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

Won’t you go home, Old Man Winter, won’t you go home?

Snowbaseball
Photo from thebaseballbloggess.com

The title, of course, is set to the tune of “Bill Bailey.”  (And if you don’t know that classic song, well, Google it. Or ask Alexa or Siri.) Old Man Winter obviously can’t read, or he would see that today’s date is April 18 and realize that it is well past time for him to go back to the North (or South) Pole.  Snowballs and baseballs are roughly the same size, but this time of year, we would rather see baseballs being thrown than snowballs.  The weather gets warmer for a few days, fooling us into thinking that spring is finally here; then Old Man Winter returns, making the weather windy, cold and sometimes snowy.  Old Man Winter doesn’t know he’s outstayed his welcome.

Twenty-five Major League games have been postponed this season due to inclement weather, including today’s Cards-Cubs game, which was rescheduled for tomorrow.  Even closed-in stadiums were not exempt – one of the Blue Jays’ games had to be postponed due to a leaky roof.  The Cards-Cubs game that was cancelled on Monday due to inclement weather is scheduled to be played as part of a twi-night doubleheader on July 21.  It will hopefully be warmer by then.  I do recall, however, attending a Camera Night game in July at Busch Stadium II when the temperature was so cool that we were all wearing jackets.

I can’t remember a season when so many games have been postponed or rescheduled in the first month of the season due to the weather. So much for global warming!  It’s so sad to see our boys with the hooded sweatshirts under their uniforms and caps, trying to stay warm.  Sweatshirts are expected during playoff season in the fall, when it normally is cooler.  But in April?  What have we done to Mother Nature to make her hold back Spring?  There’s a reason that spring training is held in Florida and Arizona. Usually, the teams bring the warm weather up North when they return.  I will be attending both Saturday and Sunday’s games at Busch Stadium and the temperatures are projected to be in the low 60’s.  It should be in the high 60’s by now.

It’s not good for the players to play in such cold conditions. It makes the muscles tight and prone to injury. Tommy Pham pulled a groin muscle during last night’s game.  The cold weather might have contributed to that injury.  The cold weather conditions also doesn’t make the baseballs fly like they would if the weather was warmer. In addition, if the weather is cold, the fans won’t come to the stadium, and concession profits are lost.

So is this season an anomaly?  Could all these postponements/cancellations happen again next year? The weather can’t be predicted a year out, but maybe MLB could schedule games to prevent snow-outs/cold-outs/ice-outs.  How is that possible, you ask?  I’m (almost) certain that all of the game schedules are drawn up by computers by now.

Here’s my proposal:

  1.  All games in March and the first 3 weeks of April should be held in stadiums in   warmer climes or in stadiums with roofs.
  2.  The exception to number 1 would be an early April homestand for each team for   the home opener. The fans deserve an April home opener; they’ve waited six   months for baseball.  There will be a scheduled day off after the home opener, in   case the home opener is rained out, snowed out, or it’s just too darn cold to play.     The Cards already do this, but I’m not sure if other teams do.

Surely MLB can arrange the schedules so that the late March/early-to-mid-April games can be played at the stadiums located in warmer climes or that have a closed-in roof, and those teams are listed in Column A below. The teams listed in Column B are the teams that don’t have the necessary attributes for Column A.

 American League:

A                             B

Rays                      Yankees

Rangers                Indians

Athletics              Orioles

Angels                  Royals

Twins                    White Sox

Mariners              Red Sox

Astros                   Tigers

                               Blue Jays

 National League:

A                                             B

Braves                                  Mets

Padres                                  Phillies

Dodgers                               Pirates

Diamondbacks                  Nationals

Brewers                               Reds

Marlins                                 Cards

Giants                                   Cubs

                                                Rockies

You will note that there is an extra team in Column B for both leagues.  MLB will have to do a juggling act with the schedules, but that’s what computers are for.  Maybe the Blue Jays could play at the Rockies’ stadium for a quick interleague matchup to even things up.  Any other plan has got to be better than all the cancelled/postponed games this month. In addition, when it gets hot in the South and the West during the summer, perhaps those teams could visit the northern and the eastern teams and play in the cooler climes.

The Cards will be back home on Friday for a six game homestand.  Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and boot Old Man Winter back home.  I’ll have the homestand highlights in my next post.  Until then, thanks for reading! See you next time!

 Diane

 

Opening Day and Homestand Highlights for Thursday, April 5 – Wednesday, April 11

2018 Opening Day

It may be chilly tomorrow, but it will seem like spring since the Cardinals’ Opening Day is tomorrow!  Are you excited?  I’ve been waiting for this day all winter.  It will be great to see the current players riding into the stadium on the back of those Ford F150 trucks, and to see the new players too.  I get teary eyed seeing the Cardinals Hall of Famers in their red jackets.  I’m excited to see Bob Gibson’s first pitch to Tim McCarver, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1.12 ERA, which has never been broken.  And I’m glad that the game is in the evening so I can watch the pre-game festivities from home, rather than from the window of the office across from my desk and watching them on the big video screen at the stadium (and hoping and praying I don’t get caught).  Listed below is the schedule for the Opening Day festivities and the game information, as well the information for the rest of the homestand. You will want to note that the April 11 game will only be broadcast on Facebook, but that’s during lunch time for me, so I can watch it on my phone.  Go Cards!

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Thursday, April 5—Wednesday, April 11)

Home Opener & Mystery HOF Car Parade Bobblehead Giveaway Highlight First Homestand of 2018

The Cardinals open the 2018 home slate with a pair of three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (April 5, 7-8) and the Milwaukee Brewers (April 9-11).  The first homestand of the year is highlighted by Opening Day festivities, four promotional giveaways and two theme nights.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6:15 p.m.) OPENING DAY

Pregame Schedule

12:00 – 3:15 p.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.  Danny Cox, Kyle McClellan and the FOX Sports Midwest announcers will stop by with plenty of Cardinals prizes and even some Opening Day tickets to give away.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well.

11:00 – 5:00 p.m.            FOX 2 Pep Rally in Kiener Plaza (7th & Market)

1:00 – 6:00 p.m.              Two other pep rallies for you to attend:

KSDK Pep Rally – Tin Roof at 10th & Clark (formerly J. Buck’s                                                     Restaurant)

KMOV Pep Rally – 4th and South Broadway, with former                                                             Cardinals Kyle McClellan and Ray Lankford

3:00 p.m.                         Gates open

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.              Cardinals Batting Practice (subject to change)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.              Diamondbacks Batting Practice (subject to change)

5:30 p.m.                          Pregame ceremonies begin with an appearance by the                                                                 famed Budweiser Clydesdales

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

Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird

5:35 p.m.                          Hall of Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade around                                               the warning track. Hall of Famers will be riding in 2018 Ford                                                     Mustang convertibles.

Introduction of 2017 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class

Cardinals Opening Day Video

5:50 p.m.                          Introduction of Cardinals principal owner and CEO, Bill DeWitt                                               Jr.

Introduction of the 2018 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2018 Ford F-150 Raptors.

                                   Introduction of the Arizona Diamondbacks

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

6:05 p.m.                          National Anthem performed by Colleen Schoendienst, daughter                                               of Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst

6:07 p.m.                           KC-135 Flyover (weather permitting)

6:09 p.m.                           Ceremonial First Pitch by Bob Gibson to Tim McCarver in                                                          recognition of Bob Gibson’s historic 1968 season.

6:15 p.m.                           First Pitch

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the pregame ceremonies in High Definition on FOX Sports Midwest beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Live pregame coverage will start at 4:00 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast nationally outside of the Cardinals home television territory on MLB Network.

MLB Network Showcase National Broadcast (out of market only)

2018 Cardinals Magnet Schedule: All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and older, will receive a magnet featuring the 2018 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser.

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

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 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 while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. #CardsCare

Saturday, April 7, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Mystery Hall of Fame Opening Day Car Parade Bobblehead: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will be surprised at the gates when they find out which mystery Hall of Fame parade bobblehead they receive (Brock, Gibson, Schoendienst), courtesy of Ford.#CardsPromo

Ceremonial First Pitch: Former Cardinals outfielder Ray Lankford will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.  Ray will then serve as the first celebrity bartender at the Budweiser Terrace one hour after the start of the game.

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

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals outfielder Ray Lankford will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

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

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.

Amateur Game:  After today’s game, Hillsboro High School will square off against Edwardsville High School.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Performance Pullover Giveaway:  30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will leave the ballpark with their very own lightweight quarter-zip performance pullover, courtesy of Maryville University. #CardsPromo

Kids Ticket Voucher Giveaway: All kids entering with a tickets, ages 15 and younger, will receive a free ticket voucher valid for select Cardinals regular season home games in 2018, courtesy of Ritz. #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).

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

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

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.

Amateur Game: After today’s game, Greenville High School will square off against O’Fallon High School.

Monday, April 9, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:05 p.m.)

ESPN National Broadcast (out of market only)

Gates open at 4:35 p.m.

College Theme Night #1: Take a break from the books and celebrate the end of the school year on College Night at Busch Stadium.  For just $20, fans will receive a ticket to the game and an exclusive Cardinals crewneck sweatshirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college. #CardsTheme

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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Class of 2018 Theme Night: Graduates of all ages are invited down to the ballpark for Class of 2018 Night.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Class of 2018 t-shirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/graduation. #CardsTheme

Ceremonial First Pitch: 18-year-old Camille Fernandez, who received a life-saving procedure for her battle against leukemia thanks to Carlos Martínez’s Tsunami Waves Foundation, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

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 while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (12:15 p.m.)

Facebook Watch Exclusive Broadcast

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

Facebook Watch: Today’s game will be distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch via the MLB Live show page (facebook.com/MLBLiveGames) as part of MLB’s newly expanded partnership for the 2018 season.

Award Ceremony: Before the start of today’s game, Adam Wainwright and Marcell Ozuna will be presented with their 2017 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards in recognition of being the best National League offensive starting pitcher and left fielder, respectively, as selected by NL managers and coaches.

Amateur Game: After today’s game, the St. Louis Patriots will square off against Marshall County High School (KY).

MORE INFORMATION

Cardinals Fan Music Contest

The club has launched the first-ever Cardinals Fan Music Contest as a way for fans to share their creativity and musical talent, along with their passion for Cardinals baseball.  Fans are asked to write, perform and share an original Cardinals-inspired song/anthem and share the performance via a video or audio file.  One lucky performance will be crowned the winner and receive a trip to Nashville to have their song professionally recorded and mastered at the Shoe Box Studios.  The Cardinals will also produce a professional music video and share the artist’s work with all of Cardinals Nation!  Details can be found at cardinals.com/MusicContest.

Cardinals 2018 Hall of Fame Voting

Earlier this month, Vince Coleman, Keith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Ray Lankford, Scott Rolen, Lee Smith and John Tudor were revealed as the seven players nominated for possible induction into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.  The seven nominees appear on the Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot online at cardinals.com/HOF presented by Edward Jones.  The two players with the most online fan votes after voting concludes on April 12 will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame this August.  #CardsHOF

#BigMacFlashback

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Home Run Race that ultimately concluded with Mark McGwire establishing a new MLB single-season home run record.  All season long, we will share content on our social media channels that helps fans relive the 1998 Home Run Race; including videos of all 70 of Big Mac’s home runs, real-time updates on the home run count of McGwire, Sosa and Griffey Jr. and fan images that convey the excitement of that amazing season.  As part of the lookback, the team will be asking fans to share their photos, memorabilia, stories and experiences from the historic 1998 season as the fan perspective is an important part of this historic time in baseball.  Fans can share their favorite #BigMacFlashback memories with us using our online submission form at cardinals.com/McGwire.

Busch Stadium Food & Beverages

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

New concession items for 2018 include:

Gioia’s Hot Salami Sandwich: A St. Louis Hill classic since 1918!  A James Beard Award winning sandwich featuring Gioia’s hot salami, Italian bread, pepper jack cheese, diced onions, sliced pepperoncini’s and deli mustard.  Served at: Concourse Stand behind Section 151 for $14.25.

Coca-Cola Cantina Street Tacos: Three tacos with Coca-Cola marinated house smoked pork, Coca-Cola infused BBQ sauce, fresh pico de gallo, toasted onions, lime wedge.  Served at: Coke Cantina at Gate 1 for $9.

Grilled Chicken Bats: Smoked chicken legs with choice of BBQ, Buffalo or Hot Honey sauces.  Served at: Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $7.

Sausage Bites: Bacon Onion Cheddar, Whiskey Peppercorn, or Mango Habanero sausage topped with spicy aioli.  Served at Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $8.75.

Jumbo Shrimp Skewer: Four Jumbo Shrimp, grilled to order, marinated with minced garlic and fresh lime.  Served at: Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $12.

Grand Slam Mixed Grill: Sampling of Grilled Chicken Bats, Sausage Bites and Jumbo Shrimp Skewer. Served at: Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $25.

Updated Prohibited Items Policy

Fans may now bring empty cups, empty mugs, empty plastic bottles and ice packs into Busch Stadium.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/security for the complete inspection policy & 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).

Smoking Gate Relocation

Busch Stadium has moved the Smoking Gate to outside of Gate 1 (southeast corner of stadium).  This new space includes a covered area for guest and free access in/out of the area.

Fan Information Guide

The Busch Stadium Fan Information Guide can be viewed at cardinals.com/info.

Budweiser Ballpark Pass

Following a successful launch in 2017, the popular ticket subscription service returns for 2018.  Fans can attend as many Cardinals home games as they want each month for a monthly fee of $29.99.  Subscribers will have a Standing Room Only ticket to each regular season game (except Opening Day) digitally delivered to their smartphone via the MLB.com Ballpark app.  The subscription will automatically renew each month and subscribers can cancel at any time.  To purchase the Budweiser Cardinals Ballpark Pass or for more information, visit cardinals.com/pass.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cardinals are proud to continue to offer the Individual ($50) and Family ($85) Museum Membership options for fans in 2018.  Visit cardinals.com/membership for a detailed list of membership benefits.

This year’s new special exhibit entitled “Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific” examines how the Cardinals MLB’s baseball goodwill tours across the Pacific have helped pave the way for players to join leagues in the United States and Japan.  Additionally, the official World Baseball Classic trophy will be on display as part of the exhibit through Memorial Day.  Photo opportunities will be available on Saturday home games in April and May. The special exhibit is open to the public through the conclusion of the 2018 baseball season and is included with admission to the museum.

The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and remains open through the 7th inning on home game nights.  Adult admission is $12, and tickets can be purchased at cardinals.com/museum. #CardsMuseum

Cardinals Magazine – New Edition on Sale Now

Always a man on a mission behind the plate, Yadier Molina was boots on the ground in his homeland of Puerto Rico this offseason as he repaired homes and delivered supplies and hope to many devastated by Hurricane Maria.  In the season-opening edition of Cardinals Magazine, Yadi and his wife, Wanda, share personal stories and photos in an exclusive story you won’t find anywhere else.

Our inside access also takes you behind the scenes with arguably the league’s top outfield trio of Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler, and inside the home of pitcher Miles Mikolas—to visit with his wife, Lauren.  Plus, Adam Wainwright’s heartfelt letter to his younger self, the debut of Tommy Pham’s monthly column, our detailed look at the promising wave of young talent in the farm system, and so much more!  Start a print or digital subscription and receive two FREE tickets to a 2018 home game.  To order, visit cardinals.com/publications or call 314-345-9000.

Official Team Media Guide

The Cardinals official team Media Guide has long been relied upon by journalists and broadcasters who cover the team.  Containing stats, photos and biographies of every player in the Cardinals organization, along with the definitive history of the club since its inception, the official team Media Guide is the most comprehensive book about the Cardinals.  The 2018 Media Guide is available for $20 at the Official Cardinals Team Store, the Cardinals Authentics Shop or online at cardinals.com/mediaguide.

That’s all for now – and it’s a lot to process!  Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame fan ballot now open!

Hello friends!  Spring training has begun!  It’s so exciting to see the minor league players showing us their stuff during spring training games.  It makes me excited for the future.

It’s time now to honor the past as the 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame fan ballot is now open for voting.  I was pleased to see John Tudor, my favorite pitcher in the 1980’s, on this year’s ballot. I and my fellow bloggers have been posting on Twitter over the years that Ray Lankford deserves to be in the Cardinals Hall of Fame and he is also on this year’s ballot. There are also some carryover candidates from last year’s ballot.  Remember, you can only vote for two candidates.  Here are all the details on voting and descriptions of all the candidates’ Cardinals careers.

2018 CARDINALS HALL OF FAME FAN BALLOTING BEGINS TODAY

Fans Can Select Two Players For August Induction From A List of Seven Former Cardinals Greats

ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 1, 2018 – The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame fan balloting process is now open at cardinals.com/HOF.  Fans can select two players for election from a ballot that includes Cardinals greats Vince Coleman,  

HOFKeith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Ray Lankford, Scott Rolen, Lee Smith and John Tudor.

The seven modern ballot nominees were selected by a “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process in January.  The Cardinals Hall of Fame Fan Vote, presented by Edward Jones, will run through Thursday, April 12.  The two players with the most fan votes after the voting concludes will be announced as part of the fifth Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class on Friday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. during a televised 30-minute Hall of Fame announcement special on FOX Sports Midwest, and also in a pregame ceremony at Busch Stadium before the Cardinals face the Chicago Cubs.

The formal enshrinement ceremony for the 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Class is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village as part of the 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend.  The induction ceremony is free to attend.

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history.  To be eligible, players must have played for the Cardinals for at least three seasons and must be retired as a player from Major League Baseball for at least three years.  The eligible pool of players is divided into two categories of “modern players” and “veteran players”.  If a player retired more than 40 years prior to the induction year, he is classified as a veteran player.

In addition to nominating modern players for fan balloting, the Red Ribbon committee of Cardinals baseball experts also elects a veteran player for induction using a secret ballot process.  Independent of this process, the Cardinals organization may also opt to induct an individual who was an important figure in Cardinals history such as a coach, broadcaster or member of the front office.

Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame will be permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s museum.  The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public.  The plaques that adorn the gallery are produced by Mathews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Fans can check cardinals.com/HOF for more details about the 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend as they become available along with information about other events at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum that weekend.

Following is a description of each Hall of Fame nominee’s career as a Cardinal:

 Vince Coleman (#ColemanHOF)

Years: 1985 – 1990                          

.265/.326/.339, 937 H, 549 SB, 556 R, 56 3B (878 Games)

Vince Coleman burst on to the scene in 1985 by stealing 110 bases as a rookie, a MLB record that still stands today, and winning National League Rookie of the Year honors.  Coleman would continue to lead the National League in stolen bases throughout his six seasons as the Cardinals primary left-fielder while being named to two All-Star teams.  A member of two National League pennant winning teams in 1985 and 1987, Coleman’s 549 career stolen bases rank him second all-time in franchise history behind Lou Brock.

Keith Hernandez (#HernandezHOF)

Years: 1974 – 1983                          

.299/.385/.448, 1217 H, 265 2B, 81 HR, 595 RBI, 662 R (1165 Games)

Keith Hernandez played 10 seasons with the Cardinals, winning six straight Gold Gloves from 1978-1983 at first base.  He was a National League co-MVP in 1979, batting a league leading .344 with 48 doubles, 11 home runs and 105 RBI.  The two-time All-Star was a member of the 1982 World Championship team and batted .299 that season with 94 RBI.  Hernandez’s .385 on-base percentage ranks fifth all-time among Cardinals hitters to have played at least 10 seasons with the club.

Jason Isringhausen (#IzzyHOF)

Years: 2002 – 2008                          

217 Saves, 2.98 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 408.0 IP (401 Games)

Jason Isringhausen spent seven seasons with the Cardinals. During his time with the team, the Cardinals won the Central Division in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 with World Series appearances in 2004 and 2006, winning the World Series in 2006.  He registered a National League-leading 47 saves in 2004, tying the franchise record which Lee Smith set, until Trevor Rosenthal broke the record in 2015.  An All-Star in 2005, “Izzy” still holds the franchise record for saves with 217, and is sixth with 401 appearances with St. Louis.

Ray Lankford (#LankfordHOF)

Years: 1990 – 2001, 2004              

.273/.365/.481, 1479 H, 928 R, 228 HR, 829 RBI, 250 SB (1580 Games)

Ray Lankford was known for his combination of speed and power during his 13 seasons in St. Louis.  Lankford recorded five 20-20 seasons (with four consecutive from 1995-1998) and ranks fifth all-time in club history in home runs and stolen bases.  He is the only player in Cardinals history with at least 200 home runs and 200 steals, and hit more home runs in Busch Stadium II than any other player (123).  The long-time Cardinal center fielder was named to the All-Star team in 1997 and still ranks in the all-time Top-10 franchise leaders in Runs (9th), Total Bases (10th), Doubles (9th), Runs Batted In (8th), Walks (5th) and Game Winning-RBI (T-2nd).

Scott Rolen (#RolenHOF)

Years: 2002 – 2007                          

.286/.370/.510, 678 H, 421 R, 173 2Bs, 111 HR, 453 RBI (661 Games)

In his five plus seasons with the Cardinals, Scott Rolen dominated the hot corner winning Gold Gloves in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006, and a Silver Slugger award in 2002.  He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, and named to the All-Busch Stadium team as the third baseman by vote of fans.  In 2004, Rolen slashed .314/.409/.598 with 34 home runs and 124 RBI.  His stellar 2004 campaign continued during the postseason with his pennant-clinching, two-run homer off Roger Clemens in the 6th inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series vs. Houston.  In 2006, Rolen helped the club to its 10th World Championship, closing out the postseason with a 10-game hitting streak.

Lee Smith (#SmithHOF)

Years: 1990 – 1993                          

160 Saves, 2.90 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 266.2 IP (245 Games)

Known as one of the most feared closers in baseball history, Lee Smith recorded at least 43 saves in three of his four seasons with the Cardinals, leading the league in 1991 and 1992.  During his Cardinals career, Smith earned three All-Star selections and finished in the Top-4 of National League Cy Young voting twice.  His 160 saves stood as a club record until Jason Isringhausen surpassed that total in 2007.

John Tudor (#TudorHOF)

Years: 1985 – 1988, 1990              

62-26, 2.52 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 12 SHO, 881.2 IP (125 Games Started)

During his five seasons in a Cardinals uniform, John Tudor accumulated a .705 winning percentage and 2.52 ERA over 125 starts, both of which still stand as all-time Cardinals records (minimum 750.0 IP).  The left-hander’s finest season came in 1985 when he won 21 games (went 20-1 after June 1) with a miniscule 1.93 ERA, including 10 complete game shutouts, and finished second in National League Cy Young voting.  A member of two National League pennant winning teams in 1985 and 1987, Tudor won at least 10 games in each of the four full seasons he pitched for the Redbirds.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Members

Jim Bottomley, Ken Boyer, Sam Breadon, Lou Brock, Jack Buck, August A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., Chris Carpenter, Dizzy Dean, Jim Edmonds, Curt Flood, Bob Forsch, Frank Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, George Kissell, Tony La Russa, Marty Marion, Pepper Martin, Tim McCarver, Willie McGee, Mark McGwire, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Terry Moore, Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, Red Schoendienst, Mike Shannon, Ted Simmons, Enos Slaughter, Ozzie Smith, Billy Southworth, Bruce Sutter and Joe Torre.

2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Red Ribbon Selection Committee

Tom Ackerman,  Frank Cusumano,  Derrick Goold, Whitey Herzog, Rick Hummel, Randy Karraker,  Martin Kilcoyne, Jenifer Langosch,  Tony La Russa, Bernie Miklasz, Jose de Jesus Ortiz, Joe Ostermeier, Rob Rains, Red Schoendienst and Brian Walton.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The 8,000-square-foot St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.  Since its creation in 2014, the Cardinals Hall of Fame, presented by Edward Jones, has inducted 37 former Cardinal players, coaches and executives.  The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 22,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archived photographs.  Fans can learn more about the museum at cardinals.com/museum.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

2018 Winter Warm-Up Report Day 3

WWU2018Today was the third and last day of Winter Warm-Up.  It had snowed overnight, so it really looked like winter this morning.  Phillip and I boarded a Metrolink train at a later time this morning, since the first presentation we want to attend didn’t start until 11:00 AM.  We arrived at the Hyatt only 10 minutes after WWU opened for the day, and there were no lines snaking through the lobby.  The third day of WWU is not as well attended as the previous two days, since out-of-town people travel home and other people have to work on that day. The WWU planners seem to realize this too, as there were  no presentations in the Dugout room until 12 PM.

We checked in our coats and went down to the second floor to look at the vendor booths.  One of the vendors had a $5 bin with leftover promotional items.  I bought a Cardinals beach towel and a grey 1940’s jersey for my husband.  Some of the vendors had 50% off sales, and the Cardinals Care store had 50% off all of their items.  Even at 50% off, the jerseys still cost more than my budget allowed.

We went upstairs to the Main Stage ballroom to see what was going on.  The guys giving autographs before lunch this morning were Tyler O’Neill, Andrew Knizer, John Mabry, Brett Cecil, Whitey Herzog, Cliff Politte, Andy and Alan Benes, Mike Matheny, and Bill DeWitt II and III.  Once again, I need to apologize for the photo quality.  See the Day 1 report for details.

The first presentation we attended today was with Bill DeWitt, Jr. and III on the Main Stage.  They were interviewed by Matt Chambers of local TV station KMOV.  DeWitt, Jr. talked about the strategic way they look at players.  The issue of social media was discussed and how it stirs up interest in the club and engages players with the public.  As president of the club, DeWitt III is in charge of the Cardinals’ social media presence.  The Communications Department does the actual posting on social media.  DeWitt III said that the most popular social media posts are about the history of the Cardinals.

DeWitt III spoke about Phase II of Ballpark Village.  The west side will be a hotel, an office tower, and additional retail and some parking.  The east side will be a 29 story, 300 unit apartment complex.

DeWitt III then talked about the new Budweiser Terrace, which will be in the upper deck in the right field terrace level.  It will be a standing room only, social area for fans to kick back and socialize.

Questions were then taken from the audience.  The first question was since there was so many blown games last season, why didn’t the front office pick up Greg Holland or another closer?  DeWitt, Jr. had a long, drawn out answer, but the highlights were that there is no certainty with a closer – they can be great one year and bad the next, and if the current crop of available closers were great, they’d have been picked up already.

There were a couple of other interesting questions and thank you messages for the DeWitts for keeping baseball going in St. Louis.

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The second presentation we attended today was “2017 – A Year in Photos” by Taka Yanagimoto, the head of the Cardinals’ photo department. We attended this presentation last year and really enjoyed it, so we thought we would attend it this year.  Mr. Yanagimoto started by presenting some statistics as to how many photographs the photography team shot last season – 22,000 photos.  21,000 of those photos were saved to the archives.  Photographs are used in many ways – social media, the Cardinals magazine, etc.  The best part came next – when Mr. Yanagimoto ran the slide show of the best photographs that were taken last year.  It was sad to realize that a lot of the players in the photographs were no longer with the team.

After the presentation, Phillip and I went to Subway for lunch.  The temperature was starting to drop, and the wind was very cold coming off of the river.

The afternoon autograph signers were Kerry Robinson, Ray Lankford, Tom Lawless, Matt Carpenter, Jack Flaherty, and the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) Yadier Molina.  Phillip wanted to go home after lunch, but I wanted to see Yadi.  I was going to purchase an autograph ticket for Ray Lankford this morning when I got to the Hyatt, but when I went to the ticket sale area, I discovered that there were no more tickets left for Ray. Everyone was so happy to see Yadi that they broke out in a round of applause when he sat down in his seat.

We then hurried down to the second floor to see the presentation with the bald eagle.  The eagle’s name was Liberty and the handler from the World Bird Sanctuary explained how Liberty came to live at the World Bird Sanctuary.  He spoke about the work that the World Bird Sanctuary.  Since we were late, we were at the back of the room. Fredbird sneaked into the room and gave me a peck on the head.  He always does that when he sees me because I have red hair.

After the bald eagle presentation, we went to the Cardinals Authentic booth to see if I could win a lovely 2009 All-Star Game plaque by correctly answering the trivia question.  I could not answer it, although I did not cheat by Googling the answer. The question was about Yadi – who did he pass on the Cardinals’ all time hits list?  It was Jim Bottomley.

It was time to us go home.  We  had a great time but I will do some things better next year.  I will have a better phone, a better camera, and I will get more autograph tickets.  I will also pack a lunch for at least one day to save some money.

Thanks for reading my long reports!  See you next time!

Diane