Oh, for a song

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

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

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

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction:Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

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

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

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

Gates: 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX

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

Gates: 4:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: ESPN

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

Gates: 4:05 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diane

What, me worry? Oh, yes. A lot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diane

Home Opening Day for 2019 is tomorrow!

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

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

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

OPENING DAY IN ST. LOUIS — APRIL 5, 2019

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

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

Pregame Schedule

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

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

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

12:00 p.m.             Gates Open

                               2019 Cardinals Magnet Schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

                               Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird

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

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

                              Cardinals Opening Day Video

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

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

                              Introduction of the San Diego Padres.

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

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

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

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

3:15 p.m.               First Pitch

Telecast Coverage

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

Radio Coverage

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

Online or On The Go

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

Getting To The Game

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

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

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

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

Alternative Transportation

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

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

Prohibited Items Policy

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

Busch Stadium Re-Entry

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

Ballpark Improvements

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

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

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

New Concessions

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

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

Ballpark App

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

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

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

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

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

Diane

So where will Bryce or Manny land?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diane

2019 Winter Warm-Up report

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

Saturday, January 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Sunday, January 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, January 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

The hottest weekend of winter is happening soon!

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

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

CARDINALS-THEMED HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO KICK OFF 2019 SEASON

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

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 15, 2019– The 23rd annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) and the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2019 season.

 Winter Warm-Up—the largest fundraising effort for the team’s charitable fund, Cardinals Care—returns to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch Saturday, January 19 through Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances from over 60 players, coaches and alumni.  For the most complete schedule and up-to-date Winter Warm-Up information, visit cardinals.com/WWU.

The 2019 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, departs Busch Stadium on Friday morning.  Over the course of the weekend, more than 30 current and former players will visit 20 cities throughout Cardinals Nation along six different routes before returning to St. Louis on Monday night.  For complete information on all caravan stops, visit cardinals.com/caravan.

The 61st annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner takes place at the Union Station Hotel on Sunday, January 20. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner honors the top players from the 2018 Cardinals team.  The evening will be highlighted by special guests and the presentation of the Red Schoendienst Medal, J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year Award and the Branch Rickey Award, among other awards. For complete information about the St. Louis Baseball Writer’s Dinner, visit stlouisbbwaa.com.

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

Friday, January 18, 2019

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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Winter Warm-Up: The three-day event kicks off today, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    • Cardinals Autographs: Daniel Ponce de Leon, Andrew Miller, Kolten Wong, Alex Reyes, Ryan Helsley, Carlos Martinez, Dexter Fowler, Justin Williams, Drew Robinson, Paul Goldschmidt, Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, John Mozeliak.
    • Alumni Autographs: Kerry Robinson, Ted Savage, Scott Cooper, Ryan Franklin, Jim Edmonds, Cliff Politte, Brad Thompson.
    • Main Stage: The Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews throughout the day.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Claire Kellet from 9:00 to noon, Redbird Rookies Scholarship Presentation at 10:30 a.m., Q&A with President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak at 11:15 a.m., Andrew Miller jersey presentation at noon, and broadcasters Chris Hrabe, Dan McLaughlin, Brad Thompson and Jim Edmonds from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Dugout Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. –  Inside the new Cardinals Museum exhibit: “Pain, Protection and Performance: The Evolution of Baseball Equipment, presented by Rawlings” with Cardinals Museum Curator, Paula Homan
      • 11:00 a.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting sports memorabilia with Dave Jackson
      • 12:00 p.m. – “Busch Stadium Security: How we keep baseball safe and secure” with Cardinals Director of Security, Phil Melcher
      • 1:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
      • 2:00 p.m. – Learn about legendary sports cartoonist Amadee from Dan Martin of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
      • 3:00 p.m. – Cardinals Authentics: The ins and outs of the business from the field to your home
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Get to know stadium public address announcer and KSHE personality John Ulett
      • 11:00 a.m. – Examining the history of baseball’s batting helmet with Amy Berra of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
      • 12:00 p.m. – “Back to the Future: a look at the new road blue uniforms,” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum **First 50 guests receive a free HOF bobblehead**
      • 1:00 p.m. – An inside look at the 2019 Cardinals Marketing and Promotions with Dan Farrell, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
      • 2:00 p.m. – Go inside the 2019 Minor League System with Gary LaRocque, the Cardinals’ Director of Player Development **This presentation will take place in Gateway East on the 18th floor**
      • 3:00 p.m. – Watch the Emmy-nominated documentary “The St. Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot,” plus Q&A with filmmaker/author Ed Wheatley.
    • Silent Auctions (Fourth Floor): There are two silent auctions: 9:00–11:30 a.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.

o   Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.

