Oh, the merry month of May . . .

has not been very merry for the Cardinals, who have not won a single series in the month of May. In fact, the Cardinals have only won 8 games in the month of May, including today’s game. I attended 2 Cardinals games in the month of May in the same week and the Cardinals lost both of them. That has never happened in my memory. I’m sure the Cardinals and their fans are glad that tomorrow is the last day of May. Perhaps when the calendar turns to June 1, the team will play better. The Blues won their first ever Stanley Cup final game last night and the Cards won today’s game, so perhaps a corner has been turned.

There has been a lot going wrong this month that has been covered by my fellow bloggers, but I’d like to talk about just one thing – Michael Wacha. Wacha hasn’t pitched well at all this season. After a bad outing against the Royals when he allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, Michael was shifted to the bullpen on May 24. His first relief appearance last night was horrendous when he gave up three home runs in an inning. I felt bad for Genesis Cabrera, who was making his major league debut, that his start ended that way. Wacha’s bad pitching is not a good look for a player who will be a free agent at the end of the year. I think Wacha is injured again – perhaps another shoulder impingement – and he’s not telling anyone or the team is in denial that he’s hurt. If I were John Mozeliak (and I’m sure people are glad I’m not), I would make Wacha get an MRI to check for structural damage. I sincerely hope that Wacha is not hurt, but an injury would certainly explain his bad pitching.

Two of the Cardinals’ intra-division rivals, the Cubs and the Reds. come to town for the next homestand, which starts tomorrow. The Cards need to win both of these series so they can start a long winning streak. The offense needs to catch fire and the bullpen needs to hold the lead for that to be possible. Here is all the information you’ll need if you’re coming to any of the games in this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, May 31—Thursday, June 6)

Cubs Weekend Series and Star Wars Night Highlight Fifth Homestand

After a quick three-game road trip to Philadelphia, the Cardinals return to Busch for six games against divisional foes.  The fifth homestand of the year opens with a three-game weekend series against the rival Chicago Cubs (May 31-June 2) and concludes with three games versus the Cincinnati Reds (June 4-6).  Additionally, fans are encouraged to send #TheLouToTheLand by selecting Cardinals players for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland at cardinals.com/vote.

Friday, May 31, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, Facebook Watch (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

Goodwill Autograph Night: RHP Giovanny Gallegos will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans ages 15 years and younger from 5:45-6:15. Cardinals Alumni Kerry Robinson and Cliff Politte will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  Players subject to change.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with C Tom Pagnozzi.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Saturday, June 1, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:15 PM 

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition: Nathan’s Famous will host a local regional qualifier for their Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at 5 PM in Ford Plaza.  The top male and female finishers in this event will qualify for a seat at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn where they will face reigning champion Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Redbird and Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 11:15 AM

Prairie Farms Kids Run The Bases: Fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases after the game (weather permitting).

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visitcardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Redbird and Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates: 5:45 PM

Cardinals Decal Giveaway: 30,000 fans, entering with a ticket, presented by Shelter Insurance.

Teachers Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive teachers-themed Cardinals shirt and one drink coupon.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/teachers.

Battle At Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Postal Modern, The Cinema Story & City of Parks.  Gate 1 will open at 5:15 p.m.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 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.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates: 5:15 PM

Star Wars Night: Fans who purchased the special Star Wars Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Star Wars-themed pullover jersey.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up 2 Cancer and Star Wars characters will be roaming throughout the ballpark for photo opportunities.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/starwars.

Thursday, June 6, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (12:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates: 10:45 AM

Kids Day Out: From 10:45 until game time, all kids with this special Theme Ticket will have access to a “Kids Zone” with fun activities in Budweiser Terrace.  Each $13 Theme Ticket also includes a voucher for a hot dog, soda and chips.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/kidsdayout.

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.

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

Diane

Oh, for a song

Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues, who won the Western Conference finals last night and will be in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 49 years!  The Cardinals have had some long droughts between World Series appearances, but none of them were 49 years long.  Even some of our Cardinals like Yadier Molina (who drinks Bud Light just like us peasants, despite the fact that he could afford any beer served at the Enterprise Center) and Adam Wainwright are Blues fans, as you can see by their posts on Twitter and Instagram.  It’s nice to see the Cards players support the other hometown team who play right down the street from them. Last night’s Cardinals game was postponed due to inclement weather, and I can just see Yadi asking the powers that be to postpone the game so that he and Adam could attend the Blues game.  LOL!

The Blues’ story this season is a fascinating one. The Blues were in last place as recently as January 2019, but now they’re in the Stanley Cup finals. The story is even more interesting by the fact they have a theme song that plays after every victory, and that song is “Gloria” by the late Laura Branigan.  For an explanation on how “Gloria” became the Blues’ theme song, you can read about it here.  Even more interesting is how the Blues fans, in unison, sing “Take Me Home Country Roads” by the late John Denver during the third period of every game.  I saw it for the first time during last night’s game and it gave me goosebumps.  The only thing in baseball I can think of that’s similar is when the Red Sox fans sing along to Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” Laila Anderson, a young lady who suffers from a rare autoimmune disease, is the Blues’ greatest cheerleader, and some of the Blues players say she inspires them to fight harder.  And Charles Glenn, who sings the National Anthem in extraordinary fashion before every Blues game, is retiring after the last game of the season, whenever that is. And the Blues are playing the Boston Bruins (another Boston team to intimidate St. Louis!  Oh!), who defeated them in 1970, the last time the Blues were in the Stanley Cup finals.  There is a lot of back story and drama even besides what’s happening on the ice. 

The Cards need a theme song of their own.  The Time to Fly catchphrase that is being used by the Cardinals in their promotional materials this year would be a good starting point for an original theme song.   A theme song is a rallying point for the fans and fires up the team.  When you hear the theme song in later years, it will bring back good memories of that season. 

Suggestions for a theme song for the Cardinals, anyone?  No rap songs or any songs with bad language or sexual situations – it has to be clean enough for kids to sing.  Back in the day, I used to write songs, but nowadays, I would rather write blog posts. Those words don’t need to rhyme.

The theme song idea is not totally unprecedented.  In 1982, the Cardinals’ theme song was “Celebrate” by Kool and the Gang.  (This song also has the distinction of being the only song to have been played at both my wedding receptions, in 1981 and 1992.) In 1985, the Cardinals’ theme song was “The Heat is On” by the late Glenn Frey.  In 1987, the Cardinals’ theme song was “You Belong to the City,” also by the late Glenn Frey. You will note, however, that the Cardinals played in the World Series all three of those years. 

A theme song would be a good start, but the Cards need much more than that to happen if they are to break out of this slump and start winning again.  The Cards are mired in a huge slump.  They are 2-8 in their last 10 games.  The Cards lost the first game of the doubleheader today to the Royals 8-2 due to some rough pitching by Michael Wacha.  Personally, I think Wacha is injured again. Alex Reyes is rehabbing and should be coming up soon, but I think it’s time for Mo to sign a starting pitcher like Dallas Keuchel.  There needs to be a big shakeup like last July, but let’s not wait until then, okay? 

I do hope that the Blues finally win the Stanley Cup this year.  The Bruins are a tough team, so it will be a rough series. The boys at 14th & Clark have thrown down the gauntlet, so the team at 7th & Clark needs to step it up. Wouldn’t it be great, though, if the Blues win the Stanley Cup and the Cards win the World Series in the same year?  That has never happened in Chicago. 

Last night’s game was postponed until tonight and today’s matinee game went on as scheduled. This is a short homestand, so here are the details for the remaining games:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:45 PM

Rex Hudler Budweiser Bash: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Rex Hudler bobblehead.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Rex.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Dr. Fong and the Long Brothers, Zeus Rebel Waters and Guerrilla Theory.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.    The $5 tickets at cardinals.com/battleatbusch are sold out.

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.

Friday, May 24, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 5:15 PM

Marcell Ozuna Mystery Jersey Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by AAA Insurance.

Six Flags Night: 30,000 fans entering with a ticket will receive a BOGO ticket to Six Flags.

Margaritaville Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Margaritaville-inspired all-over print shirt.  The Boat Drunks will perform Jimmy Buffett tunes in Budweiser Terrace from 5:30-6:45 PM.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/margaritaville.

