Hope, postponed

Today was supposed to be Opening Day for Major League Baseball, New Year’s (or New Season’s) Day for baseball fans, with all its pomp and circumstance.  The Cardinals were to start the season on the road at Cincinnati, the traditional Opening Day city. However, thanks to this insidious coronavirus, there is no joy in Mudville – baseball is shut down. Opening Day is the first sure sign of spring for me.  If Opening Day hasn’t happened yet then spring hasn’t happened yet either, despite the best efforts of Mother Nature.  Hope springs eternal, but hope has now been postponed. 

I want to see Yadi behind the plate with Waino on the mound.  I want to see Harrison playing center field.  I want to know who’s been selected to play left field.  I want to see the Cardinals Hall of Famers in their red jackets behind home plate on the home Opening Day.  I want to hear the crack of a bat hitting the ball, and the sound of a ball smacking into a glove. I want to go to Budweiser Terrace and enjoy a $5 can of Busch beer. I want to sit in the stands with the rest of the fans and cheer on my Redbirds.  Proverbs 13:12(a) states, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” There are a lot of heartsick baseball fans (and baseball players too) right about now.

Opening Day will finally happen this year (we hope), but when it will happen is anyone’s guess.  There are so many possibilities being propounded that I can’t even list them all.  However, MLB and the Cardinals have been doing a great job keeping fans’ interest in baseball by interacting on social media.  In fact, this morning at 10:00 AM CST, you can watch Game 6 of the 2011 World Series (a/k/a David Freese’s historic game) on the Cardinals’ Facebook page and on www.cardinals.com.  In addition, MLB has opened up an online course that parents who are homeschooling their children may find of interest.  I will post the details below my signature.

Even my iPhone knows I miss baseball. My iPhone finally stopped sending calendar appointments to my Apple Watch for upcoming baseball games, even though I hadn’t turned off the notification. It’s like it knew that baseball wasn’t being played right now.  It pierced my heart and made me sad every day when I saw an upcoming game on my watch that wasn’t going to happen, so I’m glad I’m not seeing the appointments for now.  If you would like the Cardinals’ schedule synced to your phone’s calendar, however, go here:  https://www.mlb.com/cardinals/fans/downloadable-schedule, click the Add to Calendar button, then follow the next steps. 

It’s been a long and crazy month, and knowing when baseball will return will make things a lot easier.  This shutdown of baseball (and indeed, the shutdown of society) will be finished sooner if we follow the CDC’s instructions – wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, use hand sanitizer, disinfect surfaces and practice social distancing.  I hope you are physically and emotionally well, despite the fact that there is currently no baseball to enjoy. Thanks as always for reading! See you next time and I hope it’s soon!

Diane

P.S:  Here are the details about the online course:

Major League Baseball and EVERFI, the leading social impact education and Official Education Partner of MLB, today announced the widespread availability of the “Summer Slugger” digital education platform to assist some of the 39 million students currently learning at home in the United States and Canada. Parents, legal guardians, and teachers can access the program for students at SummerSlugger.com.

Summer Slugger contains 36 Series (designed to take no longer than 10 minutes to complete) which cover the following educational topics: units of measure, place value, arithmetic, geometry, spelling, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Summer Slugger unlocks activities and offers rewards for progress and consistency along the way. Students engage with content that reinforces key foundational and procedural skills while enjoying the freedom and motivation of digital baseball activity.

2020 Winter Warm-Up Report Day 1

Winter Warm-Up Weekend is one of my favorite weekends all winter, second only to Christmas weekend.  It’s a sign that spring training is starting soon and that baseball is not that far away.  At WWU, we see the players in person in normal clothes and interacting with the fans.  There are breakout sessions on Cardinals history and other baseball topics.  You can look through all the memorabilia and items that the vendors have for sale, and you can purchase items from the Cardinals Care store and the Team Store outlet store.  Plus, you can make new Cardinals fan friends.

My son and I rode on the 8:02 AM Metrolink train to St. Louis Saturday morning.  We wanted to get to the Hyatt fairly early because there is always a long line to get in on the first day.  When we got on the train, there was a man sitting across from me with a jacket with an STL logo on it.  I looked at him and said, “Has anyone told you that you look remarkably like Danny Cox?”  “That’s because I am Danny Cox,” he replied.  I had to keep my mouth from dropping to the floor.  Danny was signing at WWU at 9:00 and he said that he was riding the train to St. Louis because it was his wife’s birthday and his son was going to pick him up after his session was over so they could spend the day together.  Danny was very nice and personable.  We spoke about baseball in general and about the mess going on in Houston.  While we were riding through the Mecklenburg Forest (off Highway 161), Danny pointed out some deer and some wild turkeys (he’s an avid hunter).  We parted ways after we got off at the 8th and Pine Metrolink station.

