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

Road trip report and Homestand Highlights for August 28-September 2, 2018

The Cardinals have been on fire on this last road trip.  They only lost one game, which was Saturday’s game in Colorado.   Matt Carpenter’s bat has been as hot as his salsa – he hit 4 doubles in yesterday’s game. Carlos Martinez shut down the Rockies on Friday evening, bailing out Miles Mikolas.  Harrison Bader has been, for lack of a better word, awesome.  He defies description.  And Mike Shildt should have the “interim” taken off of his title no later than the end of the season.  He has done a fantastic job turning this team around and letting his coaches do their jobs.

On the injury front, Kolten Wong is day-to-day after a hamstring strain on Saturday.  Mike Mayers was put on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and Dominic Leone was activated. Dominic was so excited to be back with the club that he skipped onto the field.  Ryan Sheriff, who has been on the DL after Tommy John surgery, was given his outright release.

The rosters will expand on Friday and some of our old friends will return, like Adam Wainwright.  The Cards need to keep winning series without any major injuries.  Some help from the other teams would be great too.  I really enjoy watching Cardinals baseball right now.  If I didn’t have Bible study tonight, I would be lost, since there is no game tonight.

The Cards return to Busch Stadium tomorrow night for the first of the last three homestands of the season.  There’s only one more month of the regular season.  That’s so hard to believe!  I will be attending Wednesday night’s and Thursday night’s game, so please Cards, win.  The last 2 times I’ve been to a game, the Cards have lost.  😦 My son’s birthday is this Thursday.  I feel really old – I can buy him a beer and he’s old enough to legally drink it!  Here are all the details on this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS

(Tuesday, August 28—Sunday, September 2)

Game of Thrones Night and Beatles Night Highlight Eleventh Homestand of 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 27, 2018 – The Cardinals are back at Busch Stadium after winning five of six in Los Angeles and Denver and return as the hottest team in baseball with a record of 19-5 in the month of August.  The six-game homestand kicks off with three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates (August 28-30) and concludes with a three-game series versus the Cincinnati Reds (August 31-September 2).  The eleventh homestand of the season is highlighted by Ray Lankford’s Bud Bash appearance and Union Appreciation Day.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

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

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Chasing Ginger, Mars Transit and Postal Modern.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

Purina Pet Adoption: Join us for Purina’s Better Together Pet Adoption Days at the Ballpark.  Head to Ford Plaza prior to the games to meet adoptable furry friends from Five Acres and the Belleville area Humane Society.

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Game of Thrones Theme Night: Lord Dewitt, third of his name, is calling upon all Cardinals fans to join forces and enjoy Game of Thrones Night at the ballpark.  Fans who purchased this special Theme Ticket will receive their very own bobblehead commemorating Ozzie Smith’s ascension to MLB’s Iron Throne.  An official Game of Thrones Iron Throne will be on hand for photo opportunities in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/thrones.

Player Ticket Program: Harrison Bader will host a group from the St. Louis Dream Center for tonight’s game as part of the club’s Player Ticket Program.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 p.m.)

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

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

Billikens Theme Night: Come cheer on the Cardinals with fellow Billikens alumni and fans!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Billikens-themed Cardinals mesh jersey.  Come early for a pregame pep rally featuring special Billiken guests.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/billikens.  #CardsTheme

Purina Pet Adoption: Join us for Purina’s Better Together Pet Adoption Days at the Ballpark.  Head to Ford Plaza prior to the games to meet adoptable furry friends from Five Acres and the Belleville Area Humane Society.

Fowler’s Friends: Dexter Fowler will host a group from College Bound for tonight’s game as part of his Fowler’s Friends Player Ticket Program.

Friday, August 31, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Beer Stein Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 21 and older, will receive a beer stein highlighting the Cardinals World Series Championship vs. the Milwaukee Brewers in 1982.  Presented by Budweiser. #CardsPromo

Beatles Tribute Theme Night: Come Together for Beatles Tribute Night!  Fans that purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Beatles-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  Come early and enjoy a pregame concert in Budweiser Terrace by Beatles cover band, Hard Day’s Night.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/beatles.  #CardsTheme

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

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

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be led by museum staff and focus on the 1982 World Series Trophy design.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

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

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

Saturday, September 1, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

Embroidered Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will take home a Home White Embroidered Jersey, courtesy of TD Ameritrade. #CardsPromo

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 2, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Cardinals Bear Giveaway: 12,000 kids ages 15 and under, will take home their very own Cardinals Bear, presented by Build-A-Bear Workshop. #CardsPromo

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

Fredbird’s Birthday Party Theme Event: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will join Fredbird and friends for a pregame birthday party and lots of great photo ops in Cunningham Corner.  Lunch and dessert will be provided and each special guest will take home a Cardinals goodie bag!  Tickets are currently sold out.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/theme.  #CardsTheme

 Union Appreciation Theme Day:  Start your Labor Day celebration a day early!  Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive a specially-designed Cardinals “Union Proud” t-shirt.  Additionally, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the St. Louis Labor Council’s “$5 For The Fight” fund.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/union.  #CardsTheme

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Some random thoughts and Homestand Highlights for August 13-19, 2018

Hello everyone!  Wouldn’t you agree that it is much more enjoyable to watch Cardinals baseball these days?  Since July 27, the date of my last post, the Cardinals have won 5 series in a row, including sweeping the Royals this weekend.  Matt Carpenter is on fire, and has hit 32 HR as of this writing.  His bat is as hot as the salsa he’s been eating.  He has to be in consideration for the National League MVP.  In a move before the trade deadline, Tommy Pham was traded to the Rays for a couple of prospects.  Pham, however, broke his foot 2 days later and will be out for a while.  This trade brought up Harrison Bader from Memphis and I have really enjoyed watching Bader play.  He has great range in the outfield, he can hit, and he runs very fast.  He’s easy on the eyes as well.

John Mozeliak picked up pitcher Tyler Ross, who was an All-Star in 2014, from the waiver wire.  Ross had to pitch today after Luke Weaver cut his right index finger opening an aluminum food container.

The wins have been great, but the injury train continues.  Dexter Fowler broke his foot, so Tyler O’Neill was brought up from Memphis.  However, O’Neill was felled by a groin injury (which was deemed “sensitive” by the team, leading to many wiseacres on Twitter saying he had the clap).  Adolis Garcia was brought up from Memphis to replace him.  Yairo Munez sprained his wrist, so Patrick Wisdom finally got a call up to the show, after 7 years in the minors.

Mike Shildt has done a great job with the lineup, keeping it consistent.  He also has put Yadi in the 2 slot, and it has paid off.  I understand that he does a great job at the post-game pressers, although I have yet to see one since hubby changes the channel after the game is over.  Hopefully the “interim” will be taken off of his title after this season.

The Cardinals had a happy flight home this afternoon and start a 7 game homestand starting tomorrow evening.  My son and I will be at Thursday night’s game, which is a T-shirt night.  I have been at 4 games this season, and I am 2-2, with the Cards losing the last two games I attended.  I’m hoping they win Thursday night.  This weekend is also Cardinals Hall of Fame weekend – Harry Brecheen, Ray Lankford and Vince Coleman will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame on Saturday.  Here are all the details for the upcoming homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, August 13—Sunday, August 19)

Hall of Fame Weekend and Military Appreciation Night Highlight Tenth Homestand of 2018

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 12, 2018 – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium after winning all three series on their recent nine-game road trip.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with four games against the Washington Nationals (August 13-16) and concludes with a three-game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers (August 17-19).  The tenth homestand of the season is highlighted by the team’s fifth Hall of Fame Induction Class and second annual Pride Night. 

Monday, August 13, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (7:10 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:40 p.m.

BBQ Theme Night: Come join us at Ballpark Village for the first ever BBQ Night, presented by Q in the Lou.  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will get to sample some free BBQ and take home an exclusive Cardinals BBQ Apron.  We’re firing up the grills from 5:30-7:30 across the street in the Busch II infield.  For tickets, visit cardinals.com/BBQ.  #CardsTheme

Long Haul Bombers: The Long Haul Bombers, a collection of the world’s greatest softball home run hitters, will hold a softball home run hitting contest on the field starting at 6:00 p.m.

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Sandlot Theme Night: One of America’s favorite baseball movies is turning 25 this year, and the celebration is coming to Busch Stadium! With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will get their choice between a Cardinals Ham bobblehead or a Cardinals Squints bobblehead. ‘Squints’ Palledorous will be on hand to meet and greet fans in Budweiser Terrace!  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/sandlot.  #CardsTheme

Wainwright’s Winners: Adam Wainwright will host a group from Special Olympics Missouri for tonight’s game as part of his Wainwright’s Winners Player Ticket Program.

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 Chasing GingerMars Transit and Postal Modern.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Military Appreciation Theme Night: The Cardinals are proud to partner with FOX Sports Midwest to celebrate our troops and veterans on the second annual Military Appreciation Night.  Fans who purchased a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive camo Cardinals cap.  A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to USO Missouri.  For tickets, visit cardinals.com/militarynight.  #CardsThem

Telecast To The Troops: FOX Sports Midwest presents This One’s For You, its annual Cardinals telecast to the troops which began in 2005.  FSM will conduct live interviews with soldiers from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 35th Engineer Brigade deployed in Buehring, Kuwait.  Family members and supporters of the 35th Brigade will be at Busch Stadium as well.

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

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

Thursday, August 16, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (6:15 p.m.)

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

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a t-shirt honoring Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson.  #CardsPromo

Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors.  Tyler O’Neill will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 and younger from 4:45-5:15.  Kids must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and are distributed in Budweiser Terrace.  Former Cardinals Scott Terry and Kerry Robinson will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 5:15-6:00.  Players subject to change.

Gateway Motorsports Racing Theme Night: Start your engines and race down to Busch Stadium!  All fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a racing-inspired Cardinals cap, plus a general admission pass to the INDYCAR Qualifying Night and the NASCAR K&N race at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 24, and a general admission ticket for the INDYCAR race on August 25.  For tickets, visit cardinals.com/gateway.  #CardsTheme

Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martínez will host a group from the Puerto Rican Society of St. Louis for tonight’s game as part of his Tsunami Waves Player Ticket Program.

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

Friday, August 17, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Mystery Batting Practice Pullover Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will be surprised at the gates when they discover which of their favorite Cardinal players they get to rep with an adult Cardinals Mystery BP Pullover, courtesy of Coca-Cola and Schnucks. #CardsPromo

Pride Theme NightJoin LGBT friends, family and allies as the Cardinals and Pride St. Louis partner to present the second annual Pride Night at Busch Stadium.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals t-shirt with a rainbow STL logo.  Additionally, a portion of each theme ticket sold will benefit Missouri Courage Scholarship, which is the first and largest state-wide LGBTQ scholarship organization in Missouri.  The Gateway Men’s Chorus will be performing God Bless America prior to the game as well. For more tickets, visit cardinals.com/pride.  #CardsTheme

Heart & Hustle Award Presentation: In a pregame ceremony, Harrison Bader will be presented with the MLBPAA 2018 Heart and Hustle Award.  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.  The Heart and Hustle Award is the only award in MLB that is voted on by former players.

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

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to the 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

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

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

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

Saturday, August 18, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

MLB on FOX Sports 1 National Broadcast

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Ray LankfordVince Coleman, and Harry Brecheen 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 2018 inductees will also be recognized as part of a pregame ceremony on the field at Busch Stadium.  #CardsHOF

Hall of Fame Mystery Cap Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will celebrate the fifth induction class of the Cardinals Hall of Fame with a unique mystery cap that highlights fan vote inductees Ray Lankford or Vince Coleman. #CardsPromo

Cardinals Wives Grab Bag Fundraiser: Cardinals Wives will be selling mystery grab bags to fans for $50 at Gates 1, 3, and 4, the Cardinals Club, the Redbird Club, Ford Plaza and Bud Terrace.  Inside each bag is an autographed baseball from a Cardinals player and a card revealing the mystery signature.  The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Great Circle and KEEN St. Louis.  For more info visit cardinals.com/cardinalswives. #CardsWives

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Cardinals Hall of Famer Willie McGee will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Visitcardinals.com/museum for more information.  #CardsMuseum

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

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

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

Sunday, August 19, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Dizzy Dean Watch Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will take home a one-of-a-kind Dizzy Dean watch, courtesy of AT&T. #CardsPromo

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

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

Honorary First Pitch: Miss Missouri USA 2018, Tori Kruse, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before today’s game.

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights for May 17-May 23, 2018

cropped-home-sweet-home.jpgThe Cards are limping back into town with Adam Wainwright, Luke Gregerson, Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons joining Yadier Molina on the disabled list.  The Memphis Express has been busy with John Brebbia and John Gant going back and forth.  The Cardinals start a week long homestand starting tomorrow night.  My son and I will be at Saturday afternoon’s game in section 131, row 5, so come by and say hello if you’re at the game.  Maybe you can buy us both a beer.  🙂 Here are the details on this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Thursday, May 17—Wednesday, May 23)

1968 NLCS Anniversary Weekend & I-70 Series Highlight Fourth Homestand of 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 16, 2018 – The Cardinals return home after completing a six-game road trip through San Diego and Minnesota.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies (May 17-20) and concludes with three games versus our American League rivals, the Kansas City Royals (May 21-23).  The fourth homestand of the season is highlighted by the 1968 National League Championship Anniversary Weekend and eight Theme events including Braggin’ Rights Night and A Night with the Ecksteins.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

Soccer NightWith the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique St. Louis Cardinals soccer jersey.  Presented by AJAX Soccer.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/soccer. #CardsTheme

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

Friday, May 18, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (7:15 p.m.)

1968 National League Championship Anniversary Weekend

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Bob Gibson Pitching Rubber Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, can relive one of the most dominant pitching performances in MLB history by taking home their very own Bob Gibson pitching rubber, commemorating Gibby’s incredible 1968 season.  Presented by Ameren Missouri. #CardsPromo

Bob Gibson Pregame CeremonyThe Cardinals will formally commence the #CompleteGamer fan engagement campaign celebrating Hall of Fame Pitcher Bob Gibson with a special ceremony prior to tonight’s game.  The #CompleteGamer campaign is designed to honor “Gibby” and share his extraordinary personal story while raising money to benefit musically-gifted urban youth and recognizing #CompleteGamers from other fields/vocations.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/Gibson for more information.

Braggin’ Rights Night: Illini Night and Mizzou Night are combing for Braggin’ Rights Night presented by FOX Sports Midwest.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an Illini or Mizzou-themed Cardinals jersey.  A pregame pep rally will feature band members, cheer squads and athletes from each school.  Mizzou Head Football Coach Barry Odom and Illini Head Basketball Coach Brad Underwood are both scheduled to attend as well.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/Illini or cardinals.com/Mizzou. #CardsTheme 

Cardinals Care Spring Grant Ceremony: In an afternoon ceremony, Cardinals Care will distribute more than $134,000 to 68 area nonprofit groups that support local kids.  A Cardinals player, executives and Fredbird will all take part in the afternoon event. #CardsCare

Alumni Celebrity Bartender: Former Cardinals reliever, John Costello, will be bartending in Budweiser Terrace from innings two through four during tonight’s game.

Dream Weavers: Luke Weaver will host a group from the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition for tonight’s game as part of his Dream Weavers player ticket program.

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 19, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:15 p.m.)

1968 National League Championship Anniversary Weekend presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

1968 Replica Ring Giveaway30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a wearable replica ring of the 1968 National League Championship ring that the players and coaches received 50 years ago! #CardsPromo

1968 National League Championship Anniversary CeremonyIn recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Cardinals 1968 National League Championship, 16 members of the 1968 team will be honored in a pregame ceremony.  The former players will be introduced from the dugout and members from the team will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals All-Star first baseman Julian Javier will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Alumni Celebrity Bartender: Former Cardinals starting pitcher, Danny Cox, will be bartending in Budweiser Terrace from innings two through four during today’s game.

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

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

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

Sunday, May 20, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:15 p.m.)

1968 National League Championship Anniversary Weekend

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Kids Baseball Glove Giveaway: All kids ages 15 and younger, entering with a ticket, can come out to celebrate Major League Baseball’s Play Ball Weekend and field like the pros when they receive their very own Rawlings Kids Baseball Glove.  Right handed-gloves can be exchange for left-handed gloves in Budweiser Terrace until 2:15 p.m. #CardsPromo

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

Six Flags Day: All children under 48 inches receive a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any one day through July 31, 2018. #CardsPromo

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

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

Negro Leagues Tribute Day: Come celebrate the history of the St. Louis Stars and Negro League Baseball at the ballpark.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a pinstripe St. Louis Stars cap.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.  President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick, and KMOX’s Mike Clairborne will host a round table in Cunningham Corner from 11:45a.m.-12:15p.m.To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/negroleagues. #CardsTheme

Home Run Against Hunger Food Drive: The Cardinals, in partnership with Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance and Feeding Missouri, are hosting a food drive in front of the Official Cardinals Team Store before today’s contest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Fans who bring a non-perishable food donation will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming Cardinals game. #HomeRunAgainstHunger 

Honorary Bat Girl: As part of MLB’s support of the annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, traditionally commemorated each Mother’s Day, the Cardinals will recognize Kathy Koke, a breast cancer survivor, with an on-field ceremony and honorary first pitch before the game.  Mrs. Koke is celebrating six years of being cancer free and is dedicated to helping fund cancer research and help raise awareness.

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

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

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

Monday, May 21, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:15 p.m.)

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

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

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

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

A Night With The Ecksteins Theme Event: 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein and his wife, Ashley, are returning to the ballpark to celebrate the release of Ashley’s new book and chat about following your dreams! With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive access to a pregame Q&A session with Ashley & David Eckstein, a copy of Ashley’s new book, It’s Your Universe, and an autograph from Ashley and David.  Tickets and more information available at cardinals.com/Eckstein. #CardsTheme

Nurses Night: Nurses Night returns in 2018 with a day and night option for all the shift-workers!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals scrub jacket. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/nurses. #CardsTheme

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

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:15 p.m.) 

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Brian Jordan Budweiser Bash Theme EventFans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Brian Jordan mini-bobblehead as we celebrate Cardinal fan favorites.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Brian in the Budweiser Terrace.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash#BudBash

Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martínez will host a group from World Pediatric Project for tonight’s game as part of his Tsunami Waves player ticket program.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Jean Claude & The Eclairs, L.T.H.and Legends Undercover.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (12:15 p.m.)  

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

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

KMOX Day: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an old-school KMOX microphone that plays some special highlights from Jack Buck, John Rooney and Mike Shannon.  Fans can also enjoy a special pregame meet & greet with KMOX on-air personalities.  This event is sold out. #CardsTheme

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.

MORE INFORMATION

#CompleteGamer – Celebrating Bob Gibson in 2018

On April 15th, 59 years to the date of his first Major League start, the Cardinals launched the #CompleteGamer fan engagement campaign to honor Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, who played his entire 17-year career with the Cardinals and ended his career with more complete games (255) than his franchise leading number of wins (251).

To reach a new generation of fans, the team has released a #CompleteGamer song and music video that serves as a theme song for the campaign and seeks to convey Gibson’s extraordinary life story in a musical style reminiscent of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton by using hip-hop accompanied by powerful music performed by an orchestra.

As part of the campaign, fans are asked to share examples of people that they know who are a #CompleteGamer in their own respective field or vocation.  Each week, the team will highlight at least one fan #CompleteGamer and they will receive a special Gibson autographed item from the team.  Fans can nominate someone through an online submission form at cardinals.com/Gibson.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

The Cardinals’ top 5 prospects

Top 5The United Cardinals Bloggers’ project for September is to write about who we think are the Cards’ top 5 prospects. Three of these prospects are already in the show, and two of those three are due to injuries to players on the parent club.

  1. Alex Reyes – Reyes is a great pitching talent. He has a 100 MPH fastball and great location. If Jaime Garcia gets released like he should be, Reyes will be a great addition to the rotation. But Alex needs to stay away from the reefer, mon.
  2. Carson Kelly – Kelly is being touted as Yadier Molina’s successor. He has been brought up to the majors this season to be the third string catcher for the occasional start when Yadi needs a rest, like for yesterday’s game.  The hope is the more Carson sees at the major league level, the more impetus it gives him to keep working hard so that he can come up to the show and stay there.
  3. Luke Weaver – Weaver has been a great fill in pitcher, but I think he needs another year in the minors before he’s brought up to the majors on a permanent basis. He has good pitches, but he needs some confidence building. He has appeared nervous on the mound. He didn’t look so good in his start against Colorado yesterday.
  4. Magneuris Sierra – Magneuris is speedy on the base paths and on the field.  he doesn’t have home run power, but should have good run production.  He still needs a couple of years in the minors for some seasoning.  He will be a good centerfielder a couple of years down the line.
  5. Harrison Bader – Harrison zoomed through the minor league system, and is now in Memphis. Harrison can play all three outfield positions; however, he is an average hitter. Harrison will compete with Magneuris for the centerfield position in a couple of years.

This sure has been a crazy season for the Cards. We are now in the last 2 weeks of the regular season and if things keep going well, the Cards should earn one of the wild card play-in slots.  The Cards won 4 games in a row, but given the way this season has gone, I don’t know whether to start getting excited or not.  Just when I think the Cards are on a roll, a bad game happens and they break my heart all over again.  In addition, every time the Cards play a game that would put them 10 games over .500, they lose, like yesterday.  It’s like they just can’t get over that hump. The emotions of Cards fans are like this song by the Foundations from 1968:

Why do you build me up (build me up), buttercup baby, just to let me down (let me down),

And mess me around and then worse of all (worse of all),

You never call, baby, like you say you will (say you will),

But I love you still.

I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darling, you know that I have from the start,

So build me up, buttercup, don’t break my heart.

Here’s the video for your viewing and listening pleasure – you can thank me or curse me for the earworm later:

Sorry I haven’t written much later.  I haven’t had a lot to say in long form.  I’ve been doing a lot of talking on Twitter lately, so follow me on there if you miss what I have to say.  If things pick up, I’ll hopefully be posting more.  Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane