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Cardinals-Themed Holiday Weekend to Kick Off 2023 Season

Weekend Highlighted by Winter Warm-Up, Cardinals Caravan, & Writers’ Dinner

ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 12, 2023 – The 26th Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up and the Cardinals Caravan highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2023 season.

Winter Warm-Up—the largest fundraising event for the Cardinals Care charitable fund—will be held at Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village Saturday, January 14, through Monday, January 16 with appearances from over 50 players, coaches and alumni. For the most complete schedule and up-to-date Winter Warm-Up information, visit cardinals.com/WWU.

The 2023 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, departs Busch Stadium on Friday morning. Over the course of the weekend, more than 35 current and former players will visit 20 cities throughout Cardinals Nation along six different routes before returning to St. Louis on Monday night. For complete information on all caravan stops, visit cardinals.com/caravan.

The 63rd annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner takes place at the downtown Missouri Athletic Club on Sunday, January 15. Attendees will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner honors the 2022 National League Central Champion Cardinals team. The evening will be highlighted by special guests and the presentation of the Red Schoendienst Medal, J.G. Taylor Spink “St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year” Award and the Darryl Kile Award.

Below are highlights of the 2023 Winter Warm-Up weekend:

Friday, January 13, 2023

  • Cardinals Caravan: The 2023 Caravan kicks off with stops in Jefferson City and Springfield, Mo., Memphis, Tenn., and Peoria and Champaign, Ill.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

  • Winter Warm-Up: The three-day event kicks off, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Autographs:
    • Silent Auctions (UMB Champions Club at Busch Stadium) – Open 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.,Cardinals Care Silent Auctions feature autographed items including baseballs, jerseys, photos and more! Fans can bid online, both at Winter Warm-Up and from home at cardinals.com/WWU.
    • Main Stage (Bally Sports Live! at Ballpark Village): The Main Stage will feature two live auctions, presentations and live interviews throughout the day. Scheduled events include KMOV’s Brooke Grimsley from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Redbird Rookies Scholarship Presentation at 10:30 a.m., and Q&A with President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak at 11:20 a.m. Mike Claiborne and Brad Thompson will take over emcee duties from noon until 2:00 p.m., including a Q&A with Cardinals Assistant GM & Director of Player Development, Gary LaRocque. Scott Warmann will take the stage starting at 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Fans must be present to bid and win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Presentations (Shark Bar at Ballpark Village)
      • 10:00 a.m. Cardinals Magazine Open House – Win a Nolan Arenado autographed magazine! Stop by anytime within the hour and purchase a Cardinals Magazine subscription to be entered into the drawing.
      • 11:00 a.m. – Ever wondered what it’s like to cover the Cardinals? Find out during a Q&A with local reporters, hosted by MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch.
      • 12:00 p.m. – A discussion/Q&A around the Cardinals Museum’s featured exhibit “Celebration! 1982” and a sneak peek at the upcoming exhibit, “The Art of the Cardinals Moment,” with Manager & Curator of the Hall of Fame Museum, Amy Berra.
      • 1:30 p.m. – Caring for Your Collection: Tips for storing and displaying your personal memorabilia with the Cardinals Museum Collections Specialist, Erin Pruhs.
      • 3:00 p.m. – Seldom told stories about David Freese, Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols, and more from the book 11 in ’11: A Hometown Hero, La Russa’s Last Ride in Red, and a Miracle World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals with author and St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist, Benjamin Hochman.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinals Nation with stops in Jonesboro, Ark., Dyersburg, Tenn., Bloomington, Ill., and Columbia, Hannibal, Joplin and Rolla, Mo.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

  • Winter Warm-Up: Day two of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Autographs:
    • Silent Auctions (UMB Champions Club at Busch Stadium) – Open 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.,Cardinals Care Silent Auctions feature autographed items including baseballs, jerseys, photos and more! Fans can bid online, both at Winter Warm-Up and from home at cardinals.com/WWU.
    • Main Stage (Bally Sports Live! at Ballpark Village): The Main Stage will feature two live auctions, presentations and live interviews throughout the day. Scheduled events include KMOV’s Bryan Kennedy from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. John Rooney will take the stage at 11:00 a.m. and host a 2023 Cardinals Promo Items Show & Tell at 11:30 a.m. Rick Horton will join in at 12:00 p.m., and will host a conversation with Adam Wainwright during that hour. Bengie Molina and Polo Ascencio will take the stage starting at 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m, and will lead a Q&A with Cardinals Manager, Oliver Marmol.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Fans must be present to bid and win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Presentations (Shark Bar at Ballpark Village)
      • 10:00 a.m. – Join Cardinals Museum Operations Manager, Brittany Schelp, as she provides a behind-the-scenes look into the process of creating Museum member exclusive bobbleheads. Fans can also expect teasers for the 2023 Cardinals Museum schedule.
      • 11:30 a.m. – Learn all aspects of collecting cards, autographs and various types of sports memorabilia during a Q&A with Dave Jackson of St. Louis Sports Collectors.
      • 1:00 p.m. – Go behind the scenes into the Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction process with the Supervisor of Stadium Tours & Museum Operations, Adam Presswood.
      • 2:30 p.m. – A book discussion about Baseball in St. Louis: Little Leagues to Major Leagues with the author and President of the St. Louis Browns Historical Society & Fan Club, Ed Wheatley.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Evansville, Ind., as well as Mattoon, Springfield and Marion, Ill.
  • 63rd Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner (6:00 p.m.): The 63rd annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner will be held at the Downtown Missouri Athletic Club. This year’s honorees include Albert Pujols, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina, Brendan Donovan, Ryan Helsley, Miles Mikolas, Oliver Marmol, Mike Shannon, and Rick Hummel. Visit stlouisbbwaa.com for more information.

Monday, January 16, 2023

  • Winter Warm-Up: Day three of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Autographs:
    • Silent Auctions (UMB Champions Club at Busch Stadium) – Open 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Cardinals Care Silent Auctions feature autographed items including baseballs, jerseys, photos and more! Fans can bid online, both at Winter Warm-Up and from home at cardinals.com/WWU.
    • Main Stage (Bally Sports Live! at Ballpark Village): The Main Stage will feature two live auctions, presentations and live interviews throughout the day. Scheduled events include KMOV’s Claire Kellet from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m, featuring a Q&A with Team Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and President Bill DeWitt III. Joe Pott will take the stage at 12:00 p.m. and host a Q&A with Cardinals Assistant GM & Director of Scouting, Randy Flores. Tom Ackerman will take over hosting duties from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
      • Live Auctions (Main Stage): Beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
    • Presentations (Shark Bar at Ballpark Village)
      • 10:00 a.m. – Learn what it takes to maintain the Busch Stadium field during a Q&A with Cardinals Head Groundskeeper, Bill Findley.
      • 11:30 a.m. – “2022 – A Year in Photos” with the Cardinals Director of Photography & Digital Assets, Taka Yanagimoto.
      • 1:00 p.m. – A book discussion about Baseball in St. Louis: Little Leagues to Major Leagues with the author and President of the St. Louis Browns Historical Society & Fan Club, Ed Wheatley.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its final stops in Decatur and Centralia, Ill., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Paducah, Ky.

Additional Winter Warm-Up Information

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle – Tickets for the 2023 Winter Warm-Up 50/50 raffle are available now, and fans who purchase raffle tickets by 5:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, January 14, will be entered into a bonus raffle for a set of three (3) authentic Yadier Molina jerseys. Tickets cost $5 for 3 raffle tickets, $10 for 10, $20 for 60, and $50 for 200 and are available for purchase online at cardinals.com/WWU for those located in the state of Missouri and at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of purchase and in person at the event. The raffle will close and the grand prize winner will be drawn on Monday, January 16, at 3:00 p.m. CT.
  • Cardinals Care Store (Cunningham Corner at Busch Stadium) – Open throughout the weekend, the Cardinals Care Store is stocked full of Cardinals memorabilia such as discounted baseball caps, team-issued apparel, t-shirts, game-worn jerseys, autographed photos and bats, and more. Fans can even purchase photos for collecting player autographs and baseball cases for your new autographed collectibles. Also, any fan that purchased an autograph ticket for a pre-signed baseball from Whitey Herzog, Ted Simmons, or Ozzie Smith may redeem their ticket at the Cardinals Care Store to receive their autographed item.
  • Cardinals Clubhouse Self-Guided Tours (Access from Redbird Club at Busch Stadium) – Fans with an admission ticket to the Winter Warm-Up can access the Cardinals Clubhouse Tour through the Redbird Club on the third level of Busch Stadium. The Clubhouse Tour is a self-guided experience that will be open during regular hours of the event each day. No additional ticket is required for this experience.
  • Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum (2nd Floor of Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village) – Admission to the Winter Warm-Up includes complimentary admission to the world-class Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Exhibit Hall (Redbird Club at Busch Stadium) – The Exhibit Hall features a variety of premium vendors, a professional photo opportunity with Fredbird, and kid-friendly activities. Visit cardinals.com/WWU for a full list of Exhibitors.
  • Food and Beverage – Concessions will be available for purchase to Winter Warm-Up attendees at Busch Stadium in the Redbird Club.  There are several dining options available at Ballpark Village during Winter Warm-Up including:
    • Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar – Accessible to WWU ticket holders ONLY during WWU hours
    • Bally Sports Live! – Accessible to WWU ticket holders ONLY during WWU hours. Reservations will be available starting at 11:00 a.m. each day and are limited to two hours. There is a $30 minimum per person requirement. Please contact jsami@stlballparkvillage.com to make a reservation.
    • Salt & Smoke
    • Sports & Social
    • Clark & Bourbon at Live! by Loews
    • Starbucks
  • Stay Updated: Be sure to enable push notifications for the MLB Ballpark App on your smartphone to receive the latest Winter Warm-Up news and event information via push notification to your mobile device!
  • Admission Tickets: Fans can purchase tickets for the event online at cardinals.com/WWU or at the Busch Stadium box office during Warm-Up hours. Three-day tickets cost $50 for adults (fans age 16 and older) & $25 for children (fans age 4 to 15). Single-day tickets cost $25 for adults & $15 for children. Children under 4 are free. Active military members and first responders with valid military/first responder ID can visit the Busch Stadium ticket windows on 8th Street (next to Gate 3) on the day of the event they wish to attend to receive one (1) complimentary ticket. Tickets are available while supplies last. Advance complimentary tickets are not available.
  • Autograph Tickets: Remaining autograph tickets may be purchased online at cardinals.com/WWU. Every dollar donated for autograph tickets will benefit Redbird Rookies, Cardinals Care Ballfields, and charitable grants to other non-profit organizations that help kids. Donation amounts can be found at cardinals.com/WWU.
  • Cardinals Kids Club Booth: The Cardinals Kids Club, presented by Rawlings, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Hi-Chew, will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall in the Redbird Club at Busch Stadium. To learn more about the Cardinals Kids Club, visit cardinals.com/kidsclub.
  • Cardinals Authentics: Cardinals Authentics—the only official source of memorabilia directly from the team—will be selling unique game-used, limited edition, exclusive and autographed memorabilia at 2 locations at the Winter Warm-Up. The Cardinals Authentics Shop at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village is offering select items at 50% off, and selected t-shirts, hats and mini bats at $5-$10. The Cardinals Authentics Booth, located in the Exhibit Hall in the Redbird Club at Busch Stadium, will offer their deepest discounts of the year with game used, team-issued, framed pieces and much more at 50-80% off original price. Stay tuned for special announcements by Cardinals Authentics via Twitter (@CardsAuthentics) throughout the three-day event.
  • Official Cardinals Team Store: The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium, open daily during WWU at 9:00 a.m., will have 25% off all regular priced items (Some restrictions apply. Not valid with other discounts or promotions). The Majestic Store located on the north side of Ballpark Village will also be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday sharing the same hours as the Team Store. Stop by either location for the newest Cardinals gear!
  • Cardinals Publications: Located in Shark Bar on Saturday at 10 AM, it’s a subscription power hour! On the line: a Nolan Arenado-autographed copy of Cardinals Magazine. Each subscription purchased will earn an entry into the drawing for the Arenado-signed issue! Fans who opt for a two-year subscription will also receive our super-soft, exclusive Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright T-shirt (shirts will be shipped separately). During your visit, pick up a 2023 Cardinals calendar for only $10 (who doesn’t want to see highlights from the historic 2022 season every morning?) and learn about 1) our subscriber-exclusive 2022 Yearbook deal, 2) our vintage magazine collection (did you know the first Cardinals Magazine was released in 1992, and you can own a copy?), and 3) our one-year subscription special with two FREE tickets to a 2023 home game. For more on Cardinals Publications, check out @CardsMagazine on Twitter.
  • Green Team: The team’s “4 A Greener Game” initiative will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall in the Redbird Club at Busch Stadium where fans can learn more about the Cardinals Green Team—a group of volunteers who collect recyclables from fans throughout each game at Busch Stadium. In exchange for volunteering, fans are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium. Visit cardinals.com/green for more information.
  • Social Media: Throughout the Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up, fans can stay connected by following the Cardinals on Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (@Cardinals), and Instagram (@Cardinals) for the latest news, event updates and behind-the-scenes content. Fans can join the conversation and share their own photos and experiences by using hashtags #CardsWarmUp, #CardsCaravan and #CardsCare.
  • Traffic & Parking: For the most up-to-date alerts regarding construction and winter road conditions this weekend, fans can visit the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website at modot.org. Winter Warm-Up event parking can be found at several locations around Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village. Fans can visit cardinals.com/wwu for a complete Winter Warm-Up Fan Guide and FAQs.
  • Cardinals and Cardinals Care Sponsors: Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Cardinals would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2023 Winter Warm-Up possible: Ballpark Village, Bally Sports Midwest, Live! by Loews – St. Louis, In Focus Marketing, KMOV News 4, KMOX Radio 1120 AM, Altair Travel & Cruises, FastSigns, Betallic Balloons, The Westin St. Louis, and Kube Auction Service.

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About Cardinals Care
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way to team up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community—both on and off the baseball field. Established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested over $29 million to support St. Louis area children, built or renovated 25 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods, and distributed over $15 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. Since 2004, Cardinals Care has also orchestrated the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free co-ed baseball/softball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 2,500 kids who participate in the program each year. To learn more about all of Cardinals Care’s programs visit cardinals.com/community and follow @CardinalsCare on Twitter.

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