The Springfield Cardinals Report

An Update on the Cardinals' AA Team.

It is hard to believe it's only 93 days until the Springfield Cardinals open up their 2006 season at Hammons Field. Where has the off-season gone? I still have to iron my jersey, stretch my cap, oil my glove and clean my binoculars. No time to rest now.

Spring training begins next month. Although no one is completely sure who will be showing up, it is pretty certain which of last season's players won't be reporting. Aaron Herr, Juan Diaz and Tyler Minges (just to name a few) won't be sporting the Redbird colors next year. Rick Ankiel will probably be riding the bench in the Big Bird's new stadium and Papo Bolivar is a real doubtful prospect.

But, never-the-less--baseball is baseball and it only lands the Springfield team into one more "just like the big boys category"....that of "similarities" between the two teams. After all, the St. Louis Cards have lost their fair share of players this year. So much so, that I am thinking about applying for the job at second base myself. As soon as I get my glove oiled up and my hat stretched and my jersey ironed, that is.

In the meantime, life goes on at the ol' ballpark and the Springfield Cardinals have made a few recent announcements. For instance:

Group tickets and Dugout Decks go on sale January 13th and not only that but the Springfield Cardinals have announced several other important dates regarding tickets for the 2006 season. Thanks to all the great Cardinals fans, Springfield had the 15th highest attendance in all minor league baseball last year. Key dates for group ticket sales, individual game tickets, and season tickets have been set so that fans can plan ahead for another great season at Hammons Field.

Starting at 9 a.m. on January 13, fans will have the opportunity to book their group to a Springfield Cardinals game at Hammons Field. Whether it's a church gathering, company outing, or family get-together, a Cardinals baseball game is the perfect entertainment for all your guests. Each group of 20 or more will enjoy several great benefits including terrific seat locations, group prizes, a special welcome over the PA system and video board, and even the opportunity to sing the National Anthem. Groups of over 100 will receive a special $1 discount and groups over 200 will enjoy an amazing $2 off the price of outfield field box tickets. To book a group for the upcoming season, fans can call the Cardinals ticket office at (417) 863-2143.

Dugout Decks, one of the most popular areas in Hammons Field, will also go on sale on January 13th. The open-air patio-style Decks accommodate a minimum of 20 people per deck. In addition, each group member will receive a specially designed Cardinals cap. Dugout Decks can be purchased for just $14 per person. Food and drink packages are also available. Fans can reserve a Dugout Deck for the 2006 season by calling (417) 863-2143.

On February 25th, fans will have the opportunity to purchase individual game tickets for any regular season game, beginning at 9 a.m. The Cardinals schedule features 70 home games, with the Home Opener set for April 6 against the Arkansas Travelers at 7:10 p.m. Ticket prices remain the same as last year, starting out at just $5 per person. Further information on how fans can purchase individual game tickets will be available in the coming weeks.

Also, a reminder to all Season Ticket Holders that final payments for season tickets are due by Tuesday, January 10, in order to keep your preferred seating for 2006. In order to pay for your season tickets, you may stop by the Cardinals ticket office, drop your payment in the mail, or call (417) 863-2143.

For more information regarding group, individual, and season tickets, you may visit the Springfield Cardinals website at www.springfieldcardinals.com.

Only 93 days until Opening Day! Go Cardinals

You can write John Brayfield at johnb@positech.net


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