2015 Opening Day schedule

Opening Day 2015Only 3 more days until the Cardinals’ home opener!  Since I work 2 blocks from Busch Stadium, I’ve been watching as the structural steel has been repainted and watching as the stadium is being spruced up for the new season.  I can’t wait to see it on TV during the Opening Day ceremonies.  And of course, it will be great to see our boys back home. If you’re going to be at any of the rallies, comment below so I can look for you!  Here’s all the details on Monday’s activities and all the new items at the stadium:

APRIL 13, 2015 – OPENING DAY IN ST. LOUIS

Tradition Meets Today for Fans at Opening Day 2015

ST. LOUIS – April 9, 2015– A pre-game ceremony that welcomes home the 2014 National League Central Division Champions, honors the team’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 Monday, April 13th.  The Cardinals will take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a 3:15 p.m. game. Following is a schedule of official activities and information to help fans enjoy the great tradition that is Opening Day in St. Louis (#OpeningDaySTL).

Opening Day in St. Louis 2015 – Tradition Meets Today

Tradition Meets Today – It is the theme of the 2015 season and the focus of the home opener this year. No one day better embodies the rich tradition of the St. Louis Cardinals than Opening Day at Busch Stadium. Despite the fact that the Cardinals are celebrating their 124th season of play in the National League, there is always something fresh and new about the home opener.

In a city where baseball is a religion and the fan passion is extraordinary, the story of Opening Day is told more effectively through poetry than prose. Opening Day in St. Louis is a day where generations of fans from all walks of life and different corners of the community come together in fellowship to celebrate their deep connection with the team and with one another.

The tradition is passed on from year to year, from teammate to teammate, and from fan to fan. The tradition is also refreshed and renewed each spring. For many fans, Opening Day in St. Louis is a long-standing tradition they celebrate annually. For others, a new tradition will be born on Monday in St. Louis.

Regardless of how a fan shares the Opening Day experience, what gate they enter, seat or standing room spot they occupy, or how they choose to share the experience (in park, at Ballpark Village, online, on social media, with the At Bat 15 app, on TV, via radio etc.), all Cardinals fans are part of the important tradition that embodies the hope, joy and shared purpose that a new season of baseball brings. It doesn’t matter if you are a child attending your first game or a Hall of Famer celebrating 70 seasons in baseball, Opening Day is sure to give you goosebumps. This Monday, Opening Day in St. Louis is where Tradition Meets Today.

Schedule

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.   Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s:  The Cardinals, Ballpark Village and Hardee’s will host a pre-game pep rally in the Ballpark Village parking lot. Fan favorite, DJ Todd Thomas will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can purchase a Hardee’s Combo Meal after regular breakfast hours from the Mobile Diner or Hardee’s restaurant on Chestnut and receive a free Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last. Other sponsors include: Budweiser, FOX Sports Midwest, Goodwill, The Muny, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Office Essentials and The Tan Company. Fans can get their picture with a single Budweiser Clydesdale (weather permitting).

1:15 p.m.              Gates open

Budweiser Magnet Schedule Day:  All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and over, will receive a magnet with the 2015 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser Beer.

2:30 p.m.     Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.

Introduction of St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird

Hall of Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade, led around the warning trackEach Hall of Famer will be riding in a 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible.                                         

Tradition Meets Today Video

Introduction of three members of the 2014 Class of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame from the dugout (Jim EdmondsWillie McGee and Mike Shannon)

Introduction of the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2015 Ford F-150s.

Introduction of the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals lineups

Color Guard and American Flag in Center Field, courtesy of the service men and women of Ft. Leonard Wood

American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis

Tribute to Oscar Taveras and moment of silence for Bryan Burwell and Oscar Taveras

The National Anthem will be performed by Retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Generald Wilson

Ceremonial First Pitch by Willie McGee to Ozzie Smith

3:15 p.m.  Game Time

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the game and pre-game ceremony in High Definition on FOX Sports Midwest.

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) or one of the 140 Stations in the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney call the game. The expanded pre-game 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, or via the team’s Twitter account, @Cardinals. From mobile devices, fans can keep tabs on the score using MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 15.

Getting to the Game

MoDOT will not have any scheduled lane closures on state highways inside the city limits for Opening Day. There have been several changes to roadways around the downtown area – most importantly on Memorial. Drivers should pay attention to the roadways, as roads they are familiar with may have changed. Since the ramp from the Poplar Street Bridge to eastbound I-44 (formerly westbound I-70) is closed for reconstruction, Illinois drivers should use the ramp to 9th Street.

From northbound I-55, drivers can continue on eastbound I-44 to Walnut or to Washington. From eastbound I-70, drivers can take the Tucker ramp into the city, or stay on westbound I-44 and exit at Broadway. Illinois drivers can now also use the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to get into downtown. When they get off the bridge, they can follow Tucker into the downtown area. As usual, Clark Street will be closed in between the stadium and Ballpark Village.

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving. To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark. Check the Metro website,MetroSt.Louis.org, for schedules and the Park-Ride lot 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. The first RedBird Express leaves 2 ½ hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes. On Opening Day, the RedBird Express will start running at noon.

Ballpark Improvements

As the Cardinals begin their tenth season of play in Busch Stadium, the team has made a number of improvements to the stadium during the offseason, including a major expansion of the UMB Champions Club, as well as a variety of other upgrades and maintenance projects throughout the ballpark.

The UMB Champions Club, one of the most sought after, all-inclusive, luxury VIP fan experiences within the ballpark has undergone a 1,000 square foot expansion, including the installation of 87 new seats. The club was expanded to the south over the Musial Bridge as well as to the north toward the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar.

The Gate 5 area of the ballpark was reconfigured to improve the pedestrian flow within the ballpark and fan access to the park. The gates were moved 12 feet north toward Clark Street. These improvements have also improved the site lines from the AT&T Rooftop and other spots within Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.

A new retail store has been added in center field featuring hats from New Era, 47 Brand and American Needle, and an embroidery machine to create custom hats. The store is located in Ford Plaza at the entrance to the Family Pavilion.

One of the biggest changes fans will note this season is the installation of walk-through metal detectors at all of the gates and stadium entrances as part of Major League Baseball’s implementation of mandatory metal detection screening of all guests at all MLB ballparks in 2015.

For more than a decade, the Cardinals have conducted systematic screening of fans with handheld metal detectors. In order to ensure effective screening of all guests who enter the park with minimal inconvenience or delay, the Cardinals have installed walk-through magnetometers at all gates and increased event staffing by twenty percent.   Additional upgrades and improvements include:

  •  Extensive painting of all of the exposed structural steel around the ballpark
  •  A variety of concession stands throughout the ballpark have been upgraded. All concession stands have been upgraded with new energy-efficient beverage coolers to dispense refreshing Coke and AB-In Bev beverages. New, easier-to-read, graphically-enhanced menu boards have been installed at all of the field level concession stands.
  •  New televisions have been installed in various sections of the ballpark.
  •  The installation of new backstop netting behind home plate
  •  The installation of a new Trivision scoreboard in center field
  •  Renovation of the Group Sales Corner including walls and an enhanced AV system
  •  More directional signage has been installed to assist fans navigating the ballpark.
  •  The re-numbering of all bleacher seat sections from 500 sections to 100 sections to better reflect that the bleachers  are located on the first level of the ballpark (101,103,105,107, 109, 111, 189, 191, 193, 195, 197).
  •  The installation of LED light fixtures in a variety of locations within the ballpark to improve illumination while also  enhancing energy efficiency
  •  The installation of new flooring throughout select areas of the ballpark.

In addition to the ballpark improvements, some operational changes will be in place during 2015 season. The most notable change is that gates will open 1 ½ hours prior to games on Monday thru Thursday (with the exception of Opening Day & holidays), and two hours prior to Friday, Saturday and Sunday games. Food and beverage service in all-inclusive areas will commence when the ballpark opens. Gate 4 will permanently become the only smoking/ re-entry gate.

New Menu for 2015

Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the St. Louis Cardinals’ concessionaire for more than 50 years, is preparing to welcome fans back to the Stadium with a starting lineup of food to please every fan’s unique taste. New are several menu items in concessions and suites along with a second location of a 2014 fan favorite, The Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar, featuring craft cocktails. Delaware North Executive Chef Larry Johnson and his culinary team have developed a wide array of new menu items for both concessions and suites.  Following is a list of the new concession menu items:

  •  Waffle Sandwiches – Waffles cooked to order with choice of fried chicken breast with maple bacon gravy; chicken  carnitas with crispy bacon, pico de gallo and ranch dressing; or BBQ pulled pork with creamy coleslaw and BBQ  sauce. Each sandwich is served with white queso tater tots (“Crowd The Plate Stand”-section 148).
  •  Walking Tacos – Choice of original Doritos or Fritos topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and salsa.  Build on that with nacho beef, pulled pork or chicken carnitas. (Sections 266, 432, 199) Shrimp Walking Tacos are  available at the Island Grill location near Section 144. Nacho Beef Walking Tacos (only) will also be vended in the  seats.
  •  Extreme Bacon Sandwich – BBQ spiced ground pork filled with cheddar cheese and crisp chopped bacon, wrapped with apple-wood-smoked bacon and finished with barbeque glaze. The sandwich is carved to order, served on a locally baked Hawaiian bun with BBQ aioli and served with maple bacon chips (Broadway BBQ –Section 109 and Bacon Station Portable at Section 446).
  •  Turkey Burger – A ground turkey patty served on a locally-baked Hawaiian bun with arugula, guacamole and pico de  gallo. Comes with house-fried tortilla chips (Double Play Tap & Grill-Section 135).
  •  Double Gooey Burger – This half-pound burger consists of two fresh grilled patties served on a locally baked  Hawaiian bun with two slices of American cheese, signature sauce, shredded lettuce and sliced tomato (Double Play Tap & Grill-Section 135).
  •  Quadruple Gooey Burger – This one-pound burger consists of four fresh grilled patties served on a locally baked  Hawaiian bun with four slices of American cheese, signature sauce, shredded lettuce and sliced tomato (Double Play  Tap & Grill – Section 135).
  •  Big Kahuna – An 8-oz. jumbo ice cream sandwich cookie (Available at all Ballpark Favorites concession stands and  vended throughout the stadium).
  •  Oreo Churro – A 7-inch double-twist Oreo batter churro with Oreo crème dipping sauce (Redbird Club – Section 251  and Oreo/Funnel Cake Portables at Sections 454 and 145).
  •  7-oz. Bavarian Pretzel – An oversize Bavarian-style pretzel large enough to share with family or friends (Gashouse Grills, Sections 141, 101, 271, 264, 266, 432).
  •  Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst – Locally produced by Norrenberns Foods for Busch stadium with chopped bacon,  cheddar cheese and topped with BBQ sauce (Broadway BBQ – Section 109 and The Bacon Station Portable –  Section 446).
  •  Pretzel Bites – Locally made by A Different Twist, these pretzel poppers are served with white queso dipping sauce  (Crowd the Plate – Section 148 & Triple Play in Section 271).
  •  Deep-Fried Oreo Cookies – Oreo cookies fried in funnel cake batter and served with a side of whipped cream and  chocolate sauce (Redbird Club Section 251 and Crowd the Plate Stand at Section 148).

Due to customer demand, Cardinals fans will also have another new spot at which to quench their thirst. The second location of The Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar (Section 130) features a wide array of craft cocktails made fresh from a variety of ingredients, including fine spirits, fresh fruits and juices. Among the new craft cocktails: The Dark and Stormy, made with dark rum and ginger beer; the Crisp Caramel Apple, made with Crown Royal Regal Apple and Sprite; the Specialty Bloody Mary with Absolut Cilantro Vodka; the B.L.T., made with Bulleit Bourbon, a lemon garish and tonic water; and three cocktails made with White Lightnin’, including Redbird Punch made with White Lightin’ and Apple Pie Moonshine mixed with cranberry juice and ginger ale.

New Suite Menu Items

In suites, Delaware North is adding a Sushi Cart, a Turkey and Beef Tenderloin Carvery Cart, and Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Cart, which will feature vanilla and chocolate ice cream, root beer and orange floats and various toppings. Among the new suite menu packages are the Cardinals Sampler, which includes house-made meatballs, toasted cannelloni and Buffalo chicken wings; the Ultimate Burger Slider Trio, featuring black Angus beef, turkey or Italian sausage served with various cheeses and toppings on a bakery fresh Kaiser bun; and a Jumbo Hot Dog Bar with all-beef franks and a variety of toppings ranging from pulled pork to corn pico de gallo.

Other new suite menu items include a Watermelon and Spinach Salad, a Kale and Arugula Salad, a Spinach Artichoke Pizza, a Mediterranean Focaccia Sandwich, St. Louis Chicken Po’ Boy Slider, and Strawberry Shortcake. Suite holders will also have access to the new Field Suites Landing, featuring Stella Artois draft beer, an assortment of craft beers, premium wines, and Cold Slab Creamery ice cream with a selection of “mix-in” toppings.

New Retail for 2015

Fans will also find new Cardinals apparel and other merchandise, plus a new specialty retail store. Delaware North created a new retail store in centerfield featuring hats from New Era, 47 Brand and American Needle, and an embroidery machine to create custom hats. Men’s, women’s and children’s apparel will also be available. The new store is located in Ford Plaza at Section 101, at the entrance to the Family Pavilion.

New Cardinals-branded apparel and merchandise for 2015, which is available at the Cardinals Team Store and other locations within the ballpark, include exclusive Delaware North-created hats; ladies apparel, plush, and accessories from Tokidoki; watches with interchangeable faces and bands from Modify; new replica jerseys with a Cool Base fabric; Alex Woo jewelry featuring a second logo; a new collection of eight different style Dooney and Bourke handbags; a ukulele, guitar straps and picks from Peavey; Eastland boat shoes and Row One sneakers; an expanded line of pet products; and an expanded Peanuts line, including men’s women’s and children’s apparel and bobbleheads.

Fans will want to visit one of the two Cardinals Authentics locations (inside Cardinals Nation and Busch Stadium in the Ford Plaza north of Gate 6)  to shop for genuine Cardinals gear and to own a piece of St. Louis history. Both Cardinals Authentics locations specialize in official, game-used, limited edition and  autographed collectibles and memorabilia direct from the club. Both stores offer a great selection of current and vintage Cardinals apparel, as well as one-of-a-kind collectibles. The Cardinals Nation location is open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; on game nights, the shop will remain open 1 hour post game.

Cardinals Authentics is offering the ultimate fan experience by having game-used memorabilia such as baseballs and bases available for purchase before the end of the game throughout the 2015 season. All season long, fans will be able to take a piece of the game directly from the field to their home. Cardinals Authentics features game-used bases, game-used balls, bats, helmets, caps and jerseys.

Cardinals Authentics is also helping fans celebrate the 70th anniversary of Red Schoendienst’s first game in 1945 by selling a limited-edition collectible that includes an autographed copy of the June 6, 1960, Sports Illustrated cover featuring Red. The beautifully-framed piece, inscribed with “70 years in Baseball, 1945-2015,”retails for $249.99.

In January, Cardinals Authentics launched a coin series which will include one frame to display the 11 coins that will be available throughout the season. Each month, Cardinals Authentics will make a new coin available that commemorates one of the 11 World Series Titles from the St. Louis Cardinals. The coins retail for $11.99 and the frame retails for $24.99.

Fans should stop by the Authentics Store to pick up autographed items from a variety of Cardinals players, including Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk, Marco Gonzales, Mike Matheny, Matt Adams, and Kolten Wong. Cardinals Authentics also features a wider selection of Yadier Molina autographed merchandise this season than in the past.

Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village will again be the place to be before, during and after the game. Since opening in March of 2014, Ballpark Village has hosted more than 5 million visitors of all ages from across the country and brought hundreds of great events to downtown. As Ballpark Village enters its second year, several additions and improvements are underway including the recent opening of the new Crown Room second-floor lounge in Budweiser Brew House, the addition of two 15-foot television screens in Fox Sports Midwest Live!, a two-sided permanent outdoor stage next to the Busch II infield and greatly improved sight lines into left center field in Busch Stadium. For more information about upcoming promotions at Ballpark Village, visit stlballparkvillage.com

Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar

Fans will want to come downtown early to have breakfast at Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village on Opening Day. Cardinals Nation will open for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. hosting the Y98 Phillips and Company Morning Show featuring menu items chosen by the Y98 Crew.

Open daily, Cardinals Nation is the year-round home to Cardinals fans offering a variety of weekly programming and special events. Offering an expansive menu that recently doubled in size with 27 new menu items, Cardinals Nation has something for everyone. Known for putting a spin on traditional favorites, the Cardinals Nation menu boasts the right mixture of everyday picks and unique novelties. Fans will want to check out the G&W Grill on game days in front of Cardinals Nation on Clark Street. The G&W Grill features St. Louis’ own G&W Sausage Company Bratwursts and Hot Dogs.

Fans will also want to visit the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Club on the second floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar that will be open before and after every home baseball game. The Hall of Fame Club features a great Game Day Buffet prior to the game and an ala carte small plate menu after the game. Fans will also find a new, improved Balcony Bar overlooking Fox Sports Midwest Live! which offers entertainment (band or DJ) post game on Friday and Saturday Nights.

Throughout the 2015 season, Cardinals Nation will be running a “Keep the Cup” promotion on game days allowing fans to purchase a commemorative ‘Celebrate the Championships’ collectible 20 oz. cup that can be refilled with their favorite domestic draft for $6. Three limited edition cups will be made available during the 2015 season that fans won’t want to miss (1944 vs. St. Louis Browns, 1982 vs. Milwaukee Brewers and 2006 vs. Detroit Tigers).

The restaurant will continue to offer the Homerun Brunch every non-home game Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that features the best Bloody Mary bar in St. Louis, and they will be debuting a special loyalty program for Cardinals fans.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum at Cardinals Nation

Our Home.  Our History.  Our Heroes.

With the start of the 2015 season, the museum’s Championship Gallery features a fresh, new look utilizing deep red case backgrounds with a larger selection of artifacts and memorabilia in each of the 12 cases. Along with key player jerseys, new artifacts are highlighted, such as a Dizzy Dean watch, matching pennants for the 1944 Cardinals and Browns, Lou Brock’s 1967 World Series issued bat, and Darrell Porter’s shoes.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation features the largest team-held collection in baseball. The collection is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 20,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. With over 8,000 square feet on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Museum (#CardsMuseum) celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. The museum allows the Cardinals to showcase the team’s extensive collection of Cardinals artifacts, memorabilia and photography in a way that brings to life the amazing story of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.

The Museum walks visitors through the history of the Cardinals, beginning with the early days of Sportsman’s Park through today’s celebrated stadium and team. Each stage of the Museum has been carefully designed to reflect the historic stadium architecture and the time period being explored. The walk through history is accomplished through changing photographic pallets, case designs, and park aesthetics like appropriate woodwork and steel trusses.

The Cardinals designed the museum galleries to be fun, immersive, time-traveling experiences for all fans, whether they are long-time die-hard fans or those just beginning to fall in love with the team. The design of the Cardinals Museum integrates historic artifacts with state-of-the-art touchscreen technology and other multimedia to create immersive environments.

#CardsFanFlix – 2015 Initiative to Engage with Fans Using Mobile Video

Reverend Robbie Sondag, a Cardinals fan from Fort Wayne, Indiana, will enjoy the Ultimate Opening Day experience with tickets to the President’s Box as he won the Cardinals Ultimate Fan Video Contest with his Ultimate Cardinal Fan Robbie Video. More than seventy fans submitted videos to the Ultimate Fan Video Contest, the first in a series of #CardsFanFlix promotions to engage fans to develop videos that celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals. The team recently launched the Take Me Out to the Ballgame Talent contest and plans a series of efforts throughout the season to encourage fans to demonstrate their enthusiasm for the team, while also showcasing their talent using a medium that is transforming how people connect with one another. Through the various #CardsFanFlix fan engagement efforts, the team hopes to tap into the increasing trend for user-generated video content that is transforming the web and social platforms thanks to advances in mobile technology. Fans can check out all the fan videos and learn more at cardinals.com/fanflix.

Cardinals Magazine’s New Edition & 2015 Official Scorecard

In time for Opening Day, Cardinals Magazine kicks off its 24th season with a pair of must-read stories on two of the most watched players in 2015. The cover story on Gold-Glove outfielder Jason Heyward reveals his embrace of his new opportunity in St. Louis and why current and former teammates and coaches believe the talented 25 year old will become a central figure in the Cards’ lineup in 2015. The same optimism is shared for Carlos Martinez, who opens up about the loss of his friend Oscar Taveras and how his greater maturity is driving him to become a fixture in the Cards’ rotation.

This page-turning edition includes an oral history of the stunning comeback in Game 1 of the 2014 NLDS in Los Angeles through the eyes of Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and others.

Other exclusive content includes the debut of Carpenter’s new journal, Old School vs. New School featuring Randy Choate and Michael Wacha, a detailed review of, and book excerpt from, Mike Matheny’s national best-selling book “The Matheny Manifesto,” and photos from the offseason international travels of Matheny, Wainwright and Choate.

Throughout the season, Cardinals Magazine is on sale for just $5 at Busch Stadium at all gates, the team store, and the Cardinals Authentics store at Ballpark Village. It’s also available at many STL retailers: Schnucks, Dierbergs, QT, Walgreens and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a print or digital subscription, please visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9000. Sign up today and receive two tickets to a Monday-Thursday home games in 2015.

Also on sale at Busch Stadium this season is the popular 2015 Official Scorecard, featuring the striking artistic designs of local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003. Inside, the scorecard also teaches fans how to score the “Cardinal Way”—a storied tradition by club officials that dates back to the 1940’s. During games, fans can purchase Cardinals Magazine and the Official Scorecard together for just $5 at all gates.

New for 2015, fans coming to Busch Stadium can now purchase the magazine and scorecard with a credit or debit card at any gate. And in April, fans can purchase the 2015 Cardinals Official Calendar featuring the complete season schedule and more than 30 coupons from club and area retailers.

BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDERS

Bag Inspections Policy

  • The standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium will be in effect. Bags must meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.
  • Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras and will be subject to inspection.  No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB credentials.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages such as water and soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.
  • Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.
  • Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.
  • Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process.
  • Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.

Exit/Re-entry Policy

Standard Exit/Re-entry Policies are in effect. Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must present their ticket, obtain a re-entry card, and have their hand stamped at Gate 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests must show their ticket, re-entry card and hand stamp as they pass through the metal detectors upon re-entry.

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect. Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility, including “smokeless” cigarettes. Exit/re-entry turnstiles will be set up at Gate 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Guests must show their ticket, re-entry card and hand stamp as they pass through the metal detectors upon re-entry.

2014 NLDS Busch Stadium games information

As I type, the Cards are playing in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.  I love October – the cool, crisp weather, the beautiful leaves, and especially the postseason.  I, like many others. didn’t think the Cards would get to the postseason this year, but we were pleasantly surprised, weren’t we?  🙂  Since the Cards didn’t get home field advantage, games 3 and 4 will be played at Busch Stadium.  Here is all the information you’ll need if you have tickets to either one of these games (wish I did!):

2014 NLDS at BUSCH STADIUM

St. Louis Cardinals – Los Angeles Dodgers

How fans can enjoy Division Series baseball and rally support for the Cardinals

ST. LOUIS, MO (October 3, 2014) – For the second year in a row, the Cardinals clinched a Central Division championship and punched a ticket back to the National League Division Series. The Cardinals are facing the rival Los Angeles Dodgers who have home-field advantage for the best-of-five series. The Cardinals are making their fourth consecutive postseason appearance and the 27th postseason appearance in franchise history (#PostCards). A limited number of tickets remain for the Division Series games at Busch Stadium at cardinals.com/postseason. Here are details on how fans can enjoy postseason baseball in St. Louis.

 GAME SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS

NLDS Game 1 – Friday, October 3, 2014 – Dodger Stadium – 5:37 p.m. CT (FS1)

NLDS Game 2 – Saturday, October 4, 2014 – Dodger Stadium – 8:37 p.m. CT (MLBN)

NLDS Game 3 – Monday, October 6, 2014 – Busch Stadium – 8:37 p.m. CT [OR 8:07 p.m. CT if LAA/KC is over] (FS1)

  • 4 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
    • Former Cardinal will make an appearance
  • Gates will open 2 hours prior to first pitch
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Edward Jones
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 30 minutes prior to first pitch
    • National Anthem by Four-Digit Chord, an a Capella vocal group of Civilian, Active Duty, and Retired Military volunteers employed at Department of Defense agencies in the St. Louis Metro-East area
    • Colors presented by the Joint Services Color Guard, a distinguished group of the finest military service-member volunteers attached to the US Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
    • A volunteer group of active duty and retired Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Marine and Air Force service-members assigned to federal agencies in Illinois and the St. Louis Metropolitan area will hold a large flag during the anthem
    • Cardinals broadcaster Tim McCarver will throw the ceremonial first pitch

NLDS Game 4 – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – Busch Stadium – 4:07 p.m. CT [OR 7:37 p.m. CT if WSH/SF is over]  (FS1) *(If necessary)

  • 1 p.m. (or 4:30 p.m.) Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
    • A former Cardinal player will make an appearance
  • Gates will open 2 hours prior to first pitch
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals rally towel, courtesy of Mercy
  • National Anthem by Tess Boyer, St. Louis area native and season 6 finalist on The Voice
  • Colors presented by The United States Marines with Recruiting Station St. Louis.
  • Former Cardinals Third Baseman Scott Rolen will throw the ceremonial first pitch

NLDS Game 5 – Thursday, October 9, 2014 – Dodger Stadium – 8:07 p.m. CT [OR 7:37 p.m. CT if WSH/SF is over]    (FS1) *(If necessary)

Watching On TV

Fans can watch the Cardinals’ National League Division Series games on FOX Sports 1 or MLB Network. Saturday’s game will be televised exclusively on MLB Network (MLBN). For channel information, view the chart below, or find full directory listings at FOXSports1.com andFindMLBNetwork.com.

NETWORK

FOX SPORTS 1

MLB NETWORK

Direct TV

219 (SD and HD)

213 (SD and HD)

DISH

150 (SD and HD)

152 (SD) and 152,9434 (HD)

AT&T U-Verse

652 (SD) and 1652 (HD)

634 (SD) and 1634 (HD)

Charter

43 and 211 (SD) and 811 (HD)

204, 80 (SD) or 804 (HD)

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) and the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the games. The national broadcast of most NLDS games can also be heard on ESPN Radio (101.1 FM) or SiriusXM Radio.

Social Media

Fans participating in the postseason action on social media can follow the Cardinals at Facebook.com/Cardinals, on Twitter (@Cardinals), on Instagram (@Cardinals) and Tumblr (stlcardinals.tumblr.com). Join the social conversation using #PostCards.

Online Or On The Go

Fans can follow every Cardinals Postseason game for free on cardinals.com on their computers and laptops using MLB.com Gameday. TheMLB.com At Bat mobile application is the most popular way to follow live Cardinals games on-the-go. At Bat offers fans live radio broadcasts, replay reviews, scoreboards, statistics, video highlights, series schedules, breaking news, expert analysis and more.  Cardinals fans can download MLB.com At Bat on their favorite smartphones or tablets by visiting the app store or MLB.com.

Driving To The Games

MoDOT has limited roadwork when the Cardinals are at home during the National League Division Playoffs. Currently, fans can expect no significant traffic impacts due to construction on Missouri interstates heading into Busch Stadium or heading home on Monday, October 6th and Tuesday, October 7th.

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic.  To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark.  Check the Metro website www.MetroSt.Louis.org for schedules and the Park-Ride lot 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.  The first RedBird Express leaves 2 ½ hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes.

Postseason Merchandise

  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Team Store will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.  In addition to standard merchandise, the store will also carry exclusive postseason and Central Division Champions merchandise including hats, t-shirts, pennants, pins and more. A variety of items are also available in ladies and youth sizes. Fans can also buy official t-shirts and hoodies, just like the players wear. (#BuschStadiumTeamStore)
  •  Cardinals Authentics: Fans will want to stop by both Cardinals Authentics stores as it’s the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Featured items include game-used baseballs, bases, and bats from the 2014 season, 2011 World Championship themed items, jerseys and hats directly from the clubhouse and one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget. It is where every piece tells a story. The Cardinals Authentics Store located in Ford Plaza inside Busch Stadium is open 2 hours before game time and a half hour after the game ends. The new Cardinals Authentics Shop located in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (or an hour after the game ends) every day of the week. (#CardsAuthentics)
  • Cardinals Magazine and Cardinals Yearbook:  Celebrate the Cardinals’ return to the postseason by purchasing two NEW keepsake items at Busch Stadium. The cover story in the new edition of Cardinals Magazine focuses on Jon Jay, a driving force behind the Redbirds successful pursuit of a second consecutive N.L. Central title. Other issue highlights include a 40th anniversary celebration of Lou Brock’s record-setting 118-steal season in 1974, behind-the-scenes looks at Jon Hamm’s visit to Busch Stadium and the 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame ceremony, a Q&A with 2013 postseason hero Michael Wacha, and the latest installment of Adam Wainwright’s journal. And the popular 2014 Official Yearbook offers the definitive tribute to the Cardinal Legacies of Hall of Famers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre and action photos and studio portraits of the 2014 Cardinals.

Cards Mag 2014 Issue 5  Cover

The magazine is $5; the yearbook is $15. Both publications are on sale at all gates, the official Busch Stadium Team Store, Cardinals Authentics inside Ballpark Village, and can also be purchased by calling 314.345.9000 or visiting cardinals.com/publications. (#CardsMag |  #CardsYearbook)

Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar

Cardinals Nation, the team’s new two-story restaurant in Ballpark Village, is rolling out a variety of new menu items and specials for the 2014 postseason.

  • Stuffed Pretzel Sticks
  • Spinach & Artichoke Dip
  • Chicken Bruschetta
  • Octoberfest Burger: Pretzel bun, fried pickles and beer mustard
  • Pie Shakes: Pumpkin, Peach or Apple Pie blended into a Vanilla Closer Shake
  • 20oz Souvenir Cardinals Nation Postseason 2014 cup: Keep your cup with every beer or upgraded soda purchase
  • New Drinks: The Red October, The 1982, Spiked Apple Cider, Fig infused Side Car, and more

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Stick around after each home game for free live music on the 2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant. Johnny Chase will play on Monday, followed by Boogie Chyld on Tuesday.

Support Cardinals Care

Throughout the postseason, fans will have multiple opportunities to support Cardinals Care, the charitable arm of the team and organization.

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at every postseason home game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER

Bag Inspections And Guest Screening Policy

Standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium are in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.

In compliance with new Major League Baseball security procedures, Busch Stadium is phasing in the use of walk-through metal detectors at some of the entry gates this postseason. Guests will need to remove all keys, cell phones, cameras, sunglass cases and other large metal objects from their person prior to passing through the metal detectors.

Guests will be permitted to bring small personal cameras as long as they do not obstruct other guest’s view and will be subject to inspection.  No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB Postseason credentials.

Non-alcoholic beverages such as water & soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.

Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.

Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.

Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process. 

Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process. 

Exit/Re-entry Policy

A new exit/re-entry policy will be in effect for the 2014 postseason. Exit/re-entry will only be allowed starting at game time and extending through the end of the 7th inning. Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand and ticket stamped at Gate 4 only as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection and Guest Screening policy will also be enforced.

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect.  Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gate 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Guests must have their hand and ticket stamped at Gate 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection and Guest Screening policy will also be enforced.

Clark Street Access

Access to Clark Street between the Stadium and Ballpark Village will be restricted to ticket holders only from 4 hours prior to game time until the end of the game.  All guests entering the Stadium through Gates 4 and 5 will need to show their ticket at the Clark Street Access Locations.  Any non-ticketed guests who wish to get to the Ballpark Village and the Busch II Infield will need to do so from the north entrances.

2014 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cardinals completed their 123rd season of play in the National League with an 90-72 mark, winning the N.L. Central for the 10th time and for the 2nd consecutive season, as they qualified for the postseason for a 4th consecutive season – the 1st time in franchise history to have done so.
  • The Cardinals won 51 home games, tying Washington & Pittsburgh for the top mark in the N.L. The Cardinals have won an N.L.-best 436 home games since moving into Busch Stadium III in 2006.
  • The Cardinals put together the 74th winning season (+.500) in franchise history. The Cardinals have now compiled seven consecutive winning seasons, doing so for the 3rd time in franchise history.
  • The Cardinals were never swept in a series of three or more games, their 1st season since 2005 to have done so.
  • The Cardinals posted a Major League-leading 23 shutout victories, their most since posting a club record 30 in 1968. It was also the first since time 1968 (31%) that 25% or more of their victories came via shutouts.
  • The Cardinals were 32-23 in games decided by just one run in 2014. Those 32 wins in one-run games were their most since 1992 (34-31) and their 55 one-run games were their most since 1998 (58; 28-30).
  • The Cardinals won a franchise-best five games this season when collecting 4 hits or less and their 11 wins with 5 hits or fewer was also a club record.
  • Cardinals starting pitchers had a Major League co-leading 22 starts (also Washington) in which they worked 7 or more scoreless innings, their most since doing so in a club record 29 games in 1968.
  • Mike Matheny is the first manager in St. Louis Cardinals history to take his team to the postseason in each of his first three full seasons. He’s only the 5th manager all-time to have done so, joining Ron Gardenhire (2002-04), Larry Dierker (1997-99), Ralph Houk (1961-63) and Hughie Jennings (1907-09).

That’s all for now!  Now to watch the game some more.  Go Cards!

Diane

The second half of the season begins! And Homestand Highlights for 7/18-23/14

Finally, after what seemed like the longest Al-Star break of all time, the second half of the 2014 season starts tonight at home in St Louis.  I don’t know about all of you, but I sure missed watching Cardinals baseball on TV.  Hopefully, the time off will have helped the boys regroup and get motivated for a pennant run.  The loss of Yadi to injury is a terrible thing, but the rest of the team will have to step up to the plate (pun intended).  My hubby and I will be at the game on July 23 in section 335, row 7.  If you’ll be at the game, stop by and say hi!  Here’s the homestand highlights for 7/18-23/14:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 23, 2014)
Photo Day, Christmas in July & Johnny Hekker Takeover highlight the seventh homestand of 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO (July 18, 2014) – Fresh off the All-Star break, the Cardinals are home at Busch to kick off the second half of the season. The five-game homestand features three games with the Dodgers in their first visit to Busch since being eliminated in the 2013 NLCS as well as two games with the Tampa Bay Rays. The homestand is highlighted by Photo Day, a jersey giveaway, live music at Cardinals Nation, the Cardinals Wives’ Grab Bag event, Christmas in July and a visit from Rams’ Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker.

Friday, July 18, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:15 p.m.)

  • 1964 World Champions Print: 25,000 ticketed-fans will receive a replica newspaper print celebrating the Cardinals’ 1964 World Series victory. Presented by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (#CardsPromo)

1964 World Champions Print

  •  Cardinal Wives Baseball Grab Bags: During the game, the Cardinal Wives will be selling grab bags of autographed baseballs to raise money for the Covering House, a local agency which provides a place of refuge and restoration for girls who have been victimized by sex trafficking or have been sexually exploited. For $50, fans can purchase an unlabeled brown paper bag containing one autographed baseball from a current Cardinal player and a card identifying the signature. The Wives will be stationed at various locations throughout the stadium including inside Gate 2, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and Ford Plaza. Learn more at cardinals.com/wivescare. (#CardsWives)

 

  • Budweiser Bash Friday: Enjoy music and autographs in Ford Plaza beginning at 5:15 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Budweiser Bash entrance (Gate 5) will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for former Cardinals pitcher, Danny Cox, who will begin signing at 5:30 p.m. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Autograph ticket distribution begins one hour prior to gates opening. Budweiser Bash Fridays are sponsored by Budweiser Beer. (#BudBash)

  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle Ceremony: Twenty-eight lucky fans will be presented an authentic #42 game-worn autographed jersey from Jackie Robinson Day (April 15) at tonight’s game. Fans had the opportunity to win jerseys through a springtime raffle benefiting the Jackie Robinson Foundation & Cardinals Care hosted by the Cardinals and On the Run. Coupled with a $15,000 donation from Anheuser-Busch, the sponsors will present a $46,000 donation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation before game time.
  •  Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  •  Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  •  Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Rich Mahogany on the 2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant post-game until close.
  •  Television Broadcast:Tonight’s game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Midwest and on MLB Network outside the Cardinals’ home television territory.

 Saturday, July 19, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles (3:05 p.m.)

  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms.
  •  Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans ages 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  •  Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Brandon Michael Holland on the 2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant post-game until close.
  • Television Broadcast:Tonight’s game will be broadcast on both FOX Sports Midwest and FOX Sports 1.

 Sunday, July 20, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:05 p.m.)

  • Adult Replica Home White Jersey with League Champions Logo: 25,000 ticketed-fans ages 16 and older receive a replica home white jersey with league champions logo. Courtesy of AT&T. (#CardsPromo)

  •  Photo Day: Prior to the game, fans will be allowed on the field to get up-close and personal photos of their favorite players, coaches and Fredbird. Field access is on a first-come, first-served basis. Weather permitting. Fans are encouraged to share their photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CardsFanGram.

  • 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 ice cream (while supplies last).
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Television Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on ESPN as Sunday Night Baseball.

 Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7:15 p.m.)

  • Farmers Appreciation Night:Monsanto invites fans to celebrate America’s Farmers at Busch Stadium during the Farmers Appreciation Theme Night. Fans who purchase this special Theme ticket at cardinals.com/theme will receive a limited edition Cardinals and Monsanto themed t-shirt! Please note that the shirt is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the shirt. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Peanut Controlled Zone Theme Day: The St. Louis Cardinals are pleased to present the second of three Peanut Controlled Games at Busch Stadium. This unique opportunity allows our fans with peanut allergies to sit in a “Peanut Controlled Zone” – sales of peanuts will be halted in this section and fans will not be allowed to consume peanut products in that area. A limited number of tickets remain for this game and the final peanut controlled game on Sunday, August 3 at cardinals.com/theme.
  • All-Star Teacher of the Year: Teachers are classroom all-stars that make a difference in the lives of students and their communities. During this year’s All-Star Game® at Target Field in Minnesota, 30 teachers from across the country represented their favorite team as they were recognized on field. Tonight, the Cardinals’ teacher, Hank Kauffman of Ladue High School, will be recognized during a pre-game ceremony. Kauffman has been teaching math at Ladue since 1961. (#MyAllStarTeacher)
  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2014 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals’ home games out in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Man Eating Tiger, Johnny Chase, and Red Letter Days Band. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 16th in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Rays (6:15 p.m.)

  • Christmas in July Theme Night: Celebrate Christmas in July at Busch Stadium! Fans who purchase this special theme ticket will take home an exclusive Cardinals “Ugly Sweater” Christmas t-shirt designed by STL Style. A limited number of tickets remain for this game at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the t-shirt is only available with the purchase of this special ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Johnny Hekker Takeover: Rams’ Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker is taking over tonight’s game. Hekker will throw the ceremonial first pitch and take over the Cardinals Twitter account (@Cardinals) during the game. Fans can follow along and join the conversation using #HekkerTakeover.

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

Diane

 

Homestand highlights for July 4th-10

4th of JulyHappy 4th of July! And hooray – the Cardinals will be back home tomorrow for the next homestand.  There’s no place like home, especially after a 5-5 road trip.  The bats look like they may finally be coming back to life, and Kolten Wong and Joe Kelly may soon return from the DL.  So here’s all the details on all the promotions and all the fun of the next homestand:  

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, July 4 – Thursday, July 10, 2014)

Fireworks, Jim Edmonds Bobblehead, Broadcast Auction and Star Wars Night highlight the sixth homestand of 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO (July 3, 2014) –Tomorrow, the Cardinals kick off a seven-game homestand with a bang as the game ends with a 4th of July fireworks display at Busch. During the week of games, the Cardinals will host the Miami Marlins for three and the Pittsburgh Pirates for four. The homestand is highlighted by the replica 2004 National League Champions Ring, Patriotic Jersey and Jim Edmonds Bobblehead promotions, as well as the Cardinals Care Broadcast Auction and the second annual Star Wars Theme Night.

Friday, July 4, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (6:15 p.m.)

  • Replica 2004 National League Champions Ring: All ticketed-fans will receive a replica 2004 National League Champions Ring. The ring is wearable and includes a detachable base. (#CardsPromo)

  • Fireworks Night: The Cardinals and Cooper Tires are proud to present a post-game fireworks show at Busch Stadium.
  •  Patriotic Pitch: In honor of Independence Day, United States Marine Core veteran Corporal Joshua Ploetz will throw the ceremonial pitch. Corporal Ploetz served two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the 3rd Marine Regiment as a machine gunner. Currently, the Corporal is on a 2,350 mile river journey – in a one-man canoe – in an ongoing effort to address his combat related Post-Traumatic Stress. Ploetz’s journey, “Paddle Off the War” began along the Mississippi River on May 19th from Lake Itasca in Minnesota, and he expects to arrive in Venice, Louisiana on August 1st. Joining Ploetz for the ceremony are members & volunteers of FOCUS Marines Foundation, a local organization dedicated to helping veterans transition from military to civilian lives.
  •  Budweiser Bash Friday: Enjoy music and autographs in Ford Plaza beginning at 5:15 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Budweiser Bash entrance (Gate 5) will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for former Cardinals pitcher, Brad Thompson, who will begin signing at 5:30 p.m. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Autograph ticket distribution begins one hour prior to gates opening. Budweiser Bash Fridays are sponsored by Budweiser Beer. (#BudBash)

  • Lou Gehrig Tribute: Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs will pay special tribute to Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig on the 75th Anniversary of his iconic “Luckiest Man” speech by joining forces with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) organizations to raise awareness for the disease, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. During tonight’s game, players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear a special commemorative 75th Anniversary patch. Additionally, a special video will be played in all ballparks featuring Matt Adams and the first baseman from each Club reciting a line from Gehrig’s speech. See the video here and on cardinals.com.  (#Gehrig75)
  •  Chicken Wings Now Available at Busch: Beginning tonight, DNC Sportservice, the concessionaire of the St. Louis Cardinals, is introducing a chicken wings at select concession stands at Busch Stadium. The house-smoked wings are served plain with your choice of a buffalo, barbecue, or sweet chili dipping sauce at section 509 (behind the bleachers), outside section 148 and by section 271.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Boogie Chyld on the 2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant from 9 p.m. to close.

 Saturday, July 5, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (1:15 p.m.)

  • Adult Patriotic Jersey: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a one-of-a-kind Cardinals patriotic jersey. (#CardsPromo)

  • ALS Ceremony: During today’s pre-game ceremony, the Cardinals will recognize individuals in our community that are currently impacted by ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, like John Evans. John will throw out the ceremonial pitch with members of his family, the ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (#Gehrig75)
  •  Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms.
  •  Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  •  Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Brandon Michael Holland on the 2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant from 7 to 11 p.m.

 Sunday, July 6, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (1:15 p.m.)

  • Jim Edmonds Bobblehead: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older receive a Jim Edmonds bobblehead celebrating the 10th anniversary of his game-changing home run in Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS. Jim will also throw the ceremonial pitch. (#CardsPromo)

  •  Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • 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 ice cream (while supplies last).
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Monday, July 7, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

  • Komen Night: All fans are invited to join the Cardinals in the fight against breast cancer during the Komen Theme Night at the Ballpark. Each special themed ticket sold comes with a limited edition St. Louis Cardinals Komen ball cap. $5 from each ticket sold – available online at cardinals.com/themebenefits Komen St. Louis.  Please note that the cap is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the cap. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Redbird Rookies Pre-Game Parade: Prior to the game, members of Cardinals Care’s Redbird Rookies league will parade around the warning track. 2014 marks the 11th anniversary of the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Care Broadcast Auction: The St. Louis Cardinals have teamed up with FOX Sports Midwest and the Cardinals Radio Network to raise money for Cardinals Care by auctioning off exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences for Cardinals fans during tonight’s game broadcast. This year’s auction includes a Mike Matheny VIP experience, the chance to shadow Mike Shannon and John Rooney, a Jim Edmonds & FOX Sports Midwest experience, the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch during the Ultimate Day at Busch, a VIP camper experience at the 2015 Fantasy Camp, and the chance to play catch on the field with Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha. Bidding begins with the first pitch and continues through the seventh inning. Fans may place a bid by calling 314.345.9418 or see a full listing of auction items at cardinals.com/auction14. Fans can also purchase a Wacha Fan Pack for $99.99 which includes a ticket voucher, Wacha bobblehead and replica 2013 NL Champs ring. General donations to Cardinals Care will also gladly be accepted via phone or by donating online.

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  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2014 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals’ home games out in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Pain After August, Because Reasons, and Minus Me. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 16th in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

  • Star Wars Theme Night: Busch Stadium will transform into a galaxy far, far away as the Cardinals host Star Wars Theme Night at the ballpark. All fans who purchase this special theme night ticket, available at cardinals.com/theme, will take home an exclusive, glow-in-the-dark t-shirt featuring R2D2. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Stand Up to Cancer. Throughout pre-game until 8 p.m., all fans will be able to take pictures with members of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization that dresses as costumed Star Wars characters, who will be stationed throughout the concourse. A surprise Star Wars character will also throw the game’s ceremonial pitch.Please note that the Star Wars t-shirt is only available with the purchase of this special ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item.

  • Television Broadcast:Tonight’s game will be broadcast on both FOX Sports Midwest and ESPN.
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 p.m.)

  •  92.3 WIL Get Your Country On! Night at the Ballpark: Join the WIL personalities in Ford Plaza pre-game, and then party on the Left Field Porch with WIL’s Bo Matthews & Derrick Keith during the 92.3 WIL Theme Night. All fans who purchase the special ticket at cardinals.com/theme receive a limited edition Get Your Country On! Cardinals t-shirt.Please note that the shirt is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the shirt. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  •  Redbird Rookies Pre-Game Parade: Prior to the game, members of Cardinals Care’s Redbird Rookies league will parade around the warning track. 2014 marks the 11th  anniversary of the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

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

Diane

 

2014 United Cardinals Bloggers Weekend report

UCB_11UCB Weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  I get to visit with old friends and new friends who are also fellow bloggers, watch the Cardinals play and have some great food.  It can’t get too much better than that.

The UCB dinner was held Saturday night at Joe Buck’s restaurant in downtown St. Louis, which was a new venue for this event.  I unfortunately was unable to attend, but I understand the Fox Sports Midwest Girls made an appearance.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to attend this shindig next year.

Sunday was the annual Q&A session/Cardinals baseball game.  My son Phillip was my guest this year. He is finally discovering at the ripe old age of 17 (almost 18, as he reminds me daily) how great Cardinals baseball is.  I wanted to take his photo to put on this post, but he hates having his photo taken, even though I told him how handsome he looked in the promotional giveaway, which was the batting practice cap.  I even tried asking him to let me take his photo so his sister who lives in Connecticut could see him, but that idea went nowhere.  I can see now it’s going to be a struggle getting his senior picture taken this year.

I worked the room, walking around and talking with bloggers that I’d met in years past, and making new friends as well.  The meeting started promptly at 12 noon.  Ron Watermon, the director of public relations for the Cardinals, was the MC.  He welcomed us and introduced his staff to us.  Mr. Watermon also let us know that there were tickets to the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum in the envelope with our tickets and encouraged us to visit the museum.  Mr. Watermon told us that the team is going to debut a digital version of the media guide and that we bloggers would have the first opportunity to view and give our feedback on it.  The world has migrated to digital and the Cardinals are excited about the first digital version of the media guide.

The first speaker was John Mozeliak, the senior vice president/general manager of the Cardinals.  Mo said that we are always a fun group and he gets to read about what we write about.  Mo said that this is one of those years that you leave yourself open to a little scrutiny and a little bit of questioning.  He said that the season hasn’t gone as planned, but  frankly, never does the season go as planned.  Mo said that he was still pretty excited about what where the team is.  Mo said that the Cards have a lot of exciting things going on in the minor leagues.  He said that from a performance standard, there are people stepping up and exceeding their expectations.  Those players going to be knocking on the major league door in the near future, which is great news.  Mo said that it has been a frustrating year at times because when you think about how this team was put together, the thought was that it was going to be an offensive club and there just hasn’t been a situation where the we’ve broken through and found that right combination.  Mos said that the Skipper was trying another lineup that day. Mo emphasized that the teams was not going to give up the future to win now and he asked us to please be a little more patient with the team.  He said that he’d be back to answer questions.

The next speaker was Peggy Ryan,  who is the vice president of food service and merchandising for both Busch Stadium and Cardinals Nation.  Ms. Ryan spoke about how Busch Stadium is open only 6 months out of the year, but Cardinals Nation is open all year long.  4 components of Cardinals Nation – the restaurant, the buffet, the museum, and the rooftop deck.  She spoke at length about all these components.  She invited us to consider Cardinal Nation and Busch for corporate events.

The next speaker was Bill DeWitt III, the vice president of the Cardinals.  He said tht Ballpark Village is unique in all of baseball.  Ballpark Village was part of the master plan in designing the ballpark.  The field was left open to provide for BPV.  Mr. DeWitt said they were looking forward to Phases II, III, and IV of BPV, although they were still getting their sea legs on the operations of Phase I.  Mr. DeWitt spoke about the purchase of the Memphis club, and mentioned that the Cardinals owned the Memphis club, the Springfield, MO club and the high A Palm Beach club.   He said that no other club owned their top 3 farm league clubs.  He said that the purchases weren’t planned, but it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up.  Mr. DeWitt said that attendance should be over 3 million for the season.  The Cardinals are a bottom market team that acts like a large market team.  His job as president is to not take that great fan support for granted.

After Mr. DeWitt was finished, it was time for questions and answers. The first question was about whether tobacco products should be banned in the clubhouse. Mo said that tobacco is banned at the minor league level.  At the professional league level, the club no longer provides tobacco products, but they can’t stop anyone from bringing it in.

The next question was about the revenues and profits of Ballpark Village and whether they have exceeded the team’s projections, and whether profits from BPV used for baseball operations.  Mr. DeWitt said that BPV has done well against expectation in some areas, but some areas are being fine-tuned.   The mission of BPV was to provide a 365 day operation. There is a $2 million marketing budget for non-game days activities such as concerts.

The next question was about Darryl Kile’s death 12 years ago on Sunday. TLR had to handle the team after DK’s death.  Could Matheny handle it if something like that happened today?  Mo says that Matheny was a leader on the team when DK died.  Mike is a tremendous leader of men and someone who understands people, and Mo said should something like that happen again that Mike is the person he would want in that position.

The next question was asked about all the pitchers drafted in this year’s draft and whether that was in response to all the pitchers that have had to have been called up, or was it because the talent was available.  Mo discussed the draft strategy.

The next question was about the trade deadline coming up and whether if someone that could help offensively was available, would you trade out of the minor league surplus or would that be against what you’ve done.  Mo said that there may be opportunities that may make sense.  If it’s a fair deal, they’d do it, but they don’t want to trade away the future.

The next question was about player development. What are the characteristics that allow the team to develop minor league players so well that they succeed at the major league level?  Mo said there is a more dramatic curriculum for each player on and off the field to help prepare them for the big leagues.

Mo said he was waiting for hard questions, since he reads all our tweets.  Nervous laughter ensued.  Someone asked about Oscar Tavaras.  Mo said that Adams’ injury was a great chance to bring Oscar up to see what he could do, but he didn’t play well enough.  Mike was left with the decision about playing time for Oscar.  “If he’s here, he’s gotta play,” Mo said.  Mike was concerned.  If Oscar wasn’t going to play 5 times a week here, he should go back to Memphis.

The next question was about Scott Rolen.  If the situation was during Mo’s tenure, would he have made the trade?  It was during Mo’s tenure.  He didn’t want to trade Scott, he liked Scott, but Scott needed to get traded for obvious reasons.  Scott said he wants out.  So Mo made a deal. He then called Scott and his agent.  Good news, you’re traded.  Bad news – it’s to Toronto.  Dead pause.  His agent said he’d call back. Everyone laughed. Scott had a $4 million signing bonus after 10 years, which was deferred.  Scott demanded it be accelerated.  Internal dynamics is sometimes not always what they appear.  The Cards try to be as transparent as they can be but sometimes you can’t.  Scott and Mo are still friends.

The last question was about Mark Ellis. How do you view a guy like Mark Ellis in the 2nd half, when he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to prove himself?  Mo said he didn’t think Ellis really got going, and now that Kolton is on the DL, Ellis has a chance to prove himself.  Mo said that this is a hard league to learn at or to get back to what you once were.

Norman Taylor, the chef from SportsService, then went to the podium and told us about all the scrumptious food that would be waiting for us in the party suites.  There would be food from the concession stands, the party suites and Cardinals Nation for us to try.  There is new food being developed for Ballpark Village all the time.  Fried Oreos were mentioned, but they were unfortunately unavailable. Sad sighs were heard all over the room.

Since there were lots of bloggers and guests, we had 2 adjoining party rooms to hang out in for the game. The food available in Suite 208 from the stadium concessions/suites was poached pear salad, fruit platter, hot dogs, B&W bratwurst, pulled pork, BBQ beef brisket, Home Run nacho bar, Giaoa’s Hot Salami subs, and chocolate chip cookies and brownies. The Action Station table had Ultimate Stadium Tots, which were tater tots with your choice of pulled pork, chicken, or taco meat with mozzarella cheese and/or sour cream. I had the pulled pork, and the tater tots and they were delicious. The food available in Suite 209 was from Cardinals Nation and there was Asian chicken salad, deviled eggs, pretzel bites with beer cheese, Home Team pork steaks, chicken Mondega, Home Run Mac & Cheese with pulled pork and fried cheesecake bites (the substitute for the fried Oreos). The Action Table was cheese tortellini. I tried the pork steak, the pretzel bites and fried cheesecake. And of course, there were beverages, beer and soda.

The party suites are nicely air conditioned, and there are TV’s to watch the game on if you don’t want to go outdoors. Thankfully, there was an outlet for me to plug my cell phone in to charge it. The outdoor seats have padded seats, which are very comfortable. I parked myself near the door so whenever someone went in or out of the room, I got a nice blast of air conditioned air. There are TV’s above the outdoor seats in each party suite.  This was nice, because from where we were sitting, we couldn’t see the scoreboard very well.

The Cardinals won 5-3, which was good, since the Cards lost on Blogger Day last year.  We had a nice turnout, as evidenced by the photo below (taken by my son Phillip):

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I apologize if Phil cut anyone’s body off.  It’s hard when you have so many people to photograph.  I had a great time and I can’t wait until next year!  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

 

 

 

Passing the love of baseball on to the next generation

Most of us who love baseball inherited our love of the game from someone close to us.  It was my mother who introduced me to Cardinals baseball.  We listened to the games on KMOX, then later watched them on KSD-TV (now KSDK), with Joe Garagiola announcing the games.  Who introduced  you to the game of baseball? Have you thanked them lately?  It’s too late for me – my mom passed away in  1997.  Who introduced my mom to baseball?  I don’t know because I never asked  her about it and I’m sorry I didn’t.

Many of us marry spouses who love baseball.  A love of baseball is a great common interest.  Going to a ball game is a great first date.   The pace of the game is slow enough that you can converse between innings.  There’s lots of good ballpark food to snack on too.  You might even be chosen to appear on the Kiss Cam!  Some couples even get married at Busch Stadium.   My first husband was not a baseball fan.  I didn’t make that mistake the second time I got married.

I hopefully have passed my love of baseball to my children.  I used to take my daughter to Cards games when she was little.  At Busch Stadium II, she was admitted free to the bleachers if she could walk under the turnstile.  We used to get there early enough to watch batting practice and have a hot dog and a soda.  Scorecards were $1.00. There was a home game on her 18th birthday so we went to the game, of course.  She now lives in Connecticut, but she came home for her birthday last year and of course there was a Cards game on her birthday, so we went.  She sure planned that well!  My 17 year old son is just now getting interested in baseball – better late than never, I guess.  I took him to a game a couple weeks ago, but he doesn’t like it when I cheer with the rest of the fans. That’s part of the fun of going to a game – cheering on the players.  I guess he thinks I’m embarrassing him, since he’s a teenager.

My in-laws also love baseball.  We go to their house every other Sunday afternoon for supper and we watch the ball game on their large screen TV. We talk about how the team is playing and what we like and don’t like about how the team is playing. It’s nice to be married into a family that loves baseball.

Baseball is accessible to fans in many ways.  You can attend baseball games at various levels – at major league parks, spring training games, minor league games, or school games.  You can play baseball in Little League, high school and college – well, if you’re a girl, only in Little League.  Perhaps someday women will play major league baseball.  Even children enjoy playing a game of catch or hitting the ball.  It’s an experience that can be shared between parents/grandparents and kids.  Taking your kids/grandkids to their first baseball game will likely never be forgotten.  It’s a great way to make memories.

If we don’t want the love of baseball to die out n these days of cell phones, social media and video games,  we need to pass along the love of baseball to the next generation.  If you have children or grandchildren, have them watch a ball game with you, on TV or at the ball park. Explain the game to them and tell them why you love it.   Play a game of catch with them in the backyard.   Take them to or rent movies about baseball.  Share the history of baseball with them.  So you don’t have any kids or grandkids?  Share your love of baseball with a neighbor’s kid or a niece or a nephew.  Kids love it when people spend time with them and give them undivided attention and baseball is a great way to do this. So share the love of baseball with someone you love today.  You’ll never regret it.

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

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Homestand highlights May 26 – June 3

1964 WS programThe fourth homestand (only the 4th? Wow!) of the 2014 season has some great promotions and a special salute to the 1964 World Series, which of course, the Cardinals won by beating the Yankees.  If you’d like to read a great book about the 1964 World Series, read David Halberstam’s October 1964. Here’s all the details on the homestand: 

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS  (Monday, May 26, 2014 – Tuesday, June 2, 2014)

1964 World Series 50th Anniversary Salute, ring and beach towel giveaways, and Superhero Night highlight the fourth homestand of 2014

 ST. LOUIS, MO (May 23, 2014) – Following the shortest road trip of the season, the Cardinals return to St. Louis for three fan-favorite matchups. On Memorial Day, the Yankees will make their first-ever appearance at Busch III, having last squared off in St. Louis back in 2005. Following the Yankees series, the Cardinals will face the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. The homestand is highlighted by the 1964 World Champions 50th Anniversary Salute and replica ring promotional item, Superhero Theme Night, and the Wainwright jersey and beach towel giveaways.

 Monday, May 26, 2014 — Cardinals vs. New York Yankees (3:15 p.m.)

  •  Replica 1964 World Series Ring: All ticketed- fans will receive their very own wearable 1964 World Championship replica ring courtesy of Tickets.com. (#CardsPromo)

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  • Televised 1964 World Champions 50th Anniversary Salute: 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cardinals seventh World Championship vs. the New York Yankees. To celebrate, nearly 15 members of the 1964 team will be on hand for a special pre-game ceremony which includes a parade around the warning track led by a 1964 Ford Mustang. FOX Sports Midwest will televise the Cardinals’ 50th anniversary salute to the 1964 World Series Champions in an expanded one-hour pregame show. FOX Sports Midwest’s coverage is scheduled to include interviews with Mike Shannon and Tim McCarver, Jim Hayes riding along with Lou Brock and a third-inning interview with Bob Gibson.
  • Derek Jeter Gift Presentation: In a ceremony prior to the game, the Cardinals will present Derek Jeter with a retirement gift in honor of his career and impact on the game of baseball. Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., President Bill DeWitt, III General Manager John Mozeliak, Vice President Of Community Relations & Executive Director Of Cardinals Care Michael Hall, Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and our very own #2, Red Schoendienst will make the presentation.
  • Honoring Troops on Memorial Day: MLB will hold moments of silence prior to all games throughout Memorial Day weekend to honor those who have died in service to their nation. The Cardinals will wear specially-designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps in honor of Memorial Day. MLB and MLB Advanced Media will donate 100% of its net proceeds from sales of the US-based clubs’ caps and jerseys to Welcome Back Veterans as part of its contribution to the program.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms.
  •  Television Broadcast:Today’s game will be broadcast locally on FOX Sports Midwest, to a national audience on ESPN, and on NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corp.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — Cardinals vs. New York Yankees (7:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
  •  Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — Cardinals vs. New York Yankees (7:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (7:15 p.m.)

  • Ron Jacober Ceremonial Pitch: Long-time St. Louis sports radio and television personality Ron Jacober will throw a ceremonial pitch before the game. The recently retired Jacober has covered St. Louis sports for over 40 years and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame last year in Springfield.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Friday, May 30, 2014 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (7:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Beach Towel: 25,000 ticketed-fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals beach towel. (#CardsPromo)

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  • Illini Theme Night: Fans purchasing the special themed ticket will take home a one-of-a-kind Cardinals “STL” cap in Fighting Illini orange and blue. Join your fellow Fighting Illini fans in Riverview Corner for a pre-game pep rally complete with band, cheerleaders and an autograph session with former University of Illinois basketball standout and current Portland Trailblazer Meyers Leonard. Leonard will sign autographs from 5:45 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. Leonard, along with John Groce, Head Coach of the Fighting Illini basketball team will each throw out a ceremonial first pitch.  A number of tickets remain at cardinals.com/theme.Please note that the cap is only available with the purchase of this Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  •  Ritz’s Kickoff to Summer Weekend: A weekend full of fun for kids and families. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all kids will receive a free ticket to a 2014 home game.
  • Budweiser Bash Friday: Enjoy music and autographs in Ford Plaza beginning at 5:15 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Budweiser Bash entrance (Gate 5) will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for former Cardinals catcher, Tom Pagnozzi, who will begin signing at 5:30 p.m. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Autograph ticket distribution begins one hour prior to gates opening. Budweiser Bash Fridays are sponsored by Budweiser Beer. (#BudBash)

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  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

 Saturday, May 31, 2014 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (1:15 p.m.)

  • Kids Replica Home White Wainwright Jersey: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will take home a replica Adam Wainwright home white jersey, courtesy of Powerade and Shop ‘n’ Save. (#CardsPromo)

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • Ritz’s Kickoff to Summer Weekend: A weekend full of fun for kids and families. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all kids will receive a free ticket to a 2014 home game.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (1:15 p.m.)

  • Six Flags Day: Fredbird’s Looney Tunes friends will be here to present kids, 48” inches and under, with a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any weekday (Monday-Friday) through Tuesday, July 1st.

  • Family Attractions Card Day: Fans should stop by Ford Plaza to pick up a complimentary Family Attractions Card (while supplies last). Perfect for families looking for summer fun and activities, The Family Attractions Card offers thousands in savings at local area attractions, restaurants and lodging.

 

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  • Ritz’s Kickoff to Summer Weekend: A weekend full of fun for kids and families. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all kids will receive a free ticket to a 2014 home game.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • 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 ice cream (while supplies last).
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 Monday, June 2, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:10 p.m.)

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Archdiocese Theme Night: The St. Louis Cardinals welcome the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis to Archdiocese Night at the ballpark. With the purchase of this special Archdiocese Theme Night ticket, fans will receive a special edition Archdiocese themed Cardinals cap available in adult and kid sizes. A number of tickets remain at cardinals.com/theme.Please note that the cap is only available with the purchase of this Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

 

  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2014 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals’ home games out in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features My Winter Project, Split the Skyline, and Cardboard Rebellion. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 16th in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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  • Television Broadcast:Tonight’s game will be broadcast on both FOX Sports Midwest and to a national audience on ESPN.

 Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (6:15 p.m.)

  • MLB Network Reusable Grocery Bag: 25,000 ticketed-fans will receive a reusable grocery bag courtesy of MLB Network. (#CardsPromo)


  • Superhero Theme Night: Bring the entire family to the first Superhero Night presented by Fantasy Books, Inc. Fans purchasing the special themed ticket will receive an exclusive Superhero Cardinals T-shirt. Each Theme Ticket purchased with a youth-sized T-shirt also comes with a St. Louis Cardinals cape. Comic book characters and superheroes will be roving the stadium for fan photos. A number of tickets remain at cardinals.com/theme.Please note that the t-shirt/cape is only available with the purchase of this Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

More Fan Fun

All-Star Balloting Underway: Ready to #VoteSTL? Ballots for the 2014 All-Star Game are now available inside Busch Stadium. Online voting is also underway at cardinals.com/vote, and fans can vote a total of 25 times online and from mobile devices until Thursday, July 3rd at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Send your favorite Cardinal players to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota by joining the conversation (#VoteSTL) and voting for Matt Adams (#BatAdams), Peter Bourjos (#BourjosForUs), Matt Carpenter (#CarpenterSkills), Allen Craig (#AllStarAllen), Matt Holliday (#HollidayIn), Yadier Molina (#YadiYadiYadi), Jhonny Peralta (#JhonnyBeGood) and Kolten Wong (#VoteInKolten).

Traffic Alert

Illinois fans heading to home games for the rest of the year need to be aware that after May 27, the ramp from the westbound Poplar Street Bridge onto the interstate downtown will be closed for the next year while the Missouri Department of Transportation rebuilds it. Fans should consider using the 9th Street ramp from westbound I-64, the Eads Bridge or the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge and Tucker Boulevard to get to the game. In addition, using MetroLink and MetroBus t get to the game are very good options.

Don’t forget that Monday is Memorial Day.  At 3 PM in all time zones, there is a national moment of silence to remember those who gave their all for their country and for freedom.  Never forget that freedom isn’t free.

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

Diane

Homestand highlights May 12-22

The Cardinals have had a rough road trip, hovering at .500.  They were almost swept by the Pirates.  But now, home sweet home!  And the Cards play the Cubs, who haven’t been playing so well themselves.  Let’s hope this homestand will turn things around.  Here’s all the details on all the events going on during this homestand:

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ST. LOUIS, MO (May 12, 2014) – The Cardinals are back at Busch and embarking on the first of 19 home games in 23 days over two homestands. The action starts tonight with four games versus the Chicago Cubs, and continues with three-game series against the Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks. 2014 All-Star Game balloting begins in-stadium during this jam-packed homestand which is highlighted by six theme nights (including two Scout Nights, Mo Tie Monday, Grant’s Farm Night, Chuck Berry Night and Gardening Night), the Replica 2013 National League Champion’s Trophy giveaway, the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest, and more.

Monday, May 12, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:10 p.m.)

  • In-stadium All-Star Balloting Begins: Ready to #VoteSTL? Ballots for the 2014 All-Star Game are now available inside Busch Stadium. Online voting is also underway at cardinals.com/vote, and fans can vote a total of 25 times online and from mobile devices until Thursday, July 3rd at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Send your favorite Cardinal players to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota by joining the conversation (#VoteSTL) and voting for Matt Adams (#BatAdams), Peter Bourjos (#BourjosForUs), Matt Carpenter (#CarpenterSkills), Allen Craig (#AllStarAllen), Matt Holliday (#HollidayIn), Yadier Molina (#YadiYadiYadi), Jhonny Peralta (#JhonnyBeGood) and Kolten Wong (#VoteInKolten).
  •  Ceremonial Pitches: Prior to the game, ceremonial pitches will be thrown by former Rams player and Professional Football Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams; Miss Missouri 2014 Erica Sturdefant; and Koko Kondo, a Hiroshima A-bomb survivor, peace advocate and Webster University commencement speaker.
  • Mo Tie Monday’ Theme Tickets: Fans can dress as sharply as General Manager John Mozeliak with the purchase of a themed ticket for the first-ever Mo Tie Monday. Each special Mo Tie Monday ticket comes with a limited-edition Cardinals bowtie. A portion of each ticket sold benefits Cardinals Care. Fans may also purchase a VIP ticket which includes the game ticket, bowtie and a pre-game Q&A with Mozeliak, starting with a bowtie-tying tutorial. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the bowtie is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the bowtie. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Television Broadcast:Tonight’s game will be broadcast on both FOX Sports Midwest and to a national audience on ESPN.
  • Boy/Girl Scout Theme Night: The Cardinals are proud to present Boy Scout and Girl Scout Night at Busch Stadium. For just $14, each scout receives a ticket to the game as well as a badge. While tickets for this Theme Night are sold out, fans may purchase tickets for a second Scout Night on May 20th at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the patch is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Scouts who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the patch. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2013 schedule features 15 local bands over the course of five nights, at five different Cardinals’ home games out in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Cardboard Room, SOMA, and Unifyah. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 16th in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: The Cardinals and On the Run are giving fans the chance to win an authentic #42 game-worn autographed jersey from Jackie Robinson Day, on April 15th and two Cardinals tickets to the July 18th home game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at Gate 3 or from roaming volunteers in lime-green shirts during this game as well as on May 16th and May 20th. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at area On the Run locations. The money raised will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation & Cardinals Care.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

  • Grant’s Farm Theme Night: The Cardinals are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Grant’s Farm – Anheuser Busch’s nationally recognized family attraction and St. Louis tradition. Each special Grant’s Farm Night ticket comes with a limited-edition Cardinals camel t-shirt for the event’s “Hump Day” festivities. Prior to the game, fans will have the opportunity to see a variety of small animals and have their picture taken with a Budweiser Clydesdale in Ford Plaza. Fans can even see three camels in the Busch II infield at Ballpark Village before the game. Grant’s Farm’s newly refurbished tram will take a lap around the warning track at approximately 6:30 p.m. before former Cardinal Wally Moon throws out the ceremonial pitch. Moon was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1954, the same year Grant’s Farm opened. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the t-shirt is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the t-shirt. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Ceremonial Pitch: Gata Kamsky, an International Grandmaster from Russia, 20-year world elite chess player, and the reigning U.S. Chess Champion will throw the ceremonial pitch.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 Thursday, May 15, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (12:45 p.m.)

  • Charity Haircuts in the Plaza sponsored by Great Clips: During the game, fans can root on their team and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza for Great Clips’ Charity Haircuts. For a $10 donation, Great Clips – who sponsors the event every weekday afternoon game during the season – will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

 Friday, May 16, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 p.m.)

It’s me and my husband’s wedding anniversary – anyone want to gift us a pair of tickets?  🙂

  • 2013 Replica National League Champions Trophy: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a 6.5″ tall replica of the National League Champions Trophy. Presented by Ameren Missouri. (#CardsPromo)

 

  • Budweiser Bash Friday: Enjoy music and autographs in Ford Plaza beginning at 5:15 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Budweiser Bash entrance (Gate 5) will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for former Cardinals pitcher turned outfielder, Rick Ankiel, who will begin signing at 5:30 p.m. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Autograph ticket distribution begins one hour prior to gates opening. Budweiser Bash Fridays are sponsored by Budweiser Beer. (#BudBash)

 Ceremonial Pitch: Prior to the game, talk show host Wendy Williams will throw the ceremonial pitch.

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: The Cardinals and On the Run are giving fans the chance to win an authentic #42 game-worn autographed jersey from Jackie Robinson Day, on April 15th and two Cardinals tickets to the July 18th home game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at Gate 3 or from roaming volunteers in lime-green shirts on May 13th, May 16th, and May 20th. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at area On the Run locations. The money raised will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation & Cardinals Care.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (1:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Beverage Jug: 25,000 ticketed-fans will take home a Cardinals beverage jug, courtesy of Powerade. (#CardsPromo)

  • Cardinals Care Jersey Day: All fans can purchase scratch-off tickets from roaming volunteers for a chance to win a game-used Cardinals jersey from today’s game. Proceeds benefit Cardinals Care.
  • Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest: Nathan’s Famous is making a stop at Busch Stadium for an official 2014 qualifying event for the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island. The official qualifying event will take place at 12 p.m. on May 17 and is part of more than a dozen contests in cities across the United States. World champion Joey Chestnut will be on hand to oversee the 10-minute, all-you-can-eat contest, which will take place around noon in Ford Plaza and feature top-ranked eaters, including world matzo ball, donut and green pea-eating champion, “Badlands” Booker, as well as Sean Gordon, Matthew Raible and Josh Miller. Joey Chestnut will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. The top male and top female finishers will earn a spot to compete in the finals at the original Nathan’s Famous in Brooklyn, NY. Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., set the world record by eating 69 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes in 2013, and he will seek his eighth straight title this year. Along with Joey Chestnut, a group of students from Keysor Elementary School and their principal, Dr. Bryan Painter, will be attending the game. The school and surrounding Kirkwood community were honored with a fun, carnival-like event in Ford Plaza before noon as part of Nathan’s and KaBOOM!’s new program, Ready. Set. Play., which celebrates active play and the organizations that facilitate it for children. MEDIA OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE by emailing communications@cardinals.com.

               

  • Rooftop Broadcast: FOX Sports Midwest will broadcast today’s game live from the new AT&T Rooftop in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)

Sunday, May 18, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (1:15 p.m.)

  • Matt Carpenter Kids Bat: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will receive a 28” Matt Carpenter bat, courtesy of Rawlings. (#CardsPromo)

  • Cardinal Wives Baseball Grab Bags: The Cardinal Wives will be raising money to support breast cancer research by selling grab bags of autographed baseballs during the game. For $50, fans can purchase an unlabeled brown paper bag containing one autographed baseball from a current Cardinal player and a card identifying the signature. The Wives will be stationed at various locations throughout the stadium including inside Gate 3, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and Ford Plaza. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen® St. Louis whose mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
  •  Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • Honorary Bat Girl: The Cardinals are proud to present Karen Neal as the winner of the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest. The MLB campaign recognizes baseball fans that have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. Karen, a wife, mom, math teacher and inspiration, is currently battling an aggressive inflammatory breast cancer diagnosis with chemo, a double mastectomy and a third round of radiation. As our Honorary Bat Girl, Karen will take part in pre-game activities and be honored during an on-field ceremony. You can read Karen’s story and meet the other club representatives at HonoraryBatGirl.com.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • 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 ice cream (while supplies last).

 Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

  • Boy/Girl Scout Theme Night: The Cardinals are proud to present Boy Scout and Girl Scout Night at Busch Stadium. For just $14, each scout receives a ticket to the game as well as a badge. Tickets are available at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the patch is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Scouts who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the patch. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: The Cardinals and On the Run are giving fans the chance to win an authentic #42 game-worn autographed jersey from Jackie Robinson Day, on April 15th and two Cardinals tickets to the July 18th home game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at Gate 3 or from roaming volunteers in lime-green shirts on May 13th, May 16th, and May 20th. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at area On the Run locations. The money raised will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation & Cardinals Care.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

  • Chuck Berry Theme Night: Chuck Berry Night celebrates rock-and-roll legend and St. Louis native Chuck Berry. All fans who purchase the special themed ticket will receive an exclusive Chuck Berry bobblehead. Fans can also purchase a VIP ticket which includes a pre-game meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, in addition to the bobblehead and game ticket. All fans will have the opportunity to see Chuck Berry during his pre-game on-field ceremony. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the bobblehead is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the bobblehead. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

Thursday, May 22, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6:15 p.m.)

  • Gardening Theme Night: Fans purchasing this special themed ticket will take home their very own, limited edition, Cardinals Garden Gnome. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Missouri Botanical Garden. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the gnome is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the gnome. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

2014 Opening Day schedule

Opening DayThe season started almost a week ago.  The Cards are coming back home with a 3-3 record.  There’s no need to panic, everyone  – there’s still a lot of baseball left to be played.  Perhaps what the Cards need is a trip home to Busch Stadium.  Tomorrow, as you know, is an unofficial St. Louis holiday – Opening Day.  Thousands of fans will congregate in downtown St. Louis at various pep rallies.  Ballpark Village will be open and the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will have its grand opening.  Unfortunately, cool and rainy is the weather forecast for tomorrow.  Here’s hoping the good Lord have pity on us and clear up the clouds and the rain.

Just in case you’re going to come downtown for the festivities, I have all the details for you right here.  Here you go:

April 7, 2014 – OPENING DAY IN ST. LOUIS

How Fans Can Enjoy the Day and Support the Team

ST. LOUIS – April 4, 2014 – Monday, April 7th marks the annual return of baseball to St. Louis as the Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds at 3:15 p.m. Opening Day 2014 will feature a formal dedication of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village in the morning and a pre-game on-field ceremony that welcomes home the reigning National League Champions. Following is a schedule of official activities and information to help baseball’s best fans enjoy what has become an unofficial holiday in St. Louis. Fans are encouraged to join the social media conversation using #OpeningDaySTL.

Opening Day Ceremony

Opening Day marks the first time Cardinals fans have the opportunity to welcome home the reigning National League Champions. The Opening Day on-field ceremony will culminate in the team raising the 2013 National Championship flag – the team’s 19th National League Championship. The team will also pay tribute to the entire inaugural induction class of the new Cardinals Hall of Fame as part of the pre-game on-field ceremony. Earlier in the day (10 a.m.), the new Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones and the St. Louis Cardinals Museum will be formally dedicated in a special ceremony at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.

The on-field pre-game ceremony at Busch will feature all four of the team’s Commissioner’s Trophies from each of those World Championship teams (’67, ’82, ’06, and ’11), as well as the introduction of the Cardinals Hall of Famers and 2014 Cardinals via a Ford motorcade. This will be the first Opening Day that Tony La Russa, who will be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, will be introduced with the other Cardinals Hall of Famers wearing the signature red Hall of Fame jacket tailored by Brooks Brothers.

Schedule

 10 a.m.   Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum Dedication Ceremony: The Cardinals will host an invitation-only ceremony to formally dedicate the new Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones and the team’s new Cardinals Museum within Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village. While the ceremony is not open to the general public due to a lack of space, the team will live-stream the ceremony on cardinals.com and broadcast the ceremony on the outdoor Busch II scoreboard screen and on the 40 ft. television in FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s:  The Cardinals and Hardee’s will host a pre-game pep rally across from the Cardinals Team Store, in the Ballpark Village parking lot. Local rock band Trixie Delight will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can purchase a Hardee’s Combo Meal after regular breakfast hours from the Mobile Diner or Hardee’s restaurant on Chestnut and receive a free Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last. Other sponsors include: Budweiser, First National Bank, Fox Theatre, FOX Sports Midwest, Goodwill, Krispy Kreme, Missouri Lottery, The Muny, PNC Bank, Rawlings, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Grant’s Farm and The Tan Company.

1:15 p.m.               Gates open

Budweiser Magnet Schedule Day:  All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and over, will receive a magnet with the 2014 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser Beer.

2:30 p.m.               Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.

  • Introduction of St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, and Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder
  • Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird
  • Cardinals Hall-of-Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade, led around the warning track by a 1964 Ford Mustang. Each Cardinals Hall of Famer will be riding in a 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible.
  • Introduction of Mike ShannonDanny Cox and Jim Edmonds with past National League Championship trophies.
  • Introduction of the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2014 Ford F-150 Raptors.
  • Introduction of the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals lineups
  • 2013 National League Champions banner raised in the outfield. 
  • Color Guard provided by Ft. Leonard Wood and American Flag in Center Field, courtesy of a joint services group at Scott Air Force Base
  • American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis
  • The National Anthem will be performed by Curtis Finch, Jr. – a Top 10 Finalist on American Idol Season 12, and St. Louis native.
  • Ceremonial First Pitch by former Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.

3:15 p.m.              Game Time


 

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the game and pre-game ceremony in High Definition on FOX Sports Midwest.

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) or one of the 125 stations in the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney call the game. The expanded pre-game 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, or via the team’s Twitter account, @Cardinals. From mobile devices, fans can keep tabs on the score using MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 14.

Getting to the Game

MoDOT will not have any scheduled lane closures on state highways inside the city limits for Opening Day. There have been several changes to roadways around the downtown area – most importantly on Memorial. Drivers should pay attention to the roadways, as the way they are used to coming to Cardinal games may have changed. From the Poplar Street Bridge, drivers can take the ramp to eastbound I-44 (formerly westbound I-70) to Washington. From northbound I-55, drivers can continue on eastbound I-44 to Walnut or to Washington. From eastbound I-70, drivers can take the new Tucker ramp into the city, or stay on westbound I-44 and exit at Broadway. Illinois drivers can now also use the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to get into downtown. When they get off the bridge, they can follow Tucker into the downtown area. As usual, Clark Street will be closed in between the stadium and Ballpark Village.

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic. To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark. Check the Metro website, MetroSt.Louis.org, forschedules and the Park-Ride lot 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. The first RedBird Express leaves 2 ½ hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes. On Opening Day, the RedBird Express will start running at noon.

Ballpark Improvements

As the Cardinals begin their ninth season of play in Busch Stadium, the team has made a number of improvements to the stadium during the offseason, including sowing the seeds of another successful season with the installation of new sod. During the fall, the Cardinals installed over 100,000 square feet of new sod. The sod, which was grown in Fort Morgan, Colorado, is a four way blend of Kentucky Bluegrass set in a 10 inch root zone that is 85% sand, 10% peat and 5% Zeopro mixture.

The team, with the help of Clayco, redesigned and reconstructed 46 of the team’s 63 luxury suites. New features include new cabinets, counter tops, flooring, furniture and artwork. Each of the reconstructed suites includes upgraded appliances with in-counter food warming units. A central table concept was introduced to create a gathering space near the TV, which gives improved access to the kitchen area. Bright red tile and upholstery give energy to the new suites, while the neutral palette, wood accents and floors recreate a comfortable, club-like feel.

Behind section 172, near the visiting team’s bullpen, the Cardinals have added a manual strikeout-counter board which will allow fans sitting in those seats to place a giant “K” on the board with every Cardinals strikeout.

Additional upgrades include:

  •  New flooring throughout select areas of the ballpark
  •  Landscape fencing to protect plants and coordinate with Ballpark Village
  •  2013 National League Champion signage added to outfield wall, dugouts and exterior south wall
  •  Busch Stadium signs on the corners received a fresh coat of paint and were converted to LED lighting
  •  The Budweiser script, clock and birds on the bat above the scoreboard were replaced with a brighter and more efficient LED powered lighting. Matching signage was added to the back of the scoreboard facing the street, replacing a Bud Light sign that was previously there.
  •  600 field lights were re-lamped to 2,000 watt elements. Lights routinely need to be replaced after operating 7-8 years in order to maintain MLB required lighting levels.
  •  The center field “Bud Light Bar and Chill” was converted into the “Budweiser 1876 Bar,” and the “Captain’s Corner” in the left field pavilion area is now the “Rita Cabana” featuring Bud Light’s Lime-a-Rita and Straw-ber-Rita products.
  •  In addition to Ballpark Village being open, several changes were made to the area around Gate 4 to ensure a great view from the Village.
  •  Pedestrian sidewalk changes at Gate 2 to provide safer access for fans coming from the south. They will no longer need to walk through the parking lot.

New Menu for 2014

Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the St. Louis Cardinals’ concessionaire for more than 50 years, is preparing to welcome fans back to the Stadium with a starting lineup of food to please every fan’s unique taste. New menu items include pastrami dogs, and flatbread pizzas as well as the brand new Island Grill outside section 142 offering fresh fish tacos, crab cake sliders and a shrimp po’boy.

The Luxury Suites will feature a new ‘Butcher Block’ experience offering turkey, beef, lamb and salmon, perfectly seasoned and prepared. And to quench a Cardinal-sized thirst, there’s a new menu of drinks include premium wines on tap, a frozen apple cider and barrel-aged cocktails.

Throughout the stadium, fans will enjoy day-fresh Budweiser Beer from every tap in the building.

New Retail for 2014

From Opening Day apparel to personalized gifts, the Busch Stadium Team Store has what fans need to look their game-day best no matter their unique style. Adding to the Team Store’s exclusive selection of limited-edition Opening Day apparel and accessories, new this year is an impressive list of new lines and novelties including a designer diamond necklace. The Team Store is going all out this season – Dooney & Bourke handbags and Alex Woo fine jewelry will make their Busch Stadium debut. Among the Woo pieces is a $1,500 diamond necklace.

Under Armour has teamed up with MLB and is now offering a new clothing line for fans. In addition, novelty items will be in abundance including the limited edition bobbleheads, picnic baskets, Hello Kitty merchandise, and an expanded line of Oyo’s and accessories. Fans will also be able to choose from an expanded line of American Needle fitted hats, which features Cooperstown and St. Louis Browns logos.

Familiar fan favorites- available in all price ranges – will still be available.

Ballpark Village – A Game Changer for Cardinals Fans

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies celebrated the formal grand opening of the $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village (#BallparkVillage) last week.

“We believe our fans will fall in love with Ballpark Village and all that is has to offer,” said Bill DeWitt Jr, Chairman and CEO of the St. Louis Cardinals. “We anticipate that Cardinals Nation and Ballpark Village will be where the best fans in baseball will come to play all year round.”

The construction of Ballpark Village represents the next step in the Cardinals’ vision for downtown St. Louis that began with the opening of the $411 million privately-financed Busch Stadium in April 2006. Located on 10 acres just north of Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village is one of the first master-planned developments designed around a new MLB ballpark.

The approximately 120,000 square foot multi-story first phase of the multi-phased project is visible beyond the center field wall and is designed to look like an extension of Busch Stadium. The project was carefully crafted to compliment the energy and excitement of the Cardinals’ game day experience, while also functioning as a year-round attraction by itself.

The first phase of Ballpark Village is anchored by Cardinals Nation, the Budweiser Brew House, FOX Sports Midwest Live!, PBR St. Louis – A Cowboy Bar, Howl at the Moon and Drunken Fish. Ballpark Village features five live performance stages, the largest retractable roof of its kind in the United States, one of the biggest indoor TV screens in the Midwest and an outdoor festival space that recreates the infield of the previous Busch Stadium in its exact historical location.

In addition to the construction of a 120,000 square foot state-of-the-art structure housing nine marquee venues, the first phase of Ballpark Village includes the development of the site infrastructure for the future build out of the entire 10-acre site. The remaining pad-ready development sites will allow for future phases to be developed more quickly since the basic infrastructure is already in place. In future phases, the team hopes to add residential, office and retail, as well as more restaurants and entertainment venues to the mixed-use neighborhood.

Cards Nation

Fans visiting Ballpark Village on Opening Day and throughout the season will want to make it a point to visit Cardinals Nation.

Cardinals Nation offers fans of all ages a one-of-kind, world championship caliber experience unlike any place else.  Cardinals Nation is the ultimate Cardinals headquarters –THE place for fans to remember, celebrate and create unforgettable Cardinals moments and experience the tradition – -every day! A 34,000 square foot venue on four levels, Cardinals Nation features a high-energy, state-of-the-art two-story restaurant and bar, an 8,000 square foot world-class Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a Cardinals Authentics (#CardsAuthentics) retail store featuring game-used memorabilia, and a 334-seat roof top deck with spectacular game views and an all-inclusive experience unlike anything in baseball today.

 Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar is a casual, family oriented restaurant serving traditional American favorites with a contemporary infusion of regionally grown, fresh ingredients and flavor combinations, all enjoyed in the midst of the rich history and tradition of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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The Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar sets a new standard for sport-inspired restaurants. Featuring a high-energy, memorabilia-infused space designed by the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Beers International, this 500-seat restaurant on two floors has three separate patios, two kitchens, six full-service bars, and unparalleled sports-viewing courtesy of over 60 flat screen TVs.

The two-story restaurant space is filled with Cardinals history and memories. The first floor of the restaurant features a contemporary design illuminated by a custom ceiling fixture comprised of two corresponding 54-foot long curved aluminum light bars with 108 15-watt LED light bars designed to mimic the seams of a baseball.  While the stitch lights will primarily glow a bright Cardinals red, they may be programmed to display any color to set the mood for special occasions. Additional design features include custom made ceiling fans comprised of actual baseball bats, a stairwell with engraved home plates in the wood, and baseball themed design features in the restrooms.

Bringing an old school vibe to contemporary dining experience, the sports-inspired menu and atmosphere customized for baseball fans and foodies is a grand slam. From local favorites to innovative creations, whatever comes out of the kitchen is guaranteed to satisfy any major league appetite.

The Cardinals Nation menu features traditional ballpark fare such as nachos and chicken wings to a continental lineup of shrimp cocktail, steak, pasta and a catch of the day, all served in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

The menu includes:  Home Stand French Fries, Redbirds Nest (Buttermilk Fried Sweet Onions), Flatbread Caprese pizza, World Champion Grilled Cheese (4 cheeses on toasted sour dough), Gold Glove Burger (choice of burger topped with caramelized onion, white cheddar, herb mayo on a Kaiser bun) and Mac ‘n Cheese. It’s everything you expect and more, with a couple of mouth-watering, jaw-dropping “curve balls.” Fans can make reservations at cardinals.com/cardinalsnation.

The Cardinals Authentics Shop (#CardsAuthentics)

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Fans will find that gearing up for baseball just got easier with the debut of a new 800 square foot Cardinals Authentics Shop located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation adjacent to the Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar. With the grand opening of Cardinals Nation Authentics, there are now two locations to shop for genuine Cardinals gear and own a piece of St. Louis history!  Both Cardinals Authentics locations (inside Cardinals Nation and Busch Stadium in the Ford Plaza north of Gate 6) specialize in official, game-used, limited edition and autographed collectibles and memorabilia direct from the club. Both stores offer a great selection of current and vintage Cardinals apparel, as well as one-of-a-kind collectibles. Open Daily: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; on game nights, the shop will remain open 1 hour post game.

HOF Logo FinalThe Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum at Cardinals Nation

Our Home.  Our History.  Our Heroes.

Opening April 7th to the general public following a formal dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. that will be streamed live on cardinals.com, the new Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation features the largest team-held collection in baseball. The collection is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 16,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. With over 8,000 square feet on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Museum (#CardsMuseum) celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.

The new museum allows the Cardinals to showcase the team’s extensive collection of Cardinals artifacts, memorabilia and photography in a way that brings to life the amazing story of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.

The Museum walks visitors through the history of the Cardinals, beginning with the early days of Sportsman’s Park through today’s celebrated stadium and team. Each stage of the Museum has been carefully designed to reflect the historic stadium architecture and the time period being explored. The walk through history is accomplished through changing photographic pallets, case designs, and park aesthetics like appropriate woodwork and steel trusses.

The Cardinals designed the museum galleries to be fun, immersive, time-traveling experiences for all fans, whether they are long-time die-hard fans or those just beginning to fall in love with the team. The design of the new Cardinals Museum integrates historic artifacts with state-of-the-art touchscreen technology and other multi-media to create immersive environments.

“Our intention is to appeal to a wide variety of audiences with the new museum, from rookies to veterans,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “Our design team and museum staff did an excellent job of creating a museum that fans will want to experience many times over.”

The Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum Experience

The Hall of Fame: The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones displays the official plaques of the Cardinals players honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The exhibit offers a number of touch-screen interactive displays that allow fans to dig deeper into the honorees, learning more about their lives, careers, statistics, and videos from their biggest moments. The Hall of Fame is free and open to the public.

The Cardinal Way: The first gallery of the Museum showcases a feature video introducing visitors to “The Cardinal Way,” which is a philosophy on how to play baseball and develop players, created in the early days of the club and still celebrated today.

Sportsman’s Park: The second gallery transports fans back to the days of the first Cardinals ballpark. Paying homage to the “Knothole Gang,” children from the early 1900s who couldn’t afford tickets to games but would watch through the knotholes in the walls, this space allows visitors to peek into the first days of the team and experience the Broadcast Booth where they can record their own sportscaster broadcast of thrilling Cardinals moments.

Busch II: This space celebrates the players and major events during the period of the second stadium, with design touches of the field’s grasses and the famous “bottle-cap” rim of the stadium. The gallery features, like the other exhibits within the museum, a large highlight reel from the era. The film occasionally pauses and strobes flash as the crowd captures landmark grand-slams and base-steals. Amongst legendary artifacts, guests can hold the real bats from the greatest Cardinals hitters for photo opportunities in a home-plate setting.

Look of the Cardinals: A colorful, fun gallery which explores the development of the team’s logo throughout its entire history, from uniforms to memorabilia, stadiums to equipment.

Championship Gallery: Highlighted in bright gold and the flags of the World Series Championship trophies, this gallery celebrates the Cardinals’ 11 World Series Championships and numerous National League Championships, including four actual World Championship trophies.

Busch III: The sixth gallery of the new Museum is a tribute to the current baseball stadium, where fans can “interview” four recent Cardinals managers to get their different thoughts on challenging baseball topics, or explore the touch screens which display all of the statistics in real-time of the current roster.

Changing Exhibit Gallery: To accommodate the immense collection of Cardinals artifacts and memorabilia, a changing exhibit gallery will always offer something new to see for fans to come back and visit again. Exhibits may feature championships, the evolution of baseball equipment, or famous Cardinals like Stan Musial or Fredbird.

Cardinal Nation: The final gallery in the new museum is all about the fans. Visitors can input their hometown location on a massive screen, which will showcase how “Cardinal Nation” reaches across the globe. A Give-Away gallery will celebrate all of the fun, great giveaways baseball fans have received at the stadium over the years, from bobble-heads to mini bats, jerseys to World Series ring replicas. Fans can also record their answers and opinions on the Question-of-the-Week, which could get featured on the stadium’s big screen during Cardinals games. The entire experience finishes with a stylish donor wall, thanking the nearly-countless number of donors who helped make the museum, and its collection, possible.

The new Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will be open year round in Ballpark Village across from Busch Stadium, and tickets may be purchased atcardinals.com/museum.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones

Located just outside the new Cardinals Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Cardinals Hall of Fame (#CardsHOF) presented by Edward Jones, will always be accessible to fans at no cost. Created to honor the players and personalities who have had the greatest impact on the franchise, the Cardinals Hall of Fame gives fans a new way to connect and learn about our team’s great heritage. Fans will vote on new inductees annually and interactive kiosks help you learn more about these Cardinal greats with photos, videos and statistics. Members of the Hall of Fame will be permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones with plaques produced by Mathews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The new Cardinals Hall of Fame will also be dedicated on Monday, April 7th at 10 a.m.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones

Located just outside the new Cardinals Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Cardinals Hall of Fame (#CardsHOF) presented by Edward Jones, will always be accessible to fans at no cost. Created to honor the players and personalities who have had the greatest impact on the franchise, the Cardinals Hall of Fame gives fans a new way to connect and learn about our team’s great heritage. Fans will vote on new inductees annually and interactive kiosks help you learn more about these Cardinal greats with photos, videos and statistics. Members of the Hall of Fame will be permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones with plaques produced by Mathews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The new Cardinals Hall of Fame will also be dedicated on Monday, April 7th at 10 a.m.

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The AT&T Rooftop at Cardinals Nation

When fans visit the AT&T Rooftop at Cardinals Nation, they will be blown away by the view.  Featuring over 330 seats on two levels, the all-inclusive AT&T Rooftop ballgame experience features a delicious all-you-care-to-eat buffet and full service bar as well as complimentary admission to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s out of the park!

 

Busch II Infield

Busch IIFans coming down for Opening Day festivities will want to check out the Busch II Infield park in Ballpark Village next to Cardinals Nation. Located outside the West entrance of Cardinals Nation, and in its exact historic home, is the Busch II infield – an outdoor park programmed with family-friendly events all year long. The turf-covered baseball diamond sits in the exact infield footprint left by Busch Stadium II (1966 – 2005). Featuring a 12 foot by 20 foot video display as part of the scoreboard, the infield provides fans a gathering place to watch the big game or enjoy an outdoor concert while eating Ted Drewes Frozen Custard at the Dugout Bar.

 While standing on the infield, memories come to life through the aide of a larger-than-life mural on the west Ballpark Village wall. Pictured is a photograph taken during a pre-game ceremony in 2005 at one of the final games at old Busch. The image provides fans with the precise view they would have had from behind home plate.

The infield park is the site of can’t miss events and can’t forget memories all year long, as well as being one of two locations that visitors can purchase St. Louis’ favorite frozen custard, Ted Drewes (the other location is within FOX Sports Midwest Live!). Ted Drewes has been selling frozen custard and Christmas trees in the St. Louis region since he opened his first Gateway City location in 1930.

Cardinals Media Guide, Magazine & Scorecards Available

Media guideIn time for Opening Day, the St. Louis Cardinals 2014 Official Media Guide is available to fans for purchase online at cardinals.com/mediaguide in addition to being sold at the ballpark and in Ballpark Village. Typically available only to sportswriters, broadcasters, baseball executives and scouts, the Cardinals annual media guide is the ultimate insider’s resource.

The Cardinals 2014 Media Guide can be purchased for $20 at cardinals.com/mediaguide, at the Team Store inside Busch Stadium, at each gate where scorecards are sold, at the Cardinals Authentics Shop in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village, and by phone at 314-345-9000.

MagazineCardinals Magazine kicks off its 22nd season of publication with a star-studded cover story featuring the “Big W’s”: Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright, whose names make for nice alliteration and whose personalities add equal parts laughter, lessons and life stories of what it takes to win in the majors. This jam-packed keepsake goes behind-the-scenes of Ballpark Village with team president Bill DeWitt III, unveils the spectacular 2013 NL Champions players’ ring, and sits down with Matt Carpenter as he relives his memorable 11-pitch at-bat against Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 of the 2013 NLCS—the plate appearance that ignited the Cards’ series-clinching victory. Even more, Issue 1 presents fans with  an in-depth look at some of the organization’s notable prospects through the eyes of farm director Gary LaRocque, departments featuring Peter Bourjos, Randy Choate, Joe Kelly and Wainwright, and the 1st installment of a season-long 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 world championship.

The season-opening edition is also available in digital form through many of today’s popular e-devices. And new for 2014, the Cardinals Magazine e-pub will now include exclusive videos and photo galleries with every edition. Issue 1 will feature videos of the 2013 NL Champions ring and the 11-pitch sequence between Carpenter and Kershaw from the NLCS, as well as a photo gallery showcasing Ballpark Village.

Throughout the season, the magazine is on sale for just $5 at Busch Stadium at all gates, the team store, and Cardinals Authentics inside Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village. It’s also available at many STL retailers: Schnucks, Dierbergs, Shop ‘n Save, QT, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a print or digital subscription, please visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9303. Sign up today and receive a ticket voucher good for two seats to most Monday-Thursday home games in 2014.

ScorecardAlso on sale at Busch Stadium this season is the popular 2014 Official Scorecard, featuring the striking artistic designs of local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003. This year’s edition commemorates the franchise’s 19th NL Pennant and the opening of Ballpark Village. Inside, the scorecard also teaches fans how to score the “Cardinal Way”—a storied tradition by club officials that dates back to the 1940s. During games, fans can purchase Cardinals Magazine and the Official Scorecard together for just $5 at all gates.

BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER

Bag Inspections Policy

  • The standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium will be in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.
  • Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras and will be subject to inspection.  No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB credentials.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages such as water and soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.
  • Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.
  • Small banners and signs are allowed.  Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.
  • Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process.
  • Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.

Exit/Re-entry Policy

Standard Exit/Re-entry Policies are in effect. Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand stamped at Gates 1, 2 or 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect. Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/Re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gates 1, 2 and 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Fans will get their hand stamped as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

Someone must have paid attention to my blog post last year about the Hall of Fame Museum – a lot of my suggestions are in the list above.  🙂  I hope that all this information was helpful.  So let’s go Cards!  Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

Is there a wedding in your future?

Are you or someone you know tying the knot soon?  Looking for a unique location for your wedding ceremony and/or wedding reception?  Or does being a Cardinals fan extend to the best day in your life (and I don’t mean when the Cards win the World Series)?  Busch Stadium is more than just a great place to see a baseball game with the best team in baseball.  You can see all the great amenities Busch Stadium has to offer at the 5th annual boutique bridal show at Busch Stadium on February 9.  Read all about it below:

FIFTH ANNUAL BOUTIQUE BRIDAL SHOW AT BUSCH FEBRUARY 9th 

Couples Learn How They Can Make Their Special Day Even More Memorable at One of the Most Unique Venues

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (January 14, 2014)— Couples who are looking to make the Cardinals a part of their special day or are simply looking for a unique venue will not want to miss the fifth annual Busch Stadium Boutique Bridal Show on Sunday, February 9, 2014.

The event, which takes place from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Redbird Club, will allow guests to tour several unique venues throughout the ballpark that will be set up and decorated for rehearsal dinners and weddings. Guests will have the opportunity to get their photo with the 2011 World Series trophy, enjoy live music from a variety of bands and DJs, and enjoy free samples of some of the ballpark’s world-class catering.

There will be several exclusive vendors on hand for the Bridal Show including florists, photographers, cake experts and more. Guests will get the opportunity to learn more about wedding ceremonies on the field, as well as wedding receptions and photos at the stadium.

From engagement photos to a wedding on home plate, the stadium offers a variety of options to make a special day even more unique. Each guest will be given a copy of the Spring/Summer St. Louis Bride Magazine and more great gifts to help them prepare for their wedding day. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $14.00 at the door on the day of the event. Parking is free in lots A, B & C.  Fans should enter the show at Gate 2.

To purchase tickets in advance or for additional information on the event contact Event Services at 314-345-9630 or visit cardinals.com/events.

Busch Stadium Special Events (#BuschSpecialEvents)

The St. Louis Cardinals special events team specializes in creating unique and memorable experiences.  Busch Stadium is a one-of-kind magical place that has proven to be a very versatile venue for events large and small since it opened in 2006. An iconic, uniquely St. Louis venue, Busch Stadium is home to the St. Louis Cardinals – – one of the most storied franchises in baseball. In addition to two epic World Championship celebrations, Busch Stadium has hosted over a thousand memorable experiences ranging from small corporate gatherings and team building outings to record setting concerts and world class sporting events. Learn more at cardinals.com/events.

 That’s all for now – see you next time!

Diane