2020 Winter Warm-Up Report Day 3

As Geoffrey Chaucer once wrote, “All good things must come to an end,” and so must Winter Warm-Up.  My son and I got to Winter Warm-Up on day 3 around 9:00 AM.  We stopped by Starbucks again for hot beverages and a snack.

We then went to drop off our coats at the coat check booth.  When I ran into my friend Linda the day before, she offered me an autograph ticket for Cliff Politte since she wouldn’t be there until later and he was signing at 9 AM.  I have to admit, I remembered that he played for the Cards but I couldn’t remember when he played.  I Googled Cliff the night before and discovered from BaseballReference.com that Cliff was drafted by the Cards but only pitched for them for one season in 1998. No wonder I didn’t remember when Cliff played for the Cards. My son was a toddler then and he kept me quite busy.

The number on my autograph ticket was 151.  I thought that I would be stuck at the end of the line, but the friendly Cardinals Care volunteers waved me on through, maybe because it was the last day and there were not many people in Cliff’s line.  I had Cliff autograph a baseball that I bought last year to collect autographs.  Miles Mikolas was sitting right next to him, so I got a great photo of Miles.

Our next stop was the Q&A with Jenifer Langosch, the former Cardinals beat writer who is now the MLB.com Senior Content Manager.  Jenifer gave us details on her life and how she started beat writing.  When she began a family, she decided it was time to move on to another baseball position, since beat writing can be grueling.  She is telecommuting in her new position.  Jenifer showed us the MLB.com website and discussed her job duties.  She showed us a website sponsored by MLB that I had never seen before, BaseballSavant.com. Stat geeks will love this website.  Jenifer then answered everyone’s questions and she would have answered more questions, but the Cardinals Care volunteer said it was time for the next presentation and everyone had to leave.

We had an hour to kill before the next presentation, so we went back to the food area on the second floor and grabbed a sandwich.  We then went to the Team Store again to see if there was any new merchandise and if anything had been marked down further.

The presentation at 12:00 PM is one of our favorite presentations and we go to it every year.  It was titled “2019 – A Year in Photos” and the presenter was Taka Yangimoto, the manager of photography for the Cardinals. Mr. Yangimoto talked about the photography staff and how many photos they take every year (in the thousands).  Photographs are used for ticket stubs, promotions, social media, and many other things.  Mr. Yangimoto then showed a slide show of some of the best photos taken last season.  Sadly, however, Jack Flaherty did not make an appearance like he did last year.

After this presentation, we went back to the Main Stage area.  I wanted to see Yadi and Waino.  Scott Warmann and Brad Thompson were the MC’s on the Main Stage.  Kolten Wong was onstage with Scott and Brad, answering their questions.  Kolten brought his Gold Glove with him for all to see.  He had just received it the night before at the Baseball Writers’ Dinner.  Kolten wore a gold bomber jacket to match his Gold Glove, and he also was wearing glasses, which he explained later were just a fashion statement.  Whew! Kolten was signing at 1 PM, so he went to his appointed seat.

Yadi came out from behind the curtain and everyone applauded, but where was Waino?  It turned out that Waino was still in the media room, and Yadi had to FaceTime Waino to get him to show up for duty.  The son insisted we needed to head over to Busch Stadium for the 2:00 PM stadium tour.  So we went over and got our coats, then we left.  I told the son that it wouldn’t take us that long to walk over to Busch Stadium from the Hyatt, but of course, he insisted it would.

We got to Ballpark Village around 1:30 PM. Since we had time to kill, we visited the Fanatics store and looked around.  After we were done there, we still had time to kill, so we walked through FOX Sports Midwest and went to the Team Store to look around.  I was looking for a Cardinals PopSocket for my cell phone case, but they didn’t sell them there.  We finally left and went to Gate 3, where the tour was to start.

My friend Linda and her friends were on the tour with us.  There were about fifteen people in the tour group.  There were two older gentlemen who were our tour guides (and gentlemen, if you’re reading this, I’m so sorry, but I’ve forgotten your names).  Our first stop was the Cardinals Club, where we could see all of the World Series trophies. Joe Medwick’s Triple Crown trophy was in a glass case behind the bar.

After that, we then walked over to the Redbird Club.  The law firm that I work at has season tickets in the Redbird Club, so I’ve been in there before.  The walls of the Redbird Club have paintings of old baseball cards, and the guide explained that the cards pictured on the walls are from Bill DeWitt, Jr.’s personal baseball card collection.

After we were done at the Redbird Club, we proceeded to the KMOX press box.  The guide explained that the press box is one of the biggest in all of Major League Baseball.  The windows in the press box are vertically cantilevered so they can be opened wide.  Mike Shannon likes the windows open no matter what the weather so radio listeners can hear the roar of the crowd and the crack of the bat.  Mike doesn’t sit on a regular desk chair during broadcasts – he balances on a large red yoga ball.

After we were done viewing the press box, it was time to go down to the first floor.  Our first stop was the Cardinals Club, for season ticket holders that sit behind home base.  Our tour guide told us the price for a season ticket in this section, that you had to buy a minimum of two season tickets, and that you had to sign a contract to purchase them for 7 years.  I would definitely have to win a big Powerball lottery in order to afford those tickets.

Our next stop was the main attraction, the Cardinals locker room. Winter Warm-Up weekend is the only time during the year where the tour includes the Cardinals locker room and that’s why we decided to take the tour.  I felt like I was walking on hallowed ground when we walked in. The tour guide gave us some information about the locker room and then we had our photos taken by a Cardinals photographer in front of Yadier Molina’s locker.  I’ll post the photo at the end of the post underneath my name.  There’s a copyright on the photo, but I hope the Cardinals don’t mind that I post the photo – it’s free publicity for them to get more people to take the tour next year.

After we were done in the locker room, we went into the dugout.  Here are some photos:

The view of the field from the dugout stairs.

The dugout.

Diane in the dugout

The finish on the dugout bench was very worn, probably from all of the players and coaches sitting on it and spilling liquid on it all season.  I would think that it would be refinished in the spring before the season started.

It was then time to go back inside.  We actually got to walk on the warning track and we went back inside via the steps next to the visiting team’s dugout.

We saw some other things and then it was time for the tour to be over. The photos that were taken in the locker room were available for purchase and of course, we purchased them.  It was a nice souvenir of our tour.  Even though it was a cold day, we really enjoyed our tour.

Now that Winter Warm-Up is over, it’s only a few weeks until pitchers and catchers report. Baseball is just around the corner! Some of the players are already working out at the spring training complex.  They can’t wait for spring training and neither can I.

I’m sorry it took me so long to post this post.  Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

News and views

The World Series started this week, but as you know, the Cardinals are not playing in it.  The juggernaut known as the Washington Nationals swept the Cardinals in 4 games.  The Cards’ bats tried to get hot in game 4, but it was too little, too late.  The Cards’ bats appeared to still be in Atlanta after game 5, in which they scored 13 runs.  Like many of the series in the regular season, the Cards overscored in one game and didn’t score many, if any runs, the next few games.  The Cardinals’ stellar defense and great pitching got them to the NLCS, but the lack of hitting caused them not to get to the World Series.  I was so hoping for a St. Louis Stanley Cup and a World Series title in the same year.  Maybe next year?

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend two games during the playoffs.  As mentioned in my last blog post, I was given two tickets to NLDS Game 4.  I also was able to attend Game 1 of the NLCS in St. Louis, which is the first NLCS game I have ever attended.  I won tickets from T-Mobile, my cell phone provider.  That was a mighty cold evening, and although the box seats were great, the Cardinals lost.

I don’t feel so bad that the Nationals swept the Cards, after seeing how they are beating up on the Astros.  Speaking of the Astros, I’m sure you’ve heard about the controversy concerning now-former assistant general manager Brandon Taubman.  For those who missed it, after the Astros won the ALCS, Taubman was in a room with three women reporters, one of which was Sports Illustrated reporter Stephanie Apstein. He shouted, “Thank God we got Osuna. I’m so f___ glad we got Osuna!” Osuna, of course, is Roberto Osuna, who served a 75 game suspension for assaulting his girlfriend. One of the reporters was wearing a purple domestic violence bracelet.  To make matters worse, the Astros’ front office waffled and tried to sweep the incident under the rug.  Apparently, the Astros have finally come to their senses and have fired Taubman. More details about this incident can be found in the article here.  I’m sure glad Jeff Luhnow left the Cardinals.  Now if only he had been smart enough to change his password when he got to Houston, the Cards wouldn’t have had to go through Hackergate.  This is the 21st century. Women reporters and bloggers are in locker rooms and clubhouses now and men really need to act like gentlemen and watch how they talk.  Teams need to own up to what their employees are doing and saying and take prompt action when things go bad rather than deny them and try to blame the victims.

Now for some good news!  The Gold Glove finalists were announced today and the Cardinals have the most finalists of all the National League teams.  The Cardinals’ Gold Glove finalists are Yadier Molina, Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Paul DeJong, Harrison Bader, and surprisingly, Jack Flaherty.  This is a reflection of the Cards’ shining defense.  I think Yadi and Kolten are shoo-ins for the Gold Glove.  The Platinum Glove finalists should be announced in the next few days.

Well, I think I’ve said enough for now.  Since this is the off-season, I won’t be blogging as much as during the season.  Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

 

 

Onward and forward to the NLCS!

Since it took 162 games for the Cardinals to win the National League Central (with some help from the Colorado Rockies – thanks, guys!), I shouldn’t have been surprised that it took all 5 games for the Cards to beat the Braves and win the NLDS.  The scores of all the games were close with the exception of Game 5.  Sunday’s game was especially heartbreaking, with Adam Wainwright pitching a masterpiece but Carlos Martinez giving up a home run to lose the game.  I really thought the Cards were done.

Then came Game 4 on Monday.  The marketing director at work stopped me on the way back to my desk on Monday around 1:55 PM to tell me that she had 2 tickets to the game and asked if I wanted to go.  Free tickets to an NLDS game?  You don’t have to ask me twice!  I went back to my desk, clocked out, changed into my sneakers and grabbed my purse. Since the building our law firm is in is only two blocks from Busch Stadium, I got there just in time to see Paul Goldschmidt’s and Marcell Ozuna’s home runs in the bottom of the first.  Yadi the G.O.A.T. became Yadi the hero in the bottom of the 10th inning with a sacrifice fly to bring Kolten Wong home to win the game.  Kolten ran like his hamstring had never been hurt. What a game! Hope was renewed.

Then came Game 5. I was so hoping that the Cards would not have to go back to Atlanta to face the tomahawk chop and those annoying Braves fans.  Well, at least the Braves fans didn’t throw beer bottles at the Cardinals on the field like they did during the wild card game in 2012.  And the Braves did not give fans the foam tomahawks, thanks to Ryan Helsley’s remarks (Helsey is half Cherokee). The Cards scored 10 runs in the first inning.  Jack Flaherty pitched a great game and even nicked Ronald Acuna, Jr., who mouthed off all the way to first base even with Yadi escorting him. And in the first inning, Matt Carpenter told Mike Shildt that one of the best defensive players in the National League was sitting on the bench.  Carp told Mike to take him out and put Bader in.  What a selfless guy and a great teammate!

And now for the first time since 2014, the Cardinals will be playing in the NLCS!  They will be playing the Nationals, and it’s the first time the Nats have made it to the NLCS. Matt Adams will be in the NLCS again. Sadly, however, since the Nats beat the Dodgers, my MLB playoff bracket is busted.  I was so hoping the Dodgers would win since the Cards seem to have the Dodgers’ number in the playoffs and especially Clayton Kershaw’s number, who imploded last night.

Since the Cards won the division and the Nats were the wild card. the Cards will have home field advantage in the NLCS.  Games 1, 2, and 6 and 7 (if necessary) will be played in St. Louis. Miles Mikolas will start tomorrow night and Adam Wainwright will pitch Saturday afternoon, with Jack Flaherty pitching on Monday and Dakota Hudson on Tuesday in Washington.  Will you be attending either (or both) Games 1 and 2?  If so, here are all the details:

2019 NLCS GAMES ONE AND TWO DETAILS — CARDINALS VS. NATIONALS

St. Louis and Washington Meet in Playoffs For Second Time, First Time Since Cardinals 2012 NLDS Win

For the first time since 2014, the St. Louis Cardinals have advanced to the National League Championship Series.  The Redbirds begin a best-of-seven series tomorrow against the Wild Card winning Washington Nationals, who defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in their Division Series matchup three games to two.  A very limited amount of NLCS tickets are available at cardinals.com/postseason.  Fans wishing to obtain tickets are strongly encouraged to purchase verified tickets on the team’s website or from the club’s official online marketplace, StubHub.  Fans are also encouraged to arrive early to the ballpark to allow everyone to be in their seats by the start of the games.  Below are details for the NLCS series against the Nationals.

NLCS Game 1 — Friday, October 11, 2019 — Busch Stadium (7:08 PM CT)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 4:35 PM

Official Cardinals Pregame Pep Rally:

  • 4:00–6:00 PM on the Missouri Lottery Outdoor Stage/Busch II Infield at Ballpark Village

         Music, entertainment and appearances by DJ Todd Thomas, Cardinals Organist Dwayne Hilton, Fredbird, Team               Fredbird, and Cardinals Alumni with prize and ticket giveaways!

Red & Navy Rally Towel Giveaway: 40,000 fans entering with a ticket.  Presented by SSM Health.

Pregame Field Ceremonies:

  • Introduction of the St. Louis Cardinals & Washington Nationals
  • Outfield Flag by Fort Leonard Wood
  • National Anthem performed by Charles Glenn
  • Ceremonial First Pitches by Cardinals Hall of Famers Jason Isringhausen and Scott Rolen

NLCS Game 2 — Saturday, October 12, 2019 — Busch Stadium (3:08 PM CT)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 12:35 PM

Official Cardinals Pregame Pep Rally:

  • 12:00-2:00 PM on the Missouri Lottery Outdoor Stage/Busch II Infield at Ballpark Village

         Music, entertainment and appearances by DJ Todd Thomas, Cardinals Organist Dwayne Hilton, Fredbird, Team               Fredbird, and Cardinals Alumni with prize and ticket giveaways!

Red & Navy Rally Towel Giveaway: 40,000 fans entering with a ticket.  Presented by Ameren Missouri & Ameren Illinois.

Pregame Field Ceremonies:

  • Colors presented by Navy Talent Acquisition Group – Mid-America Color Guard
  • National Anthem performance by Retired Naval Petty Officer, 1st Class, Generald Wilson
  • Ceremonial First Pitches by Cardinals Alumni Danny Cox and John Tudor

Below is the TV and radio station information for Games 3 through 7:

NLCS Game 3 — Monday, October 14, 2019 — Nationals Park (TBD)

TV: TBS;  Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

NLCS Game 4 — Tuesday, October 15, 2019 — Nationals Park (TBD)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

NLCS Game 5 — Wednesday, October 16, 2019 — Nationals Park (TBD)* (if necessary)

TV: TBS ; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

NLCS Game 6 — Friday, October 18, 2019 — Busch Stadium (TBD)* (if necessary)

TV: TBS;  Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

NLCS Game 7 — Saturday, October 19, 2019 — Busch Stadium (TBD)* (if necessary)

TV: TBS; Postgame: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

In and out of the deep freeze

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Louis Blues Night and Fiesta Cardenales Highlight Twelfth Homestand

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

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

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

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gates open at  4:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Random thoughts and Homestand Highlights for August 30-September 5

The Cards’ last homestand went very well.  They won 6 out of 7 games.  The only game they lost was the August 21 rain-shortened game, thanks to the umps.  Manager Mike Shildt wasn’t very happy about that.

In player moves, Junior Fernandez was brought up and then sent back down.  Ryan Helsley then came back up from Memphis.  Harrison Bader came back to the big club from Memphis and showed more patience at the plate.  He even drew some walks.  I think the temporary detention was helpful.

The Cards’ bats were taken out of the deep freeze and they were on fire this last homestand.  Perhaps the firing of Mark Budaska was a good idea after all.  The Cards beat the Brewers by the scores of 3-0 and 9-4. During the Monday night game, Paul DeJong hit a home run so hard it broke the “M” in the Big Mac Land sign.  I was given bleacher seats by someone at work for the Wednesday night game.  It’s hard to cheer enthusiastically when you’re surrounded by Rockies fans.  We left as soon as we saw lightning and the grounds crew took the cover off of the tarp.  The Cards were just getting warmed up, however.  The team then beat the Rockies by the scores of 6-5, 8. 3,. 6-0, and 11-4.

The son and I were at the Sunday game.  There is an attorney at work that has season tickets on the first base side, 3 rows off of the field.  I helped him with a project when his assistant was out of the office, so he let me select a game I wanted to go to.  I chose Sunday’s game because the giveaway was a 1944 World Series replica ring, and I wanted it to add to my collection.  There was an over 2-hour rain delay. If it had kept raining, the grounds crew would have had to build an ark. The son was ready to go home, but I told him we’d go out one more time and see if the rain had stopped.  It had, and the grounds crew were taking the tarp off of the field, so we stayed.  That second inning was crazy, though!  The Cards’ whole lineup batted that inning and the first three batters in the lineup for a total of 12 batters.  I ran out of room on my scorecard for the second inning.  I had to put the remaining 3 batters in the second inning in the 10th inning column.  I’ve never had that happen in all the years I’ve been keeping score.  We weren’t planning on being there so late, so I had to go to the concession stand to get dinner.  I bought a chicken tenders and fries basket for me, nachos for the son, and a 21 oz. soda and a souvenir soda. I spent $42.00.  Now I know why I bring food to the ballpark.

After that, the Cards had a short series at Milwaukee.  They won 2 out of the three games but lost yesterday’s game.  The team had a well-earned day off today – they hadn’t had a day off since August 12.  We’re getting closer to the end of the season, so the Cards can’t put on the brakes now.  They’re in first place now by a game and a half.  The Cards need to keep winning to keep the Cubs from taking the division.  Here’s hoping the Cards don’t wait until the last weekend of the series to clinch the pennant.  That kind of suspense just drives me crazy.

The Cards return home tomorrow night for a 7 game homestand.  Some of the giveaways are pretty sweet, especially the Yadier Molina Funko POP! figurine on Labor Day.  Will you be going to any of the games during this homestand?  If so, here are all the details:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, August 30—Thursday, September 5)

Military Appreciation Night & Yadi Funko POP! Giveaway Highlight Eleventh Homestand

After taking two of three from the Brewers in Milwaukee, the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium as winners of 15 of their last 19 contests.  The eight-game homestand kicks off with a four-game weekend series (including a Saturday split doubleheader) against the Cincinnati Reds (August 30-September 1) and concludes with four games versus the San Francisco Giants (September 2-5).

Friday, August 30, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

2004 NL Champions Beer Stein Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 21 and older.  Presented by Budweiser.

Six Flags BOGO Ticket Giveaway: 30,000 fans, entering with a ticket.

Military Appreciation Night: Presented by FOX Sports Midwest, fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive cap supporting their favorite branch of the military.  Come early to enjoy a pregame concert by the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Starlifter beginning at 5:30 in Budweiser Terrace.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to USO Missouri. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/militarynight.

Telecast For The Troops: This One’s For You, FOX Sports Midwest’s annual Cardinals telecast to the troops, will link live with members of two Missouri National Guard units (the 157th Air Operations Group deployed to Qatar and the 1175th Military Police Company deployed to Kuwait) and broadcast tonight’s game live on the American Forces Network.

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

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

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Saturday, August 31, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (12:15 p.m.)

Make-up of 6/5 Postponed Game

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

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

Gates open at 10:45 AM

Star Wars Day: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Star Wars-themed pullover jersey.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up 2 Cancer.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/starwars.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals OF Charlie James will sign from 9-11 AM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

Saturday, August 31, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 4:45 PM

 Road Gray Embroidered Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. Presented by Country Bob’s.

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

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

Sunday, September 1, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

 Kids Pajama Pants Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket.  Presented by The Pasta House Co.  Size exchanges can be made at the Patio Pavilion until 2:15 PM.

Union Appreciation Day: Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a specially designed Cardinals Union Proud stocking cap.  A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to the STLCLC “$5 for the Fight” Fund.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/union.

Prairie Farms Kids Run The Bases: Fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases after the game (weather permitting).

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

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

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

Monday, September 2, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 11:15 AM

Yadier Molina Funko POP! Giveaway: 30,000 fans, entering with a ticket.  Presented by Nathan’s Famous.

KCancer Day:  In honor of the 7th annual league-wide KCancer Day, former Cardinals closer Jason Motte will be on hand to present the proceeds from his foundation’s 6th annual St. Louis Cornhole Challenge to Cardinals Care in a pregame ceremony on the field.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Woody Williams Budweiser Bash: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Woody Williams bobblehead.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Woody.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.

Boots at Busch Finals: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals present the finals of the Boots at Busch country music concert series.  Tonight’s battle features defending champion Brushville, Madd Hoss Jackson, Jake Shafer, & Kenna.  Gate 1 will open at 4:15 PM.  Performances begin at 4:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (6:45 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:15 PM

Billikens Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Billikens-themed Cardinals lightweight quarter-zip pullover.  Come early for a pregame pep rally featuring special Billikens guests in Budweiser Terrace.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/billikens.

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

Thursday, September 5, 2019 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (12:15 p.m.)

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

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 10:45 AM

KMOX Day: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a dual bobblehead featuring radio broadcasters Mike Shannon and John Rooney.  VIP tickets holders will get the bobblehead and access to an exclusive pregame meet-and-greet with Mike and John.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/KMOX.

Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

Thanks as always for reading! Have a great Labor Day weekend!  See you next time!

Diane

First half of the season review and Homestand Highlights for July 12-17, 2019

The first half of the season was a great disappointment.  The team finshed at .500 and the offense seems to have disappeared. The starting pitching has been, well, meh.  Jordan Hicks, the Cards’ 100 MPH closer, had to have Tommy John surgery.  Marcel Ozuna, who would have probably been the team’s All-Star Game selection, was injured when he slid into first base.

Yet there were some bright spots in the first half. Tommy Edman was called up from Memphis and he is a spark plug. The bullpen has performed well. Paul DeJong was the lone Cardinal selection for the All-Star Game, and he played great – he drew a walk and stole third base, and turned two double plays.  Matt Wieters, backing up Yadier Molina, has done a great job in front of and behind the plate.  Even though the Cards are at .500, they are only two and a half games out from first place – the Cubs and Brewers are playing as poorly as the Cards are.

In other news today, Matt Carpenter has been activated from the injured list.  Yadi Molina, however, has been placed on the IL, retroactive to July 8.  Andrew Knizner has been recalled from Memphis to back up Matt Wieters, and Chasen Shreve’s contract has been purchased from Memphis.  Tyler Webb and Rangel Ravelo have been optioned to Memphis and Jordan Hicks has been placed on the 60 day IL to make room for Shreve.  Whew!  The Hwy. 55 Express has been busy.

The second half of the season starts tomorrow night.  Will the Cards make the playoffs?  The bats need to catch fire and the starting pitching needs to gel.  And the Cubs and Brewers need to collapse.  The possibility of all of these happening are probably slim to none, but a fan can dream, can’t she? If the Cards don’t make the playoffs this year for the fourth year in a row, I believe some changes will have to be made at the front office level.

The Cards come home for a six night homestand starting tomorrow night  Here are all the details you need to know about this homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, July 12—Wednesday, July 17)

#Join4Joe Bone Marrow Drive & 29th Annual Christian Day Highlight Seventh Homestand

ST LOUIS, Mo., July 11, 2019– Fresh off the All-Star break, the Cardinals return for six games at Busch.  The seventh homestand of the year opens with a three-game weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (July 12-14) and concludes with three games versus the Pittsburgh Pirates (July 15-17).

Friday, July 12, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 5:15 PM

2009 All-Star Game Jersey Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.

Elvis Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals-themed Elvis t-shirt.  Come early for a pregame performance by Elvis talent performer, Bill Cherry, in Budweiser Terrace at 5:30 PM.  A portion of each ticket will be donated back to The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/elvis.

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

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

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 4:15 PM

Golf Umbrella Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals 3B Gary Gaetti will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

#Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive: This marks the fourth year of the donor drive, which is held each year to honor the legacy of Cardinals beat writer, Joe Strauss. Representatives from Be the Match will be in Ford Plaza until 8 PM to help fans sign up to receive a Bone Marrow Donor Kit. For more info visit cardinals.com/join4joe.  Note from Diane:  I am already registered with Be the Match.  If you are attending Saturday’s game, I encourage you to participate in this donor drive. It’s even easier than giving blood.  If your marrow is a match for someone in need, you could save a life.

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

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

Sunday, July 14, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates open at 11:15 AM

Large Brim Straw Hat Giveaway: 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older.  Presented by Brown & Crouppen.

Christian Day at the Ballpark: Following the game, fans can relocate to seats behind the Cardinals dugout to watch a special postgame program with featured speaker Paul Goldschmidt and other current Cardinals players.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/christianday.  Presented by Thrivent Financial.

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

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

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

Monday, July 15, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:45 PM

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

Peanuts Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home an exclusive Cardinals-themed Woodstock bobblehead. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/peanuts.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Theory of Three & Memphis Mafia.  Gate 1 will open at 5:15 PM.  Performances begin at 6:00 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Learn more at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 5:45 PM

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a Cardinals bobblehead commemorating the first moonwalk. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/apollo.

Goodwill Autograph Night: A current Cardinals player will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans ages 15 years and younger from 6:00-6:30. Cardinals Alumni Kyle McClellan and TJ Mathews will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:30-7:15.  Players subject to change.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Wednesday, July 17 2019 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120 AM

Gates open at 10:45 AM

Y98’s Courtney & Company Day: With the purchase of a special $20 Theme Ticket, fans receive a Cardinals-themed Courtney & Company t-shirt and one complimentary drink. To purchase tickets, visit  cardinals.com/Y98.

Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips will cut your hair and donate all proceeds.

The Cards host the United Cardinals Bloggers for the annual Blogger Day this Saturday, so my next post will be about all that. The questions to John Mozeliak ought to be really interesting. Thanks as always for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

Homestand Highlights for June 17-26, 2019

During their last road trip, the Cardinals had series wins over the Marlins and the Mets for a 5-5 road record.  Sadly, Michael Wacha had another rough start.  He needs to either go back to the bullpen or be released.  The Cards were probably distracted during last Wednesday’s game since they were hoping that the Blues would win the Stanley Cup, which they did.  The Blues have thrown down the gauntlet; the Cardinals need to win the World Series this year.  Chicago has never had a Stanley Cup win and a World Series win in the same year so it would be great if that could happen in St. Louis this year.  The Pauls (Goldschmidt and DeJong) both hit home runs during the first inning of yesterday’s game.  Hopefully, their bats are starting to get hot like the weather in St. Louis. Miles Mikolas has not been pitching so well in his last couple of starts, so let’s hope he can pitch better tonight.

Have you voted for your favorite Cardinals for the All-Star Game yet?  Don’t forget, there’s a new voting format this year – the top 3 vote-getters at each position will then be pitted against each other to determine who will be the starter at that position. You can vote at cardinals.com/vote or on Google.  You can vote up to 5 times a day, so vote while you’re waiting for tonight’s game to start.

The Cardinals start a new homestand tonight, the last homestand before the All-Star Game.  The Cards play another series against the Marlins, and then play two interleague series; the first series is against the Angels (welcome back Albert!) and the second series is against the Oakland A’s (welcome back Stephen Piscotty!).  Here are all the details on this upcoming homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, June 17—Wednesday, June 26)

Albert Pujols’ Return and Wives’ Grab Bag Fundraiser Highlight Sixth Homestand

Back from their longest road trip of the year with 10 contests in 10 days, the Cardinals return for nine games at Busch.  The sixth homestand of the year opens with four games against the Miami Marlins (June 17-20), continues with a three-game weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels (June 21-23) and concludes with two games versus the Oakland Athletics (June 25-26).  Additionally, fans are encouraged to send#TheLouToTheLand by voting Cardinals players for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland at cardinals.com/vote.

Monday, June 17, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

Outdoors Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a Cardinals fishing shirt.  A portion of each ticket will be donated back to the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/outdoors.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

Fredbird’s Garage Sale: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will be able to select three previous Theme Ticket giveaways to take home.  Item/size availability is limited and items will be available on a first come, first served basis.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/garagesale.

Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back Boots at Busch—a series of home games featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features Jake Shafer and Dustin Coleman.  Performances begin at 6:15 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets to each Battle at Busch game are available for $5 or $10 at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

African American Heritage Night: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will take home a unique St. Louis Stars t-shirt.  Join us for a special pregame celebration in Budweiser Terrace featuring live entertainment by DJ Charlie Chan, a Q&A with Cardinals alumni and a step performance by the Gentlemen of Vision.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 4:45 PM

Scout Night III: Scouts and their guests can enjoy $14 Theme Tickets and receive a special Girl or Boy Scout patch.  All scouts and troop leaders will be invited to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/scouts.

Friday, June 21, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:15 PM

Goodwill Autograph Night: A current Cardinals player will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans ages 15 years and younger from 5:45-6:15. Cardinals Alumni John Costello and Bernard Gilkey will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  Players subject to change.

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

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

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels (1:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 11:15 AM

Cardinals Wives Grab Bag Fundraiser: Cardinals Wives will be selling mystery grab bags to fans for $50 at Gate 3, Gate 4, and inside the Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and Ford Plaza. Inside each bag is an autographed baseball from a Cardinals player and a card revealing the mystery signature. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Angels’ Arms and Girls in the Know.  For more info, visit cardinals.com/cardinalswives.

Prairie Farms Kids Run The Bases: Fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases after the game (weather permitting). 

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

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

Sunday, June 23, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels (6:05 p.m.)

TV: ESPN – Well, the ESPN crew can’t love all over the Cubs if the Cards aren’t playing them.  

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

Gates: 4:05 PM

Rawlings Kids Glove Giveaway: 12,000 kids, ages 15 and under, entering with a ticket.  Right-handed gloves can be exchanged for left-handed gloves at the Theme Kiosk in Budweiser Terrace.

Saturday Signings at the Museum: In a special Sunday Edition of Saturday Signings, former Cardinals closer Mark Littell will sign from 2-4 PM.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Oakland Athletics (7:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 5:45 PM

Fernando Viña Budweiser Bash: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Fernando Viña bobblehead.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Fernando.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located by Gate 1, Gate 3, and inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 — Cardinals vs. Oakland Athletics (6:15 p.m.)

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

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

Gates: 4:45 PM

Note:  My hubby and I will be at this game and we’ll be sitting in section 261, row 9.  If you’re in the vicinity, stop by and say hi!

June T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, presented by TD Ameritrade. If you’re a Blues and/or Yadi Molina fan, you may want to get tickets to this game – the T-shirt features Yadi in his Blues fan gear and the words “Let’s Go Blues!”

Soccer Night II: With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique long-sleeve Cardinals soccer jersey.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/soccernight.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Dr. Fong and the Long Brothers, The Shaved Cat Project & Black Creek Hollow.  Gate 1 will open at 4:15 PM.  Performances begin at 4:35 PM in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane 

2019 Winter Warm-Up report

This past weekend, my son and I attended the 2018 Winter Warm-Up.  Mother Nature brought the winter part – snow was predicted for Saturday, but it was just cold and windy instead.  Mother Nature brought a surprise quick moving system that dropped an inch of snow on Sunday afternoon, but Monday was windy and cold, just like Saturday.

Saturday, January 19

Phil and I arrived at the Hyatt around 8:30 AM.  The line was almost ready to go out the front door. When the line started moving, we thought we’d be smart and take the elevators upstairs to the 4th floor.  However, those entrances were closed until 9:30 AM, which meant we had to go downstairs and rejoin the line, which was even longer by this point.  Thankfully, the line moves quickly.

We went to the coat check on the 4th floor and checked our coats.  I noticed three kiosks like the ones at Busch Stadium, only instead of game tickets, you could purchase or pick up autograph tickets.  That was a really good idea on somebody’s part – the line at will call in the lobby can be long.  I didn’t plan well and didn’t get any autograph tickets this year.  The only autograph ticket I really wanted was Harrison Bader, and his tickets sold out before I could even get home from work to purchase one.  I already had a lot of the autographs of the players with free autograph tickets.  The other tickets were not in my budget.

We decided to go downstairs to the second floor and check out the vendor area.  There were various sports collectors with items for sale.  There were booths from the Peoria, Springfield, Johnson City, and the Springfield minor league Cards teams.  The Louisville Slugger museum had a booth.  They had Paul Goldschmidt’s Silver Slugger award on display (see the photo on the left).  Phil and I had stopped by the museum in April when we went to the Newsboys concert in Louisville but didn’t have the time to take the tour.  I signed up for the museum’s e-mail list and received a free pass for two for the factory tour.  Now we have an excuse to return to Louisville and visit the museum.

I found a vendor with lots of Cardinals and Blues gear for sale at very decent prices.  My hubby has been looking for a reasonably priced Cardinals polo shirt.  I found one for $20.00.  This same vendor had Paul Goldschmidt jerseys for $100.00, which was a really good price.

Rawlings had a display with Yadi’s Gold Glove.  You could get your photo taken with the glove.  Amazingly, the glove comes off of the base, which is heavy.  My son had me take his photo with the glove and as I took his photo, so did a photographer from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  His photo was in the print edition of Sunday’s Post-Dispatch.  I was surprised that his photo made the print edition.

After we had gone through the vendor area, we decided to go to the Cardinals Authentics store.  There were lots of jerseys of current players and former players.  There was memorabilia available for purchase.  There were used equipment holders, like bat bags.  There were also used and broken bats for purchase.  I picked up Jedd Gyorko’s bat.  It still had pine tar on it and I accidentally touched it.  It was still sticky.

None of the morning breakout sessions appealed to us, so we went to the food sales area (cash only, by the way) to get Phil some caffeine and crash for a while.  I went on Twitter and saw a photo of Andrew Miller from the media session.  He wore a plaid long-sleeved shirt, and with his dark hair and mustache, he looked like a lumberjack.  Andrew is also very tall.  I attempted to use some paper napkins and some good old-fashioned spit to remove the pine tar from my hand, but I was unsuccessful and had to go to the restroom to wash my hands.

We missed seeing Kolten Wong because it was time to go to lunch – there was a presentation we wanted to attend at noon.  We were originally going to go out to eat lunch, but because the forecast (erroneously) said there was going to be 2-4″ of cold, blowing snow on Saturday, we decided to purchase a King of the Hill sandwich from Schnucks along with some chips on Friday evening and eat that for lunch.

The program indicated that at the noon presentation that the first 50 people would receive Cardinals Hall of Fame bobbleheads.  Phil and I got to the Clubhouse presentation room hallway by 11:30, thinking we would be early enough to snag one of the bobbleheads.  But according to the Cardinals Care volunteers, the vouchers for the bobbleheads were given out at 10:00 AM.  We were disappointed, but there would be another chance to get a bobblehead on Sunday.

The noon presentation was given by Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  It was called “Back to the Future – a look at the new road blue uniforms” about the new powder blue jerseys that the Cardinals will wear for Saturday road games next season.  Brian outlined the history of the blue jerseys – the Cardinals were not the first to wear powder blue jerseys.  The Dodgers wore satin blue jerseys in 1944 and 1948.  Brian’s presentations are very well done and entertaining.  And you’ll learn something too!

We wanted to attend the next presentation, which was the annual look at the upcoming season’s marketing and promotional items.  We and several others sat in the presentation room waiting for the presentation to begin, but a volunteer finally came into the room and told us that the presentation had been canceled. I was disappointed because I really enjoy seeing what the promotions department comes up with.  There should have been a better way to let us know the presentation had been canceled.

Since the presentation was canceled, we went up to the main ballroom to see Carlos Martinez and Dexter Fowler.  I couldn’t get close enough to get a decent photo of Dexter, so the photo is from the video screen.   Dexter has a beautiful smile.  He looked very happy to meet with the fans and sign autographs.  Hopefully, his foot is better and he will play better this year.

 

 

 

 

I stopped by the Post-Dispatch booth in the ballroom.  We are current subscribers, but our monthly bill just went up to newsstand rate and I expressed my displeasure.  They offered me a deal for $17.00/month for a year and that was awesome, so I grabbed it.

Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong, with a couple other players, were signing at 3 PM. Paul was very engaging with the fans.  I think he’s really going to like it in St. Louis and I hope he will sign an extension.  I couldn’t get close enough to either player to get a decent photo, sadly.

The major conversation buzzing through the fans was Cubs player Kris Bryant’s smart-aleck remark to Ryan Dempster on Friday evening that St. Louis is boring. Dempster replied that he would never play in St. Louis. Yadi basically said that players should not disrespect other cities and should play and compete with respect. The Internet blew up.  The remarks put fuel to the fire for the Cards-Cubs rivalry.  It should be a very interesting season.

After we saw the two Pauls, we decided it was time to go home.

Sunday, January 20

Our Sunday morning tradition is to stop at Starbucks in the lobby of the Hyatt for coffee before getting in line.  Starbucks itself had a line.  Everyone else must have had the same idea.

The line this morning to get into the Warm-Up went out the front door.  When we finally got up to the 4th floor, we checked our coats and went to the ballroom.  I wanted to see Andrew Knizner (Yadi’s heir apparent, since Carson Kelly was one of the players traded to Arizona for Goldschmidt), Stubby Clapp and John Brebbia.  Brebbia has not yet grown back the beard he sported last summer.

We went down to the presentation room and spoke with the Cardinals Care volunteers about the bobblehead situation for Sunday.  They said that we should line up an hour before the presentation we wanted to attend in order to receive a voucher.  We got our coats and went to St. Louis Bread Company for lunch. After we returned, we went back up to the ballroom to see Miles Mikolas, Rick Ankiel, Jose Martinez, and Yairo Munoz.

I met Jayne, a Facebook friend that I have never met in person, which was really cool. Jayne (last names are not listed to protect the innocent) had an entourage with her that included Bertie, Linda, and another lady whose name I can’t remember.  We chatted for quite a while until it was time for us to get into the bobblehead line

We then got into the bobblehead line at 1 PM for the 2:00 PM presentation, which meant we missed seeing Mike Shildt, John Gant and Dakota Hudson. We also missed Mike Shannon, John Rooney and Mike Girsch on the main stage.

The 2 PM presentation was by Brian Finch.  It was titled “Call to the Hall: Lankford, Coleman, and Brecheen,” and it outlined the process of how players are elected to the Cardinals Hall of Fame.  It’s a more complicated process than you might think, and putting together the Hall of Fame ceremony involves a lot of logistics.  I was hoping to receive a Ted Simmons bobblehead, but we got Jim Edmonds bobbleheads instead.  If you have a Ted Simmons HOF bobblehead that you would like to trade for a Jim Edmonds, drop a comment below with a way for me to reach you.

After the presentation, we went back upstairs to see Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, and Jason Motte.  Jedd Gyorko was scheduled to appear, but Winter Storm Harvey kept him in West Virginia and all flights were canceled.

After we saw Waino, Wacha, and Motte, it was time to go home.  We were in the lobby by the elevators and I looked up to see Miles Mikolas. He was wearing a black, long-sleeved thermal henley shirt, black jeans, and black boots.  “Hi Miles!” I said.  “How’s it going?” He got into the elevator.  Phil asked me who I was talking to and I told him Miles Mikolas.  I said, “Didn’t you recognize the red hair, mustache, and beard?” LOL!

Monday, January 21

Sadly, Monday was the last day of Winter Warm-Up.  The only presentation we wanted to see was at noon, so we took a later train to try to get to the Hyatt a little later, but we got there just as the line started moving.  We looked around the vendor section to see if there were any last day discounts but didn’t find anything we wanted.  There was a rack of jerseys at the Cardinals Authentics booth that was 50% off, but I thought hubby would be upset with me if I spent $100 on a jersey, even if it was authentic.

We went up to the ballroom so we could see Matt Carpenter and Jack Flaherty.  We also wanted to see Whitey Herzog.  Whitey was the manager of my favorite 1980’s Cards teams.  I really liked Whitey, even though he traded my favorite Ted Simmons to the Brewers.  

We listened to the live auction on the main stage.  There were 3 items up for bid – a live cooking demonstration with a Cardinals hef, a 2013 Cardinals NL Champions large pennant, and a VIP experience at the 2019 Musial Awards.  All three of the items sold for over $1,000 each.

We decided to go to the cash food section for lunch since it was too cold to go out.  We missed seeing Jordan Hicks, Joe Magrane and Danny Cox.  The presentation we wanted to attend was at noon.  We got to the presentation room early enough where we could sit in on the presentation from Wild Bird Sanctuary.   The bald eagle was calm and well-behaved, even when Fredbird stopped by.  Birds of a feather flock together!

The noon presentation was titled “2018 – A Year in Photos” with Taka Yanagimoto, the Cards’ manager of photography.  We enjoy this presentation every year.  Taka explained that there are 4 other photographers on the Cardinals staff.  They take thousands of photos every year, but only so many are saved.  They are always looking for historical photos.  Taka then showed some of the best photos that were taken last year.  He always finishes the presentations with photos of players that have been traded or have left the team.  Close to the end of the presentation, a special visitor came to see Taka.  Can you guess who it is?

It’s Jack Flaherty!  Taka said that he and Jack are BFF’s.  For the first time since we have attended this presentation, Taka’s wife and family were at the presentation and they were sitting in the row behind us.

Going to the presentation meant that we missed Joe Magrane, Danny Cox, and Jordan Hicks.  But Tony LaRussa was still signing when we returned to the ballroom for the last time. I made a trip to the restroom and Phil said that Tony LaRussa walked right past him.

We also saw Bengie Molina and Yadi Molina.  When Yadi came in and sat down, the whole room broke out in applause.  Everyone started chanting, “Yadi! Yadi!”  We love our Yadi in St. Louis, even more since he defended St. Louis’s honor in his reply to Kris Bryant.

Then it was time to go across the ballroom to see hunky Harrison Bader.  Be still my beating heart!  He was wearing a black knit cap, which made me sad because I wanted to see his pretty, curly hair.  He flashed his gorgeous smile to all who wanted his autograph.  Next year, I’m purchasing autograph tickets the day they go on sale so I don’t miss out on seeing Harrison up close and personal.  I turned around and saw Bertie, one of Jayne’s entourage.  We discussed our mutual admiration of Harrison.

After we saw Harrison, it was time to go home.  What else could compare?

I have to apologize for the quality of some of these photos.  If you’re not in line to get autographs, you can’t get very close, and the digital zoom of the camera or iPhone makes the photos fuzzy.  Plus, you have to hurry to get a good shot as others folks are trying to do the same thing.

Baseball is coming soon – the first spring training game is a month from tomorrow!  Pitchers and catchers report on February 12.  Winter Warm-Up reminds me just how much I love Cardinals baseball.  Everyone should go to Winter Warm-Up at least once.  It’s a great experience.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Responders & Fiesta Cardenales Highlight Twelfth Homestand of 2018

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

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

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

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

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

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

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

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

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

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gates open at 10:05 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diane

Some random thoughts and Homestand Highlights for August 13-19, 2018

Hello everyone!  Wouldn’t you agree that it is much more enjoyable to watch Cardinals baseball these days?  Since July 27, the date of my last post, the Cardinals have won 5 series in a row, including sweeping the Royals this weekend.  Matt Carpenter is on fire, and has hit 32 HR as of this writing.  His bat is as hot as the salsa he’s been eating.  He has to be in consideration for the National League MVP.  In a move before the trade deadline, Tommy Pham was traded to the Rays for a couple of prospects.  Pham, however, broke his foot 2 days later and will be out for a while.  This trade brought up Harrison Bader from Memphis and I have really enjoyed watching Bader play.  He has great range in the outfield, he can hit, and he runs very fast.  He’s easy on the eyes as well.

John Mozeliak picked up pitcher Tyler Ross, who was an All-Star in 2014, from the waiver wire.  Ross had to pitch today after Luke Weaver cut his right index finger opening an aluminum food container.

The wins have been great, but the injury train continues.  Dexter Fowler broke his foot, so Tyler O’Neill was brought up from Memphis.  However, O’Neill was felled by a groin injury (which was deemed “sensitive” by the team, leading to many wiseacres on Twitter saying he had the clap).  Adolis Garcia was brought up from Memphis to replace him.  Yairo Munez sprained his wrist, so Patrick Wisdom finally got a call up to the show, after 7 years in the minors.

Mike Shildt has done a great job with the lineup, keeping it consistent.  He also has put Yadi in the 2 slot, and it has paid off.  I understand that he does a great job at the post-game pressers, although I have yet to see one since hubby changes the channel after the game is over.  Hopefully the “interim” will be taken off of his title after this season.

The Cardinals had a happy flight home this afternoon and start a 7 game homestand starting tomorrow evening.  My son and I will be at Thursday night’s game, which is a T-shirt night.  I have been at 4 games this season, and I am 2-2, with the Cards losing the last two games I attended.  I’m hoping they win Thursday night.  This weekend is also Cardinals Hall of Fame weekend – Harry Brecheen, Ray Lankford and Vince Coleman will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame on Saturday.  Here are all the details for the upcoming homestand:

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Monday, August 13—Sunday, August 19)

Hall of Fame Weekend and Military Appreciation Night Highlight Tenth Homestand of 2018

 ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 12, 2018 – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium after winning all three series on their recent nine-game road trip.  The seven-game homestand kicks off with four games against the Washington Nationals (August 13-16) and concludes with a three-game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers (August 17-19).  The tenth homestand of the season is highlighted by the team’s fifth Hall of Fame Induction Class and second annual Pride Night. 

Monday, August 13, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (7:10 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:40 p.m.

BBQ Theme Night: Come join us at Ballpark Village for the first ever BBQ Night, presented by Q in the Lou.  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will get to sample some free BBQ and take home an exclusive Cardinals BBQ Apron.  We’re firing up the grills from 5:30-7:30 across the street in the Busch II infield.  For tickets, visit cardinals.com/BBQ.  #CardsTheme

Long Haul Bombers: The Long Haul Bombers, a collection of the world’s greatest softball home run hitters, will hold a softball home run hitting contest on the field starting at 6:00 p.m.

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Sandlot Theme Night: One of America’s favorite baseball movies is turning 25 this year, and the celebration is coming to Busch Stadium! With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will get their choice between a Cardinals Ham bobblehead or a Cardinals Squints bobblehead. ‘Squints’ Palledorous will be on hand to meet and greet fans in Budweiser Terrace!  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/sandlot.  #CardsTheme

Wainwright’s Winners: Adam Wainwright will host a group from Special Olympics Missouri for tonight’s game as part of his Wainwright’s Winners Player Ticket Program.

Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back Boots at Busch—a series of home games featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features Chasing GingerMars Transit and Postal Modern.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Military Appreciation Theme Night: The Cardinals are proud to partner with FOX Sports Midwest to celebrate our troops and veterans on the second annual Military Appreciation Night.  Fans who purchased a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive camo Cardinals cap.  A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to USO Missouri.  For tickets, visit cardinals.com/militarynight.  #CardsThem

Telecast To The Troops: FOX Sports Midwest presents This One’s For You, its annual Cardinals telecast to the troops which began in 2005.  FSM will conduct live interviews with soldiers from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 35th Engineer Brigade deployed in Buehring, Kuwait.  Family members and supporters of the 35th Brigade will be at Busch Stadium as well.

Dream Weavers: Luke Weaver will host a group from Children’s Advocacy for tonight’s game as part of his Dream Weavers Player Ticket Program.

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

Thursday, August 16, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (6:15 p.m.)

MLB Network Showcase National Broadcast (out-of-market only)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a t-shirt honoring Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson.  #CardsPromo

Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors.  Tyler O’Neill will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 and younger from 4:45-5:15.  Kids must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and are distributed in Budweiser Terrace.  Former Cardinals Scott Terry and Kerry Robinson will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 5:15-6:00.  Players subject to change.

Gateway Motorsports Racing Theme Night: Start your engines and race down to Busch Stadium!  All fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive a racing-inspired Cardinals cap, plus a general admission pass to the INDYCAR Qualifying Night and the NASCAR K&N race at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 24, and a general admission ticket for the INDYCAR race on August 25.  For tickets, visit cardinals.com/gateway.  #CardsTheme

Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martínez will host a group from the Puerto Rican Society of St. Louis for tonight’s game as part of his Tsunami Waves Player Ticket Program.

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

Friday, August 17, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Mystery Batting Practice Pullover Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will be surprised at the gates when they discover which of their favorite Cardinal players they get to rep with an adult Cardinals Mystery BP Pullover, courtesy of Coca-Cola and Schnucks. #CardsPromo

Pride Theme NightJoin LGBT friends, family and allies as the Cardinals and Pride St. Louis partner to present the second annual Pride Night at Busch Stadium.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals t-shirt with a rainbow STL logo.  Additionally, a portion of each theme ticket sold will benefit Missouri Courage Scholarship, which is the first and largest state-wide LGBTQ scholarship organization in Missouri.  The Gateway Men’s Chorus will be performing God Bless America prior to the game as well. For more tickets, visit cardinals.com/pride.  #CardsTheme

Heart & Hustle Award Presentation: In a pregame ceremony, Harrison Bader will be presented with the MLBPAA 2018 Heart and Hustle Award.  The esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.  The Heart and Hustle Award is the only award in MLB that is voted on by former players.

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

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to the 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

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

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

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

Saturday, August 18, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

MLB on FOX Sports 1 National Broadcast

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Ray LankfordVince Coleman, and Harry Brecheen will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame during a 3:00 p.m. ceremony at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.  The 2018 inductees will also be recognized as part of a pregame ceremony on the field at Busch Stadium.  #CardsHOF

Hall of Fame Mystery Cap Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will celebrate the fifth induction class of the Cardinals Hall of Fame with a unique mystery cap that highlights fan vote inductees Ray Lankford or Vince Coleman. #CardsPromo

Cardinals Wives Grab Bag Fundraiser: Cardinals Wives will be selling mystery grab bags to fans for $50 at Gates 1, 3, and 4, the Cardinals Club, the Redbird Club, Ford Plaza and Bud Terrace.  Inside each bag is an autographed baseball from a Cardinals player and a card revealing the mystery signature.  The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Great Circle and KEEN St. Louis.  For more info visit cardinals.com/cardinalswives. #CardsWives

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Cardinals Hall of Famer Willie McGee will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Visitcardinals.com/museum for more information.  #CardsMuseum

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

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

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

Sunday, August 19, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Dizzy Dean Watch Giveaway: 30,000 fans ages 16 and older, will take home a one-of-a-kind Dizzy Dean watch, courtesy of AT&T. #CardsPromo

Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting).  Presented by Prairie Farms.

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

Honorary First Pitch: Miss Missouri USA 2018, Tori Kruse, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before today’s game.

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

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

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

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane