Homestand Highlights for June 17-26, 2019

During their last road trip, the Cardinals had series wins over the Marlins and the Mets for a 5-5 road record.  Sadly, Michael Wacha had another rough start.  He needs to either go back to the bullpen or be released.  The Cards were probably distracted during last Wednesday’s game since they were hoping that the Blues would win the Stanley Cup, which they did.  The Blues have thrown down the gauntlet; the Cardinals need to win the World Series this year.  Chicago has never had a Stanley Cup win and a World Series win in the same year so it would be great if that could happen in St. Louis this year.  The Pauls (Goldschmidt and DeJong) both hit home runs during the first inning of yesterday’s game.  Hopefully, their bats are starting to get hot like the weather in St. Louis. Miles Mikolas has not been pitching so well in his last couple of starts, so let’s hope he can pitch better tonight.

Have you voted for your favorite Cardinals for the All-Star Game yet?  Don’t forget, there’s a new voting format this year – the top 3 vote-getters at each position will then be pitted against each other to determine who will be the starter at that position. You can vote at cardinals.com/vote or on Google.  You can vote up to 5 times a day, so vote while you’re waiting for tonight’s game to start.

The Cardinals start a new homestand tonight, the last homestand before the All-Star Game.  The Cards play another series against the Marlins, and then play two interleague series; the first series is against the Angels (welcome back Albert!) and the second series is against the Oakland A’s (welcome back Stephen Piscotty!).  Here are all the details on this upcoming homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, June 17—Wednesday, June 26)

Albert Pujols’ Return and Wives’ Grab Bag Fundraiser Highlight Sixth Homestand

Back from their longest road trip of the year with 10 contests in 10 days, the Cardinals return for nine games at Busch.  The sixth homestand of the year opens with four games against the Miami Marlins (June 17-20), continues with a three-game weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels (June 21-23) and concludes with two games versus the Oakland Athletics (June 25-26).  Additionally, fans are encouraged to send#TheLouToTheLand by voting Cardinals players for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland at cardinals.com/vote.

Monday, June 17, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

Outdoors Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a Cardinals fishing shirt.  A portion of each ticket will be donated back to the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/outdoors.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

Fredbird’s Garage Sale: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will be able to select three previous Theme Ticket giveaways to take home.  Item/size availability is limited and items will be available on a first come, first served basis.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/garagesale.

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 Jake Shafer and Dustin Coleman.  Performances begin at 6:15 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets to each Battle at Busch game are available for $5 or $10 at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

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 19, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

African American Heritage Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a unique St. Louis Stars t-shirt.  Join us for a special pregame celebration in Budweiser Terrace featuring live entertainment by DJ Charlie Chan, a Q&A with Cardinals alumni and a step performance by the Gentlemen of Vision.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 4:45 PM

Scout Night III: 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.

Friday, June 21, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:15 PM

Goodwill Autograph Night: A current Cardinals player will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans ages 15 years and younger from 5:45-6:15. Cardinals Alumni John Costello and Bernard Gilkey 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 RP Mark Littell.  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 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, June 22, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 11:15 AM

Cardinals Wives Grab Bag Fundraiser: Cardinals Wives will be selling mystery grab bags to fans for $50 at Gate 3, Gate 4, and inside the Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and Ford Plaza. Inside each bag is an autographed baseball from a Cardinals player and a card revealing the mystery signature. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Angels’ Arms and Girls in the Know.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/cardinalswives.

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

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 MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Sunday, June 23, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels (6:05 p.m.)

TV: ESPN – Well, the ESPN crew can’t love all over the Cubs if the Cards aren’t playing them.  

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

Gates: 4:05 PM

Rawlings Kids Glove Giveaway: 12,000 kids, ages 15 and under, entering with a ticket.  Right-handed gloves can be exchanged for left-handed gloves at the Theme Kiosk in Budweiser Terrace.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: In a special Sunday Edition of Saturday Signings, former Cardinals closer Mark Littell will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

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 MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Oakland Athletics (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

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

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 26, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Oakland Athletics (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 4:45 PM

Note:  My hubby and I will be at this game and we’ll be sitting in section 261, row 9.  If you’re in the vicinity, stop by and say hi!

