19th Annual Winter Warm-Up To Kick Off 2015 Season

Details on how fans can enjoy the holiday weekend highlighted by autographs, Cardinals Caravan and new Hot Stove LIVE! event

ST. LOUIS, January 15, 2015 – The 19th annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp), the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan), and the new Hot Stove LIVE! (#CardsLIVE) event at Ballpark Village, highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2015 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 17th through Monday, January 19th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances from nearly 70 current and former Cardinals players. For the most complete schedule and up-to-date Winter Warm-Up information, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

The 2015 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.

New this year, fans can also take part in the first-ever Cardinals Hot Stove LIVE! event at Ballpark Village. The free program includes a fan Q&A with Cardinals leadership and players, as well as the first official introduction of new outfielder Jason Heyward. For more information, visit cardinals.com/hotstovelive.

Below are complete highlights of the 2015 Winter Warm-Up weekend:

Friday, January 16, 2015

  • First-ever “Cardinals Hot Stove LIVE!” Event: The free event, which is open to the public and fans of all-ages, begins at 6 p.m. at FOX Sports Midwest LIVE! inside Ballpark Village. Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., President Bill DeWitt III, and Rookie of the Year Finalist and NLCS Walk-off hero Kolten Wong will be on hand for the event, as well as new outfielder Jason Heyward in his first public appearance as a Cardinal. The program includes a fan Q&A emceed by broadcaster Dan McLaughlin, a season preview, and “State of Cardinals Nation” address. Free seating and standing room is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Hot Stove LIVE! program will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports Midwest and KMOX Radio. For more information, visit cardinals.com/hotstovelive.
  • Will Call: The Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window at the Hyatt Regency is open from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The 2015 Caravan kicks off with stops in Carbondale, Ill., Evansville, Ind., and Springfield, Moberly, and Jefferson City, Mo.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • Winter Warm-Up: The 3-day event kicks off today, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
    • 2015 Cardinals Autographs: Jason Heyward, Peter Bourjos, Matt Belisle, Ty Kelly, Stephen Piscotty, Xavier Scruggs, Dean Anna, Sam Tuivailala, Pete Kozma, Randal Grichuk, Mark Reynolds and Assistant Hitting Coach Bill Mueller.
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Tony La Russa, Glenn Brummer, Scott Terry, John Costello, Mike Jorgensen, Pat Perry, Cliff Politte, Brad Thompson, Jason Isringhausen and Rich Hacker.   
    • “Dugout” Presentations: “A History of the St. Louis Giants Negro Leagues Baseball Team” with Dwayne Isrig at 11 a.m.; Meet Officers Culberson and Donaldson and the two Vapor Wake Detection Canines (Shug and Upshaw) who keep Busch Stadium safe at noon; learn about the MLB Authentication program and the game-day process at 1 p.m.; hear about Cardinals Marketing with Vice President Dan Farrell at 2 p.m.; and “Legacy of Chris Von der Ahe – longtime owner of the St. Louis Browns” with Jeffery Kittel and Steve Pona at 3 p.m.
    •  “Clubhouse” Presentations: “Making the Museum” – a discussion about the process of designing, fabricating and installing the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum” with museum curator Paula Homan at 10 a.m.; meet the members of Team Fredbird at 11 a.m.; watch the Cardinals’ latest Nestflix video, Bird to the Future (movie runs approximately 20 minutes) at noon; “Wartime Baseball: A look at Stan Musial’s Navy Career” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Museum at 1 p.m.; “2014 Player Development Review” with Director of Player Development, Gary LaRocque at 2 p.m.; and “The Post-Dispatch’s Amadee and the History of sports cartooning” by Dan Martin from Post-Dispatch at 3 p.m.
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events are KMOV’s Claire Kellet from 9 to 11 a.m.; a discussion with Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III at 10 a.m.; Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin from noon to 2 p.m.; former Cardinals broadcaster Jay Randolph from 2 to 4 p.m.; and a discussion with General Manager John Mozeliak from 4 to 5 p.m.
    • Silent Auctions:  There are two silent auctions: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11 a.m. and 2 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 Will Call ticket window is open from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Bank of America Building (located across 4th Street). From noon to 5 p.m., Will Call relocates back to the Hyatt Regency.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinals Nation with stops in Paducah, Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., Memphis, Tenn., and Joplin, Rolla, Sedalia, Columbia and Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

