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Naturals to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of “The Sandlot”

SPRINGDALE, AR— The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are teaming up with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for a post game screening and celebration of The 20th Anniversary Sandlot Tour at Arvest Ballpark Park on April 21st. David Mickey Evans, the writer, director, and narrator of the film The Sandlot will be hosting the event immediately following the Naturals game against the Tulsa Drillers.

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“We are ecstatic to host the third stop in the 20th Anniversary Sandlot Tour here at Arvest Ballpark,” said General Manager, Eric Edelstein. “It’s a movie that many baseball fans and players grew up watching and to help celebrate the movie’s 20th anniversary will be an honor.”

A film that still captures the hearts of baseball fans young and old, THE SANDLOT debuts on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack March 26 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in celebration of the beloved film’s 20th anniversary.  “A charming and whimsical comedy about boys and baseball and a GREAT BIGDOG” (“Siskel & Ebert”), THE SANDLOT ranked in the Top 40 as one of the best sports movies ever.

Evans will introduce his film, to be shown on the video board in the outfield, recount for the audience where the idea for the story came from, and directly following the screening engage with the audience for signings, photographs and Q&A.

To wrap up the evening, there will be Sandlot merchandise for sale such as the 20th Anniversary Blu-ray+DVD Combo, pictures, scripts, baseballs and more.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the “Sandlot Baseball Field Program”, a program which is coordinating baseball field renovations across the United States.

Arvest Ballpark will be the third stop for the year long Sandlot Tour which will be visiting various major and minor league ballparks across the country.

For information on how to attend The 20th Anniversary Sandlot Tour or any other event at Arvest Ballpark, please call the Naturals Front Office at (479) 927-4900 or visit www.nwanaturals.com.

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

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Cardinals To Auction Musial Hockey Jerseys

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (February 15, 2013) – Today, Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St.  Louis Cardinals, announced the start of a ten-day online auction of commemorative “Musial 6” jerseys worn and autographed by St. Louis Blues hockey players.

The auction, which begins today at noon and continues through Monday, February 25 at 3 p.m., features five one-of-a-kind jerseys worn when the St. Louis Blues honored Stan “The Man” Musial before the January 27 game at Scottrade Center. Musial’s grandson dropped the ceremonial first puck, and all Blues players wore jerseys with “Musial” and “No. 6” during pregame warmups.

The Cardinals’ auction includes the autographed jerseys belonging to Blues players David Perron, Brian Elliott, Kris Russell, Ian Cole and Jamie Langenbrunner. Proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit Cardinals Care in their mission to help kids throughout the Cardinals’ community. Those wishing to bid on the rare jerseys can do so by visiting the Cardinals’ website at cardinals.com/musialauction.

“We are extremely grateful to the St. Louis Blues,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Cardinals Care and Community Relations. “The Blues supported the Cardinals family during our time of need and are making it possible for Cardinals Care to help kids in our community, a cause close to the heart of Stan Musial.”

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established 16 years ago, Cardinals Care has invested nearly $18 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 19 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois. For nearly a decade, Cardinals Care has run the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball 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 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

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Cardinals Coach In Super Bowl Ad

Phillip Wellman, the hitting coach of the Springfield Cardinals, once had a monumental tirade on a baseball field.

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That tirade has made it’s rounds on the internet and television for many, many years.  It resurfaced around the Cardinal corner of the internet a few years ago when Wellman was named the hitting coach for the Double A franchise.

Not sure what I am talking about?  Here you go:

Fast forward a few years and, thanks to Volkswagen and a Super Bowl Ad, and Wellman has found new life for an old tirade.

The following commercial ran during the 2013 Super Bowl.  At the :20 mark, we see a brief clip of the above “highlight” and by the 1:08 mark, he’s tossing bases around the grassy hill.

Don’t worry, I will always keep a look out for a little Cardinal baseball, even during the Super Bowl.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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Cardinals Urge Fans To Support “Gloves 4 Troops”

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ST. LOUIS, January 13, 2013 – The St. Louis Cardinals are urging fans attending this weekend’s Winter Warm-Up (#WWU) to donate a baseball glove in support of the “Gloves 4 Troops” effort organized by Cardinals minor league infielder Vance Albitz who hopes to collect at least a thousand baseball gloves and balls by Spring Training 2013.

“This is a great opportunity to support our troops while also helping kids in our community,” said Michael Hall, Vice-President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “We are inspired by Vance’s selfless efforts and want to do our part to help him achieve his goal.”

Cardinals Care, with the help of Rawlings, will have a number of collection bins set up as fans enter the 17th Annual Warm-Up at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.  Fans are encouraged to donate gently used gloves and balls.  Cardinals Care has enlisted the support of the local chapter of Hope for Heroes of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha organization at Scott Air Force Base to assist with the delivery of the gloves to the troops deployed oversees.

“Gloves 4 Troops” (#Gloves4Troops) is a volunteer effort organized by Albitz, an infielder with the Springfield Cardinals, who has already collected over 200 gloves.  Fans can learn more at www.gloves4troops.com .

The highly-anticipated annual Winter Warm-Up takes place Saturday, January 19 through Monday, January 21, 2013 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day).  The event times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.  Fans may still purchase passes for the three day event at www.cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field.   Since it was established 16 years ago, Cardinals Care has invested nearly $18 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 19 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois.  For nearly a decade, Cardinals Care has run the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball 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 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

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Go Red For Kids Throughout The Postseason

ST. LOUIS – October 3, 2012 - The St. Louis Cardinals are encouraging local businesses, schools and other organizations to help kids in our community while supporting the team’s quest for a 12th World Championship (#12in12) by participating in Cardinals RED for Kids (#RED4kids).

RED stands for Rally Everyone Day.  Piloted during the 2011 postseason, Cardinals RED for Kids is the team’s version of an office “dress down” day in which participating organizations make a donation to Cardinals Care in exchange for the opportunity to sport their Cardinals clothes at work or school. Since last year, Cardinals Care has raised nearly $15,000 through RED for Kids.

“This is a great way to show your support for the team and help kids in our community,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “We hope to rally everyone to support the Cardinals as we look for our 12th World Championship in 2012.”

To participate, fans should go to cardinals.com/red to register their organization.  While the Cardinals would like businesses to help raise money while showing their team spirit, schools are not required to make a donation to get involved.  Participating schools, businesses and organizations are also encouraged to submit photos via the team’s website and social media showing their Rally Everyone Day (#RED4kids) spirit.

Cardinals Care is celebrating 15 years of “Caring for Kids” both on and off the baseball field. Cardinals Care has invested nearly $18 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 19 youth ball fields in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Missouri and Illinois.  For nearly a decade, Cardinals Care has run the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball 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 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year. For more information about Cardinals Care, or to sign up for Cardinals RED for Kids, visitcardinals.com/red.

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Cardinals Care To Dedicate Lance Berkman Field

ST. LOUIS – October 1, 2012 – Cardinals Care and the Redbird Rookies will honor Cardinals Outfielder/First Baseman Lance Berkman with the dedication of Lance Berkman Field at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, at the Sesser Sports Complex in Sesser, Illinois.

Lance Berkman Field, which is Cardinals Care’s 19th youth ball field, is the home field for the nine teams involved in the Sesser Redbird Rookies program.  The professionally designed youth baseball field is the result of a six figure investment by Cardinals Care that includes a graded and irrigated playing field, two paved and covered dugouts, bleachers, fencing and a state-of-the art solar powered scoreboard.  The field will play an integral role in teaching Redbird Rookies participants the values of teamwork, integrity, self-esteem, and leadership. Sesser has been involved with Redbird Rookies since 2006 and has perfect record with the reading program.

The field is named after Berkman, 36, a six-time All-Star, who helped lead the Cardinals to their 11th World Championship in 2011 while being named as the Comeback Player of the Year by both MLB and MLBPA Player’s Choice in 2011.  Berkman owns a career batting mark of .296 with 360 home runs and 1200 RBI in 1,805 games.  His career .409 on-base percentage is ranked 4th among active players and his .544 slugging mark is ranked 11th.  Berkman’s 360 career homers are 4th all-time among switch hitters.  Berkman hit .313 with 11 RBI in the 18 games of last year’s dramatic postseason.  Berkman had one of the biggest hits in Game 6 of the World Series when he drove in the tying run (9-9) in the 10th inning with a two-out single keeping the Cardinals season alive.   Berkman, nicknamed the “Big Puma,” was voted the 2011 Darryl Kile Award by his teammates – - an award given to the teammate who best exemplifies Kile’s traits of being a good teammate, a great friend, a fine father and a humble man.

Over the last 15 years, Cardinals Care has provided nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations and built 19 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. Redbird Rookies is a free baseball league for boys and girls ages 5 -13 in Missouri and Illinois 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 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year. Funding comes from Cardinals players, the team’s ownership group, local business, and most importantly Cardinals fans. Fans may now make a tax-deductible donation to Cardinals Care online at cardinals.com/community.

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Cardinals Care And Papa John’s Team Up To Offer Cardinals Care Deal

ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 9, 2012– Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the reigning World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, has announced a partnership with Papa John’s Pizza to help raise money to support kids in our community.

For the entire month of January, St. Louis area Papa John’s will feature the Cardinals Care $20 Papa John’s Deal with $2 from every deal sold going directly to support Cardinals Care. The deal includes any large pizza, one chicken side and a Cinnapie for just $20.

“We are pleased to partner with Papa John’s and excited to offer fans another unique opportunity to support Cardinals Care,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Cardinals Care.

As part of the agreement, Papa John’s will feature commercial spots in the St. Louis market promoting the deal. Complete information about the deal and participating locations can be found at papajohns.com.

Since its inception in 1997, Cardinals Care has maintained a direct focus on “Caring for Kids” by distributing funds to area non-profit youth organizations and establishing Redbird Rookies, their flagship program that supports youth on and off the baseball field. Most of the organizations who are recipients of Cardinals Care charitable grants are based in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. Grant funds are intended to support purchases such as school supplies and uniforms, computers, software, instruments, books and games for educational programs, as well as basic needs such as winter clothing for needy children.

The Winter Warm-Up and annual 6K Run are Cardinals Care’s two largest fundraising events each year. In 2011 Cardinals Care raised over $700,000 at the Warm-Up and nearly $160,000 at the second annual 6K Run for Kids. Cardinals Care also raises funds through memorabilia auctions online and throughout Busch Stadium during the season.

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Comeback Puma Of The Year

Major League Baseball announced the winners of the Comeback Player Of The Year Award in both the National and American League today. Below is the official Press Release from Major League Baseball:

Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox are the recipients of the 2011 Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Awards, it was announced today. The Comeback Player of the Year Award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball, and is presented annually to one player in each League who has re-emerged on the baseball field during the season.

Berkman, who hit a combined .248 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees in 2010, batted .301 with 31 home runs and 94 RBI in his first season with the Cardinals in 2011. The 35-year-old added 23 doubles, two triples and 90 runs scored while posting a .547 slugging percentage and a .412 on-base percentage. The 23 doubles marked his 12th consecutive season with at least 20 doubles while it was his sixth career season with 30-or-more home runs and his eighth season with 90-or-more RBI. The switch-hitting Berkman finished the season ranked among National League leaders in home runs (T-9th), RBI (T-11th), walks (92, 4th), slugging (5th) and on-base percentage (3rd).

Berkman, who led the N.L. with 22 home runs on the road, now ranks fourth all-time among switch hitters with 358 career home runs and his 31 homers this season were the second-most by a switch-hitter in St. Louis history behind the 35 hit by Rip Collins in 1934. Berkman, who was originally selected by the Astros with the 16th overall pick in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, registered four multi-homer contests this season and now has 29 for his career. The Texas native appeared in 145 games, including 107 starts in right field, 16 in left field and 16 at first base. The 145 games marked his most since playing in 159 during the 2008 season. In July, the Rice University product was elected by the fans to his sixth career All-Star Game (also 2001-02, 2004, 2006, 2008) and made his third career start.

Ellsbury, in his fifth Major League season, posted career-highs in nearly every offensive category after being limited to just 18 games in 2010 due to injuries. Ellsbury hit .321 with 32 home runs, 105 RBI, 46 doubles, five triples and 119 runs scored. He also added 39 stolen bases to go with his .552 slugging percentage and .376 on-base percentage. The 28-year-old led the Majors with 364 total bases and 83 extra-base hits while ranking among the A.L. leaders in hits (212, 3rd), RBI (T-6th), runs (3rd), batting average (5th), slugging (T-5th), multi-hit games (T-5th), stolen bases (4th), doubles (T-3rd) and home runs (T-5th). The Madras, Oregon native became the first Red Sox player to have a 30-homer, 100-RBI season while serving as the club’s primary leadoff hitter, and the first Major League leadoff hitter to accomplish that feat since Alfonso Soriano did it for the New York Yankees in 2002.

Ellsbury, the 23rd overall selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, became the first Red Sox player ever to achieve a 30-homer, 30-stolen base season and the 12th player in A.L. history to accomplish the feat (16th time). In addition, Jacoby became the fourth player in Major League history to reach 200 hits, 100 RBI, 35 stolen bases and 30 home runs in a single season, joining Vladimir Guerrero (2002), Alfonso Soriano (2002) and Alex Rodriguez (1998). Ellsbury, who was named an All-Star for the first time in his career this year, joined Carl Everett (33 homers as a center fielder in 2000) as the second Boston center fielder in the last 25 years to top the 20-homer mark, and his 364 total bases were the most ever by a Red Sox center fielder, eclipsing the previous mark of 339 set by Tony Armas in 1984. The only Boston center fielder to collect more hits than Ellsbury’s 212 was Hall of Famer Tris Speaker, who recorded 222 hits in 1912.

The 30 Club beat reporters from MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, selected the winners for the 2011 Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award. Past winners of the Award include: Jason Giambi and Ken Griffey, Jr. (2005); Jim Thome and Nomar Garciaparra (2006); Carlos Peña and Dmitri Young (2007); Cliff Lee and Brad Lidge (2008); Aaron Hill and Chris Carpenter (2009); and Francisco Liriano and Tim Hudson (2010).

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Inside Baseball With Rob Rains

A dozen years after their paths crossed on a Little League baseball field in Williamsport, Pa., Kyle Tidwell heard the name Lance Lynn again this week when his brother called on the telephone to tell him Lynn was making his major-league debut for the Cardinals.

On that August day in 1999, Tidwell’s team from Phenix City, Ala., which included Colby Rasmus and his brother and which was coached by their father, met the team from Brownsburg, Ind., in the Little League World Series. On the mound for Brownsburg was their 12-year-old pitching ace, Lynn.

Lynn and his teammates carried a 4-1 lead into the sixth and final inning of the preliminary round game, when Phenix City mounted a rally and loaded the bases with one out. Tidwell, the left fielder, was coming to the plate.

Phenix City already had lost a game in the tournament, and was two outs away from virtual elimination when Tidwell hit a fastball toward the center field fence.

“It was about 6 inches from being robbed,” Tidwell recalled this week.

Instead, the ball cleared the center field fence for a walkoff grand slam, which as it turns out, became the highlight of Tidwell’s baseball career.

Twelve years removed from that game, Tidwell was on the beach in Panama City, Fla., last week on vacation with his wife and two young children as Lynn was earning a promotion to the major leagues. After playing high school baseball, and one year of baseball at Gadsen State College in Alabama, Tidwell got married, returned home and went to work for his father’s plumbing business.

“Life happens,” Tidwell said by phone. “I chose something else.”

Ironically, that grand slam was Tidwell’s only hit of the tournament, as Phenix City rallied and won the U.S. Championship before losing the title game to a team from Osaka, Japan. Lynn’s team lost all three of its games.

Tidwell had kind of lost track of Lynn over the intervening years, even though he knew he had been drafted by the Cardinals. A Braves fan, Tidwell also follows the Cardinals because of Rasmus, who went to a different high school after their days as Little League teammates.

“I haven’t talked to him in a long time,” Rasmus said. “We all kind of split up from that team. My brother and I were the only ones who played for our high school, everybody else kind of went their separate ways.”

Rasmus, who played first base in that game, was running at second base when Tidwell hit the homer.

“I remember that day like it was yesterday,” Rasmus said. “I don’t try to rub it in or anything (to Lynn) but it was one of the best times in my life for sure.”

Tidwell is reminded of his historic moment every time he visits his parent’s house.

“My parents have got stuff all over their house,” Tidwell said. “Lynn is in a picture there somewhere. You can see the look on his face is like ‘Oh my God. I can’t believe I just gave up a grand slam.’ He was shocked. We’ve got a film of the raw footage from the telecast It shows him. He couldn’t believe that it happened. He was shocked.

“All I remember was running around the bases and getting mobbed at home plate and getting a bloody lip because they (his teammates) were beating me up. Everybody was pretty excited. We all remember that time. I know I will never forget it. I would like to go back up there one day to watch a couple of games. It would be fun. It’s something not many kids get to do. We had a lot of lucky games and a lot of stuff fell our way.

“That kid (Lynn) was throwing strikes and pretty much putting it on us all day. All of a sudden he made a couple of bad pitches and we had the bases loaded and I was up.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

While that one day was unkind to Lynn, his baseball career certainly has blossomed over the years. He was part of an undefeated state champion team in high school (ranking second in the country his senior year to Rasmus’ Phenix City team), became a high draft pick out of college and has now become a major leaguer.

Tidwell was not able to watch Lynn’s debut last week, but said he will try to be in front of his television the next time Lynn pitches for the Cardinals.

“I keep up with the Cardinals because of Colby and I watch them whenever they are on,” Tidwell said. “If he keeps pitching, I am sure I will see him. I remember him. I can see his face right now. I know exactly what he looks like.”

That is one memory which will never fade away.

There is plenty more of Rob’s Inside Baseball, click here to drop by his site and read the rest of his thoughts on the MLB Draft, Albert Pujols, news from around Major League Baseball, and news from around Minor League Baseball.

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Press Release – Cardinals Dedicate Yadier Molina Field

The following is a press release from the St. Louis Cardinals:


CARDINALS TO DEDICATE YADIER MOLINA FIELD TUESDAY (April 19)
Field in Wellston is one of 19 youth baseball fields sponsored by Cardinals Care

ST. LOUIS, April 18, 2011 – Cardinals Care and the Redbird Rookies will honor Cardinals two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove catcher, Yadier Molina, with the dedication of Yadier Molina Field at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19th in Wellston, Missouri.

Wellston Mayor Linda Whitfield and a representative for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley will join Cardinals Catcher Yadier Molina, Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III, Cardinals Vice President of Community Relations & Cardinals Care Michael Hall in a special ceremony led by Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin from Fox Sports Midwest.

Yadier Molina Field is located at 6335 Plymouth Ave. in Wellston on what used to be an abandoned parking lot. Today, Yadier Molina Field is the home playing field for the Wellston Redbird Rookies program and neighboring Redbird Rookie leagues comprised of boys and girls ages 5 to 13.

The professionally designed youth baseball field is the result of a six figure investment by Cardinals Care that includes a graded and irrigated playing field, two paved and covered dugouts, bleachers, fencing and a state-of-the art solar powered scoreboard. The field will play an integral role in teaching Redbird Rookies participants the values of teamwork, integrity, self-esteem, and leadership.

The field is named after Molina, who as a catcher for the Cardinals has won three straight Rawlings Gold Glove awards from 2008-10. The two-time All-Star was an integral part of the 2006 World Championship Cardinals as he led the team with a .358 post season batting average and hit the eventual game winning two-run homer in the ninth inning of game seven of the National League Championship Series at New York.

Yadier Molina Field is one of 19 baseball fields established by Cardinals Care in conjunction with their Redbird Rookies program. Cardinals Care has distributed over $17 million to area organizations that support kids. Funding comes from Cardinals players, the team’s ownership group, local business, and most importantly Cardinals fans.


WHAT: DEDICATION OF YADIER MOLINA FIELD
WHO: Yadier Molina, Bill DeWitt III, Michael Hall, Dan McLaughlin
WHEN: Tuesday, April 19
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: in Wellston, Missouri
INFO: Download an invitation to the event by clicking here

–STL–

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