Homestand Highlights (Monday, May 21 – Sunday, May 27, 2012)

After wrapping up a west coast road trip with the San Francisco Giants (1-1) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (0-3), the Cardinals return home tonight for the start of a seven-game homestand. The Cards will play three with the San Diego Padres before welcoming back the Philadelphia Phillies for a four-game series. This will be the Phillies’ first visit to Busch since the 2012 NLDS. Homestand Highlights include the first Ice Mountain Autograph Night of the season, four promotional giveaways and a Beer Tasting at Busch.

Monday, May 21, 2012 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)

  • St. Louis Community College Day: St. Louis Community College is celebrating their 50th anniversary at the ballpark, and you’re invited for the fun! Prior to the game, alumni can stop by SLCC’s Mobile Experience in the Ballpark Village Lot to share their story. From 5:15 - 6:40 p.m. all fans can enjoy a performance from Sh-Boom, St. Louis’ oldies band, in Ford Plaza. From 6:40 – 6:45 p.m. the SLCC choir will perform for all fans in the outfield – below the Coca-Cola Rooftop Deck.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh 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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)

  • 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 to support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, on the first baseline concourse, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and in section 452 of the Terrace level.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 — Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres (7:15 p.m.)

  • Ice Mountain Autograph Night: Fans, ages 20 and under, can get autographs from current players before the game from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:15, all fans can get autographs from Cardinals alumni.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh 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.

Thursday, May 24, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (7:15 p.m.)

  • Drawstring Bag Night: The first 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a drawstring bag courtesy of MLB Network.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh 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.
  • Budweiser Cardinals Block Party: Grab your buds, and head over to Clark Street from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for the Budweiser Cardinals Block Party. There will be live entertainment with Team Fredbird, live music from Griffin & the Gargoyles, and an appearance by former Cardinals player Vince Coleman. Don’t have tickets to the game? Team Fredbird will be giving away a limited number of free tickets, so arrive early for your chance to win. Cold Budweiser beer will also be available at the Budweiser Build-a-Bar.

Friday, May 25, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (7:15 p.m.)

  • Championship Beer Stein Night: Budweiser is providing ALL fans, ages 21 and older, the second stein in the Championship series, highlighting the Cardinals 2011 World Series win over the Texas Rangers.
  • Beer Tasting at Busch: Join us for the 2nd annual Beer Tasting at Busch Stadium. For $30 fans receive a ticket to the game, plus access to a pregame beer tasting where fans may sample six different Anheuser-Busch beers. Tickets are located in the Left Field Porch, near the Budweiser Bowtie Bar. This unique event will be held on the 2nd level of the ballpark just outside the UMB Champions Club. The event begins when gates open at 5:15. Fans must be 21 or older to participate and must drink responsibly. A number of tickets still remain. To purchase tickets or to for more information, visit cardinals.com/beertasting.
  • Busch Bash Friday: Enjoy live music, prizes and autographs in the Ford Plaza from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Busch Bash entrance (Gate 5), starting at 4:45 p.m., will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for 1985 NL Rookie of the Year, Vince Coleman. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Busch Bash Fridays are sponsored by Busch Beer.
  • 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 to support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, on the first baseline concourse, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and in section 452 of the Terrace level.
  • “This One’s for You” Broadcast: American troops serving overseas will be connected with Cardinal Nation when FOX Sports Midwest presents This One’s For You, its annual St. Louis Cardinals telecast recognizing the Armed Forces. U.S. troops throughout the world will watch FOX Sports Midwest’s broadcast of the Phillies-Cardinals game on American Forces Network. At the same time, FOX Sports Midwest will conduct interviews via a live satellite link with Fort Leonard Wood troops deployed to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. The troops are from the 463rd Military Police Company and 988th Military Police Company. Meanwhile at Busch Stadium, troops’ family members will cheer on the Cardinals. All Cardinals fans are encouraged to participate in the event – those attending the game are encouraged to bring signs, and those watching on TV will be able to send greetings via social media.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (6:15 p.m.)

  • Adult Cap Night: The first 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, can show off their Cardinals spirit in style with this trendy baseball cap, courtesy of U.S. Cellular, the Official Wireless Provider of the Cardinals.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball and support a variety of charities.

Sunday, May 27, 2012 — Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:15 p.m.)

  • World Champions Front Page Poster: The first 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a poster courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch featuring the front page newspaper covers of the Cardinals’ 2011 World Championship run.
  • North Star Ice Cream Sunday: All fans can visit the Ford Plaza during pregame for free frozen treats (while supplies last) sponsored by North Star. Bring the entire family to the plaza as there will be music, games, prizes and plenty of fun in addition to the delicious frozen desserts.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3 from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball and support a variety of charities.

Hunter Family Sundays

On most Sundays, fans who purchase individual tickets in RF Terrace or LF/RF Pavilion will receive a Hunter hot dog and a Coca-Cola.

Busch Bash Fridays

Enjoy live music, prizes and autographs in the Ford Plaza from 5:30 to 6:30 every Friday night, beginning two hours prior to every home game. The first 200 fans that line up at the Busch Bash entrance (Gate 5) will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets starting two hours and thirty minutes prior to the game. Busch Bash Fridays are sponsored by Busch Beer.

North Star Ice Cream Sundays

All Sundays, starting two hours prior to every home game, enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last) in the Ford Plaza.

Dynamic Deals of the Week

The Cardinals’ value-based dynamic pricing system allows for the Cardinals to offer outstanding ticket savings to fans throughout the season. Special values will be highlighted each Monday as part of the “Dynamic Deals of the Week” promotion. Since the launch of dynamic pricing last season, 80% of games were priced lower in 2011 than 2010, with two-thirds of the games having tickets priced for $10 or less. A third of the games had tickets available for only $5. Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails at cardinals.com or by visiting the Cardinals on Facebook and Twitter. This week only, fans can purchase $20 Right/Left Field Pavilion tickets for Saturday, June 9 vs. the Cleveland Indians. Don't wait, these tickets won't last long - get yours today at cardinals.com/tickets.

First Annual Graduation Day Tickets On Sale Now

Attention graduates! Sunday, July 1st when the Cards host the Pirates, it's Graduation Day at Busch Stadium. Whether you’re graduating from elementary school, middle school, high school, college, or any other type of graduation, the Cardinals would like to congratulate you on a job well done. Join your fellow classmates in celebrating your graduation with game tickets for only $15! Included in your ticket cost is an opportunity to parade around the field in your cap pre-game and a FREE hot dog and soda at the concession stand. It’s the perfect gift for any graduate! Parents, this makes the perfect gift for your graduating son/daughter. Reserve yours tickets today at cardinals.com/graduation.

Dog Days of Summer

Tickets for the 8th Annual Purina® Pooches in the Ballpark event (Saturday, June 16, against the Royals), presented by Schnucks®, go on sale at 10 a.m. The purchase of a special ticket will grant you and your pooch the opportunity to enjoy the game in a pet-friendly section of the stadium, the opportunity to participate in a pre-game costume parade around the warning track, and a performance by the Purina® Incredible Dog Team. For more information, visit cardinals.com\pooches.

Papa John’s Pizza is offering a Cardinals Win Special

All season long, you can use the Promo Code: CARDSWIN at Papajohns.com every day after the Cardinals win for 40% OFF! Papa John's will also donate 10% of every CARDSWIN order to the Siteman Cancer Center.

Fan-Friendly Values

  • AAA Member Discount: Members of the Automobile Association of America (AAA) receive a $10 discount off tickets to most Monday through Thursday home games. For details, visit cardinals.com/aaa.
  • Group Value Nights: Bring your group of 25 or more to the ballpark on select nights, and save up to 50% off the gate price! For details, visit cardinals.com/groupvalue.
  • Fill up at Phillips 66: Fill up with 10 gallons or more at your participating Phillips 66 and receive a special ticket offer for select games throughout the 2012 season. Details at cardinals.com/phillips66.
  • Cardinals/Six Flags Double Play Combo: Each Double Play Combo includes a ticket to a 2012 Cardinals game and one single-day admission to Six Flags for only $55! It’s your ticket for a summer full of family fun. Double Play Combos may be purchased at cardinals.com/sixflags or 314-345-9000.
  • Industry Appreciation Nights: During select games throughout the season, the Cardinals show their appreciation for employees, families and friends of local industry with a special offer for All-Inclusive tickets. Tickets are available for $59 in the All-Inclusive Legends Club, Coca-Cola Patio, Coca-Cola Deck and Powerade Bridge, and include a buffet, complimentary beer and soda and a great view of the game. Industry Appreciation Nights include: Emergency Services, Accounting, Auto, Insurance Agencies, Legal Services, Healthcare, Financial Planners, Bank and Credit Union, Restaurant, Teachers and Staff,   Salons and Barber Shop, Real Estate Industry and Military. Visit cardinals.com/tickets for more info.   
  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: The Cardinals are pleased to team up with KMOX 1120 to offer the KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets. At 9 a.m. on the day of each game, fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets to that day’s game for a total cost of $11.20 ($5.60 per ticket). The voucher may be redeemed for tickets 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the game. The tickets may be anywhere in the park, depending on availability.

Cardinals Authentics

Fans will want to stop by the Cardinals Authentics store in Ford Plaza, the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. New this year are a number of exciting 2011 World Championship themed items, as well as items commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the 1982 World Championship. Fans can now order an engraved bat from Louisville Slugger, the official bat of MLB. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget.

NEW Cardinals Magazine Celebrates Stan the Man

If you've ever searched for the perfect words to sum up the essence of Stan Musial, the new issue of Cardinals Magazine captures it once and for all. In a moving article by renowned national writer Will Leitch, you can reconnect with the treasured qualities that elevate Stan the Man to a plateau, all his own. Like every issue of Cardinal Magazine, this new issue is loaded with premium content you don't want to miss: there's more on Stan, with a 50-year flashback feature on becoming the NL’s all-time hits king. Of course there's a cover story on the hottest current Cardinal, Carlos Beltran. But for keepsake purposes alone, the magazine is worth picking up for the 17 pages filled with one-of-a-kind photos that document this year’s Opening Day celebrations. Perfect for fans of all ages, Cardinals Magazine is available for just $5 at all gates and the Team Store. Even better, start a one-year subscriptions today by calling 314.345.9303 or visiting cardinals.com/publications.

Exclusive 2011 World Series Champions Fan Jewelry Collection

Fans can now celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Series Championship with the Fan Collection—crafted by Jostens, the same jewelers who created the team ring. Jostens master jewelers are experts in the art of storytelling through intricate designs that are timeless symbols of achievement and inspiration. Combining artistry with innovative technology, every piece of the 2011 World Series Champions Fan Collection is crafted with passion and creativity. To order, call 855.WC.RINGS or visit cardinals.com/rings. Many items from the collection, which includes rings, necklaces, cufflinks, money clips and more, are on sale at the Team Store at 8th and Clark. All items will be made to order; however, a limited number of posters, key rings and paperweights will be available for immediate purchase.

Cardinals Green Team

Last year, as part of the “4 A Greener Game” initiative, The Cardinals Green Team diverted over 535 tons of materials from local landfills. The Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium. In exchange for their services, volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game. To volunteer or learn more, visit cardinals.com/green.

Cardinals Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Pinterest (pinterest.com/cardinalsmlb), Tumblr (stlcardinals) and Google + (St. Louis Cardinals). Fans will get an inside look at the team, exclusive promotions and giveaways, breaking club news, behind-the-scenes photos, videos and much more. For more info, and a list of verified player twitter accounts, visit cardinals.com/connect.

Rawlings Replay

Throughout the season, fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used baseball and softball equipment at special bins located throughout Busch Stadium, as part of “Rawlings Replay.” Established in 2011, “Rawlings Replay,” supports Redbird Rookies, the flagship program of Cardinals Care, which provides disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to play baseball for free, as well as a variety of other support services. Fans are also encouraged to donate at St. Louis area Johnny Mac’s locations and receive a special discount in-store on new Rawlings products. Members of the Cardinals Kids Club (cardinals.com/kidsclub) receive an additional voucher, good for two tickets to a 2012 game, if donations are made at Johnny Mac’s.

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation, is celebrating 15-years of supporting children.  Since 1997 Cardinals Care has invested nearly $18 million in “Caring for Kids” both on and off the baseball field.  Cardinals Care has provided nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations and built 19 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. 

Cardinals Care also runs Redbird Rookies, 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. The organization holds several events throughout the homestand:

  • Cardinals Care 6k: Registration is now open for the third annual “Cardinals Care 6K” set for Sunday, September 16th.  This year, in addition to the 6k – which has a lower fundraising minimum – fans can participate in a One Mile Fun Run. Over the last 2 years, Cardinals Care has raised more than $300,000 through this event to help kids in our community. Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6K.
  • World Champion Team to Race for the Cure: This year the St. Louis Cardinals have teamed up with CBS Radio to host a team to run the 2012 Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure®. On Saturday, June 23rd in downtown St. Louis, join other Cards fans as we raise awareness and help strike out breast cancer! Options include a 5K (about 3 miles), Run/Walk or 1 mile Fun Walk. The cost is $25 to Walk, $30 to Run, or $35 to Sleep In for a Cure. Online Team Members registration deadline is 8 a.m. on June 4, 2012. All team-members will receive a one-of-a-kind World Champions team t-shirt featuring a pink Cardinals logo. To register, go to cardinals.com/komen.

Birds on the Ballot

Ready to Vote Cardinals? The 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot is now available! Fans can vote online to send their favorite Cardinals to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City, Missouri. Eight Cardinals players are on the ballot including: Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, David Freese, Rafael Furcal, Tyler Greene, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina. Fans can vote a total of 25 times online at MLB.com and from mobile devices until Thursday, June 28 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Ballots are also available at Busch Stadium where fans can vote until Friday, June 15.

Cave Dwelling – Be Sure to Cast Your Vote for our Cardinals Cave Dweller Kyle Thompson!

Entering its second year, the redesigned MLB Fan Cave hosts fan events, concerts, MLB player and celebrity appearances, as well as nine Cave Dwellers who are attempting to watch every game of the 2012 MLB season while. Along the way, online fans will help decide who gets to stay in the MLB Fan Cave and who gets eliminated, with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series. This year, Cardinals fan and Oklahoma native Kyle Thompson is vying for your votes as he hopes to be the “last fan standing.” Support Cardinals fan and cave dweller Kyle Thompson by following him on Facebook (facebook.com/KyleOKC) and Twitter (@KyleOKC), and by voting. The first elimination vote is Monday, so be sure to show your support for Kyle.

For information of all promotions and scheduled events visit cardinals.com/promotions.