Homestand Highlights for August 19-25, 2019

The Cardinals’ last road trip was very productive.  They won both games in Kansas City and split the series with Cincinnati.  The only games that the Cards lost were the Wednesday and Saturday games in Cincinnati.  The Cards’ bats were hot on Friday (they won 13-4), but they only scored one run the night before and the night after that. The Cards’ bats need to be more consistent.  If the team could get the hitting going consistently, they could run away with the NL Central.  As of this writing, the Cards are tied with the Cubs for first place.  The Cards play the Brewers this week, and they could push the Brewers further down the standings with a successful series.   The Cubs need to get pushed down the standings too.

Can I be frank?  Those Saturday road uniforms have got to go.  They are bad luck.  The Cards have only won one game that they have played while wearing the Saturday road uniforms.  The blue road uniforms have even brought bad luck to their model, Harrison Bader – he is still down in Memphis, although it looks like he is regaining his swing.  If the Cards wanted to go with the blue uniforms, they should have just reissued the 1980s uniforms.  Sometimes you can’t improve on a classic.

The Cards return home for a seven-game homestand against Milwaukee and, for the first time this season, the Rockies.  Thankfully, the Cards play the Rockies at home and not at Coors Field.  Now that school is back in session, the weekday evening games will start at 6:45 PM and not at 7:15 PM, through the end of the season. It would be nice if the 7:15 PM games started at 6:45 PM all season long.  I usually don’t get back home from 7:15 PM weeknight games until 11:00 PM if I stay until the end of the game.

Here are all the details about the upcoming homestand, which includes the Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony information:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, August 19—Sunday, August 25)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Players’ Weekend Highlight Tenth Homestand

 After winning four of six on their road trip through Kansas City and Cincinnati, the Cardinals return to Busch atop the NL Central.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with three games against the Milwaukee Brewers (August 19-21) and concludes with a four-game weekend series versus the Colorado Rockies (August 22-25).

Monday, August 19, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 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

Sandlot Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans can choose between a Cardinals “Hercules” or “Smalls” bobblehead.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/sandlot.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA 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.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Will Clark Budweiser Bash: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Will Clark bobblehead.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Will.  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 Fire and Wood & Inner Outlines.  Gate 1 will open at 4:45 PM.  Performances begin at 5:30 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Specially-priced tickets are available for $10.  Learn more 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, August 21, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Star Trek Night: Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will take home an exclusive Star Trek-themed Cardinals cap.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/startrek.

Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back the Boots at Busch concert series featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features The Foggy Memory Boys, Madd Hoss Jackson & MiKayla Gunn.  Gate 1 will open at 4:45 PM.  Performances begin at 5:05 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $10 at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA 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.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by StubHub.

World Wide Technology Raceway Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Harrison Bader IndyCar bobblehead and a free ticket to the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 qualifying night on August 23.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/gateway.  (I predict that Harrison will be called back up for his bobblehead night, like when Kolten Wong got called back up for his Hawaiian shirt night.)

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA 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.

Friday, August 23, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (7:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Cardinals Mesh Pullover Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Cooper Tires / Dobbs Tire & Auto Center.

Heart & Hustle Award Presentation: Before the game, Paul DeJong will be recognized as the team’s 2019 MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award recipient.  The esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.

Stranger Things Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a Cardinals-inspired Stranger Things t-shirt.  Come early for a pregame concert of 80s hits by That’s 80s Band in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/strangerthings.

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 Cardinals Hall of Famer Jason Isringhausen (in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Club).  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 presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, 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, August 24, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports 1

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Scott RolenJason Isringhausen, and Mort Cooper will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame during a 3:00 p.m. ceremony at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.  The 2019 inductees will also be recognized as part of a pregame ceremony on the field at Busch Stadium.  #CardsHOF

Mystery Cardinals Hall of Fame Cap Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Edward Jones.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Cardinals Hall of Fame OF Ray Lankford will sign from 10 AM-12 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Cardinals Wives Grab Bag Fundraiser: Cardinals Wives will sell mystery grab bags to fans for $50 at Gates 3 and 4, inside the Cardinals Club, Redbird Club, Ford Plaza, and Budweiser Terrace. Inside each bag is an autographed baseball from a Cardinals player and a card revealing the mystery signature. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Great Circle and KEEN St. Louis.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/cardinalswives.

