Homestand Highlights 4/25/17-5/4/17

Twenty-three days of the 2017 season have already gone by, and a lot has happened.  I have been to two games already this season, and the Cardinals have won both of them.  (Perhaps the Cards’ front office needs to give me season tickets?) The pitching has been stellar, for the most part, but the defense is sloppy, like last year. Tonight, however, the boys are back in town for nine games.  Here’s hoping they play better at home than they did last year.

There’s a lot going on at Busch Stadium for the next nine days, so here are all the details:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Tuesday, April 25—Thursday, May 4)

Green Week, Law Enforcement & Firefighters Appreciation Nights Highlight Third Homestand at Busch

ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 25, 2017 – After taking three of four games from the Brew Crew in Milwaukee, the Redbirds return to Busch Stadium for the first of two 10-game homestands in 2017—their longest of the season.  The homestand kicks off with a three-game interleague matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays (April 25-27), continues with three games against the Cincinnati Reds (April 28-30) and concludes with a four-game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers (May 1-4).  The homestand is highlighted by annual Green Week festivities, the 2017 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class announcement, Photo Day and a Carlos Martínez and Matt Carpenter double bobblehead.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Lou Brock Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition Lou Brock mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Series Champion team.  For more info, or to purchase general tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#BudBash). Lou was supposed to attend, but unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. Your continued thoughts and prayers for Lou would be appreciated, I’m sure.

Redbird Rookies Rawlings Gold Glove Ceremony: Six children from the club’s Redbird Rookies community program will be honored on the field before tonight’s game.  In order to qualify for the Gold Glove Award the children had to attend all four Redbird Rookies off-field events and complete an application that included specific tasks for different age groups.  The applications were evaluated by Cardinals Care staff and two participants in each of the three ages groups were selected as winners.  Each winner received four Field Box tickets to tonight’s game, an opportunity to meet a Cardinals player and will be presented with a personalized glove from Rawlings. (#CardsCare)

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables will be located by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m. My family will be at tomorrow night’s game.  I’m hoping for another win.  🙂

Law Enforcement Appreciation Theme Night: The Cardinals and Major League Baseball are teaming up to honor law enforcement officers and their families for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night.  Fans who purchase this special theme night ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement hat.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  Tickets are currently sold out.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/lawenforcement. (#CardsTheme)

 

Green Week – Shoe Collection: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game.  Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bins.  Shoeman creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.  For more information about Green Week, visit cardinals.com/greenweek.  (#4AGreenerGame)

Green Week – Operation Food Search Presentation: In a ceremony prior to the game, Operation Food Search will recognize the Cardinals and the team’s concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice.  Together, the Cardinals and Delaware North Companies have diverted nearly 79,000 pounds of unused food from concessions stands in Busch Stadium to Operation Food Search since 2010, which reduces the amount of waste going to landfills.  When food decomposes in landfills, it becomes a source of greenhouse gas emissions.  The Cardinals are exceeding their food recovery goals, which results in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing climate change while contributing to Operation Food Search’s efforts of feeding 200,000 of our neighbors in need  (#4AGreenerGame).

 Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  The 2017 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza.  Tonight’s battle features The Faded Truth and The Revolutioners.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:45 p.m. with each act given 20 minutes to perform.  Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point.  The top four scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 26 in the Battle at Busch finals for the grand prize package.  Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

Piscotty’s Pals: Stephen Piscotty will host a group from the Down Syndrome Association for tonight’s game as part of his Piscotty’s Pals player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Stephen in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions. 

MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction by Gate 1 (Section 137) and Gate 3 from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 Thursday, April 27, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Green Week – Shoe Collection: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game.  Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bins.  Shoeman creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.  For more information about Green Week, visit cardinals.com/greenweek.  (#4AGreenerGame)

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

Friday, April 28, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Bruce Sutter Garden Gnome Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans ages 16 and older will leave with an exclusive Bruce Sutter garden gnome.  (#CardsPromo)

Cardinals 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Announcement: The fourth elected Cardinals Hall of Fame induction class will be revealed on FOX Sports Midwest tonight during a 30-minute pregame television special at 6:00 p.m. CT.  The 2017 Cardinals Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 26.

Green Week – Redbird Garden: The Cardinals and Delaware North Sportservice, in collaboration with Urban Harvest STL, will commemorate the newly installed Redbird Garden during a pregame field ceremony.  The hydroponic garden, located in the Level 3 elevator landing above Gate 6, features herbs (Thyme, Sage, etc.) and fresh greens (Kale, etc.) that Sportservice chefs will harvest for use in salads at Busch Stadium. (#4AGreenerGame)

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: 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 champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.

Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum.  Today’s featured item relates to the Marvelous Musical Mississippi Mudcat Band.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum.  (#CardsMuseum)

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables will be located by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Carlos Martínez & Matt Carpenter Double Bobblehead Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a one-of-a-kind Carlos Martínez and Matt Carpenter double bobblehead highlighting the Cardinals’ post-home run, water splash celebration.  Presented by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital(#CardsPromo)

Photo Day: Prior to the game, fans will be allowed on the field to get up-close and personal photos of their favorite Cardinals players, coaches and Fredbird.  Field access is on a first-come, first-served basis and will begin approximately 10 minutes after gates open.  Weather permitting.  Fans are encouraged to share their photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat using #CardsPhotoDay.

Green Week – Shoe Collection: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game.  Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bins.  Shoeman creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.  For more information about Green Week, visit cardinals.com/greenweek.  (#4AGreenerGame)

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals outfielder Ken Oberkfell will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  In addition to having a valid admission to the museum, fans must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and will be distributed beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Busch II Infield outside Cardinals Nation.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.

 Sunday, April 30, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

 Carlos Martínez Kids Home White Jersey Promotional Giveaway: All kids ages 15 and younger will receive a replica Carlos Martínez home white jersey, courtesy of Powerade and Shop ‘n Save.  Size exchanges can be made at the Riverview Corner kiosk until 2:45 p.m.  (#CardsPromo)

Home Run Against Hunger Food Drive: The Cardinals, in partnership with Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance and Feeding Missouri, are hosting a food drive in the Ballpark Village parking lot before today’s contest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Fans who bring a non-perishable food donation or make a monetary donation will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming 2017 Cardinals game.

Green Week – Shoe Collection: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes inside Busch Stadium gates before the game.  Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted, gently-used shoes, tie or band them together and drop them in the designated shoe collection bins.  Shoeman creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.  For more information about Green Week, visit cardinals.com/greenweek.  (#4AGreenerGame)

Green Week – Volunteer Recognition: During pregame ceremonies, the Cardinals will honor our outstanding Green Team volunteers.  During Green Week, and all season long, the St. Louis Cardinals Knight FM Green Team walks down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings and collect recyclables from fans while promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for their services, they are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.  For more information, visitcardinals.com/green (#4AGreenerGame).

Honorary First Pitch: World War II Veteran & Pearl Harbor survivor Lieutenant Jim Downing will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before today’s game.

Kids Free Ticket Voucher: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will receive a free ticket voucher for a 2017 home game courtesy of Ritz.

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

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 Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Monday, May 1, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

 St. Louis Blues Themed Batting Practice Jerseys Auction:  Online auctions for 39 autographed Blues-themed batting practice jerseys worn by Cardinal players prior to last year’s Blues Theme Night on September 28, 2016 begins today.  The auctions will end on Sunday, May 7, at 8:59 p.m.  Proceeds from the online jersey auction will benefit Cardinals Care.  Fans can bid at cardinals.com/community.

 All-Star Balloting Launch: Online balloting for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game launches today at cardinals.com/vote.  The 88th edition of MLB’s Midsummer Classic will take place at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. on Tuesday, July 11 and is set to be the first since 2002 where the outcome does not determine home-field advantage for the World Series.

Live from the UMB Champions Club: KMOX will perform tonight’s radio broadcast from Busch Stadium’s premier all-inclusive ticketed area, the UMB Champions Club.

Trevor’s Troops: Trevor Rosenthal will host a group from Walker Scottish Rite for tonight’s game as part of his Trevor’s Troops player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Trevor in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

College Theme Night II: The St. Louis Cardinals invite students, faculty and staff of local colleges and universities to the second of two College Nights of the season.  Fans who purchase the $20 theme night ticket receive a Cardinals College Night t-shirt.  Fans must present the special theme night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).

Tom Pagnozzi Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition Tom Pagnozzi mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1987 National League Championship team.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Pags.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase general tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#BudBash).

 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athletes: Over 150 high school senior athletes, recognized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for their excellence in the classroom and on the field, will take part in a pregame parade around the warning track before tonight’s game.