June T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by TD Ameritrade. If you’re a Blues and/or Yadi Molina fan, you may want to get tickets to this game – the T-shirt features Yadi in his Blues fan gear and the words “Let’s Go Blues!”

Soccer Night II: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique long-sleeve Cardinals soccer jersey.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/soccernight.

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, The Shaved Cat Project & Black Creek Hollow.  Gate 1 will open at 4:15 PM.  Performances begin at 4:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane 

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

Homestand Highlights for April 19-April 28, 2019

The Cards return home to Busch Stadium after a road trip to Mexico to play the Cincinnati Reds (splitting the series) and a trip to Milwaukee to get beat almost single-handedly by Christian Yelich. (Okay, the guys won Thursday’s game.) Marcell Ozuna must have read my last blog post because he’s suddenly playing much better. Harrison Bader is sadly on the injured list with a right hamstring strain. Here’s hoping he gets better soon. Tyler O’Neill is also on the IL.

Tonight is the start of the longest homestand of the season. The son and I will be at Tuesday night’s game. It’s College Night, and even though I received my associate’s degree in 1981, it counts, right? So I deserve a theme night jacket. It’s also the T-shirt of the month night, so we get two promotions for the price of one.

Here are all the details of what’s happening during this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, April 19—Sunday, April 28)

Hall of Fame Induction Announcement & Boy Band Night Highlight Second Homestand

Back from their recent five-game road trip, the Cardinals return to Busch for their longest homestand of the season.  The nine-game homestand opens with three games against the New York Mets (April 19-21), followed by three games versus the Milwaukee Brewers (April 22-24) and concludes with a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds (April 26-28).  The second homestand of the year is highlighted by Easter and Earth Day theme events and ten promotional giveaways.

Friday, April 19, 2019 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (7:15 p.m.)

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

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM   

  • Fleece Vest Giveaway:30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by Scott Credit Union.
  • Boy Band Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Boy Band t-shirt.  The Boy Band Night will perform in Budweiser Terrace from 5:30-6:45 PM.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/boybandFlashback 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 pitcher Kyle McClellan.  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/505
  • 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, April 20, 2019 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

  • Road Alternate Embroidered Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher and St. Louis native Kyle McClellan will sign from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  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, 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.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

  • Cardinals Build-A-Bear Workshop Bunny Giveaway:  12,000 fans entering with a ticket, ages 15 and younger.
  • Kids Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All kids entering with a ticket, ages 15 and younger, courtesy of Prairie Farms.
  • Fredbird’s Easter Brunch: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will join Fredbird and his friends for a pregame brunch with photo ops and receive a goody bag.  Tickets to this event are sold out.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Monday, April 22, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:15 PM

  • Award Ceremony: Before the start the game, Yadier Molina will be presented with his ninth career Rawlings Gold Glove Award in recognition of being selected as the National League’s best defensive catcher in 2018 by NL managers and coaches.
  • Class of 2019 Night: For just $19, fans will receive a ticket to the game and an exclusive Class of 2019 t-shirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/graduation.
  • Earth Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive take home an 18 oz. glass water bottle with a silicone cover and bamboo lid.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/earthday.
  • 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.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:15 PM

  • T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by TD Ameritrade.
  • Fernando Tatis Budweiser Bash: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Fernando Tatis bobblehead.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Fernando.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.
  • College Night #2: For just $20, fans will receive a ticket to the game and an exclusive Cardinals letterman sweatshirt jacket.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college.
  • 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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (12:15 p.m.)

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

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

Gates open at 10:45 AM

  • Weather Day: Enjoy the game and a pregame interactive program featuring KSDK’s Chief Meteorologist Craig Moeller and experiments from the Saint Louis Science Center to educate students about the weather for just $15.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/weather.
  • 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.

