NLCS notes and observations

Only 2 games have been played in the NLCS so far and the drama has been incredible. Indeed, the whole postseason so far has been full of drama, not only for the Cards but for the other teams as well.  Most of the games have been decided by only one run.  There have been several extra-inning games, including one between the Royals and the Angels  during the ALDS that lasted 18 innings.  Despite the sweatshirts that say “Always October,” I’m so glad it isn’t always October because I don’t think my heart could take this much drama all the time.  The NLCS is all tied up and now moves to San Francisco for the next 3 games.  The Cards will have to win at least 2 out of 3.  Three out of 3 would be preferable, but I’ll take 2 out of 3.

Here’s some of my observations about the NLCS so far:

Media madness.  Please, Fox Sports 1, could you please replace Harold Reynolds?  I’d even be happy with Tim McCarver.  We wouldn’t have had to hear Harold call the Cards’ beautiful Saturday alternative uniforms “dingy.”  “Dingy,” in laundry terms, means “gray” and those uniforms are ivory.  If Harold can’t tell the difference between dingy and ivory, perhaps an eye exam is in order.  And we wouldn’t have had to hear so much gushing for the Giants.   Harold has also said things that are completely wrong.  Instead of the national broadcast guys, how about the guys that announce the games during the regular season? They know more about the teams and they wouldn’t screw things up.

Wainwright’s troubles.  Adam had a great September, winning the NL Pitcher of the Month award, but he hasn’t pitched well at all during the playoffs.  Adam says that his elbow isn’t bothering him, but the results say different.  Adam is on track to start Game 5 on Wednesday night in San Francisco.  We Cardinals fans will be holding our breath.  We will also be hoping that Matheny will have either Michael Wacha or Marco Gonzalez ready to eat up innings if necessary.

Yadi’s injury.  Poor Yadi had already been out for an extended period of time during the regular season due to the injury to his thumb, and now he’s been injured (pulled oblique muscle) during the playoffs.  Matheny must now have to decide whether to take Yadi off the NLCS roster (rendering him ineligible for the World Series roster should the Cards get that far) or leave him on the roster in the hopes that Yadi will recover.  I’m sure glad I don’t have to make that decision.  Mike put Tony Cruz in last night and that proved disastrous during the top of the ninth.  Lackey is the starting pitcher tomorrow and I’m hoping that Matheny starts Pierzynski instead of Cruz.  AJ caught Lackey in Boston, so he should know how to handle him. The Cards treaded water during the season while Yadi was on the DL, but the postseason is a different matter.  Yadi’s injury will have one of 2 effects on the team – they’ll either get their act together and “win it all for Yadi,” or they will fall apart without him behind the plate. I read tonight, however, that Yadi played catch today, so perhaps the injury is not as bad as originally thought.

Rosenthal.  Every time Rosey comes into the game in the ninth inning, Cardinals Nation (we fans, not the restaurant) holds their collective breath.  Some of us watch with our hands in front of our eyes – we can’t stand to see what may happen.  Will Rosey put men on base?  And if so, will they score?  Neshek was dealing in last night’s game – he should be been left in to finish the game.  Rosey may have been the NL leader in saves during the regular season, but if he can’t close out the game, the Cards need to find another closer.  It would be nice for Rosey to pitch a 1-2-3 inning too.

Hitting.  Thank goodness the Cards have been hitting home runs at opportune moments, or they would have been down 0-2 in the NLCS, instead of the series being tied up (and they wouldn’t have won the NLDS either).  The Cards need some regular, ordinary hits – singles, doubles, etc.  Taking a walk doesn’t hurt either.  Or, if the Cards get runners on base, they can’t get them home.  They had that problem during the regular season as well.

Now you’re probably thinking, “Wow, she’s being really hard on the Cards.”  It’s all constructive criticism, and the only reason I’m so critical is because I love the team.  I know how talented our guys are and what they’re capable of.   So come on, guys, get it together and show us you can beat the Giants.  We’re waiting impatiently until tomorrow at 3 PM CST for Round 3.

