Jackie Joyner-Kersee Cardinals Care 6K Run

Jackie Joyner-Kersee tells us about the upcoming Cardinals Care 6K Run and One Mile Fun Run, presented by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield on September 18, 2016. Register now at cardinals.com/6k. #CardsInsider

Star Wars Night at Busch Stadium

Cardinals fans, along with Stars Wars fans, found themselves surrounded by storm troopers and wookiees for Star Wars Night at Busch Stadium. See all of the Star Wars characters as they visit fans around the ballpark. #CardsInsider

Cardinals Wives raise funds for Make-A-Wish Missouri at Annual Wives for Wishes Event

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St. Louis Cardinals players and their wives pose with Wish Kids at annual Wives for Wishes event.

 

At the annual St. Louis Cardinals wives Make-A-Wish Missouri fundraiser, the Wish Kids are the stars.

Lindsey Rosenthal says each year, the wives look forward to this signature event.

“It’s one of our favorite Cardinals Wives events that we do to partner with them, just to see these little kids dreams come true, it’s a great event.”

One of those Wish Kids, is 9-year old Jake Collier. He’s been fighting leukemia since 2013, and his wish?

“To have a man cave,” Jake said. “So, I can share it with my family.”

While Jake’s man cave will no doubt be a wish come true, his parents say it’s the wish reveal at Busch Stadium that he’ll remember forever.

In May, he was invited to Busch Stadium, where his favorite player, Kolten Wong, took him on the field for batting practice and gave him a signed jersey.

“We hadn’t seen Jake smile or light up in so long,” said Jake’s mother, Erica. “They go through so much, and just having him granted his wish made such a difference in him in the last couple of months. He’s been smiling again, he has something to look forward to, and it’s just been an amazing experience.”

Kolten Wong’s wife, Alissa, says Wish Kids like Jake are the reason she and Kolten wanted to be involved.

“To see how strong and wise they are at such a young age makes you want to do it over and over again.”

Donn Sorensen is the President of Mercy St. Louis and Chairman of the Board for Make a Wish Missouri. He calls these wishes “necessities.”

“All of our doctors say the same things,” Sorensen said. “These kids come back from these events and they’re better, they’re changed, their families get energy. It’s wonderful.”

Jake’s father, Jeff Collier, agrees, “It just cheered him up. It lit him up, you could just tell, the next few days, he was just flying high. It feels great to see the community chipping in and giving back to families like us. It just lights up the kids day, what the Cardinal organization did for us.”

Before the main event began, Cardinals players autographed baseballs for the Wish Kids and posed for pictures.

The theme for the night’s event at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Frontenac was Havana Nights.

The highlight of the night was a special surprise for Kolten Wong–a signed, framed jersey from Jake.

The event raised over $90,000 for Make-A-Wish Missouri, moving the organization closer to its goal of granting 325 wishes this year.

Jill Falk is a Multimedia Journalist for the St. Louis Cardinals

Behind the Scenes at Busch with John Goodman

John GoodmanMost folks know Hollywood actor John Goodman for his work in movies and TV like “The Big Lebowski,” “Monster’s Inc.,” and “Roseanne,” but to St. Louisans, we know him as the Cardinals-baseball-loving Afton High School grad that made good on his dreams.

So the Cardinals honored the beloved hometown idol with a John Goodman Night at the Ballpark on July 6, 2016. The veteran star of the big and small screen came to Busch to meet with fans, throw out the ceremonial pitch and be recognized on field before the game.

John brought family and friends – many of which he grew up with right here in St. Louis – to celebrate his achievement and enjoy something he still loves to this day– Cardinals baseball.

Cardinals Insider tagged along with John during his visit to Busch to bring you this complete behind-the-scenes-look.

 

You can also learn more about the Cardinals’ Theme Ticket program and see a list of upcoming events here.

 

~Lindsey

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

Wainwright wins with fans

Wainwright's WinnersEvery season, the Cardinals distribute complimentary tickets to non-profit and community-based organizations that may not otherwise have the resources or opportunity to attend a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.

As part of the Community Ticket Program, the group gets an on-field visit before the game and a current player hosts them in the dugout for photos and autographs. It’s a program loved by the fans and players alike.

Adam Wainwright recently hosted a group of “Wainwright’s Winners” from the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic here in St. Louis, and this is what happened.

 

 

~Lindsey

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

Inside Access with Brandon Moss, the home run-hitter

brandon mossThere’s no ‘ifs,’ ‘ands’ or ‘buts’ about it; Brandon Moss LOVES hitting home runs. At the halfway point of the season, the first-baseman/outfielder/designated home run-hitter leads the club with 17 (tied with Matt Holliday), and he set a record for the longest homer hit in Busch Stadium III history.

But it doesn’t stop there. Earlier this season, Moss became the 10th active player and 48th overall to hit a home run against every team in the Majors – a very rare feat. And he remembers every single one of them.

Moss recently sat down with Senior Staff Writer Stan McNeal of Cardinals Magazine  to recount all of his home runs, discuss his approach to hitting, and reflect on the success he’s had so far in 2016. You can see some of the interview below, and read the full story in the new issue of Cardinals Magazine, on sale now.

~Lindsey

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

Ask A Cardinal: What is your proudest non-baseball achievement?

Kolten WongAs fans of the game, it’s fun to see our Cardinals players pick up awards and accolades for their achievements on the field – they have a lot to be proud of! But what are they proud of off the field? In this week’s Ask a Cardinal, we asked the guys, “What is your proudest non-baseball achievement?” Here’s what they had to say.

 

 

~Lindsey

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

Cardinals Launch Treasure Hunt Contest

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1926 Cardinals Team photo at Sportsman’s Park

Attention St. Louis Cardinals fans…we’re on the hunt for treasure. We’re launching an online contest asking you to share your most treasured Cardinals memorabilia and the personal stories behind the items.

“Cardinal fans are so important to the history of this team, said Ron Watermon, Vice President of Communications for the St. Louis Cardinals. “We want you as a fan to share your treasure, the thing that you care the most about, the thing that you value the most, and we want you to share the story that’s behind that item.”

The Cardinals Treasure Hunt contest is an effort to collect and archive fan stories.

“We’re not just looking for big ticket items,” said Katie Mascari, a Digital Archive Specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals. “We’re also looking for things that are sentimental, something that means a lot to our fans, we’d love to hear the story behind the object, that’s just as important as the object itself.”

For Vice President of Communications Ron Watermon, his most treasured item was a giveaway at his very first Cardinals game as a young boy.

“It was a picture of Lou Brock, stealing number 105, and from that moment forward, Brock became my favorite player.”

“Our history is a living and breathing history, and it lives with our fans,” Mascari added. “They have different angles and perspectives of the history that we think we know so well, that really enriches it, and makes it significantly more interesting.”

To enter the contest, simply create a video of your treasured item that shares the story behind it. Then, visit Cardinals.com/TreasureHunt to enter the contest. Of course, there’s a prize for the winning entry.

“There’s a great incentive,” Watermon said. “One of the cool things about this contest is that you’ll get box seats to a game, you’ll get to go on the field, and enjoy batting practice, and most importantly, you’ll get a year long membership to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.”

The Cardinals Treasure Hunt contest runs from now until September 9th.

Jill Falk is a Multimedia Journalist for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Redbird Reflections: Ozzie Smith

ozzie smithIn this week’s Redbird Reflections, Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith reflects on wearing the Birds on the Bat and representing the team he loves.

 

~Lindsey

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

Cards Raise Money for Children at Homers for Health Game Shows

Homers for HealthAgain in 2016, Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter and Trevor Rosenthal have teamed up to raise money for SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital through the Homers for Health and Ks for Kids season-long pledge program.

Since the program began in 2012, fans have helped raise over 2.7 million dollars for the hospital by pledging as little as 25 cents per home run hit by a St. Louis Cardinals hitters or 5 cents per strikeout thrown by a Cardinals pitcher. With the funds raised, they’ve been able to improve hospital technology and create child-friendly spaces in The Costas Center, Imaging Center and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

This June, as part of the fundraising efforts, the hospital and Cardinals players hosted the third annual Homers for Health Game Shows event as Ballpark Village. Throughout the night, Cardinals players and fans participated in versions of your favorite game shows and a number of different activities to raise money for the kids.

Here’s what happened at this year’s event.

 

 

~Lindsey

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

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