Why We Love St. Louis:

Reason #1: Great walking, running, cycling trails   Bicycling Tour de France Style 

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Reason #2: Baseball!

Major Leagues: St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis is known for having the "best fans in baseball" and that is largely due to the great tradition of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals run a first-rate operation and fans are used to Cooperstown calling with great players over the years like Stan Musial, Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, and all the others.

There's a lot going on with the addition of Ballpark Village and the new Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  For information on getting tickets to an upcoming Cardinals game check out: 

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=stl&partnerId=DFA-1599569-58449212-107635036

Minor Leagues: 2 Frontier League teams: River City Rascals, Gateway Grizzlies

The Gateway Grizzlies Play Host to the Frontier League All-Star Game this Week-- Get Involved

This information comes from the Gateway Grizzlies websiite.  The Greater St. Louis area is lucky to have two minor league teams-- both in the Frontier League. The Gateway Grizzlies and River City Rascals are right in the area with good family fun at reasonable prices. We urge you to support this All-Star Game and the other festivities surrounding it to prove to the other teams that St. Louis really is the best baseball town-- minor leagues or the Majors.

From the Grizzlies:

The Gateway Grizzlies and GCS Ballpark are proud to host the 2014 Frontier League All-Star Game and events! July 14-16 are the set dates for the exhibition.

This event and weeklong celebration promises to bring a total fan experience, fantastic minor league baseball, economic stimulation, and pride-filled brand awareness to the surrounding community! The Grizzlies and GCS Ballpark have partnered with the Casino Queen to better offer fans and spectators a full experience - complete with fireworks, a home run derby, community events, and of course...THE ALL STAR GAME!

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FRONTIER LEAGUE ALL STAR GAME BRIEF HISTORY

As the longest active independent baseball league in the country, the Frontier League has a history that dates back more than 20 years. Founded in 1993, the league has a reputation for classic baseball action, spontaneous promotions and fan interaction, and an affordable experience that is difficult to rival.

In 2012 the Frontier League saw over 1.5 million fans walk through the gates of 14 different venues in a variety of cities throughout the United States. The 2012 All-Star Game (Normal Cornbelters – Normal, Illinois) brought in over 5,200 fans, while the most recent 2013 All-Star Game (Washington WildThings – Washington, Illinois) tallied nearly 3,000 fans.

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2014 FRONTIER LEAGUE ALL STAR GAME LIST OF EVENTS

All-star Luncheon (July 15) - $50.00 PER PERSON/$400.00 TABLE (10)

Each year the All-Stars are introduced at a dining banquet. This year's intimate gathering will feature the FIRST EVER inductions into the Frontier League Hall of Fame, as well as the regular recognition ceremony for the 2014 East and West All Stars and staff. A full three course catered meal will be served.

Homerun Derby/Battle of the Sexes Softball Showcase (July 15) - $15.00 Per Person - SPONSORED BY SIU EDWARDSVILLE

This fan friendly event showcases Frontier League talent along with local appeal. Many past All-Star hosts have included local high school athletes who earn a spot to compete via qualifying event leading up to the final. The Home Run Derby has also included celebrities and other entertainment in the past.

Started in 2013 in Washington, PA, this event puts the boys versus the girls in an overwhelming fan favorite. A professional softball squad will face the FL All-Stars in exhibition action with promotions throughout that are tailored to male/female interaction!

SOFTBALL CAMP FLYER & REGISTRATION

SOFTBALL SHOWCASE "Battle of the Sexes" GAME FLYER & REGISTRATION

Commissioner Bill Lee Golf Open (July 16) - Pricing and availability to follow... - SPONSORED BY VANDALIA BUS LINES

Long time Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee holds an annual gold outing to remember the historic managers, players and staff of the Frontier League. This activity plays host to staff and players only, but will be available to the public for an afternoon session.


2014 Frontier League All-Star Game (July 16) - $15.00 - SPONSORED BY CASINO QUEEN

This nationally followed game between the West and East Division All-Stars presents the finest talent that the FL has to offer. This full, nine-inning affair will have a complete broadcast and between-frame promotions.

Expect post-game fireworks, special mascot appearances, prizes, and much more in this amazing event!


***WIN FREE TICKETS TO THE FRONTIER LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME**

Email us at StLSportsPage@gmail.com and tell us how many tickets you want and you will be entered in the drawing to win them. Everyone who enters will win some sort of prize.
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HOW TO BUY TICKETS

1. Go to the Grizzlie's website: http://www.gatewaygrizzlies.com/sports/bsb/2013-14/releases/201407012lae90.

2. BRING A GROUP TO THE ALL-STAR GAME: Contact: A Grizzlies' Group Sales Rep will be assigned to your group in planning your outing. For special package deals and more information on tickets call (618) 337-3000 to start your outing.

Where to Stay if Coming to St. Louis for a Baseball Game

If you are coming to St. Louis to see the Cardinals or attend the All-Star Game, the Drury Hotels are our favorite midwest hotels. We like them because you get a lot for your money:

Wake up each morning to a free Hot Breakfast. Take your pick from a selection of great breakfast items including scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage and make-your-own Belgian waffles. In the evening, try the 5:30 Kickback® for free hot food and cold beverages. Their rotating menu features a variety of hot food, including chicken strips, macaroni & cheese, hot dogs, baked potatoes, broccoli cheddar soup and more! Plus, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks are served everyday. There’s something for everyone at Drury’s 5:30 Kickback. It's a snack for some, meal for others and free for all—and we at StLSportsPage.com like “free.”

Did we miss anything? 

If there is an event or organization  that fits in this article you think St. Louisans should know about feel free to mention it in the comments.

Coming Tomorrow:

BASEBALL!  How you can win free tickets to the Frontier League All-Star Game at the Gateway Grizzlies.

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Other Frontier League All-Star News Posted this week:

GRIZZLIES COACHING STAFF TO LEAD WEST DIVISION; BARRETT ADDED TO ALL-STAR ROSTER
SAUGET, Ill. – The Gateway Grizzlies are pleased to announce manager Phil Warren and his coaching staff will direct the West Division on Wednesday, July 16th in the Frontier League All-Star game at GCS Ballpark.

Warren and his staff were chosen after having the best record (32-16) in the West Division after the completion of play Wednesday. Joining Phil on the staff will be his pitching coach Randy Martz, hitting coach Zach Borowiak, bench coach Mike Breyman and athletic trainer Geof Manzo.

This marks the second straight season the Gateway coaching staff is in charge of the West Division. It’s Warren’s third stint as an All-Star game manager. He also managed the game in his first year as the Gateway skipper in 2007.

“My staff and I are thrilled to get this chance again this year,” Warren remarked. “We are looking forward to coaching the best players our division has to offer.”

In addition, Warren announced that his closer Richard Barrett is one of three players he has added to the West Division roster. Santiago Chirino (Normal) and Michael Valadez (Schaumburg) were also added to the West roster.

This marks the second straight All-Star visit for Barrett. The all-time saves leader in Grizzlies history has a 1-1 record with a 1.42 ERA and 11 saves in 2014.

Single-Game, Season and Group tickets are on sale now. For more information call 618.337.3000. 

Brooks Carey named to All-Star coaching staff, Chirino added to roster
Frontier League All-Star Game to be held July 16 at GCS Ballpark

NORMAL, Ill. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, announced that they have added two additional Belters to the All-Star Game. Infielder Santiago Chirino will be added to the roster and Field Manager Brooks Carey will be added to the coaching staff. The All-Star Game will be held on July 16 at GCS Ballpark, the home of the Gateway Grizzlies.

Chirino adds to the six Belters already named to the team to set the franchise record at seven Belters named All-Stars. The Venezuelan native is hitting .337 this season with 18 RBI, eight doubles, two triples and only 11 strikeouts in 190 at-bats.

“I want to thank Phil Warren for recognizing the season that Chirino is having,” said Carey. “He saw what I see every day and that he deserves to be an All-Star.”

Chirino is joining Cullen Babin, Aaron Dudley, Sam Judah, Alan Oaks, Mike Schwartz and Tyler Shover to represent the CornBelters in the All-Star Game.

The two managers in first place in each division following Wednesday's games were named the managers in the All-Star Game and they selected the final three players per division to finalize each roster on Thursday. CornBelters Field Manager Brooks Carey was asked by Phil Warren, the manager of the Gateway Grizzlies and the coach of the West Division All-Star team, to join the coaching staff for the All-Star Game.

“I thank Phil for choosing me to join his staff for the All-Star festivities in St. Louis,” said Carey. “It is an honor to represent the CornBelters and I look forward to a fun week there.”

“We are pleased that Brooks and Santiago have been recognized by the League for their efforts so far this year,” said CornBelters President Steve Malliet. “Both are very deserving and I want to thank All-Star Manager Phil Warren and Commissioner Bill Lee for recognizing both.”

Tickets for each event can be purchased online at www.gatewaygrizzlies.com or by calling the Gateway offices at (618) 337-3000.

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