This Week in Cardinals Nation: Episode 19

Each week, the Cardinals Nation Show brings viewers to the lighter side of baseball. Here are a few highlights from the July 26th episode.

Cardinals Utilize New High Tech Security at Cardinals Clubhouse

1967 World Series Championship Trophy on Display at the Cardinals Museum

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Cardinals Players Name Items on Their Bucket List

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Cardinals Social Media Rewind – 7/31/15

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Cardinals announce U.S. Men’s World Cup Qualifier coming to Busch

For the first time since 1989, the U.S. Men’s National Team will play a World Cup Qualifier in St. Louis — making it the country’s first FIFA World Cup Qualifier at Busch Stadium.

The St. Louis Cardinals made the historic announcement with a pep rally and press conference at Ballpark Village on Monday, where the American Outlaws and casual fans alike chanted ‘U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!’ to the news.

US-Mens-Soccer-press-conferenceCardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin emceed the event, with club President Bill DeWitt III and Vice President of Event Services and Merchandising Vicki Bryant representing the organization. Also in attendance, Mayor Francis Slay and the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Dan Flynn.

This past spring Busch Stadium hosted the U.S. Women’s National Team in a match leading up to their 2015 World Cup Championship run in Canada, where the title match was watched in historic proportions — making it the most watched soccer match in the United States ever.

The country has soccer fever and the fans showed that, when they ignited Ballpark Village as St. Louis natives and U.S. National Team members Tim Ream and Lori Chalupny were introduced to the Soccer Capital.

“I get the question all the time, when is St. Louis going to get a team? When is the National Team going to make a stop there? I tell them all the time it’s a great soccer city. The support will be second to none,” Ream said. “I know what the city can bring in terms of support and now we get a chance to see that first hand.”

The U.S. will take on the winner of the third round playoff between St. Vincent & The Grenadines vs. Aruba on Friday, November, 13. Tickets will go on sale August 5, at 10 a.m. Visit Cardinals.com/soccer to learn more. To read the full press release, click here.

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

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Cardinals Social Media Rewind – 7/24/15

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This Week in Cardinals Nation: Episode 18

Each week, the Cardinals Nation Show brings viewers to the lighter side of baseball. Here are a few highlights from the July 19th episode.

Adam Wainwright Makes Big League Impact with Fantasy Football Fundraiser 

For more information on Wainwright’s Big League Impact charity, or to sign up for the fantasy football event, click here.

A Space-Traveled Baseball is on Display at the Cardinals Museum

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Cardinals Players Reveal Which Teammate is Mr. Fix-It

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Team Store keeps fans cool with summer merchandise

The dog days of summer are among us and the St. Louis Cardinals Team Store presented by Majestic at Busch Stadium has all the fun selections to keep you cool, while representing your favorite team.Team-store-tanks

Currently the main attraction, the Team Store has tanks for men, women and kids in a variety of styles.

“We’ve got racerbacks, we’ve got muscle tees and we’ve got spaghetti straps,” Team Store Retail Director Stephanie Spargur described. “We’ve got foil, we’ve got bling, pretty much anything you’ll want, we have.”Angry-bird-hat

The hat wall is always a staple at the Team Store — with hundreds of hats to choose from, a good team hat can help protect you from those summer rays on a sunny day at the ballpark.

“[Here is] a great new mesh back, to keep you cool in the summer,” Spargur explained. “And its got the cool angry bird logo.”

The Dooney and Burke Cardinals themed handbags have flown off the shelves but the Team Store has gotten in a new shipment of this season’s favorite red bags with the “STL” logo.Dooney-stl-bags

“We’ve got a great collection of the cross-body, the triple zip and the zip, zip satchel.”

The Team Store is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store stays open one hour after the game is over on game days. To shop online, visit Cardinals.com/Shop.

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

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Cardinals Care hosts Redbird Rookies school supply event

It’s about that time to sharpen your pencils and get out your notebooks, because school is almost back in session.

The St. Louis Cardinals charitable organization Cardinals Care distributed thousands of school supplies to children involved in their flagship organization, Redbird Rookies on Wednesday evening at Busch Stadium.

Redbird-Rookies-school-supplies“All these kids have hit home runs in reading, meaning they have read either 720 minutes or 15 books over the course of the summer,” Director of Cardinals Care Keith Brooks explained of the program, that reaches beyond the field. Redbird Rookies is a youth baseball and softball program that gives kids that otherwise might not have a chance to play, learn and participate in organized leagues.

Those leagues expand outside of the game.

“This is a result of a lot of people working together in the community to serve the kids through baseball, through health, through education, through cultural arts, through mentoring and scholarship,” Brooks said. “It’s a great way to show the kids we care.”

Also showing their support, Staples donated the supplies and time from their employees to give back to the students.

“It’s amazing, words really cannot describe the feeling that we get coming out here and volunteering our time,” Joshua Baum, Staples Business Development Manager said. “The comments that we hear from the kids and how excited they get for this program really makes it worth it. Staples loves to be involved with this.”

To learn more about Redbird Rookies and Cardinals Care, visit Cardinals.com/Community.

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Cards Wives host Grab Bag charity event

The St. Louis Cardinals Wives hosted their third Grab Bag event of the season Saturday, raising money for Great Circle. A Cards Wives tradition, the event allows them to raise money for a charity of their choice while connecting with fans at the game.

“When we say who we belong to, it’s fun then to connect with those people because they love the guys,” Mackenzie Carpenter, Matt Carpenter’s wife said. “So to kind of see that there’s another side of them and we are able to get that out there to them. It’s fun to interact with them.”Nikki-Jay-and-Lindsey-Rosenthal

Fans may purchase an autographed baseball signed by one of the players on the 25-man roster. The balls are sold in sealed brown paper bags, so they don’t know which player’s autograph they are receiving.

The charity game makes for a fun way for the fans to give back, as it is a mystery grab bag.

“It’s so much fun. We love selling balls and when we wait there we want them to open them so we can celebrate with them when they find out who they get,” Jon Jay’s wife Nikki Jay described. “It’s so much fun. We love our fans here because they love us so much.”

The wives were busy over the weekend as they also hosted their 5th annual Cardinals Wives for Wishes benefit in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation Sunday evening at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. The event — spearheaded by Nikki Jay — was Kentucky Derby themed and was reported as a great success, despite the longer 18-inning game prior.

The Cardinals Wives will host two more Grab Bag events this season on August 1st and September 5th.

For more information on the wives in the community and their upcoming events, visit Cardinals.com/WivesCare.

~Teryn Schaefer
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Kurt Warner headlines Christian Day at the Ballpark

As the saying goes, “God works in mysterious ways,” and he did so on Sunday when the St. Louis Cardinals fell, 3-1, to the New York Mets in 18-innings. Despite the longest game of the season — just short of six hours — Super Bowl Champion and former St. Louis Rams Quarterback Kurt Warner patiently stuck around for the post-game event, where he spoke to a considerable amount of fans who decided to stick it out too.

“I’m going to share my journey a little bit and how I got to where I am today, and what my focal point is,” Warner said of his speech. “Hopefully it will help people to make those steps and get a little further in their journey.”

This was the 25th year for Christian Day at the Ballpark, with past headliners including another football legend Tony Dungy, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson and last year’s keynote speaker, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell — the inspiration behind the movie Lone Survivor.Warner-Christian-Day

The fans enjoyed seeing one of its St. Louis sports heros return, while the Cardinals clubhouse used Warner’s story and advise as inspiration for the players.

“A guy like Kurt and the success that he’s had in football, obviously, but also just in life. It’s a great story and it’s an encouragement to all of our players,” Manager Mike Matheny said.

Warner joined the players in the clubhouse privately before the game and his first pitch, to share his story with the clubhouse and take part in Sunday chapel.

“Hundreds of thousands, millions of people are watching how you carry yourself and that has great impact on the people around you,” Warner relayed the message he shared. “So just to use that platform. Don’t wait until it’s too late like this old guy and go, ‘Man, I wish I had one more chance to have that kind of an impact.’ To use every day and to understand the amazing position they’re in.”

Warner currently works for the NFL Network as a broadcaster and analyst and continues his charitable work with his wife Brenda. The duo established the First Things First Foundation in 2001, a non-profit public charity dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities to encourage everyone that all things are possible when people seek to put first things first. Some of Warner’s more recent accolades for his philanthropy include the 2008 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, the 2008 Good Guy Award from the Pro Football Writers Association, USA WEEKEND’s Most Caring Athlete 2009, and the 2010 Bart Starr Award.

To learn more about Christian Day, click here.

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

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Cardinals Social Media Rewind – All-Star Edition

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This week, we pulled together the best of the best behind-the-scenes content from the Cardinals’ All-Star Week festivities.

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

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