You’d better be in a charitable mood to go autograph hunting for some of the big names at this year’s St. Louis Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up.
Cardinals Care announced autograph times and schedule of events for the 13th annual Winter Warm-Up. Tony La Russa, Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, and Yadier Molina will headline the Warm-Up along with other teammates from the 2008 season and more to be announced later. The three-day event will take place on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, January 17-19, 2009. Times are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday.
Autographs aren’t cheap. Pujols is scheduled to sign on Monday, Jan. 19, from 1-3 p.m. CT, and tickets for his signing will run $175. The club will also offer scratch-off raffle tickets for a chance at a Pujols autograph ticket. The $1 scratch-off tickets are also available for other Cardinal players.
The club is also running an online auction for Pujols autographs. Ten individual autograph line spots will be up for bid on stlcardinals.com. The auction runs from Saturday through Wednesday, Jan. 14. Auctions will begin closing at 5:30 p.m. CT, starting with line spot No. 10, and continue closing in 30-minute increments until the final auction, for position No. 1, closes at 10 p.m. CT. In addition to the Pujols autograph ticket, each winning bidder will receive one complimentary admission pass to the Winter Warm-Up.
The Cardinals also announced prices for other autograph guests. Rick Ankiel ($60) will sign on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT; Lou Brock ($100) on Jan. 18, from 1-2 p.m.; Chris Carpenter ($60) on Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.-noon; Bob Gibson ($125) on Jan. 17, from 9-10 a.m.; Tony La Russa ($30) on Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Red Schoendienst ($75) on Jan. 18, from 10-11 a.m.; and Adam Wainwright ($60) on Jan. 19, from 12-2 p.m.
Admission passes are still available via the internet at www.stlcardinals.com, by phone at 314-345-9000 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, and Monday through Friday at the Busch Stadium administrative offices at 700 Clark Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fans my also buy Warm-Up admission passes at the Cardinals Team Stores at Union Station, The Galleria, St. Louis Mills, St. Clair Square, South County Mall and Mid Rivers Mall. Admission passes, valid for all three days of the Warm-Up, are $40 for fans age 16 and over, $10 for children age 5 to 15, while kids under 5 are admitted free of charge. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID will receive one free adult pass which must be obtained by coming to the Cardinal offices.
All proceeds from the Winter Warm-Up benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s community foundation for kids. Thanks in large part to fan and sponsor support of the Winter Warm-Up, Cardinals Care has distributed more than $12.3 Million to area children’s organizations since its inception in 1997.
Many players’ autographs are free with an admission pass, while others require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation. Autograph tickets will be available each day of the Winter Warm-Up until sold out. In addition, a limited number of autograph tickets will be available at a one-day only "Early-Bird Special" on Saturday, January 10th, at the Millennium Hotel from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. By obtaining autograph tickets at the Early-Bird Special, fans can arrive at the Warm-Up at a time of their convenience and know in advance which players they will be meeting. Also, fans can take advantage of autograph tickets with low line numbers, and fans will avoid potential long lines when obtaining autograph tickets at the event.
The following players will be signing free autographs and will not require a ticket. Check the Cardinals website for their dates and times.
Bryan Anderson, Charlie Manning, Brett Wallace, Chuck Diering, Rich Hacker, Greg Mathews, Bob Sykes, Brian Barden, Joe Mather, P. J. Walters, Cal Eldred, Rick Horton, T.J. Mathews, Scott Terry, David Freese, Mike Parisi, George Altman, Neil Fiala, Ron Hunt, Ed Mickelson, Mike Tyson, Bake Hawksworth, Royce Ring, Alan Benes, Curt Ford, Charlie James, Ken Reitz, Ray Washburn, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Nick Stavinoha, Andy Benes, Bob Forsch, Mike Jorgensen, Jerry Reuss, Todd Worrell, John Jay, Joe Thurston, John Costello, Phil Gagliano, Jeff Lahti, Stan Royer, Daryl Jones, Jess Todd, Danny Cox, David Green, Mark Little and Ted Savage.
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