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Homestand Highlights (Friday, April 26 - Wednesday, May 1, 2013)

Following one of the season's longest road trips, the Cardinals are back in town for a six-game homestand with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. Beginning tonight, the homestand features three of the season's most anticipated promotional items - tonight's 2006 World Series Replica Ring, Allen Craig bat on Saturday, and the Carlos Beltran Bobblehead on Sunday. Additionally, April 22 through April 29, the Cardinals will celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, by hosting the 4th annual Green Week (#4aGreenerGame) with daily activities designed to promote recycling, both inside and outside of Busch Stadium.

Friday, April 26, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

  • 2006 World Championship Replica Ring Night: All ticketed-fans will take home their very own wearable 2006 World Championship replica ring, courtesy of Scotts.
  • Budweiser Bash Friday: Enjoy live music, prizes, the Budweiser Build-a-Bar, and autographs in the Ford Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Budweiser Bash entrance (Gate 5) will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Autograph ticket distribution begins one hour prior to gates opening. Budweiser Bash Fridays are sponsored by Budweiser Beer. Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bruce Sutter was originally scheduled to appear, but he will be unable to travel to St. Louis due to unforeseen circumstances. His appearance will be rescheduled for a later date. 
  • Green Week Activity - Shoe Recycling: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes at Busch Stadium gates before the games on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27. Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted shoes, tie or band them together, and drop them in the designated shoe collection bags. Shoeman Water Projects creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.
  • Green Week Activity - Mobile Device Recycling: The Cardinals and e-Cycle will be collecting your used cell phones at the games Friday through Sunday (April 26, 27, 28). An e-Stewards Certified recycler, e-Cycle is committed to making a positive impact on the environment. e-Cycle has recycled more than 12 million mobile devices for enterprise clients, kept more than 250,000 tons of toxic e-waste out of landfills, and greatly reduced
    unnecessary carbon emissions and energy waste through reuse of used mobile devices. e-Cycle provides the industry's highest standards and practices for eradicating and protecting your private data. Their high-security work environment and processes have been meticulously designed to maintain the utmost protection of your confidential information. All proceeds from donations will go to Cardinals Care.
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
  • All-Star Balloting Begins: Ready to #VoteSTL? Beginning today, ballots for the 2013 All-Star Game will be available inside Busch Stadium. Online voting is already underway at cardinals.com, and fans can vote a total of 25 times online and from mobile devices until Thursday, July 4th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Send your favorite Cardinal players to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game in New York by joining the conversation (#VoteSTL) and voting for Allen Craig (#AllStarAllen), Matt Carpenter (#CarpenterSkills), David Freese (#FreesePlease), Pete Kozma (#PickPete), Yadier Molina (#YadiYadiYadi), Carlos Beltran (#SavedByTheBeltran), Matt Holliday (#HollidayIn), and Jon Jay (#SayJay).  
  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: The Cardinals and On the Run at Mobil are giving fans the chance to win an authentic #42 game-worn autographed jersey from Jackie Robinson Day and two Cardinals tickets to the August 7th home game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at Gate 3 or from roaming volunteers in lime-green shirts. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at area On the Run at Mobil locations. The money raised will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation & Cardinals Care.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (3:15 p.m.)

  • Rawlings Allen Craig Bat Day: Ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will be able to hit like the pros with this 28" replica Rawlings Allen Craig bat giveaway. In addition, 21 lucky fans will receive an Allen Craig autographed version of the replica bat. The 21 signed bats will be mixed in with the giveaway items being distributed at the gates.
  • Green Week Activity - Shoe Recycling: The Cardinals, in partnership with Shoeman Water Projects, will collect shoes at Busch Stadium gates before the games on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27. Fans are asked to clean out their closets of any unwanted shoes, tie or band them together, and drop them in the designated shoe collection bags. Shoeman Water Projects creates clean drinking water for those in need by selling shoes to exporters for resale and then using the money generated from those sales to purchase well-drilling rigs and water purification systems in developing countries.
  • Green Week Activity - Mobile Device Recycling: The Cardinals and e-Cycle will be collecting your used cell phones at the games Friday through Sunday (April 26, 27, 28). An e-Stewards Certified recycler, e-Cycle is committed to making a positive impact on the environment. e-Cycle has recycled more than 12 million mobile devices for enterprise clients, kept more than 250,000 tons of toxic e-waste out of landfills, and greatly reduced unnecessary carbon emissions and energy waste through reuse of used mobile devices. e-Cycle provides the industry's highest standards and practices for eradicating and protecting your private data. Their high-security work environment and processes have been meticulously designed to maintain the utmost protection of your confidential information. All proceeds from donations will go to Cardinals Care.
  • 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 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: The Cardinals and On the Run at Mobil are giving fans the chance to win an authentic #42 game-worn autographed jersey from Jackie Robinson Day and two Cardinals tickets to the August 7th home game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at Gate 3 or from roaming volunteers in lime-green shirts. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at area On the Run at Mobil locations. The money raised will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation & Cardinals Care.

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 p.m.)

  • Carlos Beltran Bobblehead Day: Thanks to First National Bank, 25,000 ticketed-fans of all ages, will take home a bobblehead of Cardinals All-Star right fielder, Carlos Beltran.
  • 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).
  • Green Week Activity - Composting and Recycling: The Cardinals are teaming up with Waste Management and Blue Skies Recycling to additionally minimize waste from this game. There will be composting and recycling centers set up at multiple points throughout Busch Stadium along with volunteers to assist and educate guests. In 2012, the Cardinals diverted over 2,000 tons of waste from landfills, which makes up over 33% of the total waste for the whole year in Busch Stadium. 
  • Green Week Activity - Mobile Device Recycling: The Cardinals and e-Cycle will be collecting your used cell phones at the games Friday through Sunday (April 26, 27, 28). An e-Stewards Certified recycler, e-Cycle is committed to making a positive impact on the environment. e-Cycle has recycled more than 12 million mobile devices for enterprise clients, kept more than 250,000 tons of toxic e-waste out of landfills, and greatly reduced unnecessary carbon emissions and energy waste through reuse of used mobile devices. e-Cycle provides the industry's highest standards and practices for eradicating and protecting your private data. Their high-security work environment and processes have been meticulously designed to maintain the utmost protection of your confidential information. All proceeds from donations will go to Cardinals Care. 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Monday, April 29, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

  • Green Week Activity - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Presentation: During a pre-game ceremony, EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks will recognize the Cardinals and the team's concessionaire, Delaware North Companies for reducing food waste at the stadium by diverting, donating, and composting waste. The Cardinals are members of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge program which aims to find alternatives to throwing away food and reducing the amount going to landfills. When food decomposes in landfills, it becomes a source of greenhouse gas emissions. Food recovery efforts help us reduce these emissions, resulting in slowing climate change. Together, the Cardinals and Delaware North Companies have diverted more than 27 tons of unused food from concessions stands in Busch Stadium to Operation Food Search since 2010. During their visit, EPA will also tour the team's stadium recycling operations. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
  • Jackie Robinson Jersey Raffle: The Cardinals and On the Run at Mobil are giving fans the chance to win an authentic #42 game-worn autographed jersey from Jackie Robinson Day and two Cardinals tickets to the August 7th home game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans can purchase raffle tickets at Gate 3 or from roaming volunteers in lime-green shirts. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at area On the Run at Mobil locations. The money raised will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation & Cardinals Care.
  • College Day at the Ballpark: The St. Louis Cardinals invite students, faculty, and staff of local colleges and universities to purchase a specially priced ticket that includes an exclusive Cardinals-themed tank top! During this game and on Monday May 13th college students can get a Loge level ticket AND the tank top for just $19! Tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/college. Please note that the College Day Tank Top is only available with the purchase of this special ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the tank top. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (12:45 p.m.)

  • Mercy Rally Towel Giveaway: 25,000 ticketed fans will receive a rally towel, courtesy of Mercy. 
  • 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 Fan Fun

Cardinals Magazine Goes Digital

While the newest issue of Cardinals Magazine is on sale now at Busch Stadium and online at cardinals.com/publications, fans can now enjoy the magazine as an electronic publication available for download on iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, and iPad. Published monthly during the baseball season and once during the offseason, the magazine is available in print or via a digital subscription for $25 (seven issues), with single copies $5 each. The Cardinals are just the fifth team in Major League Baseball to offer a digital publication. Fans can learn more about subscribing to the magazine at cardinals.com/publications. Join the conversation with #CardsMag.

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.

  • 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.

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.

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community - both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested nearly $19 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 19 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois.

Cardinals Care's Redbird Rookies program, a free league for boys and girls who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play baseball, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls, and other equipment needed for each team in over 20 leagues in Missouri and Illinois, 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.

Cardinals Care is urging fans to support their on-going efforts to help children a variety of ways:

  • Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run: Registration is now open for the fourth annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run set for Sunday, August 18th. Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6k.
  • Cardinals for the Cure: The Cardinals are teaming up with fans again this year for the 16th annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Fans should visit cardinals.com/komen for more information or to join the St. Louis Cardinals/KMOX/Y98/FRESH 102.5/Mercy Team in 2013. All participants will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardinals t-shirt.
  • Donate directly at cardinals.com/community

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. Since the launch of dynamic pricing last season, 77% of games were priced lower in 2012 than 2011, with nearly 40% of games having tickets priced for $5 or less. 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 a full listing of all the fan-friendly ticket values in 2012, visit cardinals.com/values.

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

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