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Second chance for replica Cardinals World Series ring

Note: Updated ring information here.

Prior to last Saturday’s game at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals held their ceremony to present 2011 World Championship rings to players, coaches and staff.

Fans who attended the game received their own collectible version, as well. In case there was any doubt about the popularity of these wearable replica World Series rings, they are already being sold on ebay for $100 or more.

If you missed out on getting yours at Busch Stadium, you will have a second chance this Thursday, April 19 in Springfield. That evening, the Double-A Cardinals will be giving away 2,000 of the replica rings before Springfield takes on Tulsa at Hammons Field. In a bonus, hot pitching prospect Trevor Rosenthal is scheduled to start.

It should be a great homestand for S-Cards fans as the Cardinals 2011 World Series trophy will arrive in Springfield the next day and remain on display for the entire weekend, through Sunday, April 22. Tentative starters will be Michael Blazek, Tyler Lyons and Scott Gorgen.

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40 Responses to “Second chance for replica Cardinals World Series ring”

  1. crdswmn says:

    Well, darn. I am going to the game at Busch on Thursday.

    I have tickets to a Springfield game on May 5. Why couldn’t they wait til then?

  2. kray66 says:

    Shhhhhhhh!!!!! Keep this on the DL. There are those of us who work that are trying to balance keeping a job and sneaking off early enough to get into line to get one. It stinks that there are a lot of people who will probably camp out to get them just to sell at a ridiculously high price.

  3. kray66 says:

    They are also going to be giving the rings away at a game next month, I believe (another 2,000). And Springfield is having five bobblehead giveaways this year – Jon Jay, Allen Craig, David Freese, Ozzie Smith and Matt Adams.

  4. blingboy says:

    An old time cigar chomping baseball guy named Ron Plaza just passed away. He had a lot of Cardinal organization connection back in the 50s and 60s. When I was about 12 years old I was over mowing at my grandparents house and he was sitting there at the kitchen table trying to talk my grandma into letting grandpa come work for the Seattle Pilots. But he had just retired from scouting for the second time on doctors orders so she was having none of it. The retirement didn’t stick though. Baseball got in those old guys blood something fierce. A few years later, when he was a coach for the Reds, Ron missed a road game to come to grandpa’s funeral. I remember that because he was telling how his manager gave him grief about it so he told him to go to hell. That manager was Vern Rapp (Al Hrabosky’s favorite). Later, I heard Vern was going to fire him, but instead he got fired and the new manager, Pete Rose, told him not to worry about it. Mr. Plaza was a hell of a baseball guy.

  5. blingboy says:

    Teusday lineup

    1. Rafael Furcal (S) SS
    2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
    3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
    4. Lance Berkman (S) 1B
    5. David Freese (R) 3B
    6. Yadier Molina (R) C
    7. Jon Jay (L) CF
    8. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
    9. Kyle Lohse (R) P

  6. blingboy says:

    Too bad Yadi couldn’t bring Matt home from 3rd with one out. (bottom of 3rd).

    • blingboy says:

      Maybe Yadi can take sac-fly lessons from MCarp. Nice win.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Wins are nice.

        So is M Carp.

        • blingboy says:

          0-9 with runners in scoring position. 14 LOB. Glad we won, but – Yikes

          Forgot to mention that Jay did a nice job taking out the SS trying to turn a DP in the second. Effective, clean, textbook. The kid’s not a big star but he can play.

          • Kansasbirdman says:

            Crazy game. Matt Carp seems to be the only one getting rbi’s from non homers (as well as the three run? iirc shot he had the other day). Seems we have had a lot of rbi’s from homers.

            Jon Jay (College of Criminal Justice ) has “good fundamentals” as Al Hrabosky said several times the other night.

            Matt Carp also seems to have really good baseball sense. He took a sac fly to get the win.

  7. Nutlaw says:

    Lohse is making Ludwick look silly out there. I was always a fan of Ludwick, but I can understand why he’s fallen on hard times lately.

    • blingboy says:

      Luddy gave this totally befuddled look after he waived at a slider to strike out. Looked good snagging that sinking liner, though. His time has come and gone.

  8. blingboy says:

    There was a bit of conversation about bringing up Jackson at some point. That got me thinking about when is super two cutoff? Middle of June? Anyone know about that kind of stuff.

  9. blingboy says:

    See how long MM goes with Boggs if things keep going down hill.

  10. blingboy says:

    Well, I count Beltran’s bobble the 3rd E of the inning, after DD’s tween the legs and Boggs flubbing the sac bunt. Sad for Lohse missing his 3rd W. That’s it for Boggs one batter too late. For those not watching, Cozert hit a drive just to the foul side of the LF pole before the RBI single/Beltran bobble. Scrabble ended it. Ugly inning.

    • Kansasbirdman says:

      The bad fielding was hard to watch. I went to bed when Motte let the first batter get a single. (Stubbs?). I had to get up early anyway.- put on Sportscenter and saw the finish. Nice.

  11. blingboy says:

    Wow. Seeing our #2 hitter draw an IBB is something we Cards fans are not used to. Holiday follows with a foul out. Lets go Elvis!

  12. blingboy says:

    I think I heard Scmalbert got thrown out going first to third tonight. Wonder if he had any guidance from the third base coach.

    • Kansasbirdman says:

      Trying to be the hero.

      • blingboy says:

        When your OPS is .650 you have to try something.

        • Kansasbirdman says:

          When you have been so good for so long, people tend to remember the ‘hero’ moments over the failures. So there is less risk for him to gamble and lose hard. For instance, Daniel Descalso letting the ball go through his wicket will be remembered more than the double play, but he is trying to make the team full time (I know he is the 2b starter for now), but every misstep is amplified.

          But a steady stream of sub-par performance will eventually take it’s toll.

          • Kansasbirdman says:

            — on even someone of schmalbert’s status. (esp with the 250Mil albatross hanging over him).

            I am not saying he is done btw, look at how is numbers rebounded last year.

  13. blingboy says:

    Moyer gets the win. 7 IP 0 ER. Oldest ever to win a MLB game.

  14. JumboShrimp says:

    Beltran is walloping away, helping Albert look like an overpriced flop.
    The Cards have good things going on. Lohse, Westbrook, and Lynn have pitched wonderfully. Only Holliday and 2B has lagged offensively. When a team hits and pitches, it is often in first place, as this one is. It would be nice to keep racking up Ws, however obtained.

  15. JumboShrimp says:

    How many anticipated Lohse doing this well? Or Westbrook improving, after a lousy 2011? Or Lynn being a terrific fill-in for Chris Carpenter?
    Chances are their performances will soften in the months ahead, but its good to get out of the starting gate and get ahead of the other ponies.
    Speaking of ponies, where has Westie gone?

    • Nutlaw says:

      I’ve been feeling good about Lohse since last year. Westbrook, not so much. I’m glad that Lynn is getting his shot to prove his worth as a starting pitcher. I’d still like to see the team go out and get Oswalt to prepare against further injuries, but I’m happy.

      Matt Carpenter doesn’t want to give the team any opportunity to send him back down, does he?

      • JumboShrimp says:

        If Lohse and Westbrook begin this hot, they will revert to their means in due course and cool down. They are not Cy Young candidates.
        Mo is unlikely to add Oswalt. Oswalt wants too much money or would have signed with somebody by now. The Cards want to stay out of situations where a greedy guts tries to extract more than he is worth, based on performance. We can turn to Dickson, Kelly, or Miller, if there is an injury.

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