If you were uncertain whether or simply had forgotten Busch Stadium considers itself to be Baseball Heaven, a bevy of in-game activations and widely available marketing material will be happy to remind you.
If you’re simply a Cardinals fan looking for a great baseball adventure, though, there’s a wide world that awaits and does not simply live at 8th and Clark.
Going to see your favorite team on the road makes for an excellent adventure and can be an unforgettable vacation. With the world rapidly approaching the old normal, the 2023 season offers more opportunities than ever to watch the Cardinals in places you may never have seen them before.
Major League Baseball’s transition to a balanced schedule means, for the first time ever, every team will play every other team at least once. As much as fans look forward to the 17th game of the season against Cincinnati, consider instead the new memories you could make every month with these trips.
April — Seattle 21-23, San Francisco 24-27, Los Angeles 28-30
Starting the season on a three-city, ten-day road trip might be a lot to ask of a fan, especially since it takes place before school is out. If you’d prefer a smaller chunk, then the weekend series in Seattle, where the Cardinals haven’t played since 2019, might be more your speed.
Still, with only two road trips in the month, this west coast swing was clearly the best of the bunch. The club has an earlier trip to Milwaukee and Colorado (and why wouldn’t that be one trip?) that could be fun but comes with risk – seeing a game at Coors Field in the second week of April gives a fan a decent chance to get snowed out, or at a bare minimum, snowed on.
May — Boston 12-14
If the stars didn’t align for you to see the Redbirds play in front of the Green Monster this season, you no longer have to kick yourself under the assumption that they won’t be back for several years. The schedule rotation ships the Cardinals right back up to Boston (and the Yankees back to St. Louis) for a quick getaway to celebrate summer’s pending arrival.
For the adventurous, the Boston trip is the second stop in a two-city turn that includes one of the club’s two trips to Wrigley Field. For people who are the opposite of adventurous, you can also take a road trip to and across the breadth of Ohio and catch four games against the Reds before heading up to see three against the Guardians over Memorial Day weekend.
June — London vs. Cubs, June 24-25
Delayed from the 2020 season, the Cardinals will finally make their way to London Stadium with a three-year delay as part of MLB’s effort to expand the game globally. Both games will be Cardinals home games, so the Cubs will visit Busch Stadium only once in 2023. If you want to take a blow out trip to celebrate the summer, there may not be a better option for years to come.
The London trip is the last stop on yet another three-city road trip that includes prior stops in New York and Washington. An opportunity to take a train between series is always welcome, and it’s a touch easier to book airfare between the capitals of two nations than it is to find flights from St. Louis.
July — Chicago 7-9 (White Sox) or 20-23 (Cubs)
Would you prefer to catch a game before or after the All-Star break? It’s hard to find better weather anywhere than Chicago in July, and you’ll have the opportunity to choose between easy road trips to rowdier but arguably friendlier fans — and a much better team — on the south side or a better ballpark but much worse baseball at the Friendly Confines.
The only other options for a road trip in July (save for the All-Star Game itself, in Seattle) are Miami and Arizona. Please do not voluntarily go to Miami or Arizona in July.
August — Pittsburgh 21-23, Philadelphia 25-27
One could argue that the criticisms levied against an Ohio trip would also apply to a week in Pennsylvania, but the stadium in Pittsburgh is among the most breathtaking in baseball, and with an off-day between the two, you could stop (roughly) along the way in Donora and visit the hometown of Stan Musial. Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park is underrated, and seeing the Philly Phanatic in person always pays off.
There’s also a bizarre two-game weekend series in Kansas City earlier in the month if you’re looking for a speedy and cost-effective getaway. A leisurely drive back on a rare Sunday off day could be a luxury if you’re recovering from two games wrapped around four or five barbecue stops.
September — Milwaukee 26-28
The Cardinals and Brewers always seem to find each other in important games down the stretch, and next season is no exception. St. Louis’s last scheduled road series is a mid-week trip to American Family Field, another underrated venue that carries a unique vibe.
That series just barely took the nod ahead of a Monday-Wednesday sojourn to Baltimore, given that the matchup with the Orioles is the third stop on a trip that opens in two of the least interesting locales in the NL – Cobb County, GA (it’s not Atlanta) and Cincinnati.
There’s also a weekend series in San Diego if you don’t mind a long flight and prefer city vibes that are, well, the opposite of Cincinnati’s.
This story was originally published August 26, 2022 11:00 AM.