20th annual Winter Warm-Up to kick off 2016 season

Details on how fans can enjoy the Holiday Weekend highlighted by Autographs, the Cardinals Caravan and BBWAA Dinner

ST. LOUIS, January 14, 2016 -- The 20th annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) and the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2016 baseball season.

Winter Warm-Up - the largest fundraising effort for the team's charitable fund, Cardinals Care - returns to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances from nearly 70 current and former Cardinals players. For the most complete schedule and up-to-date Winter Warm-Up information, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

The 2016 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, departs Busch Stadium on Friday morning. Over the course of the weekend, more than 30 current and former players will make a combined 22 stops in 21 cities throughout Cardinals Nation along six different routes before returning to St. Louis on Monday night. For complete information on all caravan stops, visit cardinals.com/caravan.

The 58th annual Baseball Writers Dinner takes place at the Marriott Grand Hotel on Sunday night. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner celebrates the 2015 Central Division Champion Cardinals and commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 2006 World Championship with members of both teams. The evening will be highlighted by special guests and the presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, the Herman / Ostermeier Award for Rookie of the Year and the winner of the Darryl Kile Award.

Below are complete highlights of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up weekend:

Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Will Call: The Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window at the Hyatt Regency is open from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The 2016 Caravan kicks off with stops in Memphis, Tenn., Champaign and Peoria, Ill., and Moberly, Jefferson City, and Springfield, Mo.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

  • Winter Warm-Up: The 3-day event kicks off today, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 2016 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Carpenter, Tommy Pham, Brandon Moss, Lance Lynn, Matt Adams, Greg Garcia, Seth Maness, Jaime Garcia, Marco Gonzales, Tim Cooney, Charlie Tilson, and Arturo Reyes. 
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Al Hrabosky, Jose Oquendo, John Costello, Scott Terry, Kerry Robinson, Ted Savage, Danny Cox, Ken Dayley, and Dean Kiekhefer.  
    • "Dugout" Presentations:
      • 10 a.m. - Meet the members of Team Fredbird
      • 11 a.m. - Meet Officers Culberson and Donaldson and the two Vapor Wake Detection Canines (Shug and Upshaw) who keep Busch Stadium safe
      • Noon - "The History of the St. Louis Giants and St. Louis Stars Negro Leagues Baseball Teams" with Dwayne Isgrig
      • 1 p.m. - Hear about Cardinals Marketing with Vice President Dan Farrell
      • 3 p.m. - Learn about all aspects of Sports Collecting (types, values, appraisals and more) with Dave Jackson
    • "Clubhouse" Presentations:
      • 10 a.m. - A "How-to" review of Bobblehead production; See what's involved in creating this fan favorite premium with Hall of Fame & Museum Manager & Curator Paula Homan
      • Noon - Meet author Brian Finch and creative team of the book "Redbird Relics: Treasures of the St. Louis Cardinals Museum"
      • 1 p.m. - "From the Field to Your Home" presentation by Cardinals Authentics
      • 2 p.m. - "The Late Great Amadee and the Art of Sports Cartooning" with Dan Martin
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events include KMOV's Mike Colombo and Dan McLaughlin from 9 to 11 a.m. and Q&A with General Manager John Mozeliak from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fans must be present to win an auction item, and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Bank of America Building (located across 4th Street). From noon to 5 p.m., Will Call relocates back to the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinals Nation with stops in Jonesboro, Ark., Dyersburg, Tenn., Quincy, Ill., and Joplin, Rolla, Fulton, and Columbia, Mo.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Winter Warm-Up: The event is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 2016 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty, Tyler Lyons, Brayan Pena, Sam Tuivailala, Mitch Harris, Dean Anna, Mike Ohlman, Luke Weaver, Jacob Wilson, Austin Gomber, Patrick Wisdom and Carson Kelly.
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Red Schoendienst, Tom Lawless, Andy & Alan Benes, Ricky Horton, Mike Shannon, Jason Simontacchi, Brad Thompson, Kyle McClellan, David Eckstein, and Jeff Suppan.  
    • Dugout Presentations:
      • 10 a.m. - Meet Officers Culberson and Donaldson and the two Vapor Wake Detection Canines (Shug and Upshaw) who keep Busch Stadium safe
      • Noon - "The History of the St. Louis Giants and St. Louis Stars Negro Leagues Baseball Teams" with Dwayne Isgrig
      • 1 p.m. - "From the Field to Your Home" presentation by Cardinals Authentics
      • 2 p.m. - Meet the members of Team Fredbird
      • 3 p.m. - Learn about all aspects of Sports Collecting (types, values, appraisals and more) with Dave Jackson
    • Clubhouse Presentations:
      • 11 a.m. - Hear about the Cardinals Amateur Draft with Assistant General Manager Michael Girsch and Director of Scouting Randy Flores
      • 1 p.m. - 2015 Player Development Review with Gary LaRocque
      • 2 p.m. - See one of the most compelling artifacts from the new book "Redbird Relics: Treasures from the St. Louis Cardinals Museum": Billy Southworth's modified baseball cap, presented by author Brian Finch
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events include KMOV's Maurice Drummond from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Cardinals broadcasters Mike Shannon and Mike Claiborne from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a 2006 panel discussion from noon to 2 p.m.; and Cardinals broadcaster Ricky Horton from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  
    • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fans must be present to win an auction item, and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Terre Haute and Evansville, Ind., as well as Mattoon and Carbondale, Ill.
  • 58th Annual Baseball Writers Association Dinner (Marriott Grand Hotel, 6 p.m.): This year's dinner celebrates the 2015 Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals and commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 2006 World Championship team that defeated Detroit to win the World Series in five games. The 2016 Dinner will also pay tribute to a native St. Louisan who made an indelible impression on and off the field, Hall of Famer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Yogi Berra. In addition, the BBWAA will present their highest honor to the DeWitt family for establishing a foundation for multi-generational club success. Members of the current Cardinals as well as the 2006 squad including Jim Edmonds, Chris Carpenter, Scott Rolen, David Eckstein, Jeff Suppan, Jason Isringhausen and Albert Pujols are scheduled to appear. Other highlights include award presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, Stockton/Broeg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball, Herman/Ostermeier Award for Cardinals Rookie of the Year and more. For information, or to purchase tickets, visit stlouisbbwaa.com.    

Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Winter Warm-Up: The event is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • 2016 Cardinals Autographs: Johnny Peralta, Kolten Wong, Carlos Martinez, Jedd Gyorko, Kevin Siegrist, Mike Leake, Trevor Rosenthal, Manager Mike Matheny, and Assistant Hitting Coach Bill Mueller.
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Whitey Herzog, John Mabry, Rich Hacker, David Bell, Stan Royer, Glenn Brummer, Scott Cooper, Mike Tyson, Tony La Russa and Cliff Politte.
    • Dugout Presentations: 
      • 10 a.m. - Meet Officers Culberson and Donaldson and the two Vapor Wake Detection Canines (Shug and Upshaw) who keep Busch Stadium safe
      • Noon - "2015- A Year In Photos" presentation with Team Photographer Taka Yanagimoto
    • Clubhouse Presentations:
      • 10 a.m. - Take a look back at the performances of Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS with "Redbird Relics" author Brian Finch
      • 11 a.m. - Bring your camera and snap a photo with America's symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle (approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes)
      • 1 p.m. - "From the Field to Your Home" with Cardinals Authentics
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events include KMOV's Claire Kellett from 9 to 11 a.m.; Cardinals President Bill Dewitt III at 10 a.m. and Cardinals broadcaster Jay Randolph from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and noon - 2 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fans must be present to win an auction item, and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • ARF's Wine & Whiskers: Join Tony La Russa's ARF for this exclusive food and wine-tasting soiree from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Redbird Club in Busch Stadium. Guests will enjoy sampling fruits of the vine and delicious appetizers from local wineries and restaurants. Reservations are $75 per person and the event supports ARF's programs, promoting positive relationships between animals and people. For more information, visit www.arflife.org
  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its final stops in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Paducah, Ky., and Decatur and Springfield, Ill.

Additional Winter Warm-Up Highlights (Saturday- Monday)

  • Second Floor: On the second floor of the Hyatt, fans will find collectible memorabilia, baseball cards and more from more than 50 vendors, meet Fredbird and listen to informative presentations by Cardinals executives, and watch the kids enjoy free activities. The Autograph and Admission Sales Booth is also located on the 2nd floor.
  • Fourth Floor: On the fourth floor fans will find the main stage, be able to meet their favorite players at autograph tables, shop the Cardinals Care Store, Cardinals Publications, Team Store and Cardinals Authentics, as well as visit booths for Adam Wainwright's Big League Impact, Tony La Russa's ARF Foundation, Stan the Man, Inc., Whitey Herzog, Mike Matheny, Lou Brock and more.
  • Cardinals Care Store: Open throughout the weekend, the Cardinals Care Store is stocked full of Cardinals memorabilia such as discounted baseball caps, team-issued apparel, t-shirts, game-worn jerseys, books, autographed photos and bats, and more. Fans can even purchase photos for collecting player autographs and baseball cases for your new autographed collectibles. Also, any fan that purchased an autograph ticket for a pre-signed baseball from Johnathan Broxton, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Tim McCarver or Ozzie Smith may redeem their ticket at the Cardinals Care Store to receive their autographed item.
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Throughout the weekend, Cardinals fans, ages 18 and older, can participate in the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle. Fans can buy tickets (priced 3 for $5, 10 for $10, or 40 for $20) from kiosks located on each level of the event, or from roaming ticket sellers. Each day of the Warm Up, one lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the raffle ticket donations raised, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.
  • Kids Club and Varsity Club Booth: Cardinals Kids Club and Varsity Club will have a booth at Winter Warm-Up. All fans that stop by the booth and register for a 2016 membership during the event will have their shipping fees waived. A number of one-of-a-kind 2016 membership items will be on display. To learn more about Cardinals Kids Club and Varsity Club, visit cardinals.com/kidsclub and cardinals.com/varsity.
  • Green Team: The team's "4 A Greener Game" initiative will have a booth where fans can find out more about the Cardinals Green Team - a group of volunteers who collect recyclables from fans throughout each game at Busch Stadium. In exchange for volunteering, fans are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.
  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Busch Stadium Team Store will have a large selection of Cardinals merchandise available at the Warm-Up in the Park View room on the 4th Floor. Stop by for a free stadium souvenir with any purchase! The permanent store location inside Busch Stadium - open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - will have specially-priced items on sale for the weekend. The Majestic Store located on the north side of Ballpark Village will also be open all weekend, sharing the same hours as the Team Store.
  • Cardinals Publications: One of the must-see stops during Winter Warm-Up is a visit to the Publications booth (across from the Silent Auction table) where fans can take advantage of fantastic show specials and the opportunity to enroll in drawings for premium autographed items! Don't miss the chance to purchase a subscription to the highly acclaimed Cardinals Magazine, where you can take home two FREE tickets to a 2016 home game and gain automatic entry into a drawing for a Cards' jersey autographed by No. 42, Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter! Additional show-only sales include: 1) The 2016 Cardinals Official Calendar-featuring the complete spring training and regular season schedules and 4 pages of coupons-for just $10 each, or 3 for $25; 2) The last remaining copies of the popular 2015 Yearbook at $15 each; 3) A very limited number of oversized magazine cover posters featuring fan favorites Jhonny Peralta, Yadier Molina and Michael Wacha; 4) The opportunity to view our extensive and affordable vintage collection of Cardinals Magazine, Yearbooks and Media Guides; and 5) The complete season sets of the 2015 Official Scorecard. Even better, fans who spend at least $25 will gain entry into a drawing for an autographed copy of Cardinals Magazine signed by cover subjects Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright! Stay tuned for additional special announcements from Publications via Twitter (@Cardinals) throughout the three-day event.
  • Busch Stadium Tours & Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum: Guided tours of Busch Stadium will be offered during the 2016 Winter Warm-Up each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every 30 minutes. These tours will be offered at the regular tour prices, but include a stop inside the Cardinals Clubhouse - the only time each year the Cardinals' locker room is open to tours. Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum entry is also included in all tour ticket purchases. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For ticket prices, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/tours. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care.
  • Authentics and Personalized Bats: Cardinals Authentics - the only official source of memorabilia directly from the team - will be selling unique game-used, limited-edition and autographed memorabilia at their booth. Cardinals Authentics is offering a 20% discount to all fans to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Winter Warm Up. Also at the booth, fans can buy a personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Each bat, which comes in different size and color options, can feature up to three lines of custom text and two logos, including the collectible 2016 Winter Warm-Up logo. 30% of all personalized bat sales will benefit Cardinals Care. The Cardinals Authentics Store located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 16th, 17th, and 18th and daily from 10-6pm. Show your Warm-Up pass at the store in Cardinals Nation and you will receive 20% off of your purchase all weekend long.
  • Cardinals Nation Restaurant: Cardinals Nation can now visit Cardinals Nation during the Winter Warm-Up! Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village is open daily during the event, and throughout the entire year: Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to Midnight and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a Sunday Homerun Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During Winter Warm-Up weekend, attendees can show their admission pass and receive 10% off their bill at Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar. Make reservations online at cardinalsnation.com or by phone at 314.345.9880. Cardinals Nation - Experience the tradition every day!
  • Cardinals Care 6k: Throughout the weekend, Cardinals Care is offering a special deal on registration for both the Cardinals Care 6k ($50) and the One Mile Fun Run ($20) on Sunday, September 18th! For more information and to register, visit the Information Booth located in the Main Lobby.

Social Media

Throughout the Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up, fans can stay connected by following the Cardinals on Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (Facebook.com/Cardinals) and Instagram (@Cardinals) for the latest news, event updates and behind-the-scenes content. Each day, the team will have Twitter Interviews with players, exclusive videos, photos and more. Fans should join the conversation, and share their own photos and experiences by using the hashtags #CardsWarmUp, #CardsCaravan and #CardsCare.

Traffic & Parking

For the most up-to-date alerts regarding construction and winter road conditions this weekend, fans can visit The Missouri Department of Transportation's website at http://www.modot.org. Additional roads may be closed due to the CityArchRiver project and the exciting changes happening to the Arch grounds. For more information, and the latest detours, visit cityarchriver.org or stlouisarch.hyatt.com. Winter Warm-Up event parking can be found just two blocks south of the Hyatt at the Stadium East Parking Garage, with entrances located on South Broadway and South 4th Street.

Tickets

  • Admission Passes: Although online ticket sales have ended, fans can still purchase three-day passes for the event at the Busch Stadium Team Store, area Cardinals Clubhouse Stores (at Union Station, The Galleria, St. Louis Mills, St. Clair Square, South County Mall, West County Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, and Branson Landing), or at the event's Autograph and Admission Sales Table on Floor 2. Ticket prices are $40 for fans 16 and older, $10 for fans ages five to 15, and free for kids under five. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID will receive one free adult pass while supplies remain and may be obtained in person at The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium until January 15 or at the Warm-Up.
  • Will Call: Fans that purchased their tickets in advance can pick them up at the event Will Call. A photo ID matching the name on the original order or a print out of the confirmation email is required to pick up your purchase:
    • Monday, Jan.11-Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Cardinals Ticket Windows at Busch Stadium)
    • Friday, Jan. 15th from noon - 7 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
    • Saturday, Jan. 16th from 8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. (at Bank of America building located across 4th Street)**
    • Saturday, Jan. 16th from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
    • Sunday, Jan. 17th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
    • Monday, Jan. 18th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
  • Autograph Tickets: Although online ticket sales have ended, remaining autograph tickets may be purchased at the Winter Warm-Up for a specific donation to Cardinals Care. Donation amounts can be found at cardinals.com/winterwarmup.
  • Free Autographs: A number of players will be signing free autographs. This year, free players require a line ticket which will be made available at the Warm-Up. Tickets for players signing free autographs at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in that players' autograph line in the Grand Ballroom on Level 4. Tickets for players signing free autographs at 11 a.m. or after will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Autograph and Admission Sales booth on Level 2. Those tickets will be made available beginning two hours prior to the player's signing time.

Cardinals and Cardinals Care Sponsors

Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Cardinals would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the 2016 Winter Warm-Up possible: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, Edward Jones, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX, Enterprise Holdings, PSAV, Rawlings Sporting Goods, FastSigns of Bridgeton, Syberg's, Renewal By Andersen, Hollywood Casino, Hostess, KMOV News 4, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, In Focus Outdoor, Nehmen-Kodner, Wireless USA, St. Louis Sportswear, Coca-Cola, Gwin's Travel, Companion Bakery and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Cardinals Care
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community - both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed over $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 22 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods. 2016 marks the 13th year of Cardinals Care's innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year. To learn more about all of Cardinals Care's programs visit cardinals.com/community.