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

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As the World Series Turns

WS_FINALS_Web_MasterMiniseries were popular TV programs back in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and the 1990’s. The episodes of the miniseries were shown in prime time over several nights.  They were mostly historical dramas, based on previously published books, although some were based on fiction books.  Some of the more popular mini-series of those decades were Roots, North and South, and The Thorn Birds.

The 2013 World Series, Major League Baseball’s version of the miniseries, starts tonight.  The cast of players are the two teams that battled through the Division Series and the Championship Series in their respective leagues.  The settings for this Series are the old and venerable Fenway Park featuring the Green Monster, which opened in 1912, and the newer Busch Stadium III, which opened in 2006.  Both teams also had the best regular season record in their respective leagues, the first time that has happened since 1999.

Every good miniseries has several story arcs, and this World Series is no exception.  This is Carlos Beltran’s first trip to the World Series in his long illustrious career, and it’s Yadier Molina’s fourth trip to the Series.  This is Mike Matheny’s first trip to the World Series as a manager.  Chris Carpenter took batting practice at Fenway to fulfill a long held dream and he hit pretty well.  Maybe he should have been put on the roster on the bench?  LOL!

Will rookie Michael Wacha be as lights out on the mound as he was during the NLCS? Or will he get nervous and choke?  Will Matt Adams start hitting like he did during the regular season?  How will Allen Craig perform in a DH role?

This World Series brings hope to Boston after the terrible bombing at the Boston Marathon.  It’s the battle of the Red Sox beards versus the fresh faced Cardinals rookies.  It’s a showdown between 2 of the oldest franchises in MLB.  And of course, each team claims the best fans in baseball.

This World Series is the fourth meeting between the Red Sox and the Cardinals. The Cardinals hold a 3-1 lead in the matchups.  In the 2004 World Series, the Cards were swept in 4 games by the Sox.  Will there be revenge this year for 2004?  Only Molina, Matheny, and Chris Carpenter remain from that Cardinals team.

It would be easy to get caught up in all the drama.  But underneath it all, this is still the World Series and there is still baseball to be played.  On paper, the Cards and the Red Sox appear evenly matched.  This should be a very good World Series.  My prediction is that the Cards will win in 6, for Stan.  Let’s go Cards!  My next post will give you all the logistics for the 2013 World Series games and events.

Thanks for reading!  See you soon!

Diane

Two solid hits needed

I read the article below in Forbes magazine today, and although I disagree with Steve that the baseball universe is aligned properly since the Yankees won the Series (we Cards fans would say that about the Cards, of course), the rest of the article is right on. 

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Two Solid Hits Needed

Steve Forbes

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The baseball universe is properly aligned again, with the Yankees’
World Series victory. Now the national pastime’s pooh-bahs should focus
on two issues.

Length of the season. Having the playoffs run into late
October and early November is a formula for unnecessary player
injuries–with cold weather and rain and possibly even snow. Television
attracts maximum audiences during evening games, so Major League
Baseball (MLB) has given afternoon games short shrift. If MLB can’t
shed its postseason afternoon-game phobia, then it should bring back
during the regular season something once commonplace and now virtually
extinct: the doubleheader. These don’t have to be held in the same way
they were in the old days, when one ticket allowed you to watch
back-to-back games on a Sunday afternoon. Instead, there’d be one game
for one crowd at noon or 1 p.m. and a second for an evening crowd at 7
or 8 p.m. Then the playoffs and World Series could end before we need
to bring out our snow boots and skis. And the possibility of serious
weather-related injury would be minimized.

Instant replays. MLB uses them now for home runs hit near
the foul line. No one wants to do that with strikes and balls. But
there have been a number of questionable calls on base running–when it
wasn’t immediately clear if a player actually tagged the bag or if a
runner was tagged or not. One suggestion that wouldn’t disrupt the flow
of the game: Each team could request one replay per game. There would
be no need for the umps to leave the field to review a particular call;
they could view it on a handheld device or on a nearby display screen
and make a decision within seconds. During postseason games teams
should be able to question two or three calls, since the stakes are
much higher and the pressure far more intense. Again, this wouldn’t
disrupt the flow of games anymore than do television-mandated timeouts
between innings for commercials.

Instant replays. MLB uses them now for home runs hit near
the foul line. No one wants to do that with strikes and balls. But
there have been a number of questionable calls on base running–when it
wasn’t immediately clear if a player actually tagged the bag or if a
runner was tagged or not. One suggestion that wouldn’t disrupt the flow
of the game: Each team could request one replay per game. There would
be no need for the umps to leave the field to review a particular call;
they could view it on a handheld device or on a nearby display screen
and make a decision within seconds. During postseason games teams
should be able to question two or three calls, since the stakes are
much higher and the pressure far more intense. Again, this wouldn’t
disrupt the flow of games anymore than do television-mandated timeouts
between innings for commercials.

Both changes would help the game and ultimately be good for MLB.

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This season ran long because of the World Baseball Classic.  Do we really need the World Baseball Classic?  If memory serves me (and it’s late), I think that baseball got dropped from the Olympics, but the Olympics would be the best place for a world baseball competition.

Watching the World Series in November is very, very strange to me.  If Reggie Jackson were playing now, would he be called Mr. November instead of Mr. October? If one (or both) of the World Series teams were from Canada or the northern regions of the U.S.,  we would be worried about snow for the World Series.

As for Steve’s second point, the technology is certainly available today for umps to review plays with a hand held device or even a netbook.  I think there are too many commercials in baseball games today.  When my hubby watches a game, he’ll switch to another channel during the commercials.  I have to remind him to switch back to the game!

Looking forward to seeing who the NL Cy Young award tomorrow!  Hey MLB, let’s keep both Cy Young winners in Missouri, the Show Me State, OK?  See you soon!

Diane