July 2012

July 20-23, 2012

The Redbirds are coming off of an extremely successful homestand in which they swept the four-game series with the Oklahoma City RedHawks. The ‘Birds had an eventful third game scoring a franchise-high 24 runs on 24 hits and also set a new franchise record with two grand-slams, not only in the same game, but in the same inning! Here are some shots from homestand #8:

The Red Hots pose in their throwback Memphis Chicks t-shirts, as part of the giveaway promotion on Friday.

Fans celebrated Superhero and Comic Night at AutoZone Park.

Young fans took part, as they do for every Sunday game at AutoZone Park, in running the bases after every game.

Fireworks lit up the sky at AutoZone Park.

All-in-all, a very successful homestand for the ‘Birds.

* All photos courtesy of Allison Rhoades, Redbirds Graphics & Photographer.

Former Redbirds named MLB All-Stars

The St. Louis Cardinals have five selections to the NL All-Star team this year, including two starters. They are: Rafael Furcal, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina (will be replaced by Matt Holliday), David Freese and Lance Lynn.

Former Memphis Redbirds that have gone on to become MLB All-Stars are:  J.D. Drew (who took home MVP honors in the ’08 All-Star Game), Dan Haren (a three-time selection), Albert Pujols (a nine-time All-Star), current Cards’ Adam Wainwright (a one-time selection) and Yadier Molina (a three-time selection) and first-time selections in ’12, Chris Perez and current Cardinals’ players, David Freese and Lance Lynn.

J.D. Drew

Dan Haren

Yadier Molina

Albert Pujols

Adam Wainwright

Chris Perez

David Freese

Lance Lynn

* All photos courtesy of Allison Rhoades, Redbirds Graphics & Photographer.

Brandon Dickson named PCL All-Star

Memphis Redbirds starting pitcher Brandon Dickson has been named to the 2012 Pacific Coast League All-Star team.

Dickson is 4-8 with 48 strikeouts and his 3.58 ERA, a team-best, currently ranks him seventh in the league.

Dickson was also called up to St. Louis this year and made two appearances (5/19 versus the Dodgers and 5/24 against the Phillies) with the Cardinals and allowed one run (unearned) on three hits with a strikeout in 2.1 innings.

July 4-8, 2012

Heading into the Triple-A All-Star break, Memphis and Nashville have just completed a five-game series. As of right now, the Sounds lead the Redbirds in the I-40 Cup Series, 6-2. Here are some sights from homestand #7:

Everyone was excited for Independence Day, even up in the press box.

Fireworks lit up the sky on the 4th of July, at AutoZone Park.

Cardinal Nation from all over the U.S. were in Memphis to get a replica World Series ring at AutoZone Park.

The Army National Guard set up tent at AZP for Military Appreciation Day.

The Navy performed the National Anthem on Military Appreciation Day.

The Memphis Redbirds return to action after the Triple-A All-Star break on Thursday, July 12, at Round Rock.

* All photos courtesy of Allison Rhoades, Redbirds Graphics & Photographer.

June 27-29, 2012

The Redbirds are coming off a short, three-game series against Albuquerque that saw the ‘Birds take the first game, but lost the last two games. Here are some sights from the series:

Young Memphis fans greet the Redbirds as they take the field.

Rockey tells ‘Birds’ fans at AutoZone Park to put it on the card.

Lou Montanez makes an incredible jumping-catch at the wall.

Redbirds fans make a vow to “Read 20 Minutes a Day”.

Eugenio Velez rounds the bases after he crushes another home run, capping off a very productive June with the bat.

* All photos courtesy of Allison Rhoades, Redbirds Graphics & Photographer.

Redbirds + Sounds = I-40 Cup Series

This season marks the first of what will be many I-40 Cup Series between the Memphis Redbirds and the Nashville Sounds.

Memphis manager Ron “Pop” Warner and Nashville manager Mike Guerrero pose with the I-40 Cup.

“Adding a piece of hardware really puts a spotlight on this interstate rivalry,” Memphis Redbirds General Manager Ben Weiss said. “The Cup is a great centerpiece to a long-lasting relationship with the Tennessee Education Lottery.”

The overall winner of the season-long series between the Redbirds and the Sounds will receive the two-foot-tall I-40 Cup, while the loser of the series will donate 25 tickets to the winner’s charity of choice.

Starting pitchers, Shelby Miller (Memphis) and Wily Peralta (Nashville) with the I-40 Cup.

“Both ballclubs are proud of the Tennessee Lottery’s long-standing support of Minor League Baseball in Tennessee,” Nashville Sounds Vice President/General Manager Brad Tammen said. “This trophy will add another exciting element to our cross-state rivalry.”

Nashville currently leads the all-time record between the two clubs at 123-101.

The I-40 Cup will become an annual staple in the series between Memphis and Nashville.


By: Michael Stagno and Jordan Johnson, Memphis Redbirds media relations

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