I mentioned in yesterday's post that the family and I went to the Cardinals game this past Sunday. Each year the Cardinals sponsor 2 American Cancer Society days, one for Illinois and one for Missouri. I am not sure why there are 2 days because you do not have to be from the specific state to attend the pregame activities. I could not attend the Illinois date, so we made it a point to attend Sunday's game. The tickets were cheap, $85 for 4 bleacher seats. Pregame activities which started at 9:00 for the 1:15 game included dugout tours, a pregame parade around the warning track, and autographs from 3 current players and 4 retired alumni.
If you have read my blog, you would know that the autographs were the main reason we were going. It was great of the Cardinals to release the names of the autograph signers on Thursday so I could prepare for them. I know some events like this you never find out who will be there. We arrived about 8:40 not knowing if there would be a big crowd. There may have been 50 people at the gate we were at. I was expecting more because almost 8,000 tickets were sold for this event.
This is a ticket from his MLB debut. I was lucky to have a friend attend this game. It is getting harder and harder to find hard copy tickets these days. I forgot to mention that autographs were 1 per person. Good thing there are 4 people in my family.
Going into the day, I was only hoping to get Knizner and Helsley. Anybody on top of that would be a bonus. It only took 20 minutes to get through their lines. Our next focus were 2 former players I had never received autos from.
We did not do the dugout tour or pregame walk. We have done the stadium tour twice before, so neither of those 2 activities were a big deal for us. It was also Fiesta Cardenales theme day at Busch Stadium. On the fourth deck there was a Spanish celebration with music and booths set up. I bought a $20 theme ticket for a talking double bobblehead featuring the Cardinals Spanish announcers Polo Ascensio and Benji Molina. The bobblehead is awesome. From what little Spanish I know, they are calling a Yadier Molina home run. The best part was they both were there signing the bobblehead.