ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The 18th annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#WWU), the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) and the 56th annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that unofficially kicks off the 2014 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 18th through Monday, January 20th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances by a variety of current and former Cardinals players. In addition to familiar favorites, fans will have their first opportunity to greet offseason acquisitions Peter Bourjos, Mark Ellis, Jhonny Peralta and Randal Grichuk.

"We love bringing together our players and fans as we work to raise money for kids in the Cardinals community," said Michael Hall, Vice-President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. "Winter Warm-Up is always a lot of fun for the fans, but it's also fun for us because we know that the fans are helping us make a real difference throughout Cardinal Nation."

For Winter Warm-Up information, and to learn more about Cardinals Care, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

The Cardinals Caravan departed Busch Stadium on Friday morning and is making 19 stops in four states along five routes before returning to St. Louis Monday night. For complete information on all caravan stops, visit cardinals.com/caravan.

The 56th annual Baseball Writers Dinner takes place at the Renaissance Grand Hotel on Sunday night. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner celebrates the 2013 National League Champion Cardinals and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World Championship with members of both teams. The evening will be highlighted by special guests like soon-to-be Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa, retiring pitching great Chris Carpenter and the presentation of the St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, the Rookie of the Year and the winner of the Darryl Kile Award.

Below are complete highlights of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up:

Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Will Call: The Will Call ticket window at the Hyatt Regency will be open from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Cardinals Caravan Kicks Off: Stops in Springfield, Mo., Champaign, Ill., Decatur, Ill., Mexico, Mo. and Jefferson City, Mo. kick off the 2014 Cardinals Caravan.

 

Saturday, January 18, 2013 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

  • 2014 Cardinals Autographs: Adam Wainwright, Oscar Taveras, Daniel Descalso, Trevor Rosenthal, Pete Kozma, Randal Grichuk, Kevin Siegrist, Greg Garcia, Seth Maness, Jhonny Peralta and Keith Butler.
  • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Chris Carpenter, Scott Terry, Jack Clark, Ryan Franklin, Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton, Jason Simontacchi, Glenn Brummer, Donovan Osborne, Ken Dayley and Kerry Robinson.
  • "Dugout" Presentations: "Challenges of Playing the role of a General Manager" with Lee Thomas at 11 a.m.; "Collecting Sports Memorabilia" with collector Dave Jackson at 1 p.m.; and "Concussions in Baseball," a discussion with Cardinals' team physician Dr. Wendell Becton at 3 p.m. 
  • "Clubhouse" Presentations: Old time baseball talk with former Cardinal Ted Savage at 10 a.m.; Meet the members of Team Fredbird at noon; "Hall of Fame Gamers: the Jerseys of Cardinals HOFers in the Team's Collection" presentation by Brian Finch of the Cardinals' Hall of Fame and Museum at 2 p.m.; and a discussion about Cardinals' Marketing with Dan Farrell, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, 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 and Andre Hepkins from 9 to 11 a.m.; "Cardinals Baseball" with General Manager John Mozeliak from 11 a.m. to noon; Cardinals alum and broadcaster Al Hrabosky from noon-2 p.m.; Cardinals alum and broadcaster Rick Horton from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin from 3 to 5 p.m. 
  • 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 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Bank of America Building. From noon to 5 p.m., Will Call will relocate back to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinal Nation with stops in Joplin, Rolla, Hannibal, Columbia, and Moberly, Mo. as well as Quincy, Ill.

 

Sunday, January 19, 2014 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

  • 2014 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Carpenter, Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, Tony Cruz, Tyler Lyons, Kolten Wong, Matt Adams, Jon Jay, Stephen Piscotty, Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn, Allen Craig, Eric Fornataro, Jason Motte, Mark Ellis, Shane Robinson, and Jermaine Curtis. 
  • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Tony La Russa, Tom Lawless, John Costello, Mike Shannon, Ernie Broglio, Red Schoendienst, Danny Cox and Cal Eldred.
  • Dugout Presentations: "2013 Player Development Review" by Gary LaRocque, Director of Player Development, at 10 a.m.; "Collecting Sports Memorabilia" with collector Dave Jackson at 11 a.m.; and "Concussions in Baseball," a discussion with Cardinals' team physician Dr. Wendell Becton at 3 p.m.
  • Clubhouse Presentations: "Cardinals Baseball Photography: Year in Review" with team photographer Scott Rovak at 10 a.m.; Meet the members of Team Fredbird at noon; see 2013 additions to the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum Collection with Brian Finch of the Cardinals' Hall of Fame and Museum at 1 p.m.; and "The Cardinals Draft Process" from Director of Scouting, Dan Kantrovitz, at 2 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 alum and broadcaster Mike Shannon from 10 a.m. to noon; Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Cardinals broadcaster John Rooney from 1 to 3 p.m.; and KMOV's Maurice Drummond from 3 to 5 p.m.  
  • 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 its way through Cardinal Nation with stops in Dyersburg and Memphis, Tenn., as well as Mattoon and Peoria, Ill.
  • 56th Annual Baseball Writers Dinner (Renaissance Grand Hotel, 6:30 p.m.): This year's dinner celebrates and honors the 2013 National League Champion Cardinals and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World Championship with members of both teams. The evening will be highlighted by special guests like soon-to-be Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa and the presentation of the St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, the Rookie of the Year and the winner of the Darryl Kile Award.

 

Monday, January 20, 2014 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

  • 2014 Cardinals Autographs: Michael Wacha, Mike Matheny, Peter Bourjos, Matt Holliday, Sam Freeman and Zach Petrick.
  • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Cliff Politte, Mike Jorgensen, Alan Benes, Kyle McClellan, Bill Virdon Whitey Herzog, John Mabry, Stan Royer and Brian Jordan.
  • Dugout Presentations: Learn about the stadium P.A. job from announcer John Ulett at 10 a.m.; bring your camera and take a picture with America's symbol, the bald eagle at 11 a.m.; and "Collecting Sports Memorabilia" with collector Dave Jackson at 1 p.m.
  • Clubhouse Presentations: Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III discusses Ballpark Village at 10 a.m.; learn the history of the Cardinals in 10 items on display from the Cardinals Museum with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum at 11 a.m.; Meet the members of Team Fredbird at noon; and "Cardinals Baseball Photography: Year in Review" with team photographer Scott Rovak at 1 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 Mike Colombo from 9 to 11 a.m.; and former Cardinals broadcaster Jay Randolph from noon to 2 p.m.
  • 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 Jonesboro, Ark., Cape Girardeau, Mo., Peoria and Springfield, Ill.

All Three Days

  • 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 carnival games and inflatables.
  • 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, Jason Motte's K Cancer Store and Cardinals Authentics, visit booths for Tony La Russa's ARF Foundation, Stan the Man, Inc., Whitey Herzog, Ballpark Village 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, toys, grab bags, books, autographed photos and bats, lapel pins 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 Ozzie Smith may redeem their ticket at the Cardinals Care Store to receive their autographed item.
  • Trophy Photos: Fans will be able to take their photo with the 2006 and 2011 World Series trophies, as well as with Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright's 2013 Gold Glove Awards. The trophies will be located in the Park View room on the 4th floor.
  • Cardinals Publications: Fans are encouraged to visit the Cardinals Publications table during Winter Warm-Up and take advantage of several show specials. Fans who purchase a subscription to Cardinals Magazine for just $35 will receive a FREE ticket voucher to a 2014 home game AND gain automatic entry into a drawing to win a game-worn retro 1982 jersey from the 30th anniversary World Series celebration vs. Milwaukee. In addition, special pricing will be available on the 2014 Cardinals Official Calendar, and a limited quantity of 2013 Cardinals Yearbooks will be on sale. Also check out the extensive collection of past issues of Cardinals Magazine, yearbooks and media guides for sale-all perfect for autographs at the show. Even better, customers who spend at least $25 at the table will receive automatic entry into the same drawing for autographed magazines. Also stay tuned for special announcements via Twitter (@Cardinals) throughout the three-day event. The Cardinals Magazine booth is located outside the Main Stage ballroom near the Silent Auction table.
  • 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 collectibles at their booth. Fans can also buy a personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Each bat, which comes in two sizes, can feature up to three lines of custom text and two logos, including the exclusive 2014 Winter Warm-Up logo and new 2013 NL Champions logo. 30% of all personalized bat sales will benefit Cardinals Care. 
  • Busch Stadium Tours: Guided tours of Busch Stadium will be offered during the 2014 Winter Warm-Up each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every 20 minutes. These tours will be offered at the regular tour prices, but include a stop inside the Cardinals Clubhouse. It's 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.
  • Cardinals Care Raffle: Throughout the weekend, Cardinals fans can purchase raffle tickets for $5 for a chance to win a pair of 2014 Season tickets valued at over $3,500. The drawing takes place on the Main Stage between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday, January 20. Need not be present to win. For $1, fans can also purchase Cardinals scratch-off tickets for the chance to win a Michael Wacha autograph. Both the raffle and scratch-off tickets can be purchased from roaming volunteers or at the Admissions and Autograph Tickets Sales table on Level 2 of the Hyatt.
  • 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.
  • Ballpark Village: Fans will want to stop by the Ballpark Village booth to learn more about the new $100 million development opening in the spring of 2014. Promising to be the top Entertainment District in the region, the state of the art construction on a six acre site includes: five live performance stages, a retractable roof, rooftop seating to watch the Cardinals, an outdoor festival area and the biggest indoor TV screen in the Midwest - perfect for the Cardinal fan going to the stadium, sports viewing, terrific national and local dining, exciting nightlife and exceptional private parties! The booth at Winter Warm-Up will include the latest renderings and a Ballpark Village executive to answer questions. Anyone who stops by the booth and signs up for the newsletter will receive a Ballpark Village rally towel.

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 contests for both fans at the event and at home, 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 #WWU, #CardsCaravan, and #CardsCare. New this year, the Cardinals will utilize the St. Louis-based app Bonfyre. The experienced-based social platform will narrowcast the 3 day event to fans and offer exclusive, behind-the-scenes content, scheduling updates, special prizes, and allow fans to share content while automatically creating a digital memory of the experience. Fan can join the official Winter Warm-Up bonfyre by downloading the free Bonfyre app in the App Store or Play Store, logging in via phone, email, or Facebook account, then clicking the search icon in the upper right corner and type in "Winter Warm-Up." Fans many also click this link to join from a mobile device.

Traffic

This weekend, The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed all lanes of I-70 downtown between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge. While MoDOT doesn't anticipate that the closure will directly impact Warm-Up attendees, motorists are encouraged to use I-64, I-55 or I-44 to get into and out of downtown during the I-70 closure. If fans take I-70, they can still take the Pine exit to Market.

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, 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. Military admission passes may be obtained in person at Winter Warm-Up.
  • Will Call: Fans that purchased their tickets in advance can pick them up at the Hyatt Regency Will Call:
  • Friday, Jan. 17th from noon - 7 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)
  • Saturday, Jan. 18th from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (at Bank of America building)*
  • Saturday, Jan. 18th from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)
  • Sunday, Jan. 19th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)
  • Monday, Jan. 20th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)
    * Please note that will call pick-up on Saturday, January 18th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon is located in the main lobby of the Bank of America building on 4th Street, directly across the street from the 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.

 

Cardinals and Cardinals Care Sponsors

Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Cardinals would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the 2014 Winter Warm-Up possible: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, Edward Jones, Flooring Industry Council of Greater St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., FOX Sports Midwest, Belleville News-Democrat, KMOX, Enterprise Holdings, PSAV, Centric Group, Rawlings Sporting Goods, FastSigns of Bridgeton, Hardee's, 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, RBO PrintLogistix, Coca-Cola and Gwin's Travel.

Cardinals Care
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 $20 million in helping children, including providing $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 21 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois. In 2013, Cardinals Care celebrated the 10th anniversary of the 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.