An Evening with the Cardinals

This one is a quick one but it is definitely worth the short notice!

Are you looking for ways to support charities based in St. Louis? Well, here is your chance.

The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) will host its 7th annual An Evening with the Cardinals event on Saturday, January 26 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. This special event is a dinner and program focused on raising awareness for the NCCS’ work supporting families facing the reality of childhood cancer.

This year’s featured guests include Cardinals Hall of Famers Jim Edmonds and Chris Carpenter, along with emcee and voice of the Cardinals, Dan McLaughlin. You can join these esteemed players as they talk, laugh and reminisce about their careers with the Cardinals.

In the past six years, the event has raised more than $1.3 million for families battling childhood cancer. You can see highlights from last year’s event here.

Tickets are on sale NOW, so be sure to grab them while you can. If you can’t make it to the event but still would like to help out in some way, you can always send in a donation!

Donations will help the NCCS continue supporting families like Rhyan’s.

Soon after Rhyan started kindergarten, her parents noticed she had developed a small limp. And, this typically upbeat little girl was suddenly very moody. After several tests, Rhyan was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma.

After local treatment in Missouri, Rhyan needed her care transferred to a premier treatment facility in New York. The NCCS began assisting Rhyan’s family in June 2017 and has since funded 36 roundtrip flights and 18 cab rides, and will continue supporting Rhyan to ensure that she gets the best treatment possible – no matter what.

Now, Rhyan is 8 years old, in third grade and is her “loving, bubbly, sassy self,” says her mom, Jen.

About The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS): The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a not-for-profit organization providing support to families making their way through the daunting world of childhood cancer and survivorship. With over 30 years of experience serving more than 43,000 children, the NCCS is able to take a “no matter what” approach to help families stay strong, stay positive and stay together. The NCCS has been recognized as a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and earned a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. For more information call 314-241-1600, visit theNCCS.org, or on Facebook and Twitter.

St. Louis Sportsmanship

cardinalnationI personally did not hear it and I haven’t heard any recordings of it, but that didn’t stop the people from claiming that the best fans in baseball are bigots. Many are claiming that the Cardinals fans would never do such a thing, which I would like to believe. Maybe it didn’t even happen. According to Deadspin it didn’t… But according to the New York Daily News it did. I didn’t hear it myself but to claim that it did when it didn’t, well that’s something right there. I do believe there can be racists anywhere, including in Cardinal Nation. However, I do think we are better than this and if it did happen or didn’t happen is irrelevant as the idea of being unsportsmanlike is bad for the birds and bad for baseball in general. The league is so diverse as it is. What would shouting something like that out at a game do to help anybody?

I didn’t want to have to write this. I already wrote about sportsmanship last July when Yadi was boo’ed at the All-Star game in Cincinnati. I didn’t want to have to write the same thing again about the fans. We need to be better than this and I think we can and are better than what the headlines read.

AP-Cubs-Heyward-BaseballOn Sunday, the Cards played the Cubs in their first match up of the season. In case you were not aware a stand out player from last season Jason Heyward went from playing for the Cardinals to the Cubs and apparently some Cards fans were not too pleased to see Heyward out on the field. During the footage you can hear Redbirds fans booing Heyward. Which is okay during the regular and post season. But according to some sources instead of just booing him like many fans did, they threw out racist language that apparently was caught on ESPN’s mics. I have heard some claim that ESPN has said no slurs were said but I haven’t seen an actual source saying this. So my guess is as good as yours.

What I do know is that Jason Heyward is an amazing ball player and he deserves at least that much respect. Boo him if you’re upset he’s not a bird anymore but to call him something completely inappropriate is uncalled for. Busch Stadium is a family friendly stadium and hearing claims of this makes me sick and sad to be a Cardinals fan.

This isn’t how Redbird Nation became the best fans in baseball. I think we’re better than this and I am having a hard time believing it actually happened. I will also say that if I was sitting next to someone yelling out that racist language, best believe I’d say something to that person. Nobody deserves to have racist slurs directed at them.

Sportsmanship in Cincinnati

2015_asg_logo_cin_banner_500x283Last night I sat down with my daughter to watch the All Star Game being played in the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. At four years old she is still trying to learn about baseball. We all know there are many colors when it comes to all of the teams in the Major League, but to her it’s as simple as the red team and blue team. Sometimes she might start acting goofy and say “Go blue!” Which I assume she is talking about the St. Louis Blues…

As mentioned in other posts our family is all about the Cardinals, so when it came time to cheer on our birds all we could hear from the T.V. was people booing. This was a little shocking as I had to explain to my daughter why they were booing. I explained the rivalry between the Cardinals and the Reds to her, and how sometimes it’s okay to boo at opposing teams… However, this was the All Star Game, where the best of the best come to play for the chance to get home field advantage for the World Series. You can see players from different teams chumming it up and having a good time celebrating this mid-summer classic. So why did the fans have to throw sportsmanship out the window and boo the Cardinals? Because of some rivalry? I am totally okay with being booed during a regular season game, or during the playoffs, but during the All Star Game seemed a little cheap to me. Maybe I expected a good game with good sportsmanship. Whatever it is I thought would have happened, didn’t. Either way keep it classy Cincinnati. St. Louis still loves you.

Check out the video below courtesy of Fox Sports to see Molina being booed.

Even former Cardinal, Albert Pujols joined in on the booing. His participation was more in good fun rather than being a meanie.

What do you think about the booing during the All Star Game? Comment below!

River City Rascals Education Day 2015!

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Are you an educator who loves baseball? Check out this awesome event put on by the River City Rascals.

The River City Rascals would like to invite your faculty and students out to Education Day at the ballpark on May 8th!  Attached in the image on the left is more information about the game, including a great deal for $6 seats anywhere in the ballpark and our $4 food vouchers.  Also, don’t miss the chance to meet vendors attending the game such as D.A.R.E., Museum of Transportation, and Serengeti Steve a.k.a. the reptile guy.

Also, don’t miss out on Opening Weekend May 15th and May 16th when the Rascals take on the Normal Cornbelters!  Both games start at 6:35 pm, but make sure to get there early for a magnet schedule giveaway.  Special appearances will be made throughout the weekend, including the Budweiser Clydesdales on Friday, May 15th and Fredbird on Saturday, May 16th!

This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of another great school year, so make sure to come out and enjoy a game!