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Help select five of the best St. Louis Cardinals games from last season to be replayed on FOX Sports Midwest.

While readers of The Cardinal Nation Blog may be a bit fatigued from voting about the 2010 season, a different opportunity has presented itself, one in which I encourage your participation.

Five of the best St. Louis Cardinals games of 2010 will be condensed and replayed in February and March on FOX Sports Midwest in the network’s Cardinals Classics TV series. You can vote online for the games you want to see. Voting has begun at and continues until mid-February.

Here’s the list of 15 games from which you can select your top five and the link to the voting page, where you can also register to win a Hungo bobblehead:

Fan ballot for Cardinals Classics of 2010 on FOX Sports Midwest

OPENING DAY – April 5, 2010 – Albert Pujols hits two home runs, Yadier Molina adds a grand slam as the Cardinals defeat the Reds, 11-6.

STAVI’S SHOT – April 9, 2010 – Nick Stavinoha hits a pinch hit two-run ninth-inning home run off of all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman and the Cardinals defeat the Brewers, 5-4.

HOME OPENER – April 12, 2010 – Albert Pujols hit a three-run home run off of Wandy Rodriguez and Adam Wainwright threw eight scoreless innings as the Cardinals defeat the Astros, 5-0.

FLIP’S SLAM – April 16, 2010 – Felipe Lopez hit a seventh inning grand slam to pace the Cardinals past the Mets, 4-3.

FREESE’S PROMISE – April 29, 2010 – David Freese made good on a promise to a young girl with a broken collarbone by hitting his first home run of the season and leading the Redbirds past the Braves, 10-4.

PENNY’S SLAM – May 21, 2010 – Brad Penny hit a third-inning grand slam off of Joel Pineiro as the Cardinals routed the Angels, 9-5. (Penny would leave after the third inning due to injury as this would be his last game played as a Cardinal.)

START ME UP – May 28, 2010 – The Cardinals led off the game in Wrigley with six consecutive hits off Carlos Zambrano and beat the Cubs, 7-1.

CARP’S BRILLIANCE – June 2, 2010 – Chris Carpenter was brilliant, allowing only four hits over eight innings in the Cardinals 4-1 victory over the Reds.

WAINO IS BUENO – June 4, 2010 – Adam Wainwright registers the first shutout of his career, striking out eight Brewers in the Cardinals 8-0 victory.

ERROR PRONE – June 28, 2010 – Pitchers Jaime Garcia and Adam Wainwright each scored in a wild ninth-inning comeback against the Diamondbacks, who committed two errors leading to three unearned runs. The Cardinals won, 6-5.

THIS ONE’S FOR YOU – July 2, 2010 – In a game that was broadcast overseas and incorporated local troops stationed in Afghanistan, Jaime Garcia was wonderful leading the Cardinals to a 5-0 victory over the Brewers.

HOLLIDAY IN NY – July 28, 2010 – Matt Holliday paced the Cardinals, who scored six runs off of Johan Santana and defeated the Mets, 7-6 in 13 innings.

FISH FRY – Aug. 6, 2010 – Adam Wainwright shut out the Marlins, limiting them to just two hits. The Cardinals won 7-0.

THE BRAWL – Aug. 10, 2010 – After the infamous first-inning brawl, Yadier Molina sparked an emotional Cardinals club with his second-inning solo shot off of Johnny Cueto. The Cardinals defeated the Reds, 8-4.

400 – Aug. 26-27, 2010 – In a game that the Cardinals eventually lost, Albert Pujols hit his milestone 400th home run. The Cardinals lost to the Nationals, 11-10 in 13 innings.

Note that some games were not available for replay due to TV rights limitations.

Five games will be condensed to 30-minute shows and replayed on FOX Sports Midwest starting Feb. 28.

FOX Sports Midwest is entering its 18th season as the Cardinals TV partner and its first as the exclusive local TV home. The 2011 Cardinals TV schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

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