In and out of the deep freeze

Coming into this series with the Rockies, the Cardinals’ bats were on fire. They scored 16 runs in the Pittsburgh series.  During the current series with the Rockies, however, their bats were as cold as the snow on the top of the Rocky Mountains.  Coors Field is supposed to be a hitter’s paradise, but the Rockies didn’t score much either.  They did, however, score just enough to beat the Cardinals.  The Cards’ bats finally thawed out in the last game of the series. Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong each hit home runs in the first inning, and Rangel Ravelo hit a 487 foot home run in the third inning, the second-longest HR by a major league player this season.  Marcel Ozuna also hit a home run in the third inning.  Harrison Bader hit a home run in the fourth inning.

The Cardinals still have some issues, however.  The Cardinals have had difficulty this season winning the first game after a day off.  The Cardinals’ next day off is September 26, which unfortunately is before the last series of the season with the Cubs.  That series could determine whether the Cardinals will be playing in the postseason.

The Cardinals are also having trouble again with situational hitting – i.e., getting runners in scoring position home. Home runs are not the only way to score runs.  Several players also look like they are tired and need a day off.  There are roughly 2 weeks still to go in the regular season.  Since the 40 man roster is now in place, there’s no excuse for these players to not get a day off.  The Cardinals have several bench players capable of filling in for a game, or two, if necessary.  Should the Cardinals win the NL Central, the players will need to be rested up for the postseason.

Thankfully, the Cubs have kept losing, so the Cards are still in first place in the NL Central.  The Brewers are on a hot streak, so they could pass the Cubs and the Cardinals in the standings if the Cardinals don’t start winning again.  The Brewers come to town for a 3 game series this weekend.  The son and I will be at Saturday night’s game because I really wanted that Stan Musial/Red Schoendienst bobblehead.  We will be in section 101 (right field bleachers), row 9, seats 14 and 15, so stop by and say hi if you’ll be at the game Saturday night.  I love to meet my readers!

In other Cardinals news today, Adam Wainwright was named the Cardinals nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given each year to the player who represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Adam was nominated for this award because of his work with his organization Big League Impact. You may remember that Yadier Molina won the Roberto Clemente Award last year for his work in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  A Blue Ribbon Panel that will elect the award winner will include a fan vote, and you can vote for Adam here: https://www.mlb.com/mlb/community/roberto-clemente-award.

On a side note, this is the 45th anniversary of the day I became a Cardinals fan, after listening to a 7 hour, 4 minutes, 25 innings, 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on KMOX with my mom.  There must have been no school the next day – my mom wouldn’t let me stay up until 2 AM on a school night.  You can read about it at the link here: https://www.stltoday.com/news/archives/years-ago-bake-mcbride-s-mad-dash-ends-the-longest/article_0be7f792-0367-515e-9020-03f849f15c5a.html.

The win today will hopefully start a long winning streak to keep the Cubs and the Brewers from winning the division.  The Cardinals return home to Busch Stadium tomorrow night for the second to last homestand of the season. (Where did the time go?)  Here are all the details you’ll need:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, September 13—Wednesday, September 18)

St. Louis Blues Night and Fiesta Cardenales Highlight Twelfth Homestand

The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium atop the NL Central standings, with 10 of their final 16 games coming against the Brewers and Cubs.  The six-game homestand kicks off with the final three games of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers (September 13-15) and concludes with a three-game series versus the current NL Wild Card leader, Washington Nationals (September 16-18).

Friday, September 13, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

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

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Cardinals Hockey Sweater Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by FOX Sports Midwest.

St. Louis Blues Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique Yadier Molina/Blues bobblehead.  Come early for a pregame pep rally in Budweiser Terrace and a concert by Funky Butt Brass Band starting at 5:30.  Theme Tickets for this event are sold out.

Blues Pregame Ceremony: Members of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues will be honored on the field before the start of tonight’s game.

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 14, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:15 p.m.)

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

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

Gates open at  4:15 PM

 Stan Musial & Red Schoendienst Double Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Ameren Missouri.

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

Goodwill Autograph Night: Cardinals pitcher Tyler Webb will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 years and younger from 5:00-5:30.  Cardinals Alumni Tom Lawless and Ted Savage will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 5:30-6:15.  Players subject to change.

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

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

Sunday, September 15, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

 Cardinals Adult Beanie Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Coca-Cola and Schnucks.

Cardinals Kids Beanie Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket.  Presented by Powerade and Schnucks.

Fiesta Cardenales: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a double bobblehead of Cardinals Spanish radio broadcasters Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Hispanic Education Cultural & Scholarship Foundation.  Come early for a pregame event featuring current and former Cardinal Latin players, folklórico dancers and a performance by Orquesta Chevere in Budweiser Terrace.   Presented by Ponce Realty Group.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/fiesta.

