Wainwright Placed on 15 Day DL

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There is a lot of speculation on Wainwright’s time on the disable list. As of right now the St. Louis Cardinals placed right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright  on the 15-day disabled list with an injury to his left Achilles and left ankle. Catcher Cody Stanley has been recalled from Memphis (AAA). Wainwright, 33, injured his left lower ankle and Achilles during his at-bat in the top of the 5th during Saturday night’s game at Milwaukee. He had pitched 4.0 shutout innings against the Brewers, facing the minimum, while allowing four hits and striking out four. Wainwright has a 2-1 record, 1.44 ERA in four 2015 starts.

This is Stanley’s first appearance with the Major League club, and he will be making his Major League debut in his first game appearance. The Clinton, N.C. native had appeared in 15 games for Memphis, seven behind the plate, and was batting .216 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Stanley, 26, was drafted in the 4th Round (139th overall) of the 2010 June Amateur draft by St. Louis out of University of North Carolina – Wilmington. I am glad they had brought up Stanley that way they don’t have to use Kozma as the back up catcher. Let’s just hope and pray that he is not out for the whole season.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

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Gateway Grizzles Host Baseball Campn for Kids

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Children ages 8-13 have the opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual 101ESPN Baseball Camp for Kids at GCS Ballpark – Home of the Gateway Grizzlies, on May 16th!  101ESPN has baseball in it’s blood as Chris Duncan, Kevin Wheeler, and Brad Thompson will serve as primary instructors demonstrating and teaching your child the fundamentals of Baseball.

101ESPN’s Baseball Camp for Kids is presented by Wholesale Batteries and Sports Authority.

Purchase Here for the 2015 101ESPN Baseball Camp for Kids
Price:  $25 per child.   Registration is limited to 200 kids!  DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MAY 5, 2015.

Price includes participation in the Baseball Camp for Kids, T-Shirt, Meet and Greet and baseball signing following Baseball Camp for Kids, and 2 vouchers good for a Gateway Grizzlies Game (excludes 7/4/15 and 9/6/15).

GCS Ballpark – 2301 Grizzlie Bear Blvd., Sauget, IL 62206

01ESPN Baseball Camp for Kids Rotations between 3 groups

  • Learn the fundamentals of Hitting from former St. Louis Cardinals and World Series Champion Chris Duncan at Grizzlies Baseball Academy
  • Learn the mechanics of Throwing from former St. Louis Cardinals and World Series Champion Brad Thompson
  • Learn the fundamentals of Fielding from former Miami University Baseball Player Kevin Wheeler

Schedule
11:00am-11:45am – Registration
11:45am – Baseball Camp for Kids Welcome and Introduction
12:00pm – Rotation 1
1:00pm – Rotation 2
2:00pm – Rotation 3
3:00pm – Meet and Greet and Baseball Signing

***Child will need to bring their own glove and bat for use during the Baseball Camp for Kids.  GCS Ballpark will be selling select concessions to parents/guardians in attendance during the camp.  Water will be provided for kids participating.

Grizzlies Baseball Academy
The facility includes 2 cages dedicated to hitting.  The cages are outfitted with L-Screens, batting tee’s, home plates, hitter mats, and 10×10 square dividing/hitting screens, and baseballs.  Housed in the middle cage of the facility is the Pro-Batter PX2.  The PX2 is a real-life Major League pitching simulator and it’s the first of its kind in the Metro-East area!  Learn more at grizzliesbaseballacademy.com

11th Annual Cardinals Kids Clinic

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Registration is now open for the 11th annual St. Louis Cardinals Kids Clinics presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

                Each year, the clinics provide all kids ages 7-13 with an opportunity to learn baseball fundamentals from former Cardinals players and coaches at a variety of locations throughout the greater St. Louis community.   

                “The Cardinals are fortunate to have more than 70 former players and coaches who call St. Louis home,” said Martin Coco, Director of Ticket Sales and Marketing. “That gives us a great pool of players to utilize for the Kids Clinics and a lot of names that both kids and parents will be excited about.”

                The 2015 Kids Clinics schedule begins Wednesday, June 10 in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and includes 14 dates around St. Louis. New this year, the Cardinals will host a clinic in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

                At each half-day clinic, several Cardinals alumni provide small group instruction on pitching, hitting, base-running and other baseball fundamentals. All participants receive a Kids Clinics goodie bag complete with Cardinals t-shirt, cap and two tickets to a 2015 game, as well as baseball cards for a special autograph session with the alumni instructors, and entry into prize drawings for great Cardinals items.

                Last year, more than 1,100 kids participated in the clinics.

                For more information, or to register for a Kids Clinic, fans may visit cardinals.com/clinics. Registration is $85 per camper, and instructors will be named online at a later date. The full schedule follows:

Date

Clinic Location

Ages

Wed. – June 10

Fairview Heights, IL (Longacre Park)

7-9 year olds

Fri. – June 12

Fairview Heights, IL (Longacre Park)

10-13 year olds

Tue. – June 16

St. Peters, MO (Woodlands Park)

7-9 year olds

Thu. – June 18

St. Peters, MO (Woodlands Park)

10-13 year olds

Tue. – June 23

Affton, MO Athletic Association

7-9 year olds

Thu. – June 25

Affton, MO Athletic Association

10-13 year olds

Tue. – July 7

Belleville, IL Khoury League (Main Fields)

7-13 year olds

Thu. – July 9

Manchester, MO Athletic Association

7-13 year olds

Tue. – July 14

Cape Girardeau, MO Shawnee Park Sports Complex

7-13 year olds

Thu. – July 16

Arnold, MO Athletic Association (Arnold Park)

7-13 year olds

Tue. – July 21

Highland, IL (Glik Park)

7-9 year olds

Thu. – July 23

Highland, IL (Glik Park)

10-13 year olds

Tue. – August 4

Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex: F Quad

7-9 year olds

Thu. – August 6

Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex: F Quad

10-13 year olds

 

About Academy Sports + Outdoors

                Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills and much more. The $4 billion company operates 193 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where the company is based. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Bobby Bonilla is still getting Paid!

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This story always seem to pop up every once in a while. This particular story passed my why this afternoon while reading my Facebook messages. I remember Bobby Bo as a Cardinal. He didn’t have much playing time be he was perfect to come off the bench as a pinch hitter. The article I want to share is from Celebrity Networth written by Brian Warner:

This week, The NY Mets took the field for their first official games of the 2015 seaosn. In their opening series against the Nationals, the Mets walked away with two wins and a loss. Yesterday’s win was delivered by 26-year-old right-hander Matt Harvey. During his first season with the Mets, Harvey threw 270 strikeouts and had an ERA of 2.33. He was an All-Star in 2013 then unfortunately had to sit out for all of 2014 after being diagnosed with a partial tear in the ligament of his right elbow. He had Tommy John surgery in October 2013, and spent the next year rehabbing. Now he’s back in the game, and is once again proving himself to be one of the hottest pitching prospects in the league. Harvey is one of a handful of young players who the Mets hope will return them to glory.