Friday, April 26, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: open at 5:15 PM

  • “YADI” Tumbler Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.
  • Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class Announcement: The sixth elected Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class will be revealed on FOX Sports Midwest during a 30-minute pregame television special at 6 PM.  A pregame ceremony will also take place to commemorate the announcement.
  • Braggin’ Rights (Illini & Mizzou) Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an Illini or Mizzou-themed Cardinals lightweight quarter-zip pullover.  A pregame pep rally will feature band members, cheer squads and athletes from each school.  Illini basketball players Trent Frazier and Kipper Nichols will sign autographs before the game in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/Illini or cardinals.com/Mizzou.
  • 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 2B Tom Herr.  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, visitcardinals.com/5050.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

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

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

  • Sweatshirt Blanket Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. 
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals 2B Tom Herr will sign from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  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, inside the Redbird and Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Sunday, April 28, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

  • Road Alternate Yadier Molina Jersey Giveaway:  All kids entering with a ticket, ages 15 and younger. Size exchanges can be made at the Pavilion Patio (Level 3) until 2 PM.
  • Tote Bag Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by MLB Network.
  • Kids Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All kids entering with a ticket, ages 15 and younger, courtesy of Prairie Farms.
  • 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).
  • Transplant Awareness Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals cap supporting organ donation.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated back to support transplants and organ donation.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/transplant.
  • Peanut Controlled Day: For just $20, fans with peanut allergies can enjoy the game in a peanut-free section.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/peanutcontrolled.
  • 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.

Whew! That’s a lot of information!  Thanks as always for reading and have a happy Easter!

Diane

What, me worry? Well, maybe just a little.

The cartoon figure in the clip art above is Alfred E. Neumann, the mascot of Mad magazine.  Alfred’s catchphrase was “What, me worry?”  The Cardinals’ bats are starting to catch fire, but I still have some concerns this early in the season. Let’s discuss.

The Cards’ pitchers are giving up too many walks.  The son and I were gifted with 2 free tickets to Saturday’s (4/6/19) game.  (Thanks, Sandy!) Before we left in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Cards’ pitchers had given up 9 walks.  That’s too many.  What’s especially bad is when the first batter in the inning gets a walk.  Then the next batter moves the first batter to second base, etc. What’s even worse is if the walks put runners on base and a batter hits a home run, like in Saturday’s game. The walk creates a run that didn’t need to happen and could cost the team to lose a game.  Let’s tighten it up, guys, and not give up so many walks.

What’s up with Marcell Ozuna?   The play he made in the outfield in Tuesday night’s game was truly bizarre.  He climbed the wall to try to catch the ball and the ball landed two feet in front of him.  He caught one of his spikes in the turf when he landed and he could have gotten hurt.  This wasn’t the first oddball play he’s attempted to make.  And in last night’s game, he had a baserunning gaffe.  Has Marcell had his sight checked lately?  Sure, his hitting has improved but his fielding and throwing are sorely lacking.  It makes me wonder how he was ever awarded a Gold Glove.  And he came to spring training overweight and out of shape, plus his shoulder wasn’t quite where it was supposed to be.  This is not a good look for a player in a walk year.  If he keeps it up, he may not get a contract at all, let alone a good one.

Michael Wacha.  He’s been giving up a lot of walks (7 on Saturday when we were there) and home runs (3 in today’s game alone).  Is Wacha having problems with his shoulder again?

Dexter Fowler’s hitting.  The season started on March 28, and Dexter just got his first RBI during last night’s game (4/10/19). This is not ideal at all.

Lest you think I’m a complete Debbie Downer, however, there are some good things happening this spring.  I’m glad that the Cardinals signed Miles Mikolas, Jose Martinez, and Matt Carpenter to contract extensions.  It’s best to get contract extensions out of the way early in the year, or even during spring training, I think.  It gives the players confidence that the team wants them and has confidence in their abilities, and that reflects in their performance. The players don’t wonder all season whether their contracts are going to be renewed or not.

Center fielder Harrison Bader has made some dandy plays, considering he not only has to cover his position but back up Marcell Ozuna as well.  And Kolten Wong has done a great job this season.  Having Paul Goldschmidt at first base gives Kolten confidence to make those incredible plays. Kolten’s bat is on fire this year too.  And speaking of bats on fire, Paul DeJong’s bat is smokin’ hot.

The Cardinals swept the Dodgers this week, and now they’re on a happy flight to Mexico, where they play the Reds this weekend. One word of advice – don’t drink the water, guys! Montezuma’s Revenge is painful!

