Tucked into Thursday's formal announcement of the Cardinals spring training television schedule - information we had highlighted at The Cardinal Nation Blog earlier this week – there was a Cardinals-related spring training announcement especially worth highlighting.
First, the basics. As announced, FOX Sports Midwest's core programming consists of five spring games to be televised, up from three in 2011. The Grapefruit League spring training games are March 17 at Detroit (perhaps with their new spring assistant Tony La Russa in the house), March 19 at Atlanta, March 20 at Houston, March 22 vs. Washington and March 24 at the New York Mets. Each game will be carried live at noon Central and replayed later that evening during prime time.
Here, I want to call special attention to FOX Sports Midwest's new Cardinals programming planned for the next five consecutive Mondays in February and March. It kicks off with a 30-minute special on Monday, February 20 that chronicles the World Series champions' visit to the White House last month and their meeting with The President and First Lady.
Subsequent Monday night shows include La Russa's Championship Insights, a one hour special with the highlights of the manager's insight on the 2011 post-season with emcee Bob Costas.
Other specials include roundtable discussions with Cardinals Hall of Famers and 1980's stars. Each show will also be offered via replays in case you miss them the first time or forget to set up the DVR.
FOX Sports Midwest also has plans to produce a spring training report in early March, as well as a 2012 Cardinals season preview. Encore presentations of the David Freese and La Russa shows that ran on Christmas will also return to the upcoming schedule.
FOX Sports Midwest special spring 2012 Cardinals programming
Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.: Cardinals Legends: Champs White House Visit – a 30-minute special with an inside look at the champs visit to Walter Reed and the White House
Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.: Cardinals Legends: LaRussa's Championship Insight – a one-hour special produced from the January event at Peabody Opera House in St. Louis in which LaRussa shares with Bob Costas and a live audience his thoughts from various moments of the 2011 postseason
March 5 at 9 p.m.: Cardinals Legends: Hall of Famer Roundtable – a discussion with Cardinals HOFers; March 5 at 9:30 p.m.: Cardinals spring training report
March 12 at 6 p.m: Cardinals Legends: ‘80's Redbird Roundtable – a discussion with stars of the 1980's
March 19 at 9 p.m.: Cardinals season preview
All times are Central.