Happy Sunday everyone! We have some serious catching up to do on our team! So grab your coffee or … whatever beverage you happen to be consuming and read on!
The Cardinals announced they will have numerous ticket packages for sale, several of which have a World Series theme to them. Check out this statement from the release:
“We are excited to offer a variety of new ticket packages that are not only a great value, but also provide fans the chance to receive some unique World Championship promotional items,” said Joe Strohm, Vice-President of Ticket Sales for the Cardinals. “We expect tickets to be a popular gift for Cardinals fans this holiday season.”
Prices start at just $79 for all five-game packs and $154 for the 10-game Opening Day Pack.
The 2012 ticket packages are highlighted by new five-game packs centered on promotional dates honoring the team’s historic 11th World Series Championship. In addition, the perennially popular 10-game Opening Day Pack will return, along with a special 10-game Value Pack and the five-game All-Fridays Pack and All-Sundays Pack.
New for 2012, fans can select from several five-game packages built around games featuring special commemorative World Championship promotional giveaways. These new packs are the best way to guarantee tickets to these key promotional games. They include a World Champions Ring Pack, a World Champions Trophy Pack, a David Freese MVP Bobblehead Pack, a World Champions Beer Stein Pack and World Champions Flag Pack.
The 10-game Opening Day Pack features a ticket to Opening Day on April 13th, plus tickets to six weekend games and matchups with popular opponents such as the Phillies, Brewers and Giants. The 10-game Value Pack features ten games for the price of a five-game pack, including an afternoon game against the Cubs and games on July 4th and Labor Day.
On Saturday April 14th, Cardinals players will receive their 2011 World Champions ring in a special pre-game ceremony and fans will receive a replica ring. On April 15th fans will receive a full-sized replica of the 2011 World Championship flag that will fly above Busch Stadium. On April 29th fans will receive a miniature replica of the 2011 World Series trophy. On May 13th the Cardinals will honor 2011 World Series and National League Championship Series MVP David Freese, with fans receiving a David Freese MVP Bobblehead. On the May 25th game vs. the Phillies, fans 21 and over will receive a collectible beer stein commemorating the 2011 World Championship.
Value is the key element of all-inclusive tickets, where complimentary food and beverages are included in the price of each ticket. Tomorrow (Dec. 2) is the first opportunity for fans to purchase 2012 single-game tickets in the Bank of America Club, Champions Club, Coca-Cola Rooftop Deck and Patio, PowerAde Bridge, Commissioner’s Box, Homer’s Landing, Leftfield Landing and other all-inclusive areas. All-inclusive ticket prices start at just $55 each.
Hot Stove League talk
Mike Claiborne and Kevin Wheeler will host a Hot Stove League talk show every Monday night beginning this week and lasting through March 26. The show will appear on KMOX and select Cardinal network affiliates from 7-9 p.m.
According to the Cardinals, “The focus of the show will be on Cardinals baseball, with an additional emphasis on Major League Baseball as a whole. Topics will also include the Cardinals minor league system, as well as business and community issues. … Guests will include Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, general manager John Mozeliak, broadcasters Mike Shannon and John Rooney, front office officials, and current and former Cardinals players.”
The Fishing Trip
According to Post-Dispatch Breaking Schmooze columnist Deb Peterson, that much discussed fishing trip to Brazil with Chris Carpenter and Phillies ace Roy Halladay just got a little more interesting. Turns out, Matt Holliday is joining the guys.
All season, I thought Holliday was just hanging out in the dugout, eating sunflower seeds, avoiding moths and contracting different ailments. Not only do I discover that he and David Freese are pretty close but he’s close with Carp too? Well, that’s good to know! You’d just never guess it from the dugout shots with Berkman and all those sunflower seeds.
Yes, this fishing trip just got a whole lot more interesting. There better be pictures!
Here’s an interesting story from John Sawatsky for ESPN The Magazine on Tony LaRussa. Just read it!
Cardinal Fans Like Tweeting … A LOT!
Check this out! There lies an amazing compilation of information. You see, someone took the time to analyze all of those Tweets being sent over this last season involving the Cardinals. And they turned all of that into easy to read graphs.
I am personally shocked that “World Series Game 6 Comeback” didn’t top 30,000. I know I contributed a lot of tweets that night after losing my voice cheering about it! And I know for certain, I wasn’t the only one!
Oh! Perfect time to share this! Ah! I’m grinning! How about you!
Mabry joins staff
John Mabry will become the assistant hitting coach to Mark McGwire. … Yeah! Sounds strange to me too!
Mabry rounds out the Cardinals coaching staff for 2012 which features a lot of changes including one to the athletic trainer staff.
Check out that story here!
Ok, now that you are all caught up on Cardinals news, I give you permission to go make those final changes to your fantasy football team! Have a great day!
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter at Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.