What is this malaise?

Heart

What is this malaise?

A one-act skit

It’s time for Diane’s semi-annual physical.  Diane is sitting on the exam table in the doctor’s office.  The doctor knocks on the door and then walks in.

Doctor:

Hello, Diane.  It’s good to see you again.  How are you feeling today?

Diane:

Doctor, I’m in a real funk.  I just have no energy.  I’m just dragging.   I don’t want to do anything,

Doctor:

Well, let’s take a look to see if there’s a physical cause for this malaise. (The doctor takes the scope off of the wall and looks in Diane’s ears.)  The inner ears look normal.

The doctor goes over to the sink and gets a tongue depressor.

Doctor:

Let’s look at the throat and tongue.  Open wide, please. (The doctor places the depressor on Diane’s tongue.)  There’s nothing wrong with your tongue or throat.

The doctor throws away the tongue depressor.  The doctor takes the stethoscope from around his neck and puts the earpieces in his ears.

Doctor:

I’m going to listen to your heart and lungs.  (The doctor presses the end of the stethoscope at various places.)  The lungs and heart sound good.  (He looks at Diane’s chart.)  Your blood pressure is within range and your lab work results are good.

Diane:

Well, I’m glad that there’s nothing wrong with me physically.

Doctor:

Have you been getting any exercise?

Diane:

I have a Fitbit Charge and I’ve been trying to get in 7,000 steps a day.  But it’s harder to do on the weekends because it’s too cold to walk.

Doctor:

A good, brisk walk will get the heart pumping and it will warm you up.

Diane:

I know, Doctor, but I don’t think that not getting enough exercise is the reason for my malaise.

Doctor:

It’s February – maybe you have Seasonal Affective Disorder.  I could prescribe a light box to help with that.

Diane:

Hmm, maybe.  (Diane looks down and sighs.)

Doctor:

Wait a minute. You’re a Cardinals blogger.  I really enjoy reading your blog posts.  (pause) Has there been a time lately that you have felt good?

Diane:

I did feel really good during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.  That was Winter Warm-Up weekend, you know.

Doctor:

(slowly smiles) I think I know what’s causing your malaise, Diane.

Diane:

Tell me what it is, Doc, before I lose my mind!

Doctor:

You are suffering from Baseball Deficiency Disorder.

Diane:

What?!? (Diane glares at the doctor.)

Doctor:

The symptoms are sadness and loss of desire to do anything. It only occurs from the end of the World Series until spring training starts. It is  exacerbated by the long, dreary days of winter.  The only cure for BDD is some baseball, especially  the Cardinal variety.

Diane:

I know, but spring training doesn’t start for 13 days. What can I do, Doc?

Doctor:

(pause)  I think I may have a cure for your problem.  Wait right here.  I’ll be right back.  (The doctor leaves the room and shuts the door).

Diane:

(to herself) What in the world is Doc up to?  Maybe it’s time for me to find a new doctor.

The doctor knocks and then comes back into the exam room.  He hands Diane an envelope.

Doctor:

Open the envelope, Diane.  I think you’ll like what’s inside.

Diane opens the envelope. Her eyes grow big as saucers.

Diane:

Doctor!  These are spring training game tickets!

Doctor:

See how quickly you felt better?  (The doctor starts to laugh.)

Diane:

But Doc, I can’t take your tickets! How am I ever going to pay you for these tickets?

Doctor:

These are on the house.  My wife and I were going to go to Jupiter for spring break, but my wife’s parents are coming to town and we can’t go.  (The doctor looks down sadly.)  At least, I know you would use these tickets and enjoy the game.  Be sure you write about your spring training  experience on your blog, okay?  I can enjoy it vicariously through you.

Diane jumps off the exam table and hugs the doctor.

Diane:

Thank you, Doc! Thank you so much!  I feel so much better already!

Doctor:

It’s good to see you happy again.  Now make sure you make your next appointment before you leave.  I’ll see you in six months.

The doctor exits the exam. Diane carefully puts the envelope with the tickets in it in her purse, then exits the exam room with a huge grin on her face.

THE END

Yes, this is a skit.  No, I do not have a doctor who knows I’m a Cardinals blogger, let alone that I’m a baseball fan.  But I do have that malaise called Baseball Deficiency Disorder, and I’m sure that you, my loyal reader, have BDD too.  As I write this, spring training doesn’t start for 13 more days. So close and yet so far! I once again auditioned for the KMOX Sports Correspondent contest, but since I haven’t heard from them, I probably didn’t make the finals. I’ll have to to win the lottery so I can go to spring training.

This weekend is the Super Bowl, and after that, baseball is right around the corner.  I just hope the calendar moves quickly!  Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

And the nominees are –

Cards Hall of FameIn yesterday’s post, I mentioned that Bill DeWitt, III had announced the 2016 nominees for the Cardinals Hall of Fame during his speech on the main stage yesterday morning and I alluded that there would be a post with the nominees soon. I didn’t think I’d be getting the information so soon, however.

So without further ado, here are the nominees for the 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame:

2016 CARDINALS HALL OF FAME NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

FAN VOTING BEGINS Friday, March 11th on cardinals.com

Fans to Select Two Players for August Induction from a List of Eight Former Cardinals Greats

ST. LOUIS, January 19, 2016 Chris Carpenter, Keith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, Scott Rolen and Joe Torre were revealed yesterday as the eight players nominated for possible induction into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. The eight modern ballot nominees selected by a “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process will appear on the Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot online at cardinals.com/HOF presented by Edward Jones (#CardsHOF). Voting commences Friday, March 11th on cardinals.com. The two players with the most fan votes after voting concludes on Wednesday, April 20th will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame this August.

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history. To be eligible, players must have played for the Cardinals for at least three seasons and must be retired as a player from Major League Baseball for at least three years. The eligible pool of players is divided into two categories: modern players and veteran players. If a player retired more than 40 years prior to the induction year, he is classified as a veteran player.

In addition to nominating modern players for fan balloting, the “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts also elected a veteran player for induction using a secret ballot process. Independent of this process, the Cardinals organization may also opt to induct an individual who was an important figure in Cardinals history such as a coach, broadcaster or member of the front office. The induction class will be announced later this spring after fan balloting concludes. The formal enshrinement ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 27th during the 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame will be permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public. The plaques that adorn the gallery are produced by Mathews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Following is a description of each nominee’s career as a Cardinal:

Chris Carpenter (#CarpenterHOF)

2005 Cy Young award, 95-44 W-L, 3.07 ERA

Chris Carpenter played nine seasons with the Cardinals and was selected as a National League All Star three times: 2005, 2006 and 2010. He made eighteen starts for St. Louis during the postseason, including a start in Game 3 of the 2006 World Series vs. Detroit pitching eight shutout innings, allowing no runs on three hits and striking out six. The game that solidifies Carpenter into Cardinals fans hearts may be Game 5 of the 2011 Division Series vs. Philadelphia when he pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout, clinching the Division Series on the way to the team’s eleventh World Championship. He was the National League Cy Young award winner in 2005 after a 21-5 season, and National League Comeback Player of the year in 2009. Carpenter’s .683 winning pct. ranks second on the Cardinals franchise All-Time list and his 1085 strikeouts rank fourth all time. He is also the Cardinals All-Time postseason wins leader with 10 and in innings pitched (108.0).

 Keith Hernandez (#HernandezHOF)

1979 N.L. Co-MVP, .299 AVG, 265 2B, 81 HR, 595 RBI, 662 R

Keith Hernandez played ten seasons with the Cardinals, winning six straight Gold Gloves from 1978-1983 at first base. He was a co-MVP in 1979, batting a league leading .344 with 11 HR and 105 RBI. The two-time All-Star was a member of the 1982 World Championship team and batted .299 that season with 94 RBI.

Jason Isringhausen (#IsringhausenHOF)

217 Saves, 2.98 ERA

Jason Isringhausen spent seven seasons with the Cardinals. During his time with the team, the Cardinals won the Central Division in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 with World Series appearances in 2004 and 2006, winning the World Series in 2006. He registered a National League-leading 47 saves in 2004, tying the franchise record which Lee Smith set, until Trevor Rosenthal broke the record in 2015. A two-time All-Star (2002 and 2005), “Izzy” still holds the franchise record for saves with 217, and is sixth with 401 appearances with St. Louis.

 Mark McGwire (#McGwireHOF)

220 HR, 473 RBI, 1.111 OPS

Mark McGwire finished his playing career in 2001 with St. Louis after joining the club via trade on July 31, 1997. In 1998, McGwire captured the World’s attention with the “Race for the Record,” breaking Major League Baseball’s single-season home run record of 61 set by Roger Maris with 70 homers. He blasted 220 career home runs with the Cardinals ranking sixth in franchise history, leading the Majors in home runs in both 1998 and 1999 (65), the top two season totals in Cardinals history. He set the Cardinals single season walk mark with 162 in 1998 and had back-to-back seasons of 147 RBI (’98 and ’99), ranking tied for third in Cardinals history. He was a three-time All-Star while with St. Louis (1998, 1999, 2000) and won the Silver Slugger in 1998.

Matt Morris (#MorrisHOF)

101-62, 3.61 ERA, 986 K’s

Matt Morris was the No. 1 draft pick (twelfth overall) for St. Louis in the 1995 amateur draft and reached the Majors just a year and a half later. He made his Major League debut on April 4, 1997, and went 12-9 that season in thirty-three starts. He finished third in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 1997 and was a two-time All-Star in 2001 and 2002. Morris tied for the lead in the Majors with 22 wins in 2001 (also Curt Schilling), finishing third in Cy Young voting. Morris pitched for the Cardinals from 1997-2005, and played in five postseasons and one World Series (2004). He won 101 games over his career with St. Louis and still ranks seventh on the franchise All-Time lists with a .620 winning pct. and sixth with 986 strikeouts.

Edgar Renteria (#RenteriaHOF)

.290 AVG, 451 RBI, 207 2B

Edgar Renteria played six seasons with the Cardinals and was named a National League All-Star three times (2000, 2003, 2004). The shortstop won two Gold Gloves while with St. Louis in 2002 and 2003, and three Silver Slugger Awards in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Renteria batted .330 with St. Louis in 2003, the All-Time Cardinals single-season leader for a shortstop, as are his 47 doubles that season. He drove in his single-season high 100 runs in 2003 which rank second among all St. Louis shortstops, and his 83 RBI in 2002 are his second highest career total. Renteria stole 37 bases his first season with the Cardinals (1999) and his 147 steals while with St. Louis are second-highest in franchise history for a shortstop.

 Scott Rolen (#RolenHOF)

.286 AVG, 173 2Bs, 111 HR, 453 RBI,

In his five plus seasons (2002-2007) with the Cardinals, Scott Rolen dominated the hot corner winning Gold Gloves in 2003, 2004 and 2006, and the Silver Slugger award in 2002. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, and named to the All-Busch Stadium team as the third baseman by vote of fans. Rolen hit a career high 49 doubles in 2003 and had 48 doubles during the team’s 2006 World Championship season. He hit over 20 homers three times with St. Louis (2003, ’04, ’06) and had over 90 RBI each of those same three seasons. In 2004, Rolen batted .314 which ranked second among National League third basemen and was second on the team, a year in which the club had four players with an average above .300. Following the 2004 season, Rolen finished fourth in National League MVP voting. Rolen was a big contributor during the postseason with St. Louis. He batted .310 (9-29) during the National League Championship Series vs. Houston in 2004, including his two-run home run off Roger Clemens in the sixth inning of Game 7 that plated the pennant-clinching run. In 2006, Rolen helped the club to its tenth World Championship, closing out the postseason with a 10-game hitting streak (.351, 13-37) that began in Game 3 of the NLCS vs. the New York Mets.

Joe Torre (#TorreHOF)

1971 N.L. MVP, .308 AVG, 161 2B, 98 HR, 558 RBI

Joe Torre played six seasons with the Cardinals at catcher, first base and third base from 1969-74. He was a four-time All-Star while playing for St. Louis, being named to the team in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973. Torre was named the National League MVP in 1971, after leading the league with a .363 batting average, 137 RBI and 230 hits. His 230 hits in ’71 were the most since Stan Musial had 230 in 1948 and still rank as the fourth highest single season total in franchise history. He posted a career batting average with the Cardinals of .308, ranking ninth in Cardinals franchise history. During his six seasons with the Cardinals, Torre had over 100 RBI three times and never had less than 149 hits or a batting average lower than .282.

 The 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame “Red Ribbon” Selection Panel

Tom Ackerman, Frank Cusumano, Derrick Goold, Rick Hummel, Randy Karraker, Whitey Herzog, Martin Kilcoyne, Jenifer Langosch, Tony La Russa, Bernie Miklasz, Joe Ostermeier, Rob Rains, Red Schoendienst and Brian Walton.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum (#CardsMuseum)

The 8,000 square foot St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 22,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. Fans can learn more about the museum at cardinals.com/museum.

Who are your favorites of the nominees listed above?  It’s sure going to be hard to choose! You can vote starting on March 11 at cardinals.com.  That’s all for now – see you next time!

Diane

2016 Winter Warm-Up wrap up

WWUThis was my first complete weekend excursion into the Winter Warm-Up experience. In 2004, an attorney I worked for had his uncle’s pass, so I headed over to the hotel on my lunch hour and zipped through the whole thing.

I usually do not go to Winter Warm-Up because of the cost of the pass ($40).  My friend Kim, however, contacted me and asked if I wanted to go.  I conferred with my husband and I was able to say yes.  I couldn’t afford any of the paid autograph tickets (and neither could Kim), so we thought we’d get some free autographs and attend some of the presentations. We could also see our boys of summer and get our fix until spring training. It was a win-win for both of us. My son Phillip also came with us.

As you may know, all proceeds from Winter Warm-Up go to Cardinals Care, the Cardinals’ charitable organization that supports children’s agencies, builds youth ball fields, and funds Redbird Rookies, which is a a youth baseball development program.  There were silent auctions held all three days, as well as live auctions on the main stage, the proceeds of which also went to Cardinals Care.

On Saturday, we arrived and went to the second floor.  We enjoyed looking at some of the goodies at the Cardinals Authentics booth, which unfortunately were  out of our price range. We then went into the exhibitor hall to check out the vendor booths. There were 44 vendors in the exhibitor hall, and 90% of them were sports collectible vendors.

After we got through the vendor booths, we went to the food sales area and got a soda.  We then decided to go upstairs to the fourth floor to the main stage area to hear general manager John Mozeliak speak.  Dan McLaughlin of Fox Sports Midwest conversed with Mo, and then the floor was opened to questions.  Some of the questions were very interesting.  Here’s a photo of that (it was taken with my phone from a distance, so I apologize for the quality of the photo):

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After we listened to the Q & A for a while, we decided to go to lunch. We walked down the street to Hardee’s.

When we came back, we decided to attend the 1:00 presentation in the Dugout Room.  We heard Dan Farrell speak about the Cardinals’ sales and marketing strategies for 2016.  Mr. Farrell told us about the HD video boards that were recently installed at Busch Stadium.  Mr. Farrell also talked about some of the promotions and theme nights for 2015. He also mentioned that instead of 25,000 giveaway items per game, there would be 30,000 giveaways per game.  Mr. Farrell also told us about a perk for season ticket holders – you are eligible to purchase a complete set of the promotional item giveaways for the season.

After the presentation, we went back to the fourth floor and looked at the goodies on sales at the Cardinals Team Store and the Cardinals Care Store. The items at the Team Store were at least 50% off, if not more. I purchased a little travel purse, originally $24.00, for $12.00.  I had wanted this particular item last year, but couldn’t find it this year.

After we were done looking through the stores,we went to the Clubhouse Room to a 2:00 presentation with Dan Martin, who is the artist that presently draws the Weatherbird for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Most of the presentation was about the late Amadee Wohlschlager, who drew many Cardinals and sports illustrations and who also drew the Weatherbird for many years.  Dan then drew the Weatherbird on a large paper on an easel to show us how it’s done.  He then had it auctioned off for Cardinals Care.

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After the presentation, we then went back into the main stage area to discover Jennifer Langosch (the beat writer for the Cardinals) and Derrick Goold (a sportswriter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the president of the Baseball Writers’Association of America), being interviewed by a member of Team Fredbird. This must have been a last minute thing, because it was not on the board that listed who was going to be on the stage that day.  I then saw and briefly chatted with Lindsey Weber, the Cardinals’ social media director.  After that, we went home for the day.

Via text Saturday night, Kim and I discussed what free autographs we wanted to get the next day and what time we needed to be there the next day to get tickets.  We arrived at 10 a.m. and stood in line to get tickets for Rick Horton’s autographs.  I went to a lot of games in the 1980s and remember seeing Rick pitch.  We then went to the second floor and got a soda. We then went back up to the Team Store, where I purchased the duffle bag I had looked at the day before.

We went back to the autograph ticket line to get autograph tickets for Andy and Alan Benes. I then realized we needed something for Rick and Andy and Alan Benes to sign. We popped into the vendor area and the very first vendor we stopped at had baseball cards of that day’s players for 50 cents each.  They were in great shape and the price was right. We then went back to the lobby and got our autograph tickets for the Benes brothers, then went back upstairs to get in line for Rick’s autograph.  Rick was very nice and personable.  While in line, we listened to Mike Shannon on the main stage. There was Q & A’s about his restaurant closing.

After we got Rick’s autograph, we decided it was time for lunch. We went to Hardee’s again.

We came back and got into the line for the Benes brothers’ autographs. The line moved quickly.  After we got the autographs, we went to a presentation in the Clubhouse Room given by Brian Finch, the author of  Redbird Relics. The presentation was about Billy Southworth’s modified baseball cap that his son wore in combat in World War II, and we could see and take photos of the cap:

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After the presentation, we went back to the Team Store to see if any new merchandise had come in.  I scored a leather steering wheel cover for $8.00.  We then headed home.

On Monday morning, Kim texted me and begged off for today, stating she had “people overload.”  I certainly could understand that.  There weren’t as many people there today, however, probably because it was Monday and a lot of people had to go back to work.

There wasn’t any free autographs that we wanted to get today, so Phil and I attended the presentation in the Clubhouse Room at 10:00 a.m. that looked back at the performance of Yadi and Waino in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, which was again presented by Brian Finch.  It was a toss-up between attending this presentation and listening to Bill DeWitt III on the Main Stage.  Brian told us what Mr. DeWitt was going to speak about, which were the names of  the 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame nominees. There will be a formal post later with the names of the nominees.  So we didn’t really miss anything after all.

We also saw Yadi’s bat and cleats from the 7th game of the 2006 NLCS.  Here’s a photo (sorry about the flash, curators – I forgot to turn it off and I wanted to move the line along):

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At this presentation I also got to meet Josey Curtis, a fellow United Cardinals Bloggers blogger, who writes for STLSportsMinute.com.  She’s only 14 years old and she’s a great writer.  Go and look her up after you’re done reading this blog post.

After the presentation, we went back to the Team Store.  The wheel cover I bought yesterday didn’t fit my vehicle’s steering wheel and I wanted to see if I could get a refund. I couldn’t get a refund, but they let me have an exchange, so I got a nice Cardinals coffee mug that I will use at work.

On our way out, we stopped at the Tony LaRussa ARF Foundation booth.  Phil purchased a Memories and Dreams commemorative Hall of Fame Weekend Program from when Tony was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame which was autographed by Tony for only $5.00.  That was a great deal. We then went to St. Louis Bread Company for lunch since we were burned out on Hardee’s.  I ran into 2 attorneys there that I used to work for.  It was nice to see them.

This was the first Winter Warm-Up I attended and I really enjoyed it. I have a few practical tips, should you decide to attend next year:

Carry a little cash.  It is safer to carry plastic, but there is some things you will need cash for. You will need cash to tip the coat check attendant. The food sales area (water, soda, food items) and the beer vendor only take cash.  I didn’t buy any 50/50 tickets, but I would think they would only take cash as well.  Plus, if you have a budget for the day, you can carry that amount in cash, and once it’s gone, you’re done spending.

Dress in layers. Certain areas of the ballrooms are warm and some are chilly. I got warm in the main stage area on Saturday when there were a lot of people there.  The Clubhouse Presentation Room also got warm in the afternoon.  You can check your heavy coat with the coat check attendant on the fourth floor near the elevators.

Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be standing in line for autograph tickets and standing in line for autographs, and you’ll be walking around a lot.

Decide if it’s more important to you to get autographs or listen to presentations.  If there is a presentation on the Main Stage that’s going on while you’re in the autograph line, you’ll be able to hear it.  But the other presentations are in conference rooms on another floor. And if you want to get autograph tickets for free autographs, you may have to wait in line during times when presentations are being held.  The schedule is posted on the Cardinals’ website, so you can figure out in advance what you want to do. There are last minute autograph sessions and presentations, so keep your schedule open.

If you live in town and you don’t want the hassle or expense of finding a parking spot in a garage, you can take Metrolink to downtown St. Louis.  It’s a 5 block walk from the 8th & Pine Metrolink station to the Hyatt Regency.

Winter Warm-Up was a nice reminder that spring training, and then baseball, is right around the corner.  Hopefully, the time will pass quickly.  That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

2016 Winter Warm-Up details

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

DMS at playoff game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 15, 2016

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

Saturday, January 16, 2016

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

 Sunday, January 17, 2016

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

 Monday, January 18, 2016

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

 Additional Winter Warm-Up Highlights (Saturday- Monday)

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

Social Media

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

Traffic & Parking

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

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

Tickets

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

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

Diane

My thoughts on Jim Edmonds and the Baseball Hall of Fame

HOFThe Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 was announced yesterday.  Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza were the only two candidates elected this year.  I have a Junior story to share, so humor me.  My husband and I attended a weeknight Cards-Reds game at Busch Stadium II in 2001. We were sitting in Power Alley in right field. Junior came up to bat and smacked a home run ball so hard that it left a dent in the round metal table that sat 2 rows of tables down from us. The sound that the ball made when it hit the table was so loud that it scared me half to death.  I was not fast enough to get down there and get the ball, unfortunately.  Younger legs than mine beat me to it.

Jim Edmonds and David Eckstein, Cardinals heroes from the 2000’s, were on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year.  Unfortunately, neither one of them received more than the 5 percent of votes required to stay on the ballot, so they will no longer be on the ballot.  I wish that Jim and David had been able to stay a couple of more years on the ballot before they dropped off.  Perhaps HOF ballot candidates should make and send videos of their performances to the writers like actors do for the Oscars.  “For your consideration – “  The only way either David or Jim would be elected to the HOF now would be a selection by the Veterans’ Committee.

Players who are elected to the Hall of Fame (and those who are even on the ballot) are held to a higher standard than your average major league ballplayer. Not only do you have to have the numbers to qualify, you need to be a class act off of the field as well.  If you want to be elected to the Hall of Fame, there are standards that have to be upheld.  After all, you are going to be an immortal.

Here are my thoughts on why Jim didn’t get more votes.  When Jim played for the Angels, he was not a popular player.  Viva El Birdos did a great post on this, which you can read here. I also found an article in the Sports Illustrated Vault that goes into much more detail.  The California writers remember this and it may have influenced their votes.  He was better loved after he was traded to St. Louis.  His numbers in St. Louis are probably why he was on the ballot in the first place.

Thankfully, Jim is in the Cardinals Hall of Fame, where he belongs anyway.  He looks great in the red jacket and his spectacular plays in center field will be remembered by Cardinals fans for years to come.

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

Diane

The top 5 Cardinals stories of 2015

Top 5Where did the time go?  It’s hard to believe that 2015 is almost over.  In just three days, a new year begins.  It’s time for the December United Cardinals Blogger project, which is to write about what we feel are the top 5 Cardinals stories of the year.

This year was certainly an interesting but frustrating year for the Cardinals.  Here are my choices for the top 5 Cardinals stories of the year.  They aren’t in any particular order.

The hacking investigation.  This was likely the most bizarre Cardinals story of the year.  It was discovered that someone from the Cardinals organization had hacked into the database of ex-Cardinals employee Jeff Luhnow, now general manager of the Astros.  The hack was traced to a house in Jupiter, Florida, which is where the Cardinals staffers hold spring training.  Eventually, Chris Correa, the former director of scouting for the Cardinals, was fired. The FBI investigation of the hacking incident is ongoing.

Adam Wainwright’s Achilles tendon injury.  Once again, Adam missed almost a full season of baseball, although this time the injury was not to his pitching arm.  It was predicted that Adam would miss the whole season, but he made an amazing comeback and pitched a few innings as a reliever at the end of the season.  The Cardinals would have won even more games if Adam had been healthy, but his absence as a starter was most felt in the NLDS.  Adam would have likely started Game 1 and Lackey would have then started Game 2.  Garcia would have felt well enough to start Game 3 in Chicago and the Cards may have won the NLDS.

The Cards win 100 games for the first time since 2005.  Despite all the injuries and all the drama, the Cardinals managed to win 100 games in the 2015 season and won the NL Central for the third year in a row, which is a lot better record than most other teams had.

John Lackey and Jason Heyward defect to the Cubs.  I figured that Lackey would sign with the Cubs to go hang with his BFF Jon Lester.  But when Jason Heyward signed with the Cubs (and took a doggone long time to do so, prompting the Twitter hashtag #thingsfasterthanHeywooddecision), Cardinals fans felt like a bride jilted at the altar. We had hoped that Jason would stay around a while.  He seemed to understand the Cardinal Way.  In the end, however, Jason was a one-year rental. And his explanation that he didn’t want to be “the man” once Yadi, Adam and Matt retire rings hollow. The loss of Oscar Tavares stings even more now.

The early exit from the playoffs.  The Cards made the playoffs for the fifth year in a row.  However, the Cards couldn’t beat the Cubs in the NLDS, winning only Game 1, which is the playoff game I attended.  This was highly disappointing, not only for me since we had tickets to NLCS Game 7 but for all Cardinals fans, especially losing to the Cubs.  Hopefully, next year the Cards will go further in the playoffs.

That’s all for now! This will probably be my last blog post for 2015 unless something exciting happens that I just have to post about.  So I wish all my loyal readers a happy, healthy prosperous 2015 and may the Cardinals win their 12th World Series next year!

Diane

Cardinals sign Mike Leake to 5 year contract

LeakeWe Cardinals fans have been good girls and boys, and we haven’t complained – well, not too much.  There’s no coal in our stockings this year – Santa Mo gave us a starter for Christmas.  What a nice gift! Thank you, Santa Mo!

Mike Leake will be a good fit for the team.  And he’s a great hitter too.  Now all the Cardinals need is a power hitter that can play first base, and our Christmas wish list will be complete. (Santa Mo, you have a couple of days left to get that done.) Here are all the details on the Leake signing:

CARDS SIGN FREE-AGENT PITCHER MIKE LEAKE;

RIGHT-HANDED STARTER AGREES TO FIVE-YEAR DEAL THRU 2020

ST. LOUIS, MO, December 22, 2015– The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed free-agent pitcher Mike Leake to a five-year deal for the 2016-20 seasons with a mutual option for 2021.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Mike Leake to our starting rotation,” stated Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. “Mike is considered to be one of the game’s most consistent performers and he is certainly no stranger to the National League and the N.L. Central.  His proven experience and all-around ability should be a real plus for us.”

Leake, 28, will join a Cardinals starting rotation that already consists of All-Stars Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez and veteran lefty Jaime Garcia.

Leake owns a career mark of 64-52 with a 3.88 ERA in six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2010-15) and San Francisco Giants (2015), ranking fifth in the National League in both innings pitched (1,083.2) and games started (172) during that time span.  Leake went 11-10 with a 3.70 ERA in 30 starts (192.0 IP) between the Reds and Giants in 2015, and because he was traded during the season, the Cardinals will not have to forfeit a compensatory draft selection next season.

While pitching at hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park (4.28 ERA in 90 games) throughout most of his career, Leake has fashioned a 3.48 career ERA on the road, including a 3.19 mark in six career games (42.1 innings pitched) at Busch Stadium III.   His 3.48 road ERA since 2010 is ranked fifth among all N.L. pitchers (min. 500 IP).

The 5’ 10”, 190 lb. native of Southern California was the Reds’ first round draft selection (eighth player overall) in 2009 out of Arizona State University.  After pitching in the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League that year, he vaulted directly to the majors, where he debuted in April of 2010.

Leake, who has won 10 or more games four times in six seasons, including a career-high 14 in 2013, has made 30-plus starts in each of the past four (2012-15) seasons.  He ranked second among N.L. pitchers in fewest pitches/inning (14.3) last season and was eighth in double plays/9 innings pitched (1.03) and eleventh in ground ball percentage. (52.1).

Leake is considered to be an accomplished player with the bat as well, ranking first in hits (77), first in doubles (16), third in slugging percentage (.321), fourth in home runs (6) and fourth in RBI (23) among all pitchers since 2010.

With today’s signing of Leake, the Cardinals’ 40-man Major League roster currently stands at 38 players. (So there is room for a power hitting first baseman, Santa Mo.)

Sorry I didn’t get to post a Christmas gift guide this year.  I was really busy this month.  I hope you found the Cardinals Christmas presents you needed for that special fan on your list.  Until next time, have a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!

Diane

 

 

 

Reflections on the hot stove league and the whole Heyward thing

I was at my work Christmas party on Friday when I found out that Jason Heyward had signed with the Cubs.  While waiting for the server to bring me a beer, I was going to open up Twitter on my phone when my husband called me to tell me the sorry news that Heyward had signed with the Cubs. “The Cubs?” I asked. “You have got to be kidding me.”

Unfortunately, he was not kidding, and like other Cards fans, I have been alternatively angry and sad most of the weekend.  It felt like a stab in the back that Heyward would choose the Cubs over the Cards.  Indeed, there were lots of fans on Twitter Friday that called Heyward a traitor, although some of them could not spell and called him a trader instead.  The Cubs-Cards rivalry has taken a darker turn.  Next year’s Cards-Cubs games could be very interesting indeed.

Heyward’s contract with the Cubs calls for two opt-out clauses.  If Heyward exceeds certain plate appearance thresholds, he can opt out in year 3 or year 4 of his contract.  The Nationals and Cardinals offered Heyward more money, but the opt-out clauses were probably more important to Heyward, so he could leave the Cubs and make even more money.  But I’m wondering (and I think others might be too) whether there was something more going on that would make Heyward sign with the Cubs and not with the Cards.

Now that my emotions are in check, it’s time to look at the Heyward situation more rationally.  I am reminded of how the Cards lost Pujols to the Angels in 2012.  Everyone thought that it was the end of the world then, that the Cards wouldn’t be any good without Pujols, etc.  But one player does not a team make.  The Cards have done well without Pujols. They have made it to the playoffs three years in a row and the Angels have not.  I think in the long run we should be thankful that Heyward didn’t sign with the Cards.  The front office can use the money that would have been offered to Heyward to sign other players – that is, if they will sign other players.  The front office hasn’t seemed to be in any hurry to sign any free agents.

The Cards do have some excellent young outfielders that should help fill the gap left by Heyward’s departure.  The front office obviously thinks so too, because Mo said that the team will not pursue a big name outfielder in the off season.  Mo should start looking this year, however, because Matt Holliday’s contract is up at the end of 2016.  Holliday has an option year for 2017. Stephen Piscotty played in left field last season, so he would be an option there.  Alex Gordon would also be a good signing; he could platoon with Holliday in 2016 and could take over left field permanently in 2017 should Holliday decide to retire after the 2016 season.

I am concerned, however, that there are no plans to upgrade the first base situation.  Platooning Moss and Adams is hardly a solution.  Adams was injured most of the last season and he was not hitting well even before the injury. Moss is not an everyday player, even in a platoon situation.  The Cards need an everyday first baseman with some power in his bat.  Chris Davis is still available and would be a good fit.

Starting pitching is a big issue that Mo needs to address.  As you know, Lynn is out for all of the 2016 season due to injury, and Lackey signed with the Cubs.  The Cards need a fifth starter.   Johnny Cueto might have been a good option, (even with bad feelings from Cardinal Nation about Cueto having punched Jason LaRue out of baseball forever) but he signed today with the Giants.  There are some other free agent pitchers still available, so Mo, please get a move on and sign one.

In closing, I’m tired of hearing my husband whine that the team is not going to spend any money and it’s getting old fast.  The only money I see being spent is for the new scoreboards at the stadium, and those aren’t even up yet.  How do I know? I can see the empty framework from my desk at work.   So Mo and Mr. DeWitt, please make some moves quickly.  Cardinal Nation and I have faith that the front office can whatever needs to be done to make this team even better in 2016, but we are impatient.

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

2016 Cardinals promotional schedule news

 

Yadi bobbleI know, I said at the end of my last post that this next post would be my annual WWLCB Holiday Gift Guide. However, when I got the press release below in my email today, I just had to share it.  There are some great giveaways next season.  It is the tenth anniversary of Busch Stadium III and the tenth anniversary of the Cards’ 2006 World Series win, so there will be giveaways highlighting those anniversaries.  In addition, instead of 25,000 items given away for each promotion, the Cards have bumped it up to 30,000 items per giveaway.  So you’ll have more chances to get the giveaway item you want, and hopefully, the lines won’t be as long to get into the stadium either.  Here’s all the details:

CARDINALS RELEASE 2016 PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE
Team increases quantity and frequency of giveaways; commemorates the 10 year anniversary of the 2006 World Series Championship

ST. LOUIS, December 1, 2015 – Today, the St. Louis Cardinals released the 2016 promotional schedule complete with more than 50 giveaway items for ticketed-fans.

This year’s amplified schedule features many fan-favorites including seven bobbleheads, three replica rings, two sweatshirts, and seven replica jerseys, as well as brand-new items like the Adult Dress Socks (June 19), Cardinals Cooler Backpack (July 3), and Cardinals Pillbox Baseball Cap (July 4).

In addition to having an increased number of items on the 2016 schedule, the Cardinals are providing more fans the opportunity to take home a promotional giveaway by increasing the item quantity from 25,000 to 30,000 for the majority of giveaways.

“On giveaway dates, we see our fans lining up outside the stadium hours before gates open just to get the promo item, “said Megan Eberhart, Manager of Promotions and Events. “By increasing the quantity we offer at each game, we’re able to reward even more fans for their dedication to this team and also alleviate some of those lines.”

Throughout the entire 2016 season, the Cardinals will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2006 World Championship team. To celebrate, fans will take home a Replica 2006 World Series Championship Trophy (June 3), Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina “Final Out” Dual Bobblehead celebrating the last out of the 2006 World Series (June 4), and a David Eckstein Bobblehead courtesy of Coca-Cola and Dierbergs (October 1). The Cardinals will honor the 2006 team during a special 2006 World Series Anniversary Weekend July 15 through 17. Members of the team will be on hand for the occasion and fans will take home commemorative items like the 2006 World Series Championship Beer Stein courtesy of Budweiser (July 15), Replica 2006 World Series Championship Mystery Player Ring (July 16), and Adult Replica Home White 2006 Mystery Player Jersey courtesy of AT&T (July 17).

This season the Cardinals will also celebrate 10 years of Busch Stadium III – which opened in April of 2006 – with two giveaways for fans: a Replica Busch Stadium III model with lights, courtesy of Ameren Missouri (April 15), and an Adult Replica Yadier Molina Home White Jersey featuring a special 10th anniversary Busch Stadium III patch similar to the one the team will wear during the first homestand of 2016 (April 17).

Additional highlights include the Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead with sound chip, sponsored by The Hartford (April 30), Yadier Molina Garden Gnome (May 20), Adult Kolten Wong Hawaiian Print Jersey (June 17), Adult Cardinals Fedora (August 5), AT&T Vintage Cardinals Bobblehead (August 6), Eddie Gaedel Bobblehead (September 9), and more.

Tickets for the 2016 promotional item game dates are currently only available by purchasing Cardinals season tickets. Fans will also be able to purchase tickets to select promotional games when holiday ticket packs and all-inclusive tickets go on sale this Friday, December 4 at 10 a.m. CT. Single game tickets go on sale Friday, March 4, 2016. For more information, visit cardinals.com/tickets.

Win it Wednesdays – the social media contest that rewards the team’s loyal Twitter followers by providing them opportunities to win promo items on select Wednesdays throughout the season – will return again in 2016. Each Win It Wednesday, fans will be prompted to tweet a response using the hashtag #CardsPromo. Each time, one lucky fan will win and be the first to own the one-of-a-kind 2016 promotional item.
Below is a complete listing of the season’s fun-filled events and promotions, with additional details and photographs being posted at cardinals.com/promotions as they become available.

2016 PROMOTIONS SCHEDULE AS OF 12/1/2015

2016 Cardinals Magnet Schedule (BUDWEISER)
Monday, April 11 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 3:15 p.m.
All fans, ages 21 and older
Whether home or on the road, keep track of your Cardinals games with a convenient 2016 magnet schedule compliments of Budweiser.

Cardinals Poster (SHELTER INSURANCE)
Wednesday, April 13 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans entering with a ticket
Celebrate the success of the National League Central Division Championship Cardinals in 2015 with this poster featuring highlights from a tremendous season, courtesy of Shelter Insurance.

Replica Busch Stadium III with lights (AMEREN MISSOURI)
Friday, April 15 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
On Friday, April 15th support the Cardinals as they take on the Cincinnati Reds. 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older will receive their very own Replica Busch Stadium III with working lights, courtesy of Ameren Missouri.

Adam Wainwright Bobblehead (NATHAN’S)
Saturday, April 16 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive their very own Adam Wainwright Bobblehead, courtesy of Nathan’s.

Adult Replica Yadier Molina Home White Jersey
Sunday, April 17 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Look like the pros with this one-of-a-kind jersey. On Sunday, April 17th, 30,000 fans 16 and older can take home a replica Yadier Molina Home White Jersey. This replica jersey will feature a special 10th anniversary Busch Stadium III patch similar to the one the team will wear the first homestand of 2016.

Kids Ticket Voucher
Sunday, April 17 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:15 p.m.
All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
On Sunday, April 17th, all kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket will receive a free ticket voucher valid for select Cardinals regular-season home games during the 2016 season!

Adult Zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt
Friday, April 29 vs. Washington Nationals, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Be prepared to cheer on your Cardinals team all year long with this adult fleece zip-up hooded sweatshirt.

Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead with sound chip (THE HARTFORD)
Saturday, April 30 vs. Washington Nationals, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Calling all bobblehead collectors! Trevor Rosenthal is ready to join your collection. 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home our closer’s bobblehead, courtesy of The Hartford.

Rawlings Kids Bat (RAWLINGS)
Sunday, May 1 vs. Washington Nationals, 1:15 p.m.
All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
Hit like the pros and Cardinals sluggers with a 28-inch bat courtesy of Rawlings.

Kids Ticket Voucher
Sunday, May 1 vs. Washington Nationals, 1:15 p.m.
All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
On Sunday, May 1st, all kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket will receive a free ticket voucher valid for select Cardinals regular-season home games during the 2016 season!

Tote Bag (MLB NETWORK)
Wednesday, May 4 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans entering with a ticket
MLB Network wants you to gear up for the season with a reusable grocery bag to bring to and from each trip to the store. Be sure to keep up with the latest action in Major League Baseball on MLB Network.

Replica 1946 World Series Championship Ring
Friday, May 6 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 & older entering with a ticket
30,000 fans, ages 16 & older will collect their very own wearable 1946 World Series Championship replica ring!

Adult Replica Mike Shannon Jersey (GOODWILL)
Saturday, May 7 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
“Get up, baby! Get up!” don’t miss your opportunity to get this one-of-a-kind item. On Saturday, May 7th 30,000 fans, ages 16 & older will receive a replica Mike Shannon 1966 jersey, courtesy of Goodwill!

Adult Performance T-Shirt
Sunday, May 8 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
On Sunday, May 8 vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, 30,000 fans 16 & older will receive their very own, one-of-a-kind, Cardinals Performance T-Shirt with pink accent colors in honor of Mother’s Day!

Kids Ticket Voucher
Sunday, May 8 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:15 p.m.
All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
On Sunday, May 8th, all kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket will receive a free ticket voucher valid for select Cardinals regular-season home games during the 2016 season!

Yadier Molina Garden Gnome
Friday, May 20 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, 16 and older entering with a ticket
Celebrate the kickoff to summer by watching the Cards take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. 30,000 fans, 16 and older, entering with a ticket will leave with an exclusive Yadier Molina Garden Gnome! A limited number of these gnomes will feature gold or platinum gloves.

Adult Cardinals Pullover
Saturday, May 21 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Be a big hit this spring with an Adult Cardinals Pullover! 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will go home with this one-of-a-kind item.

SIX FLAGS DAY
Sunday, May 22 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:15 p.m.
Children under 48”
Things are heating up at Six Flags with the all new FIREBALL! Children under 48” receive a free ticket to Six Flags, valid Monday – Friday until Friday, June 27!

Family Attractions Card
Sunday, May 22 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans entering with a ticket
The Family Attractions Card offers thousands in savings at local area attractions, restaurants and lodging – perfect for families looking for lots of summer fun and activities.

Kids Performance T-Shirt
Sunday, May 22 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:15 p.m.
All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
On Sunday, May 22, when the Cards take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, all kids ages 15 and younger will receive a their very own Cardinals Performance T-Shirt!

“Kick Off To Summer” Weekend:

Replica 2006 World Series Championship Trophy
Friday, June 3 vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
On Friday, June 3, 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will have the opportunity to take home a replica of the 2006 World Series trophy. This version stands 6.5 inches tall and is an item you will not want to miss!

Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina “Final Out” Dual Bobblehead
Saturday, June 4 vs. San Francisco Giants, 6:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Don’t miss the chance to relive one of the best moments in St. Louis Cardinals history. 30,000 fans, ages 16 & older will receive an Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina double bobblehead commemorating the last out of the 2006 World Series!

Cardinals Pool Tote (APPLE VACATIONS)
Sunday, June 5 vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Be sure to show up to the pool in style all summer long! On Sunday, June 5th, 30,000 fans ages 16 & older will receive their very own Cardinals pool tote, courtesy of Apple Vacations!

Beach Towel
Sunday, June 5 vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:15 p.m.
All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
Come watch the Cardinals take on the Giants on Sunday, June 5. All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket can support their favorite team at the pool all summer long with this Cardinals Beach Towel.

Adult Kolten Wong Hawaiian Print Jersey
Friday, June 17 vs. Texas Rangers, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
“Aloha,” Cardinals Fans. Don’t miss this great opportunity to add another unique Cardinals jersey to your collection. On June 17th, 30,000 fans ages 16 & older will take home a Kolten Wong Hawaiian print jersey!

PURINA POOCHES IN THE BALLPARK (PURINA)
Saturday, June 18 vs. Texas Rangers, 3:10 p.m.
Fans with a special ticket will be allowed to bring their dog to a designated section of the ballpark. Stay tuned for information regarding a pregame full of activities to get your tail wagging.

Pet Item (PURINA)
Saturday, June 18 vs. Texas Rangers, 3:10 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Don’t forget your furry friends! On Saturday, June 18th, 30,000 fans ages 16 & older will receive a unique Cardinals pet item courtesy of Purina!

Adult Dress Socks
Sunday, June 19 vs. Texas Rangers, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
It’s your chance to dress in style and also support your favorite team. 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will go home with a pair of Cardinals dress socks!

Replica 1926 World Series Championship Ring
Friday, July 1 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
2016 marks the 90th anniversary of the 1926 World Series Championship team. 30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home their very own wearable replica of the 1926 World Series Championship ring modeled after the rings that the players and coaches received 90 years ago.

Fireworks Night (COOPER TIRES)
Friday, July 1 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:15 p.m.
All fans entering with a ticket
Cooper Tires is proud to present Fireworks Night at Busch Stadium. Bring the entire family to watch the Cardinals take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Stay in your seat after the game to watch a dazzling fireworks display with the St. Louis Arch as the backdrop.

Adult Replica Matt Carpenter Batting Practice Jersey
Saturday, July 2 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Look like the pros with this one-of-a-kind replica batting practice jersey. On Saturday, July 2nd, 30,000 fans 16 & older can take home a replica Matt Carpenter Batting Practice Jersey.

Cardinals Cooler Backpack (COCA-COLA)
Sunday, July 3 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Join us on Sunday, July 3rd to watch the Cardinals take on the Milwaukee Brewers. 30,000 fans ages 16 & older attending this game will go home with a Cardinals cooler backpack, courtesy of Coca-Cola.

Cardinals Pillbox Baseball Cap
Monday, July 4 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Cardinals fans, you will not want to miss this promotional item for 2016! Add a unique replica Cardinals pillbox baseball cap to your cap collection on Monday, July 4th.

2006 World Series Anniversary Weekend:

2006 World Series Championship Beer Stein (BUDWEISER)
Friday, July 15 vs. Miami Marlins, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 21 and older entering with a ticket
Budweiser is providing 30,000 fans ages 21 and older the sixth stein in the Championship series, highlighting the 10th Anniversary of the Cardinals World Series Championship vs. the Detroit Tigers in 2006.

Replica 2006 World Series Championship Mystery Player Ring
Saturday, July 16 vs. Miami Marlins, 6:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
30,000 fans ages 16 and older will receive a replica 2006 World Series Champions mystery player ring on Saturday, July 16th vs. the Miami Marlins. The individual player rings will celebrate 5 of the top players from the 2006 World Series team. The ring includes a detachable base and is wearable.  Vote for your favorite 2006 player or manager at the link here:  2006 WS Replica Ring Poll

Adult Replica Home White 2006 Mystery Player Jersey (AT&T)
Sunday, July 17 vs. Miami Marlins, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Come see the Cardinals take on the Miami Marlins! 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older will receive an adult 2006 mystery jersey, courtesy of AT&T. You won’t know which player will be on your jersey until you walk through the gates of Busch Stadium on Sunday, July 17!

Current Player Bobblehead (AAA)
Friday, July 22 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
30,000 fans ages 16 and older will take home another one-of-a-kind bobblehead to add to their collection, courtesy of AAA.

Adult Road Gray 1956 Jersey
Saturday, July 23 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Add another unique, throwback jersey to your collection! On Saturday, July 23rd, 30,000 fans ages 16 & older will go home with their very own road gray 1956 Cardinals Jersey. This jersey was the only uniform worn by the Cardinals that did not feature birds on the bat.

Kid’s Item
Sunday, July 24 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:15 p.m.
12,000 kids, ages 15 and under entering with a ticket
12,000 of our young Cardinals fans take home their very own souvenir from the Cardinals game on this Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Adult Cardinals Fedora
Friday, August 5 vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
On Friday, August 5th the Cardinals take on the Atlanta Braves. 30,000 fans ages 16 & older will take home a unique Cardinals fedora!

Vintage Cardinal Bobblehead (AT&T)
Saturday, August 6 vs. Atlanta Braves, 6:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Created with all Cardinals memorabilia collectors in mind, this exclusive bobblehead will feature a throwback cardinal bird unlike any other bobblehead distributed in Busch Stadium III. This is definitely a giveaway that you will not want to miss, courtesy of AT&T.

Kids Replica Matt Carpenter Batting Practice Jersey (POWERADE)
Sunday, August 7 vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:15 p.m.
12,000 kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
Gear up for the Cardinals games and look like a pro with this kids replica Matt Carpenter Batting Practice jersey, courtesy of Powerade.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend (EDWARD JONES):
Friday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 28
Commemorative items all weekend long, highlighting some of St. Louis’ most popular Hall of Famers.

Bob Gibson Hall of Fame Red Jacket Statue
Friday, August 26 vs. Oakland A’s, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 Fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Salute the career of Hall of Fame player, Bob Gibson on Friday, Aug 26 when 30,000 fans 16 & older entering with a ticket receive a one-of-a-kind red jacket statue.

2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Inductees Plaque (EDWARD JONES)
Saturday, August 27 vs. Oakland A’s, 6:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Fans can celebrate the third class of the Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees with this unique item that highlights the players selected by the fans. 30,000 fans 16 & older will receive this collectible plaque, courtesy of Edward Jones.

Adult Replica Batting Practice Hat
Sunday, August 28 vs. Oakland A’s, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Come watch the Cards take on the Pirates on Sunday, Sept 6th. 30,000 fans ages 16 & older will receive their very own replica batting practice hat!

Eddie Gaedel Bobblehead
Friday, September 9 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Relive one of the most memorable moments in baseball history! 30,000 fans ages 16 & older will receive an Eddie Gaedel bobblehead commemorating his historic plate appearance for the St. Louis Browns in 1951!

Adult Hooded Sweatshirt (AT&T)
Saturday, September 10 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 6:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
Don’t miss your chance to stay warm this winter, as well as support your St. Louis Cardinals! On Saturday, September 10th, 30,000 fans ages 16 & older will receive a Cardinals hooded sweatshirt, courtesy of AT&T.

Cardinals Beverage Ceramic Coaster Set (COCA-COLA)
Sunday, September 11 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:15 p.m.
30,000 fans, ages 16 and older entering with a ticket
The set includes four ceramic Cardinals coasters that are is a perfect addition to any coffee table, office desk, or even Man Cave! On Sunday, September 11th, 30,000 fans ages 16 and older entering with a ticket will take home these one-of-a-kind beverage coasters, courtesy of Coca-Cola.

FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND:
Friday, Sept. 30, Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates:

Fireworks Night (COOPER TIRES)
Friday, September 30 vs. Pittsburgh, 7:15 p.m.
All fans entering with a ticket
Cooper Tires is proud to present Fireworks Night at Busch Stadium. Stay in your seat after the game to watch a dazzling fireworks display with the St. Louis Arch as the backdrop.

David Eckstein Bobblehead (COCA-COLA/DIERBERGS)
Saturday, October 1 vs. Pittsburgh, 6:15 p.m.
30,000 Fans entering with a ticket
On this date 30,000 fans will go home with a bobblehead of 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein, courtesy of Coca-Cola and Dierbergs!

2017 Cardinals Magnet Schedule (SHELTER INSURANCE)
Saturday, Oct. 1 vs. Pittsburgh, 6:15 p.m.
All fans entering with a ticket
On Saturday, October 1st, Shelter Insurance will give every fan a 2017 Cardinals schedule.

2017 Cardinals Magnet Schedule (SHELTER INSURANCE)
Sunday, Oct. 2 vs. Pittsburgh, 2:00 p.m.
All fans entering with a ticket
During the last regular-season game of the year, Shelter Insurance will give every fan a 2017 Cardinals schedule!

2017 Free Ticket Voucher
Sunday, Oct. 2 vs. Pittsburgh, 2:00 p.m.
All Fans entering with a ticket
All fans will receive a free ticket to a 2017 Cardinals regular-season home game!

SIX FLAGS DAY
Sunday, Oct. 2 vs. Pittsburgh, 2:00 p.m.
Children under 48”
Chills by Day, Frights by Night at Six Flags Fright Fest! Children under 48” receive a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any Sunday until October 30!

Prairie Farms ICE CREAM SUNDAYS
All Sundays, starting two hours prior to every home game, enjoy games, prizes and free Prairie Farms frozen treats (while supplies last) in the Ford Plaza.

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

Diane

Q&A with Cardinals GM John Mozeliak – Part 2

UCB_11For the second year in a row, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has graciously answered questions from various United Cardinals Bloggers writers. Many thanks to Lindsey Weber of the Cardinals’ communication department for assisting in this opportunity to pick Mo’s brain.

There were 60 questions asked by the bloggers.  I had two questions, but only one got answered, probably because there were so many questions. Here is my question, with Mo’s response:

WWLCB:  As we all know, baseball has a long regular season and then, if a team has a good enough record, a long postseason as well. One reason the offense suffered in 2015 may have been the lack of scheduled days off for the non-injured starting lineup. Will there be more of an effort made to give the starting lineup scheduled days off during the 2016 season?

Mo: That’s an interesting question and I’m not exactly sure if that’s a chicken and the egg situation. I think being more proactive on creating a balanced team to where you can give Yadi an extra day, or Matt Holliday, Matt Carpenter, Peralta; the fact that we’re naming names means it’s probably a good strategy. I think that’s something that Mike and his staff are going to be very conscious of.

If you would like to see the other questions that Mo answered, you can go to United Cardinals Bloggers to see the other posts.

The winter meetings start this week, so hopefully Mo will do some wheeling and dealing to pick up some players for the Cards.  My next post will be the annual WWLCB Holiday Gift Guide, so look for that.  Until next time, thanks for reading!

Diane

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