The experience started with a bus ride down to the stadium where everyone piled out to head out onto the field. The Cardinals were already on the field, taking batting practice, lofting pitches over the outfield wall. One by one, several of the Cardinals players came over to say hi to everyone and to sign everything from baseballs to their shirts.
“There was one girl who you could tell was so excited. With each player that signed her ball, she just had the biggest smile on her face. It was awesome!” said Lori Mattler, one of the chaperones.
Albert Pujols as well as Rick Ankiel, Kyle Lohse, Todd Wellemeyer, Ron Villone and Jason LaRue were among the players who helped make this a memorable event.
After batting practice concluded, the whole group made it up to their seats on the third base side to enjoy a close game against the Kansas City Royals. Each participant received a bag of goodies that included a “Go Cards” sign that the group used to help cheer on the team. Everyone also received $10.00 in ballpark bucks to use towards their food purchase.
“Everyone had such a great time. We feel honored that they asked us to come back for a second year. This is definitely something that everyone will remember for a very long time” said PFF Program Manager Jen Cooper.
As the bus headed back to meet up with all the parents, you could hear everyone sharing their favorite memories of the night. It was a wonderful night.