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Homestand Highlights (Friday, July 20 - Thursday, July 26, 2012)

After a quick Central Division road trip with the Reds and Brewers, the Cardinals return home to Busch. The seven-game homestand kicks off tonight against the division rival Chicago Cubs and continues with a visit from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Throughout the homestand, fans will enjoy the Budweiser Live at the Ballpark pregame party, autograph opportunities and a softball home run derby from the Long Haul Bombers.

Friday, July 20, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

  • Summer Series Decal Set Day: AT&T and the Cardinals are giving the first 25,000 ticketed- fans a decal set featuring a picture frame, player cutout and Cardinals logos to stick and re-stick anywhere in your home or office.
  • Busch Bash Friday: Enjoy live music, prizes and autographs in the Ford Plaza from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Busch Bash entrance (Gate 5), starting at 4:45 p.m., will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for current Cardinals reliever Kyle McClellan, who helped lead the Cardinals to their 11th World Series Championship Title. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Busch Bash Fridays are sponsored by Busch Beer.
  • Budweiser Live at the Ballpark: Grab your buds, and head over to the Ballpark Village Lot from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. for the Budweiser Live at the Ballpark pregame tailgate party. There will be live entertainment with Team Fredbird, cold Budweiser beer at the Budweiser Build-a-Bar, live music and appearances by former Cardinals players.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, on the first baseline concourse, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and in section 452 of the Terrace level.

Saturday, July 21, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (6:15 p.m.)

  • Game Time Change: Today’s game, originally scheduled for 3:05 p.m. has changed to a 6:15 p.m. start due to broadcast schedule changes. The game has moved from FOX to FOX Sports Midwest.
  • Marine Swear-In Ceremony: There will be a special United States Marines swear-in ceremony on the field, and the U.S Marine Color Guard will present the colors pregame.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Budweiser Live at the Ballpark: Grab your buds, and head over to the Ballpark Village Lot from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. for the Budweiser Live at the Ballpark pregame tailgate party. There will be live entertainment with Team Fredbird, cold Budweiser beer at the Budweiser Build-a-Bar, live music and appearances by former Cardinals players.

Sunday, July 22, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (1:15 p.m.)

  • North Star Ice Cream Sunday: All fans can visit the Ford Plaza during pregame for free frozen treats (while supplies last) sponsored by North Star. Bring the entire family to the plaza as there will be music, games, prizes and plenty of fun in addition to the delicious frozen desserts.
  • Budweiser Live at the Ballpark: Grab your buds, and head over to the Ballpark Village Lot from 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. for the Budweiser Live at the Ballpark pregame tailgate party. There will be live entertainment with Team Fredbird, cold Budweiser beer at the Budweiser Build-a-Bar, live music and appearances by former Cardinals players.

Monday, July 23, 2012— Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:15 p.m.)

  • F15 Fly Over: There will be an F15 pregame fly over, courtesy of Boeing.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, on the first baseline concourse, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and in section 452 of the Terrace level.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:15 p.m.)

  • Bombs Away: The Long Haul Bombers, a collection of the world’s greatest softball home run hitters, will hold a softball home run hitting contest before tonight’s Cardinals game. Following the competition, six participants from the Long Haul Bombers will be available for autographs beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Ford Plaza.
  • Ice Mountain Autograph Night: Fans, ages 20 and under, can get autographs from current players before the game from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:15, all fans can get autographs from Cardinals alumni.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2012 schedule features 15 local bands over the course of five nights, at five different Cardinals’ home games out in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Madison Letter, Right Here Next Year and Holiday at Sea. 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 October 2nd in the “Battle At Busch” finals for the grand prize package consisting of a $1,057 store credit to Mozingo Music, an in-studio interview on 105.7 The Point, and the special opportunity to take the field before a Cardinals home game for a ceremony and the opportunity to throw out an honorary pitch.
  • STL on ESPN: Tonight’s television broadcast will remain on FOX Sports Midwest in the local market, but will additionally be available on ESPN in outer markets.

Thursday, July 26, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (12:45 p.m.)

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

More Fan Fun

Social Media Night at Busch

The St. Louis Cardinals and Budweiser Present Social Media Night at Busch Stadium Wednesday, August 15. If you "like" the Cardinals on Facebook or Twitter, you'll be sure to like this event! For just $20 fans will receive a Left Field Porch Ticket, $5 in Cards Cash, access to a pre-game program featuring current Cardinals and giveaways and prizes. Whether you're a social media rookie or an All-Star, fans of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to interact with their favorite tweeting Birds at 6 PM in the Budweiser Bowtie Bar. To purchase your ticket, visit cardinals.com/socialmedianight.

New Cardinals Magazine on Sale; Order the 2012 Yearbook Today

The new issue of Cardinals Magazine is available for just $5 at all gates. With each purchase, fans will also receive a scorecard demonstrating how to score the “Cardinal Way.” Highlights from this issue include:

  • A profile on RBI-machine Allen Craig, whose potent bat continues to impress coaches and teammates and forces the club to find more playing time for the slugger.    
  • A review of the Cardinals’ 2012 draft, which also includes detailed recaps on the club’s first 10 selections.
  • A look at 20-year-old prospect Oscar Taveras, the best all-around hitter in the Double-A Texas League.
  • A pictorial tribute to Tony La Russa’s managerial curtain call at the All-Star Game in Kansas City.
  • A Q&A with former Cardinals great and Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver.  
  • An enticing new offer in Ballpark Bites. This issue’s item: sliders and fries.

Also, now is the time to order the 2012 Yearbook, which celebrates the top 25 moments and achievements that define the club’s World Series legacy. Purchase the yearbook – and start a subscription to Cardinals Magazine – by calling 314.345.9303 or visiting cardinals.com/publications.  

Beer Tasting at Busch

Back by popular demand, the Cardinals are offering a 2nd Beer Tasting at Busch Stadium on Friday, August 17. For $30 fans receive a ticket to the Cards vs Pirates game, plus access to a pregame beer tasting where fans may sample six different Anheuser-Busch beers. Tickets are located in the Left/Right Field Loge. This unique event will be held on the 2nd level of the ballpark just outside the UMB Champions Club. The event begins when gates open at 5:15. Fans must be 21 or older to participate and must drink responsibly. A limited number of tickets still remain, so don’t delay. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit cardinals.com/beertasting.

Hunting and Fishing Days at Busch

See the Cards battle their Central Division rivals, the Brewers & Reds, with Hunting & Fishing Days at Busch Stadium on Sun., Sept. 9 and Tue., Oct. 2. For just $20, fans will get a ticket to the Cards game, plus an Exclusive Camo STL Hat! For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/huntandfish.

AAA Triples

Throughout the entire homestand, AAA will be registering fans for the chance to win 2 free tickets to an upcoming game as part of the AAA Triple of the Game. When the Cardinals hit a triple during the second half of the season, all registered fans will win. Fans are also automatically entered to win a Cardinals VIP Fan Experience which includes 4 game tickets, dinner at Busch Stadium and the chance to go on the field.  Enter today at the AAA Triple booths located in Ford Plaza, on the main concourse outside the Team Store, and in the Ballpark Village Lot!

Salute the Troops

Looking for a way to honor military members and veterans? Salute your troops on the scoreboard at Busch! Similarly to the way that fans can request displayed birthday messages (cardinals.com/birthdays), fans can now submit a scoreboard message to salute members of the military who are attending the game. Fans can log onto cardinals.com/salute, and submit a request 48 hours prior to the game date. Military salutes run beginning in the top of the 5th inning on the narrow ribbon scoreboards located along the 1st and 3rd base foul lines. Submit your free military message today and salute your troops. 

Cardinals Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/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.

  • Facebook Fridays with Fredbird: Come spend time with Fredbird and Team Fredbird every Friday for our Facebook Fridays with Fredbird. Each week they will appear in a high profile, populated location within the community to give away a select number of free tickets or items on a first come, first serve basis. All fans will be offered a discount ticket offer and the chance to take their picture with Fredbird! To find out where Fredbird will be each week follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals.

Cardinals Authentics

Fans will want to stop by the Cardinals Authentics store in Ford Plaza, the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. New this year are a number of exciting 2011 World Championship themed items, as well as items commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the 1982 World Championship. Fans can now order an engraved bat from Louisville Slugger, the official bat of MLB. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget.

Exclusive 2011 World Series Champions Fan Jewelry Collection

Fans can now celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Series Championship with the Fan Collection—crafted by Jostens, the same jewelers who created the team ring. Jostens master jewelers are experts in the art of storytelling through intricate designs that are timeless symbols of achievement and inspiration. Combining artistry with innovative technology, every piece of the 2011 World Series Champions Fan Collection is crafted with passion and creativity. To order, call 855.WC.RINGS or visit cardinals.com/rings. Many items from the collection, which includes rings, necklaces, cufflinks, money clips and more, are on sale at the Team Store at 8th and Clark. All items will be made to order; however, a limited number of posters, key rings and paperweights will be available for immediate purchase.

Cardinals Green Team

Last year, as part of the “4 A Greener Game” initiative, The Cardinals Green Team diverted over 535 tons of materials from local landfills. 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.

Cave Dwelling – Be Sure to Cast Your Vote for our Cardinals Cave Dweller Kyle Thompson!

Entering its second year, the redesigned MLB Fan Cave hosts fan events, concerts, MLB player and celebrity appearances, as well as nine Cave Dwellers who are attempting to watch every game of the 2012 MLB season while. Along the way, online fans will help decide who gets to stay in the MLB Fan Cave and who gets eliminated, with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series. This year, Cardinals fan and Oklahoma native Kyle Thompson is vying for your votes as he hopes to be the “last fan standing.” Support Cardinals fan and cave dweller Kyle Thompson by following him on Facebook (facebook.com/KyleOKC) and Twitter (@KyleOKC), and by voting.

Fan-Friendly Values

  • AAA Member Discount: Members of the Automobile Association of America (AAA) receive a $10 discount off tickets to most Monday through Thursday home games. For details, visit cardinals.com/aaa.
  • Group Value Nights: Bring your group of 25 or more to the ballpark on select nights, and save up to 50% off the gate price! For details, visit cardinals.com/groupvalue.
  • Fill up at Phillips 66: Fill up with 10 gallons or more at your participating Phillips 66 and receive a special ticket offer for select games throughout the 2012 season. Details at cardinals.com/phillips66.
  • Cardinals/Six Flags Double Play Combo: Each Double Play Combo includes a ticket to a 2012 Cardinals game and one single-day admission to Six Flags for only $55! It’s your ticket for a summer full of family fun. Double Play Combos may be purchased at cardinals.com/sixflags or 314-345-9000.
  • Hunter Family Sundays: On most Sundays, fans who purchase individual tickets in RF Terrace or LF/RF Pavilion will receive a Hunter hot dog and a Coca-Cola.
  • 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.
  • 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. Since the launch of dynamic pricing last season, 80% of games were priced lower in 2011 than 2010, with two-thirds of the games having tickets priced for $10 or less. A third of the games had tickets available for only $5. Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails at cardinals.com or by visiting the Cardinals on Facebook and Twitter. This week, fans can purchase all-inclusive Bank of America Club tickets starting at just $82 for select games in September and October! Beginning Monday, fans can purchase $15 bleacher seats and RF/LF loge seats for the upcoming Dodgers series, July 23-26th.
  • North Star Ice Cream Sundays: All Sundays, starting two hours prior to every home game, enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last) in the Ford Plaza.
  • For a full listing of all the fan-friendly ticket values in 2012, visit cardinals.com/values.

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation, is celebrating 15-years of supporting children.  Since 1997 Cardinals Care has invested nearly $18 million in “Caring for Kids” both on and off the baseball field.  Cardinals Care has provided nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations and built 19 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. 

Cardinals Care also runs Redbird Rookies, 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. The organization holds several events throughout the homestand:

  • Cardinals Care 6k: Registration is underway for the third annual “Cardinals Care 6K” set for Sunday, September 16th.  This year, in addition to the 6k – which has a lower fundraising minimum – fans can participate in a One Mile Fun Run. Over the last 2 years, Cardinals Care has raised more than $300,000 through this event to help kids in our community. Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6K.
  • Papa John’s Pizza is offering a Cardinals Win Special: All season long, you can use the Promo Code: CARDSWIN at Papajohns.com every day after the Cardinals win for 40% OFF! Papa John's will also donate 10% of every CARDSWIN order to the Siteman Cancer Center.
  • Rawlings Replay: Throughout the season, fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used baseball and softball equipment at special bins located throughout Busch Stadium, as part of “Rawlings Replay.” Established in 2011, “Rawlings Replay,” supports Redbird Rookies, the flagship program of Cardinals Care, which provides disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to play baseball for free, as well as a variety of other support services. Fans are also encouraged to donate at St. Louis area Johnny Mac’s locations and receive a special discount in-store on new Rawlings products. Members of the Cardinals Kids Club (cardinals.com/kidsclub) receive an additional voucher, good for two tickets to a 2012 game, if donations are made at Johnny Mac’s.

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

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