Mike Matheny’s Thoughts on Oscar Taveras.

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This afternoon Mike Matheny put out a statement on the tragedy of losing Oscar Taveras:

“I was asked last night to give some words regarding the tragic death of Oscar Taveras, but I just simply couldn’t. 

First of all, it felt like a bad dream that could not be real, and when reality kicked in, my words didn’t even seem to make sense.  To say this is a horrible loss of a life ended too soon would be an understatement.  To talk about the potential of his abilities seemed to be untimely.  All I wanted to do was get the guys together and be with our baseball family.  I know the hurt that comes along with buying into the brotherhood of a baseball team.  That hurt is just as powerful as the joys that come with this life. Not to say it is even close to the depth of pain his true family is going through, but the pain itself is just as real. The ache is deep because the relationships were deep, and forged through time and trials.

To the many fans who have already reached out with condolences, and to the many more who are in mourning, thank you for taking these players in, like they are one of your own.  This level of care is what sets our fans apart.

 In my opinion, the word “love” is the most misused, and misunderstood word in the English language.  It is not popular for men to use this word, and even less popular for athletes.  But, there is not a more accurate word for how a group of men share a deep and genuine concern for each other.  We loved Oscar, and he loved us.  That is what a team does, that is what a family does. You will be missed, Oscar.”

 The Cardinals has also have put together a website in tribute to Taveras, http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/fan_forum/oscar_taveras.jsp

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

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A Sad Day in Cardinal Nation

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As I began this evening to relax and watch the World Series, I got a text  that Oscar Taveras died today in a horrible car crash that also took the life of his girlfriend. My heart just broke when I read the message. I couldn’t believe it. I then went on Twitter and saw the flood messages from my friends that Taveras died. The reports coming out of the Dominican Republic says he had veered off the road. I am asking all of the Cardinals fans that reads my blog to wear your Cardinal Red tomorrow in mourning of his young life. My son Gabe and I enjoyed sitting in right field watching Oscar run down a fly ball with ease. The highlight of his career came in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants when he hit a pinch-hit solo home run. His smiles and laughter will remain as a remembrance of Oscar’s presence in the clubhouse. Here are a few words from Oscar’s friends.

Kolten Wong @KoltenWong 6m6 minutes ago

Wow! My heart truly hurts to hear the passing of Oscar! I’ve played with him every year and we truly lost a great person

Randal Grichuk @RGrich15 10m10 minutes ago

So sad to hear about Oscar. My prayers go out to his family. In complete shock.. So sad.. Life isn’t fair

My prayers and thoughts go out to the families of Oscar’s and  his girlfriend. May God’s grace help with the families tragic loss.

Wainwright’s Elbow

adwainSt. Louis Cardinals All-Star pitcher Adam Wainwright underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure earlier today to trim a small piece of cartilage from his right elbow.

Although an initial MRI of his elbow conducted last week came back negative, Wainwright requested additional tests and the findings of a second MRI resulted in the decision to undergo today’s procedure.

Wainwright is scheduled to begin physical therapy in two weeks and he may resume his throwing program eight weeks from today. 

Coleman Wants to Steal Home Again

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Vince Coleman one of my favorite Cardinals from the mid-80’s. is back and wants back in with the Cardinals as a base running instructor. I believe we could use him. The following article is from Rob Rains. It is a great read.and I am all for bringing Coleman back to the Cardinals family.

Vince Coleman wants to come back home.

The former Cardinal outfielder has spent the last two years working as a roving instructor in the Houston Astros organization but is hoping to land a similar position with the Cardinals this winter.

“I was born and raised there (the Cardinal organization) and I am known as a Cardinal,” Coleman said. “Wherever I go I am always a Cardinal.”

Coleman would like the chance to work with young players about baserunning and stealing bases, his specialty during a 13-year major-league career. His career total of 752 stolen bases ranks sixth all time.

His best years were with the Cardinals, coming up as a rookie in 1985 and leading the league in steals all six years he played in St. Louis, three times topping the 100-steal mark.

Coleman, who also spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons working in the Cubs organization, believes the time is right in baseball to place more of an emphasis on baserunning and stealing bases, areas where he believes he can make a major contribution.

“Now that we’ve passed the steroid era they (baseball) have to reconsider and make speed a part of the game,” Coleman said.

“What I do is build confidence in these guys. Once you have confidence it makes you play fast and at the same time it slows the game down for you. You rely on your instincts when you have the knowledge. I know I have a lot of knowledge to share because I’ve done it.

“I see where the game has changed. They have to go back to fundamentals. When you have a team that can go from first to third, can score from second on base hits, takes advantage of all the extra base hits, those are the teams that you usually find in the championship.”

The Cardinals do not currently have a specific minor-league instructor who works with players on baserunning and stealing. Coleman’s former teammate and close friend, Willie McGee, has helped in those areas, but only works a part-time schedule, spending a few days each month with one of the farm teams.

“I can be there more full time,” Coleman said. “When you get an athlete with that type of ability and pour some knowledge into them, that will make them dangerous.”

The Cardinals appear to have several players in the organization who have the potential to develop as basestealers, including outfielder C.J. McElroy, who led the organization with 41 stolen bases this year at Class A Peoria. Shortstop Juan Herrera had 27 stolen bases for the same team.

Shortstop Oscar Mercado led the rookie Appalachian League with 26 steals in just 60 games, and young outfield prospects Charlie Tilson and Magneuris Sierra also would appear to be players who could benefit from working with an instructor such as Coleman.

“I’ve watched the game develop over the years,” Coleman said. “That (stealing bases) was my passion. What I teach is what I had a passion for. I want to share that knowledge. It gives me a shot in the arm every day to see these kids grow and develop.”

Coleman was out of baseball from 2006 to 2011. He remarried and moved to San Diego, where he was enjoying time with his family when he got a phone call from Jeff Luhnow, offering him a chance to work in the Astros system.

Coleman jumped at the chance, and quickly realized he was doing what he loved to do and wanted to do. He has an invitation to return to the Astros system next year, but first wants to explore the possibility that he could come back to the Cardinals.

Coleman, whose eventual goal is to land a major-league coaching position, can point to several prospects with the Astros he believes he has helped. One of those players is even at the major-league level, second baseman Jose Altuve.

Altuve won the AL batting title this year with a .341 average and also led the league with 56 stolen bases, 21 more than he stole in 2013.

“I got him more erect, standing up,” Coleman said. “His first step is electric. That’s something I take credit for, that I got him to do that one thing.

“There are a bunch of kids over there that I know I have helped.”

The group includes outfielder Brett Phillips, voted the eighth best prospect in the Midwest League by Baseball America, and former number one draft pick Carlos Correa, a shortstop, named the top prospect in the California League.

Coming back to the Cardinal organization, and working with their prospects, would provide some closure for Coleman to what he still considers his biggest regret in his life – leaving as a free agent after the 1990 season, signing a four-year deal with the Mets.

That started a period in which Coleman moved on to the Royals, Mariners, Reds and Tigers before retiring in 1997.

“It’s a regret that I live with to this day,” Coleman said. “It’s very hard to swallow as I look back on it. No matter where I go I’m identified as a St. Louis Cardinal but that was only for six years. … It was the biggest mistake I ever made in my life. To this day I don’t sleep good at night, as I look at baseball, I don’t feel good about the decision I made at that time.”

Coleman’s departure came at a troubled time for the Cardinals. August Busch Jr. had died, Whitey Herzog resigned as manager, McGee was traded to Oakland. Jack Clark had left as a free agent, Tom Herr was traded to Minnesota.

