January 18, 2013

17th Annual Winter Warm-up to kick off 2013 season

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (January 17, 2013) – The 17th annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#WWU), the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) and the 55th annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that unofficially kicks off the 2013 baseball season.

Winter Warm-Up – the largest fundraising effort for the team’s charitable fund, Cardinals Care – returns to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch Saturday, January 19
th through Monday, January 21st (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances by a variety of current and former Cardinals players. In addition to familiar favorites, fans will have their first opportunity to greet offseason acquisition Randy Choate and the team’s 2012 first-round Draft pick, Michael Wacha. Both are scheduled to appear on Saturday.

"Winter Warm-Up is our favorite way to bring together players and fans as we work to care for kids in the community," said Michael Hall, Vice-President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. "Not only is the event a fun-filled weekend with something for everyone to enjoy, our fans are helping us make a real difference throughout Cardinal Nation."

For Winter Warm-Up information, and to learn more about Cardinals Care, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

The Cardinals Caravan departs Busch Stadium on Friday morning and makes 19 stops in four states along five routes before returning to St. Louis Monday night. For complete information on all caravan stops, visit cardinals.com/caravan.

The 55th annual

Baseball Writers Dinner will take place at the St. Louis Millennium Hotel on Sunday night. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner celebrates and honors several members of the 2012 Cardinals that advanced to the National League Championship Series for a second straight season. Highlighting the evening will be the writers' presentation of the St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year award to Yadier Molina.  ###