St. Louis Cardinals: Events To Look Out For This Offseason


The St. Louis Cardinals are selling tickets for their annual Winter Warm Up.  In addition, fans can buy tickets to the Baseball Writers Dinner honoring the 1967 World Series Championship team.

Winter Warm Up is the biggest offseason event that is hosted by the St. Louis Cardinals.  Ticket sales from the event benefit the Cardinals Care charity with the goal of raising money to help children of the Cardinals community.  I, like so many others, look forward to this winter event each year.

The first day of the 2017 event will be on Saturday, January 14th and will run until Monday, January 16th at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.  On Saturday and Sunday, the events are scheduled to run from 9 A.M. until 5 P.M.  Monday events will go from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.

At the Winter Warm Up, fans will be able to get autographs from some of their favorite players, take pictures with Fredbird, play interactive games, and bid on unique collectibles at silent auctions.   All proceeds from the auctions will be given to Cardinals Care.

Tickets cost $40 for fans over the age of 16, and $10 for children ages 5-15.  Those under the age of five, or members of the military, fire, and/or police departments are granted admission for free.  Fans who purchase tickets get a three-day pass that will cover the entirety of the event.

Another great winter tradition in St. Louis Cardinals lore is the Baseball Writers Dinner.  Tickets for Winter Warm Up can be coupled with the cost for a seat at the Baseball Writers Dinner, totaling $175.  A single ticket to the dinner is $150, with the option to reserve a table of 10 seats for $1,500,

In what will be the 50-year anniversary of the eighth World Series trophy won by the St. Louis Cardinals- that of the 1967 team- the Baseball writers will be hosting a dinner at the Union Station Hotel.  This year’s dinner will take place on January 15th, with what is already promising to be a star-studded audience.

Hall of Fame players Bob Gibson and Lou Brock who played on the championship team will be in attendance.  They will be joined by manager Red Schoendienst, who is also a Hall of Famer.  To add to the Cardinal immortality at the event, former catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver is slated to join the dinner as well.

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While this dinner is going to honor the 1967 team, several St. Louis Cardinals from past and present will be receiving awards.  Among these awards is the Red Award.  This award is named after Schoendienst, and given to a person with invaluable service to baseball.  The 2017 recipient is Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog.

Players from the 2016 roster will be honored as well.  The biggest honor will go to Carlos Martinez, the St. Louis Baseball Man Of The Year.  Now-free-agent Matt Holliday will be awarded with a meritorious service to sports recognition.  The final honor will go to Jonathan Broxton who is receiving the Darryl Kile award.

These are just a few players to make the preliminary list of attendees.  More will be announced as the dinner draws closer and as they are announced my excitement for the events will increase.

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The Winter Warm Up and the Baseball Writers Dinner are just the most recent announcements of offseason events.  In addition to these announcements, a new exhibit has recently opened in the Cardinals Hall of Fame to celebrate women in baseball.  Between these events, the looming Winter Meetings, and the Free Agent Market, the St. Louis Cardinals will be busy to close 2016 and open 2017.