  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinals Nation with stops in Jonesboro, Arkansas; Dyersburg, Tennessee; Peoria and Bloomington, Illinois; and Sedalia, Columbia, Joplin and Rolla, Missouri.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

  • Winter Warm-Up: Day two of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    • Cardinals Autographs: Lane Thomas, Andrew Knizner, John Brebbia, Chasen Shreve, Max Schrock, Dominic Leone, Miles Mikolas, José Martínez, Yairo Muñoz, Mike Mayers, John Gant, Austin Gomber, Dakota Hudson, Adam Wainwright, Jedd Gyorko, Michael Wacha, Mike Shildt.
    • Alumni Autographs: Kyle McClellan, Stubby Clapp, Randy Flores, Ricky Horton, Rick Ankiel, Mike Shannon, Al Hrabosky, Jason Motte.
    • Main Stage: The Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews throughout the day.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Maurice Drummond from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., broadcasters Polo Ascencio, Mike Claiborne, John Rooney and Mike Shannon from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., Q&A with Manager Mike Shildt at 12:30 p.m., Q&A with General Manager Michael Girsch at 1:30 p.m., and broadcasters Ricky Horton and Al Hrabosky from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Dugout Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Illustrating the Cardinals Scorecard cover with artist Mike Right.
      • 11:00 a.m. – Watch the Emmy-nominated documentary “The St. Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot,” plus Q&A with filmmaker/author Ed Wheatley.
      • 1:00 p.m. – Cardinals Authentics: The ins and outs of the business from the field to your home
      • 3:00 p.m. – Meet members of Team Fredbird
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting sports memorabilia with Dave Jackson
      • 11:00 a.m. – Discussing the Amateur Draft with Scouting Director and former Cardinals pitcher, Randy Flores
      • 12:00 p.m. – “History of the Negro Leagues and black baseball in Missouri” with Dr. Raymond Doswell of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
      • 1:00 p.m. – Best stories, soundbites, and moments from the 2018 Cardinals Museum programming schedule with Brittany Schelp
      • 2:00 p.m. – “Call to the Hall: Lankford, Coleman and Brecheen” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum **first 50 guests receive a free HOF bobblehead**
      • 3:00 p.m. – “Making and decorating the Cardinals Care Cupcake” with The Cup
    • Silent Auctions (Fourth Floor): There are two silent auctions: 9:00–11:30 a.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.
    • Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Evansville, Indiana, as well as Mattoon, Springfield and Mount Vernon, Illinois.
  • 61st Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner (Union Station Hotel, 5:00 p.m.): All baseball fans are invited to the 61st annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner, which will be held on Jan. 20, 2019, at the Curio Hotel at Union Station. This year’s honorees include St. Louis Baseball Co-Men of the year Miles Mikolas and Matt Carpenter, as well as standout rookies Jack Flaherty, Jordan Hicks, Harrison Bader and Yairo Munoz. Bob Costas, Lee Smith, Vera Clemente, Ozzie Smith, Mike Shildt, Sharon Robinson and others will also be feted at the event. Visit stlouisbbwaa.com to learn more.  Some year, I am going to get the money together to attend this dinner.

Monday, January 21, 2019

  • Winter Warm-Up: The final day of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Cardinals Autographs: Tyler Webb, Jack Flaherty, Matt Carpenter, Tyler O’Neill, Jordan Hicks, Adolis García, Yadier Molina, Harrison Bader, Bill DeWitt Jr., Bill DeWitt III.
    • Alumni Autographs: Tom Henke, Andy Benes, Alan Benes, Whitey Herzog, Joe Magrane, Danny Cox.
    • Main Stage: The Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews throughout the day.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Matt Chambers from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Q&A with Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and President Bill DeWitt III at 10:00 a.m., broadcasters Scott Warmann, Polo Ascencio, and Bengie Molina from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and broadcaster Tom Ackerman from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 10:30 a.m. and noon.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Dugout Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – “History of the Negro Leagues and black baseball in Missouri” with Dr. Raymond Doswell of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
      • 11:00 a.m. – Tips for storing and displaying personal memorabilia from the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum registrar, Danielle DiGiacomo
      • 12:00 p.m. –  Meet members of Team Fredbird
      • 1:00 p.m. – “Making and decorating the Cardinals Care Cupcake” with The Cup
    • Clubhouse Presentations (Second Floor):
      • 10:00 a.m. – Meet the team behind the scenes of “Cardinals Insider,” and learn how the weekly show is produced
      • 11:00 a.m. – Take your photo with a Bald Eagle and learn about the World Bird Sanctuary, provider of our Opening Day/Postseason eagles
      • 12:00 p.m. – “2018 – A Year in Photos” with the Cardinals Manager of Photography, Taka Yanagimoto
      • 1:00 p.m. – Watch the Emmy-nominated documentary “The St. Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot,” plus Q&A with filmmaker/author Ed Wheatley.
    • Silent Auctions (Fourth Floor): There are two silent auctions: 9:00–11:00 a.m. and 12:00–2:00 p.m.
    • Will Call: Winter Warm-Up Will Call is open from 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its final stops in Decatur and Quincy, Illinois; Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Paducah, Kentucky.