I was amazed that there were still so many autograph tickets available for sale.  Harrison Bader’s tickets sold out on the first day they were available last year, but his tickets were still available, along with many other players’ tickets.  All the free autographs tickets were sold out, however.

Our first stop was the coat check booth on the 4th floor.  After we checked our coats, we took a peek into the Main Stage room.  We then went downstairs to the second floor.  All of the Cardinals Hall of Fame breakout sessions offered the first 50 attendees HOF bobbleheads and I remembered from last year that tickets were handed out.  We wanted to attend the 12:00 PM presentation on Ted Simmons and I wanted to see how early we had to be there to get tickets for the 12 PM bobbleheads. The Cardinals Care folks said arriving an hour before would be fine.

After that, we went into the vendors’ room. Phil picked up some Blues hockey cards and an official puck from the banner raising ceremony. I wanted to wait to get to the Team Store and the Cardinals Care store to spend money. The vendor who had the promotional item giveaways for $5.00 in years past raised his price to $15.00 or 2/$25.00.  Rawlings did not have Kolten Wong’s Golden Glove on display like they did Yadi’s last year, and the Louisville Slugger Museum booth was not there either.

We went back to the Presentation area at 10:55 and inquired about the bobblehead tickets for the 12:00 presentation.  Unfortunately, all the tickets were already spoken for.  No bobblehead is worth waiting 2 hours in line for.  We went to the lunch area on the second floor and grabbed some lunch.  We stopped by the Main Stage area and listened to the Q&A with John Mozeliak until it was time to go to the presentation.

The “Ted Simmons:  A Hall of Fame Career” presentation was by Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum historian Brian Finch.  I have reported on Brian’s presentations and if you haven’t been to one before, you’re missing a great time and you’re missing a great Cardinals history learning experience.  Brian had many slides with fascinating information about Ted that he elaborated on.  Some of these slides had photos of Ted that I’d never seen before.

The next presentation I attended (Phil didn’t want to go) was the 2020 Cardinals Marketing & Promotions presentation with Senior Vice President Dan Farrell.  Dan explained the promotions process and then took questions. I asked about whether the Cardinals would ever go to making ladies carry clear purses like the Blues do.  Dan said that that would probably not happen unless the league offices mandated it.  I was slightly disappointed – in years past, the promotional department would show samples of the promotional items that were going to be distributed and Dan didn’t bring any promotional items. There were discussions about sales of promotional items on eBay.  The Funko Pop Yadi Molina giveaway last Labor Day was discussed and I expressed disappointment that it was on Labor Day when we usually go out of town.  After the presentation, a couple of older ladies pulled me to the side and the one lady said she had a couple of extra Yadi Funko Pops and would I like one?  Of course!  We exchanged cell phone numbers and agreed to meet up the next day.

We went back to the vendor area for a while and then went back up to the Main Stage area to see hunky Harrison Bader.  Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina were on the main stage and those two could have a stand-up routine.  They were hilarious.  When Bengie saw Harrison, he greeted him and said that Harrison knew some Spanish words – tacos, burritos, etc.  The audience and Harrison roared with laughter.

Paul DeJong was supposed to be signing yesterday but he missed his flight. We left at 3 PM to go home and cook an early dinner before we had to come back for the Birds of a Different Game: The ‘80s Cardinals presentation at FOX Sports Midwest Live.

The movie was great.  I encourage you to watch it on MLB Network on January 28, 2020 at 7 PM CST. If you’re a 1980’s Cardinals fan, you will really enjoy it.  The Q&A with Whitey Herzog, John Tudor, Ozzie Smith, and Tommy Herr was also great.  John Tudor in particular complimented the fans, and we applauded him.  The venue, FOX Sports Midwest Live (FSML), was not great, however, and neither were the event organizers.

Tickets to the event were free.  When I clicked through on the Facebook event to order the tickets, it said that the doors opened at 6 PM and that the presentation started at 6:30, which made me assume (mistakenly, I suppose) that it was a private event.  It was not, for when we got to FSML, almost all the tables were full.  In addition, there were several tables with Reserved signs on them. I thought perhaps they were reserved for people who had tickets for the presentation. When we asked about the reserved tables, we discovered that they were reserved for the fight that began at 9 PM.  FSML could have split up the long tables and let people sit at them until after the presentation was over at 8 PM.  Instead, they sat empty the whole time.  We weren’t even allowed to sit our beer bottles on the tables.  A waiter came over to us and told us to remove our beer bottles. Our wristbands (we finally found the booth to check-in) gave us half price drinks until 8 PM  and that was the only thing our wristbands were good for.  If we had been able to sit at a table, we might have ordered more than one drink and we might have even ordered some food.   If I had known that tickets did not equal seats, we would have just walked over from Winter Warm-Up and gotten a table, or I would have called FSML to reserve a table.  My friend who came with us has a torn meniscus and she definitely needed a seat, but we had to stand from 5:50 PM until 8 PM.  This occasion has soured my opinion of FSML to the point that I may never go there again.

I have no more to report on yesterday’s events.  The Day 2 report will be considerably shorter.  LOL!  Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

 

A WWLCB visit to Santa Claus

I felt a little awkward standing in line with all the kids and their parents.  My kids have long since grown and I have no grandchildren to take to visit Santa. But surely as long as I still believed in Santa, he would listen to my gift requests and take care of them, wouldn’t he?   I was about to find out.

(I step forward to see Santa.)

Santa (SC):     Ho ho ho! Who’s next?

WWLCB (DMS):   (smiles) Hello Santa!

SC:            You’re a little tall to sit on my lap, I believe.

DMS:         (giggles) Yes, I am.  I’ll just kneel right here.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back up when I’m done.

SC:            Ho ho ho! I know about that.  My old bones and joints need a couple of days rest after I deliver all those presents on Christmas Eve.  So, what would you like for Christmas, young lady?

DMS:         Bless your heart, Santa. I haven’t been a young lady for years, but I’ll take that compliment.  Actually, I don’t need anything for myself.  I have a few requests about the St. Louis Cardinals, however.

SC:             Cardinals baseball?  We tried to play baseball at the North Pole, but the snowballs fell apart as soon as we hit them.  But I do enjoy watching baseball on TV.  I have MLB.TV and all the games are out-of-market so I can watch them all.  What are your requests?

DMS:        (pulls out a list from her pocket) Here we go.

Harrison Bader needs to learn how to hit.  He has great speed on the base paths, and he is an elite centerfielder, but his hitting needs improvement.

Speaking of hitting, the Cards’ bats have been really anemic, especially during the playoffs.  They had games where they would score lots of runs and then the next game, they would hardly score at all.  The hitting needs to be more consistent.

It appears that Marcell Ozuna will not be returning to the Cardinals next season.  I would like to request a quality left fielder as his replacement without the loss of too many prospects or money.

Matt Carpenter’s throwing arm needs a rejuvenation.  I cringe every time he throws to first base.

Carlos Martinez needs to get his shoulder strong enough to rejoin the starting rotation.  And while we’re at it, please give him the ability to not get the jitters in case of a pitching mistake.  He can be too emotional.

Santa, could the Cardinals please win their 12th World Series in 2020?  It’s been almost 10 years since the Cards have won a World Series.  We miss championship baseball in St. Louis.

Last but not least, could you please contact the Modern Era Committee of the Baseball Hall of Fame and get Ted Simmons elected to the Hall of Fame?  I wrote 3 blog posts to the Modern Era Committee and he only missed getting in by one vote last time.  I worry about Ted – I’ve seen him lately and he doesn’t look well.  He needs to be elected to the Hall of Fame before something happens to him.  If Ted does get elected, I need money to attend the induction ceremony.

(The kids in the line are starting to get whiny since I’m taking too long talking to Santa.)

SC:          (chuckles) My goodness, that’s a very long list.  And your requests are very specific. I can’t promise you everything, but I will do my very best to do what I can to make your Christmas very merry.  (Santa reaches into a basket.)  Everyone who sees Santa gets a candy cane and you are no exception.  Merry Christmas Diane!

DMS:       (gets up slowly from her knees) Wait, I didn’t tell you my name.  How did you know –

SC:           Ho ho ho!  Merry Christmas! (Santa’s elf escorts me to the door and I exit.)


Would you like to be Santa’s helper for some good girls and boys?  The Cardinals will be holding their fourth annual gift drive this Wednesday, December 4, 2019, from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  You can drop off an unwrapped toy or a gift card at the ticket windows on the 8th Street side of Busch Stadium.  You can drive up and Santa’s helpers will come to your car window to pick up your toy/gift card. In reward for your generosity, you will receive a cup of hot chocolate and a gift from the Cardinals – last year, the gift was a Marty pass, which grants the recipient two free tickets to a Cardinals game from Monday through Thursday, with some exceptions. A portion of the toys and gift cards will be given out by Fredbird during Breakfast with Santa at Scott Air Force Base, hosted by the American Red Cross.  The remaining gifts will be distributed to select Cardinals Care partner agencies including Angels’ Arms, Annie Malone Children & Family Service Center, Southside Early Childhood Center, The James Project, Youth in Need and Marygrove throughout the holiday season. A win-win for you and for the kids! For more information, go here:  cardinals.com/giftdrive.

I hope Santa brings you what you want for Christmas! Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

News and views

The World Series started this week, but as you know, the Cardinals are not playing in it.  The juggernaut known as the Washington Nationals swept the Cardinals in 4 games.  The Cards’ bats tried to get hot in game 4, but it was too little, too late.  The Cards’ bats appeared to still be in Atlanta after game 5, in which they scored 13 runs.  Like many of the series in the regular season, the Cards overscored in one game and didn’t score many, if any runs, the next few games.  The Cardinals’ stellar defense and great pitching got them to the NLCS, but the lack of hitting caused them not to get to the World Series.  I was so hoping for a St. Louis Stanley Cup and a World Series title in the same year.  Maybe next year?

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend two games during the playoffs.  As mentioned in my last blog post, I was given two tickets to NLDS Game 4.  I also was able to attend Game 1 of the NLCS in St. Louis, which is the first NLCS game I have ever attended.  I won tickets from T-Mobile, my cell phone provider.  That was a mighty cold evening, and although the box seats were great, the Cardinals lost.

I don’t feel so bad that the Nationals swept the Cards, after seeing how they are beating up on the Astros.  Speaking of the Astros, I’m sure you’ve heard about the controversy concerning now-former assistant general manager Brandon Taubman.  For those who missed it, after the Astros won the ALCS, Taubman was in a room with three women reporters, one of which was Sports Illustrated reporter Stephanie Apstein. He shouted, “Thank God we got Osuna. I’m so f___ glad we got Osuna!” Osuna, of course, is Roberto Osuna, who served a 75 game suspension for assaulting his girlfriend. One of the reporters was wearing a purple domestic violence bracelet.  To make matters worse, the Astros’ front office waffled and tried to sweep the incident under the rug.  Apparently, the Astros have finally come to their senses and have fired Taubman. More details about this incident can be found in the article here.  I’m sure glad Jeff Luhnow left the Cardinals.  Now if only he had been smart enough to change his password when he got to Houston, the Cards wouldn’t have had to go through Hackergate.  This is the 21st century. Women reporters and bloggers are in locker rooms and clubhouses now and men really need to act like gentlemen and watch how they talk.  Teams need to own up to what their employees are doing and saying and take prompt action when things go bad rather than deny them and try to blame the victims.

Now for some good news!  The Gold Glove finalists were announced today and the Cardinals have the most finalists of all the National League teams.  The Cardinals’ Gold Glove finalists are Yadier Molina, Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Paul DeJong, Harrison Bader, and surprisingly, Jack Flaherty.  This is a reflection of the Cards’ shining defense.  I think Yadi and Kolten are shoo-ins for the Gold Glove.  The Platinum Glove finalists should be announced in the next few days.

Well, I think I’ve said enough for now.  Since this is the off-season, I won’t be blogging as much as during the season.  Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

 

 

Onward and forward to the NLCS!

Since it took 162 games for the Cardinals to win the National League Central (with some help from the Colorado Rockies – thanks, guys!), I shouldn’t have been surprised that it took all 5 games for the Cards to beat the Braves and win the NLDS.  The scores of all the games were close with the exception of Game 5.  Sunday’s game was especially heartbreaking, with Adam Wainwright pitching a masterpiece but Carlos Martinez giving up a home run to lose the game.  I really thought the Cards were done.

Then came Game 4 on Monday.  The marketing director at work stopped me on the way back to my desk on Monday around 1:55 PM to tell me that she had 2 tickets to the game and asked if I wanted to go.  Free tickets to an NLDS game?  You don’t have to ask me twice!  I went back to my desk, clocked out, changed into my sneakers and grabbed my purse. Since the building our law firm is in is only two blocks from Busch Stadium, I got there just in time to see Paul Goldschmidt’s and Marcell Ozuna’s home runs in the bottom of the first.  Yadi the G.O.A.T. became Yadi the hero in the bottom of the 10th inning with a sacrifice fly to bring Kolten Wong home to win the game.  Kolten ran like his hamstring had never been hurt. What a game! Hope was renewed.

Then came Game 5. I was so hoping that the Cards would not have to go back to Atlanta to face the tomahawk chop and those annoying Braves fans.  Well, at least the Braves fans didn’t throw beer bottles at the Cardinals on the field like they did during the wild card game in 2012.  And the Braves did not give fans the foam tomahawks, thanks to Ryan Helsley’s remarks (Helsey is half Cherokee). The Cards scored 10 runs in the first inning.  Jack Flaherty pitched a great game and even nicked Ronald Acuna, Jr., who mouthed off all the way to first base even with Yadi escorting him. And in the first inning, Matt Carpenter told Mike Shildt that one of the best defensive players in the National League was sitting on the bench.  Carp told Mike to take him out and put Bader in.  What a selfless guy and a great teammate!

And now for the first time since 2014, the Cardinals will be playing in the NLCS!  They will be playing the Nationals, and it’s the first time the Nats have made it to the NLCS. Matt Adams will be in the NLCS again. Sadly, however, since the Nats beat the Dodgers, my MLB playoff bracket is busted.  I was so hoping the Dodgers would win since the Cards seem to have the Dodgers’ number in the playoffs and especially Clayton Kershaw’s number, who imploded last night.

Since the Cards won the division and the Nats were the wild card. the Cards will have home field advantage in the NLCS.  Games 1, 2, and 6 and 7 (if necessary) will be played in St. Louis. Miles Mikolas will start tomorrow night and Adam Wainwright will pitch Saturday afternoon, with Jack Flaherty pitching on Monday and Dakota Hudson on Tuesday in Washington.  Will you be attending either (or both) Games 1 and 2?  If so, here are all the details:

2019 NLCS GAMES ONE AND TWO DETAILS — CARDINALS VS. NATIONALS

St. Louis and Washington Meet in Playoffs For Second Time, First Time Since Cardinals 2012 NLDS Win

For the first time since 2014, the St. Louis Cardinals have advanced to the National League Championship Series.  The Redbirds begin a best-of-seven series tomorrow against the Wild Card winning Washington Nationals, who defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in their Division Series matchup three games to two.  A very limited amount of NLCS tickets are available at cardinals.com/postseason.  Fans wishing to obtain tickets are strongly encouraged to purchase verified tickets on the team’s website or from the club’s official online marketplace, StubHub.  Fans are also encouraged to arrive early to the ballpark to allow everyone to be in their seats by the start of the games.  Below are details for the NLCS series against the Nationals.

NLCS Game 1 — Friday, October 11, 2019 — Busch Stadium (7:08 PM CT)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 4:35 PM

Official Cardinals Pregame Pep Rally:

  • 4:00–6:00 PM on the Missouri Lottery Outdoor Stage/Busch II Infield at Ballpark Village

         Music, entertainment and appearances by DJ Todd Thomas, Cardinals Organist Dwayne Hilton, Fredbird, Team               Fredbird, and Cardinals Alumni with prize and ticket giveaways!

Red & Navy Rally Towel Giveaway: 40,000 fans entering with a ticket.  Presented by SSM Health.

Pregame Field Ceremonies:

  • Introduction of the St. Louis Cardinals & Washington Nationals
  • Outfield Flag by Fort Leonard Wood
  • National Anthem performed by Charles Glenn
  • Ceremonial First Pitches by Cardinals Hall of Famers Jason Isringhausen and Scott Rolen

NLCS Game 2 — Saturday, October 12, 2019 — Busch Stadium (3:08 PM CT)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 12:35 PM

Official Cardinals Pregame Pep Rally:

  • 12:00-2:00 PM on the Missouri Lottery Outdoor Stage/Busch II Infield at Ballpark Village

         Music, entertainment and appearances by DJ Todd Thomas, Cardinals Organist Dwayne Hilton, Fredbird, Team               Fredbird, and Cardinals Alumni with prize and ticket giveaways!

Red & Navy Rally Towel Giveaway: 40,000 fans entering with a ticket.  Presented by Ameren Missouri & Ameren Illinois.

Pregame Field Ceremonies:

  • Colors presented by Navy Talent Acquisition Group – Mid-America Color Guard
  • National Anthem performance by Retired Naval Petty Officer, 1st Class, Generald Wilson
  • Ceremonial First Pitches by Cardinals Alumni Danny Cox and John Tudor

Below is the TV and radio station information for Games 3 through 7:

NLCS Game 3 — Monday, October 14, 2019 — Nationals Park (TBD)

TV: TBS;  Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

NLCS Game 4 — Tuesday, October 15, 2019 — Nationals Park (TBD)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

NLCS Game 5 — Wednesday, October 16, 2019 — Nationals Park (TBD)* (if necessary)

TV: TBS ; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

NLCS Game 6 — Friday, October 18, 2019 — Busch Stadium (TBD)* (if necessary)

TV: TBS;  Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

NLCS Game 7 — Saturday, October 19, 2019 — Busch Stadium (TBD)* (if necessary)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Random thoughts and Homestand Highlights for August 30-September 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make-up of 6/5 Postponed Game

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

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

Gates open at 10:45 AM

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 4:45 PM

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 11:15 AM

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 10:45 AM

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

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

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

Diane

Homestand Highlights for August 19-25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports 1

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diane

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

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

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

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

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

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

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS

(Friday, August 9—Sunday, August 11)

90s Night and Weekend of Wearable Giveaways Highlight Ninth Homestand

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

What, me worry? Oh, yes. A lot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diane

What, me worry? Well, maybe just a little.

The cartoon figure in the clip art above is Alfred E. Neumann, the mascot of Mad magazine.  Alfred’s catchphrase was “What, me worry?”  The Cardinals’ bats are starting to catch fire, but I still have some concerns this early in the season. Let’s discuss.

The Cards’ pitchers are giving up too many walks.  The son and I were gifted with 2 free tickets to Saturday’s (4/6/19) game.  (Thanks, Sandy!) Before we left in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Cards’ pitchers had given up 9 walks.  That’s too many.  What’s especially bad is when the first batter in the inning gets a walk.  Then the next batter moves the first batter to second base, etc. What’s even worse is if the walks put runners on base and a batter hits a home run, like in Saturday’s game. The walk creates a run that didn’t need to happen and could cost the team to lose a game.  Let’s tighten it up, guys, and not give up so many walks.

What’s up with Marcell Ozuna?   The play he made in the outfield in Tuesday night’s game was truly bizarre.  He climbed the wall to try to catch the ball and the ball landed two feet in front of him.  He caught one of his spikes in the turf when he landed and he could have gotten hurt.  This wasn’t the first oddball play he’s attempted to make.  And in last night’s game, he had a baserunning gaffe.  Has Marcell had his sight checked lately?  Sure, his hitting has improved but his fielding and throwing are sorely lacking.  It makes me wonder how he was ever awarded a Gold Glove.  And he came to spring training overweight and out of shape, plus his shoulder wasn’t quite where it was supposed to be.  This is not a good look for a player in a walk year.  If he keeps it up, he may not get a contract at all, let alone a good one.

Michael Wacha.  He’s been giving up a lot of walks (7 on Saturday when we were there) and home runs (3 in today’s game alone).  Is Wacha having problems with his shoulder again?

Dexter Fowler’s hitting.  The season started on March 28, and Dexter just got his first RBI during last night’s game (4/10/19). This is not ideal at all.

Lest you think I’m a complete Debbie Downer, however, there are some good things happening this spring.  I’m glad that the Cardinals signed Miles Mikolas, Jose Martinez, and Matt Carpenter to contract extensions.  It’s best to get contract extensions out of the way early in the year, or even during spring training, I think.  It gives the players confidence that the team wants them and has confidence in their abilities, and that reflects in their performance. The players don’t wonder all season whether their contracts are going to be renewed or not.

Center fielder Harrison Bader has made some dandy plays, considering he not only has to cover his position but back up Marcell Ozuna as well.  And Kolten Wong has done a great job this season.  Having Paul Goldschmidt at first base gives Kolten confidence to make those incredible plays. Kolten’s bat is on fire this year too.  And speaking of bats on fire, Paul DeJong’s bat is smokin’ hot.

The Cardinals swept the Dodgers this week, and now they’re on a happy flight to Mexico, where they play the Reds this weekend. One word of advice – don’t drink the water, guys! Montezuma’s Revenge is painful!

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane