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Cardinals Broadcast to the Troops is Friday night

FOX Sports Midwest This One’s For You telecast will connect Missouri National Guard troops in Afghanistan with home.

What:  This One’s For You, a special telecast of St. Louis Cardinals baseball that will connect local troops serving overseas with their families at home.

Troops will watch the game on American Forces Network (AFN). A live satellite link from Afghanistan will allow FOX Sports Midwest to interview Missouri National Guard soldiers from the 1138th Transportation Company during the game. Troops’ families will attend the game and will also be shown on TV.

When:  Friday, Sept. 2. Game begins at 7 p.m. CT/4:30 a.m. Afghanistan time.

Where:

- At Busch Stadium in St. Louis

- On TV on FOX Sports Midwest

- In Afghanistan; troops will be shown live via satellite and will watch on AFN

They’re thousands of miles away from home, serving our country. Some are St. Louis-based soldiers, Cardinals fans who left season tickets behind. And for many, their families haven’t seen them in months. But on Friday, Sept. 2, Missouri National Guard troops deployed in Afghanistan will connect with their loved ones during the TV broadcast of the Cardinals game.

On Sept. 2, FOX Sports Midwest presents This One’s For You, the network’s annual Cardinals telecast recognizing the Armed Forces. U.S. troops throughout the world will watch FOX Sports Midwest’s broadcast of the Reds-Cardinals game via American Forces Network. At the same time, a live satellite link from Afghanistan will allow FOX Sports Midwest to interview troops from the Missouri National Guard 1138th Transportation Company during the game.

Fans throughout Cardinal Nation watching at home will get a chance to see and hear from these troops. And an entire section of family members (more than 250) will cheer on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Fans attending the game are encouraged to participate by bringing banners and signs. And fans watching on TV are invited to send messages to the soldiers. Fans can send tweet their greeting to @FSMidwest and should use the hash tag #TOFY. FOX Sports Midwest plans to show some of those greetings on TV.

The 170 soldiers of the 1138th Transportation Company are headquartered at historic Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County. In Afghanistan, soldiers of the 1138th use heavily-armored equipment, providing convoy security and supply distribution to coalition forces. They’ll watch the game live at 4:30 a.m. in Afghanistan (7 p.m. in St. Louis).

The Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team V will also be shown during the telecast via taped greetings to family and friends. The ADT is based out of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and its primary mission is to encourage and establish sustainable farming practices within the province of Nangarhar.

This One’s For You is produced by FOX Sports Midwest in coordination with the Cardinals, American Forces Network, DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System) and the Missouri National Guard.

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15 Responses to “Cardinals Broadcast to the Troops is Friday night”

  1. friendmouse says:

    Brian, to further explore the “waivers” question/answer session we had on the earlier thread, then let me ask you this…Since Lance will be a “Type A” free agent at the end of this season, does that mean if another club signs him after the season, we’ll get two high draft picks from the signing team? Or did that only apply if it was done through the waiver process? I was thinking (likely mistakenly!) that if a player becomes a free agent, and he signs with another team, then that’s the end of it…no compensation nor draft picks not a kiss and a hug. Gonzo, plain and simple. Or not?
    But if we DO get some compensation, perhaps that’s what was behind (partly) Lance’s comments that if he’s traded (via the waiver process), then that’s the only team he’s interested in playing for next season…the team he ends the season with. Or was that just “positioning” talk?

    • Brian Walton says:

      In order for the Cardinals to receive two draft picks for Berkman, all three of these things would need to happen.

      1) Cardinals offer Berkman arbitration.
      2) Berkman turns the offer down.
      3) Berkman signs with new team.

      If the Cards want to keep him, a more likely scenario is that they try to negotiate a new deal with him before the arb decisions are required. Teams are often leery of arb, since the contract amount decided could end up being more than they want to pay.

      If the Cardinals do not do step #1, when step #3 happens, the Cards get nothing in return.

      • friendmouse says:

        Excellent info, Brian. I did not know all that.
        I’m all for keeping Berkman regardless of what Albert decides to do. I’m pretty sure, based upon his season of work this year, that he has at least two good years left in him.

      • Brian Walton says:

        As in all rules it seems, there are exceptions.

        For example, if Berkman signs with another club before the date when the Cards are required to offer arbitration, St. Louis would still get the picks. (This is unlikely to happen, but possible).

  2. friendmouse says:

    Is Westie through here for the year? If not, here’s one perhaps he could opine upon…
    With all the “questioning” that was going around about TLR’s decision to pitch Dickson yesterday instead of Carp, what are the chances that Tony, being the shrewd manager he is, looked ahead to the “probables” in the reds series starting today; saw that Johnny C. should be pitching; and thought perhaps letting Carpenter throw some pitches towards cutey Cueto might get into little Johnny’s head? He (JC) may be more concerned about his next trip into the batter’s box looking into Carpenter’s grimacing stare, with Yadi using some Spanish color-commentary for Johnny’s ears, than he is about his own pitching. Just sayin’. Would Tony do that? Might explain why he held Carp back to start today’s game. There may be some fireworks on display at Busch tonight.
    Baseball’s a fun game, isn’t it?!

    • crdswmn says:

      I think it is all more about Tony’s personal desire to whip up on Dusty Baker than it is anything else. He manipulated the rotation so that Carp, Garcia and Jackson would pitch against the Reds. All three pitchers were moved from their regular rotation spot for this purpose. That’s my story, WC can pipe in with his if he wants. ;)

    • Brian Walton says:

      Carp and Cueto already faced off once, on July 4 at Busch, in a game the Cards won by a 1-0 score. There were no wild pitches or hit batters in that game.

      • friendmouse says:

        Yeah, that’s true…but it was early. I’ll bet most fans of either club still wonder if anything “un-toward” will occur this evening. I think yes.

        • Brian Walton says:

          Is what you are saying that before, since both teams were in the playoff hunt, they didn’t mix it up, but now they will?

          • friendmouse says:

            Just a hunch, that’s all. Plus, this could possibly be the final time that Carp as a Cardinal faces Cueto, so it’s now or ….not now! But seriously, I think Carp will remain a Cardinal. At some point, with emotions running high, someone does something to tick another off, and escalation can occur, especially when chips are on shoulders and there’s the “history.” I don’t want to see a brawl (although I wouldn’t mind it one bit), but I would like to see Carp give a little “chin music” to Cueto in the right situation (for example, we have a 6-run lead; they have 2 outs, nobody on base, and top of the 8th inning). More fun for the fans, that’s all.

    • blingboy says:

      I like the Carp-Cueto matchup theory. Nothing else makes much sense. A game vs the Brewers means more than one against the Reds. But then, we’re talking about Tony.

      Maybe we’ll see round 2.

  3. Brian Walton says:

    Friday lineup: Furcal SS, Jay CF, Pujols 1B, Holliday LF, Berkman RF, Freese 3B, Molina C, Theriot 2B, Carpenter P.

  4. Kansasbirdman says:

    I might actually get a chance to catch the game live tonight. We have been a sick household. THe little one got the stomach bug last week and then mama got it this week. Lotsa scrambling around.

  5. Kansasbirdman says:

    David. Freeeeeeeeeese. I had paused it right before that pitch and. Was pleasantly surprised when I resumed play

  6. Bw52 says:

    Rzep sure missed with the pitch to Yonder alonso.Right down the middle.Time for another comeback by Cards.

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