MetroBus Painting: Add some color to the MetroBus fleet by painting two specially designed Cardinals murals onto the Art Bus.  The event is free and will be held outside the Busch Stadium Team Store from 4-6:30 PM.

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

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA 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, August 25, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (1:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

1944 World Series Championship Replica Ring Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  My son and I are attending this game so I can add to my replica ring collection.  🙂

Paul Goldschmidt Growth Poster Giveaway: 10,000 kids, ages 15 and under, entering with a ticket.  Presented by Missouri Farmers Care.

Bikers at Busch: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals biker t-shirt that is bad to the bone.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours before 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 presented by Hollywood Casino.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/5050.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA 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!  See you next time!

Diane

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

What a crazy last two weeks it’s been for the Cardinals.  The transactions alone these last two weeks have been dizzying. You couldn’t even fit them all on a scorecard. On July 29, Harrison Bader was optioned to Memphis, and hopefully there he will find the batting stroke he has lost.  Bader is still at Memphis, sadly enough for us ladies who enjoy watching him on the field. Perhaps the Cards will call him back for his bobblehead night on August 23. On July 30, the Cards claimed LHP Adalberto Mejia off waivers from the Angels.  The Cards designated Mejia for assignment on August 6, and the Angels reclaimed Mejia on August 8.  Easy come, easy go?

On July 31, Daniel Ponce de Leon was optioned to Memphis.  Matt Carpenter was assigned to Memphis for rehab on August 1 and was activated on August 4.  Yadier Molina was assigned to Memphis for rehab on August 1. On August 8, Yadi was sent to Springfield for rehab.  On August 3, Tyler O’Neill was put on the 10-day injured list for a wrist sprain. On August 4, RHP Mike Mayers was designated for assignment, Rangel Ravelo was optioned to Memphis, and Ryan Helsley was recalled (for the 6th time) from Memphis.  On August 6, Adalberto Mejia was designated for assignment, Mike Mayers was sent outright to Memphis, and the contract of RFP Junior Hernandez was purchased from Memphis.

The trade deadline was a disaster.  The only deal Mo made was to trade Jedd Gyorko to the Dodgers for cash, international cap space, LHP Tony Cingrani (who is on the injured list until after the season because of a shoulder injury and is a free agent after the season and RHP Jeffry Abreu (a minor league pitcher).  The team needed a starting pitcher and an outfielder and Mo obtained neither.  The only other acquisition was on July 29, when the Cards picked up LHP Zac Rosscup for cash from the Dodgers. Rosscup went straight to Memphis.  Some of my fellow bloggers and most of Cardinals Twitter agree it’s long past time for John Mozeliak to be fired.  If the Cardinals don’t make the playoffs for the fourth straight year, I believe Mo will go.

When last I wrote (July 25, 2019), the Cardinals were in a hot streak.  The bats were hot and so was the team. However, since then, things have taken a nosedive.  The Cardinals had a California road trip from August 3 – 7 and they didn’t win a single game.  The bats that once appeared to be on fire are back in the deep freeze.  Jack Flaherty pitched a masterful game yesterday with no win to show for it.  I believe the players are angry that Mo didn’t get help for them at the trade deadline, especially since they played so hard to get to first place. Their bats are on strike. The Cards are now 3 ½ games back in the NL Central.

If, after all of the above, you still want to see the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, the Cards return home tomorrow night for the shortest homestand of the year – 3 games.  The Dynamic Deal for Friday night’s game ($10.00 tickets with a free hot dog and soda, plus the promo item) was too good to pass up, so the son and I will be there. Here are all the homestand highlights:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS

(Friday, August 9—Sunday, August 11)

90s Night and Weekend of Wearable Giveaways Highlight Ninth Homestand

The Cardinals return to Busch for their shortest homestand of the season.  The brief homestand features a three-game weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (August 9-11).

Friday, August 9, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Adult Tank Top Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Cooper Tires / Dobbs Tire & Auto Center.

90s Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a 90’s-inspired Cardinals t-shirt.  Come early for a pregame concert of 90s hits by Proud Larry in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/90s.

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 INF Mike Tyson.  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 Kenna, Whisky Raccoons & Jessica Tipton and the Mud Flaps.  Performances begin at 5:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $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 inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Saturday, August 10, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

Skyline Mesh Back Hat Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Shane Co.

Baseball Card Pack Giveaway: 30,000 fans, all ages, entering with a ticket, courtesy of the Topps trading card company.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals INF Mike Tyson 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 MLBPAA 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, August 11, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

Mystery Adult PKWY Socks by Stance, Inc. Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.

Fredbird’s Birthday Party: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will join Fredbird and friends for a pregame birthday party in Cunningham Corner.  Brunch and dessert will be provided and each guest will take home a Cardinals goodie bag!  Tickets are currently sold out.

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 MLBPAA 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.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

A happy flight home for a short homestand (and all the details on that)

What a road trip it’s been for the Cardinals! They have won 11 out of the last 13 games and as of this writing, are tied with the Cubs for first place.  It’s like someone wielded a blowtorch and changed the Cards’ bats from sticks of ice to smokin’ hot.  Paul DeJong hit not just one but three home runs in last night’s game.  The other Paul (Goldschmidt) has hit home runs the last four games in a row.  Tommy Edman has been the spark at leadoff that the team has needed.  Tommy’s defense at third base has been stellar.  Matt Wieters has filled in for Yadi very well, with both the bat and the glove.  During last Friday’s game, the Cards scored 10 runs in one inning.  Watching Cardinals baseball is fun again.  I’d rather enjoy watching the games than write blog posts complaining about what’s going wrong.  (Well, there are some difficult decisions coming a bit down the road, but I’ll cover them in another blog post.)

Happy flight indeed!  The Cardinals are at home sweet Busch Stadium tomorrow night for a six-game homestand against the first-place Astros and those pesky Cubs.  In fact, seven of the last ten games of the season are against the Cubs, which could help decide who wins the division.  But we have a little time before we start to worry about that.  Until then, let’s look at all the details on this upcoming homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, July 26—Thursday, August 1)

2004 NL Championship Anniversary Weekend and Cubs Series Highlight Eighth Homestand

ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 25, 2019– The Cardinals return to Busch as one of the hottest teams in all of baseball after winning seven of eight games on their “Rally Road Trip” through Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.  The eighth homestand of the year opens with a three-game weekend series against the Houston Astros (July 26-28) and concludes with three games versus the Chicago Cubs (July 30-August 1).

Friday, July 26, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Houston Astros (7:15 p.m.)

2004 NL Championship Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

2004 Mystery Player Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Cooper Tires.

Pride Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Cardinals rainbow tank top.  Come early for a pregame party in Budweiser Terrace and a special performance of God Bless America by the Gateway Men’s Chorus.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the WashU chapter of Athlete Ally.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/pride.

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 Tony Womack.  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 MLBPAA will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Saturday, July 27, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Houston Astros (6:15 p.m.)

2004 NL Championship Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports 1

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

 2004 Mystery Player NL Champions Ring Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Edward Jones.

2004 National League Championship Anniversary Ceremony: In recognition of the 15th anniversary of the club winning its 16th pennant, 24 members of the 2004 team will be honored in a pregame ceremony.  Former players and staff will be introduced from the dugout starting a 6 PM and will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals 2B Tony Womack 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 MLBPAA 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, July 28, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Houston Astros (1:15 p.m.)

2004 NL Championship Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

MV3 Triple Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Coca-Cola & Dierbergs.

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).

Missouri State Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a MO State-themed Cardinals Cap.  Come early for a pregame pep rally featuring some special Missouri State guests.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/mostate.

SEMO Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a SEMO-themed Cardinals Cap.  Come early for a pregame pep rally featuring some special Southeast Missouri guests.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/SEMO.

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 the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club through the fifth inning.  Proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and MLBPAA.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (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 5:45 PM

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

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 Raelyn Winick, Kyle Olsen & Brushville.  Gate 1 will open at 5:15 PM.  Performances begin at 5:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $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, July 31, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, ESPN

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

Gates open at 5:45 PM

Christmas in July: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home an exclusive Fred on a Sled plush figure.  Santa Fredbird and other Christmas characters will be on hand for photos before the game.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/christmas.  Presented by Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA 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.

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 4:45 PM

Dave Glover Show Night: With the purchase of a special $25 Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Cardinals-themed Dave Glover Show t-shirt. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/daveglover.

Goodwill Autograph Night: A current Cardinals player will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans ages 15 years and younger from 5:00-5:30.  Cardinals Alumni Scott Terry and Scott Cooper will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 5:30-6:15.  Players subject to change.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features K.G. Robert Band, Joe Miller & Casey Bazzell.  Gate 1 will open at 4:15 PM.  Performances begin at 4:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Specially-priced tickets are available for $10.  Learn more at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLBPAA 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 tonight!  Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

2019 United Cardinals Bloggers Blogger Day Report

The Cardinals organization invited the United Cardinals Bloggers to attend the ninth annual Blogger Day on July 13.  Usually, Blogger Day is held on Sunday afternoons, which allows the UCB and friends to meet for dinner on Saturday evening, but for some reason not explained to us, it was held on Saturday this year.

My son Phillip was my guest for Blogger Day. We rode the Metrolink over from Illinois and exited the train at the Stadium station.  I then picked up our tickets at the will-call window.  The gates opened at 4:15 PM. so we proceeded to gate 3. Saturday was a very hot day.  We waited in the hot sun for about 20 minutes.  When the bag checkers looked in my purse, they took my body spray away.  (Rose Quartz from Bath & Body Works, in case you’re interested. ). They said that anything that is in an aerosol bottle is not allowed.   I told them to at least let me spray some body spray on before they threw the bottle away.

The giveaway Saturday was a golf umbrella, and it was a good giveaway for such a hot day – the people in the stands were using their umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun.  We proceeded to party room 214.  When we got there, the employees were finishing up setting up the food.  We got some water to cool off and put our umbrellas in the closet.

My fellow bloggers streamed in and I spoke with several of them.  It’s always fun to catch up with my blogger friends that I only talk to on Twitter.  The food was looking (and smelling) really good. Here are some photos of the buffet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the menu for the Legends room, the party room where we were:

 

There were cones of popcorn and kettle-cooked chips with French onion dip for the chips on the tables for us to snack on. Phil and I figured out where John Mozeliak and Bill DeWitt were going to sit for the presentation, so we found seats near there so I could tape the presentation to use for this blog post.

Carson Shipley from the Cards’ communication department welcomed us to Blogger Day.  He spoke about the premium party room food spread and that there were 2 new concession items for us to try – the Budweiser Burger Bar and twisted topped pretzels.  Carson then turned over the proceedings to John Mozeliak and Bill DeWitt, III.

DeWitt acknowledged our contributions and said that we connect with passionate fans.  (And if bloggers aren’t passionate fans who write about their passion, then who is?)  DeWitt then continued with a report about the business side of the house.  Game attendance is good in spite of there being no playoff appearances in the last few years.

DeWitt then spoke about the phases of Ballpark Village.  Phase I is considered a success.  Phase II is bigger than Phase I.  The section being built on the left is a Live! by Lowe’s hotel.  The middle section is a health club building, which is behind the Busch II infield.  The Busch II infield had to be torn up for construction but should be ready for activities again in a couple weeks.

DeWitt then talked about One Cardinal Way, the apartment complex being built at the right of Ballpark Village.  The building will be 21 stories and half of the stories have been completed.  Above the parking deck, there will be a party deck with an infinity pool, a BBQ area, a workout room, etc.  DeWitt said that the complex is 35% preleased and he hopes it is sold out.  He thought some of us might be interested in renting apartments there and I said that I didn’t earn enough to afford an apartment there.

It was then John Mozeliak’s turn to speak.  Mo said he was nervous coming to the event because Blogger Day is usually in April at the beginning of the season.  There is more time to come up with hard questions. Mo’s sock game has evolved since the first few blogger events.  At first, Mo wore some really ugly argyle socks.  Once he was promoted to Vice President, he started wearing dark solid color socks. I guess he figured he had to dress more conservatively. This year, however, Mo wore no socks, as you will see in the photo.

Mo admitted that this year hasn’t gone as they had hoped.  The biggest inconsistency is offense and they are frustrated with the lack of production.  The team had a great stat in April, but in May, they fell off the cliff.  The injury bug bit and our best offensive hitter (Ozuna) is on the IL.  All of the offense has underperformed.

Since the team has changed pitching coaches, why is the offense bad?  Jeff Albert was brought in and Mo said he brought a steep curriculum to the group that should have been implemented better.

Mo stated that it’s not too late to make changes.  The players know this falls on them.  The staff met with the players over the All-Star break and they know they need to start performing.

Mo said that there are a lot of positives in the minor leagues, but they don’t want to make a lot of changes.  It has to be a strategy that makes sense.  Having the minor leaguers come up and just sit is not good for their career.

They wanted to get the second half of the season off to a good start, but the Cards lost the first game.  It looked like the last 6 to 8 weeks, very frustrating.  The players still believe in the team and so does Mike Shildt.  The next 2 weeks will tell the tale as to how they play.

Mo then talked about the trade deadline.  The trade deadline is now a true deadline and how other teams play with that, Mo doesn’t know.  The team’s response is to keep the pulse.  He’d like to say that everything is sunshine and roses, but the reality is, the team has to play better and he gets that.  He doesn’t think that there is no one move they could make at the trade deadline that could change the trajectory.

After that, it was time for questions and answers.  I will not report on that in this blog post because I had it all typed up Tuesday night (which took me 2 hours) and with one bad keyboard strike, it all disappeared into the Twilight Zone.  Most of my fellow bloggers have reported on the Q&A in depth by now anyway.  I will just report about the rest of the evening.

After the Q & A, I was hungry, so I got a bratwurst (with sauerkraut, of course!) and a BBQ beef brisket sandwich.  I saw a spot open at a table, so I asked the couple sitting at the table if anyone was sitting there, and they said no.  I started talking to them and discovered that the husband was a blogger and a fairly new one at that, for this was his first blogger event.   His name is Donald Glenn and you can view his blog here:  Cards On Deck.  Don is also on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/bortas2002.  (P.S.:  He needs some more followers.)

We had a great bartender in our suite named Aaron.  He delivered drinks in the suites and cleared away our food plates.  He was very personable and talked about Cardinals baseball with us.  We weren’t his ordinary customers, obviously.  Aaron worked as a beer vendor in the stands for 25 years before moving up to the party suites.  His catchphrase was “Ice cold beer – colder than my mother-in-law!” While we were in the party room, Aaron and the lady bartender in the party suite next door (which also had UCB folks in there) won customer service awards and got their photos taken. I decided to go to the bar outside the party rooms and get a Shock Top beer (or two – or three).  You can also get mixed drinks at the outside bar.

During the later innings, there was a very pleasant surprise – a SportsService employee rolled in a large cart of scrumptious desserts, which included containers of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, two large cheesecakes, and assorted ice cream sundaes, along with some other desserts.  This is the first time that there has ever been a dessert cart at a blogger event.  I had a container of vanilla Ted Drewes custard and a slice of cheesecake.  Alas, the dessert cart was only in our party room for about 10 minutes – it must have had to move on to the other party rooms.

The bloggers must have brought the luck that night, for the Cardinals won that night and the next two nights as well.  I so enjoy the blogger event every year.  It’s a time to visit with old friends, reminisce about old friends who didn’t make it to the event, and meet new friends, plus enjoy a Cardinals baseball game.  Here’s a photo of all the bloggers – well, not all of them, for some of them left early.

My thanks to the Cardinals for their wonderful hospitality and I’m looking forward to next year’s Blogger Day! Thanks as always for reading and I’ll see you next time!

Diane

First half of the season review and Homestand Highlights for July 12-17, 2019

The first half of the season was a great disappointment.  The team finshed at .500 and the offense seems to have disappeared. The starting pitching has been, well, meh.  Jordan Hicks, the Cards’ 100 MPH closer, had to have Tommy John surgery.  Marcel Ozuna, who would have probably been the team’s All-Star Game selection, was injured when he slid into first base.

