2020 Winter Warm-Up Report Day 2

My son and I got on the Metrolink train on Sunday morning. I was hoping to see John Brebbia. When we reached the Emerson Park station, however, I realized that I had forgotten my lanyard with my WWU pass on it at home.  So when we got to the 5th & Missouri stop, we got off the train and went back home to get my pass.  Not a good start to the day.

We had left early enough so that even though we were late, we only missed an hour of WWU.  There were no presentations at 9 AM anyway.  We stopped by Starbucks again to get coffee. I texted the lady that had offered me the Yadi Funko Pop and arranged to meet her at 11 AM by the presentation rooms. We cruised through the vendor room again and the Team Store. My son bought an All-Star Game (the 2020 hockey All-Star Game, that is) cap for $20.00.

The only presentation we attended on Sunday was “Negro Leagues Baseball: 100 Years of History” with Dr. Raymond Doswell of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  It was a very interesting presentation.   Dr. Doswell had a movie to show, but due to technical difficulties, it could not be shown.  However, Dr. Doswell told us everything that was in the movie. I learned enough information to make me realize that a road trip to Kansas City to see the museum in person should be in our future. That would be another “Baseball Road Trip” blog post.

After the presentation, I met up with the lady with the Yadi Funko Pop.  It was not one of the gold or platinum Funko Pops but a normal Yadi Funko Pop.  I liked the normal one better anyway.  I thanked her for giving me little Yadi.  I’m not sure where I’m putting little Yadi yet.  I still have a lot of bobbleheads I need to get display shelves for.

I grabbed a sandwich at the snack bar.  After I ate it, we went into the Main Stage area and watched the Q&A with Cards manager Mike Shildt.  Dan McLaughlin and Mike Claiborne were the questioners.  Mike spoke about the cheating situation in Houston, among other topics. Mike was very open and honest and I could see where he gets the reputation for being a good communicator.

The next session in the Main Stage area was a Q&A with Cards GM Mike Girsch. I went to look at stuff at the Team Store because I mistakenly thought the Q&A didn’t start until 1:30 PM.  I got back in time to hear the last question and answer.

After that, my son wanted to go home to watch the Chiefs-Titans football game.  I really wanted to see Jordan Hicks, but my son whined enough that I gave in and we left. One year, I would really like to go to WWU by myself (and maybe just stay at the Hyatt) so I can stay at WWU as long as I want.

I told you all yesterday that this blog post would be shorter than Day 1’s blog post!  LOL!  Thanks 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

Division winner celebration and playoffs preview!

It took all 162 games, but the Cardinals are the 2019 National League Central Division Champions! Sunday’s game against the Cubs (which was also Joe Maddon’s last game as the Cubs manager and that was expected) was a rout.  Many thanks to the Colorado Rockies for beating the Milwaukee Brewers so that they couldn’t win the division. If the Brewers had won the division, the Cards would have had to play against the Nationals in the wild card game, with St. Louisan Max Scherzer on the mound. 

The celebration in the locker room was epic.  My favorite part was manager Mike Shildt’s speech.  “We don’t have team meetings, but we have three meetings left – when we pop the champagne when we win the NLDS, when we pop the champagne when we win the NLCS, and when we pop the champagne when we win the World Series.” Or something very close to that, because I don’t remember the exact words. Anyway, from your lips to God’s ears, Mike. We would all love to see the Cardinals win their twelfth World Series in 2019. As I mentioned back in May, it would be awesome if the Blues won the Stanley Cup and the Cardinals win the World Series in the same year.  They haven’t done that in Chicago – ever. What I and lots of old-time fans would really like to see is a Cardinals-Yankees World Series. The last time that happened was 1964 and the Cards won that World Series. An excellent book about the 1964 World Series is “October 1964” by the late David Halberstam.  

It has been a long regular season, with many ups and downs.  If you’re a regular reader of my blog (thank you), you know I’ve written about most of them.  May was a particularly bad month for the Cardinals. But what matters the most is where a team finishes at the end of the season.  One of my only complaints is that if the Cardinals had won a few more games during the season, it wouldn’t have to come down to the wire for them to win the division and the Cards could have breathed a little easier. But we’ve also seen what happens when there’s too much of a lull between a division win and the playoffs.  Perhaps winning the division on the last day was for the best after all. 

Jack Flaherty, he of the minuscule ERA and WHIP, won NL Pitcher of the Month yesterday for the second month in a row.  Since he had to pitch on Sunday, Jack will start Friday’s game in Atlanta. Miles Mikolas will start Thursday’s game and Dallas Keuchel will be the starter for the Braves.  The Friday game will start at 3:30 PM CST, but the time of Thursday’s game won’t be determined until the winner of the wild card game is decided. Sunday and Monday’s games will be at Busch Stadium.  I do hope the fans in Atlanta are better behaved this year than during the Cards-Braves wild card game there in 2012 when they threw beer bottles at the Cards players.  

Tickets for the National League Championship Series go on sale tomorrow at 12:00 noon CST.  If you’re so inclined and have the money, you can purchase tickets at this link: cardinals.com/postseason.  You must have an MLB account since the tickets will be delivered to the Ballpark app on your smartphone.  

I follow the Grammarly app on Twitter, and they posted a poll on Twitter today asking what our favorite thing was in October (there were four choices).  I replied as follows:

I hope you are excited about this postseason as I am!  Thursday afternoon (or night) is so far away! Thanks for reading!

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

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