That’s all for now! Thanks as always for reading.  Go Cards!

Diane

The top 5 Cardinals stories of 2013

imageThe United Cardinals Bloggers’ December project is the top 5 stories are for the year. Here are my nominations:

1.  The death of Stan Musial. Stan was baseball’s perfect knight and an era ended with his death. It’s rare that a player spends his entire career with a team like Stan did. Much is made of the “face of the franchise” tag these days, but Stan was the epitome of the Cardinal Way. You can read my blog posts about Stan’s passing here and here.

2.  Chris Carpenter’s retirement.  Chris’ pitching led the Cards to two World Series championships.  He not only contributed with his arm, he worked with other pitchers and his larger than life personality lit up the bench.  He will hopefully accept  a position with the Cardinals’ front office.  You can read my blog post about Chris’ retirement here.

3.  Winning the National League pennant.  It was a grueling road to the pennant. It took all 5 games for the Cardinals to knock off Pittsburgh.  The Cards then took 6 out of 7 games to finish off the Dodgers.  The momentum, however, wasn’t enough to beat the Red Sox in the World Series.  But we Cards fans can still be proud of the NL pennant.

4.  Mo’s wheeling and dealing during the off season.  During the last couple of years, Cards GM John Mozeliak didn’t make many moves during the off season.  This year was an exception, however.  David Freese and Fernando Salas were traded for Angels CF’s Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk.  Free agent SS Jhonny Peralta was signed to a  four year contract.  Mo finished up by picking up veteran Mark Ellis from the Dodgers to mentor and back up Kolten Wong at 2B.  And Mo did all this without having to give up any of our rookie pitchers.  Mo is a genius.

5.  The rise of Michael Wacha.  What a season it was for young Michael Wacha, one of the best of the Cards’ rookie pitchers.  After being called up, Wacha had a 4-1 record during the regular season, but he had 4 wins in the playoffs, and won the MVP award in the NLCS.  Only the loss in Game 6 of the World Series dimmed his bright rising.  It will be interesting to see how Wacha pitches next season.

The UCB mourned the loss of one of its writers last week.  Jerome “J.D.” Norton, who wrote the Bleed Cardinal Red With Me blog and later on Cards Conclave,  sadly took his own life on December 22 at the young age of 38.  Our prayers and condolences are with his wife and family.  His online obituary is here, should you wish to express your condolences. Folks, if you or anyone you know is suffering from depression or any other kind of mental illness, please get help!  The life you save may be your own.

Thanks for reading!  Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!

Diane

 

The 2013 WWLCB Holiday Gift Guide

Today is December 1, 2013 and the Christmas shopping season is well underway.  (Did you go Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving? No, me neither).  If you have Cardinals fans on your Christmas list or if you need something to put on your wish list, below are some gifts that you or your gift recipients will enjoy.  Click on the links to get to the page where you can view and order the merchandise.  The page will open in a separate window/tab.

Books

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a new book called St. Louis Cardinals:  The Championship Seasons – Covering the 11 World Series Wins.  This book should have some wonderful photos and great articles from the P-D sportswriters.

In my post on Stan Musial’s passing, I recommended the book Stan Musial:  An American Life by George Vecsey.  It would make a great gift for the Stan Musial fan or a Cardinals fan in general.

100 Things a Cardinals Fan Should Know and Do Before They Die, written by St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Derrick Goold, is an entertaining book filled with information and trivia all Cardinals fans should know about.  It features a foreword written by Stan Musial.

Apparel

If you liked the jersey that the Cardinals wore on Memorial Day with the birds on the bat in the USMC digital camo pattern, you can purchase one here.  If you know a Marine who’s a Cards fan, this would be the perfect present.  This jersey is also available in youth sizes.  If T-shirts are more the gift recipient’s style, the camo birds on the bat is also available on a T-shirt, and you can purchase one here.  The T-shirts are available in youth sizes as well.