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights for April 6-11, 2019

The opening ceremonies at today’s game were awe-inspiring as always.  It was great to see the Hall of Famers, although I missed seeing Red. Today’s game didn’t go as planned.  Sure, Goldy and DeJong hit home runs, but they weren’t enough to win the game.  But there are still a few games left on this homestand and there is still time to turn things around.  Will you be going to any of the next few games?  There are lots of theme nights and giveaways the next few days, so here’s all the information you need to know:

Saturday, April 6, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

  • Mystery Hall of Fame Opening Day Car Parade Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, courtesy of Ford.
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen will sign from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  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, 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.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

  • Adult Windbreaker Giveaway:  30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, courtesy of Old Dominion Freight Line.
  • Kids Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All kids entering with a ticket, ages 15 and younger, courtesy of Ritz.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Monday, April 8, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

  • College Theme Night #1: For just $20, fans will receive a ticket to the game and an exclusive Cardinals letterman sweatshirt jacket.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college.
  • 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.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

  • Award Ceremony: Prior to the start of the game, Paul Goldschmidt will be presented with his 2018 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award in recognition of being selected as the best offensive National League first baseman by NL managers and coaches.
  • Game of Thrones Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive designed Game of Thrones t-shirt.  An official Iron Throne will be on hand.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/thrones.
  • 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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

  • Firefighter Appreciation Night: With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Firefighter cap and one complimentary drink.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/firefighters.
  • Law Enforcement Appreciation Night: With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement cap and one complimentary drink.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/lawenforcement.
  • Scouts Theme Night #1: Scouts and their guests can enjoy $14 tickets and 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/college.
  • 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 11, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (12:15 p.m.)

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

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

Gates open at 10:45 AM

  • Ceremonial First Pitch: Cardinals fan, Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, best known for her perfect first pitch last season at Guarantee Rate Field before a White Sox game, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
  • Firefighter Appreciation Day: With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Firefighter cap and one complimentary drink.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/firefighters.
  • Law Enforcement Appreciation Day: With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement cap and one complimentary drink.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/lawenforcement.
  • 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.

BUSCH STADIUM INFORMATION

Fan Information Guide

The Busch Stadium Fan Information is designed to assist our fans by presenting information about St. Louis Cardinals/Busch Stadium offerings and accommodations.  View the guide at cardinals.com/info.

Food & Beverage

The Cardinals Fan Food Guide is available at cardinals.com/food and via the MLB.com Ballpark mobile app to help fans locate their favorite food and beverages at Busch Stadium.

Team Store

The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium features the area’s best selection of premium Cardinals merchandise and is open daily from 10 AM – 6 PM.  On game nights, the store will remain open to the public and will close approximately one hour after the game.

Prohibited Items

Visit cardinals.com/security for the complete stadium inspection policy & prohibited items list.

Re-Entry & Smoking Gate

Exit stamps will be available for guests who need to exit the stadium but plan to return.  The stamps will be located inside Gate 1 and Gate 4.  The Smoking Gate is located outside of Gate 1.

MORE CARDINALS INFORMATION

Cardinals Magazine – Opening Day Issue on Sale

Newcomers Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller cover the season-opening edition of Cardinals Magazine and sit down for an exclusive Q&A to kick off the 2019 season.  Our inside access takes you behind the scenes as style masters Harrison Bader and Jack Flaherty go shopping in Jupiter for manager Mike Shildt.  Plus, contributions from Miles Mikolas, Jim Edmonds, Mike Shannon and more!

Start a print or digital subscription and receive two free tickets to a 2019 home game (one-year) or a Harrison Bader bobblehead (two-year).  To subscribe, visit cardinals.com/publications or call 314-345-9000.  Follow them on Twitter at @CardsMagazine. #CardsMagazine

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum is open daily from 10 AM – 6 PM and remains open through the 7th inning on home game nights.  Museum programming, including Saturday Signings, Flashback Fridays and Artifact Spotlight presentations, are scheduled throughout the season.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum. #CardsMuseum

Cardinals Authentics Shop

Cardinals Authentics specializes in official, game-used, limited edition and autographed memorabilia direct from the club.  The Cardinals Nation location is open daily from 10 AM – 8 PM.  On game nights, the Ford Plaza shop will remain open 30 minutes after last pitch while the Cardinals Nation shop will remain open through the end of the game.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/authentics or follow them on Twitter@CardsAuthentics. #CardsAuthentics

Official Team Media Guide

2019 Cardinals media guides are available for $20 at the Official Cardinals Team Store, Cardinals Authentics Shops and cardinals.com/mediaguide.

