Going To The NLCS? Here Are Details

After beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in a winner-take-all Game 5, the St. Louis Cardinals advance to the best-of-seven 2013 National League Championship Series that starts Friday in St. Louis against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With the best record in the National League at the end of the regular season, the Cardinals have home field advantage throughout the series.

2013_nlcs.jpgThe Cardinals are making their 10th appearance in the postseason since 2000 and the 26th postseason appearance in franchise history (#PostCards).

A very limited number of NLCS tickets may be available. For updated ticket availability, visit cardinals.com/postseason.

Here are details on how fans can enjoy postseason baseball in St. Louis.

Game Schedule & Highlights

NLCS Game 1 – Friday, Oct. 11
Busch Stadium – 7:37 p.m. Central Time on TBS

  • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Live Music from That ’80s Band, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • Former Cardinal pitcher and current FOX Sports Midwest broadcaster Rick Horton will sign autographs from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Budweiser Clydesdales will be staged in the Ballpark Village Lot
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Cardinals Rally Towel, courtesy of Phillips 66
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 7 p.m.
    • Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the warning track
    • Introduction of both teams to the line and introduction of Cardinals Hall of Famers
    • Colors presented by Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C Honor Guard
    • Cardinal Hall of Famer Bob Gibson and current Cardinals Jason Motte and Adam Wainwright will throw out the ceremonial first pitches. Each threw the final out of a Cardinals World Series Championship (Gibson ’67, Wainwright ’06, Motte ’11).
  • “God Bless America” will be sung by Generald Wilson, retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, during the 7th Inning Stretch

NLCS Game 2 – Saturday, Oct. 12
Busch Stadium – 3:07 p.m. Central Time on TBS

  • Noon – 2:30 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music by DJ Todd Thomas, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • Former Cardinal pitcher Jason Simontacchi will sign autographs from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Gates open at 1 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel, courtesy of Purina
  • Pre-Game Ceremony starts at approximately 2:45 p.m.
    • The two all-time winningest Cardinals managers, Red Schoendienst and Tony La Russa, will throw out ceremonial first pitches.

NLCS Game 3 – Monday, Oct. 14
Dodger Stadium – 7:07 p.m. Central Time on TBS

NLCS Game 4 – Tuesday, Oct. 15
Dodger Stadium – 7:07 p.m. Central Time on TBS

NLCS Game 5 (if necessary) – Wednesday, Oct. 16
Dodger Stadium – 3:07 p.m. Central Time on TBS

NLCS Game 6 (if necessary) – Friday, Oct. 18
Busch Stadium – 7:37 p.m. Central Time on TBS

  • 5 – 7 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • A former Cardinal player will sign autographs
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel
  • Pre-game ceremony details TBD

NLCS Game 7 (if necessary) – Saturday, Oct. 19
Busch Stadium – 7:37 p.m. Central Time on TBS

  • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pre-Game Pep Rally in Ballpark Village Parking Lot
    • Music, entertainment, prizes, Fredbird, Team Fredbird, 2011 World Series trophy and more
    • A former Cardinal player will sign autographs
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • 40,000 fans receive a Rally Towel
  • Pre-game ceremony details TBD

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the National League Championship Series games on TBS.

  • Direct TV: TBS – Channel 247
  • DISH – TBS – Channel 139
  • U-Verse – Channel 112/1112 HD
  • Charter – Varies; consult your program guide

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) and the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the games, or listen to the national broadcast on ESPN Radio (101.1 FM) or XM Radio.

Social Media

Fans participating in the postseason action on social media can follow the Cardinals at Facebook.com/Cardinals, on Twitter (@Cardinals), on Instagram (@Cardinals) and Tumblr (stlcardinals.tumblr.com). Join the social conversation using #PostCards.

New this postseason, fans can share their good luck wishes to the Cardinals by sending a virtual Postcard to the team at cardinals.com/postcards. Fans can download a postcard template online, personalize the message and share on social media using #PostCards.

Fans will also have the opportunity to win tickets to NLCS games at Busch Stadium just by following the Cardinals on Twitter and Vine. The Cardinals will tweet the contest rules, and fans will be required to tweet an original video on Vine showing their #PostseasonPride. One fan will win tickets to an NLCS game. For more information and official rules, visit cardinals.com/postseasonpride.

Matchup History

  • The Cardinals have faced the Dodgers three times in the postseason: 1985, 2004 and 2009.
  • The Cardinals last faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series in 1985, where the Cardinals won the series 4 games to 2 and advanced to the World Series.
  • The 2004 and 2009 postseason meetings were both in the Division Series round. In 2004, the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3 games to 1, but were swept by the Dodgers in 2009.
  • During the 2013 regular season, the Cardinals won 3 of 7 games against the Dodgers.

2013 Season Highlights

  • The Cardinals led the National League with 97 wins, the first time since 2005 when they led the Majors with 100 wins. Their 97-65 record also tied the American League Boston Red Sox for the winningest in MLB.
  • The Cardinals set franchise records with 75 errors, the fewest in team history and a .988 fielding percentage.
  • The Cardinals had a Major League‐leading 36 combined wins from rookie pitchers this season, their most since 1941 when they received the franchise record of 42 led by Ernie White (17‐7) and Howie Krist (10‐0).
  • The team has used 20 rookies this season ‐ the most since employing 21 in 1970.
  • Matt Carpenter set the Cardinals single‐season doubles record for a left‐handed batter with his 54th at Milwaukee (9/21), breaking Stan Musial’s mark of 53 in 1953. Carpenter also finished the season one hit shy of 200. The last Cardinal to collect 200 or more hits in a season was Albert Pujols in 2003 when he had an NL‐best 212 hits.
  • Mike Matheny became the first in St. Louis Cardinals history to make the postseason in each of his first two years as a manager.
  • The Cardinals finished the season with 3,369,769 fans, averaging 41,602 per game, ranking second in the majors behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, and earning their fifth highest attendance in franchise history. It was also the 17th time in franchise history the Cardinals eclipsed 3 million fans and the 10th straight season.

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