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Check out the berm at Roger Dean Stadium

Even if St. Louis Cardinals spring training games are publicized as being sold out in advance, they are not really sold out. For all contests at Roger Dean Stadium – whether the Cardinals or Miami Marlins are the home club – tickets for the area called the berm do not go on sale until the morning of each game.

The berm is the sloped, grassy area long the right field line that juts in at an angle toward the field of play. Tickets for the berm are sold on a first-come, first-served basis each game day starting at 9:00 A.M. Fans then line up outside Gate C of Roger Dean Stadium.

Once the gates open, fans scramble to secure a spot to place down a blanket on the grass. The prime locations on the berm are along the lower, front edge next to the padded concrete wall. There, one is literally right next to the two aluminum benches where the relievers sit during the games and sometimes banter with the fans.

Before and after the action on the field, these can be some of the best areas to secure autographs. Because of that, traffic can become a bit congested.

Like all spring games, berm ticket prices vary by day of the week and opponent. Regular game tickets are $15 for Monday through Friday games and $20 on weekends. Exceptions are the premium games (Sunday’s Red Sox contest and the Yankees’ visit on March 7), priced at $25 each.

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17 Responses to “Check out the berm at Roger Dean Stadium”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Some forgotten prospects had good games yesterday: Donovan Solano and Zack Cox had RBIs for the Marlins, while Edwin Sanchez had a good inning for the Birds. If Sanchez were somehow able to get back to where he was two years ago, he could become a nice asset.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    John Gast has been steady since turning pro in June 2010. During 2011-12, he threw 160 innings each year. Gast has taken the ball every 5th day and already has 109 innings under his belt at the AAA level. Not a lot of hoopla about Gast, but he has moved up the ladder smoothly and readied himself to be called on, should a vacancy arise.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      I looked back at the career of Cards great lefty John Tudor. Tudor broke into the majors at age 26, following 350 innings at AAA.
      If Gast can grind out another 160 innings during 2013, he will reach 270 innings at AAA and become a plausible candidate for the majors during 2014/15.

      • Brian Walton says:

        Not sure a random one-to-one comparison like that holds a lot of value.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Tudor grew into a very successful pitcher though without a big fast ball. He spent about 3 years at AAA, 1980-83 with the Red Sox, 1984 with the Pirates, before winning 21 with the Birds in 1985, age early 30s. When Tudor was the same age as Gast now, Tudor probably did not look much different than does Gast at this stage.

          Jaime Garcia has fine breaking pitches, probably better than Gast. Yet Gast may have more durability, which is valuable.

  3. blingboy says:

    Two lay downs out of two tries. We’re doomed.

    Now that I’m off work for a few days they aren’t on the radio. Figures.

    As to the article, ST game tickets sure have gone up over the years.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Descalso averaged .323 at AA in 2009.
    .282 at AAA in 2010.
    With this track record, it was no surprise he averaged.26ixty something during rookie year with the Cards in 2011.
    Descalso suffered a proto-typical sophomore slump in 2012, falling to.22twenty something. But he rallied during September and had a big series against the Nationals.
    Descalso hit a HR yesterday and during 2013 will lift his game, busting loose from the sophomore jinx. I am looking forward to Descalso averaging above .275, easily reachable given his AA, AAA, and rookie results.
    Daniel can partner with Ronny to give us a terrific up the middle combination.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      To land Ronny, Mo outspent the Red Sox and Phils. According to the P-D:
      ‘Cedeno selected the Cardinals’ offer ahead of ones from the Mets, Philadelphia and the Red Sox, who like the Phillies offered a minor-league deal. “I took the best deal,” he said.’

      Ronny is smart. He knew to grab the high bid.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Compared to every other projection I have seen, over .275 is very optimistic for Descalso. The Cards were concerned enough to push the Matt Carpenter experiment.

      • blingboy says:

        It would be realistic to hope he matches the .264 from 2011. There was a story somewhere about his off season work on his O.

        I have a feeling if MCarp is serviceable defensively, DD will have to get ABs as a UT.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        The Cards are smart about depth, not down on Descalso. Carpenter can play 3B and 1B, a bit of RF. There is no reason not to have him learn to play 2B too. We even played Allen Craig at 2B and Skip, so there is no reason Matt can’t play there too.
        Descalso is a real 2Bman, so he will get the most play. But you want to have depth, in case he were to be hurt, which is where Carpenter comes in. We want Wong to spend the next year or two at Memphis learning his trade, 2013 is Descalso’s time. He is going to have a good year.

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