Cardinals-themed holiday weekend to kick off 2017 season

Details on how fans can enjoy weekend highlighted by 2017 Winter Warm-Up, Cardinals Caravan & BBWAA dinner

The 21st annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) and the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2017 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 14 through Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances from over 60 current and former Cardinals players. For the most complete schedule and up-to-date Winter Warm-Up information, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

The 2017 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 59th annual St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner takes place at the Union Station Hotel on Sunday, January 15. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner honors the top players from the 2016 Cardinals team and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Series Championship team. The evening will be highlighted by special guests and the presentation of the Red Schoendienst Medal, J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, Herman/Ostermeier Award for Cardinals Rookie of the Year and the Darryl Kile Award.

Below are complete highlights of the 2017 Winter Warm-Up weekend:
 
Friday, January 13, 2017

  • Will Call: The Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency is open from noon to 7:00 p.m.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The 2017 Caravan kicks off with stops in Memphis, Tenn., Champaign and Peoria, Ill., and Hannibal, Jefferson City, and Springfield, Mo.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

  • Winter Warm-Up: The three-day event kicks off today, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
  • 2017 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Adams, Jose Martinez, David Bell, Matt Bowman, Brett Cecil, Zach Duke, Dexter Fowler, John Gant, Jedd Gyorko, John Mozeliak*, Tyler Lyons, Trevor Rosenthal, Ryan Sherriff, Miguel Socolovich, Rowan Wick and Patrick Wisdom.
  • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Jack Clark, Scott Cooper*, Al Hrabosky*, Brian Jordan, Ray King, Tony La Russa, Tito Landrum*, Cliff Politte*, Scott Terry* and Brad Thompson*. (*free autograph-requires line ticket)
  • "Dugout" Presentations:
  • 10:00 a.m. - "From the Field to Your Home" by Cardinals Authentics
  • 11:00 a.m. - Meet the Members of Team Fredbird
  • Noon - "A Celebration of Stan Musial's 1967 Championship Year as GM" with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Museum
  • 1:00 p.m. - "What It's Like to Be a GM-Then & Now" with longtime baseball executive Lee Thomas
  • 2:00 p.m. - "The Legendary Amadee and the Art of Sports Cartooning" with Dan Martin of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • "Clubhouse" Presentations:
  • 10:00 a.m. - "Evaluating the Cardinals as a High Performance Organization" with author Brian MacNeice
  • 11:30 a.m. - Brian Jordan book signing
  • 1:00 p.m. - "2016 Minor League Year in Review" with Cardinals Director of Player Development, Gary LaRocque
  • 2:00 p.m. - Hear about the Cardinals' 2017 Sales and Marketing with Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Dan Farrell
  • 3:00 p.m. - "All Aspects of Sports Memorabilia Collecting" with Dave Jackson
  • 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 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and Q&A with General Manager John Mozeliak from 11:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 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 Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Bank of America Building (located on 4th Street, directory across from the Hyatt Regency). From noon to 5:00 p.m., Will Call relocates back to the main lobby of 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 15, 2017

  • Winter Warm-Up: Day two of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
  • 2017 Cardinals Autographs: Harrison Bader, Paul DeJong, Aledmys Díaz, Greg Garcia, Austin Gomber, Marco Gonzales, Randal Grichuk, Mitch Harris, Carson Kelly, Carlos Martinez, Mike Mayers, Bill Mueller, Stephen Piscotty, Sam Tuivailala, Luke Weaver and Kolten Wong.
  • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Orlando Cepeda, Stubby Clapp*, Danny Cox*, Rick Horton*, Larry Jaster*, Kyle McClellan*, Mike Shannon and Todd Worrell*. (*free autograph-requires line ticket)
  • Dugout Presentations:
  • 10:00 a.m. - History of Promo Items and a 2017 Preview with Manager of Promotions & Events, Megan Eberhart
  • Noon - "From the Field to Your Home" by Cardinals Authentics
  • 2:00 p.m. - "Ballplayers as Musicians-The Cardinals' Mudcats Band of 1934" with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Museum
  • Clubhouse Presentations:
  • 10:00 a.m. - "Evaluating the Cardinals as a High Performance Organization" with author Brian MacNeice
  • 11:00 a.m. - Hear about the Cardinals Amateur Draft with Scouting Director Randy Flores Assistant General Manager Michael Girsch
  • 1:00 p.m. - "St. Louis Cardinals Uniforms and Logos: An Illustrated History" with author and artist Gary Kodner
  • 2:00 p.m. - "All Aspects of Sports Memorabilia Collecting" with Dave Jackson
  • 3:00 p.m. - Meet the Members of Team Fredbird
  • 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 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.; Cardinals broadcasters Mike Claiborne from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and John Rooney from noon to 2:00 p.m.; a 1967 panel discussion with Mike Shannon, Orlando Cepeda and Larry Jaster from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.; and Cardinals broadcaster Ricky Horton from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  
  • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 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 Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Evansville, Ind., as well as Mattoon, Decatur and Carbondale, Ill.
  • 59th Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner (Union Station Hotel, 5:00 p.m.): This year's dinner honors the top players from the 2016 Cardinals team and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Series Championship team. The BBWAA will present their highest honor to Whitey Herzog his Hall of Fame career and invaluable service to baseball. Members of the current Cardinals as well as Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst and Orlando Cepeda 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 16, 2017

  • Winter Warm-Up: The final day of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 2017 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Carpenter, Bill DeWitt Jr.*, Bill DeWitt III*, Mike Leake, Lance Lynn, John Mabry*, Mike Matheny, Yadier Molina, Johnny Peralta, Luke Voit, Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright.
  • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Alan Benes*, John Costello*, Randy Flores*, Tom Lawless*, Kerry Robinson*, Jason Simontacchi* and Whitey Herzog. (*free autograph-requires line ticket)
  • Dugout Presentations: 
  • 11:00 a.m. - "2016-A Year In Photos" presentation by Team Photographer Taka Yanagimoto
  • Noon - "Evaluating the Cardinals as a High Performance Organization" with Brian MacNeice.
  • 1:00 p.m. - "From the Field to Your Home" by Cardinals Authentics
  • Clubhouse Presentations:
  • 10 a.m. - Cardinals Memorabilia Talk: Learn about the Cardinals Museum collection and ask questions with Redbird Relics author Brian Finch of the Cardinals Museum
  • Noon - Bring your camera and snap a photo with America's symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle
  • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events include KMOV's Matt Chambers from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.; Cardinals President Bill Dewitt III from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.; broadcasters Jay Randolph and Scott Warmann from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and broadcaster Tom Ackerman from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9:00 - 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.
  • Will Call: The Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its final stops in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Paducah, Ky., and Effingham 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 and a booth for Carlos Martinez's Tsunami Waves Foundation are also located on the second 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, Inc., Whitey Herzog 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 Jonathan Broxton, Bob Gibson 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, age 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.
  • Cardinals Kids Club Booth: The Cardinals Kids Club will have a booth at Winter Warm-Up. All fans that stop by the booth and register for a 2017 membership during the event will have their shipping fees waived. A number of one-of-a-kind 2017 membership items will be on display. To learn more about Cardinals Kids Club, visit cardinals.com/kidsclub.
  • 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. Visit cardinals.com/green for more information.
  • 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 fourth floor. It will also feature deeply discounted Winter Classic merchandise (50% or greater). The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium-open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.-will have specially-priced items on sale for the weekend too. 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: Fans can visit the Cardinals Publications booth (across from the Silent Auction table on the fourth floor) to take advantage of fantastic show specials and the opportunity to enroll in drawings for premium autographed items! Fans who purchase a subscription to the highly acclaimed Cardinals Magazine will receive the newest edition featuring Seung Hwan Oh, Yadier Molina, Dexter Fowler and Carson Kelly and two FREE tickets to a 2017 home game, plus gain automatic entry into a drawing for a Cardinals home jersey autographed by manager Mike Matheny! Additional show-only sales include: the 2017 Cardinals Official Calendar-showcasing the complete spring training and regular season schedules and four pages of coupons-for just $10 each, or three for $25; the 2016 Yearbook-celebrating famous franchise photographs-for just $15 each; magazine cover posters (24x32) featuring fan favorites Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Lou Brock and Molina (perfect for autographs at the show); the opportunity to view our extensive and affordable vintage collection of Cardinals Magazine, Yearbooks and Media Guides and the complete season sets of the 2016 Official Scorecard. Better yet, fans who spend at least $25 at the booth will gain entry into a drawing for autographed Cardinals Magazine covers and posters signed by Wainwright and Martinez! Stay tuned for additional special announcements from Cardinals Publications via Twitter (@CardsMagazine) throughout the three-day event.
  • Busch Stadium Tours & Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum: Guided tours of Busch Stadium are available during the 2017 Winter Warm-Up each day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These tours will be offered at regular tour prices, but will also 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 Cardinals Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes a new exhibit titled "Women in Baseball: How They Made History." To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/tours. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care.
  • Cardinals Authentics & Personalized Bats: Cardinals Authentics-the only official source of memorabilia directly from the team-will be selling unique game-used, limited-edition, exclusive and autographed memorabilia at the Winter Warm-Up. Cardinals Authentics is offering a 20% discount to all fans who visit their booth on the second floor of the Hyatt. 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 2017 Winter Warm-Up logo. 30% of all personalized bat sales will benefit Cardinals Care. The Cardinals Authentics Store is located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on January 14-16 and daily from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 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 & Bar: Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village is open daily during the Winter Warm-Up, and throughout the entire year: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a Sunday Home Run Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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.

Tickets

  • Admission Passes: Although online ticket sales have ended, fans can still purchase three-day passes for the event at the Busch Stadium Box Office on January 13 (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) or at the Autograph and Admission Sales Table on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency from January 14-16. 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 13.
  • 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:
  • Friday, Jan. 13th from noon - 7:00 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)
  • Saturday, Jan. 14th from 8:00 a.m. - noon (100 North Broadway located across 4th Street)
  • Saturday, Jan. 14th from noon - 5:00 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)
  • Sunday, Jan. 15th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)
  • Monday, Jan. 16th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 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 Autograph & Admission Sales table on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency for a specific donation to Cardinals Care. Every dollar donated for autograph tickets will benefit Redbird Rookies and charitable grants to community groups who help kids. Donation amounts can be found at cardinals.com/winterwarmup.
  • Free Autographs: A number of players will be signing free autographs at the Winter Warm-Up. A line ticket is required for players signing free autographs. A limited supply of line tickets will be available for pick up no more than one hour prior to a player's scheduled signing time in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency, with the exception of the first signings of the day. For those signing free autographs in the morning's first time slot, the line tickets will be available at the entrance to their designated autograph line inside the Grand Ballroom on the fourth floor. Line tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. One line ticket will be distributed per line visit. A full schedule of free player autograph signings can be found at cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

Social Media
Throughout the Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up, fans can stay connected by following the Cardinals on Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (@Cardinals), Instagram (@Cardinals) and Snapchat (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 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 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 Regency at the Stadium East Parking Garage, with entrances located on South Broadway and South 4th Street.
 
Cardinals and Cardinals Care Sponsors
Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Cardinals would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the 2017 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, Hollywood Casino St. Louis, KMOV News 4, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, In Focus Marketing, Nehmen-Kodner, Wireless USA, Coca-Cola, Gwin's Travel, Companion Bakery, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Microsoft, Belleville News-Democrat, Framin' Place & Gallery, Betallic Balloons, RBO Print Logistix, St. Louis Magazine and Tom Lange.
 
About Cardinals Care (#CardsCare)
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. Established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested over $21 million to support St. Louis area children and built or renovated 22 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods. Most recently, the Cardinals dedicated Adam Wainwright Field at Bob Russell Park in August 2016. This season will mark the 14th 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.
 
*Winter Warm-Up schedule-including all players, dates, & times-is subject to change.