The last time we saw the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, we'd rather forget.
A coronation of back-to-back NL champs somehow morphed into the first few bars of Taps and the Birds haven't been back to play at 700 Clark St. until today.
Coming off a 3-3 road trip that could have been much better (losing a 1-0 game and another one in 16 innings after blowing 4 leads) or much worse, the Cardinals have the first games against the team expected by most to take the NL Central... the Cincinnati Reds.
Yes, the pomp will be welcome and I'm 100% sure that the emotion of having 45K faithful remember Stan the Man will be AWESOME... but, beyond all of that... this is a pretty critical game and series against the Reds. Just so much good stuff going on today, we figured it'd be best to put it all in one post so you can enjoy the day.
It's Opening Day. A St. Louis holiday. And here's what you need to know:
Pep Rally: Joe Buck's downtown anytime after 10:30a. Why Joe Buck's? 1) Giving away good tickets to the game today. 2) Autographs from former Cardinals. 3) Live music. 4) These are being given away:
Stan Musial: Opening Day marks the first time the Cardinals family will be together at Busch Stadium for a game since the passing of Stan Musial earlier this year. On Monday Stan and Lillian Musial’s four children, Dick Musial, Gerry Ashley, Janet Schwarze, and Jean Edmonds will unveil a memorial marker in left center field as part of the Opening Day ceremony. All fans will also receive a #6 sticker to honor Stan.
Clydesdales: Fans can see the Clydesdales pre-game when they start staging near Poplar Street and Broadway @ gate 1 around 1p today. They'll make a lap around the field to kick off pre-game ceremonies as well.
Opening Ceremony: The pre-game ceremony begins at 2:30p. and kicks off the 2013 season with the famed Budweiser Clydesdales and appearances from Missouri Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon, St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and an American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary. The ceremony will feature all four of the team’s Commissioner’s Trophies from each of those World Championship teams (’67, ’82, ’06, and ’11), as well as the introduction of the Cardinals Hall of Famers and 2013 Cardinals.
National Anthem: The National Anthem will be performed by six members of the Gateway Harmonica Club of St. Louis. Stan Musial was an honorary member of the club. Scott Sir Force Base will present the colors and American Flag in center field.
First Pitch: Former Cardinals, pitcher Jason Isringhausen and center fielder Jim Edmonds, will throw a ceremonial first pitch.
Game time is 3:15 today and the weather radar for the game is here: LINK HERE