Trucks Head to Jupiter for Spring Training

The start of spring training is just a few days away and this week the trucks carrying all the gear your cardinals will need, kicked up their wheels and headed for Jupiter, FL.

“We essentially pack up our whole operation here and move it to Florida,” Said Ernie Moore, Major League Manager of Equipment and Clubhouse Operations, “We take bits and pieces of the equipment room, training room, weight room, anything we might need.”

While the trucks were packed just this week, Moore says the whole packing process began as soon as the 2015 season was over. Everything from training equipment, to personal items like bicycles and guitars, to sunflower seeds and water was put on the trucks.

The Cardinals have partnered with A-Mrazek Moving systems for years. President for the company, David Sabada, said it’s a lot of pressure but it’s a task they take on happily.

“It’s our job to make sure they have everything they need, so they can do their job in Florida,” Said Sabada.

Once the trucks make it to Florida, Moore says it only takes about a day to get everything unpacked and ready for the team. There’s still time to buy your spring training tickets. If you want to catch all the pre-season action visit www.cardinals.com/springtraining

~Marissa Balmas

Marissa is the Multimedia Communications Specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

 

2016 Cardinals Fantasy Camp

Pictorial of the first of three St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Camps. This one held at the spring training home of the Cardinals in Jupiter, FL.  22 former Cardinal legends were in attendance to play and manage over the course of 4 days.

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Photos by Taka Yanagimoto, Manager of Photography for the St. Louis Cardinals. No unauthorized use without the express written consent of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Rosenthal Spends Day with Furry Fans

 

 

Cardinals closer, Trevor Rosenthal, gives a "thumbs up" to the camera before leading the parade through Soulard.

Cardinals closer, Trevor Rosenthal, gives a “thumbs up” to the camera before leading the parade through Soulard.

Cardinals closer, Trevor Rosenthal, spent some time with our dog loving fans at the 23rd annual Beggin’Pet Parade during the off season.

“I’m a big animal fan. I’ve partnered with a few other organizations, like the Humane Society, here in St. Louis,” said Rosenthal, “so to have the opportunity to come out today and support a great cause and a great St. Louis tradition is kind of what it’s all about for me.”

Rosenthal was chosen as the Grand Marshal for the parade, which featured over 1,900 dogs in costume. Over 100,000 people and their four legged friends watched as they all marched through Soulard.

“Trevor was our first choice,” said Dan Koehler, part of the Beggin’ Brand Team, “he’s helped out with the pooches in the ball park in the past, he always come out and takes photos with the adoptable dogs. He was just a natural fit for us.”

Gabe, a Great Dane, was the King Winner for the Beggin' Pet Parade costume contest.

Gabe, a Great Dane, was the King Winner for the Beggin’ Pet Parade costume contest.

Trevor was also a judge for the Beggin’ costume contest. He said he was excited to see the many creative costumes and choose a King and Queen of the parade.  The Beggin’ Pet Parade holds the Guinness world record for the most dogs in costume attire.

The event raised over $19000 for Open Door Animal Sanctuary, one of the areas largest no kill animal shelters. The shelter has been a partner for the parade since its introduction 23 years ago.

While he doesn’t have a dog himself Trevor did say he was a fan of big dogs. “Any kind of big dog, like a German Shepard or a Lab, I think is what I would go with,” Said Rosenthal.

~Marissa Balmas

Marissa is the Multimedia Communications Specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals

Small Group Tickets Are on Sale Now

Would you like to enjoy a Cardinals game with your friends and family sitting in the seats around you? Now you can. Small group tickets for the 2016 season are on sale now.  Group tickets allow fans to enjoy the game in a community environment.

“We have a lot of school groups, family reunions, bachelor parties, there’s just a real wide variety,” said Martin Coco, Director of Ticket Sales & Marketing. “Basically any group of 20 that want to get together and come to a game.”

Groups receive a 20% discount on Sunday through Thursday games and a 10% discount on Friday and Saturday games in a wide variety of block seating locations throughout the stadium.  Each group also receives a custom poster to promote the group outing, a personal ribbon board message during the game and a souvenir scoreboard photo.

A number of Group Value Nights are also available for the 2016 season. During Group Value Nights, groups receive 50% off the dynamic gate price in select loge and pavilion seating areas.  This year’s schedule of Value Nights includes games against the Cubs, Mets, Giants, Nationals, Pirates and more.  This season the club reduced the number of tickets needed to qualify for small group rate from 25, down to 20.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the program,” said Coco “so we thought we could bring in a lot more groups to receive the group incentives by lowering that number.”

For more information or to purchase group tickets, fans may call (314)345-9000 or visit cardinals.com/groups.

2016 Winter Warm Up

Photos from this year’s Cardinals Care Winter Warm Up at the St. Louis Hyatt.

Opening Day Batting Circle goes up for auction.

Opening Day Batting Circle goes up for auction.

Newest Cardinal Brayan Pena approves!

Newest Cardinal Brayan Pena approves!

Matt Holiday keeps warm with his beard.

Matt Holiday keeps warm with his beard.

Ricky Horton on the main stage.

Ricky Horton on the main stage.

Stephen Piscotty signs.

Stephen Piscotty signs.

Stilt guy with little kids trying not to get crushed.

Stilt guy with little kids trying not to get crushed.

Pitcher Mitch Harris looks to see who's down below.

Pitcher Mitch Harris looks to see who’s down below.

Not sure what's bigger, Randal's forearms or Fredbird's beak?

Not sure what’s bigger, Randal’s forearms or Fredbird’s beak?

Top minor league prospect Alex Reyes makes his first appearance at Winter Warm Up.

Top minor league prospect Alex Reyes makes his first appearance at Winter Warm Up.

Main ballroom featuring Wainwright and Jacob Wilson.

Main ballroom featuring Wainwright and Jacob Wilson.

New addition to the Cardinal's 40 man roster, Jacob Wilson came with a strong hair game at this years Warm Up.

New addition to the Cardinal’s 40 man roster, Jacob Wilson came with a strong hair game at this years Warm Up.

Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne chats with Cardinals' Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., on the main stage.

Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne chats with Cardinals’ Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., on the main stage.

Making fans smile!

Making fans smile!

Cardinals minor league catcher Mike Ohlman.

Cardinals minor league catcher Mike Ohlman.

A lot folks came to see this guy.

A lot folks came to see this guy.

Michael Wacha signs with a smile.

Michael Wacha signs with a smile.

Let all your friends see what they are missing.

Let all your friends see what they are missing.

Focus focus…zoom.

Focus focus…zoom.

Sure shot.

Sure shot.

Nice hair, Dean Anna.

Nice hair, Dean Anna.

Still signing after all these years, Mike Shannon.

Still signing after all these years, Mike Shannon.

Photos by Taka Yanagimoto-St. Louis Cardinals Manager of Photography. No unauthorized use without express written permission by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals Carvan – Springfield MO, Joplin and Rolla.

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Cardinals Carvan Members: Randal Grichuk, Austin Gomber, Sam Tuivailala, Alan Benes, Brad Thompson and Rick Horton.

All photos taken by Taka Yanagimoto – Photography Manager, St. Louis Cardinals. No unauthorized use without express written permission by the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

Redbird Relics Celebrates Greatest Moments in Cardinals History

 

Redbird Relics: Treasures from the Cardinals Museum, on display in the Authentics Shop.

Redbird Relics: Treasures from the Cardinals Museum, on display in the Authentics Shop.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum is a favorite stop for many Cardinals fans. Now fans have the opportunity to take the experience home with them.  Redbird Relics: Treasures from the St. Louis Cardinals Museum, features 300 of the 22,000 artifacts in the franchise’s collection. “Fans love coming through our museum and over and over they have asked how can we take this home, how can we experience this over and over again. We felt a book, a coffee table book, was the best way to do it,” Brian Finch, Manager of Stadium Tours and Museum Outreach and author of Redbird Relics, said.

From the first pitched ball from the 1926 World Series to the bat Yadier Molina used to hit the home run in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, the book takes you through the history of our team.  Finch says a committee took the time to pick, what they felt, were the greatest moments in Cardinals franchise history. “Of course you have to start with the 11 world championships. Then you talk about the hall of famer’s, whether it’s Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, it just goes on and on and on,” Finch said.

The book is available online, the Cardinals Team Store, Authentics Shop, and Cardinals Clubhouse Stores.  Members of the retail teams say the book has been doing great in sales since being introduced late last year.

“The book has been doing really well. A lot of foot traffic coming in and questions about the book, so that’s been really nice,” Scott Haggerty, Supervisor of Retail Operations said.

“We had a lot of interest in it prior to its arrival, so we had a lot of folks coming down to the stadium to pick it up as a holiday gift. It’s continued

to sell very well into the new year,” David Fain, Lead Retail Supervisor at the Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium said.

Cardinals Fan, Marc Coleman, flips through the pages of Redbird Relics book.

Cardinals Fan, Marc Coleman, flips through the pages of Redbird Relics book.

Fain says most fans seem to be impressed by the quality of the photos in the book.  Creators for the book paid attention to every detail, making sure they captured the “cardinal red” and other colors in the photos. “We want these photos to evoke real emotion and to bring those memories to life,” Finch said.

“I think to have this in your home, and to be able to have your friends and family flip through it, that would be great,” Marc Coleman, a Cardinals Fan said, “You can see all the different people, Ozzie Smith, and the bobble heads. I think it’s awesome.”

For more information on the book and how to get your copy, visit the website as cardinals.com/book.

~Marissa Balmas, St. Louis Cardinals

Marissa is the Multimedia Communications Specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Behind The Scenes: Cardinals In Route

A behind the scenes look at how some of the Cardinals players passed the time on the 2016 Caravan buses.

2016 Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up Gives Back

St. Louis Cardinals fans celebrated the 20th annual Winter-Warm up. The fan fest offered everything from autographs from past and present Cardinals legends, to plenty of fun and games for kids. The Winter Warm-Up previewed what Cardinals Nation can expect for the 2016 season. The three day event gave devout fans an opportunity to talk baseball in January, participate in live auctions, and stock up on Cardinals gear, with all of the proceeds going back into the community.

The Winter Warm-Up is the Cardinals Care foundation’s biggest fundraiser, focusing on supporting programs for kids. Redbird Rookies is one program sponsored by the foundation providing scholarships for hardworking students. These Redbird Rookies scholarship recipients received a round of applause while on the main stage for their outstanding character and work ethic. Everyone who attended the Warm-Up shared a common sense of pride for their team and fed the excited energy of giving back to children right in the St. Louis area.

~ Keith Burghardt

Fans Show in Large Numbers For Cardinals Caravan

Fans braved the cold and showed up in huge numbers for the 2016 Cardinals Caravan presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance. This year’s caravan traveled to 21 cities across 6 states.  The Cardinal Caravan is a long-standing fan outreach program in which the organization brings Cardinals players, past and present, to fans in the outer markets.

Director of ticket sales and marketing, Martin Coco said, “We have such a broad fan base, Cardinals Nation as people call it, so the caravan is a way for us to reach out to our fans in the outer markets and thank them for their support throughout the season”.

The caravan is an opportunity for fans to ask their favorite Cardinals questions and walk away with an autograph and possibly a selfie.

“Now when fans watch a game, if they’ve met that player at a caravan, they have sort of a personal connection with that player in addition to their connection as a fan,” said Coco.

6 buses kicked up their wheels and headed out across the Midwest and the fans were excited to see them roll in. On caravan 1 alone, the players were able to meet over 1,400 cardinal fans. Molly Hutson, a fan from Columbia, Missouri, said she arrived at the event at 8 a.m.  just to be sure she would have the chance to meet Kolten Wong and Tyler Lyons.

Feeding MoThe Cardinals also took the opportunity to help raise funds for a local charity at each stop by selling raffle tickets for Cardinal prizes.  In Jefferson City, they were able to raise 2,200 dollars for Feeding Missouri.  They also raised money for youth baseball programs in Moberly.

“Every year it has been a fantastic success and it really helps out,” said Howard Miedler, Sr. Account Executive for the City of Moberly.

The Cardinals Caravan is a long-standing tradition for not only the team, but some fans as well.  Coco says it’s always fun to reconnect with fans and meet people bringing their children, who came to the caravan as kids themselves.

“Interestingly enough, I actually attended caravan programs as a kid so it’s fun to see the kids arrive and think back to the fact that that was me 20 or 30 years ago,” said Coco.

It was a great weekend for fans and players alike, proving Cardinals Nation is ready for the 2016 season.

Fans braved the cold and showed up in huge numbers for the 2016 Cardinals Caravan presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance. This year’s caravan traveled to 21 cities across 6 states.  The Cardinal Caravan is a long-standing fan outreach program in which the organization brings Cardinals players, past and present, to fans in the outer markets.

Director of ticket sales and marketing, Martin Coco said, “We have such a broad fan base, Cardinals Nation as peoplWong Selfiee call it, so the caravan is a way for us to reach out to our fans in the outer markets and thank them for their support throughout the season”.

The caravan is an opportunity for fans to ask their favorite Cardinals questions and walk away with an autograph and possibly a selfie.

“Now when fans watch a game, if they’ve met that player at a caravan, they have sort of a personal connection with that player in addition to their connection as a fan,” said Coco.

6 buses kicked up their wheels and headed out across the Midwest and the fans were excited to see them roll in. On caravan 1 alone, the players were able to meet over 1,400 cardinal fans. Molly Hutson, a fan from Columbia, Missouri, said she arrived at the event at 8 a.m.  just to be sure she would have the chance to meet Kolten Wong and Tyler Lyons.

The Cardinals also took the opportunity to help raise funds for a local charity at each stop by selling raffle tickets for Cardinal prizes.  In Jefferson City, they were able to raise 2,200 dollars for Feeding Missouri.  They also raised money for youth baseball programs in Moberly.

“Every year it has been a fantastic success and it really helps out,” said Howard Miedler, Sr. Account Executive for KRES.

The Cardinals Caravan is a long-standing tradition for not only the team, but some fans as well.  Coco says it’s always fun to reconnect with fans and meet people bringing their children, who came to the caravan as kids themselves.

“Interestingly enough, I actually attended caravan programs as a kid so it’s fun to see the kids arrive and think back to the fact that that was me 20 or 30 years ago,” said Coco.

It was a great weekend for fans and players alike, proving Cardinals Nation is ready for the 2016 season.

~Marissa Balmas

Marissa is the Multimedia Communications Specialist for the Cardinals. 

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