August 2015 UCB Project – Cardinals Theme Night

UCB_11The United Cardinals Blogger project for August is to create a Cardinals theme night. Now there have been some strange theme nights lately (Grateful Dead Night?  Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day? Huh?), so we thought we would help the Cardinals’ promotional department with some suggestions for new theme nights.

My theme night suggestion is “Back to the ‘60’s Night.” Those of us who were alive then will remember that the 1960’s were tumultuous times. But there were lots of good things going on as well, both for the Cardinals (like 2 World Series championships) and for St. Louis.

Music:  Before the game and between innings, classic 1960’s songs should be played over the PA system.  Some of my suggestions are “Get Off of My Cloud” by the Rolling Stones, “Turn Turn Turn” by the Byrds, and “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan.  There was plenty of good music during the ‘60’s, so the promotions department should be able to find other music to play.  If they get stuck, all they have to do is talk to John Ulett, the Cards’ PA announcer, since he worked at KSHE Real Rock Radio.

For the National Anthem, Jimi Hendrix’s version of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” could be played instead of the organ.  You can’t quite sing to it, but it fits the ‘60’s theme.

The players could wear ‘60’s throwback uniforms. These could also be sold in the team store, providing another revenue stream.  In lieu of throwback uniforms, the logo on the front of the uniform could be in red, white and blue tie-dye, like the uniforms with the camouflage logos.

Theme night promotional item:  A tie-dye T-shirt, of course! This shirt will have a Cardinals logo and Back to the ‘60’s Night printed in white on the front. Here is my design for the shirt (sorry for the crookedness of the designs – my gluing skills aren’t the best):

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(Peace, love and baseball, for those who don’t know what that first symbol is.)

Between innings, slides could be prepared for each year of the ‘60’s, i.e., first inning, 1961; second inning, 1962, etc.  The slide at the top of the inning would be Cardinals history for that year.The background would be tie-dye or paisley. I would have made slides, but I couldn’t find a background I liked. For example, the slide before the sixth inning could read:

1966

On May 12, the first game was held at Busch Memorial Stadium (Busch Stadium II)

(Insert photo of Busch Stadium II)

The slide before the bottom half of the sixth inning could read:

1966

The Beatles made their only St. Louis appearance at Busch Stadium on August 21, 1966.

(Insert photo of the Beatles at Busch Stadium)

Another interesting slide that could be shown before the game would be a list of ballpark items and what they cost in the 1960’s, such as ticket prices, scorecard prices, beer prices, and food prices.

As for the Kiss Cam and Nae Nae fan participation, the technology at Busch Stadium wasn’t there for that in the 60’s, so they would be not be held on Back to the ‘60’s Night. I’m sure some fans would approve.  The Clarkson Eye Care game could be guess the 1960’s player.

Back to the ’60’s Night would be a groovy night of peace, love and baseball.  (But no mind altering drugs allowed, just alcohol.) Far out!

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony notes

2015-08-15 02.01.04My son and I attended the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony yesterday.  The ceremony took place inside Fox Sports Midwest Live! at Ballpark Village.  Since the doors opened at 11 AM, I told my son that we needed to get there when the doors opened to get a good place to sit.  He didn’t think I knew what I was talking about until we got there and we had to share a table because the place was packed.  Mom does know best, doesn’t she?  A shout out to my new friends Bill (who came all the way from Iowa), Calvin and Chad – thanks for sharing the table with us and thanks for the great conversation! Whenever you meet fellow Cardinals fans, it’s like meeting new family members for the first time. You always have something to talk about!

I ran into Lindsey Weber of the Cardinals communications department.  I know her from the blogger events.  I told her that someone from the United Cardinals Bloggers had to represent at this important event.  She was busy putting out fires, but she came back later and we spoke at length. I told her that I just had to be there because I had plugged Ted Simmons on my blog for the fans to vote into the Hall.

Before the ceremony, Frank Cusumano of KSDK interviewed Jon Hamm of TV’s Mad Men, who grew up with Ted Simmons’s son.

Jon Hamm

Dan McLaughlin of Fox Sports Midwest was the master of ceremonies. The ceremony started with the late Stan Musial playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on the video screen.

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Dan then introduced each Hall of Famer individually.  Here’s some photos of the Hall of Famers:

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The only Hall of Famer not present was Tony LaRussa, who was in Japan for a previously scheduled engagement that he could not get out of.  Dan read a statement from Tony sending his regrets.

Then this year’s inductees walked on to the stage and were introduced.  Here are some photos:

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Dan then introduced Bill DeWitt, Jr., Bill DeWitt, III and John Mozeliak of the front office.  The DeWitts spoke about the Hall of Fame and the Museum.

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Before every candidate’s induction, there was a video clip of the candidate.  Mr. DeWitt, Jr. then read the inscription on that person’s plaque, and the candidate’s representative(s) or Ted Simmons was introduced.

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The first inductee was George Kissell, the long-time minor league instructor who influenced Cardinals players for generations.  George passed away in 2008 due to an automobile accident, so his son, Dr. Richard Kissell, accepted the honor on his behalf.  Dr. Kissell spoke about George’s influence on the Cardinals he worked with.  He mentioned that George was a devout Catholic that went to Mass every morning, and that he knew where the closest Catholic church was to every ballpark.

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Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon then came to the microphone to speak about George.  Mike was so emotional when he started speaking that he had to stop for a moment to regain his composure.  After he recovered, Mike regaled the crowd with stories about George.

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The next inductee was Curt Flood.  Curt passed away from cancer in 1997.  His representatives were his wife Judy Pace Flood and his daughter Shelly Flood.The inscription on Curt’s plaque described his challenge to the reserve clause  Shelly spoke first.  I found it interesting that she read her speech from her cell phone.  2015-08-15 02.39.36

Curt’s widow Judy Flood spoke next.  She was very articulate and well-spoken. I discovered when I read the Wikipedia page on Curt Flood that Judy was an actress. No wonder she was a great speaker!  She entertained the crowd and thanked the fans.  She said that now Curt had been welcomed back to St. Louis.

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Lou Brock then came to the podium to speak about his memories of Curt.  Lou mentioned that when other fielders tried to catch a ball like Curt, they would break their wrists.  Lou shared other stories about Curt.

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The next inductee was Bob Forsch.  Bob passed away in November 2011 from an aneurysm, a week after throwing out the first pitch at game 7 of the 2011 World Series.  Bob was represented by his daughters Kristen and Amy.   Amy was the speaker.  She spoke about how Bob loved playing in St. Louis and how pleased he would be that the fans voted him into the Hall, since he loved the fans so much.

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Then Bruce Sutter stepped up to the microphone and told great stories of rooming with Bob, and other stories.

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Then last, but not least, it was Ted Simmons’s turn to be inducted.  The video clip started playing and the tears started streaming down my face.  I remember watching Ted play in the 1970’s when I first became a Cardinals fan.  He was my favorite player.  I remember watching him run the bases with his long black hair blowing in the wind.  (Long hair was cool back then, you know.)  It was like reliving my childhood and I wished my dad had been there, but he passed away in 1980.

The audience gave Ted a standing ovation as he made his way to the podium. Ted saluted the crowd.

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Last year’s fan inductees, Willie McGee and Jim Edmonds, assisted Ted in putting on his Hall of Fame red jacket.

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Ted looking dapper in his new red jacket:

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Then Ted got up to the podium and spoke for about a half hour.  He thanked the coaches and managers that helped him along the way.  He spoke about his time in St. Louis and thanked all the fans for their support.  He mentioned that he had toured the Hall of Fame Museum and it was a great walk along memory lane.

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After Ted’s speech, Dan McLaughlin came back up to the podium to close out the ceremony.  All the Hall of Famers left the stage and the ceremony was over.

I was so thankful to be able to attend the induction ceremony.  I had a great time (thanks for buying us lunch, Phillip!).  I look forward to seeing who will be inducted next year.  If you get the opportunity to attend the induction ceremony next year, you should really attend. This ceremony was magical. The Cardinals have such a rich history and they honor the history the right way, with the Hall of Fame Museum, the Hall of Fame inductees and the various theme nights remembering World Series wins.

You can watch the induction ceremony on Fox Sports Midwest at 5 PM CST on Monday, August 17, so set up your DVR’s to watch the ceremony at your convenience.

Thanks as always reading!  See you next time!

Diane

A letter to Mr. DeWitt

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WOMEN WHO LOVE CARDINALS BASEBALL
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Diane Schultz, Founder

August 4, 2015

Mr. William DeWitt, III
President
St. Louis Cardinals
700 Clark Street
St. Louis, MO  63102

Re:  Jason Heyward

Dear Mr. DeWitt:

It is always a pleasure to hear you speak at the annual United Cardinals Bloggers event at Busch Stadium every year.  You are straightforward and very informative, and you patiently answer everyone’s questions.  You and Mr. Mozeliak treat us bloggers with great respect, for which we are greatly appreciative.

I am writing today in regard to Jason Heyward, the Cardinals’ current right fielder.  As you know, Mr. Heyward will be a free agent at the end of the 2015 season.  I and other Cardinals fans enjoy watching Mr. Heyward in right field. Mr. Heyward has a cannon for an arm and is very good at throwing out runners at home plate.  He presently has the best batting average on the team. He has the most stolen bases on the team.  He appears to get along well with his teammates.  From what I can see, he is well behaved off the field and he appears to have acclimated to the Cardinal way of comporting himself.

We Cardinals fans were hoping that Oscar Tavares was going to be the Cards’ right fielder for years to come.  Oscar’s tragic death, however, precipitated the need to sign a high quality right fielder, even though it meant trading fan favorite Shelby Miller.  We Cards fans are happy that Shelby is doing well in Atlanta and we wish him the best.  However, we are quite happy with Mr. Heyward and his talents and we hope that he will be the Cards’ right fielder for years to come.

In closing, I would request that you please sign Mr. Heyward to a long term contract at yours and his earliest convenience.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.  I look forward to the news of Mr. Heyward’s signing soon.

Very truly yours,

Diane M. Schultz

DMS

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Cold as ice

IceSummer is hot and steamy here in the Midwest. Midwest residents who are also Cardinals fans know that as the temperature gets hotter, so do the Cards’ bats.  Unfortunately, the bats are not heating up along with the weather this season.  Even though there are a few games where the Cards scored more than 3 runs, those games are few and far between.  When the Cards’ hitters don’t do their part and score runs, the pitchers have had to carry the load and pitch extraordinarily well in order to win games.  This is not fair to the poor pitchers – they deserve more run support. It’s a miracle that the Cards have the best record in baseball. Poor Jaime Garcia – every time he loses, he gets no run support.

So why are the Cards’ bats cold as ice?  That has been a hot topic (pun intended) on Twitter and other social media lately. Are opposing pitchers really all that good?  Some of them are, to be sure, but that isn’t the solution to the problem. There’s more to the problem than that.

Matt Carpenter was hitting very well before his break for exhaustion, but he hasn’t been hitting very well after that break. Has his demotion in the batting order affected him?  Matt Holliday was out for about a month due to a quad tear.  The team really missed his bat while he was gone.  Other players have not hit up to their potential as well. This scoring only 2 – 3 runs a game may work all right during the regular season, but if the Cards are going to have any chance in the playoffs, they must score more runs than that per game.

So what’s it going to take for the Cards to start hitting better?  Fans and sportswriters are calling for an acquisition of a power hitting first baseman.  Mark Reynolds is a good player, but as mentioned in my last post, he is not an everyday player.  The players most talked about as possible acquisition candidates are Adam Lind of the Brewers and Chris Davis of the Orioles.  Davis would be a rental since he is a free agent in 2016, which would work if it were guaranteed that Matt Adams will be back in the lineup next season.  There is the possibility of Lind staying beyond 2016, which would work if the team decides that Adams is not the answer at first base. What either the Brewers or the Orioles would want in exchange for either player is the key to any deal.

Maybe the Cards should look internally. How is the poor offense being addressed by the manager and coaches?  Now I admit it’s been a little hot in St. Louis the last few days for extended batting practice, but hopefully, the hitting coaches are reviewing videos of the players’ at-bats to see if there is a glitch with their batting stance or with the way they are holding the bat.  Are the players watching videos of opposing pitchers to find their weaknesses?

Or – dare I say it? – is it time for a new hitting coach? I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking this. Maybe it’s time to shake things up, like the Allen Craig and Joe Kelly trade last season.  Maybe that’s what it will take to get things going.

Thanks as always for reading my ramblings!  See you next time!

Diane

Back on track and back in town

Cards trainWhat a difference a week makes.  As you may recall, in last week’s post, I mentioned that the Cards looked tired and that they really needed the All-Star break.  Matt Holliday did return to the lineup on Friday.  It took a few days, but the Cards are playing like the hot team from the first part of the season. Holliday’s grand slam HR on Tuesday was very exciting.  And Yadi hit an amazing triple last night and cleared the bases. I haven’t seen him run that fast in a long time. Hopefully, the team is back on track and there will be no more slumps (or injuries) this season.  The Cardinals are the first team to get to 60 wins this season.  I still think the Cards need to pick up an everyday first baseman.  Adam Lind of the Brewers would be a great pickup.  Hey, Mo, go get this deal done, OK?

The Cards start an 11 game homestand tonight, and I’m sure the guys are glad to be home.  My son and I will be at Monday’s night’s game – we purchased tickets during the $4 July 4th sale  We will be in sec. 367, row 14, so come by and say hi if you’ll be at the game. Here’s the homestand highlights:

 HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, August 2, 2015)Team Mickey Day, Star Wars Night and Lou Brock Bobblehead highlight the eighth homestand of 2015

ST. LOUIS, July 23, 2015– The Cardinals are back at Busch for an 11-game stretch which kicks off tonight with a make-up game versus the Kansas City Royals. The homestand continues with a three-game series with both the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds, and concludes with a four-game series versus the Colorado Rockies. The homestand is highlighted by Team Mickey Day, Star Wars Night, six stadium-wide giveaways and photo day.

Thursday, July 23, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

  • Make-up Game: Today’s game is the rescheduled date for the rained-out June 14th game versus the Kansas City Royals. Fans holding tickets for the original June 14 date may use the same ticket for admittance to today’s game.
  •  Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms.
  • 1985 Throwback Uniforms and Bases: Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of their 1985 World Series matchup, the Cardinals and Royals will play today’s game in 1985 throwback uniforms – home white for the Cardinals and powder blue for the visiting Royals. The Cardinals will also use commemorative bases which will be available for purchase through Cardinals Authentics by visiting the store or calling 314.345.9851 (cardinals.com/authentics).

     

 

 

Friday, July 24, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Al Hrabosky Bobblehead: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a collectible Al Hrabosky bobblehead, honoring his playing days with the St. Louis Cardinals. Presented by FOX Sports Midwest (#CardsPromo). Hrabosky will also throw a ceremonial pitch before the game.

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Boogie Chyld in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) following the game.
  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum. Today’s featured items will include a pair of Al Hrabosky cleats and more. For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum(#CardsMuseum). 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

  • Umpire Camp: Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day camp for anyone interested in umpiring in baseball and softball, including those aiming to begin professional careers. The camp will be held at Busch Stadium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m. near Gate 3). Staff for the event will include many accomplished former MLB Umpires, current MLB Supervisors and Observers, and Minor League Baseball officials. For more information on how to participate in this camp and future MLB Umpire Camps, interested applicants can visit facebook.com/mlb.camps or e-mail mlbumpirecamps@mlb.com. (I would like to go to this, but hubby won’t let me. Can someone please persuade him?  – DMS)
  • Adult Replica Saturday Alternate Wainwright Jersey: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a replica Adam Wainwright jersey, courtesy of Equifax (#CardsPromo).

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Jackson Howard in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) after the game.

Sunday, July 26, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (1:15 p.m.)

#TeamMickey

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Beach Towel: 25,000 ticketed-fans receive a Cardinals Beach Towel courtesy of Apple Vacations (#CardsPromo).

  • #TeamMickey Day at the Ballpark: Fans that purchase the special Team Mickey Day ticket will receive a limited edition co-branded Mickey Mouse New Era hat and enjoy a day full of exciting Mickey Mouse-themed activities, giveaways and special surprises. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Ticket voucher in order to receive this promotional item (#TeamMickey).

 

  • Peanut Controlled Day:  This unique opportunity allows our fans with peanut allergies to sit in a “Peanut Controlled Zone.” Fans who purchase the special Peanut Controlled Theme Ticket will sit in a section where sales of peanuts will be halted and fans will not be allowed to consume peanut products in that area. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • 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 ice cream (while supplies last). 
  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms. 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 

Monday, July 27, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#AmericanGirlNight

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • American Girl Night at the Ballpark (#AmericanGirlNight): Fans who purchase this special American Girl Night Theme Ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardinals T-shirt for their American Girl Doll and a matching T-shirt transfer. Fans holding a sold-out VIP ticket for the event will also enjoy a pregame picnic with crafting station, photo opportunities, mobile hair salon for dolls, a talent show, prizes- including the chance to win an American Girl Doll- and more. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/theme. (#CardsTheme) Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item. *DOLL NOT INCLUDED

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Battle At Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals present the Battle at Busch concert series. The 2015 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Destination Z, Conquer As They Come and 5th Pocket. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 22 in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#ChristmasInJuly

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Christmas In July (#ChristmasInJuly): Celebrate Christmas in July at Busch Stadium! Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Snow Globe. Famous Christmas characters and Santa Fredbird will be in Ford Plaza for photo opportunities as well. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • Rick Horton Budweiser Bash Theme Night (#BudBash): Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a limited edition Rick Horton mini bobblehead as the Cardinals celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Nationals League Champion Cardinals. VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Horton. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special theme night voucher in order to receive this promotional item. Horton will also throw a ceremonial pitch prior to the game.

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  • Redbird Rookies Parade: Members of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play, will participate in a special parade around the warning track prior to the game.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#StarWarsNight

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Star Wars Night at the Ballpark (#StarWarsNight): Busch Stadium will transform into a galaxy far, far away as the Cardinals host Star Wars Night, presented by Kohl’s. Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Star Wars Cardinals t-shirt. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Stand Up to Cancer. From 5:45 p.m. until 8 p.m., fans will be able to take pictures with members of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization that dresses as costumed Star Wars characters, who will be stationed in Riverview Corner and Ford Plaza. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • Take Me Out To The Ballgame Contest Winner: During the seventh inning stretch, Germantown Elementary School, winners of the fan-vote “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” Contest will have their video shown on the scoreboard. They also receive a one-of-a-kind VIP experience at Busch, including a photo opportunity with Germantown native, Red Schoendienst.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:15 p.m.)

#FansFightCancer

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

  • Cancer Awareness Night (#FansFightCancer): The Cardinals and Siteman Cancer Center are teaming up to bring fans Cancer Awareness Night at Busch Stadium. Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals Cancer Awareness hat, with the color of the “STL” logo on the front of the hat corresponding to the awareness color of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area. A portion of each ticket sold will also be donated back to cancer research in St. Louis. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 
  • Bass Pro Catch and Release Pond: Prior to the game, kids can enjoy “catching fish” in Bass Pro’s Catch and Release Pond, located outside of the Cardinals Team Store at 8th & Clark. Fans have the opportunity to take a photo with their fish, earn “First Fish” certificates and receive special giveaway items.
  • Redbird Rookies Parade: Members of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play, will participate in a special parade around the warning track prior to the game.  

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Lou Brock Bobblehead: On the day of MLB’s trade deadline, 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Lou Brock bobblehead commemorating Brock’s arrival to the Cardinals via the Cubs – one of baseball’s most memorable trades. Presented by Lindenwood University (#CardsPromo).

  • Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors. Two current Cardinals players will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans 15 years old and younger from 4:45-5:15 (Players TBD). Former Cardinals players Kyle McClellan and Scott Terry will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 5:15-6:00. *Players subject to change* 
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) following the game.
  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum. Today’s featured items will include a pair of Al Hrabosky cleats and more. For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum(#CardsMuseum). 

Saturday, August 1, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:15 p.m.)

#CardsPhotoDay

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

  • Build-a-Bear Workshop Bear: 12,000 ticketed-fans, ages 15 and under, receive a Cardinals bear, courtesy of Build-a-Bear Workshop (#CardsPromo).

  • Photo Day: Prior to the game, fans will be allowed on the field to get up-close and personal photos of their favorite players, coaches and Fredbird. Field access is on a first-come, first-served basis. Weather permitting. Fans are encouraged to share their photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CardsPhotoDay. 
  • Cardinals Wives ‘Grab Bag’ Fundraiser for The Covering House: During the game, the Cardinals Wives will be selling grab bags of autographed baseballs to raise money for The Covering House, a local nonprofit which provides a place of refuge and restoration for girls who have experienced sexual trafficking or sexual exploitation. For $50, fans can purchase an unlabeled brown paper bag containing one autographed baseball from a current Cardinals player and a card identifying the signature. The Wives will be stationed at various locations throughout the stadium including inside Gate 3, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and Ford Plaza. General donations are also accepted. Learn more at cardinals.com/wivescare (#CardsWives).
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) after the game.

Sunday, August 2, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Kids Replica Alternate Wong Jersey: 12,000 ticketed-fans, ages 15 and under, receive a kid’s alternate Wong jersey, courtesy of Powerade and Shop ‘N Save (#CardsPromo).

  • Fredbird’s Birthday Bash Weekend: The Cardinals are celebrating their beloved bird’s birthday with some of his furry friends. Raymond from the Tampa Bay Rays will help celebrate Fredbird’s birthday at the game along with Swinging Friar from the San Diego Padres.
  • 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 ice cream (while supplies last). 
  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms. 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 
  • Jewish Community Day: The Cardinals are celebrating the Jewish community at today’s game. Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Yarmulke. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme(#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

More Homestand Information

Peralta, Wong and Cards 2015 HOF Class Highlight the Latest Edition of Cardinals Magazine                             

Wouldn’t it be a blast to watch a game with Adam Wainwright and his family at his home? Or learn more about the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees from the likes of Bob Gibson and Tim McCarver? How about discovering 9 new things you should know about All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta?

These must-read stories and much more are the foundation of the wall-to-wall coverage inside the newest issue of Cardinals Magazine, which presents the most comprehensive, colorful look at the present, future and past of all-things-Cardinals. The brand-new issue delivers on all fronts, with 120 pages of content including a revealing profile on the electrifying Kolten Wong, exclusive scouting reports on the club’s top 10 signees from the 2015 draft and a no-nonsense evaluation of the 45 Hall of Famers with a “Cardinals connection” – and who really earned their place in the Hall as Redbirds.

During this homestand, Cardinals Magazine is on sale for just $5 inside each gate from our refurbished vendor carts, the Team Store, and the Cardinals Authentics Shop inside Ballpark Village. It’s also available at many area retailers, notably Schnucks, Dierbergs, QT, Walgreens and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a subscription—and receive 2 FREE tickets to most any Monday through Thursday home game—visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9000 (#CardsMag).

Don’t forget, when you go to a Cardinals game, you can purchase the magazine for $5 and get a free scorecard ($2.50 value).  That’s a great deal, which I have taken advantage of 3 times this season.

Thanks as always for reading! If you are a new reader, welcome!  Follow me on Twitter @Diane1611. See you next time!

Diane

Second half thoughts and ponderings

The Cardinals really needed the All-Star break; they looked extremely tired and disoriented in this past weekend’s games.  The Cardinals start the second half of the season in first place by just 2 ½ games.  A 3-5 road trip, culminating with 2 ugly losses to the Pirates right before the All-Star break, contributed to the narrowing of the gap in the standings between the Cards and the Pirates.  There’s plenty of baseball left to play, however, so here are my thoughts about the second half of the season.

Matt Holliday returns to the lineup on Friday.  This will create quite a traffic jam in the outfield.  There are 3 outfield positions, and there are 6 outfielders on the roster.  Even using “new” math (or Common Core math), that doesn’t compute.  Adjustments will have to be made.

Holliday is signed through 2016 with an option year for 2017. Heyward is signed through the end of the year, at which time he will become a free agent.  Jon Jay is currently on the disabled list. Per the Cardinals’ website, his date of return is to be determined. So that leaves 3 players competing for the center field position.

The Cards can’t keep all the extra outfield players on the roster.  There have been folks clamoring that Jay be released or traded. Bourjos, despite his occasional flubs, has proven he can be an everyday player.  I would trade or release Jay, start Bourjos in at CF, then keep Grichuk and Pham on the bench to spell the starting outfielders in case of injury or a needed day off.  Grichuk could also be a good pinch hitter.  If Heyward doesn’t sign with the Cards next season, I would then put Grichuk in RF.

Trevor Rosenthal didn’t pitch in the All-Star Game due to arm soreness.  He did not look very good on the mound in Sunday’s game.  I would not be surprised if he landed on the DL.  Should the break help his arm feel better and if I were Mike, I would only use Rosey in a true save situation and not pitch him if the game isn’t on the line. The Cards will need Rosey fresh come September and (hopefully) October.

I am really starting to like scrappy Mark Reynolds, but he is not an everyday 1B and he wasn’t signed to be the everyday 1B.  Xavier Scruggs wasn’t the answer to the Cards’ first base woes; he is already back in Memphis.  Dan Johnson isn’t the answer either.  Stephen Piscotty is touted as the next first baseman; however, he is still learning the position at Memphis.  Since Adams isn’t due to be off the DL until the season is almost over, Mo may have to pick up or trade for a 1B player, even if it is just a rental until after the season is over.

I have really missed Cardinals baseball and I’m glad that it starts up again tomorrow night.  Today is the 70th anniversary of Red Schoendiest’s debut in baseball.  The Cardinals have encouraged fans to post a congratulatory video on social media.  I posted it on Twitter, and in case you missed it, here it is:

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Women playing Major League Baseball? My thoughts

girls baseballBy now, you’ve probably seen the AT&T Uverse commercial in which a young lady with the last name of Cortez is the first female in the major leagues.  It got me thinking – is there any way a woman could play major league baseball, and if so, what positions could a woman play?

Let’s start with the premise of women playing Major League Baseball at all.  I believe it’s possible – baseball is not as physical of a sport as say, football or hockey.  No one gets tackled in baseball (unless there’s a bench clearing brawl) or gets into a fight (see the previous parentheses).  However, women are not as strong as men unless they’re taking steroids, and as we all know, that’s illegal.  Other issues include dressing out for games and practices, and hotel rooms on the road.

So let’s look at the positions that I don’t think women could play.  Even though there is a woman pitcher in the commercial, I don’t believe women have the arm strength and the endurance to be a pitcher.  A woman could have the hand-eye coordination to play in the outfield, although I don’t think their arms are strong enough to throw a ball to home plate if necessary.

Even with adequate chest protection, it would be hard for a woman to be a catcher.  The new rule prohibits a catcher from being bowled over by a runner at the plate, but there are other accidents waiting to happen for a catcher behind the plate. Second base or third base are possibilities, but women could get injured by players sliding with their spikes up.

That leaves the shortstop position and first base.  The shortstop position requires a player with agility and a good eye, and throwing distance is less than in the outfield. The first base position requires a player who is ready at all times, whether for turning double plays and who can keep a runner close to the base, and who can also catch foul balls.   Another position, but in the American League only, would be the designated hitter.  If a woman is a DH, there is no worries about whether or not she can play a position.

Interestingly, MLB announced today that a female French shortstop named Melissa Mayeux is the first woman to be added to the international registration list, which means she could possibly be signed by a major league team on July 2.  Ms. Mayeux is only 16 years old, but the fact that she was added to the registration list at all is groundbreaking  No doubt some of the women who played in the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League in the 1940’s and 1950’s would have loved to have seen this day.

I’ve played some coed softball in my day, but God didn’t see fit to give me the hand-eye coordination or the athletic ability to perform any kind of sports. I’m sure He knew what he was doing.  I’ve been told I throw like a girl – hey, I am one!

Here is a link to an interesting article from Newsweek magazine from July 2014 for your reading enjoyment: http://www.newsweek.com/2014/07/11/pitch-attitude-256853.html

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

And now for something completely different . . .

Foot(with apologies to Monty Python) This has been a bizarre season, to say the least.  First, the Cards lose Adam Wainwright for the year due to an Achilles tendon tear.  Next, the Cards lose Matt Adams after a Grade 4 tear to his right quad. Jordan Walden is also on the DL. Then Matt Holliday went on the DL with a tear of his right quad, but thankfully, not as severe as Adams’ tear.  Lance Lynn suffered some discomfort in his right forearm and was put on the DL, but he should return soon.  And now Rosenthal is suffering some arm tightness, so he has not been available out of the bullpen the last couple of days.

But even though the team has had all these injuries, the players that are uninjured have banded together and played hard. As of today, the Cardinals still have the best record in the majors.  This is no doubt due to excellent managing by Mike Matheny.

The cap on this bizarre season, however, is the news that the Cardinals are under investigation by the FBI for allegedly hacking into the Houston Astros’ database system by using some of Jeff Luhnow’s old computer passwords. Twitter and Facebook were blown up by comments and tweets.  Here are my thoughts, for what they’re worth.

First, why didn’t Luhnow change his passwords when he went to the Astros?  At the law firm I work at, your password has to be changed every 45 days. The Cardinals obviously had Luhnow’s passwords, but when he built the new database for the Astros, he should have set up new passwords.  If he had, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now.

Second, if some of the Cardinals’ personnel suspected that Luhnow had taken the database and the other proprietary information with him to the Astros, why didn’t they go to Cardinals’ upper management and report their suspicions?  It could have then been investigated through the proper channels, rather than using Luhnow’s passwords on a computer in someone’s basement (as I read about earlier, but unfortunately, I can’t find the article now).

Third, why hack the Astros?  If it were disgruntled Cardinals employees who were upset with Luhnow, that could have been handled as per point 2 above. I could think of other teams more worthy to hack than the Astros, however.

Let’s not rush to judgment until we have all the information. There is limited information at this time, so we can’t rush to judgment against the Cardinals’ front office if indeed they had anything to do with this or knew about it in any way.  The Cardinals players, manager, and coaches knew nothing about this until the news broke and they had nothing to do with this, so let’s keep on supporting them and loving them. Unfortunately, hacking is a Federal offense, so harsh punishment, which includes prison time and heavy fines will be the result of this investigation.

Links to other articles of interest:

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2015/06/16/nyt-cardinals-investigated-by-fbi-for-hacking-astros/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybrown/2015/06/16/the-cardinals-way-just-how-high-up-in-the-front-office-could-the-houston-astros-hack-go/

http://blog.chron.com/ultimateastros/2015/06/16/cardinals-being-investigated-for-hacking-astros-computer-system/#33704101=0

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

The infirmary is getting full

Infirmary1The Cards certainly have had their share of injuries this season, haven’t they?  Waino tore his Achilles tendon and Matt Adams suffered a Grade 4 tear of his right quad, effectively ending their seasons. Reliever Jordan Walden is also on the DL. Matt Holliday went on the disabled list earlier this week with a Grade 2 tear of his right quad. Lance Lynn reported discomfort in his right forearm, so he was evaluated and he has been put on the 15 day DL.  Even with all these injuries, however, the Cards have kept on battling and they still have the best record in baseball.  A lesser team would crumble under all this adversity, but not our Cards. Let’s hope that Lynn and Holliday recover soon and that there be no more injuries to our guys this season.

Tyler Lyons has been called up from Memphis to replace Lynn and he will take Lynn’s scheduled start tomorrow evening.  Here’s all the details on that:

CARDINALS PITCHER LANCE LYNN PLACED ON 15-DAY D.L.;

LEFTY TYLER LYONS RECALLED FROM MEMPHIS (AAA) & WILL START TOMORROW

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 12, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s game that they have placed right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn (right forearm strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 8, and have recalled left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons from Memphis (AAA).

Manager Mike Matheny has tabbed Lyons to start tomorrow afternoon’s game against Kansas City.

Lyons, 27, will be making his second appearance of the season with the Cardinals, after having made three starts (13.0 IP/17 strikeouts) from May 5-16.  

Following his option to Memphis on May 16, Lyons has been one of the top pitchers in the Pacific Coast League, going 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA (26.2 IP/7 ER) his last four starts at Triple-A.   Lyons’ overall mark at Memphis is 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA (7th in PCL) in eight starts, striking out 56 (6th) while walking only nine in his 48.1 innings of work.

The 6-4, 200-pound Lyons was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June7 after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (13.0 IP) in two starts last week.   It was the third such honor during his career, the most ever by a Memphis Redbirds pitcher.

Lyons overall mark in the majors stands at 2-8 with a 4.73 ERA in 26 games (15 starts).  He faced the Royals in his 2nd career start on May 28, 2013 in a 4-1 win at Kauffman Stadium, allowing just one run on two hits in 7.0 IP.

Lyons wears uniform no. 70.

Lynn joins Adam Wainwright, Jordan Walden, Matt Adams and Matt Holliday among Cardinals currently on the disabled list.

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

A great Father’s Day contest from Cardinals Authentics!

AuthenticsHere’s a great contest from Cardinals Authentics that I wanted to share with all of you. The prize would be a great present for your favorite Cards fan dad. You do have to be able to go to a Cardinals Authentic store to sign up, however.  Here are the details:

CARDINALS AUTHENTICS GIVING DADS THE CHANCE TO ‘STEAL SECOND’

In-store contest featuring one-of-a-kind prize runs through June 20 at both store locations        

ST. LOUIS, June 8, 2015 – In honor of Father’s Day, Cardinals Authentics is giving fans the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind prize for their dad: two tickets to a Cardinals game, a personalized Louisville Slugger bat, an authenticated game-used ball from the game they attend, and the chance to run on the field and “steal” second base to take home with them.

To enter the contest, fans must visit a Cardinals Authentics location and fill out an official entry form by Saturday, June 20. One winner will be selected at random and be notified on, or around, Sunday June 21. No purchase necessary.

Cardinals Authentics is located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A second location can be found inside Busch Stadium in centerfield between Gates 5 and 6, however this location is only accessible during home games.

In addition to the contest, Cardinals Authentics is also offering a free gift with purchase through June 20. With a minimum $100 purchase, fans will receive a limited edition commemorative pin set. The retro-themed pin set includes four pins featuring Cardinals logos from 1917-1966. The free gift is limited to one per customer per location per day; while supplies last.

As the only official source of game-used, limited-edition and autographed memorabilia straight from the team, Cardinals Authentics allows fans to take home a piece of the game. Specializing in valuable, one-of-a-kind collectibles, Authentics lets fans commemorate special occasions, hold onto important memories and celebrate great moments in team history in a completely unique way. Cardinals Authentics guarantees genuine memorabilia for all Cardinals fans as part of MLB’s comprehensive league-wide memorabilia authentication initiative. Fans can shop the Cardinals Authentics Stores located at Ford Plaza inside Busch Stadium, on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village, and online at cardinalsauthentics.com.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time!

Diane

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