Yet there were some bright spots in the first half. Tommy Edman was called up from Memphis and he is a spark plug. The bullpen has performed well. Paul DeJong was the lone Cardinal selection for the All-Star Game, and he played great – he drew a walk and stole third base, and turned two double plays.  Matt Wieters, backing up Yadier Molina, has done a great job in front of and behind the plate.  Even though the Cards are at .500, they are only two and a half games out from first place – the Cubs and Brewers are playing as poorly as the Cards are.

In other news today, Matt Carpenter has been activated from the injured list.  Yadi Molina, however, has been placed on the IL, retroactive to July 8.  Andrew Knizner has been recalled from Memphis to back up Matt Wieters, and Chasen Shreve’s contract has been purchased from Memphis.  Tyler Webb and Rangel Ravelo have been optioned to Memphis and Jordan Hicks has been placed on the 60 day IL to make room for Shreve.  Whew!  The Hwy. 55 Express has been busy.

The second half of the season starts tomorrow night.  Will the Cards make the playoffs?  The bats need to catch fire and the starting pitching needs to gel.  And the Cubs and Brewers need to collapse.  The possibility of all of these happening are probably slim to none, but a fan can dream, can’t she? If the Cards don’t make the playoffs this year for the fourth year in a row, I believe some changes will have to be made at the front office level.

The Cards come home for a six night homestand starting tomorrow night  Here are all the details you need to know about this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, July 12—Wednesday, July 17)

#Join4Joe Bone Marrow Drive & 29th Annual Christian Day Highlight Seventh Homestand

ST LOUIS, Mo., July 11, 2019– Fresh off the All-Star break, the Cardinals return for six games at Busch.  The seventh homestand of the year opens with a three-game weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (July 12-14) and concludes with three games versus the Pittsburgh Pirates (July 15-17).

Friday, July 12, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

2009 All-Star Game Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.

Elvis Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals-themed Elvis t-shirt.  Come early for a pregame performance by Elvis talent performer, Bill Cherry, in Budweiser Terrace at 5:30 PM.  A portion of each ticket will be donated back to The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/elvis.

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 3B Gary Gaetti.  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, July 13, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

Golf Umbrella Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals 3B Gary Gaetti will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

#Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive: This marks the fourth year of the donor drive, which is held each year to honor the legacy of Cardinals beat writer, Joe Strauss. Representatives from Be the Match will be in Ford Plaza until 8 PM to help fans sign up to receive a Bone Marrow Donor Kit. For more info visit cardinals.com/join4joe.  Note from Diane:  I am already registered with Be the Match.  If you are attending Saturday’s game, I encourage you to participate in this donor drive. It’s even easier than giving blood.  If your marrow is a match for someone in need, you could save a life.

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, July 14, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

Large Brim Straw Hat Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Brown & Crouppen.

Christian Day at the Ballpark: Following the game, fans can relocate to seats behind the Cardinals dugout to watch a special postgame program with featured speaker Paul Goldschmidt and other current Cardinals players.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/christianday.  Presented by Thrivent Financial.

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 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.

Monday, July 15, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:45 PM

July T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by StubHub.

Peanuts Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home an exclusive Cardinals-themed Woodstock bobblehead. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/peanuts.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Theory of Three & Memphis Mafia.  Gate 1 will open at 5:15 PM.  Performances begin at 6:00 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Learn more at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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, July 16, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:45 PM

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a Cardinals bobblehead commemorating the first moonwalk. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/apollo.

Goodwill Autograph Night: A current Cardinals player will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans ages 15 years and younger from 6:00-6:30. Cardinals Alumni Kyle McClellan and TJ Mathews will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:30-7:15.  Players subject to change.

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, July 17 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 10:45 AM

Y98’s Courtney & Company Day: With the purchase of a special $20 Theme Ticket, fans receive a Cardinals-themed Courtney & Company t-shirt and one complimentary drink. To purchase tickets, visit  cardinals.com/Y98.

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.

The Cards host the United Cardinals Bloggers for the annual Blogger Day this Saturday, so my next post will be about all that. The questions to John Mozeliak ought to be really interesting. Thanks as always for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

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