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Molina, Beltran, Holliday, Freese & Wainwright At Cards LA Hotel (Videos)

After taking the first two games of the 2013 NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals have made their way to Los Angeles for Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) with the NL West champion Dodgers. During the majority of trips to the nation’s second largest city, St. Louis calls The Langham Huntington Pasadena hotel home. This week, the iconic National League Central franchise has made the decision to hang their helmets at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. Located in downtown LA (directly across the street from Staples Center), this luxury property sits four miles southwest of Dodger Stadium.

Below are behind the scenes, original videos of the Cards’ top players boarding the team’s charter bus, a little more than four hours prior to the first pitch of Game 3. The video clips are posted in the order in which the players exited the hotel.


Five-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina preparing for action.


Postseason legend Carlos Beltran looking dapper.


Slugging LF Matt Holliday and Senior VP & GM John Mozeliak walking down Olympic Blvd.


2011 playoff hero David Freese climbing aboard.


Game 3 starting pitcher Adam Wainwright getting ready to take the mound.


The Cardinals buses departing the Marriott en route to the ballpark.


St. Louis baseball fans can also view original videos of Molina, Freese and Wainwright, signing autographs in New York City, earlier this season.



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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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