The St. Louis Cardinals will be putting on the 19th annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-up January 17-19, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Tickets to the event are $40 for fans 16 years of age and older, $10 for kids 5-15 and free for those fans under 5. Active duty members of the military, police and fire departments are eligible to receive one free adult pass by going to the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and at 3 p.m. on Monday. Outside food and drink is not allowed, but food will be available for purchase at the event. Prices will be quite a bit lower than at the ballpark, such as a $4 Personal Pan Pizza and $2 bottled soda. The event features many displays and exhibits that are included with your admission passes. The Cardinals Care store will be open throughout the event and money spent there will go to Cardinals Care.
The list of players available for autograph opportunities was released today. Autograph tickets go on sale January 6th and 9 A.M. Each ticket purchased is only good for one autographed item. A photo ID matching the person on the original order is required at the time of the signing. Photos with the players are not allowed due to time constraints.
For each autograph, the Cardinals require a donation by made to Cardinals Care, their non-profit arm. Donation prices for current players range from David Bell, Pete Kozma and Sam Freeman at $5 each to $60 for newcomer Jason Heywaard, $75 for Matt Holliday and $100 for Yadier Molina. Former players and manager will also be signing autographs. Prices for those range from $5 for John Mabry to $40 for current manager Mike Matheny, $75 for Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock, Whitey Herzog, Red Schoendienst or Tony Larussa. Certain current and former players will be signing autographs for free at various times throughout the event. Current players are younger players in the Cardinal farm system like Tim Cooney, Dean Anna and Cody Stanley. The list of former players is highlights by Danny Cox, Scott Cooper, Todd Worrell and Jason Simontacchi. Mike Tyson will also be signing free autographs. That wouldn’t be Mike Tyson the former boxer, but rather the Mike Tyson that played for the Cardinals from 1972 until 1979.
Here’s the full list of players signing in exchange for a donation. Here’s the list of players signing for free.
Live and Silent Auctions will be held each day of the event as well. You can see the full list of auction items for each auction here. Signed items from many current and former players will be on the block. The live auction on Saturday morning includes a collection of autographed baseballs by the likes of Stan Musical, Enos Slaughter, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Red Schoendiesnt, Tony LaRussa, Willie McGee, Jim Edmonds, Lou Brock, Mike Shannon, Bruce Sutter and Ozzie Smith. Experience packages will be available like a Reporter For A Day packager with Jim “The Cat” Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest.
Proceeds from the event go to Cardinals Care, the team’s non-profit foundation. The foundation funds a variety of youth programs around the St. Louis area. Winter Warm-Up is one of its largest fundraisers. Since beginning in 1997, the foundation has distributed over $18 million to programs throughout the area.
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