Homestand highlights for Wednesday, May 29 - Thursday, June 6, 2013

Following an eight-game road trip to San Diego, Los Angeles and Kansas City (6-2), the Cardinals return to St. Louis for a nine-game homestand with a Major League best 34-17 record. The homestand begins with the second half of a home-and-home series against the I-70 rival Kansas City Royals, followed by a three-game series against the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, and concludes with a four-game series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. The homestand is highlighted by several theme ticket promotions such as Social Media Night and Gardening Night, as well as stadium-wide promotions like Cooper Tire Fireworks Night, Rawlings Mystery Bat Night, and Kids Replica Yadier Molina Batting Practice Jersey day. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:15 p.m.)

  • Gardening Night at the Ballpark: Fans who purchase a special ticket for this themed event night will take home their very own, limited edition, Cardinals gardening tool set! Tickets start at just $22, and a portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Missouri Botanical Garden. Fans can purchase the special tickets at cardinals.com/garden. Please note that the gardening tool set is only available with the purchase of this special ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club 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 30, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (7:15 p.m.)

  • MLB Drawstring Bag Day: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a drawstring backpack courtesy of MLB Network at the gate. 
  • Summer Beer Tasting at Busch: Fans who purchase a special ticket for this themed event night will receive entry into the 2013 Summer Beer Tasting at Busch. Fans with this special ticket have the chance to taste a variety of Anheuser-Busch specialty beers and new products. Each ticket provides entry into the Summer Beer Tasting, six 4oz samples of beer and a commemorative tasting glass. This year's Beer Tasting will feature eight brands of beer: Straw-ber-rita, Lime-a-rita, Shock Top Lemon Shandy, Shock Top Apple Crisp, Goose Island Summertime, Goose Island Honkers Ale, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat and Budweiser Black Crown. Please note that the Summer Beer Tasting is only accessible with the purchase of this special ticket available at cardinals.com/beer.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club 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.

Friday, May 31, 2013 - Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (7:15 p.m.)

  • Ritz Kick Off to Summer Weekend: A weekend full of fun for kids and families! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will receive a free ticket to a future home game, compliments of Ritz.
  • Rawlings Mystery Bat Night: 10,000 ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will receive a randomly distributed, game-useable Rawlings kids bat as they enter the gates. Bats vary from: Allen Craig, Yadier Molina, Scott Rolen, Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Ryan Ludwick, and Matt Holliday.
  • Cooper Tire Fireworks Night: The Cardinals are proud to present Fireworks Night at Busch Stadium. Bring the entire family to watch the Cards take on the reigning World Champion San Francisco Giants in an NLCS rematch. Stay in your seat after the game to watch a dazzling fireworks display with the Gateway Arch as the backdrop. Presented by Cooper Tire.
  • Budweiser Bash Friday: Enjoy live music, prizes, the Budweiser Build-a-Bar, and autographs in the Ford Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. The first 200 fans to line up at the Budweiser Bash entrance (Gate 5) will be given guaranteed autograph line tickets for Cardinals Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter. Only fans with autograph tickets will receive an autograph. Autograph ticket distribution begins one hour prior to gates opening. Budweiser Bash Fridays are sponsored by Budweiser Beer.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club 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.
  • 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. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (6:15 p.m.)

  • Ritz Kick Off to Summer Weekend: A weekend full of fun for kids and families! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will receive a free ticket to a future home game, compliments of Ritz.
  • Kids Replica Yadier Molina Batting Practice Jersey Day: All ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will take home a kids replica Yadier Molina batting practice jersey, just like the one he wears, courtesy of Powerade and Shop 'n Save. 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club 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.

Sunday, June 2, 2013 - Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (1:15 p.m.)

  • TBS to Broadcast Game: TBS has decided to pick up coverage of the series finale versus the Giants and will broadcast the game on a national level. Those living within the local TV territory will be able to view the game as originally planned on Fox Sports Midwest, however those outside of the FSM viewing area will also be able to tune in.
  • Ritz Kick Off to Summer Weekend: A weekend full of fun for kids and families! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ticketed-fans, ages 15 and younger, will receive a free ticket to a future home game, compliments of Ritz.
  • Six Flags Day: Fredbird's Looney Tunes friends will be here to present kids, 48" inches and under, with a free ticket to Six Flags, valid any weekday (Monday-Friday) through Friday, July 5th.
  • Family Attractions Card Day: Stop by Ford Plaza to pick up your ticket to summer in St. Louis. 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive The Family Attractions card. Perfect for families looking for summer fun and activities, The Family Attractions Card offers thousands in savings at local area attractions, restaurants and lodging.
  • 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).
  • Hunter Family Sunday: During this game, and on most Sundays, fans purchasing individual tickets in Right Field Terrace and RF/LF Pavilion will receive a free Hunter hot dog and Coca-Cola.
  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club 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.

Monday, June 3, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

  • Social Media Night at Busch: The St. Louis Cardinals and Budweiser present the first Social Media Night of 2013 (#CardsSocial). For just $25, fans receive a special Left Field Porch Ticket which provides access to pre-game program featuring Cardinals Players at 5:45 p.m. in the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, a fan-designed Cardinals Social Media T-shirt (pictured), as well as giveaways and prizes. Fans can purchase the special tickets at cardinals.com/socialmedianight. Please note that the t-shirt and pre-game program is only available with the purchase of this special ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for this promotional item. Fans can also follow #CardsSocial at home on Twitter for the chance to win prizes. All fans can also "take over" the Cardinals Twitter account for the game. @Cardinals will allow fans to tweet the story of the game during Social Media Night by selectively re-tweeting fans that include the hashtag #STLfanTakeover.
  • 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. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (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. New this year, the Ice Mountain Autograph Event will be held in Riverview Corner on the 400 level in right field.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club 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, June 6, 2013 - Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6:15 p.m.)

  • Stan Musial Poster Night: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a commemorative Stan Musial poster courtesy of Shelter Insurance.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club 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.

More Fan Fun

Cardinals Magazine Shines Spotlight on Oscar Taveras, New Issue to Feature Shelby Miller

Limited time remains to purchase Issue 2 of Cardinals Magazine featuring the organization's top prospect, Oscar Taveras. Also, learn more about hitting coach John Mabry, Ballpark Village, Cardinals Legends Camp, and much more! And in the middle of the homestand, Cardinals Magazine will unveil its new edition featuring N.L. Rookie of the Year candidate, Shelby Miller, on the cover. Other issue highlights include profiles on Ted Simmons and Joe Magrane, a closer look at how families have shaped the careers of Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright and Matt Holliday, and a Q&A with Trevor Rosenthal. Now available in print or digital, fans can start a subscription today at cardinals.com/publications, call 314.345.9303, or pick up a copy at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Instagram (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.

  • Facebook Fridays with Fredbird: Every Friday, Fredbird and Team Fredbird will appear somewhere within Cardinal Nation to give away a select number of free tickets or items to lucky fans on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to join the fun. To find out where Fredbird will be each week follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals, or visit cardinals.com/facebookfridays for more details.

All-Star Balloting: Ready to #VoteSTL? Ballots for the 2013 All-Star Game are available inside Busch Stadium through June 4th. Online voting is also underway at cardinals.com/vote, and fans can vote a total of 25 times online and from mobile devices until Thursday, July 4th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Send your favorite Cardinal players to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game in New York by joining the conversation (#VoteSTL) and voting for Allen Craig (#AllStarAllen), Matt Carpenter (#CarpenterSkills), David Freese (#FreesePlease), Pete Kozma (#PickPete), Yadier Molina (#YadiYadiYadi), Carlos Beltran (#SavedByTheBeltran), Matt Holliday (#HollidayIn), and Jon Jay (#SayJay).  

  • 'gram the Ballot Box

The Cardinals have taken to social media to create a fun and encouraging way for fans to vote for their favorite Redbirds for the 2013 All-Star Game. The Cardinals have launched an Instagram-based promotion called 'gram the ballot box that enables fans to have their photo shown on the scoreboard at Busch Stadium when their favorite player comes to the plate. The Cardinals will use the photo in place of the player to demonstrate that the fan went to bat for the player with their All-Star vote provided that the fan follows the team on Instagram (@cardinals) and the photo is posted with the appropriate hashtags (#VoteSTL and the designated All-Star voting hashtag for one of their favorite Cardinals players).

  • #VinetheVote

The Cardinals are encouraging fans to take to Twitter to post short campaign videos in support of their favorite players. The hope is that Cardinals fans share via social media who they think should represent the Redbirds in NYC for the 2013 All-Star Game. Fans who participate in #VinetheVote, named for the free, video, mobile application, may have their creative work shared with the Cardinals (@cardinals) nearly 300,000 twitter followers. The team plans to retweet select videos posted to twitter, which may be created with Vine or any other app, so long as the fan follows the team on twitter and posts the video with the player hashtags, #VoteSTL & #VinetheVote.   

Cardinals Work "4 A Greener Game"

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 in the Community

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community - both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested nearly $19 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 19 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois.

Cardinals Care's Redbird Rookies program, a free league for boys and girls who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play baseball, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls, and other equipment needed for each team in over 20 leagues in Missouri and Illinois, 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.

Cardinals Care is urging fans to support their on-going efforts to help children a variety of ways:

  • Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run: Registration is now open for the fourth annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run set for Sunday, August 18th. Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6k.
  • Cardinals for the Cure: The Cardinals are teaming up with fans again this year for the 16th annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 15th. Fans should visit cardinals.com/komen for more information on how to donate or how to join the St. Louis Cardinals/KMOX/Y98/FRESH 102.5/Mercy Team in 2013. All participants will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardinals t-shirt.
  • Donate directly at cardinals.com/community

Fan-Friendly Values

  • Dynamic Deals of the Week: The Cardinals' value-based dynamic pricing system allows them 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, 77% of games were priced lower in 2012 than 2011, with nearly 40% of games having tickets priced for $5 or less. Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails at cardinals.com.
  • 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.
  • For a full listing of all the fan-friendly ticket values in 2013, visit cardinals.com/values.

For more information on Cardinals promotions and scheduled events visit cardinals.com/promotions and cardinals.com/theme.