Homestand Highlights (Monday, June 17 - Sunday, June 23, 2013)

ST. LOUIS – Following a nine-game road trip to Cincinnati, New York and Miami (5-4), the Cardinals return to St. Louis to take on division rivals, the Chicago Cubs, and the 2011 American League Champion Texas Rangers in their first rematch with the Cardinals since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. The eight-game homestand is highlighted by Pooches in the Ballpark, the Cardinal Wives baseball grab bag fundraiser, 1926 Championship Beer Stein Night, and Replica 2011 World Series Game 7 Ticket Night.

 

Monday, June 17, 2013 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (6:05 p.m.)

  • 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.
  • American Massage Therapy Association: Members of the American Massage Therapy Association will be providing free massages to fans in Ford Plaza from 4 – 8 p.m.

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (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.
  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2013 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 Drop The Girl, Cardboard Room, and Pachyderms. 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 24th in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Discounted tickets are available at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

  • 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.

 

Thursday, June 20, 2013 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

  • 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.

 

Friday, June 21, 2013 — Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers (7:15 p.m.)

  • 1926 Championship Beer Stein Night: Budweiser is bringing 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 21 and older, the third stein in the Championship series, highlighting the Cardinals very first World Series win in 1926.
  • Budweiser Bash Friday: Enjoy live music, prizes, the Budweiser Build-a-Bar, and autographs in the Ford Plaza beginning at 6:00 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 closer Edward Mujica. 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.
  • Cardinal Wives Baseball Grab Bags: The Cardinal Wives will be raising money to help abused and neglected children by selling grab bags of autographed baseballs during the game. For $50, fans can purchase an unlabeled brown paper bag containing one autographed baseball from a current Cardinal player and a card identifying the signature. The Wives will be stationed at various locations throughout the stadium. All proceeds benefit Great Circle, a Midwest agency which provides services to children who have been abused or neglected and learning and social skills to kids who are on the autism spectrum. This is the first of four Grab Bag events the Wives will host this season, all benefitting different area charities.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Saturday, June 22, 2013 — Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers (6:15 p.m.)

  • Pet Food Bowl Mat Night: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Cardinals food bowl mat to keep your pet's feeding area nice and tidy, courtesy of Purina.
  • 9th Annual Purina® Pooches in the Ballpark: Fans who purchased a special ticket are allowed to bring their dog to the game in a pet-friendly section of the stadium. Participants will take part in pre-game costume parade around the warning track, and receive a Purina goodie-bag and Purina Pet Bowl Mat. All fans –regardless of ticket type – can enjoy a performance by the Purina® Incredible Dog Team at 2 p.m. outside the Team Store. The Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) will also be on site with dogs available for adoption. The event is sold out, but for more information, visit cardinals.com\pooches.
  • 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.
  • Danny Gokey to Sing: Country singer and former American Idol finalist Danny Gokey will sing “God Bless America” prior to the game.
  • 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.

 

Sunday, June 23, 2013 — Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers (7:05 p.m.)

  • Game Time Change with ESPN Broadcast: With ESPN’s decision to broadcast the game, the start time has changed from 1:15 p.m. CT to 7:05 p.m. CT. ESPN will have the full national exclusive telecast. Gates will now open at 5:05 p.m.
  • Replica 2011 World Series Game 7 Ticket Night: 25,000 ticketed-fans will receive this one-of-a-kind replica ticket from Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. 23 lucky random fans will receive an autographed replica ticket from World Series MVP David Freese. The autographed replica tickets will be mixed in with the promotional items and distributed at the gates.
  • Grimm First Pitch: David Giuntoli, St. Louis native and star of the NBC drama Grimm, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the game.
  • 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).
  • Hunter Family Sunday: During this game, and on most Sundays, fans purchasing individual tickets in Right Field Terrace and RF/LF Pavilion will receive a free Hunter hot dog and Coca-Cola.
  • 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.

 

More Fan Fun

On Sale Now: Cardinals Magazine Featuring Rookie Sensation Shelby Miller

This month’s cover story on Shelby Miller explores his emergence from first-round pick to rookie sensation and how he’s overcome obstacles along the way to become a N.L. Rookie of the Year candidate with his stellar start to the 2013 season. We also reveal how families have shaped the careers of four Cardinals’ standouts: Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright. Other issue highlights include a profile on fan favorite Ted Simmons, a lighthearted Q&A with Trevor Rosenthal, the latest release in the Stan Musial poster series, the newest installment of Adam Wainwright’s journal, and much more! The issue is on sale at Busch Stadium for just $5 at all gates and the team store. To order a print or digital subscription, call 314.345.9303 or visit cardinals.com/publications.

 

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.

All-Star Balloting: Ready to #VoteSTL? Fans have until Thursday, July 4th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) to visit cardinals.com/vote  and vote for the 2013 All-Star Game. Fans can vote up to 35 times online and from mobile devices. 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).  

  • ‘gram the Ballot Box

The Cardinals have taken to social media to create a fun and encouraging way for fans to vote for their favorite Redbirds for the 2013 All-Star Game. The Cardinals have launched an Instagram-based promotion called ‘gram the ballot box that enables fans to have their photo shown on the scoreboard at Busch Stadium when their favorite player comes to the plate. The Cardinals will use the photo in place of the player to demonstrate that the fan went to bat for the player with their All-Star vote provided that the fan follows the team on Instagram (@cardinals) and the photo is posted with the appropriate hashtags (#VoteSTL and the designated All-Star voting hashtag for one of their favorite Cardinals players).

  • #VinetheVote

The Cardinals are encouraging fans to take to Twitter to post short campaign videos in support of their favorite players. The hope is that Cardinals fans share via social media who they think should represent the Redbirds in NYC for the 2013 All-Star Game. Fans who participate in #VinetheVote, named for the free, video, mobile application, may have their creative work shared with the Cardinals (@cardinals) nearly 300,000 twitter followers. The team plans to retweet select videos posted to twitter, which may be created with Vine or any other app, so long as the fan follows the team on twitter and posts the video with the player hashtags, #VoteSTL & #VinetheVote.   

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.

 

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