October 19, 2009
To Our Great Fans,
Thank you for another great season! Although a disappointing early exit from the playoffs is still fresh in our minds, I think it is appropriate to reflect on some of the great things that happened during the 2009 season.
The team won the National League Central Division for the seventh time this decade. Albert Pujols had another MVP-caliber season, and pitchers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are both candidates to win the National League Cy Young award. Our young players and newer additions all made significant contributions to the team on the field.
St. Louis was the center of the baseball world in July as we hosted the 2009 All-Star Game which featured three Cardinals on the NL roster and a first pitch from the President. All-Star week included dozens of activities and events that brought excitement and significant economic activity to downtown St. Louis.
Despite challenging economic conditions, you continued to support the Cardinals at the ballpark. We drew 3.3 million fans to Busch Stadium, surpassing the 3 million mark for the 9th time this decade and the 13th time in franchise history.
As the decade draws to a close, it's worth noting that it will go down as one of the most successful periods in Cardinals history. We led the National League with 913 victories, won two N.L. pennants and a World Championship, and drew a remarkable 34 million fans.
As we look to 2010 and the decade in front of us, we are hopeful that your support will continue to lay the foundation for our success. Our commitment to excellence in all aspects of the organization is as strong as ever. On behalf of ownership, management, and the players, thank you again for your incredible support of the St. Louis Cardinals.
William O. DeWitt III