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Time to vote for the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees!

Cards Hall of FameSpring training games have begun and isn’t it awesome to have baseball once again?  With the start of spring training games, it’s also time for fans to start voting to select the inductees into the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame.  This year’s roster of candidates is excellent and it will be hard for fans to pick just two to enter the Hall.  There are carryover candidates from last year.  Here are all the details:

2015 CARDINALS HALL OF FAME FAN BALLOTING BEGINS TODAY 

Fans to select two players for August induction from ballot of Carlton, Forsch, Hernandez, McGwire, Morris, Renteria, Simmons & Torre

ST. LOUIS, MO (March 09, 2015) The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame fan balloting process began earlier today.  Fans can select two players for the August 15th induction from a ballot that includes Cardinals greats Steve Carlton, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, Ted Simmons and Joe Torre.

The eight modern ballot nominees were selected by a “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process in January.  The Cardinals Hall of Fame Vote presented by Edward Jones will run until April 20th at cardinals.com/HOF.  The two players with the most fan votes after voting concludes will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame during a formal enshrinement ceremony that will take place on Saturday, August 15th as part of the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

“Induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors the team can bestow,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Chairman and CEO of the St. Louis Cardinals. “We think it is appropriate to have some of the best, most knowledgeable fans in the game of baseball choose the Cardinals players who will be part of this class.”

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 second elected induction class will be announced in a pre-game ceremony on Thursday, April 30th.

Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is 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 new museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public. The plaques that adorn the gallery are produced by Matthews 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:

Steve Carlton (#CarltonHOF)

77-62, 3.10 ERA, 1.28 WHP

Steve Carlton was a three-time All-Star in seven seasons with Cardinals.  He had 66 complete games as a Cardinal and was a 20-game winner in 1971.  Carlton was second in the NL with a 2.17 ERA in 1969.

Bob Forsch (#ForschHOF)

163-127, 3.67 ERA, 1079 K’s

Bob Forsch played 15 seasons with the Cardinals, making 401 starts, ranking second all-time in franchise history.  He threw two no-hitters, coming in 1978 and again in 1983, becoming the only pitcher in Cardinals history to throw two.  He played in three World Series, winning in 1982, a year in which he threw a three-hit shutout in the Cardinals first ever NLCS game.  The two-time Silver Slugger Award winner won 163 games for the Cardinals, ranking third in franchise history.

Keith Hernandez (#HernandezHOF)

.299 AVG, 265 2B, 662 R

Keith Hernandez played 10 seasons with the Cardinals, winning six straight Gold Gloves from 1978-1983.  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.

Mark McGwire (#McGwireHOF)

220 HR, 473 RBIs, 1.111 OPS

Mark McGwire finished his career playing five seasons with the Cardinals.  In 1998, he broke the Major League Baseball single-season home run record of 61 set by Roger Maris with 70.  He blasted 220 career home runs with the Cardinals ranking sixth in franchise history, leading the National League in 1998 and 1999, the top two season totals in Cardinals history.  He set the Cardinals single-season walk mark with 162 in 1998.  McGwire had back-to-back seasons of 147 RBI, ranking tied for third in Cardinals history.  He was a three-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger in 1998.

Matt Morris (#MorrisHOF)

101-62, 3.61 ERA, 986 K’s

Matt Morris pitched for the Cardinals from 1997-2005, finishing third in the Rookie of the Year award in 1997 and was a two-time All-Star in 2001 and 2002.  He played in five postseasons and one World Series, in 2004.  He led the National League with 22 wins in 2001 and won 101 games over his career with the Cardinals.

Edgar Renteria (#RenteriaHOF)

.290 AVG, 71 HR, 148 SB

Edgar Renteria was a three-time All-Star in six years with the St. Louis Cardinals.  He was a two-time Gold Gove shortstop, helping the Cardinals win the NL pennant in 2004.  Renteria was a three-time Silver Slugger with the Cardinals.

Ted Simmons (#SimmonsHOF)

.298 AVG, 172 HR, 929 RBIs

Ted Simmons played 13 seasons with the Cardinals, making his Major League debut at 18-years old in 1968.  He was a six-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger in 1980.  In 1975, Simmons set the National League record for hits by a catcher with 188.  He posted six seasons of 20 or more home runs and 10 consecutive seasons from 1971-80 with 75 or more RBI.  His 172 HR rank ninth and 929 RBI are seventh all-time in Cardinals franchise history.

Joe Torre (#TorreHOF)

.308 AVG, 558 RBIs, 161 2B

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 and was named National League MVP in 1971, leading the league with a .363 batting average with 137 RBI and 230 hits, while hitting 24 home runs.  His 230 hits were the most since Stan Musial had 230 in 1948, the most by a Cardinal since World War II.  He posted a career batting average of .308, ranking tenth in Cardinals franchise history.

The 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame “Red Ribbon” Selection Panel

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

Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum (#CardsMuseum)

The 8,000 square foot state-of-the art St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, which is 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 16,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. Fans can learn more about the museum, hours of operation and admission at cardinals.com/museum.

There are some tough choices here, but I will be voting for Ted Simmons (who should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame as well) and Bob Forsch.  Who will you vote for?

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

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 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

My Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum visit

Hall of Fame Museum 090At the blogger event in April, the Cardinals were gracious enough to gift each blogger with 4 comp tickets to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. Like most folks, our lives are busy, and we finally got around to use those comp tickets on Saturday (8/23/14).  Our family consists of only me, my husband and my son, so we had an extra ticket.  I asked a friend of mine to go with us to the museum and she was very excited.  We decided to go when the museum first opened so it wouldn’t be crowded and before it got too hot. I was interested to see if any of the suggestions I made in for the museum in my blog post last summer had been implemented.  The museum opens at 10 a.m. daily and closes at 8 p.m., except on game nights, when it closes after the seventh inning.

While we waited for the doors of Cardinals Nation to be unlocked, we watched a yoga class taking place on the grass at the Busch Stadium II replica. It was in the 80’s already at 10 AM and I was sure glad I wasn’t on on the field.  After the doors were unlocked, we rode the elevator to the second floor, where the museum is located.

The photo above is of the floor when you get off the elevator. Directly across from the elevator are the Hall of Fame plaques.  These can be viewed for free at any time when Cardinals Nation is open.  Here’s a photo of all the plaques:

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And here are the plaques of the 2014 Hall of Fame class:

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There is a video screen that you can press to learn more about any of the players on the plaques.  After viewing the plaques, there were 2 displays of uniforms and mementos from the four new members of the Hall of Fame.  We then went up to the desk and I turned in our comp tickets.  I mentioned that I was a Cardinals blogger and received the comp tickets at the blogger event.  The man at the desk asked me the name of my blog.  I told him to Google “Women Who Love Cardinals Baseball” – when you do that, this blog is the first entry on the Google search results.  I don’t know how this blog got on the top of the search results, but I’m not unhappy about it.  The guy pulled up the blog and started reading from it.  When I pulled out my camera, I was told that I couldn’t use flash.  I had to play around with my camera to turn the flash off.

When you enter the museum, there is a short video for you to watch.  The wall to the right of the video screen contains famous quotes from Cardinals players.  You then enter the Sportsman’s Park part of the museum.  There were several displays with uniforms and mementos from that period.  Here’s a photo of one of the displays:

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There is an extensive Stan Musial display in the Sportsman’s Park part of the museum.  It has 3 display cases, and two of the display cases had drawers that could be opened that had mementos inside.  If my friend hadn’t spotted the label that looked like a baseball that said, “Look here!,” we would have missed the drawers all together.  Here are 2 photos of part of the Stan Musial display:

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After the Sportsman’s Park section, we entered the Changing Exhibit part of the museum.  This section had displays of Cardinals pennants from years past.  Here’s a photo of one of the display cases:

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Before we moved on to the next section of the museum, Phil and I went into the Broadcast Booth to select a Cardinals moment we would like to broadcast.  You can select from 6 moments.  I selected the David Freese walk off home run from Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.  You sat in front of an old time desk microphone and you could make up your own play-by-play. I would have paid extra for a recording of my play-by-play.  A Cubs fan (why are you at the Cardinals’ museum?  Do you want to be converted?) said she heard my play-by-play and she said it was really good.  Here’s Phil in the Broadcast Booth:

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After this, we entered the Championship Gallery.  This part of the museum spotlights the World Series championships that the Cardinals have won.  Each case had a jersey and other mementos of that year’s World Series.  There was also a display for the 2013 NLCS. Here’s a photo of three of the displays:

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After we left the Championship Gallery, we went on to the Busch Stadium II part of the museum.  The display cases in this part of the museum covered each decade that Busch II was open.  Here’s a photo of one of the display cases:

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Before we left the Busch 2 part of the museum, Phil and I went to the Holding History section and had our photos taken with two famous players’ bats.  Phil selected Matt Holliday’s bat and I selected Stan Musial’s bat. We had to wear plastic gloves to handle the bats.  If you take your batting gloves, I wonder whether they would let you wear them instead of the plastic gloves?  Here’s a photo of Phil:

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And no, I will not post my photo with Stan’s bat.  After we left there, we went into the Look at the Cardinals section of the museum. There were display cases in this section of the museum that displayed the evolution of the Cardinals’ jerseys.  Here’s a photo of one of the display cases:

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After we left that section of the museum, we entered the Busch Stadium III portion of the museum.  There were several interesting displays in this section of the museum.  There was a section devoted to the Cardinals’ managers.  In this section.  you could select a video to watch in which certain managers discussed how they handled certain plays.  There were four display cases with certain managers’ jerseys and mementos.  Here’s a photo of one of the displays:

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There was a video to watch in this section.  There was also a model of Busch 3, as well as an interactive display where you can learn more about any of the current Cardinals.

After we left the Busch 3 section of the museum, we entered the Cardinals Nation section of the museum.  In this section of the museum is an interactive video board with a map where you can tag where you live and it’s then added to the map.  There is also a display of all time leaders in various categories – strikeouts, ERA, etc. There are display cases of baseball cards, bobbleheads, and special baseballs. We then exited the museum, which took us back out in front of the Hall of Fame plaques. My friend and I engaged the lady at the desk in conversation on our way out with our suggestion for a free standing sign pointing out the drawers.

Here are my suggestions should you decide to visit the museum.  Allow plenty of time to view the museum.  There was a lot of reading  on the display cases.  You can take as many photos as you like, but you need to turn the flash off on your camera.  Bring batting gloves if you have them for the Holding History part of the museum.  Wear comfy shoes – there are a few seating areas, but you will be standing up to view the display cases and there is a lot of walking.

Here are my suggestions for improvements for the museum.  There needs to be a docent in the Sportsman’s Park area and a docent in the Busch II area.  There could be costumed characters giving presentations (How about Helene Britton?  I could write the script and act the part – I took an acting class in college.).  There should be freestanding signs or signs hanging down from the ceiling pointing to the drawers with exhibits. You could pay extra for a CD or an MP3 of the play-by-play you create in the Broadcast Booth.   I wished I had a map showing the various areas of the museum, like the diagram below, which was taken from the museum web page.  There should be a tri-fold brochure promoting the HOF and museum with a map inside.  The front page would have the logo, hours and location. The right hand flap could list the areas of the museum.  The map would be on the inside.  The back center flap would contain instructions like no camera flash, no recording the videos, don’t forget to look in the drawers, don’t touch the glass, etc.  The tri-fold brochure would be available at the museum front desk, at both Cardinals Authentics stores, the team store and the team administrative offices.  It could also be made available at local hotels for tourists and the St. Louis Visitors and Convention Bureau to be sent to tourists requesting information about St. Louis attractions. Also, the museum could use a Facebook page for important announcements.

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

Diane

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! A digital version of the Media Guide now available

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Media Guide, which has statistics, facts, and information about the team, management, coaches and team history, is published by the Cardinals every year. For the baseball fan, the Media Guide is like the team’s Encyclopedia Britannica. The Media Guide is available for purchase only at the team store at Busch Stadium, at the gates of Busch Stadium where scorecards are sold or online at Cardinals.com.

The print edition of the media guide has 400 pages, which makes it a little hard to carry around.  Following in the footsteps of Cardinals magazine, the Media Guide is now available in a digital edition for the first time. The Cardinals graciously provided each of the United Cardinals Bloggers blogs with a free digital copy of the Media Guide for our review and for us to publicize.

The digital edition of the media guide is offered through Zinio. Zinio has an app for iPhone, Android, iPad, and Windows 8 to use to view the digital edition. I do have an Android phone, but my phone does not support the Zinio app – I guess my phone is too old. Honey, if you’re reading this, I need a new smart phone. I do have a Kindle Fire HD, and I wish that there was a Zinio app for the Kindle Fire. Those videos and photos in the digital edition would look great in HD. I would probably be able to “pinch” the screen to make the font bigger. I can access the digital edition through the Internet. You should also make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat on your computer.

If you’re using a browser, you can enlarge the digital edition to full screen for easier viewing. Buttons to turn the pages are conveniently located at the bottom right corner of the screen. The digital edition contains videos that obviously are not available in a print edition. The videos are easy to find – they’re located where you see the flashing play button. There are also photo galleries and extra historical information that are not available in the print edition. If you don’t want to scroll through the whole book, you can go to the table of contents and click on a title, and the page will come up.

The price of the digital edition of the media guide is only $10.00, which is a steal when you consider all the information it contains. The only drawback I can see is that you can only access the digital edition when you have an Internet connection. I can see wanting to use the digital edition while you’re at a Cardinals game. Busch Stadium has spotty 3G access, which I know about from personal experience. I also see folks complain about the bad 3G access at Busch Stadium on Twitter. The digital edition should be an e-book that you can access without having an Internet connection. Once you purchase the digital edition, it could be emailed to you and then you could download it to your desktop. You could open the email on a mobile device and save the attachment to the desktop for offline viewing. This would allow me to view the media guide using my Kindle Fire. The digital media guide could also be offered directly through Amazon, allowing me and other Kindle Fire users to directly download the media guide straight to our Kindles or to view using the Kindle app on other devices. The Kindle version could be priced a little higher (like $5.00 more, maybe) so that Amazon could make a little money on the deal.

Now that I’ve piqued your interest in the digital edition of the media guide, here’s the information you need to purchase it:

SPECIAL DIGITAL EDITION OF CARDINALS 2014 MEDIA GUIDE NOW ON SALE
Ultimate Insiders Resource With Bonus Digital Content Available on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android Devices

ST. LOUIS, MO, August 6, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced that fans can now own a special digital edition of the team’s 2014 Media Guide, the ultimate insider’s resource relied upon by media members, baseball executives and scouts that has become an annual must‐own fan collectible.

“For more than half a century the annual Cardinals Media Guide has been the best and most comprehensive book about the team,” said Melody Yount, Manager of Communications. “We are proud to offer this special, first‐time digital edition of the storied publication with bonus content that takes full advantage of the digital platform.”

Published annually since the 1950s, the Cardinals annual media guide was created to provide media with accurate, detailed information about the team to help provide historical context to current achievements on the field.

Containing stats, photos and biographies of every player in the entire Cardinals organization, along with the definitive history of the club since its inception, the digital edition of the Media Guide is packed with photos, videos and exclusive content unavailable elsewhere.

“We really wanted to take advantage of all that a digital platform has to offer,” said Ron Watermon, VP of Communications. “The guide includes dozens of high quality photos from the team’s talented photographers, as well as several videos from the Cardinals great video production crew.”

The digital guide includes “The Cardinals Way,” a special video developed to greet guests to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village. The digital edition of the media guide is the only place other than the museum that fans can see this video. The digital edition also includes a special section about team history that is unavailable within the 400 page printed edition.

The special digital edition may be downloaded on Mac and PC computers, as well as a variety of popular mobile device platforms including Android‐based tablets and smart phones, and Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices at a cost of $10 at cardinals.com/mediaguide. The Cardinals are just the second team in Major League baseball to offer a digital Media Guide.

Fans can also purchase the printed version of the 2014 Media Guide for $20 at cardinals.com/mediaguide, the Team Store inside Busch Stadium, at each gate where scorecards are sold, at the Cardinals Authentics Shop in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village and by phone at 314‐345‐9000.

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

Diane

My thoughts on the trade deadline deal

I was out of town last week on vacation, but thanks to Twitter, I could follow the trade deadline deal that GM John Mozeliak made for the Cardinals and all the reactions made by others. (Note to self: Never go on vacation out of town during trade deadline week again. If by chance I am on vacation, stay home.) Now that I’ve had a few days to think about the trades that were made, here are my thoughts.

I think that it was good that Mo traded for John Lackey and Justin Masterson without giving up any good prospects. You don’t want to give up your future to get rental players. Lackey is signed for the rest of this season and he has indicated that he will pitch for the Cards next year as well. Mo was doing James Ramsey a favor by trading him to the Indians. The Cardinals have a logjam of outfield prospects.

Allen Craig was not having a good season before the trade. His RBI production was way off. I think he wasn’t fully healed from the ankle injury last year. In fact, Craig went on the DL today for a foot injury. Mo knew what he was doing here.

Joe Kelly’s pitching performance last Tuesday night was brutal. It was like he was throwing batting practice. I think it was either Kelly or Shelby Miller that was going to be traded and Kelly’s performance sealed the deal.

For those who are sad about Craig and Kelly’s departure, remember that baseball is a business. In the business world, if you don’t perform up to your employer’s standards, you are fired. In baseball, if a player doesn’t meet the team’s needs or he performs poorly, he is traded, released or sent down to the minors. If a player has made it to the major league level, he is a professional and needs to play like one. A player is judged on his performance, but he is cut some slack for a while if he is injured.

Trades like these are why I don’t get attached to too many players. I learned my lesson with Albert Pujols. I am more a fan of the team as a whole rather than any particular players, although I am fond of Yadi. If I ever had the funds to purchase a Cardinals jersey, I would only buy a Cardinals jersey with either my name and favorite number on the back or a retired player’s name and number on the back, like Stan Musial. That’s a big investment to make for a player who may not stay with the team.

Lackey’s and Masterson’s starts this weekend went pretty well, since the Cardinals won both of them. In an interesting turn of events, Miller and Kelly will start against each other Wednesday night. They were the best man in each other’s weddings, and ESPN will run with that drama.

So goodbye Allen and Joe, and thanks for the memories. Good luck with your new team. Welcome AJ, John and Justin. I’m already enjoying watching you play for the Cards and wish you well.

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

Diane

Homestand highlights for July 4th-10

4th of JulyHappy 4th of July! And hooray – the Cardinals will be back home tomorrow for the next homestand.  There’s no place like home, especially after a 5-5 road trip.  The bats look like they may finally be coming back to life, and Kolten Wong and Joe Kelly may soon return from the DL.  So here’s all the details on all the promotions and all the fun of the next homestand:  

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Friday, July 4 – Thursday, July 10, 2014)

Fireworks, Jim Edmonds Bobblehead, Broadcast Auction and Star Wars Night highlight the sixth homestand of 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO (July 3, 2014) –Tomorrow, the Cardinals kick off a seven-game homestand with a bang as the game ends with a 4th of July fireworks display at Busch. During the week of games, the Cardinals will host the Miami Marlins for three and the Pittsburgh Pirates for four. The homestand is highlighted by the replica 2004 National League Champions Ring, Patriotic Jersey and Jim Edmonds Bobblehead promotions, as well as the Cardinals Care Broadcast Auction and the second annual Star Wars Theme Night.

Friday, July 4, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (6:15 p.m.)

  • Replica 2004 National League Champions Ring: All ticketed-fans will receive a replica 2004 National League Champions Ring. The ring is wearable and includes a detachable base. (#CardsPromo)

  • Fireworks Night: The Cardinals and Cooper Tires are proud to present a post-game fireworks show at Busch Stadium.
  •  Patriotic Pitch: In honor of Independence Day, United States Marine Core veteran Corporal Joshua Ploetz will throw the ceremonial pitch. Corporal Ploetz served two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the 3rd Marine Regiment as a machine gunner. Currently, the Corporal is on a 2,350 mile river journey – in a one-man canoe – in an ongoing effort to address his combat related Post-Traumatic Stress. Ploetz’s journey, “Paddle Off the War” began along the Mississippi River on May 19th from Lake Itasca in Minnesota, and he expects to arrive in Venice, Louisiana on August 1st. Joining Ploetz for the ceremony are members & volunteers of FOCUS Marines Foundation, a local organization dedicated to helping veterans transition from military to civilian lives.
  •  Budweiser Bash Friday: Enjoy music and autographs in Ford Plaza beginning at 5:15 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Budweiser Bash entrance (Gate 5) will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for former Cardinals pitcher, Brad Thompson, who will begin signing at 5:30 p.m. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Autograph ticket distribution begins one hour prior to gates opening. Budweiser Bash Fridays are sponsored by Budweiser Beer. (#BudBash)

  • Lou Gehrig Tribute: Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs will pay special tribute to Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig on the 75th Anniversary of his iconic “Luckiest Man” speech by joining forces with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) organizations to raise awareness for the disease, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. During tonight’s game, players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear a special commemorative 75th Anniversary patch. Additionally, a special video will be played in all ballparks featuring Matt Adams and the first baseman from each Club reciting a line from Gehrig’s speech. See the video here and on cardinals.com.  (#Gehrig75)
  •  Chicken Wings Now Available at Busch: Beginning tonight, DNC Sportservice, the concessionaire of the St. Louis Cardinals, is introducing a chicken wings at select concession stands at Busch Stadium. The house-smoked wings are served plain with your choice of a buffalo, barbecue, or sweet chili dipping sauce at section 509 (behind the bleachers), outside section 148 and by section 271.
  • 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 end of the 6th 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 the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Boogie Chyld on the 2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant from 9 p.m. to close.

 Saturday, July 5, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (1:15 p.m.)

  • Adult Patriotic Jersey: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a one-of-a-kind Cardinals patriotic jersey. (#CardsPromo)

  • ALS Ceremony: During today’s pre-game ceremony, the Cardinals will recognize individuals in our community that are currently impacted by ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, like John Evans. John will throw out the ceremonial pitch with members of his family, the ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (#Gehrig75)
  •  Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms.
  •  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 end of the 6th 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)
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  •  Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Brandon Michael Holland on the 2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant from 7 to 11 p.m.

 Sunday, July 6, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins (1:15 p.m.)

  • Jim Edmonds Bobblehead: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older receive a Jim Edmonds bobblehead celebrating the 10th anniversary of his game-changing home run in Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS. Jim will also throw the ceremonial pitch. (#CardsPromo)

  •  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 end of the 6th 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)
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last).
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Monday, July 7, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

  • Komen Night: All fans are invited to join the Cardinals in the fight against breast cancer during the Komen Theme Night at the Ballpark. Each special themed ticket sold comes with a limited edition St. Louis Cardinals Komen ball cap. $5 from each ticket sold – available online at cardinals.com/themebenefits Komen St. Louis.  Please note that the cap is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the cap. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Redbird Rookies Pre-Game Parade: Prior to the game, members of Cardinals Care’s Redbird Rookies league will parade around the warning track. 2014 marks the 11th anniversary of the 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.
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Care Broadcast Auction: The St. Louis Cardinals have teamed up with FOX Sports Midwest and the Cardinals Radio Network to raise money for Cardinals Care by auctioning off exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences for Cardinals fans during tonight’s game broadcast. This year’s auction includes a Mike Matheny VIP experience, the chance to shadow Mike Shannon and John Rooney, a Jim Edmonds & FOX Sports Midwest experience, the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch during the Ultimate Day at Busch, a VIP camper experience at the 2015 Fantasy Camp, and the chance to play catch on the field with Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha. Bidding begins with the first pitch and continues through the seventh inning. Fans may place a bid by calling 314.345.9418 or see a full listing of auction items at cardinals.com/auction14. Fans can also purchase a Wacha Fan Pack for $99.99 which includes a ticket voucher, Wacha bobblehead and replica 2013 NL Champs ring. General donations to Cardinals Care will also gladly be accepted via phone or by donating online.

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  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2014 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals’ home games out in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Pain After August, Because Reasons, and Minus Me. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 16th in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

  • Star Wars Theme Night: Busch Stadium will transform into a galaxy far, far away as the Cardinals host Star Wars Theme Night at the ballpark. All fans who purchase this special theme night ticket, available at cardinals.com/theme, will take home an exclusive, glow-in-the-dark t-shirt featuring R2D2. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Stand Up to Cancer. Throughout pre-game until 8 p.m., all fans will be able to take pictures with members of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization that dresses as costumed Star Wars characters, who will be stationed throughout the concourse. A surprise Star Wars character will also throw the game’s ceremonial pitch.Please note that the Star Wars t-shirt is only available with the purchase of this special ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item.

  • Television Broadcast:Tonight’s game will be broadcast on both FOX Sports Midwest and ESPN.
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 p.m.)

  •  92.3 WIL Get Your Country On! Night at the Ballpark: Join the WIL personalities in Ford Plaza pre-game, and then party on the Left Field Porch with WIL’s Bo Matthews & Derrick Keith during the 92.3 WIL Theme Night. All fans who purchase the special ticket at cardinals.com/theme receive a limited edition Get Your Country On! Cardinals t-shirt.Please note that the shirt is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the shirt. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  •  Redbird Rookies Pre-Game Parade: Prior to the game, members of Cardinals Care’s Redbird Rookies league will parade around the warning track. 2014 marks the 11th  anniversary of the 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.
  •  MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

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

Diane

 

2014 United Cardinals Bloggers Weekend report

UCB_11UCB Weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  I get to visit with old friends and new friends who are also fellow bloggers, watch the Cardinals play and have some great food.  It can’t get too much better than that.

The UCB dinner was held Saturday night at Joe Buck’s restaurant in downtown St. Louis, which was a new venue for this event.  I unfortunately was unable to attend, but I understand the Fox Sports Midwest Girls made an appearance.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to attend this shindig next year.

Sunday was the annual Q&A session/Cardinals baseball game.  My son Phillip was my guest this year. He is finally discovering at the ripe old age of 17 (almost 18, as he reminds me daily) how great Cardinals baseball is.  I wanted to take his photo to put on this post, but he hates having his photo taken, even though I told him how handsome he looked in the promotional giveaway, which was the batting practice cap.  I even tried asking him to let me take his photo so his sister who lives in Connecticut could see him, but that idea went nowhere.  I can see now it’s going to be a struggle getting his senior picture taken this year.

I worked the room, walking around and talking with bloggers that I’d met in years past, and making new friends as well.  The meeting started promptly at 12 noon.  Ron Watermon, the director of public relations for the Cardinals, was the MC.  He welcomed us and introduced his staff to us.  Mr. Watermon also let us know that there were tickets to the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum in the envelope with our tickets and encouraged us to visit the museum.  Mr. Watermon told us that the team is going to debut a digital version of the media guide and that we bloggers would have the first opportunity to view and give our feedback on it.  The world has migrated to digital and the Cardinals are excited about the first digital version of the media guide.

The first speaker was John Mozeliak, the senior vice president/general manager of the Cardinals.  Mo said that we are always a fun group and he gets to read about what we write about.  Mo said that this is one of those years that you leave yourself open to a little scrutiny and a little bit of questioning.  He said that the season hasn’t gone as planned, but  frankly, never does the season go as planned.  Mo said that he was still pretty excited about what where the team is.  Mo said that the Cards have a lot of exciting things going on in the minor leagues.  He said that from a performance standard, there are people stepping up and exceeding their expectations.  Those players going to be knocking on the major league door in the near future, which is great news.  Mo said that it has been a frustrating year at times because when you think about how this team was put together, the thought was that it was going to be an offensive club and there just hasn’t been a situation where the we’ve broken through and found that right combination.  Mos said that the Skipper was trying another lineup that day. Mo emphasized that the teams was not going to give up the future to win now and he asked us to please be a little more patient with the team.  He said that he’d be back to answer questions.

The next speaker was Peggy Ryan,  who is the vice president of food service and merchandising for both Busch Stadium and Cardinals Nation.  Ms. Ryan spoke about how Busch Stadium is open only 6 months out of the year, but Cardinals Nation is open all year long.  4 components of Cardinals Nation – the restaurant, the buffet, the museum, and the rooftop deck.  She spoke at length about all these components.  She invited us to consider Cardinal Nation and Busch for corporate events.

The next speaker was Bill DeWitt III, the vice president of the Cardinals.  He said tht Ballpark Village is unique in all of baseball.  Ballpark Village was part of the master plan in designing the ballpark.  The field was left open to provide for BPV.  Mr. DeWitt said they were looking forward to Phases II, III, and IV of BPV, although they were still getting their sea legs on the operations of Phase I.  Mr. DeWitt spoke about the purchase of the Memphis club, and mentioned that the Cardinals owned the Memphis club, the Springfield, MO club and the high A Palm Beach club.   He said that no other club owned their top 3 farm league clubs.  He said that the purchases weren’t planned, but it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up.  Mr. DeWitt said that attendance should be over 3 million for the season.  The Cardinals are a bottom market team that acts like a large market team.  His job as president is to not take that great fan support for granted.

After Mr. DeWitt was finished, it was time for questions and answers. The first question was about whether tobacco products should be banned in the clubhouse. Mo said that tobacco is banned at the minor league level.  At the professional league level, the club no longer provides tobacco products, but they can’t stop anyone from bringing it in.

The next question was about the revenues and profits of Ballpark Village and whether they have exceeded the team’s projections, and whether profits from BPV used for baseball operations.  Mr. DeWitt said that BPV has done well against expectation in some areas, but some areas are being fine-tuned.   The mission of BPV was to provide a 365 day operation. There is a $2 million marketing budget for non-game days activities such as concerts.

The next question was about Darryl Kile’s death 12 years ago on Sunday. TLR had to handle the team after DK’s death.  Could Matheny handle it if something like that happened today?  Mo says that Matheny was a leader on the team when DK died.  Mike is a tremendous leader of men and someone who understands people, and Mo said should something like that happen again that Mike is the person he would want in that position.

The next question was asked about all the pitchers drafted in this year’s draft and whether that was in response to all the pitchers that have had to have been called up, or was it because the talent was available.  Mo discussed the draft strategy.

The next question was about the trade deadline coming up and whether if someone that could help offensively was available, would you trade out of the minor league surplus or would that be against what you’ve done.  Mo said that there may be opportunities that may make sense.  If it’s a fair deal, they’d do it, but they don’t want to trade away the future.

The next question was about player development. What are the characteristics that allow the team to develop minor league players so well that they succeed at the major league level?  Mo said there is a more dramatic curriculum for each player on and off the field to help prepare them for the big leagues.

Mo said he was waiting for hard questions, since he reads all our tweets.  Nervous laughter ensued.  Someone asked about Oscar Tavaras.  Mo said that Adams’ injury was a great chance to bring Oscar up to see what he could do, but he didn’t play well enough.  Mike was left with the decision about playing time for Oscar.  “If he’s here, he’s gotta play,” Mo said.  Mike was concerned.  If Oscar wasn’t going to play 5 times a week here, he should go back to Memphis.

The next question was about Scott Rolen.  If the situation was during Mo’s tenure, would he have made the trade?  It was during Mo’s tenure.  He didn’t want to trade Scott, he liked Scott, but Scott needed to get traded for obvious reasons.  Scott said he wants out.  So Mo made a deal. He then called Scott and his agent.  Good news, you’re traded.  Bad news – it’s to Toronto.  Dead pause.  His agent said he’d call back. Everyone laughed. Scott had a $4 million signing bonus after 10 years, which was deferred.  Scott demanded it be accelerated.  Internal dynamics is sometimes not always what they appear.  The Cards try to be as transparent as they can be but sometimes you can’t.  Scott and Mo are still friends.

The last question was about Mark Ellis. How do you view a guy like Mark Ellis in the 2nd half, when he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to prove himself?  Mo said he didn’t think Ellis really got going, and now that Kolton is on the DL, Ellis has a chance to prove himself.  Mo said that this is a hard league to learn at or to get back to what you once were.

Norman Taylor, the chef from SportsService, then went to the podium and told us about all the scrumptious food that would be waiting for us in the party suites.  There would be food from the concession stands, the party suites and Cardinals Nation for us to try.  There is new food being developed for Ballpark Village all the time.  Fried Oreos were mentioned, but they were unfortunately unavailable. Sad sighs were heard all over the room.

Since there were lots of bloggers and guests, we had 2 adjoining party rooms to hang out in for the game. The food available in Suite 208 from the stadium concessions/suites was poached pear salad, fruit platter, hot dogs, B&W bratwurst, pulled pork, BBQ beef brisket, Home Run nacho bar, Giaoa’s Hot Salami subs, and chocolate chip cookies and brownies. The Action Station table had Ultimate Stadium Tots, which were tater tots with your choice of pulled pork, chicken, or taco meat with mozzarella cheese and/or sour cream. I had the pulled pork, and the tater tots and they were delicious. The food available in Suite 209 was from Cardinals Nation and there was Asian chicken salad, deviled eggs, pretzel bites with beer cheese, Home Team pork steaks, chicken Mondega, Home Run Mac & Cheese with pulled pork and fried cheesecake bites (the substitute for the fried Oreos). The Action Table was cheese tortellini. I tried the pork steak, the pretzel bites and fried cheesecake. And of course, there were beverages, beer and soda.

The party suites are nicely air conditioned, and there are TV’s to watch the game on if you don’t want to go outdoors. Thankfully, there was an outlet for me to plug my cell phone in to charge it. The outdoor seats have padded seats, which are very comfortable. I parked myself near the door so whenever someone went in or out of the room, I got a nice blast of air conditioned air. There are TV’s above the outdoor seats in each party suite.  This was nice, because from where we were sitting, we couldn’t see the scoreboard very well.

The Cardinals won 5-3, which was good, since the Cards lost on Blogger Day last year.  We had a nice turnout, as evidenced by the photo below (taken by my son Phillip):

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I apologize if Phil cut anyone’s body off.  It’s hard when you have so many people to photograph.  I had a great time and I can’t wait until next year!  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

 

 

 

Firing on all cylinders

Auto_Basics_four stroke cycle piston engineThe title of this post is an automotive term.  For my readers who don’t understand automotive jargon, it means that all the pistons in an engine are working correctly. The pistons are the parts of the engine that move up and down to power the engine. A 4 cylinder engine has 4 pistons, a 6 cylinder engine has 6 pistons, etc.  The more pistons in an engine, the more power it has, so it uses more fuel. So what happens when the cylinders in the engine are not firing properly?  The engine does not run correctly.  The engine sputters,  jerks, and the car may not even be drivable.

You could compare the Cardinals as a team to an engine.  As each piston needs to fire correctly to help the engine run, each division of a team needs to play well so that the team can win games.  Let’s divide the team into pistons and review how each piston is doing.

Piston 1 – Pitching

The Cards’ starting rotation is doing very well this season. If not for them, the Cardinals would have lost a lot more games. The starting rotation picks up the slack for the lack of offense.  The relief corps, however, needs a little fine tuning.

Piston 2 – Hitting

This piston needs a lot of fine tuning, even a grease job.  The hitting is great during some games, but some games, well, the hitting is not so great.  No hitting equals no runs.

Piston 3 – Fielding

The defense has been pretty good this season.  There is a glut of good players in the outfield, which is good and bad simultaneously. As always, Yadi is stellar behind the plate.

Piston 4 – Managing and coaching

Some feel that Mike Matheny is a little too laid back.  Please show some emotion, Mike. Smile and cheer when your players do something good.  Don’t be afraid to argue with the umpire about a call.  Show some passion.

Once all four pistons are moving together the way they’re supposed to, the engine runs smoothly.  Once the Cardinals get every part of their engine working together correctly, the team will starting winning consistently.

I know my way around a car engine.  I can change a tire (I hate these new scissors jacks, by the way), jump a battery, fill up the radiator/overflow and the windshield wiper fluid, and check the oil.   But if you’re one of my women readers who don’t know much about their car, it wouldn’t hurt to learn about the parts of your vehicle and to learn how to do some minor repairs, such as how to change a tire or jump the battery.  It’s also good to know where to fill the antifreeze and the windshield wiper fluid, and how to check your oil and brake fluid levels.  You never know when you’re going to break down somewhere and there won’t be a man around to help out.  You can find car repair and maintenance courses for women at your local community college, or your local car dealer may offer one.

My next post will be next week about United Cardinals Bloggers weekend, which is this weekend.  It’s always great to see my fellow bloggers and to be able to ask Bill DeWitt and John Mozeliak questions.  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

Cardinals announce 3 new theme nights

For you city folks with country and/or farming in your souls, the Cardinals are offering 2 new theme nights to make you happy, along with a Career Day theme game.  Here’s all the details:

CARDINALS ADD THREE DATES TO THEME TICKET CALENDAR
Tickets On Sale Now For 92.3 WIL Get Your Country On! Night, Monsanto Farmer Appreciation Night and Career Day 

ST. LOUIS, MO (June 19, 2014) – Today the St. Louis Cardinals announced the addition of Monsanto Farmer Appreciation Night, 92.3 WIL Get Your Country On! Night and Career Day to the robust 2014 Theme Ticket schedule.

 Thursday, July 10th is 92.3 Get Your Country On! Night at the Ballpark. Fans can join WIL personalities in Ford Plaza pre-game, and then party on the Left Field Porch with WIL’s Bo Matthews and Derrick Keith as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:05 p.m. Fans who purchase this special themed ticket will receive a limited edition Get Your Country On! Cardinals t-shirt.

On Tuesday, July 22nd, Monsanto invites fans to celebrate local farmers and agriculture at Busch Stadium as the Cardinals take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:15 p.m. Fans who purchase the special themed ticket will receive a limited edition Cardinals and Monsanto themed t-shirt.

 On Wednesday, September 3rd, the Cardinals, Fox 2 and KPLR Channel 11 invite fans to the annual Busch Stadium Career Day. Students and educators can enjoy a special pre-game Q&A panel discussion with executives from both companies, focusing on careers in sports and media. Following the special presentation, students can attend an exclusive College Fair with representatives from many colleges and universities from around the Midwest. The $15 Career Day Theme Ticket includes access to all of the pre-game activities, a ticket to the 12:45 p.m. afternoon game with the Pittsburgh Pirates, plus a voucher for a free hot dog, soda and chips. Career Day themed tickets must be ordered by Friday, August 29th.  

Tickets for Monsanto Farmer Appreciation Night, 92.3 WIL Get Your Country On! Night and Career Day are on sale now at cardinals.com/theme.

Monsanto Farmer Appreciation Night, 92.3 WIL Get Your Country On! Night and Career Day are just some of the many unique personalized Theme Ticket promotions planned for the 2014 season. 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. Fans can learn more about Cardinals Theme Tickets at cardinals.com/theme.

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

Diane

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