  • Winter Warm-Up: The event is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
    • Remembering Oscar Taveras: In honor of number 18, the Cardinals will pay tribute to Oscar Taveras (#OT18) with a few remarks and a video tribute throughout the day on January 18th. All weekend long, fans will also notice the “OT18” imagery on all admission passes and other Warm-Up materials.
    • 2015 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Tim Cooney, Marco Gonzales, Tommy Pham, Charlie Tilson, Kevin Siegrist, Tyler Lyons, Michael Wacha, Matt Adams, Sam Freeman, Seth Maness, Matt Carpenter and Magneuris Sierra. 
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Red Schoendienst, Tom Lawless, Danny Cox, Mike Tyson, Kerry Robinson, Mike Shannon, Rick Horton, Jason Simontacchi, Todd Worrell and Jeff Lahti.   
    • Dugout Presentations: Meet Officers Culberson and Donaldson and the two Vapor Wake Detection Canines (Shug and Upshaw) who keep Busch Stadium safe at 11 a.m.; “Challenges of Playing the Role of General Manager” with longtime baseball executive Lee Thomas at noon; “A History of the St. Louis Giants Negro Leagues Baseball Team” with Dwayne Isrig at 1 p.m.; watch the Cardinals’ latest Nestflix video, Bird to the Future (movie runs approximately 20 minutes) at 2 p.m.; and “Legacy of Chris Von der Ahe – longtime owner of the St. Louis Browns” with Jeffery Kittel and Steve Pona at 3 p.m.
    • Clubhouse Presentations: “Collecting Sports Memorabilia” by Sports Collector Dave Jackson at 11 a.m.; meet the members of Team Fredbird at noon; Q&A with Assistant General Manager Michael Girsch and Director of Scouting Chris Correa at 1 p.m.; learn about the MLB Authentication program and the game-day process at 2 p.m.; and “Cardinals Museum: an overview of the outstanding items on loan at the Museum” with Brian Finch at 3 p.m.
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events are Cardinals broadcaster John Rooney from 10 a.m. to noon; Cardinals alum and broadcaster Mike Shannon from 11 a.m. to noon; former pitcher and current broadcaster Rick Horton from noon to 2 p.m.; and KMOV’s Maurice Drummond from 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11 a.m. and 2 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 Will Call ticket window will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Dyersburg, Tenn., as well as Decatur, Champaign, Mattoon, and Peoria, Ill.
  • 57th Annual Baseball Writers Association Dinner (Renaissance Grand Hotel, 6 p.m.): This year’s dinner celebrates the 2014 Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals and commemorates the 30th anniversary of the 1985 National League Champions. The 2015 Dinner will also premiere a special award presentation to retiring MLB Commissioner, Bud Selig, celebrating his invaluable service to the game of baseball. Members of the current Cardinals as well as members of the 1985 squad including Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Vince Coleman, Terry Pendleton, Jack Clark, Andy Van Slyke, Danny Cox and Whitey Herzog 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 19, 2015

  • Winter Warm-Up: The event is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
    • 2015 Cardinals Autographs: Lance Lynn, Mike Matheny, Carlos Martinez, Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong, Jhonny Peralta, Cody Stanley, Trevor Rosenthal, Greg Garcia and Jordan Walden.
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Mike Jorgensen, David Bell, Cal Eldred, Andy Benes, Alan Benes, Scott Cooper, John Mabry, Whitey Herzog, Stan Royer, Kyle McClellan and Tom Henke.
    • Dugout Presentations:  Meet Officers Culberson and Donaldson and the two Vapor Wake Detection Canines (Shug and Upshaw) who keep Busch Stadium safe at 10 a.m.; watch the Cardinals’ latest Nestflix video, Bird to the Future (movie runs approximately 20 minutes) at 11 a.m.; learn about the MLB Authentication program and the game-day process at noon; and bring your camera and take a picture with America’s symbol, the Bald Eagle at 1p.m.
    • Clubhouse Presentations: “Collecting Sports Memorabilia” by Sports Collector Dave Jackson at 10 a.m.; “Overview and Insight Regarding the Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Process” with Brian Finch at 11 a.m.; and “2014- A Year in Photos” with team photographer Taka Yanagimoto at noon.  
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews. Scheduled events are KMOV’s Mike Colombo from 9 to 11 a.m.; and Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9 a.m. – 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 Will Call ticket window will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its final stops in Hannibal, Mo., and Quincy, and Springfield, Ill.

Additional Winter Warm-Up Highlights (SaturdayMonday)

  • 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 is also located on the 2nd 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, Stan the Man, Inc., Whitey Herzog, Mike Matheny, Lou Brock 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 Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Jon Jay, John Lackey 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, ages 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.
  • Kids Club and Varsity Club Booth: Cardinals Kids Club and Varsity Club will have a booth at Winter Warm-Up. All fans that stop by the booth and register for a 2015 membership during the event will have their shipping fees waived. All one-of-a-kind 2015 membership items will be on display. To learn more about Cardinals Kids Club and Varsity Club, visit cardinals.com/kidsclub and cardinals.com/varsity.
  • 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.
  • 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 4th Floor. The permanent store location inside Busch Stadium – open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – will be open during the event with extended hours on Friday and Saturday (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.). The Majestic Store located on the north side of Ballpark Village will be open all weekend, sharing the same hours as the Team Store. Throughout the weekend, Jason Heyward tees will be on sale for $25.
  • Cardinals Publications: Visit the Cardinals Publications booth at its new location directly across from the Silent Auction table and take advantage of various show specials and the opportunity to win an autographed Lance Lynn jersey! Fans who purchase a subscription to Cardinals Magazine for just $35 will receive a voucher for two FREE tickets to a Monday through Thursday home game in 2015 AND gain automatic entry into a drawing to win the Lynn signed jersey. Additional exclusive offers include a reduced price on the popular 2015 Cardinals Official Calendar—the only one featuring the complete spring training and regular season schedules—on sale for just $10 each, or 3 for $25. Our vintage inventory of Cardinals Magazine, yearbooks and media guides are perfectly suitable for player autographs at the Warm-Up and for expanding your collection of Cardinals souvenirs. And while supplies last, a very limited quantity of 2014 Cardinals Yearbooks and complete 2014 Official Scorecard sets will be available for purchase. Fans who spend at least $25 at the booth will gain automatic entry into the drawing for the autographed Lynn jersey. Stay tuned for special announcements from Publications via Twitter (@Cardinals) throughout the three-day event.
  • Busch Stadium Tours: Guided tours of Busch Stadium will be offered during the 2015 Winter Warm-Up each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.every 30 minutes. These tours will be offered at the regular tour prices, but include a stop inside the Cardinals Clubhouse – the only time each year the Cardinals’ locker room is open to tours. For ticket prices, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/tours. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care.
  • Authentics and Personalized Bats: Cardinals Authentics – the only official source of memorabilia directly from the team – will be selling unique game-used, limited-edition and autographed memorabilia at their booth, including the first in a new collection of monthly commemorative World Series Championships coins. There will also be special prices on specific autographed and game-used items. 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 2015 Winter Warm-Up logo. 30% of all personalized bat sales will benefit Cardinals Care. The Cardinals Authentics Store located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 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 Hall of Fame and Museum: Fans who visit the Cardinals Museum during Winter Warm-Up weekend- open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – will receive a 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony commemorative program, while supplies last. To purchase museum tickets, or for more info, visit cardinalsnation.com.
  • Cardinals Nation Restaurant: Cardinals Nation can now visit Cardinals Nation during the Winter Warm-Up! Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village is open daily during the event, and throughout the entire year: Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to Midnight and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a Sunday Homerun Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 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. Cardinals Nation – Experience the tradition every day!

Social Media

Throughout the Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up, fans can stay connected by following the Cardinals on Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (Facebook.com/Cardinals) and Instagram (@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 the hashtags #CardsWarmUp, #CardsCaravan, #CardsLIVE and #CardsCare.

Traffic

This weekend, The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all lanes and ramps on I-44 in both directions between the Tucker ramp and 7th and Park as well as all lanes and ramps on northbound I-55 from Gravois to the Poplar Street Bridge for construction. Eastbound I-64 through downtown and to the Poplar Street Bridge will remain open in both directions. Warm-Up attendees can detour around the closure in a variety of ways. For more information, visit http://www.modot.org/stlouis/major_projects/PoplarStreetRampproject.htm.  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, fans should visit cityarchriver.org or stlouisarch.hyatt.com

Tickets

  • Admission Passes: Although online ticket sales have ended, fans can still purchase three-day passes for the event at the Busch Stadium Team Store, area Cardinals Clubhouse Stores (at Union Station, The Galleria, St. Louis Mills, St. Clair Square, South County Mall, West County Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, and Branson Landing), or at the event’s Autograph and Admission Sales Table on Floor 2. 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 Warm-Up.
  • Will Call: Fans that purchased their tickets in advance can pick them up at the event Will Call:
    • Monday, Jan.12-Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Cardinals Ticket Windows at Busch Stadium)
    • Friday, Jan. 16th from noon – 7 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
    • Saturday, Jan. 17th from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (at Bank of America building located across 4th Street)**
    • Saturday, Jan. 17th from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
    • Sunday, Jan. 18th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)*
    • Monday, Jan. 19th from 9 a.m. – 2 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 Winter Warm-Up for a specific donation to Cardinals Care. Donation amounts can be found at cardinals.com/winterwarmup.
  • Free Autographs: A number of players will be signing free autographs. This year, free players require a line ticket which will be made available Warm-Up. Tickets for players signing free autographs at 9am and 10am will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in that players’ autograph line in the Grand Ballroom on Level 4. Tickets for players signing free autographs at 11am or after will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Autograph and Admission Sales booth on Level 2. Those tickets will be made available beginning two hours prior to the player’s signing time.

Cardinals and Cardinals Care Sponsors

Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Cardinals would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the 2015 Winter Warm-Up possible: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, Edward Jones, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., FOX Sports Midwest, Belleville News-Democrat, KMOX, Enterprise Holdings, PSAV,  Rawlings Sporting Goods, FastSigns of Bridgeton, Syberg’s, Renewal By Andersen, Welk Resorts, Hostess, KMOV News 4, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, In Focus Outdoor, Nehmen-Kodner, Wireless USA, St. Louis Sportswear, Coca-Cola,  Gwin’s Travel, Companion Bakery and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Cardinals Care
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. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $20 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. 2015 marks the 12th 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.

*The schedule – including all players, dates, & times – is subject to change.  

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