Homestand Highlights (Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17, 2015)

Three giveaways, two theme nights, and a hot dog eating contest highlight the third homestand of 2015

ST. LOUIS, May 15, 2015- The Cardinals are back at Busch for the shortest homestand of the season. Friday kicks off a three-game series versus the Detroit Tigers highlighted by three giveaways, two theme nights, and the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Friday, May 15, 2015 - Cardinals vs. Detroit Tigers (7:15 p.m.) Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Adult Cardinals Pullover: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive an adult Cardinals pullover (#CardsPromo).
  • Illini Theme Night: Fans that purchase this special Theme Ticket receive an Illinois themed Cardinals cap. All fans are invited to join Illini fans at a pregame pep rally featuring the Illini Band and cheerleaders. Basketball coach John Groce will throw a ceremonial pitch before the game. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.
  • 106 year-old man to throw ceremonial pitch: As part of Edward Jones' Client Appreciation Night, 106 year-old Arnold Vouga will throw out a ceremonial pitch prior to the game. Arnold is a lifelong baseball fan who attended Game 4 of the 1926 Cardinals/ Yankees World Series and has fond memories of talking to Stan Musial at the Rexall Drug Store.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game's raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team's charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids).
  • 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. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.
  • Missouri Farmers Care: Race to the Plate: Every Friday night, fans will enjoy the in-game Missouri Farmers Care: Race to the Plate - a mascot race featuring Captain Cornelius, Bessie the Cow and Simon the Soybean. Join the conversation on how today's food is grown and raised at MissouriFarmersCare.com.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Johnny Chase Duo in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) post-game until close.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - Cardinals vs. Detroit Tigers (1:15 p.m.) Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Scarf: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a Cardinals fashion scarf courtesy of Diet Coke and Schnucks (#CardsPromo).
  • Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: Nathan's Famous is making a stop at Busch Stadium for an official 2015 qualifying event for the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island. World champion Joey Chestnut will be on hand to oversee the 10-minute, all-you-can-eat contest, which will take place around noon in Ford Plaza and feature top-ranked eaters, including Juan "More Bite" Rodriguez, Matthew Raible and defending women's champ Marlene Wigginton. Joey Chestnut will also throw out the ceremonial pitch before the game (#MajorLeagueAppetite).
  • Guinness World Record Attempt- Most Selfies Taken Simultaneously: Nathan's Famous, the iconic hot dog company known as the originator of fun, is set to make a Guinness World Records™ official attempt for most selfies taken simultaneously on Saturday at Busch Stadium. A Guinness World Records adjudicator will be on-site to immediately verify and confirm whether the record is set. The attempt kicks off Nathan's Original Selfie Sweepstakes, which opens on May 18, and encourages fans to post selfies all summer long for chances to win monthly grand prizes as well as having instant win opportunities.
  • Cardinals Wives 'Grab Bag 'Fundraiser for Komen: During the game, the Cardinals Wives will be selling grab bags of autographed baseballs to raise money for the Susan G. Komen St. Louis whose mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. For $50, fans can purchase an unlabeled brown paper bag containing one autographed baseball from a current Cardinals player and a card identifying the signature. The Wives will be stationed at various locations throughout the stadium including inside Gate 4, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and Ford Plaza. General donations are also accepted. Learn more at cardinals.com/wivescare (#CardsWives).
  • Pregame Pom/Cheer/Dance Performance: Prior to the game, groups from the St. Charles West Varsity Dance Team, The Clark Academy, SJO Dance, Heinze Dance Academy, and Explosion Cheer and Performance Squad will perform in Riverview Corner at approximately 5:50 p.m.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game's raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team's charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids).
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth 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.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: Following the game, there will be free live music from Sable in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant).

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - Cardinals vs. Detroit Tigers (7:05 p.m.) Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

  • Rawlings Matt Adams Bat: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, receive a 28-inch Matt Adams bat courtesy of Rawlings (#CardsPromo).
  • Kids Free Ticket Voucher: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, receive a free ticket to a 2015 home 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).
  • MLB Honorary Bat Girl Ceremonial Pitch: Kathy Bumeter, the 2015 MLB Honorary Bat Girl for the St. Louis Cardinals, will throw out a ceremonial pitch prior to the game. Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2014, and is currently undergoing Chemo. Though her fight is far from over, Kathy's strength and positivity is a huge inspiration to her family, friends, and everyone she meets.
  • Peanut Controlled Day: The St. Louis Cardinals are pleased to present the first of two Peanut Controlled Games at Busch Stadium. This unique opportunity allows our fans with peanut allergies to sit in a "Peanut Controlled Zone" - sales of peanuts will be halted in this section and fans will not be allowed to consume peanut products in that area. A limited number of tickets remain for this game and the additional peanut controlled games on Sunday, July 26 at cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game's raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team's charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids).
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth 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.

John Lackey Featured On Cover of New Cardinals Magazine
The NEW 122-page edition of Cardinals Magazine features veteran starter John Lackey, who is among baseball's most competitive and confident pitchers. The cover story explores his big-game pedigree, developed as a high school quarterback in Texas through his experiences pitching in World Series clinching games for Anaheim and Boston. A collectible poster featuring No. 41 is also included.

With the 50th edition of the MLB Draft coming in early June, the magazine explores its rich history and evolution, including a closer look at notable selections by the Cardinals from first-round keepers like Ted Simmons and Matt Morris to late-round surprises like Albert Pujols and Keith Hernandez. Other issue highlights include a profile on pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky, a pictorial look at Opening Day from 2015 and 1965, the latest installment of Matt Carpenter's monthly journal, Old School (Randy Choate) vs. New School (Michael Wacha), and much more!

Throughout the season, Cardinals Magazine is on sale for just $5 at Busch Stadium at all gates, the Team Store, and the Cardinals Authentics Shop inside Ballpark Village. It's also available at many area retailers, notably Schnucks, Dierbergs, QT, Walgreens and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a subscription, visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9000 (#CardsMag).