If you’re not in line to get autographs, you can’t get very close, and the digital zoom of the camera or iPhone makes the photos fuzzy.  Plus, you have to hurry to get a good shot as others folks are trying to do the same thing.

Baseball is coming soon – the first spring training game is a month from tomorrow!  Pitchers and catchers report on February 12.  Winter Warm-Up reminds me just how much I love Cardinals baseball.  Everyone should go to Winter Warm-Up at least once.  It’s a great experience.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

The hottest weekend of winter is happening soon!

Winter is long and dreary, and even more so since we’re waiting for baseball to start again. (There’s less than a month until pitchers and catchers report!) Snowballs remind us of baseballs – the only thing missing is the stitching. But this weekend’s baseball activities will chase your winter blues away.  There are many opportunities to see the boys of summer this weekend, and that should tide you (and me) over until next month. The weather folks are calling for accumulating snow on Saturday. Old Man Winter, please go north – way north. I’ve been waiting for Winter Warm-Up all winter.

Here are all of the details you’ll need for this happy weekend:

CARDINALS-THEMED HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO KICK OFF 2019 SEASON

Weekend Highlighted by 2019 Winter Warm-Up, Cardinals Caravan & Writers’ Dinner

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 15, 2019– The 23rd annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) and the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2019 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 19 through Monday, January 21 (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 2019 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 61st annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner takes place at the Union Station Hotel on Sunday, January 20. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner honors the top players from the 2018 Cardinals team.  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 Branch Rickey Award, among other awards. For complete information about the St. Louis Baseball Writer’s Dinner, visit stlouisbbwaa.com.

Below are highlights of the 2019 Winter Warm-Up weekend:

Friday, January 18, 2019

  • Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 3:00–7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The 2019 Caravan kicks off with stops in Jefferson City and Springfield, Mo., Memphis, Tenn., and Champaign, Ill.
  • Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact 3rd Annual Sing Off & Karaoke Challenge (Dave & Buster’s, 6:00 p.m.): Come watch Waino and eight of St. Louis’ best karaoke performers compete against each other for the title of 2019 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 19, 2019

  • 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: Daniel Ponce de Leon, Andrew Miller, Kolten Wong, Alex Reyes, Ryan Helsley, Carlos Martinez, Dexter Fowler, Justin Williams, Drew Robinson, Paul Goldschmidt, Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, John Mozeliak.
    • Alumni Autographs: Kerry Robinson, Ted Savage, Scott Cooper, Ryan Franklin, Jim Edmonds, Cliff Politte, Brad Thompson.
    • 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 noon, Redbird Rookies Scholarship Presentation at 10:30 a.m., Q&A with President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak at 11:15 a.m., Andrew Miller jersey presentation at noon, and broadcasters Chris Hrabe, Dan McLaughlin, Brad Thompson 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. –  Inside the new Cardinals Museum exhibit: “Pain, Protection and Performance: The Evolution of Baseball Equipment, presented by Rawlings” with Cardinals Museum Curator, Paula Homan
      • 11:00 a.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting sports memorabilia with Dave Jackson
      • 12:00 p.m. – “Busch Stadium Security: How we keep baseball safe and secure” with Cardinals Director of Security, Phil Melcher
      • 1:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
      • 2:00 p.m. – Learn about legendary sports cartoonist Amadee from Dan Martin of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
      • 3:00 p.m. – Cardinals Authentics: The ins and outs of the business from the field to your home
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Get to know stadium public address announcer and KSHE personality John Ulett
      • 11:00 a.m. – Examining the history of baseball’s batting helmet with Amy Berra of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
      • 12:00 p.m. – “Back to the Future: a look at the new road blue uniforms,” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum **First 50 guests receive a free HOF bobblehead**
      • 1:00 p.m. – An inside look at the 2019 Cardinals Marketing and Promotions with Dan Farrell, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
      • 2:00 p.m. – Go inside the 2019 Minor League System with Gary LaRocque, the Cardinals’ Director of Player Development **This presentation will take place in Gateway East on the 18th floor**
      • 3:00 p.m. – Watch the Emmy-nominated documentary “The St. Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot,” plus Q&A with filmmaker/author Ed Wheatley.
    • 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 8:30 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, Arkansas; Dyersburg, Tennessee; Peoria and Bloomington, Illinois; and Sedalia, Columbia, Joplin and Rolla, Missouri.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

  • Winter Warm-Up: Day two of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    • Cardinals Autographs: Lane Thomas, Andrew Knizner, John Brebbia, Chasen Shreve, Max Schrock, Dominic Leone, Miles Mikolas, José Martínez, Yairo Muñoz, Mike Mayers, John Gant, Austin Gomber, Dakota Hudson, Adam Wainwright, Jedd Gyorko, Michael Wacha, Mike Shildt.
    • Alumni Autographs: Kyle McClellan, Stubby Clapp, Randy Flores, Ricky Horton, Rick Ankiel, Mike Shannon, Al Hrabosky, Jason Motte.
    • 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 Polo Ascencio, Mike Claiborne, John Rooney and Mike Shannon from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., Q&A with Manager Mike Shildt at 12:30 p.m., Q&A with General Manager Michael Girsch at 1:30 p.m., and broadcasters Ricky Horton and Al Hrabosky 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. – Illustrating the Cardinals Scorecard cover with artist Mike Right.
      • 11:00 a.m. – Watch the Emmy-nominated documentary “The St. Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot,” plus Q&A with filmmaker/author Ed Wheatley.
      • 1:00 p.m. – Cardinals Authentics: The ins and outs of the business from the field to your home
      • 3:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting sports memorabilia with Dave Jackson
      • 11:00 a.m. – Discussing the Amateur Draft with Scouting Director and former Cardinals pitcher, Randy Flores
      • 12:00 p.m. – “History of the Negro Leagues and black baseball in Missouri” with Dr. Raymond Doswell of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
      • 1:00 p.m. – Best stories, soundbites, and moments from the 2018 Cardinals Museum programming schedule with Brittany Schelp
      • 2:00 p.m. – “Call to the Hall: Lankford, Coleman and Brecheen” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum **first 50 guests receive a free HOF bobblehead**
      • 3:00 p.m. – “Making and decorating the Cardinals Care Cupcake” with The Cup
    • 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 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Evansville, Indiana, as well as Mattoon, Springfield and Mount Vernon, Illinois.
  • 61st Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner (Union Station Hotel, 5:00 p.m.): All baseball fans are invited to the 61st annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner, which will be held on Jan. 20, 2019, at the Curio Hotel at Union Station. This year’s honorees include St. Louis Baseball Co-Men of the year Miles Mikolas and Matt Carpenter, as well as standout rookies Jack Flaherty, Jordan Hicks, Harrison Bader and Yairo Munoz. Bob Costas, Lee Smith, Vera Clemente, Ozzie Smith, Mike Shildt, Sharon Robinson and others will also be feted at the event. Visit stlouisbbwaa.com to learn more.  Some year, I am going to get the money together to attend this dinner.

Monday, January 21, 2019

  • Winter Warm-Up: The final day of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Cardinals Autographs: Tyler Webb, Jack Flaherty, Matt Carpenter, Tyler O’Neill, Jordan Hicks, Adolis García, Yadier Molina, Harrison Bader, Bill DeWitt Jr., Bill DeWitt III.
    • Alumni Autographs: Tom Henke, Andy Benes, Alan Benes, Whitey Herzog, Joe Magrane, Danny Cox.
    • 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 Scott Warmann, Polo Ascencio, and Bengie Molina from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and broadcaster Tom Ackerman from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 10:30 a.m. and noon.  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. – “History of the Negro Leagues and black baseball in Missouri” with Dr. Raymond Doswell of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
      • 11:00 a.m. – Tips for storing and displaying personal memorabilia from the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum registrar, Danielle DiGiacomo
      • 12:00 p.m. –  Meet members of Team Fredbird
      • 1:00 p.m. – “Making and decorating the Cardinals Care Cupcake” with The Cup
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Meet the team behind the scenes of “Cardinals Insider,” and learn how the weekly show is produced
      • 11:00 a.m. – Take your photo with a Bald Eagle and learn about the World Bird Sanctuary, provider of our Opening Day/Postseason eagles
      • 12:00 p.m. – “2018 – A Year in Photos” with the Cardinals Manager of Photography, Taka Yanagimoto
      • 1:00 p.m. – Watch the Emmy-nominated documentary “The St. Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot,” plus Q&A with filmmaker/author Ed Wheatley.
    • 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 8:30 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, Illinois; Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Paducah, Kentucky.

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: Fans can purchase three-day passes for the event online at cardinals.com/wwu or at the Busch Stadium box office during regular business hours until noon on Thursday, January 17.  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 10, 2019 must be picked up at Will Call at the locations and 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:
    • Thursday, January 10th – Thursday, January 17th  from 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Busch Stadium Box Office
    • Friday, January 18th from 3:00–7:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Saturday, January 19th from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Sunday, January 20th from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Monday, January 21st from 8:30 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
  • Autograph Tickets: Remaining autograph tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/wwu until noon on Thursday, January 17.  Any remaining autograph tickets thereafter will be available for purchase at the Winter Warm-Up.  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 atcardinals.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 in the Kids Room.
  • 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, 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, 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 the 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 a FREE Gift with Purchase for any purchase $150 or more (before tax).  While supplies last, this weekend only.  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 newest Cardinals gear!
  • Cardinals Publications: Fans visiting the Cardinals Publications booth inside the 2nd-floor ballroom can start a two-year subscription to Cardinals Magazine and receive the FIRST-EVER Harrison Bader bobblehead this spring, purchase the Official 2019 Cardinals Calendar for just $10 and take advantage of exclusive show specials and drawings! Other show-only deals include 1) premium Cardinals Magazine cover posters (starting at 24×32 inches) suitable for show autographs, featuring the likes of Jordan Hicks, Miles Mikolas, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright; 2) the extensive vintage collection of Cardinals Magazines, Yearbooks and postseason commemoratives; and 3) the one-year subscription special with two FREE tickets to a 2019 home game. Fans who purchase subscriptions at #CardsWarmUp will gain automatic entry into a drawing for 11-x-14-inch glossy photographs autographed by Red Schoendienst and Ozzie Smith. And patrons who spend at least $25 in other merchandise will receive automatic entry into a drawing for autographed cover posters signed by Matt Carpenter and Rick Ankiel! Stay tuned for special announcements and event coverage by Cardinals Publications via Twitter @CardsMagazine.
  • Busch Stadium Tours & Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum: Guided tours of Busch Stadium are available during the 2019 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.  The Cardinals Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes a new exhibit titled “Pain, Protection and Performance: The Evolution of Baseball Equipment, presented by Rawlings.”  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; including 20% off the entire booth starting Saturday morning, along with other special offers all weekend long.  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 2019 Winter Warm-Up logo.  The Cardinals Authentics Store, located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village, will be open 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 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 11:00 p.m., with Late Night Happy Hour from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 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.

Food – (Notes from Diane) There is a lounge on the second floor of the hotel outside the room with the vendors where you can buy food like prepared sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries, drinks, etc.  The Hyatt has 2 full-service restaurants on the first floor. There is also a Starbucks at the Hyatt, and my son and I go there on Sunday morning to grab a cappuccino and a latte before the day begins, and they have breakfast goodies.  Lunch choices outside the Hyatt within a short walk are TGI Friday’s, Caleco’s, St. Louis Bread Company, Imo’s, Jimmy John’s, Tony Gitto’s Italian Restaurant, and Gio’s Restaurant. Subway and One North Cafe are only open on Monday.

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.

Note from Diane:  There is a parking garage under the Bank of America building on North Broadway, and the entrance is on 4th Street directly across from the Hyatt. I am not sure about the cost of parking there.  The Kiener Plaza West parking garage, which can be accessed from Pine Street between 6th and 7th Street, just 2 blocks west of the Hyatt, charges $6.00 for all day parking on the weekend.  The entrance to the Kiener West parking garage is on the left after you pass St. Louis Bread Company (a good choice for lunch, by the way – see the paragraph above Social Media for more lunch suggestions).  And the nearest Metrolink station (the son and I usually take the train) is 4 blocks west at 8th and Pine Streets.

Cardinals and Cardinals Care Sponsors

Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Cardinals would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the 2019 Winter Warm-Up possible: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, Edward Jones, Budweiser, FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX, PSAV Presentation Services,  Rawlings Sporting Goods, FastSigns of Bridgeton, Syberg’s, Cole Meyer Arts, Steven Walden Art, Hollywood Casino St. Louis,  Radio 1120 AM, KMOV News 4, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, In Focus Marketing, Wireless USA, Heartland Coca-Cola,  Gwin’s Travel, Companion Bakery, Belleville News-Democrat, Framin’ Place & Gallery, Betallic Balloons, RBO Print Logistix, The Cup, Estate Auction Pros and Tom Lange.

About Cardinals Care (#CardsCare)
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community—both on and off the baseball field.  Established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested over $24 million to support St. Louis area children and built or renovated 23 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.  Most recently, the Cardinals dedicated Dexter Fowler Field at Hess Park in Decatur, Ill. in July 2017.  This season marks the 16th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball and softball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play.  In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring, cultural arts, and scholarships for each of the nearly 3,000 kids who participate in the program each year. To learn more about all of Cardinals Care’s programs visit cardinals.com/community.

Will I see you at Winter Warm-Up this weekend?  I’d love to sit and talk baseball with you! Keep an eye on my Twitter account to see where I’ll be. Until then, thanks for reading!

Diane