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with P Jerry Reuss.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction:Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

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.

Saturday, May 25, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:15 PM

“YADI” Dog Bowl Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Purina.

Purina Pooches at the Ballpark: Fans who purchase a special ticket are allowed to bring their dog to the game in a pet-friendly section of the stadium.  Participants will take part in a pregame costume parade around the warning track and receive a Purina goodie-bag.  All fans can enjoy the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team Show, which will take place in the outfield, at approximately 5:25 PM.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/pooches.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher and St. Louis native Jerry Reuss will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, May 26, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (6:05 p.m.)

TV: ESPN

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish)

Gates: 4:05 PM

Kids Tumbler Giveaway:  All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket, presented by Powerade and QuikTrip.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

Home Run Against Hunger Food Drive: The Cardinals, in partnership with Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance and Feeding Missouri, are hosting a food drive in front of the Official Cardinals Team Store from 3-6:30 PM.  Fans who bring a non-perishable food donation will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming Cardinals game.

Zumba® Fitness Party at the Park:Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive access to a pregame Zumba® class and an exclusive Cardinals tank.  The pregame class will be held from 4:45-5:30 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/zumba.

50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

That’s all for now! Thanks as always for reading!

Diane

What, me worry? Oh, yes. A lot.

On this off-day, Alfred E. Neumann is making a return appearance.  The Cardinals’ last homestand was atrocious. They only won 2 of the last 10 games.  I attended two games last week and the Cards lost both of them. That was not a good return on my investment.  In fact, the Cards haven’t looked good since the rain-delayed game in Washington on April 28.  They were swept in Chicago (how embarrassing!), and only won 1 game of each of the last 2 series.  The Cards are now tied with Pittsburgh for 4th place in the National League Central division. What is wrong with the Cardinals?  I have some thoughts and questions. 

Jose Martinez.  Don’t get me wrong; I love the guy.  He has personality plus.  He truly enjoys playing the game; however, he can’t play the field.  Batters from opposing teams know to hit to Jose because he can’t catch a ball hit to him unless it happens to land in his glove.  He certainly can hit, though.  Jose would make a great designated hitter for an American League team.  He plays better in the outfield when Harrison Bader is there to back him up, which leads to my next question –

Why isn’t Harrison Bader playing?  There is the usual “Dexter Fowler is making more money and Jose Martinez can really hit” excuse.  Although right field is not Dexter’s natural position, he plays a lot better there than Jose does.  When I saw the lineup for yesterday’s game, I almost flipped out.  Yairo Munoz was playing center field? Why?  I understand giving Dexter a day off, but why wasn’t Harrison playing?  The excuse given for yesterday’s game was that Harrison had a stiff neck.  Don’t the Cardinals have a chiropractor on staff that could adjust Harrison’s neck?  What about all the other times Harrison could have played since his return from the IL?  Is Harrison in someone’s doghouse for some reason?  He’s not hitting well when he’s being brought in in late innings, but that’s because he hasn’t been hitting in game situations.  He needs to get his timing back.  The Cards also sorely miss Harrison’s stellar defense in center field.

Where has the offense gone?  The Cards may have scored 17 runs in the May 9 game, but they should have saved some runs for the next night.  In fact, every time the Cards win games by such large margins, they don’t score well, if at all, in the next game.  Marcell Ozuna, Jose Martinez, and Paul DeJong are the only players hitting with some regularity.  Matt Carpenter claims the only place he can hit is leadoff, but he’s not hitting well at all.  It’s time to place Matt further down the lineup and find a new leadoff batter. It could even be time to shake up the lineup, perhaps start it with DeJong-Ozuna-Goldschmidt. 

The bullpen looks shaky.  I shiver every time Tyler Webb is brought into a game.  He does not have what it takes to be a bullpen pitcher.  I think he will be sent down to AAA when Carlos Martinez completes his rehab assignment.  John Brebbia showed he was human yesterday.  And poor Jordan Hicks doesn’t get to pitch much because the Cards are not winning games he can save.  Andrew Miller has more bad pitching outings than good, which is disappointing. 