Cardenales Jerseys: To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Cardinals will be wearing special “Cardenales” jerseys for today’s game.

Prairie Farms Kids Run The Bases: Fans ages 15 & under can run the bases after the game (weather permitting).

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

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

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

Monday, September 16, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (6:45 p.m.)

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

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

College Night III: For just $20, get a ticket to the game and a cool Cardinals flannel shirt.  Presented by WGU.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college.

Mark DeJohn Retirement Ceremony: Minor League Field Coordinator, Mark DeJohn, will be honored for his 33 years with the organization in a field ceremony before tonight’s game.

 Johnson City Cardinals Championship Ceremony: Johnson City Cardinals Manager Roberto Espinoza will be recognized during a field ceremony before tonight’s game.  The Cardinals Rookie League affiliate won the 2019 Appalachian League Championship on September 4th, the 11th league title in franchise history.

Blues BP Jersey Auction: Online auctions for over 30 Blues-themed batting practice jerseys worn by Cardinal players prior to Friday’s Blues Theme Night begins today and ends on September 19 at 7:59 PM CT.  Proceeds from the online jersey auction will benefit Cardinals Care.  Fans can bid at cardinals.com/community.

Battle at Busch Finals: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals will crown a winner for 2019.  Tonight’s final battle features Casey Bazzell, Inner OutlinesCity of Parks and Joe Miller Band.  Gate 1 will open at 4:15 for the event.  Performances begin at 4:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Random thoughts and Homestand Highlights for August 30-September 5

The Cards’ last homestand went very well.  They won 6 out of 7 games.  The only game they lost was the August 21 rain-shortened game, thanks to the umps.  Manager Mike Shildt wasn’t very happy about that.

In player moves, Junior Fernandez was brought up and then sent back down.  Ryan Helsley then came back up from Memphis.  Harrison Bader came back to the big club from Memphis and showed more patience at the plate.  He even drew some walks.  I think the temporary detention was helpful.

The Cards’ bats were taken out of the deep freeze and they were on fire this last homestand.  Perhaps the firing of Mark Budaska was a good idea after all.  The Cards beat the Brewers by the scores of 3-0 and 9-4. During the Monday night game, Paul DeJong hit a home run so hard it broke the “M” in the Big Mac Land sign.  I was given bleacher seats by someone at work for the Wednesday night game.  It’s hard to cheer enthusiastically when you’re surrounded by Rockies fans.  We left as soon as we saw lightning and the grounds crew took the cover off of the tarp.  The Cards were just getting warmed up, however.  The team then beat the Rockies by the scores of 6-5, 8. 3,. 6-0, and 11-4.

The son and I were at the Sunday game.  There is an attorney at work that has season tickets on the first base side, 3 rows off of the field.  I helped him with a project when his assistant was out of the office, so he let me select a game I wanted to go to.  I chose Sunday’s game because the giveaway was a 1944 World Series replica ring, and I wanted it to add to my collection.  There was an over 2-hour rain delay. If it had kept raining, the grounds crew would have had to build an ark. The son was ready to go home, but I told him we’d go out one more time and see if the rain had stopped.  It had, and the grounds crew were taking the tarp off of the field, so we stayed.  That second inning was crazy, though!  The Cards’ whole lineup batted that inning and the first three batters in the lineup for a total of 12 batters.  I ran out of room on my scorecard for the second inning.  I had to put the remaining 3 batters in the second inning in the 10th inning column.  I’ve never had that happen in all the years I’ve been keeping score.  We weren’t planning on being there so late, so I had to go to the concession stand to get dinner.  I bought a chicken tenders and fries basket for me, nachos for the son, and a 21 oz. soda and a souvenir soda. I spent $42.00.  Now I know why I bring food to the ballpark.

After that, the Cards had a short series at Milwaukee.  They won 2 out of the three games but lost yesterday’s game.  The team had a well-earned day off today – they hadn’t had a day off since August 12.  We’re getting closer to the end of the season, so the Cards can’t put on the brakes now.  They’re in first place now by a game and a half.  The Cards need to keep winning to keep the Cubs from taking the division.  Here’s hoping the Cards don’t wait until the last weekend of the series to clinch the pennant.  That kind of suspense just drives me crazy.

The Cards return home tomorrow night for a 7 game homestand.  Some of the giveaways are pretty sweet, especially the Yadier Molina Funko POP! figurine on Labor Day.  Will you be going to any of the games during this homestand?  If so, here are all the details:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, August 30—Thursday, September 5)

Military Appreciation Night & Yadi Funko POP! Giveaway Highlight Eleventh Homestand

After taking two of three from the Brewers in Milwaukee, the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium as winners of 15 of their last 19 contests.  The eight-game homestand kicks off with a four-game weekend series (including a Saturday split doubleheader) against the Cincinnati Reds (August 30-September 1) and concludes with four games versus the San Francisco Giants (September 2-5).

