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The 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!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas (although Christmas is great) – it’s the postseason! Only 8 teams are good enough to compete in the postseason and the Cards, of course, are one of them.
By now, you hopefully have heard about the roster that Mike Matheny has set up for the NLDS. If you haven’t, you can click on the link here and listen to Mike read it for yourself. Notable players missing from the NLDS roster are Matt Adams, Peter Bourjos, Randy Choate and Steve Cishek. The roster consists of 11 pitchers and 14 position players. One of those position players is our favorite catcher Yadier Molina, and Cardinals fans everywhere are breathing a big sigh of relief. You may or may not agree with Mike’s selections, but then again, they don’t pay us to be the manager.
The Cards will be playing the Cubs in the NLDS for the first time. This is going to be a wild series. It should make for a very electric atmosphere. Hopefully, there will be no bench brawls like the one in last night’s wild card game. Hopefully, the fans will behave themselves (I think more the Cubs fans than the Cards fans – Cards fans have more class). And hopefully, the Cubs will play cleanly and not try to injure any of the Cards’ players. Yours truly will be at Game 1 tomorrow evening. I am so excited, I may not be able to sleep tonight! It is the first playoff game I have ever attended in my over 40 years of being a Cardinals fan. Since my son Phillip has a job now, he purchased our tickets – thanks, son! I can now mark this off my Cardinals bucket list. We will be at the pep rally prior to the game, so look me up!
Speaking of pep rallies, here are all the details about the NLDS and everything that’s going on at Busch Stadium before and after the games, along with some reminders about attending games at Busch Stadium. There are some new food items and new postseason merchandise.
2015 NLDS at BUSCH STADIUM
St. Louis Cardinals – Chicago Cubs
How fans can enjoy the historic Division Series matchup and rally support for the Cardinals
ST. LOUIS, October 08, 2015 – For the third consecutive year, the Cardinals clinched a Central Division championship and punched a ticket back to the National League Division Series. With the best record in baseball, the Cardinals hold home-field advantage for the best-of-five series against the division rival Chicago Cubs. The 11-time World Champion Cardinals are making their fifth consecutive postseason appearance and the 28th postseason appearance in franchise history (#12inSTL). This is the first time in history the Cardinals and Cubs will face each other in the postseason. While there are currently no remaining tickets available for the Division Series games at Busch, fans are encouraged to check back at cardinals.com/postseason or visit our partner site, StubHub.com. Here are details on how fans can enjoy postseason baseball in St. Louis.
GAME SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS
NLDS Game 1 – Friday, October 9, 2015 – Busch Stadium – 5:45 p.m. CT (TBS)
- 1:45 – 4:15 p.m. Official Cardinals Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Lot, located at Clark and Eighth Street
- Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, and more
- Appearances by Fredbird, Team Fredbird, a former Cardinal and the FOX Sports Midwest broadcasters
- Gates open 2 ½ hours prior to first pitch at 3:15 p.m.
- 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals rally towel courtesy of Mercy, the official healthcare provider of the Cardinals
- Pregame Ceremony starts at 5:10 p.m., approximately 30 minutes prior to first pitch
- Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track
- Introduction of both teams on field
- National Anthem by 4-Digit Chord, an acapella vocal group of Civilian, Active Duty, and Retired Military volunteers employed at Department of Defense agencies in the St. Louis Metro-East area
- Colors and flag presented by soldiers from Ft. Leonard Wood
- Former Cardinals outfielder (2004-2005) Reggie Sanders will throw the ceremonial first pitch. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Sanders’ 2005 NLDS heroics.
NLDS Game 2 – Saturday, October 10, 2015 – Busch Stadium – 4:37 p.m. CT (TBS)
- 12:30 – 3 p.m. Official Cardinals Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Lot, located at Clark and Eighth Street
- Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, and more
- Appearances by Fredbird, Team Fredbird, a former Cardinal player and the FOX Sports Midwest broadcasters
- Gates open at 2 p.m., approximately 2 ½ hours prior to first pitch
- 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals rally towel courtesy of Edward Jones
- Pregame Ceremony starts approximately 30 minutes prior to first pitch at 4 p.m.
- Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track
- National Anthem by retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Generald Wilson
- Colors presented by The United States Marines with Recruiting Station St. Louis
- 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame Inductee Ted Simmons will throw the ceremonial first pitch
NLDS Game 3 – Monday, October 12, 2015 – Wrigley Field – Game Time TBD (TBS)
NLDS Game 4 – Tuesday, October 13, 2015 – Wrigley Field – Game Time TBD (TBS)*(If necessary)
NLDS Game 5 – Thursday, October 15, 2015 – Busch Stadium – Game Time TBD (TBS) *(If necessary)
- Official Cardinals Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Lot, located at Clark and Eighth Street; begins approximately 4 hours prior to first pitch and lasts 2 ½ hours
- Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, and more
- Appearances by Fredbird, Team Fredbird, a former Cardinal player and the FOX Sports Midwest broadcasters
- Gates will open approximately 2 ½ hours prior to first pitch
- 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals rally towel courtesy of Phillips 66
- More info to come
Watching On TV
Fans can watch the Cardinals’ National League Division Series games on TBS. For channel information, check your local listings. FOX Sports Midwest, the TV home of the Cardinals, will produce postgame shows after all postseason games. Pat Parris will anchor from the network’s Ballpark Village studio, with a rotation of analysts that includes Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton, Jim Edmonds and Brad Thompson.
Fans can tune into the flagship station KMOX (1120 AM) and the 140 Cardinals Radio Network stations to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the games. Mike Claiborne will also provide interviews throughout the series. The Cardinals Radio Network pre-game and post-game shows will be hosted by KMOX’s Chris Hrabe from Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village. The national broadcast of the NLDS games can also be heard on ESPN Radio (101.1 FM) or SiriusXM Radio.
Fans participating in the postseason action on social media can follow the Cardinals at Facebook.com/Cardinals, on Twitter (@Cardinals), on Instagram (@Cardinals) and more. Join the social conversation using #12inSTL.
The Cardinals have also launched a unique #12inStL Fan Video Rally encouraging fans of all ages to rally behind the team during the 2015 Postseason by sharing videos demonstrating their spirit, enthusiasm and support for the team’s quest for a 12th World Series Championship. The first five hundred fans who share a video with the team this postseason will be sent two complimentary official #12inStL Cardinals Rally Bands. For more info visit cardinals.com/fanflix.
Online Or On The Go
Fans can follow every Cardinals Postseason game for free on cardinals.com on their computers and laptops using MLB.com Gameday. The MLB.com At Bat mobile application is the most popular way to follow live Cardinals games on-the-go with scores, stats, schedules, news and analysis. During this year’s Postseason games in the National League, a subscription to At Bat Premium offers fans live radio broadcasts, replay reviews, Statcast, Postseason.TV, video highlights and more. Cardinals fans can download MLB.com At Bat on their favorite smartphones or tablets by visiting the app store or MLB.com.
Driving To The Games
MoDOT has limited roadwork when the Cardinals are at home during the National League Division Playoffs. Currently, fans can expect no significant traffic impacts due to construction on Missouri interstates heading into Busch Stadium or heading home.
MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic. Fans can park at any one of 21 free Metro Park-Ride lots in Missouri and Illinois and ride the train to the Stadium MetroLink Station, right across the street from the ballpark. Check the Metro website MetroStLouis.org for schedules and to find the Park-Ride lot nearest you. There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium, including the Redbird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The first Redbird Express leaves 2 1/2 hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes.
New Concession Items
- Popcorn Shrimp & Sweet Potato Tater Tots topped with white queso cheese, Sauce Louis, diced green onions and a lemon wedge (Sections, 161, 446 and inside the Redbird Club)
- Chicharrones: house-fried pork rinds topped with your selection of nacho cheese, taco beef or BBQ pork, salsa, jalapenos, sour cream, banana peppers and/or diced red and green onions. (Sections 151, 131, 450 and at the Redbird Club Nacho Bar)
- The Hill Slugger: 24” DiGregorio local Italian Sausage wrapped in hand-stretched pizza dough, topped with melted butter and Parmesan, and served with a side of marinara (Section 152 and Redbird Club pizza stand)
- Busch Stadium Team Store: The Team Store will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. In addition to standard merchandise, the store will also carry exclusive postseason and Central Division Champions merchandise including hats, t-shirts, pennants, pins and more. A variety of items are also available in ladies and youth sizes. Fans can also buy official t-shirts and hoodies, just like the players wear (#BuschStadiumTeamStore).
- Cardinals Authentics: Cardinals Authentics is the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Featured items include game-used baseballs, bases, bats and jerseys from the 2015 season, 11X World Series Champions themed items, and exclusive autographed memorabilia. Known as the store where every piece tells a story, Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget. The Cardinals Authentics Store located inside Busch Stadium at Ford Plaza is open 2 hours before game time and a half hour after the game ends. The Cardinals Authentics Shop located inside Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (or one hour after the game ends) every day of the week. To take home a piece of the game, follow them on Twitter at @CardsAuthentics (#CardsAuthentics) and shop online at cardinalsauthentics.com to take home a piece of the game.
- Cardinals Magazine and Cardinals Yearbook: Celebrate the Cardinals’ return to the postseason by purchasing three keepsake items at Busch Stadium during the Division Series. The new Cardinals Magazine features Yadier Molina, whose work behind the plate guiding baseball’s best starting staff in the regular season garnered praise from teammates, coaches and opponents who all shared insights into baseball’s best defensive catcher. The 2015 Cardinals Yearbook celebrates the history of Cards’ uniform numbers and the legends who made them famous. This 224-page keepsake also includes action and studio portraits of the 2015 Cardinals. Fans can also still pick up the 2015 Scorecard featuring beautiful retro cover art on the cover, team rosters inside and detailed instructions on how to score the “Cardinal Way.” The magazine ($5), yearbook ($15) and scorecard ($2.50) are available at the newly refurbished Cardinals Publications vendor carts inside each stadium gate, at cardinals.com/publications, or 314.345.9000. The magazine and yearbook are also on sale at the team store, Cardinals Authentics, and area retailers like Schnucks, Dierbergs, QT, Walgreens and Cardinals Clubhouse (#CardsMag, #CardsYearbook).
Support Cardinals Care
Throughout the postseason, fans will have multiple opportunities to support Cardinals Care, the charitable arm of the team and organization.
Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)
Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at every postseason home game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar
Cardinals Nation, the team’s two-story restaurant in Ballpark Village, rolled out a variety of new menu items and specials just in time for the 2015 postseason (#CardsNation).
- Tuna Wontons
- Meatball Sliders
- BBQ Hawaiian Pizza
- Meat Lovers Pizza
- Steakhouse Salad
- Jerk Chicken Sandwich
- Buffalo Chicken Wrap
- Turkey Wrap
- Ribeye Steak
- Two Birds on a Plate
- Porterhouse Pork Chop
- Spaghetti & Meatballs
- Octoberfest Burger (back by popular demand for the month of October)
20 oz. Souvenir Cardinals Nation Postseason 2015 Cup: Keep your cup with every game day draft beer purchase.
G&W Grill: The fan-favorite G&W Grill will be outside Cardinals Nation every home game serving up St. Louis’ favorite G&W Bratwursts and hot dogs. There will also be a satellite location inside the Pep Rally.
Live Music: Stick around after every postseason home game for free live music in the Hall of Fame Club, on the 2nd floor of Cardinals Nation.
- Friday, October 9 – Borderline
- Saturday, October 10 – Carrie and the Catapults
- Thursday, October 15 – Borderline (if game is played)
Giveaways: On home game days, Cardinals Nation will have postseason rally towels and koozies for fans.
Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
Before every postseason game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame will host an Artifact Spotlight giving Museum visitors the chance to see postseason-themed artifacts in the collection not currently on display. On Friday, the presentation is scheduled from 3-3:30 p.m. Saturday’s presentation is scheduled from 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Thursday is TBD. These programs are free with paid admission to the museum. For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).
Ballpark Village is the home of the official Cardinals Postseason Away Game Watch Parties replicating the game-day excitement of Busch Stadium for fans while the team is on the road. Fans will enjoy pep rally entertainment, complete with celebrity emcee, games and limited appearances by Fredbird and Team Fredbird. Giveaways include cowbells, thundersticks and megaphones. Learn more here.
- Bob Gibson Book Signing: Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is coming to Ballpark Village to share and sign his new book PITCH BY PITCH: My View of One Unforgettable Game at the Budwesier Brew House Sunday, October 11, from 2- 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss the FREE live on-stage interview by sports broadcaster Dan McLaughlin followed by a ticketed book signing. Learn more here.
For more information, visit stlballparkvillage.com (#BallparkVillage).
BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER
Bag Inspections And Guest Screening Policy
Standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium are in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16” x 16”x 8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.
As a reminder, the Cardinals and Major League Baseball have implemented the use of walk through metal detectors at all entrances to Busch Stadium to ensure the safety of all guests. As part of the process, guests will have to remove cell phones, cameras and other large metal objects before passing through the detectors. Guests in wheelchairs and those with medical devices that may set off the detector are subject to alternative screening methods. Guests will still be required to have their bags inspected prior to entering the stadium.
Guests will be permitted to bring small personal cameras as long as they do not obstruct other guest’s view and will be subject to inspection. No professional-sized photography equipment, including tripods and monopods, will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB Postseason credentials.
Non-alcoholic beverages such as water & soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.
Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.
Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.
Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process.
Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.
Exit/re-entry will only be allowed starting at game time and extending through the end of the 7th inning. Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand and ticket stamped at Gate
No Smoking Policy
Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect. Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gate 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Guests must have their hand and ticket stamped at Gate 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection and Guest Screening policy will also be enforced.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2015 SEASON
- The Cardinals completed their 124th season of play in the National League with an 100-62 mark, the top mark in the majors. The team won the N.L. Central for the 11th time and for the 3rd consecutive season, as they qualified for the postseason for a 5th consecutive season – the 1st time in franchise history to have done so.
- The Cardinals are meeting the Chicago Cubs for the first time ever in postseason play. The Cardinals were 11-8 against the Cubs this season, going 7-3 at Busch Stadium & 4-5 at Wrigley Field. The Cards trail their all-time series with the Cubs, 1,147-1,197. St. Louis is 53-36 (.596) at home against the Cubs since 2006 when Busch Stadium III opened; they are 446-512-2 (.466) all-time at Wrigley Field.
- The Cardinals won a Busch Stadium III record 55 home games, tying the L.A. Dodgers for the top home mark in the majors. The Cardinals have won an N.L.-best 491 home games since moving into Busch Stadium III in 2006.
- The Cardinals put together the 75th winning season (+.500) in franchise history. The Cardinals have now compiled eight consecutive winning seasons, doing so for only the 2nd time in franchise history.
- The Cardinals were the first team in the majors to clinch a spot in the postseason, doing so for a franchise-record fifth consecutive season and in each of the four seasons that Manager Mike Matheny has been at the helm.
- With 100 wins this season, the Cardinals are just the ninth team in franchise history to reach the century mark in wins (1942 – 106; 1943, 1944, & 2004 – 105; 1931, 1967, 1985 – 101; 2005 & 2015 – 100). They are the major’s first 100-win team since Philadelphia in 2011 (102).
- The Cardinals were 32-23 in one-run games, 15-15 in shutouts, and 8-8 in extra-inning games.
- The Cardinals had a N.L. best +121 runs scored differential (647-525), second only to the Toronto Blue Jays (+222).
- The Cardinals allowed the 2nd fewest home runs (123) in the majors, with Pittsburgh allowing the fewest (110).
- The Cardinals’ 70 postseason wins since 1996 are 2nd in the majors (NY Yankees, 97).
- Mike Matheny is the first manager in Major League history to take his team to the postseason in each of his first four full seasons. The Cardinals are 375-273 under Matheny, owning the majors’ top winning percentage (.579) in that four-season span (2012-15) and they have also appeared in a Major League-high 39 postseason games.
That’s all for now! Go Cards!
I wrote a blog post earlier this season about how the infirmary was getting full of Cardinals players. Maybe that was bad luck – who knows? The Cardinals have endured more than their share of injuries this season. I’ll list them so we can see the magnitude of the injuries:
Jordan Walden – shoulder
Adam Wainwright – torn Achilles tendon
Matt Adams – torn right quadriceps muscle, Grade 4
Matt Holliday – torn right quadriceps muscle, Grade 2
Matt Belisle –forearm tenderness
Jason Heyward – hamstring strain
Randal Grichuk – muscle strain lifting weight, elbow strain
Jon Jay – recovery from off-season wrist surgery
Yadier Molina – slight tear of left thumb ligament
Carlos Martinez – strained shoulder
Stephen Piscotty – outfield collision with Peter Bourjos
(If there is anyone I missed, or if I goofed up on the injuries, please let me know in the comments section below.)
Yet despite all these injuries (and with some great pickups and call ups by Mo), the Cardinals are in first place in the NL Central with the best record in baseball. The magic number to clinch the NL Central is 2, and if the Cards win tomorrow at Pittsburgh, it will be zero. This will be the Cardinals’ first 100 win season since 2005.
The Cardinals have shown amazing resilience this season. A lesser team would crumble under the weight of all these injuries. But the Cardinals have not crumbled, thanks to the managing of Mike Matheny. Mike is the glue that has held this team together through all the injuries and all the other craziness this season (hacking? What hacking?).
Now we Cards fans and bloggers may not agree with every move Mike makes, but you can’t argue with results. This is Mike’s fourth year managing the Cardinals (heck, managing a major league team, period) and the team has gone to the postseason every year for the last four years. How many managers can claim that honor during their first four years of managing? If you want to get some insight as to how Mike manages a team, I highly suggest you pick up and read his book The Matheny Manifesto (click on the title to find it on Amazon).
Mike deserves the NL Manager of the Year award for the way he has handled the Cardinals during this season of adversity. However, we Cards fans all know that the NL MOY award will go to Joe Maddon, since he turned those loveable losers the Cubs into playoff contenders, and Chicago is a larger market than St. Louis too.
The Cards’ game tonight was postponed until tomorrow due to rain. It will be made up tomorrow with a day-night doubleheader. Game time for the first game is 12:35 PM CST. I will be listening to the game on KMOX at my desk. I will be hoping and praying for no more injuries, and that the Cards will clinch the division. Last night’s game made my stomach upset; I’m hoping for an uneventful win tomorrow.
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The Cardinals finished a three game series with the Chicago Cubs today, and I’m sure they’re glad that they will be back at Busch Stadium tomorrow. The Cards only won one game of the three game series, which was today’s game. The once-friendly rivalry between the Cards and the Cubs (the history of which I’ve written about here) has turned rather nasty this season, and it came to a head this weekend.
Joe Maddon, the Cubs’ manager, said the Cards were a “vigilante group.” To borrow a quote from the movie The Princess Bride, “I do not think that word means what you think it means.” Per Dictionary.com, the word “vigilante” (as a noun) means “
Maddon should take a look at his own team. Chris Coghlan took out Pittsburgh’s talented second baseman Jung Ho Kang by sliding into him spikes up, fracturing Jung’s leg and tearing his meniscus, ending his season. Anthony Rizzo slid into home in the 8th inning of today’s game and hit Yadier Molina’s thumb with his foot. Yadi made the tag, but immediately dropped his glove, obviously in pain. Yadi has a sprained thumb and will have a MRI tomorrow. Hopefully, he won’t miss any time – we need him for the playoffs. (Although Tony Cruz did throw out a runner at second in the bottom of the 9th.)
Perhaps Maddon is trying very hard to have the storyline in Back to the Future II of the Cubs winning the World Series in 2015 come true. (Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote a very good story of how that storyline came to be, and you can read it here.) Of course, that movie also has the ALCS winner as Miami, which we know is in the National League. Personally, I’m still waiting on the hoverboard and the shoes with the self-tying laces.
There was some good news this weekend – the Cards qualified for the playoffs on Saturday, thanks to the Giants’ loss. Should the Cards play the Cubs in the wild card play-in game, it would thankfully happen in Busch Stadium, because of the Cards’ records. If I were a Cards player, I would not want to have to play that wild card play-in game in Chicago. Unless that game happens, the Cards are thankfully done playing the Cubs this season.
The last homestand of the season starts tomorrow night, and my son and I will be at the game tomorrow night, thanks to the $5 McDonald’s tickets. If you’re at the game tomorrow night, come by section 233 and say hi.
That’s all for now. Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!
WOMEN WHO LOVE CARDINALS BASEBALL
Diane Schultz, Founder
August 4, 2015
Mr. William DeWitt, III
St. Louis Cardinals
700 Clark Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
Re: Jason Heyward
Dear Mr. DeWitt:
It is always a pleasure to hear you speak at the annual United Cardinals Bloggers event at Busch Stadium every year. You are straightforward and very informative, and you patiently answer everyone’s questions. You and Mr. Mozeliak treat us bloggers with great respect, for which we are greatly appreciative.
I am writing today in regard to Jason Heyward, the Cardinals’ current right fielder. As you know, Mr. Heyward will be a free agent at the end of the 2015 season. I and other Cardinals fans enjoy watching Mr. Heyward in right field. Mr. Heyward has a cannon for an arm and is very good at throwing out runners at home plate. He presently has the best batting average on the team. He has the most stolen bases on the team. He appears to get along well with his teammates. From what I can see, he is well behaved off the field and he appears to have acclimated to the Cardinal way of comporting himself.
We Cardinals fans were hoping that Oscar Tavares was going to be the Cards’ right fielder for years to come. Oscar’s tragic death, however, precipitated the need to sign a high quality right fielder, even though it meant trading fan favorite Shelby Miller. We Cards fans are happy that Shelby is doing well in Atlanta and we wish him the best. However, we are quite happy with Mr. Heyward and his talents and we hope that he will be the Cards’ right fielder for years to come.
In closing, I would request that you please sign Mr. Heyward to a long term contract at yours and his earliest convenience. Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to the news of Mr. Heyward’s signing soon.
Very truly yours,
Diane M. Schultz
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The Cards certainly have had their share of injuries this season, haven’t they? Waino tore his Achilles tendon and Matt Adams suffered a Grade 4 tear of his right quad, effectively ending their seasons. Reliever Jordan Walden is also on the DL. Matt Holliday went on the disabled list earlier this week with a Grade 2 tear of his right quad. Lance Lynn reported discomfort in his right forearm, so he was evaluated and he has been put on the 15 day DL. Even with all these injuries, however, the Cards have kept on battling and they still have the best record in baseball. A lesser team would crumble under all this adversity, but not our Cards. Let’s hope that Lynn and Holliday recover soon and that there be no more injuries to our guys this season.
Tyler Lyons has been called up from Memphis to replace Lynn and he will take Lynn’s scheduled start tomorrow evening. Here’s all the details on that:
CARDINALS PITCHER LANCE LYNN PLACED ON 15-DAY D.L.;
LEFTY TYLER LYONS RECALLED FROM MEMPHIS (AAA) & WILL START TOMORROW
ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 12, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s game that they have placed right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn (right forearm strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 8, and have recalled left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons from Memphis (AAA).
Manager Mike Matheny has tabbed Lyons to start tomorrow afternoon’s game against Kansas City.
Lyons, 27, will be making his second appearance of the season with the Cardinals, after having made three starts (13.0 IP/17 strikeouts) from May 5-16.
Following his option to Memphis on May 16, Lyons has been one of the top pitchers in the Pacific Coast League, going 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA (26.2 IP/7 ER) his last four starts at Triple-A. Lyons’ overall mark at Memphis is 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA (7th in PCL) in eight starts, striking out 56 (6th) while walking only nine in his 48.1 innings of work.
The 6-4, 200-pound Lyons was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June7 after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (13.0 IP) in two starts last week. It was the third such honor during his career, the most ever by a Memphis Redbirds pitcher.
Lyons overall mark in the majors stands at 2-8 with a 4.73 ERA in 26 games (15 starts). He faced the Royals in his 2nd career start on May 28, 2013 in a 4-1 win at Kauffman Stadium, allowing just one run on two hits in 7.0 IP.
Lyons wears uniform no. 70.
Lynn joins Adam Wainwright, Jordan Walden, Matt Adams and Matt Holliday among Cardinals currently on the disabled list.
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I was fortunate enough to have attended last night’s game. It was quite an entertaining game. We had great seats in section 248, which are the best seats I’ve ever had in Busch Stadium III. They were behind home plate, the next level up from the field box seats in the Home Redbird Club. You could hear the ball hit the catcher’s mitt and the ball crack the bat. If Joe West had made his calls any louder, we could have heard them too.
Speaking of Joe West, if his strike zone had been any bigger, you could have driven a Mack truck through it. Matt Holliday was right to argue the called strike 3 and the Gameday graphic of his at bat backs him up. Mike Matheny came out to back up Holliday (and hopefully cool him down), but sadly, both of them were ejected. It was also Holliday’s last at-bat, so his on-base streak of 45 games ended with the botched call.
One of the benefits of baseball’s slow pace is that you can check Twitter and Facebook on your smartphone between batters. There were various Joe West memes flooding Twitter and Facebook last night. One of my favorite memes consisted of 2 of the same photos of West ejecting Matheny side by side and in the second photo West’s head is replaced by Grumpy Cat’s head. I think Grumpy Cat would object to that, however, and it might even be copyright infringement. Joe West needs retire for good. There needs to be a definite retirement age for umpires, if there isn’t one already.
There was an amusing play in the fourth inning when three of the Brewers, who were chasing a foul ball hit by Matt Carpenter, and two of them (Segura and Ramirez) tumbled into the third base field box seats. It reminded me of a Cubs play.
Yadi has lost too much weight, I think; he almost looks anorexic. I wonder if the weight loss has affected his hitting. The weight loss is good for his knees, but not for his hitting. His timing is off at the plate. He is swinging at the first pitch too much, although he did a little better today.
And speaking of hitting, where is the offense? Grichuk went 2 for 3. The Cards hit into 3 double plays, and didn’t have a runner in scoring position after the second inning. It would have been nice to have some of those runs from today’s game last night.
Lance Lynn did a masterful job pitching with only 1 run in support, and the BFIB cheered loudly when Matheny took him out and put Kevin Siegrist in. Lynn acknowledged the fans’ love by tipping his hat to us. He certainly is a class act.
Trevor Rosenthal did his usual job of making me a nervous wreck when he pitches. In the bottom of the ninth, there were runners on first and third and only one out. Thankfully, Kolten Wong and Kevin Reynolds turned an excellent double play and the fireworks went off.
Since the son and I took the Metrolink, we didn’t get home until almost 11 PM But we had a good time, even though I was dragging at work today. We had a great time.
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My friend Kim was my guest for this year’s blogger event. It was my husband’s turn to attend, but since it was a night game and he gets up at 4:30 AM for work, it wouldn’t have worked out. Kim was very happy to be invited. Hopefully, next year the blogger event will be back to the afternoon schedule and my hubby will be able to attend.
The event was supposed to start at 5 PM, so I decided to get there early and get a front row seat. My son and I arrived at the event right before starting time last year, so we had to sit in the back and I couldn’t see or hear very well. Kim and I got to the administrative offices so early, the packets and the name tags hadn’t been put out yet. I had to go back later and get a packet, plus write out name tags. The packet was a nice folder with the party room menu on one side and handouts listing various events on the other. The packet also contained an envelope with our game tickets.
Since we were there before everyone else, Kim and I had a nice discussion with Ron Watermon, the Cardinals’ Vice President of Communications, about the security problems on Opening Day. He admitted that the gates should have been opened sooner that day.
The other bloggers began to show up and it was nice to catch up with folks I only talk to on Twitter. There was a nice crowd, considering it was a Sunday evening game. Finally, Mr. Watermon came to the podium. He welcomed us all to the blogger event. Mr. Watermon mentioned that Daniel Shoptaw, the head of the UCB, was unable to be at the event because of the death of Daniel’s father-in-law, and that their thoughts and prayers were with Daniel’s family. Mr. Watermon then spoke about the fan video contests and how they engage Cardinals Nation. Mr. Watermon talked about the minister who won the Ultimate Fan contest. Mr. Watermon asked the bloggers to help Red feel the love by posting videos telling Red that we love him.
It was then time for Bill DeWitt and John Mozeliak to speak. Rather than stepping up to the podium, Mr. DeWitt and Mr. Mozeliak stayed seated in their chairs, like a “fireside chat,” Mr. DeWitt stated. DeWitt and Mozeliak have strong voices that carry well and we were all seated fairly close, so neither one of them really needed a microphone in order to be heard.
Mr. DeWitt was the first speaker. He talked about the business side of the organization. Mr. DeWitt spoke about some of the modifications that have been made to Ballpark Village, such as the extra video screens that will allow fans to watch both the Blues and the Cards at the same time. Mr. DeWitt said that they were proud of Ballpark Village and that the BPV concept didn’t exist anywhere else in Major League Baseball. There are now giveaway days at BPV during 25 of the Cardinals’ away games. He said that there is an empty retail location that should be filled soon. He spoke briefly about the second phase of Ballpark Village, which may include an office complex, retail and a hotel.
Mr. DeWitt then spoke about improvements at Busch Stadium. The Champions Club (an all-inclusive area) has been expanded. Gate 5 has been renovated for the installation of metal detectors and for a better view for the fans in the rooftop seats at Ballpark Village.
Mr. DeWitt also spoke about the metal detectors that had been installed at the stadium. He said that all the stadiums in Major League Baseball had installed metal detectors. He admitted that the team hadn’t opened the gates early enough on Opening Day, and long lines ensued. Mr. DeWitt said that Opening Day was different than other games, closer to playoff games, and they should have opened the gates earlier than they did, and they learned from their mistake. There are also more cameras in the stadium. Mr. DeWitt also mentioned that stadium security now has a bomb sniffing dog that can follow the trail of someone who might have an explosive device in a moving crowd. To my mind, that was reassuring. I have watched The Sum of All Fears and The Dark Knight Rises a few too many times. I can see that kind of scenario happening at Busch Stadium, especially during a playoff game.
Mo spoke next. The team has gotten off to a very good start. Mo is bullish about what is going on at the minor league level. Mo said that the team is competitive at the major league team level and that there are enough players coming through the pipeline at the minor league level. He talked about the $5 million Academy that the team is opening in the Dominican Republic to train the young prospects. The complex will help attract players. Mo said that the people that have run the drafts the last few years have done a good job. Mo said that there is a hard working group in the minor league level that helps develop the players. Mo is looking at the future and he is very excited.
Then it was time for the Q & A session. A question was asked about Sam Freeman. Mo said that we could have gotten 3 lefties but they wanted someone that was an innings eater and that was the spot for Villanueva. Freeman didn’t have control or command. Freeman couldn’t throw strikes. Freeman was traded instead of being put on waivers so the Cards could get something for him.
Dennis Lawson asked if some of the bloggers could take over the club’s social media accounts for a game. He wondered what it would take to unlock that door. Nervous laughter ensued from the room. Mo asked, “What do you mean?” More laughter. Dennis thought we could take over the Twitter and Instagram accounts, under the watchful eye of a supervising adult, of course.
Mo was asked how much the team used sabermetrics for strategy. Mo said that the Cards are a very data driven team and that they utilize sabermetrics to make decisions. There is a balance between the analytical world and the scouting world. Sabermetrics power the entire team as to the decision making process.
There was a question about a timetable for Jason Heyward’s contract extension. Mo said he knew there would be a Heyward question.There is no timetable to discuss an extension. Deadlines irritate on one side or the other. They want Jason to experience St. Louis and see what the city’s all about. He doesn’t envision a timetable, although he projected mid-season as a time to look at where they’re heading.
The next person said he was at the game on Saturday and he wanted to thank Mr. DeWitt for keeping the Blues information on the screen during the game. He wanted to know how who spearheads efforts between the teams. DeWitt explained who in the Blues’ organization works with the Cards for cross-promotions. There is an overlapped fan base between the teams.
The next question was about when Oscar died – was there a specific type of player that they had in mind to replace him? How long do you mourn? There wasn’t going to be a lot of opportunity out there. There was a couple player options they could pursue. The team had heard good things about Jason Heyward. The timing was good. They do a lot of due diligence on players before they’re signed. Heyward is a positive addition to the club.
Mo was asked what if he was encouraged about the early pitching of Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez. Mo said that during spring training, they talked about having a competitive camp and that the media all laughed about it, Mo was shocked to see how well Garcia was pitching. Marco Gonzales was the next guy that threw well in camp. The 5 who ended up in the rotation was interesting because it showed how deep the pitching could be. The only concern is volume, how that is managed as the season goes. Neither Wacha or Martinez has pitched over 100 innings in a season and Mike and Lilliquist are conscious of that.
The last question was that once upon a time, when teams had 4 man rotations, and they pitched 200 innings, you never heard about the sore arms that you hear about now. Are the pitchers so finely tuned today that every little thing can throw them off balance and cause injuries? Mo said that it would take hours to discuss. Injuries are a concern to everybody because of all of the money invested in players. Mo blamed it on all the hours that kids are pitching in Little League, and high school and college ball, and that by the time they get to the majors, they’re worn out. Back in the 40’s 50’s, and 60’s, 250 innings were the norm. The team looks at “stress” innings, like innings with lots of pitches. That’s when injuries happen.
After the Q& A session was over, Mo and Mr. DeWitt left. Larry Johnson, the team chef, spoke to us about all the good food waiting for us in the party rooms. Stomachs could be heard rumbling all over the room, including my own.
Finally, it was time to go to the party rooms. Our party rooms were closer to home plate this year than last year. I tried the chicken and waffle sandwich. There was maple bacon gravy to put on the sandwich. I thought it was going to be overpowering, but it was actually very subtle and added a nice little zing of flavor to the sandwich. Kim tried the spinach and artichoke pizza and said it was delicious.She also liked the cowboy mac n’ cheese, with baked beans in it. I tried the walking taco, which was a large bag of either Doritos or Fritos Scoops (I picked the Fritos) that you zipped open the side of the bag and added shredded lettuce, taco meat, pulled pork, chicken carnitas and/or shredded cheese. I tried the tater tots tacos, which I had last year. I also tried the deep fried Oreo cookie, which came in a shot glass sized cup with whipped cream and chocolate syrup on the bottom for dipping. I thought there could have been some more breading on the Oreo – it was thin and the cookie was soft. Other desserts included an Oreo churro and strawberry shortcake. There was lots of other food, but there was just too much to try it all.
Kim and I sat at a table with Matt Whitener of Cheap Seats Please and Matt’s father, and we all had a delightful conversation with Ron Watermon about some of the other major league baseball stadiums. They mostly talked; I listened, since Busch is the only stadium I’ve ever been too.
And oh yes, there was a game between the Cards and the Reds Sunday evening. It was a thrill to see Matt Carpenter hit a home run out on the outfield berm during his first at bat. It was a classic pitcher’s duel between Adam Wainwright and Mat Latos. Adam only gave up one run Adam jammed the bases during the Reds’ half of the 8th, but he got out of it. Trevor Rosenthal was not available to close, so Jordan Walden came in and got his first save for the Cards. It was a really quick game – it started at 7:05 and ended at 9:09. The talking heads at Baseball Tonight on ESPN probably had to scramble to fill up the extra time they had allotted for the game. We didn’t get a group shot of all the bloggers because the game ended so soon. Sorry, Daniel – I did talk to Dathan about the group shot, but it didn’t work out.
I really enjoy the blogger events and I can’t wait until next year’s event. I hope you have enjoyed reading about this year’s event. Thanks for reading! See you next time!
Only 3 more days until the Cardinals’ home opener! Since I work 2 blocks from Busch Stadium, I’ve been watching as the structural steel has been repainted and watching as the stadium is being spruced up for the new season. I can’t wait to see it on TV during the Opening Day ceremonies. And of course, it will be great to see our boys back home. If you’re going to be at any of the rallies, comment below so I can look for you! Here’s all the details on Monday’s activities and all the new items at the stadium:
APRIL 13, 2015 – OPENING DAY IN ST. LOUIS
Tradition Meets Today for Fans at Opening Day 2015
ST. LOUIS – April 9, 2015– A pre-game ceremony that welcomes home the 2014 National League Central Division Champions, honors the team’s Hall of Famers, and commemorates the great tradition of Opening Day in St. Louis will punctuate a day of activities celebrating the annual return of baseball to St. Louis on Monday, April 13th. The Cardinals will take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a 3:15 p.m. game. Following is a schedule of official activities and information to help fans enjoy the great tradition that is Opening Day in St. Louis (#OpeningDaySTL).
Opening Day in St. Louis 2015 – Tradition Meets Today
Tradition Meets Today – It is the theme of the 2015 season and the focus of the home opener this year. No one day better embodies the rich tradition of the St. Louis Cardinals than Opening Day at Busch Stadium. Despite the fact that the Cardinals are celebrating their 124th season of play in the National League, there is always something fresh and new about the home opener.
In a city where baseball is a religion and the fan passion is extraordinary, the story of Opening Day is told more effectively through poetry than prose. Opening Day in St. Louis is a day where generations of fans from all walks of life and different corners of the community come together in fellowship to celebrate their deep connection with the team and with one another.
The tradition is passed on from year to year, from teammate to teammate, and from fan to fan. The tradition is also refreshed and renewed each spring. For many fans, Opening Day in St. Louis is a long-standing tradition they celebrate annually. For others, a new tradition will be born on Monday in St. Louis.
Regardless of how a fan shares the Opening Day experience, what gate they enter, seat or standing room spot they occupy, or how they choose to share the experience (in park, at Ballpark Village, online, on social media, with the At Bat 15 app, on TV, via radio etc.), all Cardinals fans are part of the important tradition that embodies the hope, joy and shared purpose that a new season of baseball brings. It doesn’t matter if you are a child attending your first game or a Hall of Famer celebrating 70 seasons in baseball, Opening Day is sure to give you goosebumps. This Monday, Opening Day in St. Louis is where Tradition Meets Today.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s: The Cardinals, Ballpark Village and Hardee’s will host a pre-game pep rally in the Ballpark Village parking lot. Fan favorite, DJ Todd Thomas will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can purchase a Hardee’s Combo Meal after regular breakfast hours from the Mobile Diner or Hardee’s restaurant on Chestnut and receive a free Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last. Other sponsors include: Budweiser, FOX Sports Midwest, Goodwill, The Muny, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Office Essentials and The Tan Company. Fans can get their picture with a single Budweiser Clydesdale (weather permitting).
1:15 p.m. Gates open
Budweiser Magnet Schedule Day: All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and over, will receive a magnet with the 2015 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser Beer.
2:30 p.m. Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.
Introduction of St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird
Hall of Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade, led around the warning track. Each Hall of Famer will be riding in a 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible.
Tradition Meets Today Video
Introduction of three members of the 2014 Class of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame from the dugout (Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee and Mike Shannon)
Introduction of the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2015 Ford F-150s.
Introduction of the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals lineups
Color Guard and American Flag in Center Field, courtesy of the service men and women of Ft. Leonard Wood
American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis
Tribute to Oscar Taveras and moment of silence for Bryan Burwell and Oscar Taveras
The National Anthem will be performed by Retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Generald Wilson
Ceremonial First Pitch by Willie McGee to Ozzie Smith
3:15 p.m. Game Time
Watching on TV
Fans can watch the game and pre-game ceremony in High Definition on FOX Sports Midwest.
Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) or one of the 140 Stations in the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney call the game. The expanded pre-game show starts at 1:40 p.m.
Online or On the Go
Fans may also follow the game for free on cardinals.com using the Gameday application, or via the team’s Twitter account, @Cardinals. From mobile devices, fans can keep tabs on the score using MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 15.
Getting to the Game
MoDOT will not have any scheduled lane closures on state highways inside the city limits for Opening Day. There have been several changes to roadways around the downtown area – most importantly on Memorial. Drivers should pay attention to the roadways, as roads they are familiar with may have changed. Since the ramp from the Poplar Street Bridge to eastbound I-44 (formerly westbound I-70) is closed for reconstruction, Illinois drivers should use the ramp to 9th Street.
From northbound I-55, drivers can continue on eastbound I-44 to Walnut or to Washington. From eastbound I-70, drivers can take the Tucker ramp into the city, or stay on westbound I-44 and exit at Broadway. Illinois drivers can now also use the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to get into downtown. When they get off the bridge, they can follow Tucker into the downtown area. As usual, Clark Street will be closed in between the stadium and Ballpark Village.
MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving. To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark. Check the Metro website,MetroSt.Louis.org, for schedules and the Park-Ride lot nearest you. There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium including the RedBird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The first RedBird Express leaves 2 ½ hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes. On Opening Day, the RedBird Express will start running at noon.
As the Cardinals begin their tenth season of play in Busch Stadium, the team has made a number of improvements to the stadium during the offseason, including a major expansion of the UMB Champions Club, as well as a variety of other upgrades and maintenance projects throughout the ballpark.
The UMB Champions Club, one of the most sought after, all-inclusive, luxury VIP fan experiences within the ballpark has undergone a 1,000 square foot expansion, including the installation of 87 new seats. The club was expanded to the south over the Musial Bridge as well as to the north toward the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar.
The Gate 5 area of the ballpark was reconfigured to improve the pedestrian flow within the ballpark and fan access to the park. The gates were moved 12 feet north toward Clark Street. These improvements have also improved the site lines from the AT&T Rooftop and other spots within Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.
A new retail store has been added in center field featuring hats from New Era, 47 Brand and American Needle, and an embroidery machine to create custom hats. The store is located in Ford Plaza at the entrance to the Family Pavilion.
One of the biggest changes fans will note this season is the installation of walk-through metal detectors at all of the gates and stadium entrances as part of Major League Baseball’s implementation of mandatory metal detection screening of all guests at all MLB ballparks in 2015.
For more than a decade, the Cardinals have conducted systematic screening of fans with handheld metal detectors. In order to ensure effective screening of all guests who enter the park with minimal inconvenience or delay, the Cardinals have installed walk-through magnetometers at all gates and increased event staffing by twenty percent. Additional upgrades and improvements include:
- Extensive painting of all of the exposed structural steel around the ballpark
- A variety of concession stands throughout the ballpark have been upgraded. All concession stands have been upgraded with new energy-efficient beverage coolers to dispense refreshing Coke and AB-In Bev beverages. New, easier-to-read, graphically-enhanced menu boards have been installed at all of the field level concession stands.
- New televisions have been installed in various sections of the ballpark.
- The installation of new backstop netting behind home plate
- The installation of a new Trivision scoreboard in center field
- Renovation of the Group Sales Corner including walls and an enhanced AV system
- More directional signage has been installed to assist fans navigating the ballpark.
- The re-numbering of all bleacher seat sections from 500 sections to 100 sections to better reflect that the bleachers are located on the first level of the ballpark (101,103,105,107, 109, 111, 189, 191, 193, 195, 197).
- The installation of LED light fixtures in a variety of locations within the ballpark to improve illumination while also enhancing energy efficiency
- The installation of new flooring throughout select areas of the ballpark.
In addition to the ballpark improvements, some operational changes will be in place during 2015 season. The most notable change is that gates will open 1 ½ hours prior to games on Monday thru Thursday (with the exception of Opening Day & holidays), and two hours prior to Friday, Saturday and Sunday games. Food and beverage service in all-inclusive areas will commence when the ballpark opens. Gate 4 will permanently become the only smoking/ re-entry gate.
New Menu for 2015
Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the St. Louis Cardinals’ concessionaire for more than 50 years, is preparing to welcome fans back to the Stadium with a starting lineup of food to please every fan’s unique taste. New are several menu items in concessions and suites along with a second location of a 2014 fan favorite, The Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar, featuring craft cocktails. Delaware North Executive Chef Larry Johnson and his culinary team have developed a wide array of new menu items for both concessions and suites. Following is a list of the new concession menu items:
- Waffle Sandwiches – Waffles cooked to order with choice of fried chicken breast with maple bacon gravy; chicken carnitas with crispy bacon, pico de gallo and ranch dressing; or BBQ pulled pork with creamy coleslaw and BBQ sauce. Each sandwich is served with white queso tater tots (“Crowd The Plate Stand”-section 148).
- Walking Tacos – Choice of original Doritos or Fritos topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and salsa. Build on that with nacho beef, pulled pork or chicken carnitas. (Sections 266, 432, 199) Shrimp Walking Tacos are available at the Island Grill location near Section 144. Nacho Beef Walking Tacos (only) will also be vended in the seats.
- Extreme Bacon Sandwich – BBQ spiced ground pork filled with cheddar cheese and crisp chopped bacon, wrapped with apple-wood-smoked bacon and finished with barbeque glaze. The sandwich is carved to order, served on a locally baked Hawaiian bun with BBQ aioli and served with maple bacon chips (Broadway BBQ –Section 109 and Bacon Station Portable at Section 446).
- Turkey Burger – A ground turkey patty served on a locally-baked Hawaiian bun with arugula, guacamole and pico de gallo. Comes with house-fried tortilla chips (Double Play Tap & Grill-Section 135).
- Double Gooey Burger – This half-pound burger consists of two fresh grilled patties served on a locally baked Hawaiian bun with two slices of American cheese, signature sauce, shredded lettuce and sliced tomato (Double Play Tap & Grill-Section 135).
- Quadruple Gooey Burger – This one-pound burger consists of four fresh grilled patties served on a locally baked Hawaiian bun with four slices of American cheese, signature sauce, shredded lettuce and sliced tomato (Double Play Tap & Grill – Section 135).
- Big Kahuna – An 8-oz. jumbo ice cream sandwich cookie (Available at all Ballpark Favorites concession stands and vended throughout the stadium).
- Oreo Churro – A 7-inch double-twist Oreo batter churro with Oreo crème dipping sauce (Redbird Club – Section 251 and Oreo/Funnel Cake Portables at Sections 454 and 145).
- 7-oz. Bavarian Pretzel – An oversize Bavarian-style pretzel large enough to share with family or friends (Gashouse Grills, Sections 141, 101, 271, 264, 266, 432).
- Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst – Locally produced by Norrenberns Foods for Busch stadium with chopped bacon, cheddar cheese and topped with BBQ sauce (Broadway BBQ – Section 109 and The Bacon Station Portable – Section 446).
- Pretzel Bites – Locally made by A Different Twist, these pretzel poppers are served with white queso dipping sauce (Crowd the Plate – Section 148 & Triple Play in Section 271).
- Deep-Fried Oreo Cookies – Oreo cookies fried in funnel cake batter and served with a side of whipped cream and chocolate sauce (Redbird Club Section 251 and Crowd the Plate Stand at Section 148).
Due to customer demand, Cardinals fans will also have another new spot at which to quench their thirst. The second location of The Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar (Section 130) features a wide array of craft cocktails made fresh from a variety of ingredients, including fine spirits, fresh fruits and juices. Among the new craft cocktails: The Dark and Stormy, made with dark rum and ginger beer; the Crisp Caramel Apple, made with Crown Royal Regal Apple and Sprite; the Specialty Bloody Mary with Absolut Cilantro Vodka; the B.L.T., made with Bulleit Bourbon, a lemon garish and tonic water; and three cocktails made with White Lightnin’, including Redbird Punch made with White Lightin’ and Apple Pie Moonshine mixed with cranberry juice and ginger ale.
New Suite Menu Items
In suites, Delaware North is adding a Sushi Cart, a Turkey and Beef Tenderloin Carvery Cart, and Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Cart, which will feature vanilla and chocolate ice cream, root beer and orange floats and various toppings. Among the new suite menu packages are the Cardinals Sampler, which includes house-made meatballs, toasted cannelloni and Buffalo chicken wings; the Ultimate Burger Slider Trio, featuring black Angus beef, turkey or Italian sausage served with various cheeses and toppings on a bakery fresh Kaiser bun; and a Jumbo Hot Dog Bar with all-beef franks and a variety of toppings ranging from pulled pork to corn pico de gallo.
Other new suite menu items include a Watermelon and Spinach Salad, a Kale and Arugula Salad, a Spinach Artichoke Pizza, a Mediterranean Focaccia Sandwich, St. Louis Chicken Po’ Boy Slider, and Strawberry Shortcake. Suite holders will also have access to the new Field Suites Landing, featuring Stella Artois draft beer, an assortment of craft beers, premium wines, and Cold Slab Creamery ice cream with a selection of “mix-in” toppings.
New Retail for 2015
Fans will also find new Cardinals apparel and other merchandise, plus a new specialty retail store. Delaware North created a new retail store in centerfield featuring hats from New Era, 47 Brand and American Needle, and an embroidery machine to create custom hats. Men’s, women’s and children’s apparel will also be available. The new store is located in Ford Plaza at Section 101, at the entrance to the Family Pavilion.
New Cardinals-branded apparel and merchandise for 2015, which is available at the Cardinals Team Store and other locations within the ballpark, include exclusive Delaware North-created hats; ladies apparel, plush, and accessories from Tokidoki; watches with interchangeable faces and bands from Modify; new replica jerseys with a Cool Base fabric; Alex Woo jewelry featuring a second logo; a new collection of eight different style Dooney and Bourke handbags; a ukulele, guitar straps and picks from Peavey; Eastland boat shoes and Row One sneakers; an expanded line of pet products; and an expanded Peanuts line, including men’s women’s and children’s apparel and bobbleheads.
Fans will want to visit one of the two Cardinals Authentics locations (inside Cardinals Nation and Busch Stadium in the Ford Plaza north of Gate 6) to shop for genuine Cardinals gear and to own a piece of St. Louis history. Both Cardinals Authentics locations specialize in official, game-used, limited edition and autographed collectibles and memorabilia direct from the club. Both stores offer a great selection of current and vintage Cardinals apparel, as well as one-of-a-kind collectibles. The Cardinals Nation location is open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; on game nights, the shop will remain open 1 hour post game.
Cardinals Authentics is offering the ultimate fan experience by having game-used memorabilia such as baseballs and bases available for purchase before the end of the game throughout the 2015 season. All season long, fans will be able to take a piece of the game directly from the field to their home. Cardinals Authentics features game-used bases, game-used balls, bats, helmets, caps and jerseys.
Cardinals Authentics is also helping fans celebrate the 70th anniversary of Red Schoendienst’s first game in 1945 by selling a limited-edition collectible that includes an autographed copy of the June 6, 1960, Sports Illustrated cover featuring Red. The beautifully-framed piece, inscribed with “70 years in Baseball, 1945-2015,”retails for $249.99.
In January, Cardinals Authentics launched a coin series which will include one frame to display the 11 coins that will be available throughout the season. Each month, Cardinals Authentics will make a new coin available that commemorates one of the 11 World Series Titles from the St. Louis Cardinals. The coins retail for $11.99 and the frame retails for $24.99.
Fans should stop by the Authentics Store to pick up autographed items from a variety of Cardinals players, including Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk, Marco Gonzales, Mike Matheny, Matt Adams, and Kolten Wong. Cardinals Authentics also features a wider selection of Yadier Molina autographed merchandise this season than in the past.
Ballpark Village will again be the place to be before, during and after the game. Since opening in March of 2014, Ballpark Village has hosted more than 5 million visitors of all ages from across the country and brought hundreds of great events to downtown. As Ballpark Village enters its second year, several additions and improvements are underway including the recent opening of the new Crown Room second-floor lounge in Budweiser Brew House, the addition of two 15-foot television screens in Fox Sports Midwest Live!, a two-sided permanent outdoor stage next to the Busch II infield and greatly improved sight lines into left center field in Busch Stadium. For more information about upcoming promotions at Ballpark Village, visit stlballparkvillage.com
Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar
Fans will want to come downtown early to have breakfast at Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village on Opening Day. Cardinals Nation will open for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. hosting the Y98 Phillips and Company Morning Show featuring menu items chosen by the Y98 Crew.
Open daily, Cardinals Nation is the year-round home to Cardinals fans offering a variety of weekly programming and special events. Offering an expansive menu that recently doubled in size with 27 new menu items, Cardinals Nation has something for everyone. Known for putting a spin on traditional favorites, the Cardinals Nation menu boasts the right mixture of everyday picks and unique novelties. Fans will want to check out the G&W Grill on game days in front of Cardinals Nation on Clark Street. The G&W Grill features St. Louis’ own G&W Sausage Company Bratwursts and Hot Dogs.
Fans will also want to visit the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Club on the second floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar that will be open before and after every home baseball game. The Hall of Fame Club features a great Game Day Buffet prior to the game and an ala carte small plate menu after the game. Fans will also find a new, improved Balcony Bar overlooking Fox Sports Midwest Live! which offers entertainment (band or DJ) post game on Friday and Saturday Nights.
Throughout the 2015 season, Cardinals Nation will be running a “Keep the Cup” promotion on game days allowing fans to purchase a commemorative ‘Celebrate the Championships’ collectible 20 oz. cup that can be refilled with their favorite domestic draft for $6. Three limited edition cups will be made available during the 2015 season that fans won’t want to miss (1944 vs. St. Louis Browns, 1982 vs. Milwaukee Brewers and 2006 vs. Detroit Tigers).
The restaurant will continue to offer the Homerun Brunch every non-home game Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that features the best Bloody Mary bar in St. Louis, and they will be debuting a special loyalty program for Cardinals fans.
The Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum at Cardinals Nation
Our Home. Our History. Our Heroes.
With the start of the 2015 season, the museum’s Championship Gallery features a fresh, new look utilizing deep red case backgrounds with a larger selection of artifacts and memorabilia in each of the 12 cases. Along with key player jerseys, new artifacts are highlighted, such as a Dizzy Dean watch, matching pennants for the 1944 Cardinals and Browns, Lou Brock’s 1967 World Series issued bat, and Darrell Porter’s shoes.
The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation features the largest team-held collection in baseball. The collection is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 20,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. With over 8,000 square feet on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Museum (#CardsMuseum) celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. The museum allows the Cardinals to showcase the team’s extensive collection of Cardinals artifacts, memorabilia and photography in a way that brings to life the amazing story of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.
The Museum walks visitors through the history of the Cardinals, beginning with the early days of Sportsman’s Park through today’s celebrated stadium and team. Each stage of the Museum has been carefully designed to reflect the historic stadium architecture and the time period being explored. The walk through history is accomplished through changing photographic pallets, case designs, and park aesthetics like appropriate woodwork and steel trusses.
The Cardinals designed the museum galleries to be fun, immersive, time-traveling experiences for all fans, whether they are long-time die-hard fans or those just beginning to fall in love with the team. The design of the Cardinals Museum integrates historic artifacts with state-of-the-art touchscreen technology and other multimedia to create immersive environments.
#CardsFanFlix – 2015 Initiative to Engage with Fans Using Mobile Video
Reverend Robbie Sondag, a Cardinals fan from Fort Wayne, Indiana, will enjoy the Ultimate Opening Day experience with tickets to the President’s Box as he won the Cardinals Ultimate Fan Video Contest with his Ultimate Cardinal Fan Robbie Video. More than seventy fans submitted videos to the Ultimate Fan Video Contest, the first in a series of #CardsFanFlix promotions to engage fans to develop videos that celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals. The team recently launched the Take Me Out to the Ballgame Talent contest and plans a series of efforts throughout the season to encourage fans to demonstrate their enthusiasm for the team, while also showcasing their talent using a medium that is transforming how people connect with one another. Through the various #CardsFanFlix fan engagement efforts, the team hopes to tap into the increasing trend for user-generated video content that is transforming the web and social platforms thanks to advances in mobile technology. Fans can check out all the fan videos and learn more at cardinals.com/fanflix.
Cardinals Magazine’s New Edition & 2015 Official Scorecard
In time for Opening Day, Cardinals Magazine kicks off its 24th season with a pair of must-read stories on two of the most watched players in 2015. The cover story on Gold-Glove outfielder Jason Heyward reveals his embrace of his new opportunity in St. Louis and why current and former teammates and coaches believe the talented 25 year old will become a central figure in the Cards’ lineup in 2015. The same optimism is shared for Carlos Martinez, who opens up about the loss of his friend Oscar Taveras and how his greater maturity is driving him to become a fixture in the Cards’ rotation.
This page-turning edition includes an oral history of the stunning comeback in Game 1 of the 2014 NLDS in Los Angeles through the eyes of Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and others.
Other exclusive content includes the debut of Carpenter’s new journal, Old School vs. New School featuring Randy Choate and Michael Wacha, a detailed review of, and book excerpt from, Mike Matheny’s national best-selling book “The Matheny Manifesto,” and photos from the offseason international travels of Matheny, Wainwright and Choate.
Throughout the season, Cardinals Magazine is on sale for just $5 at Busch Stadium at all gates, the team store, and the Cardinals Authentics store at Ballpark Village. It’s also available at many STL retailers: Schnucks, Dierbergs, QT, Walgreens and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a print or digital subscription, please visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9000. Sign up today and receive two tickets to a Monday-Thursday home games in 2015.
Also on sale at Busch Stadium this season is the popular 2015 Official Scorecard, featuring the striking artistic designs of local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003. Inside, the scorecard also teaches fans how to score the “Cardinal Way”—a storied tradition by club officials that dates back to the 1940’s. During games, fans can purchase Cardinals Magazine and the Official Scorecard together for just $5 at all gates.
New for 2015, fans coming to Busch Stadium can now purchase the magazine and scorecard with a credit or debit card at any gate. And in April, fans can purchase the 2015 Cardinals Official Calendar featuring the complete season schedule and more than 30 coupons from club and area retailers.
BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDERS
Bag Inspections Policy
- The standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium will be in effect. Bags must meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.
- Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras and will be subject to inspection. No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB credentials.
- Non-alcoholic beverages such as water and soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.
- Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.
- Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.
- Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process.
- Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.
Standard Exit/Re-entry Policies are in effect. Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must present their ticket, obtain a re-entry card, and have their hand stamped at Gate 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests must show their ticket, re-entry card and hand stamp as they pass through the metal detectors upon re-entry.
No Smoking Policy
Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect. Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility, including “smokeless” cigarettes. Exit/re-entry turnstiles will be set up at Gate 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Guests must show their ticket, re-entry card and hand stamp as they pass through the metal detectors upon re-entry.
I’m so glad Cardinals baseball is back! The Opening Night game was a great game. Adam Wainwright didn’t have his best stuff and gave up some doubles, but he got the win. Jason Heyward was 3 for 5 with two doubles in his Cardinals debut. The New Runnin’ Redbirds stole 4 bases, including a double steal by Matt Holliday and Heyward. And Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side, which was amazing. The Cubs, unfortunately, played like the Cubs. They left 13 runners in scoring position. They also bobbled a few balls in the outfield. And the Friendly Confines were more like the Unfriendly Confines, since there were not enough restrooms to accommodate the fans. Some fans were forced to pee in beer cups. Tonight’s game is cancelled due to the inclement weather forecast. We will have to wait until Wednesday afternoon to see our boys play again. In the meantime, here’s some news about an exciting new contest from the Cardinals. I hope to be able to enter this contest! Here are all the details:
“Take Me Out to The Ballgame” Talent Video Contest Announced
Fans Challenged to Demonstrate Singing Talent With 2nd #CardsFanFlix Fan Video Promotion. Winner’s Video Premieres at Ballpark July 29th
ST. LOUIS, April 5, 2015– As the St. Louis Cardinals begin their 124th season of play in the National League today, the team has launched another #CardsFanFlix fan engagement promotion to encourage fans to submit videos singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” The winning video, which will be selected by a fan vote, will be shown on the scoreboard during the 7th Inning stretch at the Cardinals – Reds game on Wednesday, July 29th. The winner will also be treated to a VIP experience that includes 10 tickets to the game.
“We hope to encourage individual fans, church choirs, school groups, local organizations and all fans with talent to show us their creativity with their version of this baseball classic,” said Ron Watermon, Vice President of Communications. “We are encouraging fans to have some fun putting their own fresh mark on this classic song that embodies what we all love about the game of baseball.”
The “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Talent Contest is the second in a series of several #CardsFanFlix promotions the team has planned this season to encourage fans to create videos that celebrate the Cardinals. Over seventy videos were submitted to the Ultimate Fan Video Contest that was launched on March 2. A winner of that contest will be announced this week and will enjoy the ultimate fan experience on Opening Day in St. Louis next week – four tickets to enjoy the game from the President’s box. Fan videos can be viewed at www.cardinals.com/ultimatefan
Fans who participate in the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Talent Contest are asked to create a video up to three minutes in length. While fans must respect copyright laws and keep things in good taste, they are encouraged to be creative, show off their talent and convey their enthusiasm for the St. Louis Cardinals. Fans can submit a video via Vine, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or any other public platform, but in order to be eligible for the contest they must provide the Cardinals a link to the video and complete a short submission form on the contest web page.
Through the #CardsFanFlix fan engagement effort this season, the St. Louis Cardinals hope to tap into the increasing trend of user-generated video content made possible by advances with mobile technology and social media. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Vine, Instagram and Twitter have all seen increased video content. YouTube estimates that approximately 300 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute.
Fans can learn more about #CardsFanFlix at cardinals.com/fanflix. Fans can join the conversation by using #CardsFanFlix.
That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time!