Winter Warm-Up 2017 Report

img_0155-2The first day of Winter Warm-Up was canceled due to Winter Storm Jupiter (how ironic, considering the Cardinals hold spring training there) throwing down freezing rain. The Cardinals refunded autograph tickets and then, on top of that, offered a voucher for all pass holders for two free tickets for a game in the 2017 season.  They didn’t have to do that, but I thought it was a really nice gesture. My friend Kim was unable to go with us to WWU this year (I missed you, Kim 😦 ), so it was just my son and me.

1/16/17:

On Sunday morning, we decided to stop at Starbucks in the hotel because we needed some caffeine.  I looked up and there was Jenifer Langosch, the beat writer for the Cardinals. We chatted briefly and then she had to leave.

There was a line snaking through the lobby, so we joined it. We got a program and realized that the coat check was on the 4th floor, so we decided to go up the elevators to get there. Once there, we discovered that no one was allowed into the main hall from the elevator section until 9:15. To make matters worse, there were several fans in wheelchairs and with walkers for which this entrance was the only way they were going to get to the main hall since they could not use the escalators. Even with autograph tickets, they were not allowed in. I don’t know whose bright idea this was, but it had to be against ADA regulations.  I’m unsure if this was taken care of on Monday since we got there later. Hopefully, this will be fixed next year.

Phil and I rode the elevator back downstairs and by this time, the line was not as long. In fact, it didn’t appear that there were as many people at WWU than there was last year.  I wonder if the cancellation of Saturday’s events turned some people off enough that they decided not to come at all.  We stopped at the second floor and visited the vendor booths.  Rawlings had a booth and there was a real Gold Glove trophy on display.

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We then went upstairs and dropped off our coats. It was time to go to our first presentation of the day, a history of promo items and a 2017 preview of promo items with Megan Eberhart, the manager of Promotions and Events.  Megan asked about some of our favorite promo items.  She then talked about the process about how they come up with the promo items and when they start planning for the next season, which is before Labor Day.  She showed us some of the promo items that will be given away this year, which includes a 1980’s batting practice jersey, a Bruce Sutter garden gnome, and instead of a bat giveaway for the kids, they will get a Rawlings glove instead. Here are photos of some of the 2017 promo items:

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The new slogan for this year is “There’s Only One Cardinals Baseball.” Megan took questions from the attendees and then it was time to go.

Phil and I visited the Cardinals Care store.  They were offering a 2014 Cardinals Care Broadcast Auction Wacha Fan Pack for $20.00, which included a Michael Wacha bobblehead, a replica 2013 National League Championship replica ring, and a voucher for two tickets for the 2017 season.  That was a bargain I couldn’t pass up. I also bought a  Cardinals Care bag to carry it in, since it was in a heavy cardboard box.  We then visited the Cardinals Team Store.  They had lots of merchandise half price or less.  There were lots of items from the Winter Classics and closeout Matt Holliday items.  There was also some Star Wars Cardinals items.

It was time for lunch, so Phil and I left the Hyatt and walked down to Hardee’s for lunch. After lunch, we walked back to the Hyatt.  We went to the Main Stage seating area and were lucky enough to snatch two front row seats.

I left Phil at our seats and took a couple photos of Kolten Wong. They didn’t turn out well enough to post, however. I just got an iPhone and I’m still trying to learn how to take photos with it.  I will bring my digital camera again next year.

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John Rooney had Kolten come up on stage and they had a nice discussion.  Kolten admitted that the team sucked at home last year and they were hoping to do better this year.  John and  Kolten talked about how Kolten had spent the winter in St. Louis.  Rooney asked Kolten how many coats he had and Kolten said six, but he was still cold. I guess it’s hard to get used to a cold climate like St. Louis when you grow up in a tropical paradise like Hawaii.

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After Rooney and Kolten were done, it was time for the presentation I had been waiting for all day, the 1967 team retrospective with Rooney, Mike Shannon, Orlando Cepeda, Dick Hughes and Larry Jaster.  There were some wonderful stories told about the season, Bob Gibson, and the postseason.  Shannon was the best storyteller on the stage.  Rooney’s job was to MC the presentation to keep it rolling. I only wish I would have had the funds to attend the Baseball Writers’ Association dinner that evening to hear more of those stories.

There were 2 booths, sponsored by Ballpark Village and Fox Sports Midwest where you could get your photo taken in front of a green screen and your photo was merged via computer with a background.  Here are my photos:

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I wish I could be an announcer on Fox Sports Midwest.  There are a lot of female Cardinals fans and I’m sure they would enjoy hearing analysis from a female.

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At 2:00 PM, we attended a presentation by Brian Finch, the head of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, entitled “Ballplayers as Musicians – The Cardinals’ Mudcats Band of 1934.”  This presentation was very informative.  I knew about Pepper Martin and the Gashouse Gang, of course, but I never knew about the Mudcats.  I learned more about Pepper Martin than I probably ever wanted to know, including the fact that he went commando under his uniforms and that he wore the same 5 suits in rotation on road trips.  I am sure if the Mudcats were around today that they would be social media stars.  Brian also mentioned (and there is a display of this in the new Women in Baseball exhibit in the Hall of Fame and Museum) that the song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is about a woman who wanted to go to the ballgame on a date rather than the movies.

I was really looking forward to Brian’s presentation on Stan Musial that was supposed to occur on Saturday.  Hopefully, he will save it for next year’s WWU.  Brian’s presentations are very informative and entertaining.  They are worth the price of a WWU pass alone.  Brian even sent me an email with the sources he used for his presentation, and I am passing them on to you in case you would like to read about Pepper Martin and the Mudcats:  Pepper Martin:  A Baseball Biography by Thomas Barthel and Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” by Andy Strasberg.  Click on the titles to order them from Amazon.  I am going to see if I can find them at my local library.

After the presentation, we went back to the main stage area to see Aledmys Diaz and Stephen Piscotty.   I snapped a couple of photos:

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Adam Wainwright was also signing during this time and he was very personable as always.  For those of you who love Randal Grichuk, here is a photo of him:

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We stopped by the Cardinals Magazine table and I purchased a very nice commemorative magazine about Busch Stadium II which was published in 2005, Busch Stadium II’s last year of existence.

Phil and I were getting tired, so we decided it was time to go home.

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Tom Lawless was the only free autograph I wanted to get in the morning on the 16th, and he was signing until 11:00 AM, so we decided to head to WWU a little later in the morning. The will call in the 100 N. Broadway building was empty, as we discovered when we went there first.  We then went to the hotel lobby to get an autograph ticket.  We stopped by the vendor with all the individual baseball cards and I found one of Tom for him to sign.  I wanted to find cards for Randy Flores and Kerry Robinson, but he didn’t have one for either player.

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Mike Leake was also signing. Mike, didn’t your mama ever teach you you’re not supposed to wear your hat inside?  LOL!

We then went to the main stage area and I got Tom’s autograph.  We then went to the Cardinals Care store and the Cardinals Team Store to see if they had any new merchandise or had marked down any items. I purchased a pennant for $3.00 to use for my afternoon free autographs. The CC store had marked down some of their items but they were still not in my price range.

At 11:00 PM, we went to a presentation given by team photographer Taka Yanagimoto titled “2016 – A Year in Photos.”  Mr. Yanagimoto presented a slide show of many excellent photos, both formally posed shots and candid shots.  He showed photos of Seung Hwan Oh when he signed with the team and when he stepped out of the dugout and onto the field for the first time. Everyone was amused by the photo of Jedd Gyorko and Brandon Moss sitting in lawn chairs on the field drinking beer next to a barbecue grill.  Mr. Yanagimoto showed us one of his favorite photos, which was taken on the roof of Busch Stadium.  He told us about how he gets up on the roof of Busch Stadium.  I’m not afraid of heights, but that’s too far up (and there are no handrails) for me.  Mr. Yanagimoto stated that the Cardinals are only one of three teams in MLB to have their own photography team.  It was an entertaining and informative presentation.

Both Phil and I were getting hungry, so we went to lunch at St. Louis Bread Company. I was pleased to discover that our order would be delivered to our table. The Bread Co. locations in Illinois don’t offer that service yet.

We went back to the hotel at 1 PM and got autograph tickets for Kerry Robinson and Randy Flores.  The sign with the ticket pick up information indicated that Yadi’s flight was delayed and he would not be at WWU to sign autographs until 3 PM.

My line ticket for Randy Flores was number 269 and they were only taking line tickets 1-50.  So we went to the food area to kill some time and we ran into Sally Rains of STL Sports Page. We had a nice conversation about some of the other Cardinals bloggers (don’t worry, I didn’t say anything bad at all about you).

Here are Randy and Kerry:

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I really wanted to stay to see Yadi, but I had to get home to put some leftover lasagna in the oven for dinner.  Maybe next year I’ll get to see Yadi.

It was great seeing all the guys.  It made me realize how much I missed baseball.  Pitchers and catchers report on Valentine’s Day. What an appropriate day!

I’m sorry it took me so long to post this.  I had to figure out how to get my phone photos downloaded where I could do something with them, and then I had to write everything up.   Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

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2016 Winter Warm-Up details

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The calendar has changed to a new year.  We will see our boys of summer this weekend for the first time since the playoffs ended.  Winter Warm-Up is a sign that spring training is right around the corner.  I’ll be at Winter Warm-Up this year with my son Phillip and my friend Kim, so if you’re going to Winter Warm-Up, find me and say hi! I always like to meet  my readers.  My profile photo is slightly out of date.  Here is a more recent photo of me, which was taken at the playoff game Phil and I went to:

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I will probably have that jacket on too, even though it will be chilly.  Here are all the details on Winter Warm-Up for your reference:

20th ANNUAL WINTER WARM-UP TO KICK OFF 2016 SEASON

Details on how fans can enjoy the Holiday Weekend highlighted by Autographs, the Cardinals Caravan and BBWAA Dinner 

ST. LOUIS, January 14, 2016 – The 20th annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) and the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2016 baseball season.

Winter Warm-Up – the largest fundraising effort for the team’s charitable fund, Cardinals Care – returns to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances from nearly 70 current and former Cardinals players. For the most complete schedule and up-to-date Winter Warm-Up information, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

The 2016 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, departs Busch Stadium on Friday morning. Over the course of the weekend, more than 30 current and former players will make a combined 22 stops in 21 cities throughout Cardinals Nation along six different routes before returning to St. Louis on Monday night. For complete information on all caravan stops, visit cardinals.com/caravan.

The 58th annual Baseball Writers Dinner takes place at the Marriott Grand Hotel on Sunday night. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner celebrates the 2015 Central Division Champion Cardinals and commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 2006 World Championship with members of both teams. The evening will be highlighted by special guests and the presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, the Herman / Ostermeier Award for Rookie of the Year and the winner of the Darryl Kile Award.

Below are complete highlights of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up weekend:

Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Will Call: The Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window at the Hyatt Regency is open from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The 2016 Caravan kicks off with stops in Memphis, Tenn., Champaign and Peoria, Ill., and Moberly, Jefferson City, and Springfield, Mo.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Winter Warm-Up: The 3-day event kicks off today, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 2016 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Carpenter, Tommy Pham, Brandon Moss, Lance Lynn, Matt Adams, Greg Garcia, Seth Maness, Jaime Garcia, Marco Gonzales, Tim Cooney, Charlie Tilson, and Arturo Reyes.
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Al Hrabosky, Jose Oquendo, John Costello, Scott Terry, Kerry Robinson, Ted Savage, Danny Cox, Ken Dayley, and Dean Kiekhefer.   
    • “Dugout” Presentations:
      • 10 a.m. – Meet the members of Team Fredbird
      • 11 a.m. – Meet Officers Culberson and Donaldson and the two Vapor Wake Detection Canines (Shug and Upshaw) who keep Busch Stadium safe
      • Noon – “The History of the St. Louis Giants and St. Louis Stars Negro Leagues Baseball Teams” with Dwayne Isgrig
      • 1 p.m. – Hear about Cardinals Marketing with Vice President Dan Farrell
      • 3 p.m. – Learn about all aspects of Sports Collecting (types, values, appraisals and more) with Dave Jackson
    • “Clubhouse” Presentations:
      • 10 a.m. – A “How-to” review of Bobblehead production; See what’s involved in creating this fan favorite premium with Hall of Fame & Museum Manager & Curator Paula Homan
      • Noon – Meet author Brian Finch and creative team of the book “Redbird Relics: Treasures of the St. Louis Cardinals Museum”
      • 1 p.m. – “From the Field to Your Home” presentation by Cardinals Authentics
      • 2 p.m. – “The Late Great Amadee and the Art of Sports Cartooning” with Dan Martin
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events include KMOV’s Mike Colombo and Dan McLaughlin from 9 to 11 a.m. and Q&A with General Manager John Mozeliak from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Silent Auctions:  There are two silent auctions: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fans must be present to win an auction item, and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Bank of America Building (located across 4th Street). From noon to 5 p.m., Will Call relocates back to the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinals Nation with stops in Jonesboro, Ark., Dyersburg, Tenn., Quincy, Ill., and Joplin, Rolla, Fulton, and Columbia, Mo.

 Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Winter Warm-Up: The event is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
    • 2016 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty, Tyler Lyons, Brayan Pena, Sam Tuivailala, Mitch Harris, Dean Anna, Mike Ohlman, Luke Weaver, Jacob Wilson, Austin Gomber, Patrick Wisdom and Carson Kelly.
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Red Schoendienst, Tom Lawless, Andy & Alan Benes, Ricky Horton, Mike Shannon, Jason Simontacchi, Brad Thompson, Kyle McClellan, David Eckstein, and Jeff Suppan.   
    • Dugout Presentations:
      • 10 a.m. – Meet Officers Culberson and Donaldson and the two Vapor Wake Detection Canines (Shug and Upshaw) who keep Busch Stadium safe
      • Noon – “The History of the St. Louis Giants and St. Louis Stars Negro Leagues Baseball Teams” with Dwayne Isgrig
      • 1 p.m. – “From the Field to Your Home” presentation by Cardinals Authentics
      • 2 p.m. – Meet the members of Team Fredbird
      • 3 p.m. – Learn about all aspects of Sports Collecting (types, values, appraisals and more) with Dave Jackson
    • Clubhouse Presentations:
      • 11 a.m. – Hear about the Cardinals Amateur Draft with Assistant General Manager Michael Girsch and Director of Scouting Randy Flores
      • 1 p.m. – 2015 Player Development Review with Gary LaRocque
      • 2 p.m. – See one of the most compelling artifacts from the new book “Redbird Relics: Treasures from the St. Louis Cardinals Museum”: Billy Southworth’s modified baseball cap, presented by author Brian Finch
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events include KMOV’s Maurice Drummond from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Cardinals broadcasters Mike Shannon and Mike Claiborne from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a 2006 panel discussion from noon to 2 p.m.; and Cardinals broadcaster Ricky Horton from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fans must be present to win an auction item, and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Terre Haute and Evansville, Ind., as well as Mattoon and Carbondale, Ill.
  • 58th Annual Baseball Writers Association Dinner (Marriott Grand Hotel, 6 p.m.): This year’s dinner celebrates the 2015 Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals and commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 2006 World Championship team that defeated Detroit to win the World Series in five games. The 2016 Dinner will also pay tribute to a native St. Louisan who made an indelible impression on and off the field, Hall of Famer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Yogi Berra. In addition, the BBWAA will present their highest honor to the DeWitt family for establishing a foundation for multi-generational club success. Members of the current Cardinals as well as the 2006 squad including Jim Edmonds, Chris Carpenter, Scott Rolen, David Eckstein, Jeff Suppan, Jason Isringhausen and Albert Pujols are scheduled to appear. Other highlights include award presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, Stockton/Broeg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball, Herman/Ostermeier Award for Cardinals Rookie of the Year and more. For information, or to purchase tickets, visit stlouisbbwaa.com.

 Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Winter Warm-Up: The event is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
    • 2016 Cardinals Autographs: Johnny Peralta, Kolten Wong, Carlos Martinez, Jedd Gyorko, Kevin Siegrist, Mike Leake, Trevor Rosenthal, Manager Mike Matheny, and Assistant Hitting Coach Bill Mueller.
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Whitey Herzog, John Mabry, Rich Hacker, David Bell, Stan Royer, Glenn Brummer, Scott Cooper, Mike Tyson, Tony La Russa and Cliff Politte.
    • Dugout Presentations:
      • 10 a.m. –  Meet Officers Culberson and Donaldson and the two Vapor Wake Detection Canines (Shug and Upshaw) who keep Busch Stadium safe
      • Noon – “2015- A Year In Photos” presentation with Team Photographer Taka Yanagimoto
    • Clubhouse Presentations:
      • 10 a.m. – Take a look back at the performances of Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS with “Redbird Relics” author Brian Finch
      • 11 a.m. – Bring your camera and snap a photo with America’s symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle (approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes)
      • 1 p.m. – “From the Field to Your Home” with Cardinals Authentics
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events include KMOV’s Claire Kellett from 9 to 11 a.m.; Cardinals President Bill Dewitt III at 10 a.m. and Cardinals broadcaster Jay Randolph from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and noon – 2 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fans must be present to win an auction item, and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • ARF’s Wine & Whiskers: Join Tony La Russa’s ARF for this exclusive food and wine-tasting soiree from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Redbird Club in Busch Stadium. Guests will enjoy sampling fruits of the vine and delicious appetizers from local wineries and restaurants. Reservations are $75 per person and the event supports ARF’s programs, promoting positive relationships between animals and people. For more information, visit www.arflife.org
  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its final stops in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Paducah, Ky., and Decatur and Springfield, Ill.

 Additional Winter Warm-Up Highlights (Saturday- Monday)

  • Second Floor: On the second floor of the Hyatt, fans will find collectible memorabilia, baseball cards and more from more than 50 vendors, meet Fredbird and listen to informative presentations by Cardinals executives, and watch the kids enjoy free activities. The Autograph and Admission Sales Booth is also located on the 2nd floor.
  •  Fourth Floor: On the fourth floor fans will find the main stage, be able to meet their favorite players at autograph tables, shop the Cardinals Care Store, Cardinals Publications, Team Store and Cardinals Authentics, as well as visit booths for Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact, Tony La Russa’s ARF Foundation, Stan the Man, Inc., Whitey Herzog, Mike Matheny, Lou Brock and more. 
  • Cardinals Care Store: Open throughout the weekend, the Cardinals Care Store is stocked full of Cardinals memorabilia such as discounted baseball caps, team-issued apparel, t-shirts, game-worn jerseys, books, autographed photos and bats, and more. Fans can even purchase photos for collecting player autographs and baseball cases for your new autographed collectibles. Also, any fan that purchased an autograph ticket for a pre-signed baseball from Johnathan Broxton, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Tim McCarver or Ozzie Smith may redeem their ticket at the Cardinals Care Store to receive their autographed item. 
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Throughout the weekend, Cardinals fans, ages 18 and older, can participate in the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle. Fans can buy tickets (priced 3 for $5, 10 for $10, or 40 for $20) from kiosks located on each level of the event, or from roaming ticket sellers. Each day of the Warm Up, one lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the raffle ticket donations raised, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care. 
  • Kids Club and Varsity Club Booth: Cardinals Kids Club and Varsity Club will have a booth at Winter Warm-Up. All fans that stop by the booth and register for a 2016 membership during the event will have their shipping fees waived. A number of one-of-a-kind 2016 membership items will be on display. To learn more about Cardinals Kids Club and Varsity Club, visit cardinals.com/kidsclub and cardinals.com/varsity. 
  • Green Team: The team’s “4 A Greener Game” initiative will have a booth where fans can find out more about the Cardinals Green Team – a group of volunteers who collect recyclables from fans throughout each game at Busch Stadium. In exchange for volunteering, fans are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.
  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Busch Stadium Team Store will have a large selection of Cardinals merchandise available at the Warm-Up in the Park View room on the 4th Floor. Stop by for a free stadium souvenir with any purchase! The permanent store location inside Busch Stadium – open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – will have specially-priced items on sale for the weekend. The Majestic Store located on the north side of Ballpark Village will also be open all weekend, sharing the same hours as the Team Store.
  • Cardinals Publications: One of the must-see stops during Winter Warm-Up is a visit to the Publications booth (across from the Silent Auction table) where fans can take advantage of fantastic show specials and the opportunity to enroll in drawings for premium autographed items! Don’t miss the chance to purchase a subscription to the highly acclaimed Cardinals Magazine, where you can take home two FREE tickets to a 2016 home game and gain automatic entry into a drawing for a Cards’ jersey autographed by No. 42, Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter! Additional show-only sales include: 1) The 2016 Cardinals Official Calendar—featuring the complete spring training and regular season schedules and 4 pages of coupons—for just $10 each, or 3 for $25; 2) The last remaining copies of the popular 2015 Yearbook at $15 each; 3) A very limited number of oversized magazine cover posters featuring fan favorites Jhonny Peralta, Yadier Molina and Michael Wacha; 4) The opportunity to view our extensive and affordable vintage collection of Cardinals Magazine, Yearbooks and Media Guides; and 5) The complete season sets of the 2015 Official Scorecard. Even better, fans who spend at least $25 will gain entry into a drawing for an autographed copy of Cardinals Magazine signed by cover subjects Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright! Stay tuned for additional special announcements from Publications via Twitter (@Cardinals) throughout the three-day event. 
  • Busch Stadium Tours & Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum: Guided tours of Busch Stadium will be offered during the 2016 Winter Warm-Up each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every 30 minutes. These tours will be offered at the regular tour prices, but include a stop inside the Cardinals Clubhouse – the only time each year the Cardinals’ locker room is open to tours. Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum entry is also included in all tour ticket purchases. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For ticket prices, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/tours. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care.
  • Authentics and Personalized Bats: Cardinals Authentics – the only official source of memorabilia directly from the team – will be selling unique game-used, limited-edition and autographed memorabilia at their booth.  Cardinals Authentics is offering a 20% discount to all fans to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Winter Warm Up.  Also at the booth, fans can buy a personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Each bat, which comes in different size and color options, can feature up to three lines of custom text and two logos, including the collectible 2016 Winter Warm-Up logo. 30% of all personalized bat sales will benefit Cardinals Care. The Cardinals Authentics Store located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 16th, 17th, and 18th and daily from 10-6pm. Show your Warm-Up pass at the store in Cardinals Nation and you will receive 20% off of your purchase all weekend long. 
  • Cardinals Nation Restaurant: Cardinals Nation can now visit Cardinals Nation during the Winter Warm-Up! Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village is open daily during the event, and throughout the entire year: Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to Midnight and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a Sunday Homerun Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During Winter Warm-Up weekend, attendees can show their admission pass and receive 10% off their bill at Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar. Make reservations online at cardinalsnation.com or by phone at 314.345.9880. Cardinals Nation – Experience the tradition every day!
  • Cardinals Care 6K: Throughout the weekend, Cardinals Care is offering a special deal on registration for both the Cardinals Care 6K ($50) and the One Mile Fun Run ($20) on Sunday, September 18th! For more information and to register, visit the Information Booth located in the Main Lobby. 

Social Media

Throughout the Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up, fans can stay connected by following the Cardinals on Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (Facebook.com/Cardinals) andInstagram (@Cardinals) for the latest news, event updates and behind-the-scenes content. Each day, the team will have Twitter Interviews with players, exclusive videos, photos and more. Fans should join the conversation, and share their own photos and experiences by using the hashtags #CardsWarmUp, #CardsCaravan and #CardsCare.

Traffic & Parking

For the most up-to-date alerts regarding construction and winter road conditions this weekend, fans can visit The Missouri Department of Transportation’s website athttp://www.modot.org. Additional roads may be closed due to the CityArchRiver project and the exciting changes happening to the Arch grounds. For more information, and the latest detours, visit cityarchriver.org or stlouisarch.hyatt.com. Winter Warm-Up event parking can be found just two blocks south of the Hyatt at the Stadium East Parking Garage, with entrances located on South Broadway and South 4th Street.

You can also take Metrolink to downtown St. Louis; however, be aware that Metrolink will be running a bus bridge between the 5th and Missouri and Civic Center stations on Saturday and Sunday due to the demolition of the Spruce Street bridge, which is located close to Busch Stadium.  Click on the link for more details about this: Reminder: Metrolink Passengers to be Shuttled by Bus.  Should you ride on the bus bridge, get off the bus near the 8th and Pine station and walk 4 blocks east to the Hyatt Regency.  On Monday, the train will be running on schedule.

Tickets

  • Admission Passes: Although online ticket sales have ended, fans can still purchase three-day passes for the event at the Busch Stadium Team Store, area Cardinals Clubhouse Stores (at Union Station, The Galleria, St. Louis Mills, St. Clair Square, South County Mall, West County Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, and Branson Landing), or at the event’s Autograph and Admission Sales Table on Floor 2. Ticket prices are $40 for fans 16 and older, $10 for fans ages five to 15, and free for kids under five. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID will receive one free adult pass while supplies remain and may be obtained in person at The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium until January 15 or at the Warm-Up. 
  • Will Call: Fans that purchased their tickets in advance can pick them up at the event Will Call. A photo ID matching the name on the original order or a print out of the confirmation email is required to pick up your purchase:
    • Monday, Jan.11-Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Cardinals Ticket Windows at Busch Stadium)
    • Friday, Jan. 15th from noon – 7 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
    • Saturday, Jan. 16th from 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. (at Bank of America building located across 4th Street)**
    • Saturday, Jan. 16th from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
    • Sunday, Jan. 17th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
    • Monday, Jan. 18th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
  • Autograph Tickets:  Although online ticket sales have ended, remaining autograph tickets may be purchased at the Winter Warm-Up for a specific donation to Cardinals Care. Donation amounts can be found at cardinals.com/winterwarmup. 
  • Free Autographs: A number of players will be signing free autographs. This year, free players require a line ticket which will be made available at the Warm-Up. Tickets for players signing free autographs at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in that players’ autograph line in the Grand Ballroom on Level 4. Tickets for players signing free autographs at 11 a.m. or after will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Autograph and Admission Sales booth on Level 2. Those tickets will be made available beginning two hours prior to the player’s signing time.

That’s all for now! Hope to see you this weekend at Winter Warm-Up!

Diane

2016 Winter Warm-Up tickets go on sale this Friday!

The Cardinals’ 2015 season didn’t end quite the way we wanted it to, but it’s never too early to start dreaming about the 2016 season.  The annual Winter Warm-Up gets us through the long, cold winter and gives us dreams of spring training.  I’m happy to announce that tickets for the 2016 Winter Warm-Up go on sale this Friday.  (If anyone would like to buy me a pass for Christmas, it would be greatly appreciated.)  Here’s all the details:

20th  ANNUAL WINTER WARM-UP TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY

Proceeds from the 2016 Cardinals Care event continue to benefit kids in the local community

ST. LOUIS, November 23, 2015 – Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced today that tickets for the or the 20th annual Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) will be available starting Friday, November 27 at 10 a.m. CT. One of the most popular fan events in baseball, Winter Warm-Up takes place Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18, 2016 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day), at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The event times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

Beginning Friday morning, fans can purchase admission passes for the three-day Winter Warm-Up online at cardinals.com/winterwarmup, in the official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium and at Cardinals Clubhouse stores located around St. Louis. Those who order online by January 4 will receive their passes in the mail. Fans who order on/or after January 5, can avoid the Will Call lines by picking up passes at the Busch Stadium ticket windows Monday, January 11 through Wednesday, January 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Will Call opens on Friday, January 15 at the Hyatt Regency.

The prices for admission passes, which are valid for all three days of the Warm-Up, will remain the same as the last few years – $40 for fans age 16 and over and $10 for children age 5 to 15. Kids under 5 are admitted free of charge. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult pass which must be obtained in person at the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium (November 27- January 15) or at the event.

Winter Warm-Up provides fans with countless unique opportunities while raising money for Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable fund whose mission is caring for kids in the Cardinals community. Fans can meet their favorite players at autograph sessions, play interactive games, share memories with Hall-of-Famers, take photos with Fredbird, find collectible memorabilia, bid on one-of-a-kind items at live and silent auctions, experience live presentations, and ask tough questions of players, owners, scouts, broadcasters and officials at Q&A sessions.

“We hope that the 2016 Winter Warm-Up will be our best one yet as we reach the 20 year milestone for the fan-favorite event,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “It’s really incredible to think about how many kids we’ve helped over the last 20 years, thanks to the generosity and continued support of Cardinals Nation.”

Many players’ autographs are free with the admission pass, while others require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation. All autograph tickets will be sold online beginning Tuesday, January 5 through Sunday, January 10.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup in mid-December for details, including player autograph dates, times and, if required, additional donation amounts. Any remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the Winter Warm-Up. For complete event details, schedule and frequently asked questions, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed over $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 22 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods. 2015 marked the 12th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading! See you soon!

Diane

Winter Warm-Up autograph tickets go on sale tomorrow!

WWUWhen Winter Warm-Up arrives, it’s a sure sign that spring training is right around the corner.  Fans love to go to Winter Warm-Up to see their favorite players up close and in the flesh. It’s the first opportunity to see new players such as Jason Heyward.  If finances permit, fans pay for autograph tickets, and autograph tickets go on sale tomorrow.  Here are the details on how to purchase autograph tickets:

2015 WINTER WARM-UP AUTOGRAPH TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW

Event is first opportunity to meet newcomer Heyward alongside current players like Molina and Wainwright 

 ST. LOUIS, January 05, 2015 – Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced today that fans may begin purchasing autograph tickets for the 19th annual Winter Warm-Up at cardinals.com/winterwarmup, at 9 a.m. CT on Tuesday, January 6th.

The 2015 Winter Warm-Up event (#CardsWarmUp) – happening January 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch – is the first opportunity for Cardinals fans to meet offseason acquisitions Jason Heyward, Mark Reynolds, Matt Belisle, and Jordan Walden. Returning members of the 2014 NL Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals including Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Kolten Wong, and Matt Adams are scheduled to appear at the event along with Hall of Famers Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa. In total, more than 60 current and former players will be on hand for the event.

Player autograph sessions are one of the most popular attractions of the Warm-Up. While some players’ autographs are free with the admission pass, others require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation. Every dollar donated for autograph tickets – as well as all proceeds from the Winter Warm-Up weekend – benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s community foundation that cares for kids.

“Winter Warm-Up is the perfect opportunity for fans to meet all of the newest Cardinals and all of their returning favorites while helping kids in the St. Louis community,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “We hope fans will join us as we kick off the 2015 season with the reigning NL Central Champs.”

Fans are encouraged to visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup for the most up-to-date details about player autograph dates, times and, if required, additional donation amounts. All autograph tickets will be sold online through Sunday, January 11th at 11:59 p.m. CT.  Remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the event. For complete details, schedule, frequently asked questions, and to purchase admission passes, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup. A Winter Warm-Up admission pass is required to enter the Warm-Up and obtain autographs.

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $20 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. 2015 marks the 12th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

The 2015 autograph schedule follows:

*Dates, times and players may change; some players may be added. Limit 3 tickets per player; except Heyward, Molina—Limit 1.*

Player

Donation

Signing Date

Signing Time

Adams, Matt

$25

Sunday, January 18

1-3pm

Belisle, Matt

$10

Saturday, January 17

10am-12pm

Bell, David

$5

Monday, January 19

9-11am

Bourjos, Peter

$20

Saturday, January 17

10am-12pm

Brock, Lou –pre-autographed baseball

$75

Everyday

Cardinals Care Store

Carpenter, Matt

$50

Sunday, January 18

3-5pm

Freeman, Sam

$5

Sunday, January 18

1-3pm

Gibson, Bob –pre-autographed baseball

$75

Everyday

Cardinals Care Store

Gonzales, Marco

$15

Sunday, January 18

11am-1pm

Grichuk, Randal

$20

Saturday, January 17

3-5pm

Herzog, Whitey

$75

Monday, January 19

10-11am

Heyward, Jason

$60

Saturday, January 17

12-2pm

Holliday, Matt

$75

Sunday, January 18

10am-12pm

Isringhausen, Jason

$10

Saturday, January 17

3-5pm

Jay, Jon –pre-autographed baseball

$25

Everyday

Cardinals Care Store

Kozma, Pete

$5

Saturday, January 17

2-4pm

La Russa, Tony

$75

Saturday, January 17

10am-12pm

Lynn, Lance

$40

Monday, January 19

10am-12pm

Lyons, Tyler

$5

Sunday, January 18

12-2pm

Mabry, John

$5

Monday, January 19

11am-1pm

Maness, Seth

$10

Sunday, January 18

3-5pm

Martinez, Carlos

$25

Monday, January 19

11am-1pm

Matheny, Mike

$40

Monday, January 19

10am-12pm

Molina, Yadier

$100

TBD

TBD

Mueller, Bill

$5

Saturday, January 17

3-5pm

Peralta, Jhonny

$30

TBD

TBD

Piscotty, Stephen

$5

Saturday, January 17

12-2pm

Reynolds, Mark

$10

Saturday, January 17

3-5pm

Rosenthal, Trevor

$45

Monday, January 19

1-3pm

*Schoendienst, Red

$75

Sunday, January 18

10-11am

Scruggs, Xavier

$5

Saturday, January 17

12-2pm

Shannon, Mike

$20

Sunday, January 18

11am-12pm

Siegrist, Kevin

$15

Sunday, January 18

1-3pm

Smith, Ozzie –pre-autographed baseball

$75

Everyday

Cardinals Care Store

Tuivailala, Sam

$5

Saturday, January 17

1-3pm

Wacha, Michael

$70

Sunday, January 18

1-3pm

Wainwright, Adam

$90

Sunday, January 18

10am-12pm

Walden, Jordan

$10

TBD

TBD

Wong, Kolten

$40

Monday, January 19

12-2pm

*Indicates only baseballs and photos will be autographed.

The following players will be signing free autographs. These players will require a line ticket. More info at the event.

Current Players:

Former Players:

John Costello

Rick Horton

Ken Reitz

Brad Thompson

Dean Anna

Tommy Pham

Alan Benes

Danny Cox

Mike Jorgensen

Kerry Robinson

Mike Tyson

Tim Cooney

Cody Stanley

Andy Benes

Ken Dayley

Tom Lawless

Stan Royer

Todd Worrell

Greg Garcia

 Charlie Tilson

Glenn Brummer

Cal Eldred

Kyle McClellan

Jason Simontacchi

Ty Kelly

Scott Cooper

Rich Hacker

Cliff Politte

Scott Terry

 

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

It’s Winter Warm-Up Weekend! Spring is on its way!

Cardinals fans have been waiting for this weekend all winter and it’s finally here – Winter Warm-Up, the Cardinals Caravan and the St. Louis Baseball Writers’ annual dinner.  This weekend will provide our Cardinals fix until spring training starts in less than a month.  There’s a lot going on this weekend, and just like you can’t tell the players without a scorecard, you need a schedule to keep track of all the activities.  All the details you need are below.

18th ANNUAL WINTER WARM-UP TO KICK OFF 2014 SEASON

Details on How Fans Can Enjoy the Holiday Weekend Highlighted by Autographs, the Cardinals Caravan and BBWAA Dinner

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (January 17, 2014) – The 18th annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#WWU), the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) and the 56th annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that unofficially kicks off the 2014 baseball season.

Winter Warm-Up – the largest fundraising effort for the team’s charitable fund, Cardinals Care – returns to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch Saturday, January 18th through Monday, January 20th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances by a variety of current and former Cardinals players. In addition to familiar favorites, fans will have their first opportunity to greet offseason acquisitions Peter Bourjos, Mark Ellis, Jhonny Peralta and Randal Grichuk.

“We love bringing together our players and fans as we work to raise money for kids in the Cardinals community,” said Michael Hall, Vice-President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “Winter Warm-Up is always a lot of fun for the fans, but it’s also fun for us because we know that the fans are helping us make a real difference throughout Cardinal Nation.”

For Winter Warm-Up information, and to learn more about Cardinals Care, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

The Cardinals Caravan departed Busch Stadium on Friday morning and is making 19 stops in four states along five routes before returning to St. Louis Monday night. For complete information on all caravan stops, visit cardinals.com/caravan.

The 56th annual Baseball Writers Dinner takes place at the Renaissance Grand Hotel on Sunday night. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner celebrates the 2013 National League Champion Cardinals and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World Championship with members of both teams. The evening will be highlighted by special guests like soon-to-be Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa, retiring pitching great Chris Carpenter and the presentation of the St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, the Rookie of the Year and the winner of the Darryl Kile Award.

Below are complete highlights of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up:

Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window at the Hyatt Regency will be open from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Cardinals Caravan Kicks Off: Stops in Springfield, Mo., Champaign, Ill., Decatur, Ill., Mexico, Mo. and Jefferson City, Mo. kick off the 2014 Cardinals Caravan.

 

Saturday, January 18, 2013 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • 2014 Cardinals Autographs: Adam Wainwright, Oscar Taveras, Daniel Descalso, Trevor Rosenthal, Pete Kozma, Randal Grichuk, Kevin Siegrist, Greg Garcia, Seth Maness, Jhonny Peralta and Keith Butler.
  • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Chris Carpenter, Scott Terry, Jack Clark, Ryan Franklin, Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton, Jason Simontacchi, Glenn Brummer, Donovan Osborne, Ken Dayley and Kerry Robinson.
  • “Dugout” Presentations: “Challenges of Playing the role of a General Manager” with Lee Thomas at 11 a.m.; “Collecting Sports Memorabilia” with collector Dave Jackson at 1 p.m.; and “Concussions in Baseball,” a discussion with Cardinals’ team physician Dr. Wendell Becton at 3 p.m.
  • “Clubhouse” Presentations: Old time baseball talk with former Cardinal Ted Savage at 10 a.m.; Meet the members of Team Fredbird at noon; “Hall of Fame Gamers: the Jerseys of Cardinals HOFers in the Team’s Collection” presentation by Brian Finch of the Cardinals’ Hall of Fame and Museum at 2 p.m.; and a discussion about Cardinals’ Marketing with Dan Farrell, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at 3 p.m.
  • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events are KMOV’s Claire Kellet and Andre Hepkins from 9 to 11 a.m.; “Cardinals Baseball” with General Manager John Mozeliak from 11 a.m. to noon; Cardinals alum and broadcaster Al Hrabosky from noon-2 p.m.; Cardinals alum and broadcaster Rick Horton from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Silent Auctions: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fans must be present to win an auction item, and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Bank of America Building. From noon to 5 p.m., Will Call will relocate back to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinal Nation with stops in Joplin, Rolla, Hannibal, Columbia, and Moberly, Mo. as well as Quincy, Ill.

Sunday, January 19, 2014 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • 2014 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Carpenter, Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, Tony Cruz, Tyler Lyons, Kolten Wong, Matt Adams, Jon Jay, Stephen Piscotty, Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn, Allen Craig, Eric Fornataro, Jason Motte, Mark Ellis, Shane Robinson, and Jermaine Curtis.
  • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Tony La Russa, Tom Lawless, John Costello, Mike Shannon, Ernie Broglio, Red Schoendienst, Danny Cox and Cal Eldred.
  • Dugout Presentations: “2013 Player Development Review” by Gary LaRocque, Director of Player Development, at 10 a.m.; “Collecting Sports Memorabilia” with collector Dave Jackson at 11 a.m.; and “Concussions in Baseball,” a discussion with Cardinals’ team physician Dr. Wendell Becton at 3 p.m.
  • Clubhouse Presentations: “Cardinals Baseball Photography: Year in Review” with team photographer Scott Rovak at 10 a.m.; Meet the members of Team Fredbird at noon; see 2013 additions to the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum Collection with Brian Finch of the Cardinals’ Hall of Fame and Museum at 1 p.m.; and “The Cardinals Draft Process” from Director of Scouting, Dan Kantrovitz, at 2 p.m.
  • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events are Cardinals alum and broadcaster Mike Shannon from 10 a.m. to noon; Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Cardinals broadcaster John Rooney from 1 to 3 p.m.; and KMOV’s Maurice Drummond from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Silent Auctions: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fans must be present to win an auction item, and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinal Nation with stops in Dyersburg and Memphis, Tenn., as well as Mattoon and Peoria, Ill.
  • 56th Annual Baseball Writers Dinner (Renaissance Grand Hotel, 6:30 p.m.): This year’s dinner celebrates and honors the 2013 National League Champion Cardinals and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World Championship with members of both teams. The evening will be highlighted by special guests like soon-to-be Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa and the presentation of the St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, the Rookie of the Year and the winner of the Darryl Kile Award.

  Monday, January 20, 2014 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

  • 2014 Cardinals Autographs: Michael Wacha, Mike Matheny, Peter Bourjos, Matt Holliday, Sam Freeman and Zach Petrick.
  • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Cliff Politte, Mike Jorgensen, Alan Benes, Kyle McClellan, Bill Virdon Whitey Herzog, John Mabry, Stan Royer and Brian Jordan.
  • Dugout Presentations: Learn about the stadium P.A. job from announcer John Ulett at 10 a.m.; bring your camera and take a picture with America’s symbol, the bald eagle at 11 a.m.; and “Collecting Sports Memorabilia” with collector Dave Jackson at 1 p.m.
  • Clubhouse Presentations: Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III discusses Ballpark Village at 10 a.m.; learn the history of the Cardinals in 10 items on display from the Cardinals Museum with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum at 11 a.m.; Meet the members of Team Fredbird at noon; and  “Cardinals Baseball Photography: Year in Review” with team photographer Scott Rovak at 1 p.m.
  • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events are KMOV’s Mike Colombo from 9 to 11 a.m.; and former Cardinals broadcaster Jay Randolph from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Silent Auctions: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and noon – 2 p.m.
  • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fans must be present to win an auction item, and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its final stops in Jonesboro, Ark., Cape Girardeau, Mo., Peoria and Springfield, Ill.

All Three Days

  • Second Floor: On the second floor of the Hyatt, fans will find collectible memorabilia, baseball cards and more from more than 50 vendors, meet Fredbird and listen to informative presentations by Cardinals executives, and watch the kids enjoy carnival games and inflatables.
  • Fourth Floor: On the fourth floor fans will find the main stage, be able to meet their favorite players at autograph tables, shop the Cardinals Care Store, Cardinals Publications, Team Store, Jason Motte’s K Cancer Store and Cardinals Authentics, visit booths for Tony La Russa’s ARF Foundation, Stan the Man, Inc., Whitey Herzog, Ballpark Village and more.
  •  Cardinals Care Store: Open throughout the weekend, the Cardinals Care Store is stocked full of Cardinals memorabilia such as discounted baseball caps, team-issued apparel, t-shirts, game-worn jerseys, toys, grab bags, books, autographed photos and bats, lapel pins and more. Fans can even purchase photos for collecting player autographs and baseball cases for your new autographed collectibles. Also, any fan that purchased an autograph ticket for a pre-signed baseball from Ozzie Smith may redeem their ticket at the Cardinals Care Store to receive their autographed item.
  • Trophy Photos:  Fans will be able to take their photo with the 2006 and 2011 World Series trophies, as well as with Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright’s 2013 Gold Glove Awards. The trophies will be located in the Park View room on the 4th floor.
  •  Cardinals Publications: Fans are encouraged to visit the Cardinals Publications table during Winter Warm-Up and take advantage of several show specials. Fans who purchase a subscription to Cardinals Magazine for just $35 will receive a FREE ticket voucher to a 2014 home game AND gain automatic entry into a drawing to win a game-worn retro 1982 jersey from the 30th anniversary World Series celebration vs. Milwaukee. In addition, special pricing will be available on the 2014 Cardinals Official Calendar, and a limited quantity of 2013 Cardinals Yearbooks will be on sale. Also check out the extensive collection of past issues of Cardinals Magazine, yearbooks and media guides for sale–all perfect for autographs at the show. Even better, customers who spend at least $25 at the table will receive automatic entry into the same drawing for autographed magazines. Also stay tuned for special announcements via Twitter (@Cardinals) throughout the three-day event. The Cardinals Magazine booth is located outside the Main Stage ballroom near the Silent Auction table.
  • Authentics and Personalized Bats: Cardinals Authentics – the only official source of memorabilia directly from the team – will be selling unique game-used, limited-edition and autographed collectibles at their booth. Fans can also buy a personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Each bat, which comes in two sizes, can feature up to three lines of custom text and two logos, including the exclusive 2014 Winter Warm-Up logo and new 2013 NL Champions logo. 30% of all personalized bat sales will benefit Cardinals Care.
  •  Busch Stadium Tours: Guided tours of Busch Stadium will be offered during the 2014 Winter Warm-Up each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every 20 minutes. These tours will be offered at the regular tour prices, but include a stop inside the Cardinals Clubhouse. It’s the only time each year the Cardinals’ locker room is open to tours. For ticket prices, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/tours. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care.
  •  Cardinals Care Raffle: Throughout the weekend, Cardinals fans can purchase raffle tickets for $5 for a chance to win a pair of 2014 Season tickets valued at over $3,500. The drawing takes place on the Main Stage between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday, January 20. Need not be present to win. For $1, fans can also purchase Cardinals scratch-off tickets for the chance to win a Michael Wacha autograph. Both the raffle and scratch-off tickets can be purchased from roaming volunteers or at the Admissions and Autograph Tickets Sales table on Level 2 of the Hyatt.
  •  Green Team: The team’s “4 A Greener Game” initiative will have a booth where fans can find out more about the Cardinals Green Team – a group of volunteers who collect recyclables from fans throughout each game at Busch Stadium. In exchange for volunteering, fans are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.
  • Ballpark Village: Fans will want to stop by the Ballpark Village booth to learn more about the new $100 million development opening in the spring of 2014. Promising to be the top Entertainment District in the region, the state of the art construction on a six acre site includes: five live performance stages, a retractable roof, rooftop seating to watch the Cardinals, an outdoor festival area and the biggest indoor TV screen in the Midwest – perfect for the Cardinal fan going to the stadium, sports viewing, terrific national and local dining, exciting nightlife and exceptional private parties! The booth at Winter Warm-Up will include the latest renderings and a Ballpark Village executive to answer questions. Anyone who stops by the booth and signs up for the newsletter will receive a Ballpark Village rally towel.

Social Media

Throughout the Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up, fans can stay connected by following the Cardinals on Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (Facebook.com/Cardinals) and Instagram (@Cardinals) for the latest news, event updates and behind-the-scenes content. Each day, the team will have contests for both fans at the event and at home, Twitter Interviews with players, exclusive videos, photos and more. Fans should join the conversation, and share their own photos and experiences by using the hashtags #WWU, #CardsCaravan, and #CardsCare. New this year, the Cardinals will utilize the St. Louis-based app Bonfyre. The experienced-based social platform will narrowcast the 3 day event to fans and offer exclusive, behind-the-scenes content, scheduling updates, special prizes, and allow fans to share content while automatically creating a digital memory of the experience. Fan can join the official Winter Warm-Up bonfyre by downloading the free Bonfyre app in the App Store or Play Store, logging in via phone, email, or Facebook account, then clicking the search icon in the upper right corner and type in “Winter Warm-Up.” Fans many also click this link to join from a mobile device.

 Traffic

This weekend, The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed all lanes of I-70 downtown between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge. While MoDOT doesn’t anticipate that the closure will directly impact Warm-Up attendees, motorists are encouraged to use I-64, I-55 or I-44 to get into and out of downtown during the I-70 closure. If fans take I-70, they can still take the Pine exit to Market.

 Tickets

  • Admission Passes: Although online ticket sales have ended, fans can still purchase three-day passes for the event at the Busch Stadium Team Store, area Cardinals Clubhouse Stores, or at the event’s Autograph and Admission Sales Table on Floor 2. Ticket prices are $40 for fans 16 and older, $10 for fans ages five to 15, and free for kids under five. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID will receive one free adult pass while supplies remain. Military admission passes may be obtained in person at Winter Warm-Up.
  •  Will Call: Fans that purchased their tickets in advance can pick them up at the Hyatt Regency Will Call:

o   Friday, Jan. 17th from noon – 7 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)

o   Saturday, Jan. 18th from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (at Bank of America building)*

o   Saturday, Jan. 18th from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)

o   Sunday, Jan. 19th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)

o   Monday, Jan. 20th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)

* Please note that will call pick-up on Saturday, January 18th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon is located in the main lobby of the Bank of America building on 4th Street, directly across the street from the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch.

Autograph Tickets:  Although online ticket sales have ended, remaining autograph tickets may be purchased at the Winter Warm-Up for a specific donation to Cardinals Care. Donation amounts can be found at cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

Cardinals and Cardinals Care Sponsors

Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Cardinals would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the 2014 Winter Warm-Up possible: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, Edward Jones, Flooring Industry Council of Greater St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., FOX Sports Midwest, Belleville News-Democrat, KMOX, Enterprise Holdings, PSAV, Centric Group, Rawlings Sporting Goods, FastSigns of Bridgeton, Hardee’s, Syberg’s, Renewal By Andersen, Welk Resorts, Hostess, KMOV News 4, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, In Focus Outdoor, Nehmen-Kodner, Wireless USA, St. Louis Sportswear, RBO PrintLogistix, Coca-Cola and Gwin’s Travel.

Cardinals Care
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested nearly $20 million in helping children, including providing $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 21 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois. In 2013, Cardinals Care celebrated the 10th anniversary of the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year. To learn more about all of Cardinals Care’s programs visit cardinals.com/community.

*The schedule – including all players, dates, & times – is subject to change.  

That’s all for tonight!  Look for me on the Winter Warm-Up  Bonfyre –  you’ll find me as Diane Kathriner Schultz there. Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

The Cardinals gather ’round the Bonfyre for Winter Warm-Up

You may remember that I talked about the Bonfyre app in a blog post here.  We Cardinal bloggers use Bonfyre to talk about games, transactions, etc. in private conversations.  The Cardinals are are now getting on the Bonfyre bandwagon to promote the Winter Warm-Up and the Cardinals Caravan this weekend, and if you download the Bonfyre app (available for iPhone and Android and a web app), you can join in the fun.  Here’s all the details:

2014 CARDINALS CARE WINTER WARM-UP TO HOST FIRST BONFYRE

The St. Louis-based app joins a growing list of ways fans can access behind-the-scenes content on social media at Warm-Up

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (January 17, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have established a Bonfyre for the 2014 Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#WWU) happening this weekend at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

Bonfyre, the very popular St. Louis based photo and video sharing mobile app, will complement the Cardinals’ complete social media coverage of the three-day long event on official club platforms like Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (Facebook.com/Cardinals) and Instagram (@Cardinals). The experienced-based social platform will narrowcast the event to fans and offer exclusive, behind-the-scenes content, scheduling updates, special prizes, and allow fans to share content while automatically creating a digital memory of the experience.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the St. Louis Cardinals to enhance the fan experience around such an amazing community event like the Winter Warm Up,” said Mark Sawyier, CEO of Bonfyre. “Bonfyre’s social narrowcasting platform will more directly connect the Cardinals to fans interested in the 2014 Winter Warm-Up experience. At Bonfyre, we believe experiences are the best reflection of the people and things we care about and this is a great example of that.

The Winter Warm-Up Bonfyre – open now – provides a direct line of communication to fans attending the event with the ability to stay up to date and share their personal experiences. Specific benefits include:

  • Access to exclusive content like behind-the-scenes photos and maybe a few surprise guest posts
  • Scheduling updates
  • Fans can share their experience through photos, and connect with other attendees all while creating a great memento of their time at Winter Warm-Up
  • Access to Cardinals Caravan content (#CardsCaravan)
  • Web version for fans who don’t have an iPhone or Android
  • An automatically and privately archived digital copy of the bonfyre, including photos and chats

All fans are invited to join the Winter Warm-up bonfire by downloading the mobile app and searching “Winter Warm-Up”, or by clicking this dedicated link. Representatives from Bonfyre will also be on site at the event to help fans join the free social platform.

Fans looking for exclusive Cardinals content can join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Bonfyre by using hashtags #WWU, #CardsCaravan and #CardsCare. Throughout the weekend, fans that follow the team on social media will also have the chance to win a number of prizes.

The Cardinals have experienced dramatic growth in the team’s various social media platforms in recent years, most notably on Twitter (@cardinals) and Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals). In May of 2010, when the team used Twitter to launch Stand for Stan to celebrate Stan Musial, the team had just over 5,000 followers. Today, the Cardinals have more than 400,000 followers on Twitter, making @Cardinals one of the largest accounts in Major League Baseball. The Cardinals have more than 1.6 million fans on Facebook, as well as a growing presence on other social media platforms such as Instagram (@cardinals – 125,000+), Vine, Tumblr, Pinterest and Google Plus. The Cardinals’ various social media efforts, such as the Stand for Stan Campaign, Facebook Fridays with Fredbird, the Like Mike Facebook campaign, #FreesePlease, #VinetheVote & #VoteSTL All-Star balloting campaigns, and the #Nestflix Instagram original video series #TheFrontOffice have been designed to take advantage of communication mediums that are transforming how fans interact with the club. Fans can learn more about the club’s social media by visiting cardinals.com/connect.

 There’ll be another blog post in a few minutes with the Winter Warm-Up schedule.  I hope to see you on the Winter Warm-Uo Bonfyre!

Diane