My wife and I have been going to the Cardinals Winter Warm Up since 2010. Starting in 2013 we took our then 8 year old daughter and 4 year old son. The WWU lasts 3 days, but we only go on Saturday and Sunday. It can make for a long weekend when the kids have to wait in autograph lines, but we try to let them play in the game room as much as we can to let them burn off some energy. The games are not that fun, but they can win some old promo items there like t-shirts or backpacks. This year my daughter had a dance competition on Saturday, so it was just my son and I.
We arrived in St. Louis about 8:30 Saturday morning. Doors did not open until 9, but I had to stop at will call to get our admission passes and autograph tickets. Our first auto ticket was for Jaime Garcia, who was signing from 9-11. Auto tickets are called in order from 1-400. We had 167 and 168. Since we had some time to kill, off to the game room we went. My son won a Cardinals draw string bag, Fredbird bobblehead, and a American Girl doll tshirt. He was most thrilled about the tshirt because my daughter just got a new doll for Christmas and this will be a perfect birthday gift for her later this week. From there we went up to the auto line.
Our next auto after Greg Garcia was Yadier Molina from 11-1. Once again we had a number close to 200, so this time we checked out the vendor area. I had brought along some ROMLB to get signed, but was hoping to find something a little more cool. I thought I was in luck when I found a vendor who had unused 2006 World Series baseballs. I bought 2 of them for $20 each. I was disappointed once I opened the box and found out they were the logo balls, not the game balls. I ended up keeping them anyway because I did not find anything else in my price range to have Molina sign.
Molina was the last paid auto we had for the day. There were numerous alumni and minor league players signing for free, but you had to get a line ticket for them. I passed on most of them because they sign almost every year. I did get 2 freebies because they had little to no wait time.
After the autos, we stayed around for the trivia session. The 2 prizes being given out were a Build a Bear teddy bear, and a Fredbird bobble belly doll. Both were stadium give aways last year. My son was lucky enough to win a Fredbird. We finished our day about 3:30. My son did fairly well waiting in lines. He did have a sticker book and his tablet to pass the time, but for the most part he soaked things in. We spent our evening in the hotel eating Steak and Shake and watching the Incredibles. Not a bad first day.