Coleman and his agent had discussed a contract with then-GM Dal Maxvill, who told him to become a free agent and the Cardinals would match whatever offer he received. The Cardinals did make him an offer but it was still several million dollars less than the Mets offer. Coleman said he begged Maxvill to match it, but it didn’t happen.

“I was looking at it as an opportunity to continue the winning ways,” Coleman said. “New York had one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. There was no way on paper you could say they were going to lose. I was 29 years old and I was like ‘no matter where I go I’m going to play well and be the catalyst of the team and we’re going to win because that’s all I know.’ There’s more to it than what’s on paper.

“St. Louis gave me everything I wanted as a new-born baby. You get life, support, love, nourishment and that’s what St. Louis gave me. I apologize for taking that away from the fans. The greatest gift that you can give to a spouse is a new-born baby and that’s what St. Louis gave me. It was the biggest mistake I ever made because I never received that love and that type of engagement with the fans or with the game itself. It never ever was the same again.

“The (St. Louis) fans gave me that boost of confidence as I walked through the parking lot. ‘Let’s go Vince.’ It was a positive energy I felt. Driving down the highway fans were yelling and waving, ‘Let’s get them tonight.’ There was so much positive energy and I basically took it for granted and thought I could do that wherever I went. That wasn’t true.

Coleman believes to this day that had he stayed with the Cardinals he could have become the game’s career stolen base leader.

“You always think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, and that you can create a situation you’ve been blessed with somewhere else,” he said. “I got hit with so many injuries it was like a punishment from God for me going to New York when He had given me everything and it was right there (in St. Louis). I didn’t realize how great a gift I had right there in front of me in St. Louis.”

State of the Cardinals in 2015

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With the St. Louis Cardinals elimination from the playoffs by the dreaded San Francisco Giants the team comes home to find some players wondering if they are returning or not or players looking forward in spending time with their families. I believe that the Cardinals shopping list would have a starting pitcher, middle relief pitchers, back up catcher, back up infielder and a right handed power hitting outfielder or first baseman. So who on the Free Agent List appeal to the Cardinals? I like Tony Cruz, he has been a light hitting back up for four years. The position does need a upgrade, Geovany Soto would be a great pick up and a reliable catcher to give Molina much needed rest. For a back up infielder I would choose Brian Roberts. He can play both shortstop and second base. His production has gone down but he is still known as being reliable and a heads up player.For a right handed hitter I would be all for Michael Cuddyer, he can cover third base, first base and right field. Still has power. He can split time with Matt Adams or start in right field. So what would this mean for Oscar Taveras and Randall Grichuk? The Cardinals GM has stated that he is not trading Taveras. but it has also been noted that Matheny is not too fond of Oscar. This might mean the Cardinals may look into trading him. If they do trade him it would be for a top tier player. So if the Cardinals want to bring in a fulltime right fielder they could also look into Nelson Cruz to actually be that right handed power hitting right fielder. I truly believe the Cardinals really a top notch starting pitcher. I am not sold on Lackey, they could very well not pick up his option or if they do then the team needs to cut ties with Jaime Garcia. A few names that pop out to me includes Max Scherzer, Ervin Santana, Kyle Kendrick or Jake Peavy. I say its about time we reach out to Reavy and finally signing him as a Cardinal in which he has been expecting for the last two years. Other players the Cardinals will be dealing with includes Peter Bourjus, Daniel Descalso and Randy Choate. The team seems to be interested in trading them. The teams free agents Pat Neshek and Jason Motte may or may not be resigned. Some indications I see makes me believe Neshek would get a short term contract while Motte will be let go. along with Masterson, Pierzinsky, and Ellis.

Source: MLB, Miklasz, Strauss

Rangers Hire Banister as the new Manager

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By overwhelming a dozen club officials through an extensive interview process, Jeff Banister has won the job as the next Rangers manager.

Banister, who was the Pirates bench coach for the past four years, will be introduced as the Rangers’ 18th full-time manager at an 11 a.m. CT press conference Friday.

Banister replaces Tim Bogar, who served as interim manager for the final 22 games of the season. He took over for Ron Washington, who resigned Sept. 5 after eight seasons on the job. The Rangers were 14-8 under Bogar.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the club vetted over 40 names before selecting eight to interview. He said 12 club officials participated in the interview process.

Daniels said Banister “won the job” rather than anybody else losing it.

“He is a winner and a survivor,” Daniels said. “He is an impressive guy to meet. You can understand how he can command a room. The passion for winning and getting to know people as a person before the player stood out the most.”

Banister has been with the Pirates for the past 29 years, first as a player and then in a variety of capacities including Minor League coach, manager and coordinator, and Major League coordinator and coach.

“I want to thank the Texas Rangers for giving me this opportunity,” Banister said. “I am elated to have the chance to make an impact on the organization, and I look forward to getting started on that task. I also want to express my gratitude to the Pittsburgh Pirates for the last 29 years. My experiences in that organization have prepared me well for this new opportunity, and I thank all of the individuals who have poured into my life along the way.”

Daniels said he had never met Banister before the managerial search began. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who was the Rangers hitting coach in 2010, gave a strong recommendation. But the Rangers’ search committee interviewed many people who had come into contact with Banister through the years.

“I’m happy for Jeff,” said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who worked with Hurdle in Pittsburgh. “He’s a quality baseball man and I wish him nothing but the best … except when Texas plays us.”

“He has been an instrumental reason for the success the Pirates organization has had over the course of his tenure with the ballclub,” Hurdle said. “Jeff has put forth as much sweat-equity and hard work into the game of baseball as any man I have had the privilege of working with.”

Daniels said there were five criteria used to measure candidates, beginning with re-creating the Rangers’ winning attitude.

“That’s our expectations,” Daniels said. “This is not a rebuilding situation. We expect to win.”

Next were being able to develop players at the Major League level, personality and leadership, preparation for in-game strategy and being involved completely in the organization beyond just the Major League team. Daniels said Banister stood out in all areas.

“Jeff has done a little bit of everything,” Daniels said. “This guy likes to work, get to the park, develop relationships, all those things added up. He had a very impressive presentation.

“It was not a situation where Tim or anybody else lost. It was just a situation with Jeff where we just felt he was the best fit. That’s why we were as thorough as we were. We felt our read on him was accurate.”

Banister, Bogar and Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash were the three finalists for the position. The Rangers also interviewed pitching coach Mike Maddux, Triple-A manager Steve Buechele, White Sox third-base coach Joe McEwing, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and Puerto Rico Winter League executive Alex Cora.

The outside hire leaves the coaching staff in a state of uncertainty and third-base coach Gary Pettis has already accepted a job with the Astros. Hitting coach Dave Magadan has been approached by the Mets and Yankees. The Rangers have reportedly reached out to Athletics hitting coach Chili Davis.

Maddux remains unsigned for next season. Bogar, Maddux and other coaches are expected to meet with Banister in the near future. Buechele is under contract to return as Triple-A manager but could be a candidate for the Major League staff.

Daniels said Banister will not have to keep any coaches he doesn’t want. Daniels will also have a say in the coaching staff.

Banister, 50, was born in Oklahoma but played high school and college baseball in Texas and has an extraordinary background. He developed bone cancer in his left leg in high school and doctors initially wanted to amputate. But the leg was saved through multiple operations and he continued his baseball career in college. At Baytown (Texas) College, he suffered a crushed vertebrae as a catcher in a collision at home plate and was paralyzed for 10 days.

He still ended up playing at the University of Houston and was drafted by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 1986 First-Year Player Draft. He had one at-bat in the Major Leagues with a single in 1992.

“When you go through life experiences like that, it provides unbelievable perspective,” Daniels said. “It’s huge in leadership positions. What he has experienced is pretty remarkable.”

Article written by T.R Sullivan of the blog Postcards of the Elysian Fields

NLCS Roster set for The Cardnals

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Excuse me for being late on this piece of news but I am just so happy to see the Cardinals dropping Sam Freeman for A J Pierzynski. I was hoping this would happen for this weekends series and it did. A good bench  hitter that has an eye for the dramatics. He could become the fire that lights up the under belly of this Cardinal team. Here is the complete roster for the NLCS series with the Giants.

PITCHERS (11): Randy Choate-LHP, Marco Gonzales-LHP, John Lackey-RHP, Lance Lynn-RHP, Seth Maness-RHP, Carlos Martinez-RHP, Shelby Miller-RHP, Pat Neshek-RHP, Trevor Rosenthal-RHP,  Michael Wacha-RHP, Adam Wainwright-RHP;

CATCHERS (3): Tony Cruz, Yadier Molina; A.J. Pierzynski

INFIELDERS (6): Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, Jhonny Peralta, Kolten Wong;

OUTFIELDERS (5): Peter Bourjos, Randal Grichuk, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Oscar Taveras

NLCS Schedule of Events

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For the fourth consecutive year and the ninth time in the past 15 seasons, the Cardinals have advanced to the National League Championship Series (NLCS). The Cardinals will have home-field advantage over the San Francisco Giants for the seven-game series which begins Saturday at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are making their fourth consecutive postseason appearance and the 27th postseason appearance in franchise history (#PostCards). A very limited number of tickets remain for Championship Series games at Busch Stadium at cardinals.com/postseason. Here are details on how fans can enjoy postseason baseball in St. Louis.

GAME SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS

 

NLCS Game 1 – Saturday, October 11, 2014 – Busch Stadium – 7:07 p.m. CT (FOX)

  • 3-6 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
    • FOX Sports Midwest broadcasters will make an appearance
  • Gates open at 5 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Phillips 66
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 6:40 p.m.
    • Introduction of both teams to the line
    • National Anthem by the St. Louis Symphony Trumpet Section comprised of Karin Bliznik, principal; Thomas Drake, associate principal; Mike Walk and Carrie Schafer
    • Colors presented by Sergeant First Class Michael Seelow and the Joint Service Color Guard Unit from Fort Leonard Wood’s Maneuver Support Center of Excellence
    • Flag presented by soldiers who have training and leadership assignments at Fort Leonard Wood
    • Ceremonial first pitch by National Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog
  •  “God Bless America” performed by national recording artist and retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Generald Wilson during the 7th Inning Stretch

 

NLCS Game 2 – Sunday, October 12, 2014 – Busch Stadium – 7:07 p.m. CT (FS1)

  • 3-6 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
    • Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson will sign autographs from 3:30 -4 p.m.
    • Former Cardinal Brad Thompson will be on stage at 5:30 p.m.
    • FOX Sports Midwest broadcasters will make an appearance
  • Gates open at 5 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Purina Pro Plan
  • The Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track (weather-permitting) pre-game
  • National Anthem by Erin Bode, St. Louis based national recording jazz artist
  • Ceremonial first pitch by former Cardinal and postseason hero Jim Edmonds

 

NLCS Game 3 – Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – AT&T Park – 3:07 p.m. CT (FS1)

 

NLCS Game 4 – Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – AT&T Park – 7:07 p.m. CT (FS1)

 

NLCS Game 5 – Thursday, October 16, 2014 – AT&T Park – 7:07 p.m. CT (FS1) *(If necessary)

 

NLCS Game 6 – Saturday, October 18, 2014 – Busch Stadium – 3:07 p.m. CT (FOX) *(If necessary)

  • Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
  • Gates open at 1 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel
  • Pre-game ceremony details TBD

NLCS Game 7 – Sunday, October 19, 2014 – Busch Stadium – 6:37 p.m. CT (FS1) *(If necessary)

  • Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
  • Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel
  • Pre-game ceremony details TBD

 

Watching On TV

TELEVISION: Fans can watch the Cardinals’ National League Division Series games on FOX or FOX Sports 1. For FOX Sports 1 channel information, view the chart below, or find full directory listings at FOXSports1.com.

NETWORK

FOX SPORTS 1

Direct TV

219 (SD and HD)

DISH

150 (SD and HD)

AT&T U-Verse

652 (SD) and 1652 (HD)

Charter

43 and 211 (SD) and 811 (HD)

BALLPARK VILLAGE: When the Cardinals are in San Francisco, Cardinals Fans are invited to gather at Ballpark Village to watch all of the action. The ultimate fan environment where the game-day experience never ends, Ballpark Village offers fans an unparalleled viewing experience – including the largest TV screen in town at FOX Sports Midwest Live! There will be a variety of activities for fans, including live music, game-day promotions, giveaways, and celebrity appearances in a fun, high-energy atmosphere.

 

Radio Coverage

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

Social Media

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

 

Online Or On The Go

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

Driving To The Games

MoDOT has limited roadwork when the Cardinals are at home during the National League Championship Series. Currently, fans can expect no significant traffic impacts due to construction on Missouri interstates heading into Busch Stadium or heading home on Saturday, October 11, Sunday, October 12, Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19.

 

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic. To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark. Check the Metro website http://www.MetroSt.Louis.org for schedules and the Park-Ride lot nearest you. There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium including the RedBird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The first RedBird Express leaves 4 hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes.

 

Postseason Merchandise

  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Team Store will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or an hour after the game). The Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium is fully stocked with a full line of team clothing including a deep roster of t-shirts, some exclusive to the Team Store:
    • “Always October,” on-field graphic t-shirts available in kids, ladies and mens sizes.
    • NLDS locker room clinch t-shirts, available in kids, ladies and mens sizes
    • NLCS Dueling t-shirts (Cardinals vs. Giants)
    • “Respect the STL” t-shirts, available in toddler, youth, juvenile and mens sizes
    • New Youth Cardinals t-shirts for boys and girls

To help keep fans warm the Team Store offers a wide-selection of hooded fleece jackets including a new Red and White striped hoody with a Cardinals logo for the ladies, team blankets in all sizes and styles, and Fredbird mittens for kids and adults. Fans can also find standard merchandise, team clothing, baseballs, pennants, hats, jewelry, souvenirs, lapel pins and more. New items are arriving daily. (#BuschStadiumTeamStore)

 

  • Cardinals Authentics: Fans will want to stop by both Cardinals Authentics stores as it’s the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Featured items include game-used baseballs, bases, and bats from the 2014 season, 2011 World Championship themed items, jerseys and hats directly from the clubhouse and one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget. It is where every piece tells a story. The Cardinals Authentics Store located in Ford Plaza inside Busch Stadium is open 2 hours before game time and a half hour after the game ends. The new Cardinals Authentics Shop located in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (or an hour after the game ends) every day of the week. (#CardsAuthentics)

 

  • Cardinals Magazine and Cardinals Yearbook:  Celebrate the Cardinals’ return to the postseason by purchasing two NEW keepsake items at Busch Stadium. The cover story in the new edition of Cardinals Magazine focuses on Jon Jay, a driving force behind the Redbirds successful pursuit of a second consecutive N.L. Central title. Other issue highlights include a 40th anniversary celebration of Lou Brock’s record-setting 118-steal season in 1974, behind-the-scenes looks at Jon Hamm’s visit to Busch Stadium and the 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame ceremony, a Q&A with 2013 postseason hero Michael Wacha, and the latest installment of Adam Wainwright’s journal. And the popular 2014 Official Yearbook offers the definitive tribute to the Cardinal Legacies of Hall of Famers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre and action photos and studio portraits of the 2014 Cardinals.

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

Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar

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

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

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LIVE MUSIC: Stick around after each home game for free live music on the 2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant including Sable on Saturday night, and Boogie Chyld on Sunday.

 

ROOFTOP PARTY: New for the NLCS, Cardinals Nation and the Budweiser Brew House will have Saint Louis’ biggest rooftop post-game party after each game. Following the last pitch, the Rooftop opens to the public, and a DJ will keep the fun going. Guests may access the party through Cardinals Nation or the Budweiser Brew House and continue to the third floor.

Support Cardinals Care

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

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at every postseason home game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER

 

Bag Inspections And Guest Screening Policy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Exit/Re-entry Policy

A new exit/re-entry policy will be in effect for the 2014 NLCS. Exit/re-entry will only be allowed 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 Gates 4 or 5 only as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection and Guest Screening policy will also be enforced upon re-entry.

 

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 Gates 4 and 5 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 or 5 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 upon re-entry..

Clark Street Access

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

 

MATCHUP HISTORY

  • The Cardinals have previously faced the San Francisco Giants 3 times in the postseason with all three appearances coming in the Championship Series round:
    • 1987- Won, 4-3
    • 2002- Lost, 4-1
    • 2012- Lost, 4-3
  • During the 2014 regular season, the Cardinals won 3 of 7 games against the Giants, with 2 of those wins coming on the road. 

2014 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cardinals completed their 123rd season of play in the National League with an 90-72 mark, winning the N.L. Central for the 10th time and for the 2nd consecutive season, as they qualified for the postseason for a 4th consecutive season – the 1st time in franchise history to have done so.

  • The Cardinals won 51 home games, tying Washington & Pittsburgh for the top mark in the N.L. The Cardinals have won an N.L.-best 436 home games since moving into Busch Stadium III in 2006.
  • The Cardinals put together the 74th winning season (+.500) in franchise history. The Cardinals have now compiled seven consecutive winning seasons, doing so for the 3rd time in franchise history.

  • The Cardinals were never swept in a series of three or more games, their 1st season since 2005 to have done so.

  • The Cardinals posted a Major League-leading 23 shutout victories, their most since posting a club record 30 in 1968. It was also the first since time 1968 (31%) that 25% or more of their victories came via shutouts.

  • The Cardinals were 32-23 in games decided by just one run in 2014. Those 32 wins in one-run games were their most since 1992 (34-31) and their 55 one-run games were their most since 1998 (58; 28-30).

  • The Cardinals won a franchise-best five games this season when collecting 4 hits or less and their 11 wins with 5 hits or fewer was also a club record.

  • Cardinals starting pitchers had a Major League co-leading 22 starts (also Washington) in which they worked 7 or more scoreless innings, their most since doing so in a club record 29 games in 1968.

  • Mike Matheny is the first manager in St. Louis Cardinals history to take his team to the postseason in each of his first three full seasons. He’s only the 5th manager all-time to have done so, joining Ron Gardenhire (2002-04), Larry Dierker (1997-99), Ralph Houk (1961-63) and Hughie Jennings (1907-09).

Things to Know for NLDS at Busch Stadium

cardswin14For the second year in a row, the Cardinals clinched a Central Division championship and punched a ticket back to the National League Division Series. The Cardinals are facing the rival Los Angeles Dodgers who have home-field advantage for the best-of-five series. The Cardinals are making their fourth consecutive postseason appearance and the 27th postseason appearance in franchise history (#PostCards). A limited number of tickets remain for the Division Series games at Busch Stadium at cardinals.com/postseason. Here are details on how fans can enjoy postseason baseball in St. Louis.

GAME SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Watching On TV

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

NETWORK

FOX SPORTS 1

MLB NETWORK

Direct TV

219 (SD and HD)

213 (SD and HD)

DISH

150 (SD and HD)

152 (SD) and 152,9434 (HD)

AT&T U-Verse

652 (SD) and 1652 (HD)

634 (SD) and 1634 (HD)

Charter

43 and 211 (SD) and 811 (HD)

204, 80 (SD) or 804 (HD)

 

Radio Coverage

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

Social Media

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

 

Online Or On The Go

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

Driving To The Games

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

 

Alternative Transportation

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

Postseason Merchandise

  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Team Store will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.  In addition to standard merchandise, the store will also carry exclusive postseason and Central Division Champions merchandise including hats, t-shirts, pennants, pins and more. A variety of items are also available in ladies and youth sizes. Fans can also buy official t-shirts and hoodies, just like the players wear. (#BuschStadiumTeamStore)

 

  • Cardinals Authentics: Fans will want to stop by both Cardinals Authentics stores as it’s the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Featured items include game-used baseballs, bases, and bats from the 2014 season, 2011 World Championship themed items, jerseys and hats directly from the clubhouse and one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget. It is where every piece tells a story. The Cardinals Authentics Store located in Ford Plaza inside Busch Stadium is open 2 hours before game time and a half hour after the game ends. The new Cardinals Authentics Shop located in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (or an hour after the game ends) every day of the week. (#CardsAuthentics)

 

  • Cardinals Magazine and Cardinals Yearbook:  Celebrate the Cardinals’ return to the postseason by purchasing two NEW keepsake items at Busch Stadium. The cover story in the new edition of Cardinals Magazine focuses on Jon Jay, a driving force behind the Redbirds successful pursuit of a second consecutive N.L. Central title. Other issue highlights include a 40th anniversary celebration of Lou Brock’s record-setting 118-steal season in 1974, behind-the-scenes looks at Jon Hamm’s visit to Busch Stadium and the 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame ceremony, a Q&A with 2013 postseason hero Michael Wacha, and the latest installment of Adam Wainwright’s journal. And the popular 2014 Official Yearbook offers the definitive tribute to the Cardinal Legacies of Hall of Famers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre and action photos and studio portraits of the 2014 Cardinals.

Cards Mag 2014 Issue 5  Cover

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

Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar

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

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

CN Postseason 3

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

Support Cardinals Care

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

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)

 

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at every postseason home game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDER

 

Bag Inspections And Guest Screening Policy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Exit/Re-entry Policy

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

 

No Smoking Policy

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

Clark Street Access

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

2014 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cardinals completed their 123rd season of play in the National League with an 90-72 mark, winning the N.L. Central for the 10th time and for the 2nd consecutive season, as they qualified for the postseason for a 4th consecutive season – the 1st time in franchise history to have done so.

  • The Cardinals won 51 home games, tying Washington & Pittsburgh for the top mark in the N.L. The Cardinals have won an N.L.-best 436 home games since moving into Busch Stadium III in 2006.

  • The Cardinals put together the 74th winning season (+.500) in franchise history. The Cardinals have now compiled seven consecutive winning seasons, doing so for the 3rd time in franchise history.

  • The Cardinals were never swept in a series of three or more games, their 1st season since 2005 to have done so.

  • The Cardinals posted a Major League-leading 23 shutout victories, their most since posting a club record 30 in 1968. It was also the first since time 1968 (31%) that 25% or more of their victories came via shutouts.

  • The Cardinals were 32-23 in games decided by just one run in 2014. Those 32 wins in one-run games were their most since 1992 (34-31) and their 55 one-run games were their most since 1998 (58; 28-30).

  • The Cardinals won a franchise-best five games this season when collecting 4 hits or less and their 11 wins with 5 hits or fewer was also a club record.

  • Cardinals starting pitchers had a Major League co-leading 22 starts (also Washington) in which they worked 7 or more scoreless innings, their most since doing so in a club record 29 games in 1968.

  • Mike Matheny is the first manager in St. Louis Cardinals history to take his team to the postseason in each of his first three full seasons. He’s only the 5th manager all-time to have done so, joining Ron Gardenhire (2002-04), Larry Dierker (1997-99), Ralph Houk (1961-63) and Hughie Jennings (1907-09).

Source: St Louis Cardinals Media Alert