Members Of The 2006 World Series Champions Will Highlight An Upcoming St. Louis Cardinals Event At Busch Stadium
The St. Louis Cardinals are hosting an event next week that will allow fans to interact with former Cardinals greats Jim Edmonds, David Eckstein and Randy Flores as well as get pictures with the 2006 World Series Championship trophy.
On Monday August 22nd, the Cardinals will host An Evening with the 2006 Greats. Attendees will begin the event with cocktails on the Busch Stadium warning track while having the opportunity to take photos with the 2006 World Series Championship Trophy. They will then move upstairs to the Redbird Club where they will enjoy dinner and drinks. The highlight of the event will be a 90-minute Q&A featuring Dan McLaughlin moderating a panel that includes Jim Edmonds, David Eckstein and Randy Flores, all members of that 2006 World Series Championship team. Attendees will each receive a baseball at the end of the event signed by the three former players.
Tickets are available for this event online at Cardinals.com. Scroll to the bottom of this article for a great deal on tickets.
The 2006 Cardinals brought a World Series Championship to St. Louis for the first time since 1982. The team finished the regular season with an 83-78 record and won the National League Central by a game and a half over the Houston Astros. The season marked the opening of the new Busch Stadium in the footprint of the previous incarnation of Busch Stadium. The team only played 161 games in the regular season that year as an Astros loss to Atlanta in their final game made playing a final game unnecessary.
The Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres in the National League Division Series in four games and moved on to face the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series. Ace Chris Carpenter won two of the four games for the Cardinals in the NLDS.
In the NLCS, the Cardinals were heavy underdogs to the Mets, who had won 97 games in the regular season, by far the most in the National League. The series went the full seven games with rookie Adam Wainwright striking out Carlos Beltran with the bases loaded and the Cardinals clinging to a 3-1 lead.
The Cardinals faced the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series. The American League champions won 95 games during the regular season. They then defeated the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics on their way to the World Series. St. Louis was victorious in five games to win the franchise’s 10th World Championship.
The 2006 World Championship team was previously honored by the Cardinals in July with a special 2006 World Series Weekend. The weekend featured three separate game giveaways honoring the team. Fans received a 2006 World Series Championship beer stein on Friday, a replica 2006 World Series Championship ring on Saturday, a jersey on Sunday.
Jim Edmonds played just 110 games during the 2006 regular season, hitting .257 with 19 home runs and 70 RBIs. He hit two home runs and drove in 10 runs during the postseason. He was an All-Star during the season and won a Gold Glove in center field. Edmonds currently serves as a Cardinals analyst for Fox Sports Midwest of their pre and post-game broadcasts. He also served as a guest instructor for the team during Spring Training.
David Eckstein was named the Most Valuable Player during the 2006 World Series after hitting .364 with 4 RBIs. The shortstop started the series in a slump, but was pivotal to the team’s success in the final two games of the series.
Randy Flores was a solid relief pitcher for the 2006 Cardinals, appearing in 65 games during the regular season. He struck out 40 batters in his 41.2 innings pitched. He pitched 3.2 innings over 4 games in the postseason and earned the win in Game 7 of the NLCS.
Dan Mclaughlin is currently in his 19th year calling the play-by-play of St. Louis Cardinals games on Fox Sports Midwest. He’s joined in the broadcast booth on occasion by Jim Edmonds.
Tickets for An Evening with the 2006 Greats are available online from Cardinals.com/greats. Receive a great discount on tickets by using the code GREAT16.
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