The Mets have only made the playoffs ONE TIME in the last 14 seasons.

15 seasons ago (the 2000 season), they actually made it to the World Series, but ended up losing to the Yankees.

16 seasons ago (1999), the Mets’ roster featured an outfielder named Bobby Bonilla. Bobby Bonilla was former All-Star who from 1992 to 1994 was the highest paid player in all of baseball, taking home more than $6 million each year. Bobby retired from the game in 2001. Today he is 52 years old.

Just to recap: Matt Harvey is a 26-year-old current All-Star on The Mets who many consider one of the hottest pitching prospects in the league, while Bobby Bonilla is a 52-year-old retiree.

With that information in mind, you might be surprised to learn that for the 2015 season, the Mets will be paying Bobby Bonilla more than double Matt Harvey’s salary. Bobby will earn $1.2 million from the Mets this year, while Matt will earn $614,000. Technically speaking, AARP-member Bobby is the 12th highest paid player on the Mets right now.

How Is This Possible? 

If you’ve been checking CNW for a while, you may have heard that Bobby Bonilla happens to hold one of the smartest/luckiest contracts in the history of baseball and sports in general. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a quick refresher of what’s going on:

Bobby was in the twilight of his career when he was shipped back to the Mets in 1999 after a lackluster season with the Dodgers. Bobby did not have a productive 1999 season. In fact, he spent much of the year openly arguing with manager Bobby Valentine. During the final game of the 1999 season, Bobby and Rickey Henderson were caught playing cards in the dugout while their team lost the NLCS to Atlanta.

Needless to say, there wasn’t much love between Bonilla and The Mets organization in 2000. Unfortunately, The Mets still owed him $5.9 million.

Bobby knew that these were likely the very last dollars he would ever see from a big league contract. Whatever money he had saved up plus this final payment from the Mets would potentially need to last 40+ years. Having seen so many of his fellow pro athletes go broke after leaving the spotlight was also weighing very heavily on Bobby.

So, when it came time to negotiate, Bobby did something very unique and forward-thinking. Instead of simply taking that $5.9 million over the next three years that he was owed, Bobby and his agent proposed a compromise: The Mets would release Bobby to play for another team and they would delay the $5.9 million payment for 11 years, with interest. In essence, The Mets agreed to pay Bobby a total of $29.8 million (instead of $5.9 million) in 25 annual installments of $1.192 million, starting in the year 2011.

Why Would The Mets Agree To This Deal?

You might be asking yourself why anyone would agree to pay someone $30 million instead of $6 million. The answer is simple math. Simple math that was based on the largest Ponzi scheme in history.

Fred Wilpon, the owner of the Mets, earned his fortune in real estate. Outside of investing in professional sports teams, Wilpon kept a lot of both his personal and team funds invested with a guy named Bernie Madoff.

Prior to the fund’s December 2008 collapse, Madoff was returning a consistent (and completely fake) double digit rate of return every year. With those returns in mind, Wilpon knew that The Mets would actually make a huge profit by deferring Bonilla’s $5.9 million. Wilpon could safely estimate that the Mets would make $60-70 million off $5.9 million over those 25 years investing with Madoff. So in his eyes, Bobby’s proposal was a no-brainer. The Mets would actually make a $30-40 million profit off the deal.

Unfortunately, as we all know now, Bernie Madoff’s investment fund was actually a gigantic Ponzi scheme that wiped out between $20 and $65 billion in wealth for thousands of investors. Wilpon, who was under the false impression that he had made $300 million investing with Madoff, had potentially lost as much as $700 million. Not only did this completely invalidate the justification for Bobby Bonilla’s contract, it almost forced Wilpon to sell The Mets to cover his debts. In 2011, the same year Bobby received his first check, Wilpon came within a hair of being forced to sell the Mets to a billionaire hedge fund manager named David Einhorn. Fred was eventually saved by loans from Major League Baseball and Bank of America.

Meanwhile, on July 1st of every year, Bobby Bonilla receives a check for $1,193,248.20. He’ll receive that check every year until 2035, at which time he’ll be 72 years old.

`Scott Spiezio Troubles Continue

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Scott Spiezio one of the best utility players that helped the Anaheim Angels to win the World Series in 2002 and the St. Louis Cardinals to capture their World Series in 2007. He was fun to watch in clutch situations and had that gritty energy that fans loved. With his career in MLB coming to an end in 2007 Spiezio became more popular with the police more so than with baseball fans. Last Tuesday after his girlfriend alerted authorities the clutch MLBer had allegedly punched out a window just before 3 a.m., according to TMZ Sports.

After the 42-year-old fled the scene, cops used a K-9 unit to track down the switch-hitter, the report said.

He was found a few hours later and authorities reportedly used a taser to take him into custody.

While Spiezio hasn’t been formerly charged with a crime, TMZ Sports reports the case is under review.

Jackie Robinson gets his own Statue

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All I can say is wow! Its about time that the Dodgers finally honor Jackie Robinson with a statue later this year. The St. Louis Cardinals have been doing it right with a huge bronze statue of Stan Musial outside the main entrance. The other statues that stand tall near Gate 3 includes such greats like Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson, Enos Slaughter, Dizzy Dean, Rogers Hornsby, Red Schoendienst, George Sisler and Cool Papa Bell. Here is the news story in regards to the statue:

On the 68th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson shattered Major League Baseball’s color barrier, the Dodgers announced they are going to further honor the man whom Commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday called “the most historic figure to ever play the game.”

Just before the pregame festivities for the now-combined Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day, Dodgers president Stan Kasten announced there would be a statue of Robinson unveiled later this year at the refurbished Dodger Stadium.

The image will be part of new statue program honoring Dodgers icons that will begin with a chiseled depiction of the great Robinson created with the input of his 92-year-old widow, Rachel, and daughter, Sharon.

“We don’t have any details for you today, not design, not timing, not location,” Kasten said during a media conference. “We’re going to be doing that with Rachel and Sharon and the family. But it will be done to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson, who everyone here in the Dodgers thinks so highly of. And we couldn’t be prouder that Rachel is here for the announcement.”

The announcement received a huge round of applause from the group in attendance, which included Kasten, Manfred, Rachel and Magic Johnson, the Dodgers’ ownership partner and Hall of Fame basketball player for the Lakers, sitting side by side at a front table.

Sitting in the front row of the audience with Sharon was Hall of Famer and the first African-American MLB manager Frank Robinson, who’s nearing 80 and who serves as an advisor to Manfred.

All of them were on the field as part of the festivities. Only moments later, they were all behind the mound while the uniformed members of the Dodgers and Mariners stood on the baselines. As has become custom on this day, all of them wore Robinson’s No. 42, which was retired by decree of former Commissioner Bud Selig upon the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s feat in 1997.

Rachel was introduced to the strains of “The Natural,” with Sandy Koufax, a Brooklyn native and Hall of Fame Dodgers left-hander, whose career began in 1955, during Robinson’s next-to-last season in the game

It was the idea of retired Mariners great Ken Griffey Jr. to wear the No. 42 on this day. He petitioned Selig for permission, then one by one, players began to do it. Now everyone in uniform on every MLB team wears the digits on this date.

On Wednesday, the No. 42 was carved into the infield dirt behind second base, the position Robinson played for most of his 10-year career, which ended in 1956 when the Dodgers traded him to the rival Giants. Robinson retired rather than report, but he had decided to leave the game anyway, without telling the Dodgers before the trade.

Robinson’s big league career began on April 15, 1947, when he took the field at first base for the Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. Robinson had never played the position before that spring, when he was handed a first baseman’s glove at the beginning of camp, which was held that year only in Havana, Cuba.

Eddie Stanky was the incumbent second baseman for the Dodgers in 1947, but he was traded to the Braves after that season to open the position for Robinson.

Rachel said she still recalls that now-long-ago, but much-heralded day of her late husband’s debut.

“It was a very exciting day, but a very stressful day,” she said. “But it was more exciting than stressful, because it was such a great opportunity and he made the most of it. I knew he’d be able to meet the challenge and he knew he was able. So we didn’t have the fear that he was up to it. We knew he was up to it. That’s good when you know you have people attacking you and who are against you. It pushes you to say, ‘I’m going to do it.’

Pee Wee Reese, the shortstop and captain, is also a major figure in the Robinson story. His gesture of putting his arm around Robinson on the infield dirt while Robinson was being hurled with abuse by fans in Cincinnati is memorialized in the film “42.” A statute of the two commemorating the moment is located outside the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones’ ballpark on Coney Island in Brooklyn.

Larger-than-life busts of Jackie and his older brother Mack are located in a park on Garfield Avenue in nearby Pasadena, Calif., the city where both of the boys were raised after moving west from their birthplace in Cairo, Ga. Mack was a sprinter who won the silver medal in the 200-meter race just a split-second behind gold-medal winner Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Robinson has not been so honored at Dodger Stadium until now. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, but the Dodgers didn’t retire his number until 1972, just months before Robinson’s death at 53 from the complications of diabetes and heart disease.

“It’s an obvious idea that’s been rolling around since we got here,” said Kasten, who joined the current ownership group, led by chairman Mark Walter, when the team was purchased almost three years ago. “We’ve been searching for a time and a place. It seemed inevitable that there would be a Jackie Robinson statue at the right time, and we think today is the right time to announce it.”

Asked how she felt about the gesture, Rachel said simply:

“How do I feel? I’ve been waiting, waiting for years and years.”

Source: Barry M Bloom/MLB

St. Louis Cardinals Homestand Highlights for this Week

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Today marks the annual return of baseball to St. Louis, and the reigning National League Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals are kicking off their home schedule against the division rival Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. The six-game homestand is highlighted by annual Opening Day festivities (#OpeningDaySTL), the Yadier Molina bobblehead giveaway, Jackie Robinson Day, and a ceremony celebrating Red Schoendienst’s 70th year in baseball (#LoveRed2).

Monday, April 13, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3:15 p.m.)

#OpeningDaySTL

Gates open at 1:15 p.m.

 

  • Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s: The Cardinals, Ballpark Village and Hardee’s will host a pre-game pep rally in the Ballpark Village parking lot from 11 a.m. – 2p.m. Fan favorite, DJ Todd Thomas will perform and Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can purchase a Hardee’s Combo Meal after regular breakfast hours from the Mobile Diner or Hardee’s restaurant on Chestnut and receive a free Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last. Other sponsors include: Budweiser, FOX Sports Midwest, Goodwill, Krispy Kreme, The Muny, PNC Bank, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Office Essentials and The Tan Company.

 

  • Budweiser Magnet Schedule: All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and over, will receive a magnet featuring the 2015 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser.

  • Anthem: The National Anthem will be performed by Retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Generald Wilson.

  • Ceremonial Pitch: Former Cardinals outfielder Willie McGee will throw the ceremonial first pitch to Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.

 

  • Remembering Taveras: Prior to the game, there will be a tribute video and moment of silence for Oscar Taveras and long-time sportswriter Bryan Burwell.

 

  • Pre-game Ceremony: The pre-game ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. as the famed Budweiser Clydesdales take their annual pre-game lap around the warning track. The ceremony continues with appearances from St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and an American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary. The 2015 team and National Baseball Hall of Famers will be introduced via Ford motorcade, while 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame class members Mike Shannon, Jim Edmonds and Willie McGee will also be on field. The Color Guard and American Flag in center field will be presented by the service men and women of Ft. Leonard Wood.

  • 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. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and 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 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 Museum Championship Gallery Re-opens: After undergoing some offseason renovations, the Championship Gallery at the Cardinals Museum re-opens today with new and improved display cases celebrating the franchise’s 11 World Series titles. For more information, visit cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).

 

  • Get Social: Fans should follow the team on Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Twitter (@cardinals), and Instagram (cardinals) for behind-the-scenes content from the club throughout the day. Fans can join the Opening Day discussion using the hashtag #OpeningDaySTL.

 

  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from DJ Rick Paul in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) post-game until close.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Jackie Robinson Day: Major League Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with all players and on-field personnel wearing Number ’42’ during the game.

  • Catholic Family Night: Fans who purchase this special theme ticket will receive a voucher for a limited edition Cardinals themed blessing bracelet, presented by Catholic Supply of St. Louis. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. There will also be special programming in the Riverview Corner including a musical performance by Karl Zimmerman from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. and a pre-game prayer and testimony from Cardinals broadcaster Rick Horton from 6:15 – 6:30 p.m. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).

  • College Night Theme Tickets: The St. Louis Cardinals invite students, faculty and staff of local colleges and universities to the first college night of the season. Fans who purchase the $15 Right/Left Field loge theme night ticket, receive a limited edition pair of Cardinals sunglasses with Croakies. Fans must present the special theme night voucher in order to receive this promotional item. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).

  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: During a pre-game ceremony, the St. Louis Cardinals, On the Run, and Anheuser-Busch will kick off their 8th annual Jackie Robinson jersey raffle which raises money for the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) and Cardinals Care in celebration of Jackie Robinson Day. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at area On the Run locations for a chance to win a game-worn, autographed #42 jersey from Jackie Robinson Day at Busch Stadium & two tickets to the May 29th home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Winners will receive their jerseys as part of a pre-game field ceremony on May 29th at Busch Stadium. Raffle sales begin today and continue through April 30th. To find your nearest On the Run visit OntheRunSTL.com. Efforts support students of color in pursuit of a college education and children throughout Missouri and Illinois. Over the past 7 seasons, the Jackie Robinson Day Jersey raffle has raised more than $400,000 to benefit the JRF’s local Scholars and Cardinals Care.  JRF currently supports five Scholars from St. Louis, in addition to others from the surrounding area.

 

  • Ernest Jones Ceremony: During a pre-game ceremony, the Cardinals will honor Dr. Ralph Waldo Emerson Jr., the first African-American scout for the team.

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth 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, April 16, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

 

  • KSDK First Alert Weather Bash at Busch: The Cardinals and KSDK News Channel 5 are hosting a weather bash pre-game to educate kids about the weather and its effects on the environment. This educational program, geared towards elementary and middle school students, teaches children about weather, and includes science experiments from Mad Science, an educational expo and tickets to the game all for just $16. Visit cardinals.com/theme for more info. 

 

  • 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.

 

  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from DJ Rick Paul in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) post-game until close.

 

Friday, April 17, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#LoveRed2

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

 

  • Adult Zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive an adult fleece zip-up hooded sweatshirt.

  • Celebrating 70 Years of Red Schoendienst: In a ceremony prior to the game, the Cardinals will honor Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst who is celebrating his 70th season in Major League Baseball. The 92-year-old legend made his Major League debut on April 17, 1945. Fans are encouraged to share memories and congratulatory messages to Red using the hashtag #LoveRed2.

 

  • Navy Ceremony: During a ceremony prior to the game, the Secretary of the United States Navy (SECNAV), Ray Mabus, will be on field for a special announcement.

 

  • Dueling Pianos: From 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. there will be a dueling piano performance in Ford Plaza, courtesy of Spanky Entertainment.

 

  • Missouri Farmers Care: Race to the Plate: During tonight’s game, the Cardinals and Missouri Farmers Care will debut a new in-game feature – a mascot race featuring Captain Cornelius, Bessie the Cow and Simon the Soybean. The feature will happen at every Friday home game during the 2015 season. Join the conversation on how today’s food is grown and raised at MissouriFarmersCare.com.

 

  • 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. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and 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 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).

 

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth 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 Boogie Chyld in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) post-game until close.

 

 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

 

  • Yadier Molina Gold and Platinum Gloves Bobblehead: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a bobblehead celebrating Yadier Molina’s seventh consecutive Gold Glove and third Platinum Glove Award, courtesy of Central Bank of St. Louis.

 

  • Rawlings Gold Glove Ceremony: In a ceremony prior to the game, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and right fielder Jason Heyward will receive their 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove awards. Gold Gloves are awarded annually for fielding excellence. This marks Molina’s seventh consecutive award (2008-2014) and Heyward’s second (2012, 2014 with the Braves). Molina will also receive his 2014 Platinum Glove Award. Since the award’s inception in 2011, Molina has won it three times as the best defender at any position in the National League. 

 

  • 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 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).

 

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth 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 Sable in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) post-game until close.

 

 

Sunday, April 19, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:05 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

 

  • Kids Baseball T-Shirt: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, receive a youth baseball t-shirt. Presented by Pasta House and Coca-Cola.

  • Kids Free Ticket Voucher: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, receive a free ticket to a 2015 home game.

 

  • Wilson MLB Defensive Player of the Year: In a ceremony prior to the game, Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward will receive his 2014 Wilson MLB Defensive Player of the Year award, which he earned as a member of the Braves.

  • 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).

 

  • 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).

 

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth 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.

 

 

 

More Homestand Information

 

Metal Detectors

One change Cardinals fans will note this season is the installation of walk-through metal detectors at all Busch Stadium gates and entrances, as part of Major League Baseball’s implementation of mandatory metal detection screening of all guests at all MLB ballparks in 2015. Please see below for some helpful tips to ensure a smooth entry process for fans at Busch Stadium this season:

  • Allow more time – Stadium entry may take longer than in previous years. Please try to arrive earlier than normal to ensure you’re in the ballpark in plenty of time.
  • Be prepared for gate inspections – Entering with fewer items and having bags ready for inspection will speed up the process. Busch Stadium walk-through metal detectors are not as sensitive as TSA detectors at airports. Fans do not need to remove belt and shoes, but will need to remove large metal objects from pockets such as cell phones, keys, and glasses. Please inform gate staff of pacemakers or artificial joints that may set off the detectors. Have game tickets ready for ushers to scan. Fans can also visit this link for a refresher on which items are allowed into the ballpark.
  • Best gates to use – Fans who park on North or East sides of Busch Stadium are encouraged to enter at Gates 1 or 6, as these gates typically have shorter entry lines.

 

Jason Heyward featured on cover of new Cardinals Magazine

Cardinals Magazine kicks off its 24th season with a pair of must-read stories on two of the most watched players in 2015.The cover story on Gold-Glove outfielder Jason Heyward reveals how we embraces his new opportunity in St. Louis and why current and former teammates and coaches believe the talented 25 year-old will become a central figure in the Cards’ lineup in 2015. The same optimism is shared for Carlos Martinez, who opens up about the loss of his friend Oscar Taveras and how his greater maturity is driving him to become a fixture in the Cards’ rotation.

This page-turning edition includes an oral history of the stunning comeback in Game 1 of the 2014 NLDS in Los Angeles through the eyes of Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and others. Other exclusive content includes the debut of Carpenter’s new journal, Old School vs. New School featuring Randy Choate and Michael Wacha, a detailed review of and book excerpt from Mike Matheny’s national best-selling book “The Matheny Manifesto,” and photos from the offseason international travels of Matheny, Wainwright and Choate.

Throughout the season, Cardinals Magazine is on sale for just $5 at Busch Stadium at all gates, the Team Store, and the Cardinals Authentics Shop at Ballpark Village. It’s also available at many area retailers: Schnucks, Dierbergs, QT, Walgreens and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a print or digital subscription, visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9000. Sign up today and receive two tickets to a Monday-Thursday home games in 2015 (#CardsMag).

Official 2015 Scorecard

Also on sale at Busch Stadium this season is the popular 2014 Official Scorecard, featuring the striking artistic designs of local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003. Inside, the scorecard also teaches fans how to score the “Cardinal Way”—a storied tradition by club officials that dates back to the 1940s. During games, fans can purchase Cardinals Magazine and the Official Scorecard together for just $5 at all gates.

New for 2015, fans coming to Busch Stadium can now purchase the magazine and scorecard with a credit or debit card at any gate. And in April, fans can purchase the 2015 Cardinals Official Calendar featuring the complete season schedule and more than 30 coupons from club and area retailers.

Cardinals Authentics

New this season, the Cardinals Authentics Shop – the official source of game-used and autographed collectibles and memorabilia directly from the club – will have game-used bases and baseballs available for purchase before the end of the game. All season long, fans will be able to take a piece of the game directly from the field to their home, all in one visit. For more information on Cardinals Authentics, and their two locations (inside Ford Plaza and at Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village), visit cardinals.com/authentics (#CardsAuthentics).

Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar

Open daily, Cardinals Nation is the year-round home to Cardinals fans offering a variety of weekly programming and special events. This season, fans won’t want to miss the following highlights:

  • GW Grill on Clark Street featuring St. Louis’ own G&W Bratwursts and Hot Dogs on game days.
  • Game-day buffet at the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor)
  • Homerun Brunch every non-home game Sunday
  • Keep the Cup promotion on game days with 3 limited edition cups this season
  • Free live music after weekend home games
  • And much more! Visit cardinalsnation.com for details.

 

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

Featuring stadiums, players and championship moments, the Cardinals Museum boasts one of the largest team-specific collections of artifacts and memorabilia in the world. The Museum’s seven galleries take fans on a chronological journey through the rich history of the Cardinals, allowing them to learn about the birth of the franchise, relive special memories and interact with great exhibits. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. On game nights, the Museum will remain open through the 7th inning. Adult admission is $12, and tickets can be purchased at cardinalsnation.com. (#CardsMuseum)

St. Louis Cardinals Official 2015 Media Guide

Typically available only to sportswriters, broadcasters, baseball executives and scouts, the Cardinals annual media guide is the ultimate insider’s resource. The Cardinals 2015 Media Guide can be purchased for $20 at cardinals.com/mediaguide, at the Team Store inside Busch Stadium, at each gate where scorecards are sold, at the Cardinals Authentics Shop in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village, and by phone at 314.345.9000.

 

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care (#CardsCare) was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods. 2015 marks the 12th year of Cardinals Care’s 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. Fans can support Cardinals Care by donating directly at cardinals.com/community or in a variety of ways:

  • Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run: Registration is now open for the sixth annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run set for Sunday, September 13th. Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6k (#CardsCare6K).

Cardinals Work “4 A Greener Game”

The Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium. In exchange for their services, volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game. To volunteer or learn more, visit cardinals.com/green (#4AGreenerGame).

Cardinals Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Instagram (Cardinals), Pinterest (pinterest.com/cardinalsmlb), Tumblr (stlcardinals) and Google + (St. Louis Cardinals). Fans will get an inside look at the team, exclusive promotions and giveaways, breaking club news, behind-the-scenes photos, videos and much more. For more info, and a list of verified player twitter accounts, visit cardinals.com/connect. Join the conversation using #STLCards.

Facebook Fridays with Fredbird: Every Friday, Fredbird and Team Fredbird will appear somewhere within Cardinal Nation to give away a select number of free tickets or items to lucky fans on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to join the fun. To find out where Fredbird will be each week follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals, or visit cardinals.com/facebookfridays for more details (#Fredbird).

Fan-Friendly Values

 

  • Dynamic Deals of the Week: The Cardinals’ value-based dynamic pricing system allows them to offer outstanding ticket savings to fans throughout the season. Special values will be highlighted each Monday as part of the “Dynamic Deals of the Week” promotion. Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails at cardinals.com.

 

  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: The Cardinals are pleased to team up with KMOX 1120 to offer the KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets. At 9 a.m. on the day of each game, fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets to that day’s game for a total cost of $11.20 ($5.60 per ticket). The voucher may be redeemed for tickets 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the game. The tickets may be anywhere in the park, depending on availability.

For more information on Cardinals promotions and scheduled events visit cardinals.com/promotions and cardinals.com/theme.

Media Information

Media looking for more information may contact the Cardinals Communications Department directly at 314.345.9904. Media can find helpful information about covering the team, including how to apply for credentials, sign up to receive team news releases and gain access to the team’s digital newsroom at cardinals.com/communications.

St. Louis Cardinals Home Opener 2015

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A pre-game ceremony that welcomes home the 2014 National League Central Division Champions, honors the team’s Hall of Famers, and commemorates the great tradition of Opening Day in St. Louis will punctuate a day of activities celebrating the annual return of baseball to St. Louis on Monday, April 13th.  The Cardinals will take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a 3:15 p.m. game. Following is a schedule of official activities and information to help fans enjoy the great tradition that is Opening Day in St. Louis (#OpeningDaySTL).

 

Opening Day in St. Louis 2015 – Tradition Meets Today

                Tradition Meets Today – It is the theme of the 2015 season and the focus of the home opener this year. No one day better embodies the rich tradition of the St. Louis Cardinals than Opening Day at Busch Stadium. Despite the fact that the Cardinals are celebrating their 124th season of play in the National League, there is always something fresh and new about the home opener.

In a city where baseball is a religion and the fan passion is extraordinary, the story of Opening Day is told more effectively through poetry than prose. Opening Day in St. Louis is a day where generations of fans from all walks of life and different corners of the community come together in fellowship to celebrate their deep connection with the team and with one another.

The tradition is passed on from year to year, from teammate to teammate, and from fan to fan. The tradition is also refreshed and renewed each spring. For many fans, Opening Day in St. Louis is a long-standing tradition they celebrate annually. For others, a new tradition will be born on Monday in St. Louis.

Regardless of how a fan shares the Opening Day experience, what gate they enter, seat or standing room spot they occupy, or how they choose to share the experience (in park, at Ballpark Village, online, on social media, with the At Bat 15 app, on TV, via radio etc.), all Cardinals fans are part of the important tradition that embodies the hope, joy and shared purpose that a new season of baseball brings. It doesn’t matter if you are a child attending your first game or a Hall of Famer celebrating 70 seasons in baseball, Opening Day is sure to give you goosebumps. This Monday, Opening Day in St. Louis is where Tradition Meets Today.

Schedule

 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.                Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s:  The Cardinals, Ballpark Village and Hardee’s will host a pre-game pep rally in the Ballpark Village parking lot. Fan favorite, DJ Todd Thomas will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

                                            Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can purchase a Hardee’s Combo Meal after regular breakfast hours from the Mobile Diner or Hardee’s restaurant on Chestnut and receive a free Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last. Other sponsors include: Budweiser, FOX Sports Midwest, Goodwill, The Muny, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Office Essentials and The Tan Company. Fans can get their picture with a single Budweiser Clydesdale (weather permitting).

1:15 p.m.                             Gates open

 

                                                Budweiser Magnet Schedule Day:  All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and over, will receive a magnet with the 2015 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser Beer.

2:30 p.m.                             Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.

                                                Introduction of St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

 

                                                Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird

                                                Hall of Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade, led around the warning trackEach Hall of Famer will be riding in a 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible.

                                               

                                                Tradition Meets Today Video

                                                Introduction of three members of the 2014 Class of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame from the dugout (Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee and Mike Shannon)

                                                Introduction of the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2015 Ford F-150s.

                                                Introduction of the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals lineups

                                                Color Guard and American Flag in Center Field, courtesy of the service men and women of Ft. Leonard Wood

                                                American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis

 

                                                Tribute to Oscar Taveras and moment of silence for Bryan Burwell and Oscar Taveras

 

                                                The National Anthem will be performed by Retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Generald Wilson

 

                                                Ceremonial First Pitch by Willie McGee to Ozzie Smith

3:15 p.m.                             Game Time

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the game and pre-game ceremony in High Definition on FOX Sports Midwest.

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) or one of the 140 Stations in the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney call the game. The expanded pre-game show starts at 1:40 p.m.

 

Online or On the Go

Fans may also follow the game for free on cardinals.com using the Gameday application, or via the team’s Twitter account, @Cardinals. From mobile devices, fans can keep tabs on the score using MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 15.

Getting to the Game

MoDOT will not have any scheduled lane closures on state highways inside the city limits for Opening Day. There have been several changes to roadways around the downtown area – most importantly on Memorial. Drivers should pay attention to the roadways, as roads they are familiar with may have changed. Since the ramp from the Poplar Street Bridge to eastbound I-44 (formerly westbound I-70) is closed for reconstruction, Illinois drivers should use the ramp to 9th Street.

From northbound I-55, drivers can continue on eastbound I-44 to Walnut or to Washington. From eastbound I-70, drivers can take the Tucker ramp into the city, or stay on westbound I-44 and exit at Broadway. Illinois drivers can now also use the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to get into downtown. When they get off the bridge, they can follow Tucker into the downtown area. As usual, Clark Street will be closed in between the stadium and Ballpark Village.

Alternative Transportation

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

 

Ballpark Improvements

As the Cardinals begin their tenth season of play in Busch Stadium, the team has made a number of improvements to the stadium during the offseason, including a major expansion of the UMB Champions Club, as well as a variety of other upgrades and maintenance projects throughout the ballpark.

The UMB Champions Club, one of the most sought after, all-inclusive, luxury VIP fan experiences within the ballpark has undergone a 1,000 square foot expansion, including the installation of 87 new seats. The club was expanded to the south over the Musial Bridge as well as to the north toward the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar.

The Gate 5 area of the ballpark was reconfigured to improve the pedestrian flow within the ballpark and fan access to the park. The gates were moved 12 feet north toward Clark Street. These improvements have also improved the site lines from the AT&T Rooftop and other spots within Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.

A new retail store has been added in centerfield featuring hats from New Era, 47 Brand and American Needle, and an embroidery machine to create custom hats. The store is located in Ford Plaza at the entrance to the Family Pavilion.

One of the biggest changes fans will note this season is the installation of walk-through metal detectors at all of the gates and stadium entrances as part of Major League Baseball’s implementation of mandatory metal detection screening of all guests at all MLB ballparks in 2015.

For more than a decade, the Cardinals have conducted systematic screening of fans with handheld metal detectors. In order to ensure effective screening of all guests who enter the park with minimal inconvenience or delay, the Cardinals have installed walk-through magnetometers at all gates and increased event staffing by twenty percent.   Additional upgrades and improvements include:

·         Extensive painting of all of the exposed structural steel around the ballpark

·         A variety of concession stands throughout the ballpark have been upgraded. All concession stands have been upgraded with new energy-efficient beverage coolers to dispense refreshing Coke and AB-In Bev beverages. New, easier-to-read, graphically-enhanced menu boards have been installed at all of the field level concession stands.

·         New televisions have been installed in various sections of the ballpark.

·         The installation of new backstop netting behind home plate

·         The installation of a new Trivision scoreboard in center field

·         Renovation of the Group Sales Corner including walls and an enhanced AV system

·         More directional signage has been installed to assist fans navigating the ballpark.

·         The re-numbering of all bleacher seat sections from 500 sections to 100 sections to better reflect that the bleachers are located on the first level of the ballpark (101,103,105,107, 109, 111, 189, 191, 193, 195, 197).

·         The installation of LED light fixtures in a variety of locations within the ballpark to improve illumination while also enhancing energy efficiency

·         The installation of new flooring throughout select areas of the ballpark.

In addition to the ballpark improvements, some operational changes will be in place during 2015 season. The most notable change is that gates will open 1 ½ hours prior to games on Monday thru Thursday (with the exception of Opening Day & holidays), and two hours prior to Friday, Saturday and Sunday games. Food and beverage service in all-inclusive areas will commence when the ballpark opens. Gate 4 will permanently become the only smoking/ re-entry gate.

 

New Menu for 2015

Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the St. Louis Cardinals’ concessionaire for more than 50 years, is preparing to welcome fans back to the Stadium with a starting lineup of food to please every fan’s unique taste. New are several menu items in concessions and suites along with a second location of a 2014 fan favorite, The Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar, featuring craft cocktails. Delaware North Executive Chef Larry Johnson and his culinary team have developed a wide array of new menu items for both concessions and suites.  Following is a list of the new concession menu items:

·         Waffle Sandwiches – Waffles cooked to order with choice of fried chicken breast with maple bacon gravy; chicken carnitas with crispy bacon, pico de gallo and ranch dressing; or BBQ pulled pork with creamy coleslaw and BBQ sauce. Each sandwich is served with white queso tater tots (“Crowd The Plate Stand”-section 148).

·         Walking Tacos – Choice of original Doritos or Fritos topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and salsa. Build on that with nacho beef, pulled pork or chicken carnitas. (Sections 266, 432, 199) Shrimp Walking Tacos are available at the Island Grill location near Section 144. Nacho Beef Walking Tacos (only) will also be vended in the seats.

 

·         Extreme Bacon Sandwich – BBQ spiced ground pork filled with cheddar cheese and crisp chopped bacon, wrapped with apple-wood-smoked bacon and finished with barbeque glaze. The sandwich is carved to order, served on a locally baked Hawaiian bun with BBQ aioli and served with maple bacon chips (Broadway BBQ –Section 109 and Bacon Station Portable at Section 446).

 

·         Turkey Burger – A ground turkey patty served on a locally-baked Hawaiian bun with arugula, guacamole and pico de gallo. Comes with house-fried tortilla chips (Double Play Tap & Grill-Section 135).

 

·         Double Gooey Burger – This half-pound burger consists of two fresh grilled patties served on a locally baked Hawaiian bun with two slices of American cheese, signature sauce, shredded lettuce and sliced tomato (Double Play Tap & Grill-Section 135).

 

·         Quadruple Gooey Burger – This one-pound burger consists of four fresh grilled patties served on a locally baked Hawaiian bun with four slices of American cheese, signature sauce, shredded lettuce and sliced tomato (Double Play Tap & Grill – Section 135).

 

·         Big Kahuna – An 8-oz. jumbo ice cream sandwich cookie (Available at all Ballpark Favorites concession stands and vended throughout the stadium).

 

·         Oreo Churro A 7-inch double-twist Oreo batter churro with Oreo crème dipping sauce (Redbird Club – Section 251 and Oreo/Funnel Cake Portables at Sections 454 and 145).

 

·         7-oz. Bavarian Pretzel – An oversize Bavarian-style pretzel large enough to share with family or friends (Gashouse Grills, Sections 141, 101, 271, 264, 266, 432).

 

·         Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst – Locally produced by Norrenberns Foods for Busch stadium with chopped bacon, cheddar cheese and topped with BBQ sauce (Broadway BBQ – Section 109 and The Bacon Station Portable –Section 446).

 

·         Pretzel Bites – Locally made by A Different Twist, these pretzel poppers are served with white queso dipping sauce (Crowd the Plate – Section 148 & Triple Play in Section 271).

 

·         Deep-Fried Oreo Cookies – Oreo cookies fried in funnel cake batter and served with a side of whipped cream and chocolate sauce (Redbird Club Section 251 and Crowd the Plate Stand at Section 148).

Due to customer demand, Cardinals fans will also have another new spot at which to quench their thirst. The second location of The Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar (Section 130) features a wide array of craft cocktails made fresh from a variety of ingredients, including fine spirits, fresh fruits and juices. Among the new craft cocktails: The Dark and Stormy, made with dark rum and ginger beer; the Crisp Caramel Apple, made with Crown Royal Regal Apple and Sprite; the Specialty Bloody Mary with Absolut Cilantro Vodka; the B.L.T., made with Bulleit Bourbon, a lemon garish and tonic water; and three cocktails made with White Lightnin’, including Redbird Punch made with White Lightin’ and Apple Pie Moonshine mixed with cranberry juice and ginger ale.

 

New Suite Menu Items

In suites, Delaware North is adding a Sushi Cart, a Turkey and Beef Tenderloin Carvery Cart, and Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Cart, which will feature vanilla and chocolate ice cream, root beer and orange floats and various toppings. Among the new suite menu packages are the Cardinals Sampler, which includes house-made meatballs, toasted cannelloni and Buffalo chicken wings; the Ultimate Burger Slider Trio, featuring black Angus beef, turkey or Italian sausage served with various cheeses and toppings on a bakery fresh Kaiser bun; and a Jumbo Hot Dog Bar with all-beef franks and a variety of toppings ranging from pulled pork to corn pico de gallo.

Other new suite menu items include a Watermelon and Spinach Salad, a Kale and Arugula Salad, a Spinach Artichoke Pizza, a Mediterranean Focaccia Sandwich, St. Louis Chicken Po’ Boy Slider, and Strawberry Shortcake. Suite holders will also have access to the new Field Suites Landing, featuring Stella Artois draft beer, an assortment of craft beers, premium wines, and Cold Slab ice cream with a selection of “mix-in” toppings.

New Retail for 2015

Fans will also find new Cardinals apparel and other merchandise, plus a new specialty retail store. Delaware North created a new retail store in centerfield featuring hats from New Era, 47 Brand and American Needle, and an embroidery machine to create custom hats. Men’s, women’s and children’s apparel will also be available. The new store is located in Ford Plaza at Section 101, at the entrance to the Family Pavilion.

New Cardinals-branded apparel and merchandise for 2015, which is available at the Cardinals Team Store and other locations within the ballpark, include exclusive Delaware North-created hats; ladies apparel, plush, and accessories from Tokidoki; watches with interchangeable faces and bands from Modify; new replica jerseys with a Cool Base fabric; Alex Woo jewelry featuring a second logo; a new collection of eight different style Dooney and Bourke handbags; a ukulele, guitar straps and picks from Peavey; Eastland boat shoes and Row One sneakers; an expanded line of pet products; and an expanded Peanuts line, including men’s women’s and children’s apparel and bobbleheads.

Fans will want to visit one of the two Cardinals Authentics locations (inside Cardinals Nation and Busch Stadium in the Ford Plaza north of Gate 6)  to shop for genuine Cardinals gear and to own a piece of St. Louis history. Both Cardinals Authentics locations specialize in official, game-used, limited edition and autographed collectibles and memorabilia direct from the club. Both stores offer a great selection of current and vintage Cardinals apparel, as well as one-of-a-kind collectibles. The Cardinals Nation location is open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; on game nights, the shop will remain open 1 hour post game.

Cardinals Authentics is offering the ultimate fan experience by having game-used memorabilia such as baseballs and bases available for purchase before the end of the game throughout the 2015 season. All season long, fans will be able to take a piece of the game directly from the field to their home. Cardinals Authentics features game-used bases, game-used balls, bats, helmets, caps and jerseys.

Cardinals Authentics is also helping fans celebrate Red Schoendienst’s 70th anniversary of his first game in 1945 by selling a limited-edition collectible that includes an autographed copy of the June 6, 1960, Sports Illustrated cover featuring Red. The beautifully-framed piece, inscribed with “70 years in Baseball, 1945-2015,”retails for $249.99. 

In January, Cardinals Authentics launched a coin series which will include one frame to display the 11 coins that will be available throughout the season. Each month, Cardinals Authentics will make a new coin available that commemorates one of the 11 World Series Titles from the St. Louis Cardinals. The coins retail for $11.99 and the frame retails for $24.99.

Fans should stop by the Authentics Store to pick up autographed items from a variety of Cardinals players, including Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk, Marco Gonzales, Mike Matheny, Matt Adams, and Kolten Wong. Cardinals Authentics also features a wider selection of Yadier Molina autographed merchandise this season than in the past.

 

Ballpark Village

                Ballpark Village will again be the place to be before, during and after the game. Since opening in March of 2014, Ballpark Village has hosted more than 5 million visitors of all ages from across the country and brought hundreds of great events to downtown. As Ballpark Village enters its second year, several additions and improvements are underway including the recent opening of the new Crown Room second-floor lounge in Budweiser Brew House, the addition of two 15-foot television screens in Fox Sports Midwest Live!, a two-sided permanent outdoor stage next to the Busch II infield and greatly improved sightlines into left center field in Busch Stadium. For more information about upcoming promotions at Ballpark Village, visit stlballparkvillage.com

Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar

                Fans will want to come downtown early to have breakfast at Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village on Opening Day. Cardinals Nation will open for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. hosting the Y98 Phillips and Company Morning Show featuring menu items chosen by the Y98 Crew.

Open daily, Cardinals Nation is the year-round home to Cardinals fans offering a variety of weekly programming and special events. Offering an expansive menu that recently doubled in size with 27 new menu items, Cardinals Nation has something for everyone. Known for putting a spin on traditional favorites, the Cardinals Nation menu boasts the right mixture of everyday picks and unique novelties. Fans will want to check out the G&W Grill on game days in front of Cardinals Nation on Clark Street. The G&W Grill features St. Louis’ own G&W Sausage Company Bratwursts and Hot Dogs.

Fans will also want to visit the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Club on the second floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar that will be open before and after every home baseball game. The Hall of Fame Club features a great Game Day Buffet prior to the game and an ala cart small plate menu after the game. Fans will also find a new, improved Balcony Bar overlooking Fox Sports Midwest Live! which offers entertainment (band or DJ) post game on Friday and Saturday Nights.

Throughout the 2015 season, Cardinals Nation will be running a “Keep the Cup” promotion on game days allowing fans to purchase a commemorative ‘Celebrate the Championships’ collectible 20 oz. cup that can be refilled with their favorite domestic draft for $6. Three limited edition cups will be made available during the 2015 season that fans won’t want to miss (1944 vs. St. Louis Browns, 1982 vs. Milwaukee Brewers and 2006 vs. Detroit Tigers).

The restaurant will continue to offer the Homerun Brunch every non-home game Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that features the best Bloody Mary bar in St. Louis, and they will be debuting a special loyalty program for Cardinals fans.

 

The Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum at Cardinals Nation

Our Home.  Our History.  Our Heroes.

                With the start of the 2015 season, the museum’s Championship Gallery features a fresh, new look utilizing deep red case backgrounds with a larger selection of artifacts and memorabilia in each of the 12 cases. Along with key player jerseys, new artifacts are highlighted, such as a Dizzy Dean watch, matching pennants for the 1944 Cardinals and Browns, Lou Brock’s 1967 World Series issued bat, and Darrell Porter’s shoes.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation features the largest team-held collection in baseball. The collection is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 20,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. With over 8,000 square feet on the second floor of Cardinals Nation, the Museum (#CardsMuseum) celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. The museum allows the Cardinals to showcase the team’s extensive collection of Cardinals artifacts, memorabilia and photography in a way that brings to life the amazing story of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.

The Museum walks visitors through the history of the Cardinals, beginning with the early days of Sportsman’s Park through today’s celebrated stadium and team. Each stage of the Museum has been carefully designed to reflect the historic stadium architecture and the time period being explored. The walk through history is accomplished through changing photographic pallets, case designs, and park aesthetics like appropriate woodwork and steel trusses.

The Cardinals designed the museum galleries to be fun, immersive, time-traveling experiences for all fans, whether they are long-time die-hard fans or those just beginning to fall in love with the team. The design of the Cardinals Museum integrates historic artifacts with state-of-the-art touchscreen technology and other multimedia to create immersive environments.

#CardsFanFlix – 2015 Initiative to Engage with Fans Using Mobile Video

                Reverend Robbie Sondag, a Cardinals fan from Fort Wayne Indiana, will enjoy the Ultimate Opening Day experience with tickets to the President’s Box as he won the Cardinals Ultimate Fan Video Contest with his Ultimate Cardinal Fan Robbie Video. More than seventy fans submitted videos to the Ultimate Fan Video Contest, the first in a series of #CardsFanFlix promotions to engage fans to develop videos that celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals. The team recently launched the Take Me Out to the Ballgame Talent contest and plans a series of efforts throughout the season to encourage fans to demonstrate their enthusiasm for the team, while also showcasing their talent using a medium that is transforming how people connect with one another. Through the various #CardsFanFlix fan engagement efforts, the team hopes to tap into the increasing trend for user-generated video content that is transforming the web and social platforms thanks to advances in mobile technology. Fans can check out all the fan videos and learn more at cardinals.com/fanflix.

 

Cardinals Magazine’s New Edition & 2015 Official Scorecard

In time for Opening Day, Cardinals Magazine kicks off its 24th season with a pair of must-read stories on two of the most watched players in 2015. The cover story on Gold-Glove outfielder Jason Heyward reveals his embrace of his new opportunity in St. Louis and why current and former teammates and coaches believe the talented 25 year old will become a central figure in the Cards’ lineup in 2015. The same optimism is shared for Carlos Martinez, who opens up about the loss of his friend Oscar Taveras and how his greater maturity is driving him to become a fixture in the Cards’ rotation.

This page-turning edition includes an oral history of the stunning comeback in Game 1 of the 2014 NLDS in Los Angeles through the eyes of Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and others.

Other exclusive content includes the debut of Carpenter’s new journal, Old School vs. New School featuring Randy Choate and Michael Wacha, a detailed review of, and book excerpt from, Mike Matheny’s national best-selling book “The Matheny Manifesto,” and photos from the offseason international travels of Matheny, Wainwright and Choate.

Throughout the season, Cardinals Magazine is on sale for just $5 at Busch Stadium at all gates, the team store, and the Cardinals Authentics store at Ballpark Village. It’s also available at many STL retailers: Schnucks, Dierbergs, QT, Walgreens and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a print or digital subscription, please visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9000. Sign up today and receive two tickets to a Monday-Thursday home games in 2015.

Also on sale at Busch Stadium this season is the popular 2015 Official Scorecard, featuring the striking artistic designs of local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003. Inside, the scorecard also teaches fans how to score the “Cardinal Way”—a storied tradition by club officials that dates back to the 1940s. During games, fans can purchase Cardinals Magazine and the Official Scorecard together for just $5 at all gates.

New for 2015, fans coming to Busch Stadium can now purchase the magazine and scorecard with a credit or debit card at any gate. And in April, fans can purchase the 2015 Cardinals Official Calendar featuring the complete season schedule and more than 30 coupons from club and area retailers.


BUSCH STADIUM – POLICY REMINDERS

Bag Inspections Policy

  • The standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium will be in effect. Bags must meet Major League Baseball’s standard size restriction (16”x16”x8”), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry. 
  • Fans will be permitted to bring small personal cameras and will be subject to inspection.  No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB credentials.  
  • Non-alcoholic beverages such as water and soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.
  • Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.
  • Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.
  • Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process. 
  • Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process. 

 

Exit/Re-entry Policy

Standard Exit/Re-entry Policies are in effect. Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must present their ticket, obtain a re-entry card, and have their hand stamped at Gate 4 as they exit the stadium. Guests must show their ticket, re-entry card and hand stamp as they pass through the metal detectors upon re-entry.

 

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect. Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility, including “smokeless” cigarettes. Exit/re-entry turnstiles will be set up at Gate 4 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Guests must show their ticket, re-entry card and hand stamp as they pass through the metal detectors upon re-entry.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

2015 St. Louis Cardinals Roster Set

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The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their 25-man Opening Day roster as they prepare to open their 124th season of play in the National League tonight at 7:14 p.m. CDT in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 when they meet the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Adam Wainwright has been tabbed by Manager Mike Matheny as the Cardinals Opening night starter.

St. Louis has a total of five first-time Cardinals on their Opening Day roster including outfielder Jason Heyward, infielder Mark Reynolds and pitchers Matt Belisle, Carlos Villanueva and Jordan Walden.  Pitcher Jaime Garcia (left shoulder) and outfielder Tommy Pham (strained left quadriceps) begin the year on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27.

The Cardinals 25-man Opening Day roster for 2015 is as follows:

PITCHERS (12): Matt Belisle-RHP, Randy Choate-LHP, John Lackey-RHP, Lance Lynn-RHP, Seth Maness-RHP, Carlos Martinez-RHP, Trevor Rosenthal-RHP, Kevin Siegrist-LHP, Carlos Villanueva-RHP, Michael Wacha-RHP, Adam Wainwright-RHP and Jordan Walden-RHP;

CATCHERS (2): Tony Cruz, Yadier Molina;

INFIELDERS (6): Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma, Jhonny Peralta, Mark Reynolds and Kolten Wong;

OUTFIELDERS (5): Peter Bourjos, Randal Grichuk, Jason Heyward, Matt Holliday and Jon Jay;

DISABLED LIST (2): Jaime Garcia and Tommy Pham.