Spanish Audio Broadcast: The Cardinals will stream eight Spanish language home audio broadcasts via cardinals.com and the MLB.com At Bat mobile app in 2017.  The club will produce the game’s broadcast in cooperation with La Ke Buena Spanish internet radio to provide game play-by-play from announcer Polo Ascencio and color commentary from former Cardinals Assistant Hitting Coach Bengie Molina.

Live from the UMB Champions Club: FOX Sports Midwest will broadcast this evening’s game from Busch Stadium’s premier all-inclusive ticketed area, the UMB Champions Club.

Fowler’s Friends: Dexter Fowler will host a group from Urban Future for tonight’s game as part of his Fowler’s Friends player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Dexter in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables will be located by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Cardinals Care Spring Grant Ceremony: In an afternoon ceremony, Cardinals Care will distribute more than $135,000 to 77 area nonprofit groups that support local kids.  A Cardinals player, executives and Fredbird will all take part in the afternoon event (#CardsCare).

Firefighters Appreciation Theme Night: The Cardinals are partnering with The Hartford and the company’s Junior Fire Marshal program to celebrate our brave men and women in uniform and their families for Firefighters Appreciation Night.  Fans who purchase this special theme night ticket will receive a unique Cardinals firefighter t-shirt. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  Additionally, children can visit The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshal booths in the Ford Plaza or Riverview Corner to receive a free Junior Fire Marshal helmet and fire safety educational materials.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to The Backstoppers, Inc.  To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit cardinals.com/firefighters. (#CardsTheme)

Boy/Girl Scouts Theme Night II: The St. Louis Cardinals invite all Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their families to enjoy Scout Night at the ballpark.  This is the second of three Scouts Nights for the 2017 season.  For just $14, each scout receives a ticket to the game as well as a voucher which can be exchanged for a Cardinals scout patch.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). 

Spanish Audio Broadcast: The Cardinals will stream eight Spanish language home audio broadcasts via cardinals.com and the MLB.com At Bat mobile app in 2017.  The club will produce the game’s broadcast in cooperation with La Ke Buena Spanish internet radio to provide game play-by-play from announcer Polo Ascencio and color commentary from former Cardinals Assistant Hitting Coach Bengie Molina.

Pregame Poms/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Dance Experience Performing Arts, Meghan Torno School of Irish Dance and the Vineland Dragonettes & Dragon Dudes will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning around 5:45 p.m.

MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction by Gate 1 (Section 137) and Gate 3 from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

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

The photo at the top of the post is Flat Yadi, like Flat Stan from a couple of years ago.  If you would like a Flat Yadi of your very own, go to http://www.cardinals.com/yadi and print your own, then share on social media using the hashtag #YadiYadiYadi. I shared on Instagram.

That’s all for now! (And it’s quite a lot!)  See you next time and thanks for reading!

Diane

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Homestand highlights for September 21-27, 2015

It’s the final homestand of the season already?!? Where did the season go?  My son and I will be at tonight’s game in Section 233, so if you’re at the game, come by and say hi.  Here’s all the details about the final homestand of 2015:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, September 21 – Sunday, September 27, 2015)St. Louis Blues Night and a Lance Berkman Bobblehead Giveaway highlight the final homestand of 2015

ST. LOUIS, September 21, 2015– The Cardinals are back at Busch for their final regular season games of 2015; a three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds and four with the Milwaukee Brewers. St. Louis Blues Night and a Lance Berkman Bobblehead Giveaway highlight the final regular-season homestand of 2015.

Monday, September 21, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

#TeamSTL

  • St. Louis Blues Night: The Cardinals are teaming up with the St. Louis Blues to help kick off their season during the first-ever St. Louis Blues Theme Night at Busch Stadium. All fans who purchase the special theme night ticket (SOLD OUT) receive a limited edition Blues themed Cardinals cap. From 5:45- 6:45 p.m., fans can get autographs from Blues and Cardinals alumni during a pregame pep rally in Riverview Corner complete with Louie and the Blue Crew. Members of the 2015-2016 Blues including David Backes, Vladimir Tarasenko,Kevin Shattenkirk, Troy Brouwer, Paul Stastny, Alex Pietrangelo and Alexander Steen will be introduced on field during a special pregame ceremony, and the Cardinals will have additional Blues prizes and surprises throughout the game. Cardinals players will also wear a St. Louis Blues themed jersey during batting practice and the National Anthem. Following the game, the batting practice-worn jerseys will be available for auction with proceeds benefitting Cardinals Care – the team’s charitable arm. Fans will also be able to purchase Blues themed Cardinals t-shirts, available exclusively at the ballpark. For more info, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • Pregame Pom, Cheer and Dance Performance: Prior to the game, Powerhaus Cheerleading, Mt. Olive High School Cheer, Dancers on Tour, Kaskaskia College Cheerleading, Maryville University, Hillsboro High School Cheer, and Trimpe Middle School Dance Team will perform in Ford Plaza.
  •  Coach Jim White Ceremonial Pitch: Coach Jim White will throw a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. His remarkable story was recently shared in the Disney film McFarland USA starring Kevin Costner. After moving to McFarland, California with his family in 1964, Coach White took over the cross country team in town and won an unprecedented nine state championships, transforming the small town and the young men on his team.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  •  Cardinals Care Grant Ceremony: During a 3 p.m. ceremony, Cardinals Care will distribute more than $147,000 to 70 area nonprofit groups that support local kids. A Cardinals player, executives and Fredbird will all take part in the afternoon event (#CardsCare).
  • Willie McGee Budweiser Bash Theme Night (#BudBash): Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a limited edition Willie McGee mini bobblehead as the Cardinals celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Nationals League Champion Cardinals. VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with McGee. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). VIP tickets are sold out. Fans must present the special theme night voucher in order to receive this promotional item. McGee will also throw a ceremonial pitch prior to the game.

  • College Theme Night: College students can purchase a ticket for $15 which includes an exclusive 80’s themed Cardinals long-sleeved t-shirt designed by STL Style. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special theme night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

 

  • Deborah Norville Ceremonial Pitch: Television journalist and anchor of Inside Edition, Deborah Norville, will throw a ceremonial pitch prior to the game.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  • Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals present the Battle at Busch concert series. The 2015 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza. The final battle features Unifyah, Cardboard Room, Chad Randall Band and Destination Z playing for the grand prize. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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 Wednesday, September 23, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  •  Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day: All fans who purchase a special Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day theme ticket receive a limited edition Cardinals themed Paddy Cap. All fans can enjoy Irish music and dancers in Riverview Corner from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • Pregame Pom, Cheer and Dance Performance: Prior to the game, Triad Cheer, Triad Middle School Cheer, Natural Impact All Star Cheer, Festus High School Varsity Cheer, Adrenaline Explosion Cheer, HHP Dellwood Rec Center, and Seckman High School Dance will perform in Ford Plaza.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

  • Billikens Night: All fans who purchase a special Billikens Theme Night ticket will receive a Billikens themed Cardinals cap. Athletes and members from the Billiken Band will be in Riverview Corner from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • Tyron Woodley Ceremonial Pitch: UFC Welterweight Contender, Tyron Woodley will throw a ceremonial pitch prior to the game. The Ferguson native and University of Missouri graduate will be taking on rival Johny Hendricks at UFC 192 on Saturday, October 3 in Houston, Texas. Woodley is currently ranked 3rd in the world.

Friday, September 25, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Fireworks Night: Immediately following the game, there will be a free fireworks and laser light show courtesy of Cooper Tires.
  • Dueling Pianos: From 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. there will be a dueling piano performance in Ford Plaza, courtesy of Spanky Entertainment.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  •  Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:30, 4:15 and 5:00. Today’s featured items include Bob Gibson’s game-used helmet liner and batting helmet, and Chris Carpenter’s game-used batting helmet. These programs are free with paid admission to the museum. For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visitcardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).

 

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) following the game. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

  • 2016 Cardinals Magnet Schedule: All ticketed-fans receive a 2016 Cardinals Magnet Schedule courtesy of Shelter Insurance (#CardsPromo).
  • Lance Berkman Bobblehead: 25,000 ticketed-fans receive a Lance Berkman Bobblehead courtesy of Coca-Cola and Dierbergs (#CardsPromo). This bobblehead was the result of a season ticket-holder vote which asked fans to pick a favorite player from the past 10 seasons in Busch III. Thanks to the help of his 2011 postseason heroics, Berkman won the vote and will be honored with the bobblehead. Lance Berkman will throw a ceremonial pitch prior to the game.

  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) following the game. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • 2016 Cardinals Magnet Schedule: All ticketed-fans receive a 2016 Cardinals Magnet Schedule courtesy of Shelter Insurance (#CardsPromo).
  • 2016 Free Ticket Voucher: All ticketed-fans receive a free ticket voucher to a 2016 Cardinals regular-season home game (#CardsPromo).
  • Six Flags Day: All kids 48 inches and under receive a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any Sunday until November 1 (#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 ice cream (while supplies last).
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading!

Diane

Homestand Highlights 4/13-19/15

Opening Day 2015It’s Opening Day!  The Cards are finally back at the home roost (b/k/a Busch Stadium).  I can’t wait for today’s game, can you? I hope to get down to the rally today.  Here are all the highlights for this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, April 13 – Sunday, April 19, 2015)Opening Day, Yadier Molina bobblehead giveaway, and Red Schoendienst celebration highlight the first homestand of 2015

ST. LOUIS, April 13, 2015– Today marks the annual return of baseball to St. Louis, and the reigning National League Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals are kicking off their home schedule against the division rival Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. The six-game homestand is highlighted by annual Opening Day festivities (#OpeningDaySTL), the Yadier Molina bobblehead giveaway, Jackie Robinson Day, and a ceremony celebrating Red Schoendienst’s 70th year in baseball (#LoveRed2).

Monday, April 13, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3:15 p.m.)

#OpeningDaySTL

Gates open at 1:15 p.m.

  • Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s: The Cardinals, Ballpark Village and Hardee’s will host a pre-game pep rally in the Ballpark Village parking lot from 11 a.m. – 2p.m. Fan favorite, DJ Todd Thomas will perform and Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can purchase a Hardee’s Combo Meal after regular breakfast hours from the Mobile Diner or Hardee’s restaurant on Chestnut and receive a free Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last. Other sponsors include: Budweiser, FOX Sports Midwest, Goodwill, Krispy Kreme, The Muny, PNC Bank, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Office Essentials and The Tan Company.
  •  Budweiser Magnet Schedule: All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and over, will receive a magnet featuring the 2015 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser.

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

  • Ceremonial Pitch: Former Cardinals outfielder Willie McGee will throw the ceremonial first pitch to Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.
  • Remembering Taveras: Prior to the game, there will be a tribute video and moment of silence for Oscar Taveras and long-time sportswriter Bryan Burwell.  
  • Pre-game Ceremony: The pre-game ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. as the famed Budweiser Clydesdales take their annual pre-game lap around the warning track. The ceremony continues with appearances from St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and an American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary. The 2015 team and National Baseball Hall of Famers will be introduced via Ford motorcade, while 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame class members Mike Shannon, Jim Edmonds and Willie McGee will also be on field. The Color Guard and American Flag in center field will be presented by the service men and women of Ft. Leonard Wood.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids).
  • Cardinals Museum Championship Gallery Re-opens: After undergoing some offseason renovations, the Championship Gallery at the Cardinals Museum re-opens today with new and improved display cases celebrating the franchise’s 11 World Series titles. For more information, visit cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).

  •  Get Social: Fans should follow the team on Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Twitter (@cardinals), and Instagram (cardinals) for behind-the-scenes content from the club throughout the day. Fans can join the Opening Day discussion using the hashtag #OpeningDaySTL.
  •  Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from DJ Rick Paul in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) post-game until close.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Jackie Robinson Day: Major League Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with all players and on-field personnel wearing Number ’42’ during the game.
  • Catholic Family Night: Fans who purchase this special theme ticket will receive a voucher for a limited edition Cardinals themed blessing bracelet, presented by Catholic Supply of St. Louis. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. There will also be special programming in the Riverview Corner including a musical performance by Karl Zimmerman from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. and a pre-game prayer and testimony from Cardinals broadcaster Rick Horton from 6:15 – 6:30 p.m. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).  
  •  College Night Theme Tickets: The St. Louis Cardinals invite students, faculty and staff of local colleges and universities to the first college night of the season. Fans who purchase the $15 Right/Left Field loge theme night ticket, receive a limited edition pair of Cardinals sunglasses with Croakies. Fans must present the special theme night voucher in order to receive this promotional item. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).

  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: During a pre-game ceremony, the St. Louis Cardinals, On the Run, and Anheuser-Busch will kick off their 8th annual Jackie Robinson jersey raffle which raises money for the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) and Cardinals Care in celebration of Jackie Robinson Day. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at area On the Run locations for a chance to win a game-worn, autographed #42 jersey from Jackie Robinson Day at Busch Stadium & two tickets to the May 29th home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Winners will receive their jerseys as part of a pre-game field ceremony on May 29th at Busch Stadium. Raffle sales begin today and continue through April 30th. To find your nearest On the Run visit OntheRunSTL.com. Efforts support students of color in pursuit of a college education and children throughout Missouri and Illinois. Over the past 7 seasons, the Jackie Robinson Day Jersey raffle has raised more than $400,000 to benefit the JRF’s local Scholars and Cardinals Care.  JRF currently supports five Scholars from St. Louis, in addition to others from the surrounding area. 
  • Ernest Jones Ceremony: During a pre-game ceremony, the Cardinals will honor Dr. Ralph Waldo Emerson Jr., the first African-American scout for the team.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m. 

  • KSDK First Alert Weather Bash at Busch: The Cardinals and KSDK News Channel 5 are hosting a weather bash pre-game to educate kids about the weather and its effects on the environment. This educational program, geared towards elementary and middle school students, teaches children about weather, and includes science experiments from Mad Science, an educational expo and tickets to the game all for just $16. Visit cardinals.com/theme for more info. 

 

  • Charity Haircuts in the Plaza sponsored by Great Clips: During the game, fans can root on their team and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza for Great Clips’ Charity Haircuts. For a $10 donation, Great Clips – who sponsors the event every weekday afternoon game during the season – will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care. 
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from DJ Rick Paul in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) post-game until close.

Friday, April 17, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#LoveRed2

Gates open at 5:15 p.m. 

  • Adult Zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive an adult fleece zip-up hooded sweatshirt.

  • Celebrating 70 Years of Red Schoendienst: In a ceremony prior to the game, the Cardinals will honor Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst who is celebrating his 70th season in Major League Baseball. The 92-year-old legend made his Major League debut on April 17, 1945. Fans are encouraged to share memories and congratulatory messages to Red using the hashtag #LoveRed2. 
  • Navy Ceremony: During a ceremony prior to the game, the Secretary of the United States Navy (SECNAV), Ray Mabus, will be on field for a special announcement. 
  • Dueling Pianos: From 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. there will be a dueling piano performance in Ford Plaza, courtesy of Spanky Entertainment. 
  • Missouri Farmers Care: Race to the Plate: During tonight’s game, the Cardinals and Missouri Farmers Care will debut a new in-game feature – a mascot race featuring Captain Cornelius, Bessie the Cow and Simon the Soybean. The feature will happen at every Friday home game during the 2015 season. Join the conversation on how today’s food is grown and raised atMissouriFarmersCare.com. 
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids). 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Boogie Chyld in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) post-game until close. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m. 

  • Yadier Molina Gold and Platinum Gloves Bobblehead: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a bobblehead celebrating Yadier Molina’s seventh consecutive Gold Glove and third Platinum Glove Award, courtesy of Central Bank of St. Louis.

 

  • Rawlings Gold Glove Ceremony: In a ceremony prior to the game, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and right fielder Jason Heyward will receive their 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove awards. Gold Gloves are awarded annually for fielding excellence. This marks Molina’s seventh consecutive award (2008-2014) and Heyward’s second (2012, 2014 with the Braves). Molina will also receive his 2014 Platinum Glove Award. Since the award’s inception in 2011, Molina has won it three times as the best defender at any position in the National League.  
  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms. 
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids). 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Sable in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) post-game until close.  

Sunday, April 19, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:05 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:05 p.m. 

  • Kids Baseball T-Shirt: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, receive a youth baseball t-shirt. Presented by Pasta House and Coca-Cola.
  • Kids Free Ticket Voucher: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, receive a free ticket to a 2015 home game. 
  • Wilson MLB Defensive Player of the Year: In a ceremony prior to the game, Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward will receive his 2014 Wilson MLB Defensive Player of the Year award, which he earned as a member of the Braves.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last). 
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids). 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.  

More Homestand Information

Metal Detectors

One change Cardinals fans will note this season is the installation of walk-through metal detectors at all Busch Stadium gates and entrances, as part of Major League Baseball’s implementation of mandatory metal detection screening of all guests at all MLB ballparks in 2015. Please see below for some helpful tips to ensure a smooth entry process for fans at Busch Stadium this season:

Allow more time – Stadium entry may take longer than in previous years. Please try to arrive earlier than normal to ensure you’re in the ballpark in plenty of time.

  • Be prepared for gate inspections – Entering with fewer items and having bags ready for inspection will speed up the process. Busch Stadium walk-through metal detectors are not as sensitive as TSA detectors at airports. Fans do not need to remove belt and shoes, but will need to remove large metal objects from pockets such as cell phones, keys, and glasses. Please inform gate staff of pacemakers or artificial joints that may set off the detectors. Have game tickets ready for ushers to scan. Fans can also visit this linkfor a refresher on which items are allowed into the ballpark.
  • Best gates to use – Fans who park on North or East sides of Busch Stadium are encouraged to enter at Gates 1 or 6, as these gates typically have shorter entry lines.

Jason Heyward featured on cover of new Cardinals Magazine

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

This page-turning edition includes an oral history of the stunning comeback in Game 1 of the 2014 NLDS in Los Angeles through the eyes of Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and others. Other exclusive content includes the debut of Carpenter’s new journal, Old School vs. New School featuring Randy Choate and Michael Wacha, a detailed review of and book excerpt from Mike Matheny’s national best-selling book “The Matheny Manifesto,” and photos from the offseason international travels of Matheny, Wainwright and Choate.

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

Official 2015 Scorecard

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

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

 Cardinals Authentics

New this season, the Cardinals Authentics Shop – the official source of game-used and autographed collectibles and memorabilia directly from the club – will have game-used bases and baseballs available for purchase before the end of the game. All season long, fans will be able to take a piece of the game directly from the field to their home, all in one visit. For more information on Cardinals Authentics, and their two locations (inside Ford Plaza and at Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village), visit cardinals.com/authentics (#CardsAuthentics).

Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar

Open daily, Cardinals Nation is the year-round home to Cardinals fans offering a variety of weekly programming and special events. This season, fans won’t want to miss the following highlights:

  • GW Grill on Clark Street featuring St. Louis’ own G&W Bratwursts and Hot Dogs on game days.
  • Game-day buffet at the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor)
  • Homerun Brunch every non-home game Sunday
  • Keep the Cup promotion on game days with 3 limited edition cups this season
  • Free live music after weekend home games
  • And much more! Visit cardinalsnation.com for details. 

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

Featuring stadiums, players and championship moments, the Cardinals Museum boasts one of the largest team-specific collections of artifacts and memorabilia in the world. The Museum’s seven galleries take fans on a chronological journey through the rich history of the Cardinals, allowing them to learn about the birth of the franchise, relive special memories and interact with great exhibits. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. On game nights, the Museum will remain open through the 7th inning. Adult admission is $12, and tickets can be purchased atcardinalsnation.com. (#CardsMuseum)

St. Louis Cardinals Official 2015 Media Guide

Typically available only to sportswriters, broadcasters, baseball executives and scouts, the Cardinals annual media guide is the ultimate insider’s resource. The Cardinals 2015 Media Guide can be purchased for $20 at cardinals.com/mediaguide, at the Team Store inside Busch Stadium, at each gate where scorecards are sold, at the Cardinals Authentics Shop in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village, and by phone at 314.345.9000.

 Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care (#CardsCare) 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. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods. 2015 marks the 12th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year. Fans can support Cardinals Care by donating directly at cardinals.com/community or in a variety of ways:

  • Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run: Registration is now open for the sixth annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run set for Sunday, September 13th. Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6k(#CardsCare6K).

Cardinals Work “4 A Greener Game”

The Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium. In exchange for their services, volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game. To volunteer or learn more, visit cardinals.com/green (#4AGreenerGame).

Cardinals Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Instagram (Cardinals), Pinterest (pinterest.com/cardinalsmlb), Tumblr (stlcardinals) and Google + (St. Louis Cardinals). Fans will get an inside look at the team, exclusive promotions and giveaways, breaking club news, behind-the-scenes photos, videos and much more. For more info, and a list of verified player twitter accounts, visit cardinals.com/connect. Join the conversation using #STLCards.

Facebook Fridays with Fredbird: Every Friday, Fredbird and Team Fredbird will appear somewhere within Cardinal Nation to give away a select number of free tickets or items to lucky fans on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to join the fun. To find out where Fredbird will be each week follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals, or visit cardinals.com/facebookfridays for more details (#Fredbird).

Fan-Friendly Values

  • Dynamic Deals of the Week: The Cardinals’ value-based dynamic pricing system allows them to offer outstanding ticket savings to fans throughout the season. Special values will be highlighted each Monday as part of the “Dynamic Deals of the Week” promotion. Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails at cardinals.com. 
  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: The Cardinals are pleased to team up with KMOX 1120 to offer the KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets. At 9 a.m. on the day of each game, fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets to that day’s game for a total cost of $11.20 ($5.60 per ticket). The voucher may be redeemed for tickets 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the game. The tickets may be anywhere in the park, depending on availability.

For more information on Cardinals promotions and scheduled events visit cardinals.com/promotions and cardinals.com/theme.

Media Information

Media looking for more information may contact the Cardinals Communications Department directly at 314.345.9904. Media can find helpful information about covering the team, including how to apply for credentials, sign up to receive team news releases and gain access to the team’s digital newsroom at cardinals.com/communications.

That’s all for now!  Go Cards! Thanks for reading!

Diane

Christian Day at the ballpark

Christian DayThe Cardinals have held a Christian Day event once a year for the last few years.  An organization named Christian Family Day used to organize this event, until the Cardinals organization decided they wanted to take care of it themselves.

I have always wanted to go to a Christian Day game, but hubby balked until this year, when we found out that the guest speaker was going to be Willie Robertson, star of the hit A&E TV show Duck Dynasty.  We are big DD fans at our house (don’t judge, OK?) and thought it would be great to hear Willie in person.

A lady at the church we attend is a big DD fan too, so we decided to purchase group tickets for the game and make them available to the members of our church to purchase.  We purchased the group tickets online.  There was a 30% discount on group tickets for this game, which was great.

We got to our seats just in time to see Willie throw out the first pitch to Adam Wainwright.  We weren’t close enough to see whether he threw a strike or a ball, but at least he didn’t bounce it to home plate like some first pitch throwers do.  Willie’s dad Phil was the starting quarterback at LSU (amazingly, Terry Bradshaw was second string), so he surely inherited some athletic ability.

After the game, we were instructed to go sit in the seats behind the Cardinals’ dugout for the speeches.  From looking at the stands, it appeared that most of the first level of the stadium was filled, which I thought was great considering how hot it was.

I tried to tape the presentation on my phone, but I didn’t get the first part of the presentation.  Hubby and I got separated and he called me when Adam Wainwright started speaking and the camcorder turned off.  I thought I had it back on for Mike Matheny and Willie’s speeches, but it wasn’t.  😦 Can I blame the heat?  LOL!

Jason Motte spoke first.  Matt Carpenter spoke about a passage in the book of Matthew that really spoke to him.  David Freese shared his favorite Scripture and spoke about needing brothers in Christ such as Adam Wainwright, Matt Holiday and Mike Matheny to help him in his Christian walk. Matt Holliday has his favorite Bible verse, Job 38:4, tattooed on his arm, and Adam Wainwright spoke about his childhood and his wild lifestyle before he was saved.  Mike Matheny was the last Cardinal to speak.

Willie at Busch

Then Willie was introduced, to thunderous applause.  Willie spoke about the success of Duck Dynasty.  He then spoke at length about Si, Phil, and Miss Kay (uncle, dad and mom, respectively).  Willie called Si one of the godliest men he knew.  He mentioned that if Phil hadn’t turned his life over to the Lord that there would be no Duck Dynasty.  Willie said that Miss Kay is the nicest woman in the world.  Willie then spoke about the philosophy that shapes the family’s lives – faith, family, ducks – in that order and that it would never change.

For more information about some of the Christian faith of some of the Cardinals, read the book Intentional Walk: An Inside Look at The Faith That Drives the St. Louis Cardinals by Rob Rains. For more information about Willie Robertson, read The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built an Dynasty, a book Willie wrote with his wife Korie.

Oh, yes, there was a game yesterday too.  It was a nice outing by Lance Lynn, with no blow out inning(s) like some of the last games he’s started.  Matt Holliday hit a home run, which is always good to see. Carlos Beltran stole home for the winning run, and he also made a very nice acrobatic catch in the top of the 9th inning.  We were sitting in section 232, not far from where Carlos patrols the outfield, and we cheered for him when he made that great catch. He’s 36 years old?  Really? He plays like he’s 10 years younger. Carlos, if you have found the Fountain of Youth, please share.  The Cardinals also swept a series at home for the first time this season.  It was a good day all around.

A note to the Cardinals organization – Christian Day is great, but can you please hold it in April, May or September when it isn’t so doggone hot?  There might have been even more people who would have stayed for the presentation if it hadn’t been so hot.  Also, this event used to be held on Saturdays.  A Saturday event would be better so as not to interfere with church services. Depending on how far folks traveled to get to the game, they didn’t get to attend church on Sunday.  Thanks!

Thanks as always for reading!  See you next time!

Diane