It’s still fairly early in the season and perhaps this is just a minor slump. Hopefully, this off-day will give the team a day to rest and recuperate. Perhaps watching tonight’s Blues game will relax the guys. I’m looking forward to watching some winning Cardinals baseball starting tomorrow night.

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

Diane

Homestand Highlights for May 5-12, 2019 (and some thoughts)

The Cards have played some pretty good ball this season – until the last game in Washington, that is. The lengthy rain delay really messed up the team’s rhythm. The team’s visit to Chicago this weekend has not gone well. When you have runners on base, you need to get them home. Especially when your starting pitcher gives up a pitch that ends up being a grand slam. Waino is pitching tonight against Chicago as I type this. Hopefully, the Cards can pull out a win tonight for their return home to Busch Stadium tomorrow. Perhaps the comforts of the home turf will help the Cardinals get their rhythm back. Here are all the details you need for the next homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS

Ozzie Smith’s Saturday Signing and Grateful Dead Tribute Night Highlight Third Homestand

The Cardinals look to improve upon their MLB-best 12-4 home record when they return to Busch Stadium tomorrow evening. The seven-game homestand opens with three games against the Philadelphia Phillies (May 6-8) and concludes with a four-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates (May 9-12). The third homestand of the year is highlighted by Mother’s Day and Cancer Awareness Theme Night.

Monday, May 6, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (7:05 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, ESPN (out-of-market only); Radio: KMOX 1120 AM Gates: 5:35 PM

• Cancer Awareness Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Cardinals Cancer Awareness stocking cap, which come in a variety of cancer awareness colors. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/cancer.

• Scout Night II: Scouts and their guests can enjoy $14 Theme Tickets and receive a special Girl or Boy Scout patch. All scouts and troop leaders will be invited to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/scouts.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only); Radio: KMOX 1120 AM Gates: 5:15 PM

• T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Stubhub.

• Soccer Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique long-sleeve Cardinals soccer jersey. Come early for a special pregame event featuring St. Louis FC and the St. Louis Ambush. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/soccernight.

• 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.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (12:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only); Radio: KMOX 1120 AM Gates: 10:45 AM

• Nurses Appreciation Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals all-over print scrub top. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to March of Dimes. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/nurses.

• 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.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, MLB Network (out-of-market only); Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish) Gates: 5:15 PM

• Nurses Appreciation Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals all-over print scrub top. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to March of Dimes. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/nurses.

Friday, May 10, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish) Gates: 5:15 PM

• Yadier Molina and Roberto Clemente Double Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Coca-Cola and Walmart.

• Award Ceremony: Before the start the game, Yadier Molina will be presented with his 2018 Roberto Clemente Award in recognition of the Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

• Grateful Dead Tribute Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Grateful Dead lightweight hooded pullover. St. Louis’ favorite Dead Tribute band, Jake’s Leg, will perform in Budweiser Terrace from 5:30-6:45 PM. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/gratefuldead.

• Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM. Today’s interview will be with P John Costello. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.

• 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 Fertile Soil, Ridin’ Shotgun and Blacktop South. Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Ford Plaza. Tickets to each Battle at Busch game are available for $5 or $10 at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

• 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations. The other half will benefit Cardinals Care. For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

• 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.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest; Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish) Gates: 11:15 AM

• Mystery Performance T-Shirt Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Maryville University.

• Saturday Signings at the Museum: Hall of Fame SS Ozzie Smith will sign from 10 AM to 12 PM for a special Sunday edition of Saturday Signings at the Museum. Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

• 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations. The other half will benefit Cardinals Care. For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

• MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Sunday, May 12, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest; Radio: KMOX 1120 AM, WIJR 880 AM (Spanish) Gates: 11:15 AM

• Crossbody Bag Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Take Mom to the game and she’ll get a new purse. A win-win for both of you!

• Prairie Farms Kids Run The Bases: Fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases after the game (weather permitting).

• Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, fans and families can enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza (while supplies last).

• 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations. The other half will benefit Cardinals Care. For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.

• MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Redbird and Cardinals Club through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

That’s all for now – I have to get back to watching the game! Not too much Cubbie worship on ESPN tonight, thank goodness! See you next time!

Diane