Official Team Scorecard

Designed by local artist Mike Right, 2019 team scorecards are available for $2.50 at Busch Stadium and cardinals.com/scorecard.

Cardinals Insider with Ozzie Smith

Cardinals Insider is a Mid-America Emmy-nominated weekly news magazine television show hosted by Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith that gives fans an all-access pass to everything Cardinals baseball featuring exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.  To watch full episodes or find an updated programming schedule, visit cardinals.com/insider.  #CardsInsider

Cardinals in the Community

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.  Fans can learn how to support Cardinals Care by visiting cardinals.com/community. #CardsCare

Official Pregame Parties

Cardinals Nation Restaurant hosts the Official Pregame Party of the St. Louis Cardinals before every game.  The ticketed pep-rally style party is located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in the Hall of Fame Club, two and a half hours prior to every Cardinals home game all the way until first pitch.  Visit cardinals.com/pregame to purchase tickets or for more information.

Cardinals Nation Food Truck

For weekly truck location announcements, follow on Twitter @CardsFoodTruck.  To view the full food truck menu or for more information, visit cardinals.com/foodtruck.

Ballpark Village

No ticket, no problem!  Ballpark Village offers an unprecedented watch party experience with over 1,200 square feet of TVs with direct stadium feed, as well as Budweiser Brew House Deck Parties post-game every Friday with DJ Todd Thomas and Official Cardinals Away Game Watch Parties with premium giveaways.  Learn more at stlballparkvillage.com.

That’s all for now! See you next time!

Diane

Home Opening Day for 2019 is tomorrow!

Actually, the home opener was supposed to be today, but Mother Nature decided to send showers to rain on the Cardinals’ parade.  The smart decision was made to postpone the game until Friday, April 5.  The weathercasters were correct for a change; it rained all afternoon in downtown St. Louis.  There is an off day after the home opener built into the schedule every year in case of inclement weather.

All of the festivities that would have happened today will be occurring tomorrow. Will you be there?  I have to work, but hope to sneak a look at the opening festivities on the Fox Sports Go app on my Kindle (shh, don’t tell my boss!)  I used to be able to see the scoreboard from the office across from my desk, but the Live by Loewe’s building being built on the corner of 8th and Clark is blocking my once lovely view.

Without further ado, here is the list of all of the festivities that will be occurring tomorrow afternoon.

OPENING DAY IN ST. LOUIS — APRIL 5, 2019

All 16 Living Members of the Cardinals Hall of Fame Will Attend 2019 Home Opener

 A pregame ceremony that welcomes home the 2019 St. Louis Cardinals, honors the club’s Hall of Famers and commemorates the great tradition of Opening Day in St. Louis will punctuate a day of activities celebrating the annual return of baseball to St. Louis on Friday, April 5.  The Cardinals will open the 2019 home slate against the San Diego Padres at 3:15 PM CT.  The following is a schedule of official activities and information to help fans enjoy the unofficial holiday that is #OpeningDaySTL:

Pregame Schedule

9:00 a.m.                Select Ballpark Village venues open

9:30 – 11:45 a.m.   Opening Day Pep Rally at Ballpark Village:

Join Fredbird, Team Fredbird and DJ Todd Thomas at the Ballpark Village parking lot for the Cardinals Opening Day Pep Rally.  This event is free for all fans to attend and will proceed rain or shine.  The pep rally includes prizes, Opening Day ticket giveaways, and a special appearance by “The Voice” contestant and St. Louis native, Kennedy Holmes.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well.

12:00 p.m.             Gates Open

                               2019 Cardinals Magnet Schedule:

All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and older, will receive a magnet featuring the 2019 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Cardinals Batting Practice (subject to change)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.    Padres Batting Practice (subject to change)

2:30 p.m.               Pregame ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

                               Introduction of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

                               Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird

2:35 p.m.               Introduction of Cardinals Hall of Famers via a Ford Motorcade around the warning track. Hall of Famers will be riding in 2019 Ford GT Mustang convertibles.

                              Introduction of 2019 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class, Vince Coleman and Ray Lankford

                              Cardinals Opening Day Video

2:50 p.m.              Introduction of Cardinals principal owner and CEO, Bill DeWitt Jr.

                              Introduction of the 2019 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2019 Ford F-150 Raptors.

                              Introduction of the San Diego Padres.

                              Presentations of Color Guard and American Flag in center field, courtesy of the service men and women of Scott Air Force Base.

3:05 p.m.              National Anthem performed by Kennedy Holmes, St. Louis teen vocal sensation and finalist of NBC’s “The Voice.”

3:07 p.m.              KC-135 Flyover (weather permitting)

3:09 p.m.              Ceremonial First Pitch by former teammates and 2019 Cardinals Hall of Fame nominees Jason Isringhausen and Matt Morris in recognition of the 15th anniversary of the team’s 2004 National League Championship.

3:15 p.m.               First Pitch

Telecast Coverage

Cardinals programming starts at 11 a.m. on FOX Sports Midwest.  Catch the latest episode of Cardinals Insider with Ozzie Smith at 1 p.m.  An extended edition of the Cardinals Live pregame show begins at 1:30 p.m.  Fans can watch the pregame ceremonies beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) or one of the 147 stations in the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney call the game.  The Ameren Total Access Show starts at 1:40 p.m.

Online or On The Go

Fans may also follow the game for free on cardinals.com using the Gameday application.  Fans can keep tabs on the score from their mobile device using MLB’s mobile app, At Bat.  The Cardinals Home Opener, including Opening Day Ceremonies, will be streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app and at FOXSportsGo.com (available in Cardinals territory).

Getting To The Game

Per MoDOT, motorists should be aware of the following on-going road closures:

  • I-44, St. Louis City, one eastbound lane closed from Murdoch to the River Des Peres through December.
  • I-44, St. Louis City, one eastbound lane closed from Hampton to Grand through December.

As usual, Clark Street will be closed to vehicular traffic in between the stadium and Ballpark Village.

Fans coming to the game will notice some construction near the ballpark with the work underway to build the second phase of Ballpark Village.  While some areas are closed off to vehicular traffic, pedestrian access remains open to Ballpark Village as well as Clark Street.  Fans are encouraged to allow extra time and pay attention to signs as they make their way to the ballpark.

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving.  To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game days, fans can use one of 21 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark.  MetroLink will have additional security and personnel located throughout the light rail system to assist passengers on Thursday.  MetroLink will also monitor platforms for crowds and will add extra trains to service as needed.  Visit MetroStLouis.org or download the Metro On The Go app for schedules and Park-Ride lots nearest you.

There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium including the Redbird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois.  On Opening Day, the first Redbird Express bus will leave at 10:15 a.m. and the last bus will leave at 2:35 p.m.  MetroBus is another great option for getting downtown.  Fans can catch the #40 Broadway or #99 Downtown Trolley, which both have stops near Busch Stadium.

Prohibited Items Policy

  • Not Permitted: Backpacks, alcohol, thermoses, hard-sided coolers, aluminum or glass cans/bottles, commercial camera equipment
  • Fans can visit cardinals.com/security for the complete stadium inspection policy and prohibited items list.

Busch Stadium Re-Entry

  • Exit stamps will be available for guests who need to exit the stadium but plan to return.  The stamps will be located at Gate 1 (southeast corner of stadium) and Gate 4 (northwest corner of stadium).  Guests can re-enter the stadium at any gate with a hand stamp and a valid event ticket.

Ballpark Improvements

A number of physical improvements have been made within Busch Stadium to improve the fan experience:

  • Stadium Lights: The St. Louis Cardinals in partnership with PLANLEDTM have installed a new, state-of-the-art lighting system in Busch Stadium.  The new lights will improve the visual experience for players and guests as well as reduce operating and energy costs. The system will have the highest, true-to-life color rendering in an outdoor sports venue.
  • Budweiser Burger Bar: The new Budweiser Burger Bar is located in Bud Terrace on the fourth level and features handmade, craft burgers with a Budweiser twist, tater tots, fries, and ice-cold beverages.
  • Premium Party Suites: Six existing party suites have been renovated to transform the private, climate-controlled areas with a more modern sport design. The suites feature:
  • A full-service bar with cocktail, wine and beer service that extends through the 9th inning.
  • Exclusive one-time catering delivery of upscale menu enhancements:
  • Chilled shrimp platter and assorted cheese platter delivered when guests arrive
  • Basket of warm pretzels and cheese delivered in the third inning
  • In-game dessert cart with assorted treats
  • Upscale buffet featuring ballpark favorites
  • Additional televisions so fans don’t miss a single pitch

To reserve a Premium Party Suite for 2019, call 314-345-9000.

