Lance Berkman to Headline 2017 Christian Day at the Ballpark

Former Cardinals All-Star Outfielder Will Be Keynote Speaker for Postgame Event on July 30

ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 11, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced details for the 27th annual Christian Day at the Ballpark on Sunday, July 30, presented by Thrivent Financial, featuring a postgame program highlighted by former Cardinals outfielder (2011-2012) and 2011 World Series champion, Lance Berkman.

Christian Day at the Ballpark is a day of faith, fellowship and baseball which begins when the Cardinals take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:15 p.m.  Following the game, all fans are encouraged to stay for a special postgame program emceed by Cardinals broadcaster Ricky Horton featuring Berkman, current Cardinals players and Manager Mike Matheny sharing their testimonies in faith.  A popular event each season, past Christian Day event speakers have included Kurt Warner, Lou Brock, Mike Singletary, Marcus Luttrell, Willie Robertson, Tony Dungy, David Eckstein and Adam Wainwright.

“Christian Day is a great mix of both baseball and faith that we look forward to every summer,” said Joe Strohm, Cardinals Vice President of Ticket Sales.  “This year we are honored to have Lance Berkman back at Busch Stadium to share his faith story.”

Berkman played 15 Major League seasons from 1999-2013, with four different organizations (Astros, Yankees Cardinals and Rangers).  He was a member of the Houston Astros first National League Championship team in 2005 and won a World Series ring with the Cardinals in 2011 after hitting .423 in the Fall Classic, including a clutch two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6.  The switch-hitting, six-time All-Star played in over 1800 games and posted career totals of 366 home runs, 1234 RBI along with a .293/.406/.549 slash line.  He finished in the top seven of N.L. MVP voting seven times and won the N.L. Comeback Player of the Year with the Cardinals in 2011.

“We are excited for our local Thrivent Members and all fans to enjoy this day with us,” said Thrivent Managing Partner, Terry Wold.  “As a membership organization of Christians, on a journey to help more Christians than ever before be wise with money and live generously in their communities, this partnership makes perfect sense.”

Fans can purchase specially priced $14 loge tickets for Christian Day by visiting cardinals.com/christianday.  Groups of 20 or more can call 314.345.9000.  All fans are invited to stay for the postgame program, regardless of ticket type. 

About Thrivent Financial

This year, the St. Louis Heartland Region Thrivent Member Network is excited to partner with H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, a St. Louis based nonprofit that provides complete and proactive support for members of all branches of the military and their families through pre-deployment, deployment, family reintegration and post-deployment at this event.  Members and guests of Thrivent Financial that purchased a ticket through Thrivent will be invited to participate in a Thrivent Action Team to benefit H.E.R.O.E.S. care, writing thank you cards and notes of encouragement that will be sent out in care packages to deployed military.  Thrivent Action Teams are member-led projects—fundraisers, one-time service activities or educational events—that can be completed within 90 days.

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