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Games are postponed. So what are local pro sports teams doing with their giveaway items?

The Cardinals told the Business Journal they have taken a two-pronged approach with their planned promotional items.
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A ticket window outside Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, is closed Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in St. Louis. The start of the regular season, which was set to start on Thursday, is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS — This weekend was set to be a jackpot for St. Louis Cardinals fans who love their promotional giveaways.

As part of a three-game series with the New York Mets, fans at Busch Stadium would’ve had a chance to snag a 1985 National League Champions replica ring on Friday, don a new powder blue “mystery player” jersey on Saturday and walk out of the gates Sunday with a Cardinals-themed purse.

But for now, with Major League Baseball’s season halted, fans won’t have the chance to get their hands on those items. Moreover, the Cardinals have decided to refund tickets for their 13 April home games and 16 May home games that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The halt in play poses a question: What is the team doing with its giveaway items planned for the 2020 season?

The Cardinals told the Business Journal they have taken a two-pronged approach with their planned promotional items.

"For those dates we knew it was best to place those orders on hold, we have done so, with the intention of being able to hit 'go' on the order as soon as the timing is right. In the meantime, for those orders of promotional items that are in production or have already arrived, we are working through the logistical plans for storage of those items for future use," said Dan Farrell, senior vice president of sales and marketing.

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