Friday, August 30, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

2004 NL Champions Beer Stein Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 21 and older.  Presented by Budweiser.

Six Flags BOGO Ticket Giveaway: 30,000 fans, entering with a ticket.

Military Appreciation Night: Presented by FOX Sports Midwest, fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive cap supporting their favorite branch of the military.  Come early to enjoy a pregame concert by the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Starlifter beginning at 5:30 in Budweiser Terrace.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to USO Missouri. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/militarynight.

Telecast For The Troops: This One’s For You, FOX Sports Midwest’s annual Cardinals telecast to the troops, will link live with members of two Missouri National Guard units (the 157th Air Operations Group deployed to Qatar and the 1175th Military Police Company deployed to Kuwait) and broadcast tonight’s game live on the American Forces Network.

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 OF Charlie James.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.

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

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

Saturday, August 31, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (12:15 p.m.)

Make-up of 6/5 Postponed Game

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

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

Gates open at 10:45 AM

Star Wars Day: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Star Wars-themed pullover jersey.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up 2 Cancer.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/starwars.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals OF Charlie James will sign from 9-11 AM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Saturday, August 31, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 4:45 PM

 Road Gray Embroidered Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Country Bob’s.

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

 Kids Pajama Pants Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket.  Presented by The Pasta House Co.  Size exchanges can be made at the Patio Pavilion until 2:15 PM.

Union Appreciation Day: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a specially designed Cardinals Union Proud stocking cap.  A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to the STLCLC “$5 for the Fight” Fund.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/union.

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 2, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 11:15 AM

Yadier Molina Funko POP! Giveaway: 30,000 fans, entering with a ticket.  Presented by Nathan’s Famous.

KCancer Day:  In honor of the 7th annual league-wide KCancer Day, former Cardinals closer Jason Motte will be on hand to present the proceeds from his foundation’s 6th annual St. Louis Cornhole Challenge to Cardinals Care in a pregame ceremony on the field.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

Boots at Busch Finals: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals present the finals of the Boots at Busch country music concert series.  Tonight’s battle features defending champion Brushville, Madd Hoss Jackson, Jake Shafer, & Kenna.  Gate 1 will open at 4:15 PM.  Performances begin at 4:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Billikens Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Billikens-themed Cardinals lightweight quarter-zip pullover.  Come early for a pregame pep rally featuring special Billikens guests in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/billikens.

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

Thursday, September 5, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (12:15 p.m.)

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

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 10:45 AM

KMOX Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a dual bobblehead featuring radio broadcasters Mike Shannon and John Rooney.  VIP tickets holders will get the bobblehead and access to an exclusive pregame meet-and-greet with Mike and John.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/KMOX.

Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

Thanks as always for reading! Have a great Labor Day weekend!  See you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights for August 19-25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Fire and Wood & Inner Outlines.  Gate 1 will open at 4:45 PM.  Performances begin at 5:30 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Specially-priced tickets are available for $10.  Learn more at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 24, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports 1

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diane

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

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

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

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

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

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

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS

(Friday, August 9—Sunday, August 11)

90s Night and Weekend of Wearable Giveaways Highlight Ninth Homestand

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back Boots at Busch—a series of home games featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features Kenna, Whisky Raccoons & Jessica Tipton and the Mud Flaps.  Performances begin at 5:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $10 at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

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

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

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

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

2004 NL Championship Anniversary Weekend and Cubs Series Highlight Eighth Homestand

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

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

2004 NL Championship Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

Flashback Friday & Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum hosts two presentations, one highlighting artifacts in the museum’s collection not currently on display at 3:00 & 3:30 PM and another featuring intimate and candid interviews with a former Cardinals player at 4 PM.  Today’s interview will be with 2B Tony Womack.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.

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

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

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

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

2004 NL Championship Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports 1

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 28, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Houston Astros (1:15 p.m.)

2004 NL Championship Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

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

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

Gates open at 5:45 PM

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

Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back Boots at Busch—a series of home games featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features Raelyn Winick, Kyle Olsen & Brushville.  Gate 1 will open at 5:15 PM.  Performances begin at 5:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $10 at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest, ESPN

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

Gates open at 5:45 PM

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 4:45 PM

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

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

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

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

That’s all for tonight!  Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:45 PM

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:45 PM

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 10:45 AM

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

Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips will cut your hair and donate all proceeds.

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

Diane

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