2014 NLCS at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinals - San Francisco Giants

  ST. LOUIS, MO (October 10, 2014) - For the fourth consecutive year and the ninth time in the past 15 seasons, the Cardinals have advanced to the National League Championship Series (NLCS). The Cardinals will have home-field advantage over the San Francisco Giants for the seven-game series which begins Saturday at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are making their fourth consecutive postseason appearance and the 27th postseason appearance in franchise history (#PostCards). A very limited number of tickets remain for Championship Series games at Busch Stadium at cardinals.com/postseason. Here are details on how fans can enjoy postseason baseball in St. Louis.  

GAME SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS

NLCS Game 1 - Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Busch Stadium - 7:07 p.m. CT (FOX)

  • 3-6 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
    • FOX Sports Midwest broadcasters will make an appearance
  • Gates open at 5 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Phillips 66
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 6:40 p.m.
  • Introduction of both teams to the line
  • National Anthem by the St. Louis Symphony Trumpet Section comprised of Karin Bliznik, principal; Thomas Drake, associate principal; Mike Walk and Carrie Schafer
  • Colors presented by Sergeant First Class Michael Seelow and the Joint Service Color Guard Unit from Fort Leonard Wood's Maneuver Support Center of Excellence
  • Flag presented by soldiers who have training and leadership assignments at Fort Leonard Wood  
  • Ceremonial first pitch by National Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog
  •  "God Bless America" performed by national recording artist and retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Generald Wilson during the 7th Inning Stretch

NLCS Game 2 - Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Busch Stadium - 7:07 p.m. CT (FS1)

  • 3-6 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
    • Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson will sign autographs from 3:30 -4 p.m.
    • Former Cardinal Brad Thompson will be on stage at 5:30 p.m.
    • FOX Sports Midwest broadcasters will make an appearance
  • Gates open at 5 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Purina Pro Plan
  • The Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track (weather-permitting) pre-game
  • National Anthem by Erin Bode, St. Louis based national recording jazz artist
  • Ceremonial first pitch by former Cardinal and postseason hero Jim Edmonds  

NLCS Game 3 - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - AT&T Park - 3:07 p.m. CT (FS1)

NLCS Game 4 - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - AT&T Park - 7:07 p.m. CT (FS1)

NLCS Game 5 - Thursday, October 16, 2014 - AT&T Park - 7:07 p.m. CT (FS1) *(If necessary)

NLCS Game 6 - Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Busch Stadium - 3:07 p.m. CT (FOX) *(If necessary)

  • Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
  • Gates open at 1 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel
  • Pre-game ceremony details TBD

NLCS Game 7 - Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Busch Stadium - 6:37 p.m. CT (FS1) *(If necessary)

  • Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot and Busch II Infield
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and more
  • Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel
  • Pre-game ceremony details TBD 

Watching On TV

TELEVISION: Fans can watch the Cardinals' National League Division Series games on FOX or FOX Sports 1. For FOX Sports 1 channel information, view the chart below, or find full directory listings at FOXSports1.com

Direct TV - 219 (SD and HD)
DISH - 150 (SD and HD)
AT&T U-Verse 652 (SD) and 1652 (HD)
Charter - 43 and 211 (SD) and 811 (HD)

BALLPARK VILLAGE: When the Cardinals are in San Francisco, Cardinals Fans are invited to gather at Ballpark Village to watch all of the action. The ultimate fan environment where the game-day experience never ends, Ballpark Village offers fans an unparalleled viewing experience - including the largest TV screen in town at FOX Sports Midwest Live! There will be a variety of activities for fans, including live music, game-day promotions, giveaways, and celebrity appearances in a fun, high-energy atmosphere. 

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) and the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the games. The national broadcast of all NLCS games can also be heard on ESPN Radio (101.1 FM) or SiriusXM Radio.  

Social Media

Fans participating in the postseason action on social media can follow the Cardinals at Facebook.com/Cardinals, on Twitter (@Cardinals), on Instagram (@Cardinals) and Tumblr (stlcardinals.tumblr.com). Join the social conversation using #PostCards.  

Online Or On The Go

Fans can follow every Cardinals Postseason game for free on cardinals.com on their computers and laptops using MLB.com Gameday. The MLB.com At Bat mobile application is the most popular way to follow live Cardinals games on-the-go. At Bat offers fans live radio broadcasts, replay reviews, scoreboards, statistics, video highlights, series schedules, breaking news, expert analysis and more. Cardinals fans can download MLB.com At Bat on their favorite smartphones or tablets by visiting the app store or MLB.com.

Driving To The Games

MoDOT has limited roadwork when the Cardinals are at home during the National League Championship Series. Currently, fans can expect no significant traffic impacts due to construction on Missouri interstates heading into Busch Stadium or heading home on Saturday, October 11, Sunday, October 12, Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. 

Alternative Transportation

MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving, allowing fans to avoid the cost of parking and game day traffic. To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game day, fans can use one of 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark. Check the Metro website www.MetroSt.Louis.org for schedules and the Park-Ride lot nearest you. There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium including the RedBird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The first RedBird Express leaves 4 hours before the game and runs approximately every 5 minutes.

Postseason Merchandise

  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Team Store will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (or an hour after the game). The Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium is fully stocked with a full line of team clothing including a deep roster of t-shirts, some exclusive to the Team Store:
    • "Always October," on-field graphic t-shirts available in kids, ladies and mens sizes. 
    • NLDS locker room clinch t-shirts, available in kids, ladies and mens sizes
    • NLCS Dueling t-shirts (Cardinals vs. Giants)
    • "Respect the STL" t-shirts, available in toddler, youth, juvenile and mens sizes
    • New Youth Cardinals t-shirts for boys and girls

To help keep fans warm the Team Store offers a wide-selection of hooded fleece jackets including a new Red and White striped hoody with a Cardinals logo for the ladies, team blankets in all sizes and styles, and Fredbird mittens for kids and adults. Fans can also find standard merchandise, team clothing, baseballs, pennants, hats, jewelry, souvenirs, lapel pins and more. New items are arriving daily. (#BuschStadiumTeamStore)

  • Cardinals Authentics: Fans will want to stop by both Cardinals Authentics stores as it's the only place to get official, game-used, limited edition and autographed Cardinals memorabilia directly from the team. Featured items include game-used baseballs, bases, and bats from the 2014 season, 2011 World Championship themed items, jerseys and hats directly from the clubhouse and one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia. Cardinals Authentics has a variety of items to fit every budget. It is where every piece tells a story. The Cardinals Authentics Store located in Ford Plaza inside Busch Stadium is open 2 hours before game time and a half hour after the game ends. The new Cardinals Authentics Shop located in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (or an hour after the game ends) every day of the week. (#CardsAuthentics)

 

  • Cardinals Magazine and Cardinals Yearbook: Celebrate the Cardinals' return to the postseason by purchasing two NEW keepsake items at Busch Stadium. The cover story in the new edition of Cardinals Magazine focuses on Jon Jay, a driving force behind the Redbirds successful pursuit of a second consecutive N.L. Central title. Other issue highlights include a 40th anniversary celebration of Lou Brock's record-setting 118-steal season in 1974, behind-the-scenes looks at Jon Hamm's visit to Busch Stadium and the 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame ceremony, a Q&A with 2013 postseason hero Michael Wacha, and the latest installment of Adam Wainwright's journal. And the popular 2014 Official Yearbook offers the definitive tribute to the Cardinal Legacies of Hall of Famers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre and action photos and studio portraits of the 2014 Cardinals. The magazine is $5; the yearbook is $15. Both publications are on sale at all gates, the official Busch Stadium Team Store, Cardinals Authentics inside Ballpark Village, and can also be purchased by calling 314.345.9000 or visiting cardinals.com/publications. (#CardsMag | #CardsYearbook)

Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar

MENU: Cardinals Nation, the team's new two-story restaurant in Ballpark Village, is rolling out a variety of new menu items and specials for the 2014 postseason. 

  • Stuffed Pretzel Sticks
  • Spinach & Artichoke Dip
  • Chicken Bruschetta
  • Octoberfest Burger: Pretzel bun, fried pickles and beer mustard
  • Pie Shakes: Pumpkin, Peach or Apple Pie blended into a Vanilla Closer Shake
  • 20 oz. Souvenir Cardinals Nation Postseason cup: Keep your cup with every beer or upgraded soda purchase
  • New Drinks: The Red October, The 1982, Spiked Apple Cider, Fig infused Side Car, and more

LIVE MUSIC: Stick around after each home game for free live music on the 2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant including Sable on Saturday night, and Boogie Chyld on Sunday.

ROOFTOP PARTY: New for the NLCS, Cardinals Nation and the Budweiser Brew House will have Saint Louis' biggest rooftop post-game party after each game. Following the last pitch, the Rooftop opens to the public, and a DJ will keep the fun going. Guests may access the party through Cardinals Nation or the Budweiser Brew House and continue to the third floor.

Support Cardinals Care

Throughout the postseason, fans will have multiple opportunities to support Cardinals Care, the charitable arm of the team and organization.

  • 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 every postseason home 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, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

 

BUSCH STADIUM - POLICY REMINDER 

Bag Inspections And Guest Screening Policy

  • Standard game-day bag inspection policies for Busch Stadium are in effect. Bags will be allowed that meet Major League Baseball's standard size restriction (16"x16"x8"), and all bags will be inspected prior to entry.
  • In compliance with new Major League Baseball security procedures, Busch Stadium is phasing in the use of walk-through metal detectors at some of the entry gates this postseason. Guests will need to remove all keys, cell phones, cameras, sunglass cases and other large metal objects from their person prior to passing through the metal detectors.
  • Guests will be permitted to bring small personal cameras as long as they do not obstruct other guest's view and will be subject to inspection. No professional-sized photography equipment will be allowed except for members of the media with proper MLB Postseason credentials.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages such as water & soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.
  • Alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers; hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted.
  • Small banners and signs are allowed. Banners may be displayed as long as they do not hinder or interfere with a ball in play or distract or interfere with the view of another guest. Banners may not be displayed in fair territory, be obscene or in poor taste, attract abuse or cause a disturbance among other guests. They should be baseball-oriented and not commercial in nature.
  • Please minimize items you bring into the stadium to speed up the inspection process. 
  • Expect long lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process. 

Exit/Re-entry Policy

A new exit/re-entry policy will be in effect for the 2014 NLCS. Exit/re-entry will only be allowed through the end of the 7th inning. Guests wishing to leave the stadium, but planning to return during the same game must have their hand and ticket stamped at Gates 4 or 5 only as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection and Guest Screening policy will also be enforced upon re-entry. 

No Smoking Policy

Standard Busch Stadium Smoking Policy is in effect. Busch Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Exit/re-Entry turnstiles will be set up at Gates 4 and 5 to allow fans access in and out of the stadium if they wish to smoke. Guests must have their hand and ticket stamped at Gate 4 or 5 as they exit the stadium. Guests will also receive a re-entry card which they must show with their stamped ticket and stamped hand upon re-entry. Inspection and Guest Screening policy will also be enforced upon re-entry..

Clark Street Access

Access to Clark Street between the Stadium and Ballpark Village will be restricted to ticket holders only from 4 hours prior to game time until the end of the game. All guests entering the Stadium through Gates 4 and 5 will need to show their ticket at the Clark Street Access Locations. Any non-ticketed guests who wish to get to the Ballpark Village and the Busch II Infield will need to do so from the north entrances. 

MATCHUP HISTORY

  • The Cardinals have previously faced the San Francisco Giants 3 times in the postseason with all three appearances coming in the Championship Series round:
    • 1987- Won, 4-3
    • 2002- Lost, 4-1
    • 2012- Lost, 4-3
  • During the 2014 regular season, the Cardinals won 3 of 7 games against the Giants, with 2 of those wins coming on the road. 

2014 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cardinals completed their 123rd season of play in the National League with an 90-72 mark, winning the N.L. Central for the 10th time and for the 2nd consecutive season, as they qualified for the postseason for a 4th consecutive season - the 1st time in franchise history to have done so.
  • The Cardinals won 51 home games, tying Washington & Pittsburgh for the top mark in the N.L. The Cardinals have won an N.L.-best 436 home games since moving into Busch Stadium III in 2006.
  • The Cardinals put together the 74th winning season (+.500) in franchise history. The Cardinals have now compiled seven consecutive winning seasons, doing so for the 3rd time in franchise history.
  • The Cardinals were never swept in a series of three or more games, their 1st season since 2005 to have done so.
  • The Cardinals posted a Major League-leading 23 shutout victories, their most since posting a club record 30 in 1968. It was also the first since time 1968 (31%) that 25% or more of their victories came via shutouts.
  • The Cardinals were 32-23 in games decided by just one run in 2014. Those 32 wins in one-run games were their most since 1992 (34-31) and their 55 one-run games were their most since 1998 (58; 28-30).
  • The Cardinals won a franchise-best five games this season when collecting 4 hits or less and their 11 wins with 5 hits or fewer was also a club record.
  • Cardinals starting pitchers had a Major League co-leading 22 starts (also Washington) in which they worked 7 or more scoreless innings, their most since doing so in a club record 29 games in 1968.
  • Mike Matheny is the first manager in St. Louis Cardinals history to take his team to the postseason in each of his first three full seasons. He's only the 5th manager all-time to have done so, joining Ron Gardenhire (2002-04), Larry Dierker (1997-99), Ralph Houk (1961-63) and Hughie Jennings (1907-09).