The Stan Musial fan (well, aren’t we all?) would love the commemorative T-shirt available here.  This shirt is not available in youth sizes, unfortunately.  A combination of this T-shirt and the Stan Musial biography referenced above would make a great gift set.

If you or anyone else on your gift list still doesn’t have their 2013 National League Champions apparel, you can go here to purchase them.  I have also had good luck purchasing playoff apparel at JC Penneys, and the closer it gets to Christmas, the bigger the discount.

For those who have an unlimited gift budget, you can purchase 2013 World Series Cardinals and regular seasons jerseys here.  If you want to purchase a jersey with a certain player’s name and number on the back, it costs more.

Bling

Cardinals watches in casual or dressy styles make a great present.  I found a dressy ladies’ Cardinals watch here.  A more casual Cardinals watch for ladies can be found here.  There are all kinds of men’s watches at the link here.  Even the kids can have Cardinals watches, and you can purchase them here and here.

Is there a lady gift recipient on your list that has a Pandora charm bracelet?  You can purchase Cardinals Pandora charms here, and if she doesn’t have a Pandora bracelet, you can buy her one there too.  If you click here and go through the pages, you can also find necklaces, earrings and other Cardinals jewelry for your favorite lady Cardinals fan.

Home and Office

Everyone needs a calendar, and a Cardinals calendar will help the year pass faster.  You can find a box desk calendar (one square page per day) with facts and trivia on each page here.  A wall calendar with full color photos can be found here.  And if you’re looking for an assortment of Cardinals office gear, click here.  For those attached to their smart phones, you can find Cardinals cell phone covers here.

Did you or a gift recipient attend a NLCS or World Series game this year?  You can purchase a really nice photo frame with a place for a photo and your ticket stub.  The NLCS frame is available here and the World Series frame is available here.  Was there a special game, like for a birthday or anniversary, that you attended this year?  You can find a stand up frame for your ticket stub here.  If you have a whole bunch of ticket stubs you’d like to keep in one place, you can get a ticket holder here.

Every house needs a clock so you can see whether it’s time for the Cardinals game.  You can find nice clocks herehere and here.  If these ideas aren’t enough, you can go here and click through all the pages for gift ideas.

Miscellaneous

As mentioned in my last blog post here, tickets for the 2014 Winter Warm-Up are now on sale.  You can purchase those here.  Autographs tickets, unfortunately, will not be available until next month.

The Cardinals’ print magazine has all kinds of gorgeous photos and great articles on the team.  You can order a gift subscription in either print or digital format here. On that same page, you can also purchase the 2013 Cardinals Yearbook, with a tribute to Stan Musial, in either digital or print format.

For those with an unlimited budget, season tickets would be a gift that would be very much appreciated by a Cardinals fan.  You can put a deposit on 2014 season tickets here.

Notes on web ordering:  Most of the links above are from MLB.com.  MLB.com is offering a 30% discount on all orders from $50.00 – $99.00, 25% discount for all orders from $25.00-$50.00. and 20% on all orders less than $50. 00.  This offer, however, is only good until 11:59 PM EST (that’s 10:59 PM St. Louis time) tonight (12/1/13).  For the links to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Store, the P-D is offering free shipping on any order of $20.00 or more with USPS standard shipping.  This deal is only good until December 3, 2013, however.

If you want to get a lot of shopping done at one time, the Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium or the Cardinals Clubhouse stores are the places to do this.  If you’re looking for Cardinals stocking stuffers, these would be the places to go.

I hope my list has given you some good ideas for holiday shopping for your favorite Cardinals fan(s).  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

A love letter to the St. Louis Cardinals players

Dear boys,

I call you boys affectionately because you are all much younger than me. I am writing to express my love and devotion, and my excitement that once again you all are on the brink of winning another National League pennant.

However, this is not a blind love.  I hope you will be open to some loving and constructive criticism.  Let’s start with hitting.

Please be patient at the plate.  Take some balls.  Wait for a good pitch or a mistake pitch to hit.  Make the pitcher work for the out.  The higher the pitch count, the earlier the pitcher will be taken out of the game.  And just get a hit.  Enough hits in a row will equal runs.  There’s no need to be swinging for the fences every time you’re up at bat (yes, Matt Adams, I’m talking to you).  This is all fundamental stuff you should have learned a long time ago and shouldn’t have to be reminded about. Allen Craig is unable at the present time to pick up the slack. You should be thankful that during the first two games of the NLCS that the pitching was lights out; otherwise, I wouldn’t even be writing this letter.  To summarize, you boys need to hit more!

If and when you do get on base, be an alert base runner.  Watch for passed balls or wild pitches so you can advance on the base paths.  Watch and see where hit balls land to determine whether it’s safe to advance or not.  Listen to your base coaches; they will tell you whether to run or not.   And when it’s time to run, run like the wind.  Don’t get hung up between bases!

As for defense, I don’t have too many complaints about the infield.  The infielders are doing a good job throwing runners out at first, and there have been some timely double plays.  As for the outfielders, however (yes, I’m talking to you, Jon Jay), your communication skills need work. If you think you’ll be able to catch the ball then call the other players off.  Be alert and try and figure out where the ball will go then move your body there to catch the ball, preferably with both hands.

You boys are great baseball players, otherwise, you wouldn’t be playing in the NLCS right now – you’d be home watching on TV or playing golf.  There are a lot of NL teams that would love to be where you are right now.

So please boys, please get this pennant won tonight.  My heart can’t stand much more drama. I have to have some time to recover before the next round of drama hopefully starts next week.  Thank you!

Love always,

Diane

 

P.S.:  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!  Go Cards!

2013 NLCS Schedule – All you need to know!

2013 NLCS logoThe Cardinals won the NLDS in an exciting fashion, with a complete game by Adam Wainwright, and home runs from David Freese (a/k/a  Mr. October) and Matt Adams.   It took 5 games, but the Cards made the Pirates walk the plank and go back to Pittsburgh.  Now the Cards face the Dodgers, who have old friends Mark McGwire, Nick Punto, and Skip Schumacher in their ranks.   The first game is tomorrow night in St. Louis, and below are all the logistical details you need to know about the NLCS.  Let’s go Cards!

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2013 NLCS at BUSCH STADIUM

St. Louis Cardinals – Los Angeles Dodgers

How fans can enjoy Championship Series baseball and rally support for the Cardinals

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (October 10, 2013) – After beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in a winner-take-all Game 5, the St. Louis Cardinals advance to the best-of-seven 2013 National League Championship Series that starts Friday in St. Louis against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the best record in the National League at the end of the regular season, the Cardinals have home field advantage throughout the series. The Cardinals are making their tenth appearance in the postseason since 2000 and the 26th postseason appearance in franchise history (#PostCards). A very limited number of NLCS tickets may be available. For updated ticket availability, visit cardinals.com/postseason. Here are details on how fans can enjoy postseason baseball in St. Louis.

Game Schedule & Highlights

NLCS Game 1 – Friday, October 11, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 7:37 p.m. CT (TBS)

  • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Live Music from That 80’s Band, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • Former Cardinal pitcher and current FOX Sports Midwest broadcaster Rick Horton will sign autographs from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Budweiser Clydesdales will be staged in the Ballpark Village Lot
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Phillips 66
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 7:00 p.m.
    • Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track
    • Introduction of both teams to the line and introduction of Cardinals Hall of Famers
    • Colors presented by Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C Honor Guard
    • Cardinal Hall of Famer Bob Gibson and current Cardinals Jason Motte and Adam Wainwright will throw out the ceremonial first pitches. Each threw the final out of a Cardinals World Series Championship (Gibson ’67, Wainwright ’06, Motte ’11).
  • “God Bless America” will be sung by Generald Wilson, retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, during the 7th Inning Stretch

NLCS Game 2 – Saturday, October 12, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 3:07 p.m. CT (TBS)

  • Noon – 2:30 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • Former Cardinal pitcher Jason Simontacchi will sign autographs from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Gates open at 1p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel, courtesy of Purina
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 2:45 p.m.
    • The two all-time winningest Cardinals managers, Red Schoendienst and Tony La Russa, will throw out ceremonial first pitches.

NLCS Game 3 – Monday, October 14, 2013 – Dodger Stadium – 7:07 p.m. CT (TBS)

NLCS Game 4 – Tuesday, October 15, 2013 – Dodger Stadium – 7:07 p.m. CT (TBS)

NLCS Game 5 – Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – Dodger Stadium – 3:07 p.m. CT (TBS) (If necessary)

NLCS Game 6 – Friday, October 18, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 7:37 p.m. CT (TBS) (If necessary)

  • 5 – 7 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • A former Cardinal player will sign autographs
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel
  • Pre-game ceremony details TBD

NLCS Game 7 – Saturday, October 19, 2013 – Busch Stadium – 7:37 p.m. CT (TBS) (If necessary)

  • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • A former Cardinal player will sign autographs
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel
  • Pre-game ceremony details TBD

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the National League Championship Series games on TBS.

  • Direct TV: TBS – Channel 247
  • DISH – TBS – Channel 139
  • U-Verse – Channel 112/1112 HD
  • Charter – Varies; consult your program guide

 Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) and the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the games, or listen to the national broadcast on ESPN Radio (101.1 FM) or XM Radio.

Social Media

Fans participating in the postseason action on social media can follow the Cardinals at Facebook.com/Cardinals, on Twitter (@Cardinals), on Instagram (@Cardinals) and Tumblr (stlcardinals.tumblr.com). Join the social conversation using #PostCards.

New this postseason, fans can share their good luck wishes to the Cardinals by sending a virtual Postcard to the team at cardinals.com/postcards. Fans can download a postcard template online, personalize the message and share on social media using #PostCards.

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Fans will also have the opportunity to win tickets to NLCS games at Busch Stadium just by following the Cardinals on Twitter and Vine. The Cardinals will tweet the contest rules, and fans will be required to tweet an original video on Vine showing their #PostseasonPride. One fan will win tickets to an NLCS game. For more information and official rules, visit cardinals.com/postseasonpride.

Online Or On The Go

Fans can follow the games for free on cardinals.com using the Gameday program. In addition, fans can subscribe to Postseason.TV to watch live alternate angle online companion coverage of the 2013 Wild Card games, Division Series and NL Championship Series.

For just $4.99, fans receive Enhanced companion coverage with complete audio broadcast (full video broadcast feed excluded), and  can watch up to 4 alternate angles at once, choose from up to 10 different fixed camera angles, tune in for live batting practice, use the pitch by pitch widget, and view streaming tweets via Twitter.  The service is available to U.S. & Canada residents only on the computer and supported iOS and Android devices. Visit Postseason.TV for all of the details. MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 1, will provide mobile access to Postseason.TV on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as supported Android phones and tablets. At Bat is available for purchase during the Postseason at $3.99/one-time or $2.99/mo.

Driving to the Games

MoDOT has limited roadwork when the Cardinals are at home during the National League Championship Series. Currently, fans can expect no significant traffic impacts due to construction on Missouri interstates heading into Busch Stadium or heading home on Friday, October 11 or Saturday, October 12. Drivers may also use the new ramp from eastbound I-70 to Tucker Boulevard to get to the games, avoiding much of the downtown interstate traffic. Fans can take Tucker to Market Street to get to parking for the game.

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic.  To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark.  Check the Metro website http://www.MetroSt.Louis.org for schedules and the Park-Ride lot nearest you.  There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium including the RedBird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois.  The first RedBird Express leaves 2 ½ hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes.

 Fans Urged to Organize “Rally Everyone Days” to Support the Cardinals and Kids

The St. Louis Cardinals are encouraging local businesses, schools and other organizations to help kids in our community while supporting the team by participating in Cardinals RED for Kids (#RED4kids). RED stands for Rally Everyone Day.  Piloted during the 2011 postseason, Cardinals RED for Kids is the team’s version of an office “dress down” day in which participating organizations make a donation to Cardinals Care in exchange for the opportunity to sport their Cardinals clothes at work or school.

To participate, fans should go to cardinals.com/red and register their organization. While the Cardinals would like businesses to help raise money while showing their team spirit, schools are not required to make a donation to get involved. Participating schools, businesses and organizations are also encouraged to submit photos via the team’s website and social media showing their Rally Everyone Day (#RED4kids) spirit.

2013 Postseason Merchandise Available

  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Team Store will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. during the NLCS. On game days, the store will close briefly 30 minutes prior to gates opening for 30 minutes. In addition to standard merchandise, the store will carry general postseason and Central Division Champions merchandise as well as new NLCS dueling/matchup items including hats, t-shirts, balls, pennants, pins and more. The official locker room t-shirt is in stock and also available in ladies and youth sizes as well as fleece. Fans can also buy official t-shirts and hoodies, just like the players wear. Fans will enjoy Beat LA t-shirts, available in unisex, ladies and youth sizes, as well as the STL OCT t-shirt, both pictured below.

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  • Cardinals Authentics: Fans will want to stop by the Cardinals Authentics store in Ford Plaza, the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Featured items include game –used equipment from the 2013 season, 2011 World Championship themed items and more. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget.
  •  Cardinals Magazine & Cardinals Yearbook: Two of the most sought-after releases of the 2013 season by Cardinals Publications are on sale now for the League Championship Series. The Official 2013 Cardinals Yearbook celebrates Stan Musial’s baseball brilliance and exemplary character—packed with details of all the big games, record-setting performances and off-the-field experiences that distinguished Stan’s remarkable career. This keepsake publication is loaded with tremendous photography from baseball’s best image collections and captures the extraordinary impact of his legacy unlike anything ever presented before. And the new issue of Cardinals Magazine highlights the MV3 of Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig, who helped propel the Redbirds to a 12th division title and a 97-win regular season. Both publications are on sale at 314.345.9303 or at cardinals.com/publications.

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New Postseason Menu Items

Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the St. Louis Cardinals’ concessionaire for more than 50 years, is offering more new items for the NLCS.

In addition to the items below, introduced during the Division Series, Sportservice will be offering Wasabi Sushi Rolls. Sushi chefs from Wasabi Sushi Bar will be on site at the Asian Cafés in the Redbird Club and near Gate 1 to make and roll sushi options including California Rolls, Philadelphia Rolls, and Vegetable Rolls. Wasabi currently operates 5 local restaurants and provides catering for Washington University.

Sportservice will also have a new souvenir beer and soda cup for the NLCS. As the weather turns colder, Sportservice will also offer a variety of gourmet hot chocolate and apple cider recipe cocktails. Following is a list of new items exclusive to postseason games at Busch:

  • All American Grilled Cheese (Section 141): An American Classic. White American and Swiss cheeses melted on giant butter-toasted sourdough loaf.
  • Grilled Cheese Supreme (Redbird Club): Cheezy Heaven! Melted White Cheddar, Monterey Jack, White American, and Swiss cheeses topped with Heirloom tomatoes and Pecan Wood Smoked bacon all on a giant butter-toasted sourdough loaf.
  • Pecan Bacon Dog (Section 599): An all-beef Hunter hot dog wrapped with 2 pieces of sweet, thick-cut Pecan Wood Smoked Bacon on a fresh-baked hoagie roll, topped with jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and tangy Tequila BBQ sauce.
  • Pepper Bacon Dog (Section 599): An all-beef Hunter hot dog wrapped with 2 pieces of fiery, thick-cut Pepper Bacon on a fresh-baked hoagie roll, topped with jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and tangy Tequila BBQ sauce.
  • Double Dog Dare Ya (Section 599): Heaven on a Bun! Combine the sweet Pecan Bacon Dog with our fiery Pepper Bacon Dog all on the same hoagie roll! It comes with a double dose of jalapeno black bean & corn salsa and as much Tequila BBQ sauce as fans want.

Matchup History

  • The Cardinals have faced the Dodgers 3 times in the postseason; 1985, 2004 and 2009.
  • The Cardinals last faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series in 1985, where the Cardinals won the series 4 games to 2, to advance to the World Series.
  • The 2004 and 2009 postseason meetings were both in the Division Series round. In 2004, the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3 games to 1, but were swept by the Dodgers in 2009.
  • During the 2013 regular season, the Cardinals won 3 of 7 games against the Dodgers.

2013 Season Highlights

  • The Cardinals led the National League with 97 wins, the first time since 2005 when they led the Majors with 100 wins. Their 97-65 record also tied the American League Boston Red Sox for the winningest in MLB.
  • The Cardinals set franchise records with 75 errors, the fewest in team history and a .988 fielding percentage.
  • The Cardinals had a Major League‐leading 36 combined wins from rookie pitchers this season, their most since 1941 when they received the franchise record of 42 led by Ernie White (17‐7) and Howie Krist (10‐0).
  • The team has used 20 rookies this season ‐ the most since employing 21 in 1970.
  • Matt Carpenter set the Cardinals single‐season doubles record for a left‐handed batter with his 54th at Milwaukee (9/21), breaking Stan Musial’s mark of 53 in 1953. Carpenter also finished the season one hit shy of 200. The last Cardinal to collect 200 or more hits in a season was Albert Pujols in 2003 when he had an NL‐best 212 hits.
  • Mike Matheny became the first in St. Louis Cardinals history to make the postseason in each of his first two years as a manager.
  • The Cardinals finished the season with 3,369,769 fans, averaging 41,602 per game, ranking second in the majors behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, and earning their fifth highest attendance in franchise history. It was also the 17th time in franchise history the Cardinals eclipsed 3 million fans and the 10thstraight season.

Ford C. Frick Award

Ten of baseball’s iconic voices – including the Cardinals’ own Mike Shannon – have been named as the finalists for the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The annual award is named in memory of Hall of Famer Ford C. Frick, renowned sportswriter, radio broadcaster, National League president and Baseball commissioner. The winner of the 2014 Frick Award will be announced on December 11 at the Baseball Winter Meetings and will be honored during the July 26 Awards Presentation as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2014 in Cooperstown.

Hank Aaron Award

Cardinals’ second baseman Matt Carpenter is a finalist for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award given to the top offensive player in each League. For the fourth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999. To view the finalists and cast your vote, visit mlb.com. Voting ends today, October 10th.

 BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER

Bag Inspections Policy

·         Standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium are in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.

·         Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras as long as they do not obstruct other guests’ view and will be subject to inspection.  No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB Postseason credentials.

·         Non-alcoholic beverages such as water & soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.

·         Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.

·         Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.

·         Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process.

·         Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.

Exit/Re-entry Policy

A new exit/re-entry policy, instituted during the 2013 regular season, is in effect.  Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand stamped at Gates 1, 2 or 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect.  Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/Re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gates 1, 2 and 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Fans will get their hand stamped as they exit the stadium. Guests must show ticket upon re-entry. Inspection policy will also be enforced.