Additional Winter Warm-Up Information

  • Stay Updated: Text CARDS to 82810 to receive the latest Winter Warm-Up news and event information via text message to your mobile device!
  • Admission Tickets: Fans can purchase three-day passes for the event online at cardinals.com/wwu or at the Busch Stadium box office during regular business hours until noon on Thursday, January 17.  Ticket prices are $40 for fans 16 and older, $10 for fans ages five to 15, and free for kids under five.  Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult admission ticket which must be obtained in person at the ticket booth in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency during the times listed below.
  • Warm-Up Will Call: All Admission Tickets purchased after January 10, 2019 must be picked up at Will Call at the locations and during the times listed below.  A photo ID matching the name on the original order or a print out of the confirmation email is required to pick up your purchase:
    • Thursday, January 10th – Thursday, January 17th  from 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Busch Stadium Box Office
    • Friday, January 18th from 3:00–7:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Saturday, January 19th from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Sunday, January 20th from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
    • Monday, January 21st from 8:30 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
  • Autograph Tickets: Remaining autograph tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/wwu until noon on Thursday, January 17.  Any remaining autograph tickets thereafter will be available for purchase at the Winter Warm-Up.  Every dollar donated for autograph tickets will benefit Redbird Rookies and charitable grants to other non-profit organizations that help kids.  Donation amounts can be found atcardinals.com/WWU.  All free autograph tickets have been distributed.
  • Second Floor: On the second floor of the Hyatt, fans will be able to find collectible memorabilia, baseball cards and more from more than 50 vendors, shop at the Cardinals Publications booth and Cardinals Authentics Shop, listen to informative presentations by Cardinals executives in the Dugout and Clubhouse Presentation rooms, meet Fredbird and watch the kids enjoy free activities in the Kids Room.
  • Fourth Floor: On the fourth floor fans will find the main stage, be able to meet their favorite players at autograph tables, bid on Cardinals Care silent auctions, shop the Cardinals Care Store and Official Cardinals Team Store, as well as visit booths for Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact, Carlos Martínez’s Tsunami Waves Foundation, the Jason Motte Foundation, Ballpark Village and more.
  • Cardinals Care Store: Open throughout the weekend, the Cardinals Care Store is stocked full of Cardinals memorabilia such as discounted baseball caps, team-issued apparel, t-shirts, game-worn jerseys, autographed photos and bats, and more.  Fans can even purchase photos for collecting player autographs and baseball cases for your new autographed collectibles.  Also, any fan that purchased an autograph ticket for a pre-signed baseball from Lou Brock, Bob Gibson or Ozzie Smith may redeem their ticket at the Cardinals Care Store to receive their autographed item.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Throughout the weekend, Cardinals fans, age 18 and older, can participate in the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle.  Fans can buy tickets (priced 3 for $5, 10 for $10, or 60 for $20) from kiosks located on each level of the event, or from roaming ticket sellers.  Each day of the Winter Warm-Up, one lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the raffle ticket donations raised and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.
  • Cardinals Kids Club Booth: The Cardinals Kids Club will have a booth in the Kids Room on the second floor.  To learn more about the Cardinals Kids Club, visit cardinals.com/kidsclub.
  • Official Cardinals Team Store: The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium will have a large selection of Cardinals merchandise available at the Warm-Up next to the silent auctions on the fourth floor.  The Official Cardinals Team Store, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., will have a FREE Gift with Purchase for any purchase $150 or more (before tax).  While supplies last, this weekend only.  The Majestic Store located on the north side of Ballpark Village will also be open Saturday and Sunday, sharing the same hours as the Team Store.  Stop by either location for the newest Cardinals gear!
  • Cardinals Publications: Fans visiting the Cardinals Publications booth inside the 2nd-floor ballroom can start a two-year subscription to Cardinals Magazine and receive the FIRST-EVER Harrison Bader bobblehead this spring, purchase the Official 2019 Cardinals Calendar for just $10 and take advantage of exclusive show specials and drawings! Other show-only deals include 1) premium Cardinals Magazine cover posters (starting at 24×32 inches) suitable for show autographs, featuring the likes of Jordan Hicks, Miles Mikolas, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright; 2) the extensive vintage collection of Cardinals Magazines, Yearbooks and postseason commemoratives; and 3) the one-year subscription special with two FREE tickets to a 2019 home game. Fans who purchase subscriptions at #CardsWarmUp will gain automatic entry into a drawing for 11-x-14-inch glossy photographs autographed by Red Schoendienst and Ozzie Smith. And patrons who spend at least $25 in other merchandise will receive automatic entry into a drawing for autographed cover posters signed by Matt Carpenter and Rick Ankiel! Stay tuned for special announcements and event coverage by Cardinals Publications via Twitter @CardsMagazine.
  • Busch Stadium Tours & Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum: Guided tours of Busch Stadium are available during the 2019 Winter Warm-Up each day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  These tours will be offered at regular tour prices, but will also include a stop inside the Cardinals Clubhouse—the only time each year the Cardinals’ locker room is open to tours.  Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum entry is also included in all tour ticket purchases.  The Cardinals Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes a new exhibit titled “Pain, Protection and Performance: The Evolution of Baseball Equipment, presented by Rawlings.”  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/tours.
  • Cardinals Authentics & Personalized Bats: Cardinals Authentics—the only official source of memorabilia directly from the team—will be selling unique game-used, limited edition, exclusive and autographed memorabilia at the Winter Warm-Up.  Cardinals Authentics is offering their lowest prices of the year; including 20% off the entire booth starting Saturday morning, along with other special offers all weekend long.  Also at the booth, fans can buy a personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat.  Each bat, which comes in different sizes and color options, can feature up to three lines of custom text and two logos, including the collectible 2019 Winter Warm-Up logo.  The Cardinals Authentics Store, located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village, will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Show your Winter Warm-Up admission ticket at the store in Cardinals Nation and you will receive 20% off your purchase all weekend long.  Stay tuned for special announcements by Cardinals Authentics via Twitter(@CardsAuthentics) throughout the three-day event.
  • Green Team: The team’s “4 A Greener Game” initiative will have a booth on the second floor where fans can learn more about the Cardinals Green Team—a group of volunteers who collect recyclables from fans throughout each game at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for volunteering, fans are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.  Visit cardinals.com/green for more information.
  • Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar: Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village is open daily during the Winter Warm-Up, and throughout the entire year: Monday–Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., with Late Night Happy Hour from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  During Winter Warm-Up weekend, attendees can show their admission ticket and receive 10% off their bill.  Make reservations online at cardinalsnation.com or by phone at 314.345.9880.

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

Social Media

Throughout the Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up, fans can stay connected by following the Cardinals on Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (@Cardinals), Instagram (@Cardinals) and Snapchat (Cardinals) for the latest news, event updates and behind-the-scenes content.  Fans can join the conversation and share their own photos and experiences by using hashtags #CardsWarmUp, #CardsCaravan and #CardsCare.

Traffic & Parking

For the most up-to-date alerts regarding construction and winter road conditions this weekend, fans can visit the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website at modot.org.  Winter Warm-Up event parking can be found just two blocks south of the Hyatt Regency at the Stadium East Parking Garage, with entrances located on South Broadway and South 4th Street.

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

Cardinals and Cardinals Care Sponsors

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

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

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

Diane

It’s the last homestand of the 2018 season!

Since my last post, the Cardinals compiled a 6-5 record, including losing 3 out of 4 to the Dodgers.  A vintage start by Adam Wainwright kept the Dodgers from sweeping the Cards.  The Cards won both the Pittsburgh series and the Atlanta series.  There are just 3 series to go until the end of the season.  The Cards need to win all these series, which won’t be easy, considering that the last series is against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Jose Martinez, however, should not be allowed to bat with the bases loaded.  He strikes out every time.  Matt Carpenter hasn’t hit a home run in a while, either, which is also worrisome.  Perhaps the salsa should not have been available to the public until the season was over.

Did you buy tickets today for the wild-card game or the divisional series?  I wanted to buy tickets, but I looked at my checkbook and decided that maybe I’d better not.  With my luck, the wild-card game would be in the afternoon and I’d have to take a vacation day so I could go.  I hope the game will be scheduled in the evening so I can watch it on TV.

Tomorrow starts the last homestand of the season! Where does the time go?  I’ll be at the game tomorrow night so you might see me in Ford Plaza.  The law firm I work at is treating us to a game in the Coca-Cola Scoreboard Plaza to celebrate the fiscal year end.  I’ve never sat in that area before so it will be interesting seeing the game from that section.  I’m still trying to decide if I want to go to one more home game this season or not.  I can get bleacher seats pretty cheap on vividseats.com.

Here are all the details for this final homestand of the 2018 regular season. Remember, Saturday’s game has been moved to 12:05 PM. Hopefully, I’ll be posting details for the postseason!

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, September 21—Wednesday, September 26)

St. Louis Blues Theme Night & Fan Appreciation Weekend Highlight Final Homestand of 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 20, 2018 – The Cardinals are back at Busch after taking two of three games in Atlanta.  The six-game homestand kicks off with a three-game weekend series against the San Francisco Giants (September 21-23) and concludes with three games versus the Milwaukee Brewers (September 24-26).  The thirteenth and final homestand of the season is highlighted by Fan Appreciation Weekend and Ryan Ludwick’s Bud Bash event. 

Friday, September 21, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (7:15 p.m.)

MLB Network Showcase National Broadcast (out-of-market only)

Fan Appreciation Weekend

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Hockey Sweater Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will take home a one-of-a-kind Cardinals hockey sweater, courtesy of FOX Sports Midwest.#CardsPromo

St. Louis Blues Theme Night: Celebrate #TeamSTL and kick off the St. Louis Blues 2018-19 season at Busch Stadium.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Fredbird and Louie dual bobblehead.  Come early for a pregame pep rally and a concert by The Funky Butt Brass Band!  Theme Tickets are currently sold out.  #CardsTheme

Summer Grant Ceremony: In an afternoon ceremony, Cardinals Care will distribute more than $178,000 to 85 area nonprofit groups that support local kids.  A Cardinals player, executives and Fredbird will all take part in the afternoon event. #CardsCare

Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to the club joining the National League in 1892. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be led by former Cardinals pitcher Bob Tewksbury.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Boots at Busch Finals: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals present the Boots at Busch country concert series.  Tonight’s final battle features Jordan McCants, Shotgun CreekMiss E & The Rebels and Jessica Tipton.  Gate 6 will open at 4:25 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 4:45 p.m. in Ford Plaza.  Specially-priced Boots at Busch tickets are currently sold out.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

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

Saturday, September 22, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (12:05 p.m.)

FOX Saturday Baseball National Broadcast

Fan Appreciation Weekend

Gates open at 10:05 a.m.

Sweatshirt Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will receive a Cardinals sweatshirt, presented by Modern Agriculture supported by Bayer. #CardsPromo

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher Bob Tewksbury will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.  #CardsMuseum

Congressional Award Statewide Ceremony: Bill DeWitt III and the Cardinals will host Congressional Award medalists from the state of Missouri in a postgame ceremony in Cunningham Corner.

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

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

Sunday, September 23, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (1:15 p.m.)

MLB Network Showcase National Broadcast (out-of-market only)

Fan Appreciation Weekend

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Adult Winter Hat Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home their very own Cardinals winter hat with flaps, presented by Cooper Tires.  #CardsPromo

Magnet Schedule Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket will receive a 2019 Cardinals magnet schedule, courtesy of Shelter Insurance.  #CardsPromo

Six Flags Day: Children under 48 inches will receive a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any one day, excluding Saturdays, until October 28.  #CardsPromo

Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting).  Presented by Prairie Farms.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last).

Reliving History: Join us for Reliving History with Miles Mikolas at the Cardinals Museum after the game at 6:00 p.m.  Guests of this special event will enjoy a photo opportunity with the 2018 All-Star and a presentation featuring Mikolas and Cardinals executives discussing his career and how the Cardinals scouted Mikolas in Japan.  To purchase tickets or for more information, visit cardinals.com/museum.

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

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

Monday, September 24, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

College Theme Night #3Take a break from the books and celebrate the start of the school year with College Night presented by WGU Missouri.  For just $20, fans will receive a ticket to the game and an exclusive Cardinals quarter zip sweatshirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college. #CardsTheme

Groom’s Cake Dive: Witness the fun as 12 grooms-to-be dive headfirst into a multi-tiered wedding cake filled with special wedding-themed prizes.  The 5th annual Groom’s Cake Dive presented by St. Louis Best Bridal will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.

Dream Weavers: Luke Weaver will host a group from Do The Right Thing for tonight’s game as part of his Dream Weavers player ticket program.

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Ryan Ludwick Budweiser Bash Theme EventFans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Ryan Ludwick bobblehead as we celebrate Cardinal fan favorites.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Ryan in the Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.  #BudBash

Battle at Busch Finals: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals present the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s final battle features Postal Modern, HOOkiEJoe Miller and Guerrilla Theory.  Gate 6 will open at 4:50 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:15 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

High School Video Challenge Winners: The club will recognize students from Clayton High School during a pregame ceremony in recognition for their winning entry in the team’s High School Student Video Challenge.  The students collaborated to write, develop and produce a short video featuring Ozzie Smith and Fredbird promoting the Cardinals and their high school.  Fans can watch the students’ entry and the final feature video at cardinals.com/student.

Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martínez will host a group from St. Cecilia School for tonight’s game as part of his Tsunami Waves player ticket program.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

Magnet Schedule Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket will receive a 2019 Cardinals magnet schedule, courtesy of Shelter Insurance.  #CardsPromo

Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All fans entering with a ticket will receive a voucher good for a free ticket to a 2019 Cardinals regular season home game.  #CardsPromo

Memphis Redbirds Theme Night: Celebrate the Memphis Redbirds 2017 PCL Championship at Busch Stadium!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a replica 2017 PCL Championship ring.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/memphis.  #CardsTheme

Cardinals Music Contest Winners: The club will recognize KT Clark, Nite Owl, Beth Huonker and Nate Hershey during a pregame ceremony in recognition for their winning entry in the team’s first ever music contest.  The group collaborated to write, produce and perform the song “Cardinals Nation (Hearts are Pumpin’)”.  Fans can listen to the song at cardinals.com/musiccontest. #CardsMusic

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

MORE INFORMATION

**Getting to the Game – Eastbound Interstate 64 11th Street Ramp Closed**

Fans heading downtown for Cardinals games on September 21-26 will need to avoid the eastbound I-64 ramp to 11th Street, as MoDOT crews have closed the ramp as part of on-going repair work.  The ramp will be closed throughout the Cardinals homestand.  Drivers can use the 14th Street ramp or the 6th Street ramp to get into the downtown area.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Has the magic vanished? and Homestand Highlights for September 10-16, 2018

In my last blog post, I mentioned that the Cardinals should take the interim tag off of Mike Shildt.  I didn’t think they would do it the very next day!  LOL! I should probably buy some Powerball tickets.

What an August the Cardinals had!  They finished the month with 9 series wins, including sweeps of the Nationals, the Royals, and the Dodgers.  Matt Carpenter and his magical salsa led the Cardinals into playoff contention.  It was fun to watch Cardinals baseball again.

But then the calendar turned to September.  All of a sudden, the bad habits from earlier in the season began returning.  The batters had too many strikeouts and the pitchers allowed too many walks.  Yadi Molina and Kolten Wong landed on the disabled list with hamstring strains (although Kolten has been activated).  Jedd Gyorko landed on the DL with a groin strain.  He has had to return to St. Louis for reassessment.  The Cards miss Yadi and Jedd greatly.  The Cards have only won 3 of the 8 games played in September.  Did Matt Carpenter run out of the magic salsa? Matt should make a new batch when he returns to St. Louis.

Today’s game was interesting, however.  The Rally Squirrel made a return appearance and the Cards scored 5 runs in the inning after he showed up.  Matt Carpenter and Mike Shildt were both ejected from the game in the top of the 9th after a bad third strike call from the umpire.  After that, however, Carlos Martinez saved the game.  It was announced today that Mike Shildt has made Carlos the closer and I think that was a good choice.  Carlos thrives on pressure.  Let’s hope the magic returns and carries the Cards into the playoffs.

Hopefully, the win today will provide some momentum for the Cards’ return to Busch Stadium for the second to the last homestand of the season that starts tomorrow night.  Our good friend Adam Wainwright will be the starter for tomorrow night’s game, albeit without his batterymate Yadi. The last weekday game of the season is Wednesday against the Pirates.  Here are all the details on the upcoming homestand.  Will you be attending any games?

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, September 10—Sunday, September 16)

First Responders & Fiesta Cardenales Highlight Twelfth Homestand of 2018

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 7, 2018 – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium on September 10th after a six-game road trip through Washington and Detroit.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates (September 10-12) and concludes with a four-game series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers (September 13-16).  The twelfth homestand of the season is highlighted by 80s Night and a Mark McGwire bobblehead giveaway. 

Monday, September 10, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Theme Night: Support our brave men and women in uniform at Law Enforcement Appreciation Night presented by American Eagle Credit Union!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement t-shirt.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  A day game option is available on September 12.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/lawenforcement.  #CardsTheme

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

September 11th Commemoration: The TSA Color Guard will present the colors during tonight’s pregame presentation of God Bless America and the National Anthem. Kristin Salvatore, a survivor of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, will throw a ceremonial pitch prior to tonight’s game.  We will also observe a moment of silence in remembrance of all the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Firefighters Appreciation Theme Night: Celebrate the men and women that help keep our city safe at Firefighter Appreciation Night presented by American Eagle Credit Union!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Firefighter t-shirt.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to The Backstoppers.  A day game option is available on September 12.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/firefighters.  #CardsTheme

Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors.  Francisco Peña will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 and younger from 5:45-6:15.  Kids must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and are distributed in Budweiser Terrace.  Former Cardinals Greg Mathews and David Green will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  Players subject to change.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

Player Ticket Program: A player will host a group from a local charitable organization for tonight’s game as part of the club’s Player Ticket Program.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

Law Enforcement & Firefighter Appreciation Theme Day: Support or brave men and women in uniform at Law Enforcement & Firefighter Appreciation Day presented by American Eagle Credit Union!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement or Firefighter t-shirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.  #CardsTheme

Career Day Theme Event: Students and educators can enjoy a special pregame Q&A/panel discussion with executives focusing on careers in sports and media, followed by an exclusive College Fair with representatives from colleges and universities around the Midwest.  The $15 Career Day Theme Ticket also includes a ticket to the game plus a jumbo hot dog, soda & chips.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/careerday.  #CardsTheme

Thursday, September 13, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: The Redbirds are hot! What can we attribute this spicy streak to?  It’s Gotta Be The Salsa!  20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a t-shirt commemorating the team’s salsa craze, designed by Fresh Brewed Tees.  #CardsPromo

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Theme Night: Join us for Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day presented by the St. Louis Metropolitan St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Busch Stadium.  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive green lightweight hooded pullover.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.  #CardsTheme

Player Ticket Program: Adam Wainwright will host a group from Lift for Life Gym for tonight’s game as part of the club’s Player Ticket Program.

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

Friday, September 14, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Replica 1928 Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, can help honor the 90-year anniversary of the 1928 season by taking home a one-of-a-kind 1928 replica jersey, featuring pinstripes and a throwback Cardinals logo.  Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line. #CardsPromo 

80s Theme Night: Go Crazy Folks, Go Crazy!  We’re going back in time to celebrate 80s Night at Busch Stadium.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive 80s-themed Cardinals dugout jacket.  Come early for a rad pregame concert by That 80’s Band in Budweiser Terrace.  In honor of a favorite 80s movie, Back to the Future, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Team Gateway To A Cure, benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Caregivers Support Groups.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/80s.  #CardsTheme

Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to Hall of Fame first baseman and 1928 MVP, Jim Bottomley. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be led by former Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (12:05 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:05 a.m.

Replica 2013 Mystery NL Championship Ring Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will receive a replica 2013 National League Champion mystery player ring, courtesy of Edward Jones.  The individual player rings will celebrate a few of the top layers from the 2013 team including Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha Matt Carpenter.  #CardsPromo

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.  #CardsMuseum

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

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

#Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive: This marks the 3rd year of the #Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive, which is held each year in remembrance of Cardinals beat writer, Joe Strauss. Representatives from Be the Match will be in Ford Plaza and Budweiser Terrace to help fans sign up to receive a Bone Marrow Donor Kit. For more info visit cardinals.com/join4joe.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:05 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

Mark McGwire Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will take home their very own Mark McGwire bobblehead commemorating the 20-year anniversary of Big Mac’s record-breaking 62nd home run, courtesy of Coca-Cola and Dierbergs. #CardsPromo

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last).

Fiesta Cardenales Theme Event: The Cardinals welcome all members of the Latino and Hispanic community for a cultural celebration during Hispanic Heritage Month.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardenales cap.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Hispanic Education Cultural & Scholarship Foundation.  Come early for a pregame event featuring current Cardinals players and music in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/fiesta.  #CardsTheme

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

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

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

Diane

Homestand Highlights June 25-July 1, 2018

cropped-home-sweet-home.jpgThe Cardinals return home to Busch Stadium after a disappointing 3-4 road trip. Fans, bloggers and sportswriters alike are calling for John Mabry, the Cardinals’ hitting coach, to be fired.  The last two games in Milwaukee were promising. The Cardinals won both of those games.  The first three games of this homestand, however, are against the Cleveland Indians, who are the hottest team in baseball right now.  Here’s hoping that the last two wins and coming back to the home field will put this team to rights.  Here’s all the details on this upcoming homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, June 25—Sunday, July 1)

Carlos Martínez Bobblehead and Margaritaville Night Highlight Seventh Homestand of 2018

The Cardinals are back at Busch Stadium after a seven-game road trip through Philadelphia and Milwaukee.  The six-game homestand kicks off with a three-game interleague series against the Cleveland Indians (June 25-27) and concludes with three games versus the Atlanta Braves (June 29-July 1).  The seventh homestand of the season is highlighted by Bob Costas Night and an all-over print button up shirt gate giveaway.  Additionally, fans are encouraged to continue voting online for Cardinals players for the 2018 All-Star Game in Washington D.C. at cardinals.com/vote. #VoteSTL

Monday, June 25, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cleveland Indians (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Bob Costas Night: Broadcasting legend and honorary St. Louisan, Bob Costas, will be at the ballpark for Bob Costas Night!  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Bob Costas bobblehead celebrating his induction into the broadcast wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/Costas. #CardsTheme

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cleveland Indians (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Cancer Awareness Night: The Cardinals are teaming with Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to celebrate Cancer Awareness Night.  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals cap of their choice corresponding to the awareness colors of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated back to cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/cancer.#CardsTheme

Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back Boots at Busch—a series of home games featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features Jordan McCants, Silver Creek and Miss E & The Rebels.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

Dream Weavers: Luke Weaver will host a group from Burns Recovered for tonight’s game as part of his Dream Weavers Player Ticket Program.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cleveland Indians (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a unique “The Heat is On” Cardinals t-shirt.  The t-shirt’s design was selected as the winner by fans via an online vote. #CardsPromo

Peanuts NightFollowing 2017’s popular Charlie Brown bobblehead, Peanuts Night returns to the Theme Tickets lineup!  Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals-themed Snoopy bobblehead.  For tickets, visit cardinals.com/peanuts#CardsTheme

Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martinez will host a group from Crisis Nursery Latino Outreach for tonight’s game as part of his Tsunami Waves Player Ticket Program.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features SHIVER, The Red Step Project and Skyline In Ruins.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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

Friday, June 29, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

All-Over Print Button Up Giveaway: 30,00 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a one-of-a-kind Cardinals all-over print shirt, courtesy of Shane Co.#CardsPromo

Margaritaville Night: Change your latitude and float on down to Busch Stadium for Margaritaville Night.  Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive a Margaritaville-inspired Cardinals t-shirt and can enjoy a pregame concert in Budweiser Terrace by The Boat Drunks.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/margaritaville. #CardsTheme

Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to baseball’s fixation with facial hair! To purchase museum tickets, visitcardinals.com/museum. #CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be hosted by former Cardinals starting pitcher Todd Stottlemyre.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum. #CardsMuseum

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

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

Saturday, June 30, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (6:15 p.m.)

