The Cardinals game I would like to have attended

1968 WS scorecardThe United Cardinals Blogger project for this month is to post about a Cardinals game in the past that you 1968 WS G1 ticketwould have liked to have attended.  My selection is the October 2, 1968 game in which Bob Gibson set the record for most strikeouts in a World Series game with 17 strikeouts. I was in second grade when this game occurred, so technically, I could have attended the game.  I will write about the game like I had actually been there, through the eyes and words of a second grader.

My dad had started taking me to Cards games that summer.  He taught me how to keep score on a scorecard.  I loved spending time with him and watching baseball with him.  We would watch games on TV or listen to games on the radio at home.  I could only listen to West Coast games during the summer when I didn’t have school.

I was so excited when Dad came home from work and told me that his boss gave him his tickets to the game because he had a meeting and couldn’t go to the game. I thought that was really nice of Dad’s boss to give him World Series tickets.  Mom wrote a note to the teacher to get me excused from school.  I couldn’t hardly sleep the night before because I was so excited that I was going to the game.

It was the first game of the Series.  The Tigers were playing the Cardinals. Bob Gibson was pitching for the Cards and Denny McLain was pitching for the Tigers.  Gibby was my dad’s favorite pitcher because he pitched quick.  The batters were always scared of Gibby too.  He threw inside when he had to, to move the batter off the plate, my dad said.

After what seemed like forever, the game finally started.  My scorecard was on my lap and I was ready to keep score.  My dad would help me with scoring if I asked him.

In the top of the first, Dick McAuliffe was the first batter and Gibby struck him out.  Mickey Stanley  got a single, but Tim McCarver threw him out when he tried to steal second.  The crowd cheered.  Gibby struck out Al Kaline to finish the inning. Gibby had 2 strikeouts.  The Cards didn’t score in the first.

In the top of the second, Gibby struck out all three Tigers batters he faced. 5 strikeouts for Gibby.  In the bottom of the second, Orlando Cepeda hit a fly ball to center field.  McCarver hit a triple, but Mike Shannon and Julian Javier struck out.  No score yet.

In the top of the third, Bill Freehan struck out, but then Don Wert hit a single to center field.  Gibby struck out McLain, and then McAuliffe grounded out. 7 strikeouts for Gibby.

In the bottom of the third, Dal Maxwell walked.  It was the first walk of the game.  Gibby bunted Maxwell over to second.  Lou Brock got on base by a fielder’s choice and Maxwell was out at third.  Lou twisted his left ankle when he stole second, but he got back up and kept playing.  Whew! I sure was worried he was hurt bad.  Lou went to third on an error by the second baseman. Lou didn’t get to score because Curt Flood hit a pop fly to the shortstop.  Still no score.

The Tigers didn’t score in the top of the fourth, as Stanley and Norm Cash both flew out and Al Kaline struck out.  I counted Gibby’s strikeouts on my scorecard again as the half inning ended. There were 8.  That was a lot of strikeouts.

The Cards finally scored in the fourth. McLain walked Roger Maris and McCarver.  Mike Shannon hit a single and Maris scored.  Shannon went to second and McCarver went to third when Willie Horton booted the ball.  Julian Javier got a hit and Shannon and McCarver scored. The crowd went wild. The score was 3-0, Cards.

In the top of the fifth, Horton hit a pop fly and Northrup lined out to the shortstop.  Freehan walked, but Don Wert struck out looking.  Nine strikeouts for Gibby.  In the bottom of the fifth, Brock grounded out and Flood hit a pop fly to the second baseman.  Maris reached on an error by the first baseman, but Cepeda lined out to the left fielder. The score was still 3-0, Cards.

I thought the Tigers might score in the top of the sixth.  Tommy Matchick pinch hit for McLain, but he grounded out. McAuliffe singled, but Stanley struck out.  Kaline hit a double and moved McAuliffe to third, but Cash struck out. Eleven strikeouts for Gibby. Dad wondered out loud what the record was for the number of strikeouts in a single World Series game.  I didn’t know but I sure was enjoying this game.

Pat Dobson took over the mound from McLain in the bottom of the sixth.  McCarver hit a pop fly to second and Shannon grounded out.  Javier walked, but was caught stealing with Dal Maxvill up to bat.

In the top of the seventh, Gibby continued his magic.  Willie Horton lined out to the shortstop and then Jim Northrup and Bill Freehan struck out.  The count was up to 13 strikeouts for Gibby.  In the bottom of the seventh, Maxvill and Gibby both hit to the first baseman.  Lou Brock proved his ankle was fine because he hit a home run to make the score 4-0.  Curt Flood hit a single and then stole second, but Maris flew out for the final out.

In the top of the eighth, Mathews struck out – number 14 for Gibby.  Brown and McAuliffe both hit fly balls to the left fielder and the top of the eighth was over, just like that.  In the bottom of the eighth, Don Mathews took over the mound for Dobson. Flood hit a fly ball, which was caught in foul territory.  McCarver hit into a ground out.  Shannon hit a single, but Javier hit a fly ball to the center fielder.  The score was still 4-0.

When the ninth inning started, everyone stood up.  How could you sit when Bob Gibson was getting ready to win Game 1 of the Series and maybe set a record too?  The crowd groaned as Mathews hit a single.  But Gibby settled down and struck out Kaline, Nash, and Horton to win the game.  Gibby had a complete game shutout.  The scoreboard flashed that Gibby had set a World Series record with 17 strikeouts.  History had been made and I had been there to see it.

When I got home, I was so excited.  I told Mom all about the history making game I saw. She smiled and told me she had watched the game on TV.  What a story I had to tell the kids at school the next day!

I hope you enjoyed my “story.”  Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Bibliography:

1968 World Series Game 1 box score, http://www.baseball-reference.com, http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN196810020.shtml

Wikipedia.org, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_World_Series

2015 Cardinals theme nights announced

BB ticketI’m counting down the days until spring training and the start of the season, aren’t you?   Winter is so long and dreary without baseball.  We know that baseball will be coming soon with the announcement that theme tickets are now available for purchase for the 2015 Cardinals season.  There are over 20 theme nights this season, and more will be added over the course of the season. Keep in mind that the difference between promotion nights and theme nights is that you don’t get the promotional item unless you purchase the special theme night tickets. Hubby and I had non-theme tickets to the Christmas in July night last year.  It was a fun atmosphere: the organist played Christmas music; Fredbird dressed up in Santa gear; and when each Cardinal came up to bat, his photo appeared on the scoreboard with a holiday background.  Here are all the details on the theme night events:

2015 CARDINALS THEME TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Tickets on sale now for over 20 Theme Ticket dates including Star Wars Night, Superhero Night, Scout Nights and more

 ST. LOUIS, Mo. (January 21, 2015) – Tickets for more than 20 Theme Ticket promotional dates during the 2015 Season, including American Girl Night, Star Wars Night, Superhero Night and many more, are on sale now at cardinals.com/theme.

“Theme Tickets offer fans a fun, unique and special VIP way to enjoy Cardinals baseball while celebrating a shared common bond,” said Martin Coco, Director of Ticket Sales & Marketing. “We have an amazing lineup of special theme nights that fans won’t want to miss, including some new events like American Girl Night, that promise to be very popular.” 

Theme Tickets are customized promotions that allow a select number of fans to celebrate a common interest while enjoying access to a unique promotional item and/or exclusive pre-game event. Targeted around different occupations, organizations, communities, celebrities and more, Theme Tickets let fans enjoy the game in a whole new way.

The 2015 schedule includes returning favorites like Mizzou Night, Illini Night, Catholic Family Night, Jewish Community Day, Christmas in July, and Scout Nights, as well as several new events such as Nurses Night, St. Louis Browns Night and Runners Night.

Additional Theme Ticket events will be announced throughout the 2015 season.  A full listing of 2015 Theme Ticket dates follows.  Fans can learn more about Cardinals Theme Ticket dates and purchase their tickets for these events at cardinals.com/theme.

2015 Theme Nights Schedule as of 01.21.15

College Theme Night # 1

Wednesday, April 15 vs Milwaukee, 7:15

Cardinals Sunglasses, Croakie and Carrying Case

Local college students, faculty and staff can take a break from the books and join us for College Night and receive your exclusive Cardinals sunglasses/croakies combo.

Catholic Family Theme  Night (Catholic Supply of St. Louis Inc.)

Wednesday, April 15 vs Milwaukee, 7:15

Blessing Bracelet

Show your religious and team spirit at Catholic Family Theme Night. With your Catholic Family Night Theme Ticket you get a one of a kind Cardinals Blessing Bracelet!

Weather Bash at Busch

Thursday, April 16 vs Milwaukee, 12:45

Pre-game educational program and a voucher for hot dog, soda and chips

The ultimate field trip experience for grade school and middle school age kids. Pre-game weather presentation on the field with the KSDK weather team, followed by fun weather-related science experiments presented by “Mad Science”.

College Theme Night #2

Wednesday, April 29 vs Philadelphia, 7:15

Cardinals Hoodie

Celebrate the end of the school year with our second College Theme Night and take home an exclusive Cardinals-themed hooded sweatshirt!

Scout Night # 1

Monday, May 4 vs Chicago, 7:15

Scout Patch

Scouts their families and friends are invited to enjoy Scout Night at Busch Stadium. Boy and Girls Scouts that attend the game will receive a Cardinals scout patch.

Cinco de Mayo Theme Night

Tuesday, May 5 vs Chicago, 7:15

Cardinals Chip and Dip Tray

Grab your sombrero and head to Busch Stadium to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Cardinals game. With the purchase of your Cinco de Mayo Theme Ticket, you will receive a Cardinals chip and dip tray!

Illini Theme Night

Friday, May 15 vs Tigers, 7:15

Fighting Illini/Cardinals Hat

Spend an evening with fellow Illini fans and alumni! Show your team spirit all year long with your Illini/Cardinals hat that comes with the purchase of your Illini Night Theme Ticket.

Peanut Controlled Days

Sunday, May 17 vs Tigers & Sunday, July 26th Vs Atlanta, 1:15

Ticket in a Peanut Free Section

Fans with peanut allergies can enjoy Peanut Controlled Days featuring tickets in a peanut-free section. This area will be thoroughly cleaned before the game and the sale and consumption of peanuts will not be allowed.

Beer Tasting Theme Night

Wednesday, May 27 vs Arizona, 7:15

Pre-game beer tasting event

Like beer? Like Cardinals baseball? Fans can sample a variety of Anheuser-Busch specialty beers at this fun-filled pre-game event.

 Scout Night # 2

Wednesday, May 27 vs Arizona, 7:15

Scout Patch

Scouts their families and friends are invited to enjoy Scout Night at Busch Stadium. Boy and Girls Scouts that attend the game will receive a Cardinals Scout Patch.

Nurses Theme Night

Monday, June 1 vs Milwaukee, 7:15

Cardinals Scrub Top

All nurses in Cardinal Nation need to report to Busch Stadium STAT on Monday June 1s for Nurses Theme Night! Purchase a special Nurses Theme Ticket and receive a limited edition Cardinals scrub top!

Superhero Theme Night (Fantasy Books, Inc.)

Tuesday, June 2 vs Milwaukee, 7:15

SuperFred Bobblehead

It’s a bird…….it’s a plane…………it’s Superhero Night at Busch Stadium presented by Fantasy Books, Inc. Come down and see all your favorite superheroes as they roam the stadium for photo ops! A SuperFred Bobblehead comes with the purchase of your Superhero Theme Ticket.

Kids Day Out

Tuesday, June 16 vs Minnesota, 12:45

Pre-game Kids Zone and a voucher for a hot dog, soda and chips

Need a great field trip idea for kids during the long summer? Bring them down to Busch Stadium for Kids Day Out!

 Cancer Awareness Theme Night (Siteman Cancer Center)

Tuesday, June 30 vs Chicago White Sox, 7:15

Cancer Awareness Hat

The Cardinals and Siteman Cancer Center are teaming up to bring you Cancer Awareness Night at Busch Stadium. Fans purchasing this special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals Cancer Awareness hat – the color of the “STL” logo on the front of the hat corresponds to the awareness colors of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area. A portion of each ticket sold will also be donated back to cancer research right here in St. Louis. Help the Cardinals strike out cancer by purchasing your ticket today!

Mizzou Theme Night

Friday, July 17 vs New York Mets, 7:15

Mizzou/Cardinals Hat

MIZ….ZOU! Show your team spirit at Mizzou Theme Night and receive the Mizzou/Cardinals hat with the purchase of your Mizzou Night Theme Ticket.

American Girl Theme Night (American Girl)

Monday, July 27 vs Cincinnati, 7:15

American Girl Doll T-shirt & Matching T-shirt Transfer

American Girl celebrates girls and all that they can be!  With the purchase of your special Theme Night ticket you will receive a one-of-a-kind American Girl Doll Cardinals t-shirt and matching T-shirt transfer.

 American Girl Night VIP Package: American Girl Theme Night at Busch Stadium also offers a one-of-a-kind VIP experience! The VIP ticket includes your very own American Girl Doll T-shirt and matching t-shirt transfer, plus exclusive access to a pre-game picnic! Bring along your American Girl Doll and get ready to enjoy a great evening of Cardinals baseball! 

Christmas in July Theme Night

Tuesday, July 28 vs Cincinnati, 7:15

Snow Globe

It doesn’t matter if you have been naughty or nice, all fans who purchase the Christmas in July Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Snow Globe. Santa Fredbird will be on hand for photo ops as well!

Star Wars Theme Night

Wednesday, July 29 vs Cincinnati, 7:15

Star Wars/Cardinals T-shirt

Join the fun on Star Wars Theme Night as the ballpark is transformed with Star Wars-themed sights and sounds. Meet your favorite

Star Wars characters and receive your exclusive Star Wars/Cardinals t-shirt. It’s a night that no Jedi (or Redbird) will want to miss!

Jewish Community Day

Sunday, August 2 vs Colorado, 1:15

Cardinals Yarmulke

Join the St. Louis Jewish community when the Cards host the Rockies and receive an exclusive Cardinals Yarmulke, with the purchase of this special Theme ticket! Grab the whole family and enjoy a Sunday at the Ballpark with Jewish Community Day.

Runners Theme Night

Thursday, August 13 vs Pittsburgh, 6:15

Cardinals Technical Runners T-Shirt

Ready…Set….Go! Running enthusiasts need to race down to Busch Stadium for Runners Theme Night. Fans who purchase the special Runners Night Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals technical runners t-shirt, perfect for you next jog!

St. Louis Browns Theme Night

Monday, August 17 vs San Francisco, 7:15

St. Louis Browns Hat

Take a step back in baseball history and join us for St. Louis Browns Theme Night.  With the purchase of your special Browns Night Theme Ticket you will receive a limited addition Browns baseball cap! Fans will also enjoy other Browns-related activities and special guests that night as well.

 Outdoors Theme Night (Cabela’s)

Tuesday, September 8 vs Cubs, 7:15

Mossy Oak Camo Cap

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a Cardinals game and receive this limited addition Mossy Oak Cardinals ball cap with purchase of a special Theme Ticket to Outdoors Theme Night presented by Cabela’s!

Outdoors Night VIP Package: Are you a fan of Drury Outdoors? The Cardinals and Cabela’s are excited to host a pregame VIP event with Mark, Terry, Matt and Taylor Drury as well as Cardinals alumni!

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, September 23 vs Cincinnati, 7:15

Paddy Cap

The Cardinals will have the luck of the Irish on Wednesday, September 23rd vs. the Reds! Join us for Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day at Busch Stadium and receive a limited edition Cardinals-themed Paddy Cap with the purchase of a special Theme Ticket. There will Irish music, Irish dancers and plenty of pregame Irish fun. So grab your fellow leprechauns and head down to the game!

Billikens Theme Night

Thursday, September 24 vs Milwaukee, 6:15

Billikens/Cardinals Hat

Cheer on the Cards as they take on the Brewers with fellow SLU Billikens fans and alumni. All fans purchasing a ticket to this special Billikens Theme Night will receive a Billikens themed Cardinals cap! Come out and show your SLU pride and enjoy the game.

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

Diane

2015 Cardinals Caravan schedule

Love the Cardinals but don’t live close to St. Louis?  If you live in Missouri or Illinois outside of the St. Louis area, Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas or Tennessee, some of the Cardinals (past and present) are coming to visit you this month!  Here’s all the details:

2015 CARDINALS CARAVAN SET TO COVER SIX STATES IN FOUR DAYS

2015 Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, headlined by current stars Wong, Adams, Wacha and Rosenthal 

ST. LOUIS, January 06, 2015 – Today the St. Louis Cardinals announced the schedule for the team’s 2015 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance.

In addition to annual stops in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and Tennessee, the 2015 Caravan will add a sixth route with additional stops in Kentucky and Indiana. Altogether, more than 30 current and former players will embark on the journey making 22 stops in 21 cities throughout Cardinals Nation from January 16 – 19th.

 A combination of current players, future stars and former Cardinals will travel on each caravan emceed by a current team broadcaster. Some of the current players include 2014 Rookie of the Year finalist Kolten Wong, Michael Wacha, Matt Adams, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Marco Gonzales, and Randal Grichuk. Minor-league prospects include Stephen Piscotty, Greg Garcia, Tim Cooney, Xavier Scruggs and more. Brad Thompson, Danny Cox, Kerry Robinson, Alan and Andy Benes, and Al Hrabosky, among others, will represent Cardinals Alumni, while broadcasters John Rooney, Rick Horton, Mike Claiborne, Tom Ackerman, Chris Hrabe, and Dan McLaughlin will serve as emcees. Team mascot Fredbird will also make an appearance at several Caravan stops.

As in previous years, the Cardinals will be implementing an Autograph Ticket system at each stop. The first 400 kids (15 and under) through the door on the day of the event will receive a free Autograph Ticket which guarantees one autograph from each current and former player. Due to high demand, autographs will only be available for fans 15 and under.

Below is a schedule of the six Caravans, their destinations and participating players. The full schedule can also be found at cardinals.com/caravan.

 

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

Winter Warm-Up autograph tickets go on sale tomorrow!

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

2015 WINTER WARM-UP AUTOGRAPH TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2015 autograph schedule follows:

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

Player

Donation

Signing Date

Signing Time

Adams, Matt

$25

Sunday, January 18

1-3pm

Belisle, Matt

$10

Saturday, January 17

10am-12pm

Bell, David

$5

Monday, January 19

9-11am

Bourjos, Peter

$20

Saturday, January 17

10am-12pm

Brock, Lou –pre-autographed baseball

$75

Everyday

Cardinals Care Store

Carpenter, Matt

$50

Sunday, January 18

3-5pm

Freeman, Sam

$5

Sunday, January 18

1-3pm

Gibson, Bob –pre-autographed baseball

$75

Everyday

Cardinals Care Store

Gonzales, Marco

$15

Sunday, January 18

11am-1pm

Grichuk, Randal

$20

Saturday, January 17

3-5pm

Herzog, Whitey

$75

Monday, January 19

10-11am

Heyward, Jason

$60

Saturday, January 17

12-2pm

Holliday, Matt

$75

Sunday, January 18

10am-12pm

Isringhausen, Jason

$10

Saturday, January 17

3-5pm

Jay, Jon –pre-autographed baseball

$25

Everyday

Cardinals Care Store

Kozma, Pete

$5

Saturday, January 17

2-4pm

La Russa, Tony

$75

Saturday, January 17

10am-12pm

Lynn, Lance

$40

Monday, January 19

10am-12pm

Lyons, Tyler

$5

Sunday, January 18

12-2pm

Mabry, John

$5

Monday, January 19

11am-1pm

Maness, Seth

$10

Sunday, January 18

3-5pm

Martinez, Carlos

$25

Monday, January 19

11am-1pm

Matheny, Mike

$40

Monday, January 19

10am-12pm

Molina, Yadier

$100

TBD

TBD

Mueller, Bill

$5

Saturday, January 17

3-5pm

Peralta, Jhonny

$30

TBD

TBD

Piscotty, Stephen

$5

Saturday, January 17

12-2pm

Reynolds, Mark

$10

Saturday, January 17

3-5pm

Rosenthal, Trevor

$45

Monday, January 19

1-3pm

*Schoendienst, Red

$75

Sunday, January 18

10-11am

Scruggs, Xavier

$5

Saturday, January 17

12-2pm

Shannon, Mike

$20

Sunday, January 18

11am-12pm

Siegrist, Kevin

$15

Sunday, January 18

1-3pm

Smith, Ozzie –pre-autographed baseball

$75

Everyday

Cardinals Care Store

Tuivailala, Sam

$5

Saturday, January 17

1-3pm

Wacha, Michael

$70

Sunday, January 18

1-3pm

Wainwright, Adam

$90

Sunday, January 18

10am-12pm

Walden, Jordan

$10

TBD

TBD

Wong, Kolten

$40

Monday, January 19

12-2pm

*Indicates only baseballs and photos will be autographed.

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

Current Players:

Former Players:

John Costello

Rick Horton

Ken Reitz

Brad Thompson

Dean Anna

Tommy Pham

Alan Benes

Danny Cox

Mike Jorgensen

Kerry Robinson

Mike Tyson

Tim Cooney

Cody Stanley

Andy Benes

Ken Dayley

Tom Lawless

Stan Royer

Todd Worrell

Greg Garcia

 Charlie Tilson

Glenn Brummer

Cal Eldred

Kyle McClellan

Jason Simontacchi

Ty Kelly

Scott Cooper

Rich Hacker

Cliff Politte

Scott Terry

 

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

The top 5 Cardinals stories of 2014

Top 5Believe it or not, 2014 is almost over and 2015 is right around the corner.  I’m so glad 2014 is almost over:  it was not a good year and I’m hoping that 2015 is a better year.  The United Cardinals Bloggers project for December is our choice of the Top 5 Cardinals stories of the year.  Without further ado, here are mine:

1.  The Joe Kelly-Allen Craig trade to the Red Sox. This trade shook up the team and made them realize that no player is indispensable, even if the players on the trade block are very popular with their teammates.  Kelly fell from grace during a game he started on July 29. Craig never did fully recover from the injury that kept him out of the 2013 playoffs; in fact, after the trade to the Red Sox, he reinjured his foot.  Note to husband: We must never go on vacation during the trade deadline ever again. Thank goodness for Twitter.

2.  The tragic death of Oscar Tavares. Oscar’s death at such a young age was tragic enough (which is covered in greater detail here), but when the results of the autopsy indicated that Oscar’s blood alcohol level was  .287,  his death was even more tragic.  Oscar had great potential that was wasted, and a young girl’s life was also lost due to his terrible mistake.  It bears repeating since New Year’s Eve is tomorrow night:  don’t drink and drive.

3.  The opening of Ballpark Village/Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum. Ballpark Village is a great gathering place before, during, and after a game. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat even when there isn’t a game, with a varied selection of restaurants.  The outdoor portion of BPV that replicates Busch Stadium II has hosted movies, yoga classes and other events.  I covered the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum in greater detail here, and it’s a great place to see Cardinals memorabilia.

4.  The anemic offense. If the Brewers hadn’t tanked in September, the Cards wouldn’t have made the playoffs at all. Amazingly, the Cards’ home runs increased dramatically during the playoffs.   Hopefully, this power shortage will be addressed in spring training.

5.  The trade for Jason Heyward. Due to the event of item #2, there was a figurative hole in right field.  Randall Grichuk is a promising player, but GM John Mozeliak felt that someone with more experience was needed to play in right field every day.  So Mo traded Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins to the Braves for Jason Hayward and RH relief pitcher Jordan Walden.

As we reach the end of another year, I’d like to thank my loyal readers for reading this blog over the years.  Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015!

Diane

The 2014 WWLCB Holiday Gift Guide

Cardinals WorkshopToday is Black Friday, so it’s the most appropriate day for me to publish my annual holiday gift giving guide.  If your gift recipients are Cardinals fans, there is a wide selection of presents you can give them (or yourself).  The question, then, is what kind of Cardinals present to give.  Hopefully, this post will help you make the right selection.  If you click on the name of the item, you’ll be taken to the web page where you can purchase the item.

The Executive (or anyone who works behind a desk):

Every office worker needs desk accessories, so why can’t they be Cardinals accessories? (Unless, of course, the place where your gift recipient works is picky about the appearance of their workers’ desks.)

Cardinals desk calendar - Every desk needs a calendar.  The calendar at this link is a daily calendar with trivia and facts.  A Cardinals desk pad calendar gives your recipient plenty of room to write down appointments and special days.

Mouse pad/pen set – Every office worker uses a computer mouse and a pen.  Give your favorite office worker’s computer mouse a Cardinals themed place to rest.

Every office worker needs somewhere to corral their pens and pencils.  This stylish pencil holder will take care of that.

You could make a nice gift basket with the daily calendar, the mouse pad/pen set, the pencil holder, and a box of Cardinals Kleenex. You can find the Cardinals Kleenex boxes at St. Louis area Wal-Marts and Schnucks stores.

The Technogeek:

Even technogeeks appreciate gifts to protect or enhance their favorite products.  Here are a few suggestions:

Cardinals iPhone 6 cell phone cover:  Your gift recipient can show their love for the Cardinals with this snazzy cell phone cover. If you don’t think your recipient won’t like this cover, you can click here to find other covers.

This cell phone holder will hold your gift recipient’s cell phone upright for easy scrolling and reading.  It can  be ordered in various sizes to fit different kinds of phones.

iPad cover -   This iPad cover has a Bluetooth keyboard and a leather cover. It is very professional looking.

The Gamer:

Some Cardinals fans not only like the game of baseball, they like other kinds of games as well.  Here’s some suggestions for the gamer, old school or new school, on your list.

Puzzle

Busch Stadium jigsaw puzzle.  This puzzle will while away the hours on a  cold winter night and help your recipient dream of the new season.  You can also find this at St. Louis area Wal-Marts, so you may not need to purchase it from Amazon.

Cards pool ballsFor the billiards player, a set of Cardinals billiard balls would be a great addition to their pool table. You could also purchase a Cardinals billiard ball rack and a Cardinals billiards cue stick and  case set.  If your budget is unlimited, you could also add a Cardinals pool table light.

MLB Y2K14

For the video gamer, MLB The Show 14 for Play Station 4 would be the ticket.  Just make sure that your favorite gamer has the PS4 before you buy it.  If your favorite gamer has an XBox360, RBI Baseball 14 is the game to purchase.  RBI baseballl

For the Cardinals fan who has everything:

This is the person that is the hardest to shop for, isn’t it?  I have some ideas that will help you purchase the perfect present.

Insiders Club

An MLB Insiders Club membership would be a welcome gift.  The one year subscription includes the MLB Insiders Club magazine, a free All-Star Game program, a team logo blanket throw and a couple other goodies.

Winter Warm-Up passes go on sale today.  It’s a great gift for hardcore Cardinals fans and/or autograph seekers. You can go here and purchase autograph tickets for your gift recipient for their favorite Cardinals player. Autograph tickets are not on sale yet, but they will be soon.

A membership to the Baseball Hall of Fame would be an excellent gift for the long time baseball fan.  When you purchase a holiday gift subscription, you’ll receive a 75th anniversary personalized gold bat.

Magazine

A subscription to the Cardinals’ magazine is an excellent gift.  The magazine has lots of color photos and great articles. There are great benefits to having a subscription, which include including eligibility for monthly giveaways of autographed memorabilia, batting practice field visits, game tickets, and popular promotional items and a reduced price on the 2015 Cardinals Yearbook.

Media guide

If you scroll down the same page where you can purchase a subscription to Cardinals magazine, you will find where you can purchase the 2014 Cardinals Yearbook, which features former Cards managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, and the 2014 Media Guide.  Either of these would be a great addition to the Cardinals magazine subscription.

If you have an unlimited budget, season ticket packages would make an excellent gift. (Would someone like to gift me with season tickets? Please? I’ve been a good girl this year, Santa.)

Need to do some last minute holiday shopping for your favorite Cardinals fan?  Most St. Louis area Wal-Mart, Targets, and KMarts have Cardinals items.  You can also find Cardinals apparel at Macy’s.  You can go to Busch Stadium and shop at the team store, or at the Authentics store across the street at Ballpark Village.  There are Cardinals Clubhouse stores at St. Clair Square, Union Stations, the Galleria, the South County mall and at Branson Landing in Branson, MO.  We visit the Branson location every year when we vacation in Branson.

Thanks for reading! Have a great holiday season!

Diane

Q&A with John Mozeliak

MoThe bloggers who are a part of the United Cardinals Bloggers were recently given the opportunity to ask John Mozeliak, the Cards’ general manager, one or more questions.  Mo was gracious and answered everyone’s questions (except for questions that were duplicated) in a clear and concise manner. It appeared from his answers that he really enjoyed answering our questions and that he looked forward to doing it again.  Yours truly could only come up with one question.  Maybe next time, I’ll be able to think of more than one.  Here is my question, and Mo’s answer:

What will the Cardinals management do to prevent another tragedy like Oscar Tavares’ death?  Could they start their own baseball school like Carlos Beltran’s school where not only baseball is taught, but life skills as well?  It would probably be a major investment, but since most future prospects are now coming from the Caribbean islands, it would pay off in the end.

We currently try to educate our players in our Dominican Academy.  We spend a lot of time and money having players realize the risks they take on and off the field.  Alcohol and drug awareness is one of our more common and spoken about topics.  But unfortunately in this most recent tragedy, a player had just finished a long season, was spending a week at home and unfortunately made a mistake. And it cost him his life.


Sorry I haven’t been writing much lately.  There’s been a lot going on with my family these days, which I may address on one of my other blogs soon.  Things seem to be settling down, so hopefully my writing will pick up and I’ll be posting more.  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

 

 

RIP Oscar Tavares

Another tragic loss was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday with the death of young Oscar Tavares. What can I say about Oscar that everyone else hasn’t already said? So much talent, so much potential, gone in a flash. His star burned out and his light of his smile was extinguished much too soon. Every action has consequences, and Oscar driving too fast for wet conditions caused his and his girlfriend’s untimely deaths.

The Cardinals may have had division winners and playoff winners, but they’ve also had their share of tragedy since 2002, when both Jack Buck and Darryl Kile died within a few days of each other. Then in 2007, Josh Hancock died in an automobile accident not far from Busch Stadium. Now the Cardinals have lost Oscar, a talented young outfielder, to the claws of Death.

These tragedies bind Cardinal Nation together. These players are like family to us. We invite them into our homes by watching them play ball on our TV screens and listen to the games on the radio. We follow them on Twitter. We miss our guys when winter comes and there is no baseball for a few months. We spend our hard earned money on tickets to Winter Warm-Up, hoping that seeing our boys of summer in person will chase our winter blues away. Some of us are fortunate enough to be able to go to spring training.

The Cards players are like our personal extended family. When something tragic happens to one of them, we grieve like we have lost an immediate family member. When we meet a fellow member of Cardinal Nation for the first time and we start to talk about the Cardinals’ tragedies, we ask, “Do you remember where you were when you heard about Oscar? About Josh? About Darryl?” It reminds me of the question that my generation asks other members, “Do you remember where you were when JFK was shot?” As for when I was when I heard that Oscar had died, we were watching the movie (ironically) God’s Not Dead. My sister-in-law called and told us that Oscar had died in an automobile accident. I hurried up and got on Facebook and Twitter to discover the horrible news was true. Everyone was in shock and was extremely sad.

When Opening Day comes next season and we look at right field without Oscar there, we will miss him all over again. We will think about his talent and his untimely death. Like the sad words from the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these, it might have been.” What might have been? We’ll never know now.

As Oscar’s untimely death shows, your life can end at any time. Don’t miss an opportunity to tell your family and friends you love them. And think about where you will spend eternity, should your life end. There are only two choices. I pray you make the right one.

Diane

NLCS notes and observations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diane

2014 NLDS Busch Stadium games information

As I type, the Cards are playing in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.  I love October – the cool, crisp weather, the beautiful leaves, and especially the postseason.  I, like many others. didn’t think the Cards would get to the postseason this year, but we were pleasantly surprised, weren’t we?  :)  Since the Cards didn’t get home field advantage, games 3 and 4 will be played at Busch Stadium.  Here is all the information you’ll need if you have tickets to either one of these games (wish I did!):

2014 NLDS at BUSCH STADIUM

St. Louis Cardinals – Los Angeles Dodgers

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

ST. LOUIS, MO (October 3, 2014) – For the second year in a row, the Cardinals clinched a Central Division championship and punched a ticket back to the National League Division Series. The Cardinals are facing the rival Los Angeles Dodgers who have home-field advantage for the best-of-five series. The Cardinals are making their fourth consecutive postseason appearance and the 27th postseason appearance in franchise history (#PostCards). A limited number of tickets remain for the Division Series games at Busch Stadium at cardinals.com/postseason. Here are details on how fans can enjoy postseason baseball in St. Louis.

 GAME SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS

NLDS Game 1 – Friday, October 3, 2014 – Dodger Stadium – 5:37 p.m. CT (FS1)

NLDS Game 2 – Saturday, October 4, 2014 – Dodger Stadium – 8:37 p.m. CT (MLBN)

NLDS Game 3 – Monday, October 6, 2014 – Busch Stadium – 8:37 p.m. CT [OR 8:07 p.m. CT if LAA/KC is over] (FS1)

  • 4 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
    • Former Cardinal will make an appearance
  • Gates will open 2 hours prior to first pitch
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Edward Jones
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 30 minutes prior to first pitch
    • National Anthem by Four-Digit Chord, an a Capella vocal group of Civilian, Active Duty, and Retired Military volunteers employed at Department of Defense agencies in the St. Louis Metro-East area
    • Colors presented by the Joint Services Color Guard, a distinguished group of the finest military service-member volunteers attached to the US Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
    • A volunteer group of active duty and retired Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Marine and Air Force service-members assigned to federal agencies in Illinois and the St. Louis Metropolitan area will hold a large flag during the anthem
    • Cardinals broadcaster Tim McCarver will throw the ceremonial first pitch

NLDS Game 4 – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – Busch Stadium – 4:07 p.m. CT [OR 7:37 p.m. CT if WSH/SF is over]  (FS1) *(If necessary)

  • 1 p.m. (or 4:30 p.m.) Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
    • A former Cardinal player will make an appearance
  • Gates will open 2 hours prior to first pitch
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals rally towel, courtesy of Mercy
  • National Anthem by Tess Boyer, St. Louis area native and season 6 finalist on The Voice
  • Colors presented by The United States Marines with Recruiting Station St. Louis.
  • Former Cardinals Third Baseman Scott Rolen will throw the ceremonial first pitch

NLDS Game 5 – Thursday, October 9, 2014 – Dodger Stadium – 8:07 p.m. CT [OR 7:37 p.m. CT if WSH/SF is over]    (FS1) *(If necessary)

Watching On TV

Fans can watch the Cardinals’ National League Division Series games on FOX Sports 1 or MLB Network. Saturday’s game will be televised exclusively on MLB Network (MLBN). For channel information, view the chart below, or find full directory listings at FOXSports1.com andFindMLBNetwork.com.

NETWORK

FOX SPORTS 1

MLB NETWORK

Direct TV

219 (SD and HD)

213 (SD and HD)

DISH

150 (SD and HD)

152 (SD) and 152,9434 (HD)

AT&T U-Verse

652 (SD) and 1652 (HD)

634 (SD) and 1634 (HD)

Charter

43 and 211 (SD) and 811 (HD)

204, 80 (SD) or 804 (HD)

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) and the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the games. The national broadcast of most NLDS games can also be heard on ESPN Radio (101.1 FM) or SiriusXM Radio.

Social Media

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

Online Or On The Go

Fans can follow every Cardinals Postseason game for free on cardinals.com on their computers and laptops using MLB.com Gameday. TheMLB.com At Bat mobile application is the most popular way to follow live Cardinals games on-the-go. At Bat offers fans live radio broadcasts, replay reviews, scoreboards, statistics, video highlights, series schedules, breaking news, expert analysis and more.  Cardinals fans can download MLB.com At Bat on their favorite smartphones or tablets by visiting the app store or MLB.com.

Driving To The Games

MoDOT has limited roadwork when the Cardinals are at home during the National League Division Playoffs. Currently, fans can expect no significant traffic impacts due to construction on Missouri interstates heading into Busch Stadium or heading home on Monday, October 6th and Tuesday, October 7th.

Alternative Transportation

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

Postseason Merchandise

  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Team Store will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.  In addition to standard merchandise, the store will also carry exclusive postseason and Central Division Champions merchandise including hats, t-shirts, pennants, pins and more. A variety of items are also available in ladies and youth sizes. Fans can also buy official t-shirts and hoodies, just like the players wear. (#BuschStadiumTeamStore)
  •  Cardinals Authentics: Fans will want to stop by both Cardinals Authentics stores as it’s the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Featured items include game-used baseballs, bases, and bats from the 2014 season, 2011 World Championship themed items, jerseys and hats directly from the clubhouse and one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget. It is where every piece tells a story. The Cardinals Authentics Store located in Ford Plaza inside Busch Stadium is open 2 hours before game time and a half hour after the game ends. The new Cardinals Authentics Shop located in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (or an hour after the game ends) every day of the week. (#CardsAuthentics)
  • Cardinals Magazine and Cardinals Yearbook:  Celebrate the Cardinals’ return to the postseason by purchasing two NEW keepsake items at Busch Stadium. The cover story in the new edition of Cardinals Magazine focuses on Jon Jay, a driving force behind the Redbirds successful pursuit of a second consecutive N.L. Central title. Other issue highlights include a 40th anniversary celebration of Lou Brock’s record-setting 118-steal season in 1974, behind-the-scenes looks at Jon Hamm’s visit to Busch Stadium and the 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame ceremony, a Q&A with 2013 postseason hero Michael Wacha, and the latest installment of Adam Wainwright’s journal. And the popular 2014 Official Yearbook offers the definitive tribute to the Cardinal Legacies of Hall of Famers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre and action photos and studio portraits of the 2014 Cardinals.

Cards Mag 2014 Issue 5  Cover

The magazine is $5; the yearbook is $15. Both publications are on sale at all gates, the official Busch Stadium Team Store, Cardinals Authentics inside Ballpark Village, and can also be purchased by calling 314.345.9000 or visiting cardinals.com/publications. (#CardsMag |  #CardsYearbook)

Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar

Cardinals Nation, the team’s new two-story restaurant in Ballpark Village, is rolling out a variety of new menu items and specials for the 2014 postseason.

  • Stuffed Pretzel Sticks
  • Spinach & Artichoke Dip
  • Chicken Bruschetta
  • Octoberfest Burger: Pretzel bun, fried pickles and beer mustard
  • Pie Shakes: Pumpkin, Peach or Apple Pie blended into a Vanilla Closer Shake
  • 20oz Souvenir Cardinals Nation Postseason 2014 cup: Keep your cup with every beer or upgraded soda purchase
  • New Drinks: The Red October, The 1982, Spiked Apple Cider, Fig infused Side Car, and more

CN Postseason 3

Stick around after each home game for free live music on the 2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant. Johnny Chase will play on Monday, followed by Boogie Chyld on Tuesday.

Support Cardinals Care

Throughout the postseason, fans will have multiple opportunities to support Cardinals Care, the charitable arm of the team and organization.

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at every postseason home 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. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER

Bag Inspections And Guest Screening Policy

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

In compliance with new Major League Baseball security procedures, Busch Stadium is phasing in the use of walk-through metal detectors at some of the entry gates this postseason. Guests will need to remove all keys, cell phones, cameras, sunglass cases and other large metal objects from their person prior to passing through the metal detectors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exit/Re-entry Policy

A new exit/re-entry policy will be in effect for the 2014 postseason. Exit/re-entry will only be allowed starting at game time and extending through the end of the 7th inning. Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand and ticket stamped at Gate 4 only as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection and Guest Screening policy will also be enforced.

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect.  Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gate 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Guests must have their hand and ticket stamped at Gate 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection and Guest Screening policy will also be enforced.

Clark Street Access

Access to Clark Street between the Stadium and Ballpark Village will be restricted to ticket holders only from 4 hours prior to game time until the end of the game.  All guests entering the Stadium through Gates 4 and 5 will need to show their ticket at the Clark Street Access Locations.  Any non-ticketed guests who wish to get to the Ballpark Village and the Busch II Infield will need to do so from the north entrances.

2014 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cardinals completed their 123rd season of play in the National League with an 90-72 mark, winning the N.L. Central for the 10th time and for the 2nd consecutive season, as they qualified for the postseason for a 4th consecutive season – the 1st time in franchise history to have done so.
  • The Cardinals won 51 home games, tying Washington & Pittsburgh for the top mark in the N.L. The Cardinals have won an N.L.-best 436 home games since moving into Busch Stadium III in 2006.
  • The Cardinals put together the 74th winning season (+.500) in franchise history. The Cardinals have now compiled seven consecutive winning seasons, doing so for the 3rd time in franchise history.
  • The Cardinals were never swept in a series of three or more games, their 1st season since 2005 to have done so.
  • The Cardinals posted a Major League-leading 23 shutout victories, their most since posting a club record 30 in 1968. It was also the first since time 1968 (31%) that 25% or more of their victories came via shutouts.
  • The Cardinals were 32-23 in games decided by just one run in 2014. Those 32 wins in one-run games were their most since 1992 (34-31) and their 55 one-run games were their most since 1998 (58; 28-30).
  • The Cardinals won a franchise-best five games this season when collecting 4 hits or less and their 11 wins with 5 hits or fewer was also a club record.
  • Cardinals starting pitchers had a Major League co-leading 22 starts (also Washington) in which they worked 7 or more scoreless innings, their most since doing so in a club record 29 games in 1968.
  • Mike Matheny is the first manager in St. Louis Cardinals history to take his team to the postseason in each of his first three full seasons. He’s only the 5th manager all-time to have done so, joining Ron Gardenhire (2002-04), Larry Dierker (1997-99), Ralph Houk (1961-63) and Hughie Jennings (1907-09).

That’s all for now!  Now to watch the game some more.  Go Cards!

Diane

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