‘The Cup’ releases new Cardinals Care cupcake

What’s better than a red velvet and french vanilla swirl cupcake with buttercream icing, rolled in sprinkles and topped with a fondant sugar baseball printed with the bird on the bat?

What about a cupcake that you cannot feel guilty about, like the new Cardinals Cupcake — raising money to support the St. Louis Cardinals charitable organization Cardinals Care.

20150610-Cardianls-Cupcake-8“It’s a fun partnership with a great organization,” said Cardinals Care Director Keith Brooks. “The Cup makes a wonderful product and they have a passion for the community like Cardinals Care does.”

The new cupcake will be on sale all season and post-season at all four of The Cup’s locations in the Central West End, Chesterfield, Edwardsville, Il., and Springfield. A portion of the proceeds of this tasty new treat will go back to Cardinals Care’s efforts to help kids in the community.

The folks at the Cup are no strangers to the Cardinals organization, teaming up with the club’s Double-A affiliate the Springfield Cardinals in Springfield, Mo.

“In Springfield, we are partnered with the Springfield Cardinals similarly,” Co-Owner and Founder Ericka Frank explained. “So we have the Louie cupcake there. Here in St. Louis this is our first time doing something like this, so we are excited about that.”

To learn more about the Cup, visit CraveTheCup.com. For more information on Cardinals Care, visit Cardinals.com/Community.

~Teryn Schaefer
Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

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This Week in Cardinals Nation: June 21, 2015

Each week, the Cardinals Nation Show brings viewers to the lighter side of baseball. Here are a few highlights from the June 21st episode.

Cardinals Fans Can Score Free Tickets At Facebook Fridays 

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A Unique Plaque Honoring Sports Writer Bob Burnes is on Display at the Cardinals Museum

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Cardinals Players Share Their Favorite Thing About Being a Dad

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Holliday hosts Pujols Family Foundation Golf Classic

Coming off a late game against the Chicago Cubs the night before, the players showed just how dedicated they are to the community when they came out for the Pujols Family Foundation Golf Classic on Monday, hosted by Matt Holliday at Meadowbrook Country Club.

“It’s a great organization, Albert’s a great friend, Dee Dee [Pujols]. They’re great people and they do great things,” Holliday said.

Golfers from across the area were paired with St. Louis sports celebrities like Tony La Russa, Yan Stastny, James Laurinaitis and even former Blues defenseman Chris Pronger who was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame that afternoon.

Matt Holliday and his wife Leslee pose at the 'Nothing Bundt Cakes' stand at the golf tournament.

Matt Holliday and his wife Leslee pose at the ‘Nothing Bundt Cakes’ stand at the golf tournament.

The Pujols Family Foundation’s national headquarters are still in St. Louis, with the organization raising funds and awareness for those with Down syndrome and helping to improve the quality of life for people in poverty in the Dominican Republic.

“I think he considers Kansas City, St. Louis area his home and he still makes a home here,” Holliday said about his former teammate. “The people in this community are still very, very important to him.”

“He’s a great man and does a lot of great things and the city of St. Louis continues to support his foundation which is cool.”

To learn more about the Pujols Family Foundation, visit PujolsFamilyFoundation.org.

Related stories — Injury Update: Wainwright, Holliday talk rehab at the Pujols Family Foundation Golf Classic.

~Teryn Schaefer
Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

Injury Update: Wainwright, Holliday talk rehab at the Pujols Family Foundation Golf Classic

Injured Cardinals Matt Holliday and Adam Wainwright took time out to show their support at the Pujols Family Foundation Golf Classic — now hosted by Holliday at Meadowbrook Country Club.

They caught up with the media to chat golf, charity and their rehab status.

Matt Holliday addresses the media at the Pujols Family Foundation Golf Classic.

Matt Holliday addresses the media at the Pujols Family Foundation Golf Classic.

“I haven’t been able to start running yet, but hopefully that’s soon,” Holliday said. “The progression from there will dictate how fast I can play.”

The left fielder, who strained his left quadriceps during a June 8, game against the Rockies, says his hitting is fine and has been taking batting practice with the team during this homestand.

Meanwhile pitcher Adam Wainwright, who underwent surgery on May 30, to repair a torn achilles, hobbled around the clubhouse area in a boot and mingled with golfers.

“It pains me knowing that my arm is healthy and that I’m not playing baseball — which doesn’t really make sense to me,” Wainwright addressed the media.

An avid golfer, Waino said he’d love to play and would actually be able to get in a few easy swings and knock in a few putts at the tournament, but, “I’ve got a couple more weeks in this boot and I might as well take it smart.”

Both leaders in the Cardinals clubhouse, Wainwright got three starts under his belt in 2015 at a 1.44 ERA, while Holliday was hitting .303 with 26 RBI.

The Cardinals will continue their homestand against the teams from Chicago, kicking off a two-game set against the White Sox Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. on FOX Sports Midwest and KMOX.

~Teryn Schaefer
Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

Rivals Jay and Motte team up for Cornhole event

Once a fan favorite here in St. Louis for his work on and off-the-field, now a Chicago Cub, RHP Jason Motte continues to give back in his former baseball home.

Motte and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay teamed up to continue the annual Cornhole Challenge in St. Louis, raising money for the Jason Motte Foundation and Jay’s charity of choice Make-A-Wish Missouri. Holding the second annual event at Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University before Sunday night’s Cubs vs. Cards rivalry matchup.

Jay plays cornhole with Cardinals fans and his cornhole partner, wife Nikki, during the event.

Jay plays cornhole with Cardinals fans and his cornhole partner, wife Nikki, during the event.

“The Motte’s reached out to myself and my wife in the off-season and we were honored to be a part of it and we said ‘yes’ right away,” Jay said about his involvement as the Cardinals’s Jason Motte Foundation “K-Cancer” representative. “Everything is looking great out here today and we are excited about the cause.”

Raising more than $90,000 at last year’s inaugural event and exceeding more than 100 teams at this year’s, the Motte’s have expanded their Cornhole charity challenges to their new baseball home in Chicago — holding one on September 19, in Chicago and continuing their annual “Strike Out Cancer with Jason Motte” auction night in their hometown of Memphis, TN.

The Motte’s have also supported Strike Out Cancer nights around the region and will have a booth at the 2015 All-Star Game Fan Fest in Cincinnati in early July.

“Jay and his wife Nikki do a lot of great stuff. We’re more than happy to help out,” Motte said at the event as he visited with old teammates. “Proceeds are going back to, some to us and some to Make-A-Wish Missouri. So you know, it’s all going to a great cause.”

In addition, the Cardinals are set to host a Cancer Awareness Night on July 30th. To support the cause, visit Cardinals.com/theme. Or to learn more about the Jason Motte Foundation, visit JasonMotteFoundation.org.

~Teryn Schaefer
Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

Ozzie Smith gives private tour of Cardinals Museum

It felt like a scene straight out of the movie, “A Night at the Museum.” The place was empty, having it all to themselves, as the displays and history came to life when the Wizard himself relayed first-hand accounts of the sacred Cardinals artifacts.

“The amount of memorabilia that’s in there, just all the nostalgia,” life-long Cardinals fan Chris Garman described. “To see 120 years of history just in front of you, it was amazing.”

Garman not only met one of his favorite players, St. Louis Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, but he was granted a private tour led by No. 1 and Stadium Tours & Museum Outreach Manager Brian Finch at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, thanks to winning the club’s #FanToThePast social media contest.

“We’re always excited to have our fans be engaged and, of course, having our fans enter a contest and put out these fantastic photos to celebrate their Cardinals history,” Finch explained. “What a great opportunity to celebrate Cardinals history as a group together and have Ozzie involved, was just fantastic.”

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Ozzie Smith shares first-hand memories of Busch Stadium II in front of the “Whitey Ball” exhibit.

The #FansToThePast contest was tied to the Cardinals #BirdToTheFuture feature film released last season — as a part of the club’s #NestFlix productions. Ozzie Smith made a cameo in the flick, along with Fredbird and Back to the Future’s famous Delorean.

It all came together Wednesday evening, as a Redbird legend (turned actor) gave some deserving fans an inside-track into Cardinals history.

“I think it gave the fans a better view of what Cardinal baseball is all about, the history of the Cardinals,” said Smith. “It gave them a chance to interact with one of their Hall of Famers. So I think it was a great experience all the way around.”

The Cardinals encourage fans to share their fan history with the club year-round. Follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and send your favorite photos, videos and memories.

~Teryn Schaefer
Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

Cardinals Social Media Rewind – 6/26/15

Trending topics in this week’s Cardinals Social Media Rewind:

Father’s Day: In honor of Father’s Day, we posted some photos of our Cardinals Dads.

Pooches in the Ballpark: Photos from everyone’s favorite day at the stadium- pooches in the ballpark!

Rally Squirrel Returns: There was a Rally Squirrel sighting during our recent road trip.

As always, join the conversation by following us on social.

~Lindsey

Lindsey Weber is the Communications Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Summer kids clinics in full swing

For the 11th year, the St. Louis Cardinals have enlisted former Cardinals pitcher Scott Terry (1987-1991) to run the ship at the annual Cardinals Kids Clinics throughout the region.

The club has held three camps for 7 to 9-year-olds and 10 to 13-year-olds so far this season, with 11 remaining through August.

“At the kids clinic we teach five fundamentals. We teach ground balls, fly balls, base running, throwing and hitting — which are all the things they have to do,” Terry described. “At the Major League level, we talk about a four-tool player, a five-tool player. Well five tools: if you can do five tools, then you have it all, you’re a complete player. So that’s the tools we are giving these guys.”

Former Cardinal Cliff Polittle instructs a group at the Cardinals Kids Clinic how to grip a pitch.

Former Cardinal Cliff Polittle instructs a group at the Cardinals Kids Clinic how to grip a pitch.

Terry says the programs are also a way for former players and the club to give back to their community and their sport. Terry enlists six-to-seven Cardinals Alumni to assist him with the camps. Each former player runs a station, teaching kids one of those five core fundamentals and catering it to their skill level.

“[We’re] teaching them some techniques and drills and things like that so that they can use those and get a little better and potentially play some good high school baseball, maybe even earn a scholarship,” Cardinal Alumni and former St. Louis infielder (1972-79) Mike Tyson said.

Although these camps are all about baseball, it is also about having fun and keeping the kids grounded. Aligning with Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny’s approach to youth baseball in his new book, ‘The Matheny Manifesto’, Terry encourages kids to play multiple sports and to be well-rounded.

“You don’t know where your interests are, where your talents are at this age completely,” Terry emphasized. “The more sports you play, the more sports compliment each other.”

Fans and little leaguers can pick up more of Terry’s wisdom, by registering at Cardinals.com/Clinics.

~Teryn Schaefer

Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

Martinez holds fundraiser, supports underprivileged youth

Seven-and-two on the season and tied for eighth in the league in wins, 23-year-old Carlos Martinez is making it his mission to give back in his spare time, holding his first bowling fundraiser last week to benefit underprivileged youth in both St. Louis and his native Dominican Republic.

“He lives here half of the year and he lives back in [Puerto Plata, D.R.] the other half of the year,” Martinez’s translator relayed. “So basically, he likes to support both sides. He’s been in the community, he’s grown up with inside his community. So he feels like giving back to both sides. It’s the good thing to do.”

Fans and players alike, came out to show their support and put their bowling skills to the test in a fun evening at the Flamingo Bowl in downtown St. Louis.

“To come out and do these things for Carlos or anyone on our team is just a blast to come out for a good cause,” Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong said.

Proceeds from the event will go to his Tsunami Waves organization in St. Louis and the G.O. Ministries in his native Dominican Republic.

To learn more about Martinez’s mission, visit his blog.

~Teryn Schaefer

Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

This Week in Cardinals Nation: June 14, 2015

Each week, the Cardinals Nation Show brings viewers to the lighter side of baseball. Here are a few highlights from the June 14th episode.

 

Whitey Herzog “Victory Blue” Jersey on Display at the Cardinals Museum

For more information on the Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum, click here.

Cardinals Players Share Their Memories of Being Drafted

To see these videos and more, tune in to KSDK NewsChannel 5 every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. CT for the Cardinals Nation Show. Check your local listings.

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