New Concessions

Delaware North Sportservice, the club’s concessionaire for more than 50 years, is preparing to welcome fans back to Busch Stadium.  Delaware North Executive Chef Larry Johnson and his culinary team have developed a few new menu items for the 2019 season, including:

  • “The Bud Burger”: Two 4 oz. Burger Patties, Budweiser Pub Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and Caramelized Onions on a Signature Budweiser Kaiser Bun.  Served at: Bud Burger Bar in Budweiser Terrace for $17.
  • Bud BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger:  Two 4 oz. Burger Patties, Budweiser Pub Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Caramelized Onions and Budweiser infused BBQ Sauce on a Signature Budweiser Kaiser Bun.  Served at: Bud Burger Bar in Budweiser Terrace for $18.
  • Taste of the Hill Burger:  Two 4 oz. Burger Patties, Provel Cheese, Marinara Sauce and Garlic Aioli on a Signature Budweiser Kaiser Bun topped with two Toasted Beef Ravioli.  Served at: Bud Burger Bar in Budweiser Terrace for $18.
  • Little Buds: 8 Mini Burgers with Pickle, American Cheese and Garlic Aioli on toasted Hawaiian Mini Buns.  Served with Tater Tots in a Home Plate box. Great to share with friends!  Served at: Bud Burger Bar in Budweiser Terrace for $26.
  • Twisted Topped Pretzel: Giant Pretzel Twists topped and baked right in front of you. Available flavors include Pepperoni and Cheese, Buffalo Chicken, Bacon, and Cheese.  Served with your choice of dipping sauce:  Marinara, Ranch, Cheese.  Served in Section 155.
  • The Mega Slice:  16” Slice of Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza. Served in Sections 139 and 437.
  • Country Bob’s Pulled Pork Nachos:  Tostito’s Chips, Queso Blanco, Pulled Pork smoked in house, Country Bobs BBQ sauce, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, and Country Bobs BBQ Seasoning.  Served in Section 109.

Ballpark App

The St. Louis Cardinals have retired the “print at home” ticket delivery option and transitioned to mobile ticket delivery via the Ballpark App.  Fans can still have physical game tickets mailed to them or left to be picked up at Busch Stadium Will Call.

  • The free MLB Ballpark app is the most secure and convenient way to instantly access Cardinals tickets via your mobile device.
  • To enter Busch Stadium, have the Ballpark app open, pull up your ticket barcode for that day’s game and present it to the gate attendant to be scanned.
  • If you’re entering with a group, you have the option to scan multiple tickets on one device
  • For compatible iOS devices, you can add tickets to your Apple Wallet before arriving.
  • You can easily forward tickets to family and friends with the app via email or a text link.
  • You can choose to cancel a forwarded ticket and have it reinstated as a live mobile ticket in the app.
  • Once a ticket has been scanned it cannot be forwarded.
  • Use the Ballpark app as your mobile companion while at the game:
  • Locate your favorite ballpark food with the Fan Food Guide
  • Access the A-Z Guide to answer all your Busch Stadium questions

Download MLB’s official app for mobile ticketing to your mobile device via the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).  Visit cardinals.com/ballparkapp for Ballpark app instructions, tutorials, and frequently asked questions.  Note from DMS:  I have this app on my phone and it is very handy. I highly recommend it.

Visit cardinals.com/openingday for the latest details about Opening Day in St. Louis.

Oh, and by the way, there’s a ballgame being played tomorrow.  I’m hoping that the Cardinals will play better now that they’re back home.  Tomorrow night, I’ll post the Homestand Highlights for the rest of the first homestand of the 2019 season.  Go Cards!

Diane

2018 UCB Spring Roundtable question

UCB_11The United Cardinals Bloggers organization (to which this blog belongs) holds two roundtables annually, where a member asks a question and the other members answer the questions.  The spring roundtable usually takes place in March and the fall roundtable takes place in October (or November if the Cards are in the playoffs).

I volunteered to ask a question, so here it is:

Good morning fellow UCB’ers!  There have been discussions lately about minor league players and their rate of pay. It’s been said that minor league players aren’t paid well so as to make them hungry to get to the major leagues, but there’s a fine line between hunger to get to the major leagues and hunger because you don’t make enough to afford food. I’m sure there are some players who have had to stop chasing the dream because they can’t make ends meet.

Hopefully, this will be rectified in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, due next year, or maybe sooner.  Should the parent club pay more money to the minor league teams?  Should major league players contribute, say, 1% of their yearly income to help pay minor league players?  Most of them were, at one time, minor league players themselves, so they know the pain of trying to juggle their expenses at a low rate of pay.  

So what are your suggestions to help get minor league players a living wage?  Thanks for your answers!

Mark Tomasek of RetroSimba  answered:

Hi, Diane. Interesting question with no easy answer.

One aspect impacting my thinking is, “Don’t some, or all, of the players who are drafted receive signing bonuses; in some cases, significant amounts of bonus money?” Shouldn’t that factor into a formula for salary? Should a non-drafted player who didn’t get bonus money have a different salary tier than one who did get bonus money?

I also question whether playing baseball in the minors leagues is a career or whether it is an apprenticeship/internship. I think very few, if any, athletes plan to make a career of playing baseball in the minors. The whole point of the minors is to be a testing ground to determine whether you qualify for big leagues. In other professions, compensation for an apprenticeship, or internship, wouldn’t be the same as compensation for a full time career professional.

Rusty Groppel of the Bird Law podcast answered:

First and foremost, the MLBPA has to step up and actually fight for those players.  With the realizations that they have to shift the compensation model, maybe it will open the door for that.  I don’t think they need to contribute any of their salary, because it frankly would not cost the MLB that much to pay all of their minor leaguers a decent wage.

I quickly scratched out a pay scale that goes as follows: DSL – 30K, GCL, Appy, NY/Penn – 40K, Midwest – 50K, FSL – 60K, Texas – 75K, and PCL – 100K. Multiplying by roster size, it came out to $13.425M to pay 175 minor leaguers in regards to the Cardinals system. That’s not even 10% of their current payroll.

That’s an aggressive model and compensates them well in real-world dollars. The low level guys may still need an offseason job, but the high level guys, that are expected to put in their baseball work year round, would be in good living shape at those salaries. It’s fair.

Even if you cut it in half, it’s livable (though again, low-level will need a winter job) and a better situation than the current system. It would only cost the Cardinals $6.7125M in that scenario, which is just slightly more than they will pay Kolten Wong this year and $1M less than Brett Cecil. The Rays get almost 5 times that much just from revenue sharing. So it’s a relatively small financial investment for teams to just take care of those guys. It’s just a matter of someone forcing teams to do it.

Daniel Shoptaw of C70 at the Bat answered:

Mark makes a good point, but I think Rusty’s scale of pay still makes a lot of sense.  In this field, the minimum salary is $555,000 right now, I believe.  Even apprentices and interns (usually) get paid and Rusty’s 30K for the rawest of these is 5% of what that minimum is.  That would seem reasonable enough for a living wage.  While perhaps these players don’t plan on it being their life’s work, it is their work right now.  (And I think a lot of athletes plan to make it to the bigs or plan to make this what they do as long as they can do it, especially after the first couple of years.)

At the very least–and I reiterate, the VERY least–the big league teams could help alleviate some expenses to make the minor leaguers salaries go farther.  Reimburse for clubhouse dues.  Make sure that there is a way for them to eat quality meals at the ballpark.  Provide some equipment to them–Tara’s story about minor leaguers that won’t swing at an inside pitch because it might break their bat and they can’t afford another one is pretty telling.

My guess is that those in the lowest levels of the minors put more work into their job than I do to mine.  (Maybe that’s a low bar, but still….)  Just because they might not wind up on the big stage doesn’t mean to me they can’t have a reasonable pay scale relative to their industry.

Thanks to all for your answers! The link to each person’s blog/podcast is in bold above – check them out! You might find something new and enjoyable to read.

I’m so excited – the regular season is less than 2 weeks away!  It’s been great watching the spring training games on TV. I enjoy watching the minor league guys, even if they don’t hit or field very well.  They have to start somewhere.

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane