Baseball road trip: Louisville Slugger Museum

Now that baseball is officially over for the season, it’s time to do other things, like take a road trip.  Our family decided to take a trip to Louisville, Kentucky to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs and the Louisville Slugger Museum. Since this is a baseball blog, I won’t talk about the Kentucky Derby Museum except to mention that it was very interesting. The museum is very well done and I learned a lot.

This was actually not my first visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum.  My son and I drove to Louisville in April 2018 to see Newsboys UNITED, since they were not playing anywhere near us. We decided to stop by the museum on our way to the hotel we were going to stay in.  We were short of time and money to take the museum tour, but we looked around at the rest of the museum and we decided that someday we would return to take the factory tour.  The Louisville Slugger Museum had a booth at the Winter Warm-Up in January, and if you signed up for their email list, you received a pass for two free factory tours.  This was our impetus to return, and I bugged my hubby all year to go until he finally caved in.  You can’t let a good deal like that expire.

We went to the Kentucky Derby Museum in the morning. We then went to lunch and made our way to the Louisville Slugger Museum, driving up 4th Street through the University of Louisville campus, then the Spaulding University campus, and finally, the beautiful old homes in Old Louisville.

The bat on the outside of the museum is so big it takes two photos to show it!

We parked at a private lot on 9th Street for only $6.00.  We arrived in time to get tickets for the 12:00 PM factory tour.  We wanted to add the bat vault tour, where you can see bats designed by legendary players, but sadly, tickets for the bat vault tour were sold out for the day.

Our tour guide’s name was Kate.  She was very knowledgeable. She mentioned at the beginning of the tour that we were not allowed to take photos or videos of the tour. The factory tour began with a movie that talked about the Hillerich & Bradsby Company (the parent company of Louisville Slugger)’s beginnings in 1884.  There is a forest in Pennsylvania where the trees grown there are used specifically for bats.  The tree selection process was discussed in the movie.

After the movie, we went into the factory. The selected trees are debarked and made into cylinders called billets. One tree can make up to 60 billets. Kate mentioned that less than 15% of these billets are made into bats for professional players.  Bats are made from ash, maple and birch wood. These woods have different qualities when they are made into bats. Some players come directly to the factory to select billets they want to be made into bats, including Christian Yelich.

The next step is to put the bat on a lathe, which smoothes out the surface. It takes 48 seconds to put a bat through the lathe. The bats have knobs at each end, called bat nubs, so they don’t move during the lathe process. The next step is to cut the bat nubs off of the bats and sand the ends.  You will see some bats with an indentation at the end and that is called the cutback.

The next step in bat production is the imprinting of the logo and names on the bats.  After that, the bats are finished, either by painting or staining the bats, and then putting a clear acrylic finish on the bat to give them a shiny finish.  There were baskets of bat nubs and we could take some nubs for a souvenir.  Phil and I both took a nub.

Our tour ended in a room with photos of players that used Louisville Sluggers.  One of the photos was of one of my all-time favorite Cardinals, Lou Brock.

Kate took questions from the tour guests at the end of the tour.  We then picked up our souvenir mini-Louisville Slugger bats.  After that, we went into the museum to look at the displays.  There were some interesting Lego sculptures, including a sculpture of one of my favorite places on earth, Busch Stadium.

Here’s a photo of a large glove, made of granite. Next to the granite glove is a batting cage, where you can pay to attempt to hit a baseball.

After we were done looking at all the displays, we went into the lobby where you can view wooden blocks with signatures of all of the players who have used Louisville Slugger bats, and these were grouped by decades. It was fun trying to find our favorite players.

We then went into the gift shop where I purchased yet another refrigerator magnet (my favorite vacation souvenir – they are inexpensive but useful) and a mouse pad.  My son bought some baseball cards, and in those packs were some lovely Cardinals baseball cards.  It was a nice end to a great tour.

I would highly recommend a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum for anyone who loves baseball and who is interested in how things work.  If you would like to find out more about the museum, you can visit their website at http://www.sluggermuseum.com.

In other news, six Cardinals players were nominated for Gold Glove awards, but only Kolten Wong won the Gold Glove.  As you know, the fans vote for the Platinum Glove awards.  The nominees for the Platinum Glove awards are the Gold Glove winners, so you can select Kolten to win the Platinum Glove. You can vote for the Platinum Glove Award here:  https://www.rawlings.com/.

That’s all for now!  Thanks as always for reading and I’ll 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

I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it)

When the Cardinals went to Chicago this weekend, I have to admit I was a bit nervous. The Cards had only won one game all season at Wrigley.  The best we could hope for was a split.

However, this was an exciting series from the first game to the last game, although the Sunday game was sort of boring until the top of the ninth inning, probably because there was limited scoring.  None of the games were blowouts – in fact, the Cards won all four games by only one run.  The Thursday night game went into extra innings, thanks to Carlos Martinez, but Matt Carpenter saved the day by hitting a home run in the top of the tenth inning.  Sadly, Carpenter was in the game because Kolten Wong injured his left hamstring running to first base.  When bad things happen, the other players take up the slack and get things done.  That’s the way it’s supposed to be.  Kolten has a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring and he hopes to be able to play in the Cubs series this weekend at Busch Stadium.

The Saturday afternoon game itself was so exciting, with the lead going back and forth, that I thought I might have a heart attack.  The two home runs in the top of the ninth by Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong (who hit it out of the park onto Waverly Avenue) were so exciting, my son and I screamed like we were at the ballpark.  Twitter was on fire this weekend, with Cards fans and Cubs fans going back and forth at each other.  Watching the game and being on Twitter at the same time is a great experience.  If you’re not on Twitter, you should be.  I post during games as much as possible. My Twitter feed is on the right-hand column of your screen.

The Thursday night Cards-Cubs game was on FOX and not FOX Sports Midwest, and the FOX announcers slobbered all over the Cubs just like the ESPN announcers do.  The Cards have the best announcer in baseball in Dan McLaughlin. We really miss Dan when we have to put up with the national announcers who act like the Cardinals don’t exist because they’re not an East or West Coast team or they’re not Chicago.  The exception to this would be the YouTube announcers and that may be because one of the announcers is Jason Marquis, who used to pitch for the Cardinals.  By the way, the Wednesday afternoon Cards-Diamondbacks game is on YouTube, which should make those Cards fans who have Dish Network or Sling happy since FOX Sports Midwest is no longer on those providers.  Danny Mac said yesterday that if the Cards clinch the division on Wednesday that there would be special coverage on FOX Sports Midwest after the game.

The Cards have clinched one of the wild card spots and had a lovely champagne toast, but that’s not enough – the Cards should win the division. The magic number for the Cards to win the division is now 4, which means that any combination of Cards wins/Brewers losses gives the Cards the division title.  The Cubs’ loss yesterday meant that they are eliminated from the playoffs.

The Cards play a three-game series with the Diamondbacks this week.  Paul Goldschmidt returns to Arizona and no doubt, the fans there will give him a standing ovation.  The Cards could clinch the division as soon as Wednesday.  The sooner the better, in my opinion.

As for the title of this post?  You may remember that back in May, I wrote a blog post about the Cards needing a theme song like the Blues had with “Gloria.”  On Saturday night, Jeff Niehaus (@Fly_the_L on Twitter) came up with the song “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire.  The first line is “Do you remember the 21st night of September?” and Saturday’s date was indeed September 21.  However, I believe I have found an even better song, and it’s “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters.  I put up a poll on Twitter, but unfortunately, I only got two votes, one for each song, so it was a tie.  In case you haven’t heard the song in a while, here’s the video:

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

Diane

 

In and out of the deep freeze

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Louis Blues Night and Fiesta Cardenales Highlight Twelfth Homestand

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

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

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

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gates open at  4:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

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

Has the magic vanished? and Homestand Highlights for September 10-16, 2018

In my last blog post, I mentioned that the Cardinals should take the interim tag off of Mike Shildt.  I didn’t think they would do it the very next day!  LOL! I should probably buy some Powerball tickets.

What an August the Cardinals had!  They finished the month with 9 series wins, including sweeps of the Nationals, the Royals, and the Dodgers.  Matt Carpenter and his magical salsa led the Cardinals into playoff contention.  It was fun to watch Cardinals baseball again.

But then the calendar turned to September.  All of a sudden, the bad habits from earlier in the season began returning.  The batters had too many strikeouts and the pitchers allowed too many walks.  Yadi Molina and Kolten Wong landed on the disabled list with hamstring strains (although Kolten has been activated).  Jedd Gyorko landed on the DL with a groin strain.  He has had to return to St. Louis for reassessment.  The Cards miss Yadi and Jedd greatly.  The Cards have only won 3 of the 8 games played in September.  Did Matt Carpenter run out of the magic salsa? Matt should make a new batch when he returns to St. Louis.

Today’s game was interesting, however.  The Rally Squirrel made a return appearance and the Cards scored 5 runs in the inning after he showed up.  Matt Carpenter and Mike Shildt were both ejected from the game in the top of the 9th after a bad third strike call from the umpire.  After that, however, Carlos Martinez saved the game.  It was announced today that Mike Shildt has made Carlos the closer and I think that was a good choice.  Carlos thrives on pressure.  Let’s hope the magic returns and carries the Cards into the playoffs.

Hopefully, the win today will provide some momentum for the Cards’ return to Busch Stadium for the second to the last homestand of the season that starts tomorrow night.  Our good friend Adam Wainwright will be the starter for tomorrow night’s game, albeit without his batterymate Yadi. The last weekday game of the season is Wednesday against the Pirates.  Here are all the details on the upcoming homestand.  Will you be attending any games?

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, September 10—Sunday, September 16)

First Responders & Fiesta Cardenales Highlight Twelfth Homestand of 2018

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 7, 2018 – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium on September 10th after a six-game road trip through Washington and Detroit.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates (September 10-12) and concludes with a four-game series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers (September 13-16).  The twelfth homestand of the season is highlighted by 80s Night and a Mark McGwire bobblehead giveaway. 

Monday, September 10, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Theme Night: Support our brave men and women in uniform at Law Enforcement Appreciation Night presented by American Eagle Credit Union!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement t-shirt.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  A day game option is available on September 12.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/lawenforcement.  #CardsTheme

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

September 11th Commemoration: The TSA Color Guard will present the colors during tonight’s pregame presentation of God Bless America and the National Anthem. Kristin Salvatore, a survivor of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, will throw a ceremonial pitch prior to tonight’s game.  We will also observe a moment of silence in remembrance of all the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Firefighters Appreciation Theme Night: Celebrate the men and women that help keep our city safe at Firefighter Appreciation Night presented by American Eagle Credit Union!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Firefighter t-shirt.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to The Backstoppers.  A day game option is available on September 12.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/firefighters.  #CardsTheme

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

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

Player Ticket Program: A player will host a group from a local charitable organization for tonight’s game as part of the club’s Player Ticket Program.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

Law Enforcement & Firefighter Appreciation Theme Day: Support or brave men and women in uniform at Law Enforcement & Firefighter Appreciation Day presented by American Eagle Credit Union!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals Law Enforcement or Firefighter t-shirt.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.  #CardsTheme

Career Day Theme Event: Students and educators can enjoy a special pregame Q&A/panel discussion with executives focusing on careers in sports and media, followed by an exclusive College Fair with representatives from colleges and universities around the Midwest.  The $15 Career Day Theme Ticket also includes a ticket to the game plus a jumbo hot dog, soda & chips.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/careerday.  #CardsTheme

Thursday, September 13, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: The Redbirds are hot! What can we attribute this spicy streak to?  It’s Gotta Be The Salsa!  20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a t-shirt commemorating the team’s salsa craze, designed by Fresh Brewed Tees.  #CardsPromo

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Theme Night: Join us for Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day presented by the St. Louis Metropolitan St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Busch Stadium.  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive green lightweight hooded pullover.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.  #CardsTheme

Player Ticket Program: Adam Wainwright will host a group from Lift for Life Gym for tonight’s game as part of the club’s Player Ticket Program.

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

Friday, September 14, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Replica 1928 Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, can help honor the 90-year anniversary of the 1928 season by taking home a one-of-a-kind 1928 replica jersey, featuring pinstripes and a throwback Cardinals logo.  Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line. #CardsPromo 

80s Theme Night: Go Crazy Folks, Go Crazy!  We’re going back in time to celebrate 80s Night at Busch Stadium.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive 80s-themed Cardinals dugout jacket.  Come early for a rad pregame concert by That 80’s Band in Budweiser Terrace.  In honor of a favorite 80s movie, Back to the Future, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Team Gateway To A Cure, benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Caregivers Support Groups.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/80s.  #CardsTheme

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

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to Hall of Fame first baseman and 1928 MVP, Jim Bottomley. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (12:05 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:05 a.m.

Replica 2013 Mystery NL Championship Ring Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will receive a replica 2013 National League Champion mystery player ring, courtesy of Edward Jones.  The individual player rings will celebrate a few of the top layers from the 2013 team including Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha Matt Carpenter.  #CardsPromo

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.  #CardsMuseum

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

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

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

#Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive: This marks the 3rd year of the #Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive, which is held each year in remembrance of Cardinals beat writer, Joe Strauss. Representatives from Be the Match will be in Ford Plaza and Budweiser Terrace to help fans sign up to receive a Bone Marrow Donor Kit. For more info visit cardinals.com/join4joe.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:05 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

Mark McGwire Bobblehead Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will take home their very own Mark McGwire bobblehead commemorating the 20-year anniversary of Big Mac’s record-breaking 62nd home run, courtesy of Coca-Cola and Dierbergs. #CardsPromo

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

Fiesta Cardenales Theme Event: The Cardinals welcome all members of the Latino and Hispanic community for a cultural celebration during Hispanic Heritage Month.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardenales cap.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Hispanic Education Cultural & Scholarship Foundation.  Come early for a pregame event featuring current Cardinals players and music in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/fiesta.  #CardsTheme

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

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

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

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

Diane

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

Homestand Highlights September 8-14, 2017

Join4JoeThe calendar has turned and the Cards are now in the stretch run.  The Cards have won all but 2 games (not including tonight’s game, since it just started) of the West Coast road trip.  The young guys that were brought up from Memphis have invigorated this team. Despite injuries to Tommy Pham, Kolten Wong, and Dexter Fowler, the team has played well.  The Cards also picked up right handed reliever Juan Nicasio of the Phillies for minor leaguer Eliezer Alvarez.  Since the trade occurred after September 1, however, Nicasio would not be eligible to be put on the postseason roster.  This was a good pickup, since Seung Hwan Oh is a free agent after this season and Trevor Rosenthal will probably be out next season after Tommy John surgery.

The Cards will be back at home at Busch Stadium tomorrow night for the second-to-last homestand of the season.  There are some great theme night promotions during this homestand, including Rally Cat Appreciation Day. Speaking of Rally Cat, have they figured who is going to be his owner?  Here are all of the details on this upcoming homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, September 8—Thursday, September 14)

#Join4Joe Bone Marrow Drive & Grateful Dead Tribute Night Highlight Twelfth Homestand at Busch 

ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 7, 2017 – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium in the midst of a push towards the top of the N.L. Central Division and a N.L. Wild Card spot after their recent 10-game road trip.  The six-game homestand begins with a three-game weekend set against the Pittsburgh Pirates (September 8-10) and concludes with a three games versus the Cincinnati Reds (September 12-14).  The twelfth homestand of the year is highlighted by the second annual #Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive, Rally Cat Appreciation Day and Old School Wrestling Night.

 Friday, September 8, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Adult Kelly Green Cardinals Jersey Promotional Giveaway: 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a unique Cardinals Kelly Green Jersey.  Presented by Cooper Tire.  (#CardsPromo)

Green

Country Music Theme Night: Grab your boots and head down to Busch Stadium for Country Music Night presented by Q in the Lou.  With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive one-of-a-kind country-themed Cardinals snapback hat.  Come early and enjoy a pregame concert in Riverview Corner by American Idol winner and lifelong Cardinals fan, Trent Harmon, beginning at 5:30.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.  (#CardsTheme)

Country

2017 Roberto Clemente Award Nominee: During a pregame ceremony, Adam Wainwright will be recognized as the Cardinals’ 2017 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.  The annual award recognizes a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.  The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2017 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel.  Fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website.  The winner of the fan voting, which will run from October 2-6, will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel.

Roberto

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

Trevor’s Troops: Trevor Rosenthal will host a group from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for tonight’s game as part of his Trevor’s Troops player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Trevor in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.  Presented by Scott Credit Union.

Pregame Poms/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Chesterfield Bears Cheerleading, Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx Cheer & Dance, McKendree University Cheer & Dance and O’Faolain Academy of Irish Dance will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning around 5:30 p.m.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.  (#CardsCare5050)

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

Saturday, September 9, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

Adult Quarter Zip Pullover Promotional Giveaway: 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a Cardinals Quarter Zip Pullover, compliments of Shane Co. (#CardsPromo)

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#Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive: For the second consecutive year, the Cardinals, in conjunction with the St. Louis Baseball Writers and Be the Match, will host the#Join4Joe bone marrow donor drive just outside the Family Pavilion in Ford Plaza from 4:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to add individuals to the national registry and honor the legacy of Joe Strauss, a longtime Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who passed away in December 2015 at the age of 54 after a courageous battle fighting leukemia.  Volunteers will be assisting those interested in joining the national marrow registry complete the short process, which typically takes about 15 minutes.  Those unable to attend can learn more about the #Joine4Joe drive and join the national registry by requesting a donor kit anytime at cardinals.com/join4joe.  I am a member of the Be the Match bone marrow registry and signing up for the registry is much easier than giving blood (which I also do).

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  In addition to having a valid admission to the museum, fans must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and will be distributed beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Busch II Infield outside Cardinals Nation.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.  Presented by Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company. (#CardsMuseum)

Pregame Poms/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Bordeau Dance Studio, Hillsboro High School Cheer, North County Raiderettes, O’Fallon Golden Girls Dance, Ritenour High School Cheerleading and Tammy’s Tumbling will perform in Riverview Corner beginning around 4:30 p.m.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.  (#CardsCare5050)

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

Sunday, September 10, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Build-A-Bear Cardinals Pup Promotional Giveaway: 12,000 kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket, will take home their very own Cardinals Pup, courtesy of Build-A-Bear Workshop.  (#CardsPromo)

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Rally Cat Appreciation Theme Day: Celebrate everybody’s favorite new feline at Busch Stadium on Rally Cat Appreciation Day.  With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Rally Cat Cardinals t-shirt.  Additionally, a portion of each theme ticket sold will be donated to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation and St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/rallycat.  (#CardsTheme)

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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).

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#CardsCare5050)

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

 Tuesday, September 12, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

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

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Old School Wrestling Theme Night:  Grab your tag team partner and enter the ring for Old School Wrestling Night at Busch Stadium.  Fans that purchase a special theme ticket will take home a specially designed Cardinals World Championship Belt t-shirt.  Come early for a pregame autograph session and meet & greet featuring old-school legends “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Road Warrior Animal from 5:45-6:45! Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/theme.  (#CardsTheme)

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Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martínez will host a group from The Venezuelan Society of Missouri for tonight’s game as part of his Tsunami Waves player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Carlos in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.  Presented by Scott Credit Union.

Suburban Journals Groom’s Cake Dive: Come witness the fun as 12 grooms-to-be dive headfirst into a multi-tiered wedding cake.  The 4th annual Suburban Journals Groom’s Cake Dive presented by St. Louis Best Bridal will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. in Ford Plaza.  Contestants will root their way through cakes filled with special wedding-themed prizes including a honeymoon package and more.  Winners will also receive tickets to stay and enjoy the game in a party suite at Busch Stadium.

Pregame Poms/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Mehlville Pantherettes, Parkway Central High School Dance, Roxana High School Dance, St. Dominic High School Cheer and Triad Middle School & High School Cheer will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning around 5:45 p.m.

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Grateful Dead Tribute Theme Night: Dead Freaks Unite! Truck on down to Busch Stadium for Grateful Dead Tribute Night.  Fans that purchase a special theme ticket will receive an exclusive Grateful Dead-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  Come early and enjoy a pregame concert in Riverview Corner by St. Louis’ favorite Dead tribute band, Jake’s Leg, starting at 5:45.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/gratefuldead. (#CardsTheme)

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

Pregame Poms/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Cardinal Ritter Spirit Squad, Natural AllStars Impact Cheer and Timberland High School Dance will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning around 6:00 p.m.

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 the Animal Protective Association (APA) and the Belleville area Humane Society.

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Career Day Theme Event: Join the St. Louis Cardinals, FOX 2 and KPLR Channel 11 for the 13th annual Career Day at Busch Stadium presented by Westminster College.  Students and educators will enjoy a special pregame Q&A/Panel Discussion with executives from each company, focusing on careers in sports and media.  Following the presentation, students can attend an exclusive College Fair with representatives from many colleges and universities from around the Midwest.  Each $15 Career Day ticket includes access to the pregame activities, a ticket to the game, as well as a voucher for a free jumbo hot dog, soda and chips.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/careerday.  (#CardsTheme)

Memphis Grizzlies Regional Caravan Tour: The Memphis Grizzlies invite fans of all ages to join them in celebrating the start of the 2017-18 NBA season from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ford Plaza as part of their 5th annual Regional Caravan Tour.  Fans will have the chance to get autographs, take photos and participate in contests and games with team mascot Grizz, members of the Grizz Girls and the Claw Crew.

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 Great Clips’ Charity Haircuts.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips—who sponsors the event every weekday afternoon game during the season—will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

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

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

Diane

 

Ch-ch-ch-changes (time to face the strange)

(With apologies to the late David Bowie.) By now, you probably know that there was a press conference at Busch Stadium this afternoon with general manager John Mozeliak and some changes were to the coaching staff were announced, along with a player move.  For those whose missed the news, here’s a recap:

  • Chris Maloney, the third base coach, will be reassigned to another position in the Cardinals organization.
  • Mike Schildt, the quality control coach, will replace Maloney as third base coach.
  • Assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller is taking a leave of absence.  Mark Budaska is being brought up from AAA Memphis to replace Miller.
  • Ron “Pop” Warner is being brought up from AAA Memphis to assist the coaching staff.
  • Kolten Wong was activated, and Jhonny Peralta was designated for assignment to make room for Kolten.

I (and a lot of others) don’t think that the cuts went far enough.  We were hoping that John Mabry would be relieved of his duties as hitting coach.  Something is wrong when a team scores an average of 2 runs a game.  When players get sent down to Memphis to retune their hitting stroke and rake there, but when they come back to the main club and go back to their bad ways, there’s a problem.  When Randall Grichuk has to go all the way down to single A to work with a hitting guru, there’s a problem.  When Matt Adams is traded to the Braves and he’s blistering home runs in their new stadium, there’s a problem.  If the team’s hitting problems continue, Mabry needs to go, even though he’s Mike Matheny’s BFF.

I have a suggestion, for what it’s worth.  How about hiring Chris Carpenter as a bullpen coach?  They are in great need of assistance as well.

Peralta’s time with the team has been over for quite awhile.  Peralta hasn’t had any RBI’s this season at all. Jedd Gyorko’s excellent playing and hitting abilities made Peralta redundant. Jonathan Broxton was also released recently.  Best of luck to both of them, and thanks for the memories.

Changes had to be made. Cardinals fans were very discouraged by the 7 game road game losing streak.  Some of those games could have been won.  If the team doesn’t start winning soon, fans will make their displeasure known via their wallets.  They’ll stop coming to the games.  If fans stop coming to the games, they won’t be spending money before, during and after the games.  Not only will it be bad for Busch Stadium business, it will be bad for Ballpark Village business, as well as for other businesses near the stadium.  I am very sad about the Cards’ lackluster play this season as well.  I really hope the Cards can get things turned around.

This Sunday is the annual United Cardinals Bloggers event when the Cardinals invite us all to Busch Stadium to a question and answer session with John Mozeliak and Bill DeWill, III, and then are treated to the Sunday afternoon game in a party room.  The Q&A session ought to be really interesting this year.  I’ll report on that in my next post.

Thanks as always for reading!  See you next time!

Diane