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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

Passing the love of baseball on to the next generation

Most of us who love baseball inherited our love of the game from someone close to us.  It was my mother who introduced me to Cardinals baseball.  We listened to the games on KMOX, then later watched them on KSD-TV (now KSDK), with Joe Garagiola announcing the games.  Who introduced  you to the game of baseball? Have you thanked them lately?  It’s too late for me – my mom passed away in  1997.  Who introduced my mom to baseball?  I don’t know because I never asked  her about it and I’m sorry I didn’t.

Many of us marry spouses who love baseball.  A love of baseball is a great common interest.  Going to a ball game is a great first date.   The pace of the game is slow enough that you can converse between innings.  There’s lots of good ballpark food to snack on too.  You might even be chosen to appear on the Kiss Cam!  Some couples even get married at Busch Stadium.   My first husband was not a baseball fan.  I didn’t make that mistake the second time I got married.

I hopefully have passed my love of baseball to my children.  I used to take my daughter to Cards games when she was little.  At Busch Stadium II, she was admitted free to the bleachers if she could walk under the turnstile.  We used to get there early enough to watch batting practice and have a hot dog and a soda.  Scorecards were $1.00. There was a home game on her 18th birthday so we went to the game, of course.  She now lives in Connecticut, but she came home for her birthday last year and of course there was a Cards game on her birthday, so we went.  She sure planned that well!  My 17 year old son is just now getting interested in baseball – better late than never, I guess.  I took him to a game a couple weeks ago, but he doesn’t like it when I cheer with the rest of the fans. That’s part of the fun of going to a game – cheering on the players.  I guess he thinks I’m embarrassing him, since he’s a teenager.

My in-laws also love baseball.  We go to their house every other Sunday afternoon for supper and we watch the ball game on their large screen TV. We talk about how the team is playing and what we like and don’t like about how the team is playing. It’s nice to be married into a family that loves baseball.

Baseball is accessible to fans in many ways.  You can attend baseball games at various levels – at major league parks, spring training games, minor league games, or school games.  You can play baseball in Little League, high school and college – well, if you’re a girl, only in Little League.  Perhaps someday women will play major league baseball.  Even children enjoy playing a game of catch or hitting the ball.  It’s an experience that can be shared between parents/grandparents and kids.  Taking your kids/grandkids to their first baseball game will likely never be forgotten.  It’s a great way to make memories.

If we don’t want the love of baseball to die out n these days of cell phones, social media and video games,  we need to pass along the love of baseball to the next generation.  If you have children or grandchildren, have them watch a ball game with you, on TV or at the ball park. Explain the game to them and tell them why you love it.   Play a game of catch with them in the backyard.   Take them to or rent movies about baseball.  Share the history of baseball with them.  So you don’t have any kids or grandkids?  Share your love of baseball with a neighbor’s kid or a niece or a nephew.  Kids love it when people spend time with them and give them undivided attention and baseball is a great way to do this. So share the love of baseball with someone you love today.  You’ll never regret it.

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

The photo above is posted with the permission of Tyann Marcink of Marcink Designs.  You can order your own copy of the photo by clicking here.

A love letter to the St. Louis Cardinals players – Part Deux

Dear boys,

Greetings once again from one of your loyal, loving fans.  You all may remember my letter to you last fall when the Cards were on the brink of winning the National League pennant.  You must have taken my loving criticism to heart, for you indeed won the NL pennant, but you lost the World Series once again to the Red Sox (this pattern of losing to the Red Sox in the WS is really getting old, though).

However, I am writing to you much earlier this season because I am alarmed at what I am seeing, both at bat and on the field.  It appears the team is imploding and I, along with many other fans,  are very worried.  Granted, the Cards are only 4 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central and there is still a lot of season yet to play.  But if you guys can’t right the sinking ship S.S. Cardinals, however,  everything will be going south quickly, and I’m not talking about the Braves.

Let’s talk first about the few bright spots on the team.  Our 1-2 starting pitchers (Waino and Wacha) are the best in the NL.  With the exception of the game in Chicago and the game against the Giants, we can always count on Waino for a win. Yadi is simply the best catcher in the NL.  There’s no use trying to steal off of Yadi – you will lose every time.  Yadi’s defense is stellar. And he is great at handling pitchers.

Now let’s talk about hitting.  I’m going to review what I said last time with some minor changes.  Please be patient at the plate and take some balls.  Wait for a good pitch or a mistake pitch to hit.  Make the pitcher work for the out.  The higher the pitch count, the earlier the pitcher will be taken out of the game.  And just get a hit.  Enough hits in a row will equal runs.  There’s no need to be swinging for the fences every time you’re up at bat.  This is all fundamental stuff you should have learned a long time ago and shouldn’t have to be reminded about. And don’t be afraid to bunt to move a runner over into scoring position. To summarize, you boys need to hit more to score more!

If and when you do get on base, be an alert base runner.  Watch for passed balls or wild pitches so you can advance on the base paths.  Watch and see where hit balls land to determine whether it’s safe to advance or not.  Listen to your base coaches; they will tell you whether to run or not.   And when it’s time to run, run like the wind. Also, don’t get hung up between third and home.

As for the pitching – where do I begin?  After Waino and Wacha, the rotation is the Twilight Zone.  Lynn has at least one bad inning every game, known on the Internet as the “Lynning,”  which is not a good thing.  Jaime Garcia is beginning to show promise, but he’s only had 3 starts since coming off of the DL.  Kelly has been out for over a month with a hamstring strain. Does it really take that long to heal a hamstring strain, or is there something else going on?

As for the bullpen, Martinez needs to be sent back down to Memphis to get his head straightened out.  You can’t have a pitcher that can’t get lefties out.  Choate and Maness are a mess.  Jason Motte has just gotten off the DL  Neshek and Rosenthal have been the bright spots in the bullpen.

You guys are professional baseball players and you’ve spoiled us.  We expect the Cards to be in the playoffs every year.  So get it together, boys, and play and act like a team.  Until next time (and hopefully, there won’t be a next time this year) –

Love always,

Diane

Homestand highlights May 26 – June 3

1964 WS programThe fourth homestand (only the 4th? Wow!) of the 2014 season has some great promotions and a special salute to the 1964 World Series, which of course, the Cardinals won by beating the Yankees.  If you’d like to read a great book about the 1964 World Series, read David Halberstam’s October 1964. Here’s all the details on the homestand: 

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS  (Monday, May 26, 2014 – Tuesday, June 2, 2014)

1964 World Series 50th Anniversary Salute, ring and beach towel giveaways, and Superhero Night highlight the fourth homestand of 2014

 ST. LOUIS, MO (May 23, 2014) – Following the shortest road trip of the season, the Cardinals return to St. Louis for three fan-favorite matchups. On Memorial Day, the Yankees will make their first-ever appearance at Busch III, having last squared off in St. Louis back in 2005. Following the Yankees series, the Cardinals will face the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. The homestand is highlighted by the 1964 World Champions 50th Anniversary Salute and replica ring promotional item, Superhero Theme Night, and the Wainwright jersey and beach towel giveaways.

 Monday, May 26, 2014 — Cardinals vs. New York Yankees (3:15 p.m.)

  •  Replica 1964 World Series Ring: All ticketed- fans will receive their very own wearable 1964 World Championship replica ring courtesy of Tickets.com. (#CardsPromo)

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  • Televised 1964 World Champions 50th Anniversary Salute: 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cardinals seventh World Championship vs. the New York Yankees. To celebrate, nearly 15 members of the 1964 team will be on hand for a special pre-game ceremony which includes a parade around the warning track led by a 1964 Ford Mustang. FOX Sports Midwest will televise the Cardinals’ 50th anniversary salute to the 1964 World Series Champions in an expanded one-hour pregame show. FOX Sports Midwest’s coverage is scheduled to include interviews with Mike Shannon and Tim McCarver, Jim Hayes riding along with Lou Brock and a third-inning interview with Bob Gibson.
  • Derek Jeter Gift Presentation: In a ceremony prior to the game, the Cardinals will present Derek Jeter with a retirement gift in honor of his career and impact on the game of baseball. Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., President Bill DeWitt, III General Manager John Mozeliak, Vice President Of Community Relations & Executive Director Of Cardinals Care Michael Hall, Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and our very own #2, Red Schoendienst will make the presentation.
  • Honoring Troops on Memorial Day: MLB will hold moments of silence prior to all games throughout Memorial Day weekend to honor those who have died in service to their nation. The Cardinals will wear specially-designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps in honor of Memorial Day. MLB and MLB Advanced Media will donate 100% of its net proceeds from sales of the US-based clubs’ caps and jerseys to Welcome Back Veterans as part of its contribution to the program.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  Television Broadcast:Today’s game will be broadcast locally on FOX Sports Midwest, to a national audience on ESPN, and on NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corp.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — Cardinals vs. New York Yankees (7:15 p.m.)

  • 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.
  •  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)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — Cardinals vs. New York Yankees (7:15 p.m.)

  • 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.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (7:15 p.m.)

  • Ron Jacober Ceremonial Pitch: Long-time St. Louis sports radio and television personality Ron Jacober will throw a ceremonial pitch before the game. The recently retired Jacober has covered St. Louis sports for over 40 years and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame last year in Springfield.
  • 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.

Friday, May 30, 2014 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (7:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Beach Towel: 25,000 ticketed-fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals beach towel. (#CardsPromo)

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  • Illini Theme Night: Fans purchasing the special themed ticket will take home a one-of-a-kind Cardinals “STL” cap in Fighting Illini orange and blue. Join your fellow Fighting Illini fans in Riverview Corner for a pre-game pep rally complete with band, cheerleaders and an autograph session with former University of Illinois basketball standout and current Portland Trailblazer Meyers Leonard. Leonard will sign autographs from 5:45 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. Leonard, along with John Groce, Head Coach of the Fighting Illini basketball team will each throw out a ceremonial first pitch.  A number of tickets remain at cardinals.com/theme.Please note that the cap is only available with the purchase of this Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  •  Ritz’s Kickoff to Summer Weekend: A weekend full of fun for kids and families. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all kids will receive a free ticket to a 2014 home game.
  • 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 catcher, Tom Pagnozzi, 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)

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  • 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.

 Saturday, May 31, 2014 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (1:15 p.m.)

  • Kids Replica Home White Wainwright Jersey: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will take home a replica Adam Wainwright home white jersey, courtesy of Powerade and Shop ‘n’ Save. (#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)
  • Ritz’s Kickoff to Summer Weekend: A weekend full of fun for kids and families. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all kids will receive a free ticket to a 2014 home game.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 — Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (1:15 p.m.)

  • Six Flags Day: Fredbird’s Looney Tunes friends will be here to present kids, 48” inches and under, with a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any weekday (Monday-Friday) through Tuesday, July 1st.

  • Family Attractions Card Day: Fans should stop by Ford Plaza to pick up a complimentary Family Attractions Card (while supplies last). Perfect for families looking for summer fun and activities, The Family Attractions Card offers thousands in savings at local area attractions, restaurants and lodging.

 

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  • Ritz’s Kickoff to Summer Weekend: A weekend full of fun for kids and families. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all kids will receive a free ticket to a 2014 home game.
  • 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, June 2, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:10 p.m.)

  • 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.
  • Archdiocese Theme Night: The St. Louis Cardinals welcome the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis to Archdiocese Night at the ballpark. With the purchase of this special Archdiocese Theme Night ticket, fans will receive a special edition Archdiocese themed Cardinals cap available in adult and kid sizes. A number of tickets remain at cardinals.com/theme.Please note that the cap is only available with the purchase of this Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

 

  • 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 My Winter Project, Split the Skyline, and Cardboard Rebellion. 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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  • Television Broadcast:Tonight’s game will be broadcast on both FOX Sports Midwest and to a national audience on ESPN.

 Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (6:15 p.m.)

  • MLB Network Reusable Grocery Bag: 25,000 ticketed-fans will receive a reusable grocery bag courtesy of MLB Network. (#CardsPromo)


  • Superhero Theme Night: Bring the entire family to the first Superhero Night presented by Fantasy Books, Inc. Fans purchasing the special themed ticket will receive an exclusive Superhero Cardinals T-shirt. Each Theme Ticket purchased with a youth-sized T-shirt also comes with a St. Louis Cardinals cape. Comic book characters and superheroes will be roving the stadium for fan photos. A number of tickets remain at cardinals.com/theme.Please note that the t-shirt/cape is only available with the purchase of this Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • 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.

More Fan Fun

All-Star Balloting Underway: Ready to #VoteSTL? Ballots for the 2014 All-Star Game are now available inside Busch Stadium. Online voting is also underway at cardinals.com/vote, and fans can vote a total of 25 times online and from mobile devices until Thursday, July 3rd at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Send your favorite Cardinal players to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota by joining the conversation (#VoteSTL) and voting for Matt Adams (#BatAdams), Peter Bourjos (#BourjosForUs), Matt Carpenter (#CarpenterSkills), Allen Craig (#AllStarAllen), Matt Holliday (#HollidayIn), Yadier Molina (#YadiYadiYadi), Jhonny Peralta (#JhonnyBeGood) and Kolten Wong (#VoteInKolten).

Traffic Alert

Illinois fans heading to home games for the rest of the year need to be aware that after May 27, the ramp from the westbound Poplar Street Bridge onto the interstate downtown will be closed for the next year while the Missouri Department of Transportation rebuilds it. Fans should consider using the 9th Street ramp from westbound I-64, the Eads Bridge or the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge and Tucker Boulevard to get to the game. In addition, using MetroLink and MetroBus t get to the game are very good options.

Don’t forget that Monday is Memorial Day.  At 3 PM in all time zones, there is a national moment of silence to remember those who gave their all for their country and for freedom.  Never forget that freedom isn’t free.

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

Diane

Score some cheap Cardinals tickets with this deal!

BB ticketDynamic Pricing and the KMOX First Pitch vouchers for Cardinals tickets are great deals, but there’s a deal that’s even better, thanks to the “Cards Win, You Save” promo.  Starting tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. CST, you can purchase tickets for certain games and certain areas of the stadium for only $4.00.  I thought you might want to know about this great deal, so here’s all the details:

FANS CAN PURCHASE $4 TICKETS THANKS TO “CARDS WIN, YOU SAVE” PROMO

Select tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT at an 80% discount

 ST. LOUIS, MO (May 20, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced that discounted tickets as part of the team’s Cards Win, You Save promotion will go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CT. A select number of tickets normally priced at $19 will be sold for $4 as the team took $3 off for each victory (and rainout) during the most recent homestand series with the Cubs and Braves (4-2). The total savings are $15 per ticket.  

 “This continues to be one of our most successful promotions from both a winning and savings perspective,” said Joe Strohm, Vice President of Ticket Sales. “Not only do fans get a tremendous value to some of our best games, but the promotion seems to bring good luck to our team.” 

The Cardinals are 25-9 (.735) lifetime with the promotion. The discount applies to a select number of Pavilion and Terrace level tickets when the Cardinals take on the Kansas City Royals (June 2-3) and New York Mets (June 16-18).

The Cards Win, You Save discounted tickets are available online only at cardinals.com/win. For a complete list of Cardinals ticket values and promotions, visit cardinals.com/tickets.

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

Diane

When the pitcher isn’t a pitcher

The gray sky over downtown St. Louis today matches their fans’ mood after last night’s game – a 17-5 loss, against the Cubs, which makes it completely embarrassing. Cubs fans will never let us live down last night’s game. The Cardinals are definitely not playing like a team who won the National League pennant last year. There’s an old saying that goes, “You have to hit bottom before you can get back up.” Hopefully, last night’s game was the bottom and the Cardinals will regroup and figure out what’s going wrong. It’s still early in the season, but the problems need to get fixed now before they get even worse. The Cards did make some roster moves today, putting last night’s starter, LHP Tyler Lyons, on the DL with a left shoulder strain (hmm, could this be why 7 runs were scored off him?), optioned RHP Eric Fortunato to Memphis, and recalled LHP Sam Freeman and RFP Jorge Rondon from Memphis.

There are many reasons for the Cardinals’ implosion, and they are being covered very well by my fellow Cardinals bloggers. But this post isn’t about that. Daniel Descalso was brought into the game to pitch last night, and it reminded me of a time when another utility player was brought in to pitch.

On May 14, 1988, the Cards played the Braves at Busch Stadium II. The game was tied 5-5 when manager Whitey Herzog brought in utility player Jose Oquendo (a/k/a “The Secret Weapon”) to pitch in the 16th inning after running out of pitchers. Amazingly, Jose pitched 3 scoreless innings before being tagged for a 2 run double by Ken Griffey, Jr. in the 19th inning, and he took the loss. Jose was the first non-pitcher in 20 years to get a decision. His pitching line was 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 1 SO. This was also one of Whitey’s many games where he pulled a double switch and had a pitcher play in the outfield, who in this case was Jose DeLeon. You can read more about this game in greater detail at the link here.

I remember this game well.  It was a Saturday night, and I was at a bar called Gilligan’s (which was not named after the TV show) shooting darts with my then-boyfriend Andrew and our buddy Gene. I looked up at the game on the bar’s TV to see how the game was going and was shocked to see Jose on the mound. I turned to Andrew and said, “Have I drunk too many beers or is that Jose Oquendo pitching?” My eyesight had not failed me, nor had I had too much to drink; it was indeed Jose on the mound.

My hubby (who was just a friend then; we didn’t start dating until 1990) was at the game that night with another friend of ours and her boyfriend. He made the mistake of mentioning before the game that he had never been to an extra inning game before. Bad move there, Mike!

Tomorrow is the 26th anniversary of the game in which Jose was called on to pitch. Will fans be saying 26 years from now, “Remember that horrible 17-5 loss to the Cubs when Daniel Descalso was brought in to pitch?” Probably not. Adam Wainwright is the starter tonight, and hopefully he will be able to turn the floundering S.S. Cardinals around and keep it from sinking.

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Diane

Bibliography:

“Jose Oquendo,” Wikipedia,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Oquendo

Los Angeles Times, “St. Louis’ Oquendo Pitches 4 Innings, Loses in 19th,” http://articles.latimes.com/1988-05-15/sports/sp-4246_1_st-louis-cardinals

The Hardball Times, “25th Anniversary:  The Jose Oquendo Game,” http://www.hardballtimes.com/tht-live/25th-anniversary-the-jose-oquendo-game/

Homestand highlights May 12-22

The Cardinals have had a rough road trip, hovering at .500.  They were almost swept by the Pirates.  But now, home sweet home!  And the Cards play the Cubs, who haven’t been playing so well themselves.  Let’s hope this homestand will turn things around.  Here’s all the details on all the events going on during this homestand:

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<p id=ST. LOUIS, MO (May 12, 2014) – The Cardinals are back at Busch and embarking on the first of 19 home games in 23 days over two homestands. The action starts tonight with four games versus the Chicago Cubs, and continues with three-game series against the Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks. 2014 All-Star Game balloting begins in-stadium during this jam-packed homestand which is highlighted by six theme nights (including two Scout Nights, Mo Tie Monday, Grant’s Farm Night, Chuck Berry Night and Gardening Night), the Replica 2013 National League Champion’s Trophy giveaway, the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest, and more.

Monday, May 12, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:10 p.m.)

  • In-stadium All-Star Balloting Begins: Ready to #VoteSTL? Ballots for the 2014 All-Star Game are now available inside Busch Stadium. Online voting is also underway at cardinals.com/vote, and fans can vote a total of 25 times online and from mobile devices until Thursday, July 3rd at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Send your favorite Cardinal players to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota by joining the conversation (#VoteSTL) and voting for Matt Adams (#BatAdams), Peter Bourjos (#BourjosForUs), Matt Carpenter (#CarpenterSkills), Allen Craig (#AllStarAllen), Matt Holliday (#HollidayIn), Yadier Molina (#YadiYadiYadi), Jhonny Peralta (#JhonnyBeGood) and Kolten Wong (#VoteInKolten).
  •  Ceremonial Pitches: Prior to the game, ceremonial pitches will be thrown by former Rams player and Professional Football Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams; Miss Missouri 2014 Erica Sturdefant; and Koko Kondo, a Hiroshima A-bomb survivor, peace advocate and Webster University commencement speaker.
  • Mo Tie Monday’ Theme Tickets: Fans can dress as sharply as General Manager John Mozeliak with the purchase of a themed ticket for the first-ever Mo Tie Monday. Each special Mo Tie Monday ticket comes with a limited-edition Cardinals bowtie. A portion of each ticket sold benefits Cardinals Care. Fans may also purchase a VIP ticket which includes the game ticket, bowtie and a pre-game Q&A with Mozeliak, starting with a bowtie-tying tutorial. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the bowtie 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 bowtie. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Television Broadcast:Tonight’s game will be broadcast on both FOX Sports Midwest and to a national audience on ESPN.
  • Boy/Girl Scout Theme Night: The Cardinals are proud to present Boy Scout and Girl Scout Night at Busch Stadium. For just $14, each scout receives a ticket to the game as well as a badge. While tickets for this Theme Night are sold out, fans may purchase tickets for a second Scout Night on May 20th at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the patch is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Scouts who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the patch. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • 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, May 13, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2013 schedule features 15 local bands over the course of five nights, at five different Cardinals’ home games out in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Cardboard Room, SOMA, and Unifyah. 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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  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: The Cardinals and On the Run are giving fans the chance to win an authentic #42 game-worn autographed jersey from Jackie Robinson Day, on April 15th and two Cardinals tickets to the July 18th home game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at Gate 3 or from roaming volunteers in lime-green shirts during this game as well as on May 16th and May 20th. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at area On the Run locations. The money raised will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation & Cardinals Care.
  • 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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

  • Grant’s Farm Theme Night: The Cardinals are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Grant’s Farm – Anheuser Busch’s nationally recognized family attraction and St. Louis tradition. Each special Grant’s Farm Night ticket comes with a limited-edition Cardinals camel t-shirt for the event’s “Hump Day” festivities. Prior to the game, fans will have the opportunity to see a variety of small animals and have their picture taken with a Budweiser Clydesdale in Ford Plaza. Fans can even see three camels in the Busch II infield at Ballpark Village before the game. Grant’s Farm’s newly refurbished tram will take a lap around the warning track at approximately 6:30 p.m. before former Cardinal Wally Moon throws out the ceremonial pitch. Moon was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1954, the same year Grant’s Farm opened. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the t-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 t-shirt. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Ceremonial Pitch: Gata Kamsky, an International Grandmaster from Russia, 20-year world elite chess player, and the reigning U.S. Chess Champion will throw the ceremonial pitch.
  • 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, May 15, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (12:45 p.m.)

  • Charity Haircuts in the Plaza sponsored by Great Clips: During the game, fans can root on their team and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza for Great Clips’ Charity Haircuts. For a $10 donation, Great Clips – who sponsors the event every weekday afternoon game during the season – will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

 Friday, May 16, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 p.m.)

It’s me and my husband’s wedding anniversary – anyone want to gift us a pair of tickets?  :)

  • 2013 Replica National League Champions Trophy: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a 6.5″ tall replica of the National League Champions Trophy. Presented by Ameren Missouri. (#CardsPromo)

 

  • 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 turned outfielder, Rick Ankiel, 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)

 Ceremonial Pitch: Prior to the game, talk show host Wendy Williams will throw the ceremonial pitch.

  • 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)
  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: The Cardinals and On the Run are giving fans the chance to win an authentic #42 game-worn autographed jersey from Jackie Robinson Day, on April 15th and two Cardinals tickets to the July 18th home game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at Gate 3 or from roaming volunteers in lime-green shirts on May 13th, May 16th, and May 20th. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at area On the Run locations. The money raised will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation & Cardinals Care.
  • 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.
  •  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.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (1:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Beverage Jug: 25,000 ticketed-fans will take home a Cardinals beverage jug, courtesy of Powerade. (#CardsPromo)

  • Cardinals Care Jersey Day: All fans can purchase scratch-off tickets from roaming volunteers for a chance to win a game-used Cardinals jersey from today’s game. Proceeds benefit Cardinals Care.
  • Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest: Nathan’s Famous is making a stop at Busch Stadium for an official 2014 qualifying event for the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island. The official qualifying event will take place at 12 p.m. on May 17 and is part of more than a dozen contests in cities across the United States. World champion Joey Chestnut will be on hand to oversee the 10-minute, all-you-can-eat contest, which will take place around noon in Ford Plaza and feature top-ranked eaters, including world matzo ball, donut and green pea-eating champion, “Badlands” Booker, as well as Sean Gordon, Matthew Raible and Josh Miller. Joey Chestnut will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. The top male and top female finishers will earn a spot to compete in the finals at the original Nathan’s Famous in Brooklyn, NY. Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., set the world record by eating 69 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes in 2013, and he will seek his eighth straight title this year. Along with Joey Chestnut, a group of students from Keysor Elementary School and their principal, Dr. Bryan Painter, will be attending the game. The school and surrounding Kirkwood community were honored with a fun, carnival-like event in Ford Plaza before noon as part of Nathan’s and KaBOOM!’s new program, Ready. Set. Play., which celebrates active play and the organizations that facilitate it for children. MEDIA OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE by emailing communications@cardinals.com.

               

  • Rooftop Broadcast: FOX Sports Midwest will broadcast today’s game live from the new AT&T Rooftop in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village.
  • 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)

Sunday, May 18, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (1:15 p.m.)

  • Matt Carpenter Kids Bat: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will receive a 28” Matt Carpenter bat, courtesy of Rawlings. (#CardsPromo)

  • Cardinal Wives Baseball Grab Bags: The Cardinal Wives will be raising money to support breast cancer research by selling grab bags of autographed baseballs during the game. For $50, fans can purchase an unlabeled brown paper bag containing one autographed baseball from a current Cardinal player and a card identifying the signature. The Wives will be stationed at various locations throughout the stadium including inside Gate 3, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and Ford Plaza. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen® St. Louis whose mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
  •  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)
  • Honorary Bat Girl: The Cardinals are proud to present Karen Neal as the winner of the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest. The MLB campaign recognizes baseball fans that have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. Karen, a wife, mom, math teacher and inspiration, is currently battling an aggressive inflammatory breast cancer diagnosis with chemo, a double mastectomy and a third round of radiation. As our Honorary Bat Girl, Karen will take part in pre-game activities and be honored during an on-field ceremony. You can read Karen’s story and meet the other club representatives at HonoraryBatGirl.com.
  • 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.
  • 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).

 Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

  • Boy/Girl Scout Theme Night: The Cardinals are proud to present Boy Scout and Girl Scout Night at Busch Stadium. For just $14, each scout receives a ticket to the game as well as a badge. Tickets are available at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the patch is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Scouts who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the patch. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • 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.
  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: The Cardinals and On the Run are giving fans the chance to win an authentic #42 game-worn autographed jersey from Jackie Robinson Day, on April 15th and two Cardinals tickets to the July 18th home game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at Gate 3 or from roaming volunteers in lime-green shirts on May 13th, May 16th, and May 20th. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at area On the Run locations. The money raised will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation & Cardinals Care.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

  • Chuck Berry Theme Night: Chuck Berry Night celebrates rock-and-roll legend and St. Louis native Chuck Berry. All fans who purchase the special themed ticket will receive an exclusive Chuck Berry bobblehead. Fans can also purchase a VIP ticket which includes a pre-game meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, in addition to the bobblehead and game ticket. All fans will have the opportunity to see Chuck Berry during his pre-game on-field ceremony. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the bobblehead 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 bobblehead. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

Thursday, May 22, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6:15 p.m.)

  • Gardening Theme Night: Fans purchasing this special themed ticket will take home their very own, limited edition, Cardinals Garden Gnome. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Missouri Botanical Garden. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/theme. Please note that the gnome 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 gnome. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

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