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Help United Way While Helping Yourself to Cardinals Baseball

If you are looking for a good weekend to treat the family to St. Louis Cardinals baseball before school starts up again, I recommend August 15-16. The opponent at Busch Stadium will be the San Diego Padres, but what is happening off the field will also be a major attraction.

On Saturday, August 16, the Cardinals Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be inducted – Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee, Mike Shannon and Marty Marion. To commemorate the event, the first 25,000 fans 16 or over will receive a collectible 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame Inductees Plaque.

With a special ticket offer for Chris Carpenter bobblehead night on Friday, you can make it a big weekend without killing the bank account.

Friday, August 15 is also United Way Night at the Ballpark. Special game tickets range from $17 for Pavilion level seats to $22 for Left Field Loge seating and include a voucher for a free hot dog and soda. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit United Way’s 2014 fundraising campaign.

The United Way of Greater St. Louis’ contributors, volunteers and partner agencies provide a variety of health and human services to children, adults and families throughout 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois.

For more information and to purchase these special tickets, visit

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7 Responses to “Help United Way While Helping Yourself to Cardinals Baseball”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Baseball teams can employ odd logic. Consider the Red Sox. They wanted prospects for Peavey and got them. In contrast, they cut loose Pryzinski, though they thought enough of him last winter to hand him $8MM. The Cards did not want to give up prospects for Peavey, but they might have been willing to give up a prospect for Pryzinski. Instead, they were able to land him for near free, a much better deal.

  2. CariocaCardinal says:

    Your logic can be odd as well Jumbo – if the Cards ere willing to give up prospects they most likely would have done so when Pryz was DFA’d.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      The Red Sox never DFA’d Peavey and were able to land two propsects. However, once a team commits to DFA, there is a pretty strong chance a player will be released. The Red Sox could instead have kept Pryzinski on their roster and tried to trade him. Then he might have had a bit of market value.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    This could be an interesting week for trades.

    When in contention, as this year, the Brewers can go all out on big deals. The Red Sox are very motivated to dump salary and do deals; they seem capable of anything. The Dodgers are capable of anything and have the dollars to make things happen. The Yankees probably want to do some deals, ditto Jays and Orioles. A lot of talk going on, a lot of uncertainty.

    The Phillies could be a wild card. $177MM payroll, lousy team. Lots of frustration. Rumors of releasing Ryan Howard. If Hamels were available, Mo could consider a deal. We hate his contract, but at least Hamels has earned it and sometimes you have to pay the piper.

    • kray66 says:

      And Hamels has ties to SW Missouri (wife from there, foundation based out of Springfield). I’d love to see him in a Cardinals uniform if the asking price isn’t too crazy.

      • Brian Walton says:

        I did not know that. Family connections can be very influential in decisions where choices are involved.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        There have been some surprisingly massive deals in recent years, strongly driven by cost reduction. There were the Marlins dumping the salary of Hanley Ramirez on the Dodgers, and dumping Buehrle and others on Toronto. Then there was the dumping of a few big salaries by the Red Sox on the Dodgers.
        Its hard to guess what will happen with the Phillies. The Dodgers would probably be willing to adsorb his huge salary. Maybe the Phils want to unload Ryan Howard at the same time, to slim down their cost structure.
        Its good for Mo to stay in touch with many possible big deals, like southpaws Price, Hamels, Lester, or SS Tulowitzki, in case after all the jawboning and posturing, another team suddenly becomes open to a reasonable offer at the last minute before the deadline.

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