FOX Baseball Night in America National Broadcast

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

Carlos Martínez Mystery Hair Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home one of four different Carlos Martínez Mystery Hair Bobbleheads, courtesy of AT&T.  Be sure to make your way to Ford Plaza to check out the lifesized version of this bobblehead that will be on display all season long.#CardsPromo

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals starting pitcher Todd Stottlemyre will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

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

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

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

Sunday, July 1, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Adult Cardinals Bucket Hat Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive their very own Cardinals bucket hat, compliments of Coca-Cola. #CardsPromo

Kids Cardinals Bucket Hat Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket, will receive their very own Cardinals bucket hat, courtesy of Powerade.#CardsPromo

Transplant Awareness Day: Presented by Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals cap support organ donation!  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated back to support transplants and organ donation.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/transplant. #CardsTheme

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last).

Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting).  Presented by Prairie Farms.

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights from June 11 to June 17, 2018

Red RIPThis has been a sad week due to the death of Red Schoendiest.  Red will always be remembered as Mr. Cardinal.  Stan Musial was the heart of the Cardinals, but Red was the soul.  Not only was he a great player and a great manager, but he was a wonderful person as well.  We will always remember Red fondly. There will never be another person like Red. There are some wonderful articles about Red in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch – if you are not a St. Louis local, you can find the articles on www.stltoday.com.

Don’t you wish that the Cards could play the Reds every game? (Well, except for today’s game, which broke a long winning streak.)  The Cardinals come back home tomorrow night for a series against the San Diego Padres and then the Cubs come back to town for a weekend series.  Saturday night’s game is on the regular FOX channel and Sunday’s night game is once again on ESPN.  Hopefully, the ESPN team will be nicer to us this time.   Here’s all the details about the next homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, June 11—Sunday, June 17)

Cards-Cubs Weekend and Star Wars Night Highlight Sixth Homestand of 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 10, 2018 – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium after a quick three-game road trip to Cincinnati.  The six-game homestand kicks off with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres (June 11-13) and concludes with three games versus NL Central rivals the Chicago Cubs (June 15-17).  The sixth homestand of the season is highlighted by Star Wars Night and Teachers Night.  Additionally, fans are encouraged to vote online for Cardinals players for the 2018 All-Star Game in Washington D.C. at cardinals.com/vote. #VoteSTL

Monday, June 11, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Teachers NightKick off summer break at Busch Stadium for Teachers Night!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive teachers-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/teachersnight. #CardsTheme

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Y98’s Courtney & Company Night: Join your favorite morning show ladies and gents for happy hour at Courtney and Company Night.  For just $20, you’ll receive a Courtney and Company t-shirt, one drink voucher and a ticket to the game.  Courtney, Jen, Kevin, Tim and Lance will be hanging out for happy hour with fans.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/Y98. #CardsTheme

Bowmaniacs: Matt Bowman will host a group from KEEN St. Louis for tonight’s game as part of his Bowmaniacs player ticket program.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Star Wars NightJoin us for Star Wars Night at the ballpark where Busch Stadium will be transformed with Star Wars-themed sights and sounds.  Fans who purchased the special Star Wars Theme Ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Star Wars-themed Cardinals jersey featuring birds on a light saber.  A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up 2 Cancer.  Star Wars characters will be roaming throughout the ballpark for photo opportunities and a Star Wars truck will be displayed in Ford Plaza!  Star Wars Theme Tickets are sold out.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/starwars. #CardsTheme

Wainwright’s Winners: Adam Wainwright will host a group from Angels’ Arms for tonight’s game as part of his Wainwright’s Winners player ticket program.

Hailey Dawson Ceremonial First Pitch: Hailey Dawson, an 8-year-old girl born with Poland Syndrome, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.  Hailey was born without a right pectoral muscle and is missing the three middle fingers on her right hand.  As a result, Hailey utilizes a robotic hand developed by the UNLV Engineering Department.  Hailey, a Las Vegas resident, is on a quest to throw a first pitch for all 30 MLB teams. The club will be Hailey’s 14th different team in addition to throwing out a first pitch at Game 4 of the 2017 World Series.

Friday, June 15, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

MLB Network Showcase National Broadcast (out-of-market only)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. #STLCardenales

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to Cardinals in the movies. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.#CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be hosted by Museum Curator, Paula Homan, about the origin and evolution of Cardinals logos.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum. #CardsMuseum

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

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

Saturday, June 16, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

FOX Baseball Night in America National Broadcast

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher Josh Kinney will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition: Nathan’s Famous will host a local regional qualifier for their Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at 6:00 p.m. in the Ford Plaza.  The top male and female finishers in this event will qualify for a seat at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn where they will face reigning champion Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. #STLCardenales

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

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

Sunday, June 17, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:05 p.m.)

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball National Broadcast

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last).

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. #STLCardenales

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane