Matt Adams out with Injury

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 10-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Big City down but not out. Adams suffered a strained quadriceps muscle Tuesday and was  placed on the disabled list. He had hurt his quadriceps while running out a double, his seventh of the season, which improved his numbers at the plate to a .243 batting average and .656 OPS in 42 games. The Cardinals called up catcher Ed Easley has been recalled from Memphis (AAA).

Easley, 29, was on the team’s roster for a brief three-game stint April 10-12 while Tony Cruz was away on paternity leave.   He has yet to appear in a Major League game.

The right-handed hitting Easley was batting .295 (31-for-105) with three home runs and 18 RBI and a .422 on-base pct. in 33 games for Memphis.  He has enjoyed a solid month of May, batting .340 (17-for-50).

Easley was batting .432 (11-for-26) vs. left-handed pitching and .351 (13-for-37) with runners in scoring position for the Triple-A Redbirds who recently had an eight-game winning streak.  We will see Mark Reynolds at first base while Matt Adams is out.

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Cardinals Top NL All-Star Ballot

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I am very happy to see some of the St. Louis Cardinals on top of the voting for this years All-Star Game in Cincinnati. At shortstop we have Jhonny Peralta with 595,741 votes with Starlin Castro behind him with 571,574 votes. At thirdbase we have Matt Carpenter leading at a whopping 1,113,060 votes with Kris Bryant behind him with 583,583. For the catcher’s position we have Yadier Molina with 859,520 and Buster Posey in second with 759,187 votes. In the outfield we have the top three players, Bryce Harper, 1,116,582…Matt Holliday 979, 008…Giancarlo Stanton 746,926. At second base Dee Gordon leads with 934,249 votes with Kolten Wong right behind him with 582,238. I would imagine that Michael Wacha would also be picked since he and Bartolo Colon are tied with 7 wins but Wacha has better numbers than him with having a 7-0 win loss record, 1.87 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Bartolo Colin has a record of 7-3, 4.82 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. So lets keep our fingers crossed and make sure you vote!

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Will Pete Rose get Reinstated

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Could this be the end of an era in which Pete Rose will finally be reinstated and to be eligible for the Hall of Fame. He recently has applied for reinstatement but has not heard from Manfred about the timetable for his decision but he will have some role in this years All Star Game in Cincinnati. As of today a resolution urging baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to reinstate former Cincinnati Reds star Pete Rose and make him eligible for the Hall of Fame has had its first hearing in the Ohio legislature. Should Pete Rose be reinstated for his actions on betting on baseball? I tend to think why not, statistically he does belong in the Hall of Fame. At the age of 74 why not give him a second chance. With all the PED problems with players trying to enhance themselves, the only punishment is suspension not being banned from baseball. The odd thing is that Larry “Bud” Selig has treated Pete Rose as a unwanted step child. During his term as Commissioner the Pete Rose situation was always up and down. There were times Selig would revisit the life long ban and then he would drop it. With Manfred in as the new Commissioner I believe its time to reinstate Pete Rose. If Pete Rose gets reinstated I believe its time to look into Shoeless Joe Jackson as a possible reinstatement. There is a park in Greenville, SC named after Jackson that has a baseball field, playground and picnic area. The time is now

Cardinals Homestand Highlights

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ST. LOUIS, May 22, 2015– Back from interleague play, the Cardinals come home to Busch for a jam-packed homestand. Memorial Day kicks off a three-game series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, followed by a much-anticipated weekend matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers. The homestand is highlighted by six giveaways, including a Replica 1985 NL Championship Ring, Ozzie Smith Bobblehead, Whitey Herzog Garden Gnome and more.

Monday, May 25, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (3:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 1:15 p.m.

 

  • Replica 1985 National League Championship Ring: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a replica 1985 NL Championship Ring, presented by Ameren Missouri (#CardsPromo).

  • Karlie Kloss Ceremonial Pitch: American model, L’Oreal Paris ambassador, and entrepreneur, Karlie Kloss, will throw a ceremonial pitch before the game. The 22-year-old was raised in St. Louis and grew up going to Cardinals games with her family.

  • Moment of Remembrance: MLB will again participate in the National Moment of Remembrance during Memorial Day Weekend, a program it has participated in since 1997, to honor soldiers who lost their lives during active military duty. MLB will conduct a moment of silence before all games throughout the weekend and all games on Monday will pause at 3 p.m. (local time) for a moment of silence.

  • Special Caps and Jerseys: For games on Memorial Day, MLB clubs will wear special caps and jerseys. All of MLB’s net proceeds from the sale of those caps and jerseys will be donated to the Welcome Back Veterans program, which provides grants to university hospitals throughout the country to treat veterans suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury. MLB has committed $30 million to Welcome Back Veterans.

  • Memorial Day at Cardinals Museum: In honor of Memorial Day, all veterans and active military personnel receive free admission to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum with valid military ID.

  • 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.

  • Cardinals Nation Raising Money for Special Olympics: As part of a weeklong initiative to raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois and Missouri, Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar will be fundraising throughout the homestand. From May 25-27, the restaurant will be accepting donations for the Special Olympics. The fundraising culminates on Thursday, May 28, as Law Enforcement officers from Illinois and Missouri put down their hand cuffs and pick up serving trays to raise “tips” for the athletes of Special Olympics. Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar will also donate a portion of sales to the Special Olympics of Illinois and Missouri from the Tip-A-Cop Event on Thursday, May 28.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

 

  • Cardinals Poster: 25,000 ticketed-fans receive a Cardinals poster courtesy of Shelter Insurance (#CardsPromo).

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  • Todd Worrell Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a limited edition Todd Worrell mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Nationals League Champion Cardinals. VIP ticket-holders also have access to a pregame autograph session with Todd Worrell. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#BudBash). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

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  • 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.

 

 

  • Boy/Girl Scout Theme Night (SOLD OUT): The Cardinals are proud to present Boy Scout and Girl Scout Night at Busch Stadium. For just $14, each scout receives a ticket to the game as well as a badge. Scouts who purchased a ticket to this sold out event will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the patch. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item (#CardsTheme).

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  • Cardinals Nation Raising Money for Special Olympics: See above entry under Monday, May 25.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

 

  • Beer Tasting Theme Night: Fans who purchase a Beer Tasting Theme ticket have the unique opportunity to taste a variety of Anheuser-Busch specialty beers and new products. This Theme Night ticket provides entry into the Beer Tasting, six 4oz samples, free snacks and live music. Fans must present the voucher in order to participate in the tasting. For more info or to purchase tickets visit cardinals.com/theme. Beers available to sample include Faust, Oculto, Bud Light MixxTail (3 Options: Long Island Ice Tea, Hurricane and Firewalker), Lemon-Ade-Rita, Goose Island Summer Ale, Michelob Golden Draft Light, Shock Top Spiced Banana Wheat and Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat.

 

  • Boy/Girl Scout Theme Night (SOLD OUT): The Cardinals are proud to present Boy Scout and Girl Scout Night at Busch Stadium. For just $14, each scout receives a ticket to the game as well as a badge. Scouts who purchased a ticket to this sold out event will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the patch. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item (#CardsTheme). See above for picture of patches.

 

  • 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.

  • Cardinals Nation Raising Money for Special Olympics: See above entry under Monday, May 25.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 — NO GAME

  • Cardinals Nation Raising Money for Special Olympics: See above entry under Monday, May 25.

  • Matt Holliday Hosts Charity Event: Matt Holliday and his wife Leslee are kicking off their 2015 Uncork for a Cause charity program with a special event tonight from 7-9 p.m. at The Schlafly Tap Room. The event, which includes dinner and an exclusive gift bag, will raise funds to support cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis and raise awareness for colon cancer prevention. For additional information, and to purchase tickets, visit UncorkforaCause.com.

 

 

Friday, May 29, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

 

  • Whitey Herzog Garden Gnome: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a Whitey Herzog Garden Gnome (#CardsPromo).

  • This One’s For You Broadcast: FOX Sports Midwest will broadcast live from Fort Leonard Wood before, during and after the Cardinals game as part of the network’s annual This One’s For You telecast to troops. The Cardinals Live pregame and postgame shows will originate from Fort Leonard Wood with U.S. Army Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen in the audience. FOX Sports Midwest will feature live interaction with service members at Fort Leonard Wood during the telecast of the Cardinals’ game against the Dodgers that night. In addition to being televised on FOX Sports Midwest, the game will be shown on American Forces Network to troops throughout the world. This is FOX Sports Midwest’s 11th year producing a This One’s For You telecast (#ThisOnesForYou).

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  • 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.

  • Missouri Farmers Care: Race to the Plate: Every Friday night, fans will enjoy the in-game Missouri Farmers Care: Race to the Plate – a mascot race featuring Captain Cornelius, Bessie the Cow and Simon the Soybean. Join the conversation on how today’s food is grown and raised at MissouriFarmersCare.com.\

 

  • 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).

 

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

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

 

Saturday, May 30, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:15 a.m.

 

  • Ozzie Smith Bobblehead: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive an Ozzie Smith Bobblehead (#CardsPromo).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

 

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

  • Special Olympics Kids Clinic: Prior to the game, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 50 athletes from Special Olympics Illinois and Missouri will play ball during an on-field clinic with the St. Louis Cardinals, thanks to the efforts of Coca-Cola and Shop `n Save. This baseball clinic aims to help athletes improve on their individual skills, encourage team participation and teach the fundamentals of the game such as batting, catching and running the bases (#SOTeamsUp). This is part of a week-long initiative to raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois and Missouri.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

 

  • Oscar Taveras Remembrance Ceremony: On the one-year anniversary of his Major League debut, the Cardinals will celebrate the life and baseball career of Oscar Taveras which was tragically cut short in October of last year. The Cardinals will be joined by members of the Taveras family in a special on-field ceremony before the game.

  • Kids Sports Socks: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, receive a pair of Cardinals Elite Socks (#CardsPromo).

  • Six Flags Day: All kids 48” and under receive a free ticket to Six Flags, valid Monday – Friday until Friday, July 3. Presented by Six Flags.

  • Family Attractions Card: 25,000 ticketed-fans can pick up a Family Attractions Card in Ford Plaza worth thousands of dollars in savings at local area attractions, restaurants and lodging.

 

  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last).

 

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 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.

  • 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).

 

Monday, June 1, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:10 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:40 p.m.

 

  • Astronaut to Throw Ceremonial Pitch: During a pregame ceremony, former astronaut and St. Louis native Tom Akers will throw an honorary pitch. On one of his early shuttle missions, Akers took an autographed Stan Musial baseball into space; he will present the ball to the Cardinals Museum at the game.

  • Pregame Pom, Cheer and Dance Performance: Prior to the game, groups from Kelly’s Kuties, Royals All-Star Cheerleading, Truman MS Cheer, Arabesque Dance Studio, Jamestown Sapphires, Wildwood Dance & Arts, Trimpe Middle School Dance Team, and the Lutheran South Lancerettes will perform in Ford Plaza at approximately 5:50 p.m.

  • Nurses Theme Night: Fans who purchase this special Nurses Night Theme Ticket will receive a limited edition Cardinals Scrub Top from Scrubs and Beyond. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme. Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item (#CardsTheme).

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  • 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.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

 

  • Tote Bag: 25,000 ticketed-fans receive a Cardinals tote Bag from MLB Network. (#CardsPromo).

 

  • 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.

 

  • Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals present the Battle at Busch concert series. The 2015 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Jeske Park, Split The Skyline, and Simple Machine. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 22 in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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  • Superhero Night: It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s Superhero Night at Busch Stadium! Fans who purchase this special theme ticket will receive an exclusive “SuperFred” Bobblehead. Comic book characters and superheroes will be roving the stadium for fan photos. For more info or to purchase tickets visit cardinals.com/theme. Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

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  • Danny Cox Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition Danny Cox mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Nationals League Champion Cardinals. VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Danny Cox. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#BudBash). Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

 

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

 

More Homestand Information

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John Lackey Featured On Cover of New Cardinals Magazine

The NEW 122-page edition of Cardinals Magazine features veteran starter John Lackey, who is among baseball’s most competitive and confident pitchers. The cover story explores his big-game pedigree, developed as a high school quarterback in Texas through his experiences pitching in World Series clinching games for Anaheim and Boston. A collectible poster featuring No. 41 is also included.

With the 50th edition of the MLB Draft coming in early June, the magazine explores its rich history and evolution, including a closer look at notable selections by the Cardinals from first-round keepers like Ted Simmons and Matt Morris to late-round surprises like Albert Pujols and Keith Hernandez. Other issue highlights include a profile on pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky, a pictorial look at Opening Day from 2015 and 1965, the latest installment of Matt Carpenter’s monthly journal, Old School (Randy Choate) vs. New School (Michael Wacha), and much more!

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 inside Ballpark Village. It’s also available at many area retailers, notably Schnucks, Dierbergs, QT, Walgreens and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a subscription, visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9000 (#CardsMag).

 

Official 2015 Scorecard — Now Available Online

15 scorecard cover-lorezFor the first time, fans can purchase the Official Scorecard online, either individual copies, scorecards by series, or the complete season set. Fans can take home the most buzzed-about scorecard in Major League Baseball featuring the beautiful retro design of illustrator Mike Right, the St. Louis native behind the striking scorecard covers 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. Scorecards are available at cardinals.com/scorecard. As always, scorecards are available for purchase at every home game inside each stadium gate—or fans can receive one when purchasing a copy of Cardinals Magazine at Busch Stadium.

 

 

 

 

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.

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 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).

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 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 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:

  • Ted Savage RBI Golf Classic: Fans can play golf alongside former Cardinals at the annual Cardinals Care Ted Savage RBI Golf Classic scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. For information, contact Cardinals Care at (314) 345-9418 or visit cardinals.com/rbigolf (#SavageRBIgolf).

  • 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 for the Cure: The Cardinals are teaming up with fans again this year for the 18th annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 13. Fans should visit cardinals.com/komen for more information or to join the St. Louis Cardinals’ Team. Participants will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last.

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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 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).

Fans Encouraged to Post #LoveRed2 Video Messages to Social Media to Honor Red Schoendienst

Throughout the 2015 season, the St. Louis Cardinals are encouraging fans to join the team in celebrating Red Schoendienst’s 70th anniversary in baseball by taping a personal video message to Red congratulating him.  Fans are encouraged to post their video message to their favorite social media platform (ex. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Vine etc.) with the hashtag #LoveRed2. For more information, visit cardinals.com/lovered2.

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“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Talent Video Contest Seeks Creative and Entertaining Fans

The St. Louis Cardinals are encouraging fans to submit videos singing “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind VIP experience. Church choirs, school groups, local organizations, garage bands, symphonies and any individual fans with talent are encouraged to record a video (less than 3 minutes in length), demonstrating their creativity and talent, singing their own version of the classic baseball song. Fans have until May 31 to submit their video. Learn more and see submissions at cardinals.com/talent.

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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.

Ballpark Village

  • Ballpark Village – home of the official Cardinals Away Game Watch Parties – replicates the game-day excitement of Busch Stadium for fans while the team is on the road. This season, Ballpark Village is offering fans an array of premium promotional giveaways and FREE PARKING (with validation) during select away games. Simply head down to Ballpark Village one hour prior to game time to grab the featured item. For complete baseball season event details, visit stlballparkvillage.com. Upcoming road trip giveaways include a Growler (21+) on June 4, and Sunglasses & Croakies (June 9). Additional upcoming events include:

·         May 24: Indy 500 race on Busch II screen

·         May 25: The New Wave band on LIVE! stage – postgame

·         May 29: New Crime Theatre on LIVE! stage – postgame

·         May 30: Big Rain on LIVE! – postgame

·         June 3: Petty Cash Junction LIVE! – postgame

·         June 6: Watch the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown LIVE! on the 40FT screen. Stella Artois Chalice giveaways.

o    Crossfit on the Busch II in-field 10am

o    Leland’s Road LIVE! stage

·          June 10: Yoga on the Busch II field

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.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals Museum Offers Great Deals for Military Veterans and Active Military

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In honor of Memorial Day weekend, veterans and active duty military personnel are invited to a free visit at the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. While the Museum always offers a military discount, free admission will be extended to all veterans and active service men and women with valid military identification from Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25.

                Guests will enjoy the history of the St. Louis Cardinals through displays of memorabilia, videos, interactive exhibits and more. Multiple displays include a military connection including an area about the 1944 all-St. Louis World Series and World War II’s impact on that event, as well as a special exhibit entitled Stan Musial: “The Man” Off the Field which includes Musial’s 1945 Navy baseball jersey, hat and government-issued peacoat.

                The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Veterans and active military personnel may take advantage of this weekend’s special offer by simply visiting the front desk of the Cardinals Museum, on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village. For more information about the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum.

                During Memorial Day weekend, and all season long, active, reserve and retired career military personnel are eligible to receive free tickets to every Cardinals home game. To redeem the free tickets, eligible fans must show a valid ID at Busch Stadium ticket windows 17-18 no earlier than one hour prior to game time. Tickets are based on availability. Blackout dates may apply. The Cardinals also host several military appreciation nights at the stadium which allow military personnel, friends and family the opportunity to purchase significantly discounted all-inclusive tickets to select games. For more information, visit cardinals.com/military.

                Throughout Memorial Day and the entire 2015 season, fans are also encouraged to salute the troops on the Busch stadium scoreboard. Military salutes begin running in the top of the 5th inning on the narrow ribbon scoreboards located along the 1st and 3rd base foul lines. Fans may submit a free military salute up to 48 hours before game time at cardinals.com/militarysalute.

About the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum

Located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum showcases one of the greatest club collections in all of Major League Baseball, celebrating the history of the Cardinals and baseball in St. Louis from the late 1800s through today. The 8,000 square foot museum takes fans on a chronological journey through the rich history of the franchise, with artifacts, video, broadcast calls and interactive elements including the opportunity to hold an authentic game-used bat from a Cardinals’ great or a world championship ring. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. During home night games, the Museum remains open through the 7th inning.  Adult admission is $12 and there are discounts for children and seniors, along with guests who also purchase Busch Stadium tour tickets. Tickets and more information can be found at cardinalsnation.com (#CardsMuseum).

Fall From Grace: Allen Craig

alcraigIn 2011 the St. Louis Cardinals was out bid by the Los Angeles Angels to  land the Cardinals superstar Albert Pujols. The Cardinals filled the hole with the promising up and coming outfielder/ first baseman Allen Craig. He was able to hold down the first baseman job for 2012/2013 until he got traded on July 31, 2014 with Joe Kelley for minor leaguer Corey Littrell and John Lackey. Well today Allen Craig’s numbers have been down and the Boston Redsox  announced this afternoon that Allen Craig has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A, which means he is no longer on the club’s 40-man roster.

With Craig clearing waivers unclaimed isn’t necessarily a surprise, given the lack of production he’s experienced in the past two seasons and the significant amount of money that remains on his contract. Not one  team claimed the 30-year-old Craig on waivers,. The Redsox must wonder what had happen that caused the sudden fall for Craig, who was one of the Cardinals’ most productive bats.

Craig suffered a lisfranc fracture in his foot at the end of the 2013 season and was never himself in 2014 before reaggravating his left foot following a trade to Boston.

Allen Craig,,can  refuse his outright assignment, but doing so would mean forfeiting the money remaining on his contract, so he’ll remain with Triple-A Pawtucket in hopes of rediscovering his stroke. In do hope that Allen Craig would make a comeback and possibly be called up again or given a chance with another team. I always that Allen Craig and Joe Kelley had a hard time accepting that the Cardinals traded them. As we all know baseball is very much a mental game, with this in mind there heads were probably still with the Cardinals while they played for Boston.

Source: Steve Adams MLB Trade Rumors

Allen Craig,,can  refuse his outright assignment, but doing so would mean forfeiting the money remaining on his contract, so he’ll remain with Triple-A Pawtucket in hopes of rediscovering his stroke. In do hope that Allen Craig would make a comeback and possibly be called up again or given a chance with another team.

Grichuk Back from Disable List

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Glad to finally have Grichuk back in the line up. The Cardinals sure need his bat. This afternoon’s game  they have activated outfielder Randal Grichuk (lower back strain) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned first baseman/outfielder Xavier Scruggs to Memphis (AAA).

Grichuk, who was on the Cardinals Opening Day roster, had been on the disabled list since April 17.  He appeared in three games for the Cardinals Extended Spring Training team in Jupiter, Fla. this past week, going 6-for-10 (.600), including a home run yesterday.

The right-handed hitting Grichuk was batting .200 (2-for-10) with a homer and two RBI in six games played for the Cardinals this season before being placed on the disabled list.