Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Autograph Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced today that fans may begin purchasing autograph tickets for the 17th annual Winter Warm-Up at the team’s website, cardinals.com/winterwarmup, at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Dec. 19.

Player autograph sessions are one of the most popular attractions of the Warm-Up. While some players’ autographs are free with the admission pass, others require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation. Every dollar donated for autograph tickets and all proceeds from the Winter Warm-Up benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s community foundation that cares for kids.

Fans may also continue to purchase admission passes for the three-day Winter Warm-Up online at cardinals.com/winterwarmup, in the official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium and at Cardinals Clubhouse stores located around St. Louis.

The highly-anticipated annual event takes place Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day) at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The event times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

This year, fans can meet their favorite Cardinals past and present, as well as some of the franchise’s rising stars, many of whom contributed to the extended 2012 postseason run. From Red Schoendienst and Andy Benes to Adam Wainwright and Oscar Taveras, there’s a Cardinal for every generation of fan.

This year’s autograph schedule even includes a return visit from former skipper Tony La Russa who will offer two opportunities for fans to get an autograph. On Sunday, La Russa will host a free book-signing in conjunction with his latest work, One Last Strike, and on Monday, La Russa will sign items for a donation to Cardinals Care.

“The 2013 Winter Warm-Up offers another winning lineup for Cardinals fans this year,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “We hope fans will come take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet the team, and that they feel good doing it knowing their donations are going back into the community to support area children.”

Hall urges fans to visit the website at cardinals.com/winterwarmup for the most up-to-date details about player autograph dates, times and, if required, additional donation amounts. All autograph tickets will be sold online through Monday, Jan. 14. Any remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the Winter Warm-Up. For complete event details, schedule and frequently asked questions, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

The Winter Warm-Up is the largest of several fundraising efforts that allows Cardinals Care to help kids. Over the last 16 years, 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.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Autograph Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

  1. I think it stinks that players making millions of dollars a year charge for their autographs. I know the “proceeds” go for charitable purposes but free autographs would be a way to give back to the fans. Oh, what a crazy concept that is.

    • Can’t say I disagree with that, especially since I personally am not a big autograph fan. I was reading about the Pirates fan fest that was going on over the weekend. Different fan base and a different team in terms of success, obviously, but totally different event too. $12 to get in, compared to $40 for the Cards, and all the autographs were free. McCutchen even stayed an extra hour so everyone who was in line got his autograph. They also had social media contests where you got special passes to a VIP area of the fest where current or former players or broadcasters would be for an hour or two, so you had the chance to just sit down and talk to them.

  2. I think it stinks that players making millions of dollars a year charge for their autographs. I know the “proceeds” go for charitable purposes but free autographs would be a way to give back to the fans. Oh, what a crazy concept that is.

    • Can’t say I disagree with that, especially since I personally am not a big autograph fan. I was reading about the Pirates fan fest that was going on over the weekend. Different fan base and a different team in terms of success, obviously, but totally different event too. $12 to get in, compared to $40 for the Cards, and all the autographs were free. McCutchen even stayed an extra hour so everyone who was in line got his autograph. They also had social media contests where you got special passes to a VIP area of the fest where current or former players or broadcasters would be for an hour or two, so you had the chance to just sit down and talk to them.

  3. The players don’t charge for their autographs–the organization does that. The players don’t get any money –it does all go to the Cardinals Care charity. I’d willingly go if I lived in the area just to see everyone up close and attend all the interesting talks. I’m not an autograph person either, but just getting close enough for a photo would be worth it to me. I think it’s a great way to raise money. And at least you get a choice of who you pay to see up close. The Nationals have a $20 entry fee, and a $20 random autograph fee–and you just get whatever two 3rd string nobodies or coaches happen to be sitting at the one table when you are in line.

  4. The players don’t charge for their autographs–the organization does that. The players don’t get any money –it does all go to the Cardinals Care charity. I’d willingly go if I lived in the area just to see everyone up close and attend all the interesting talks. I’m not an autograph person either, but just getting close enough for a photo would be worth it to me. I think it’s a great way to raise money. And at least you get a choice of who you pay to see up close. The Nationals have a $20 entry fee, and a $20 random autograph fee–and you just get whatever two 3rd string nobodies or coaches happen to be sitting at the one table when you are in line.

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