Details on Cards’ home opener
I interrupt my home hunting ventures to bring you information about Friday’s home opener. The following information was sent out today by the Cardinals. Included are details about pregame festivities and other specifics that might be beneficial to know before you head downtown.
10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s: The Cardinals will host a pre-game pep rally in the Ballpark Village Lot, located directly across from Busch Stadium, at the corner of Clark Street and South Broadway. Local rock band Trixie Delight will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can stop by the Hardee’s Photo Booth, where they can get their Opening Day picture taken for free and visit the Hardee’s Mobile Diner where, with the purchase of a Combo Meal, they will receive a complimentary Opening Day t-shirt. Other sponsors include: Budweiser, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Air Force, Dunkin Donuts, Energizer, First National Bank, Fox Theater, Fox Sports Midwest, Girl Scouts, Krispy Kreme, Lumiere/River City, MO Secretary of State, Muny, Papa John’s, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Tan Company and Qdoba
Busch Magnet Schedule Day: All fans with a ticket ages 21 and over will receive a magnet with the 2012 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Busch Beer.
Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.
Introduce Missouri Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon, St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay
Introduce Fredbird & Team Fredbird
Cardinals Hall-of-Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade around the warning track, led by the 2013 Ford Escape.
Video Tribute to the 2011 World Champions
Introduce representatives of the last four World Championships who will escort in the Cardinals last four World Championship trophies….Mike Shannon (’67), Tommy Herr (’82), David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds (’06) and Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan (’11)
Introduce the reigning World Champion St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade (2012 Ford Platinum F-150s and 2012 Ford Raptor F-150s)
The family of U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. will raise the 2011 World Championship Banner in left field.
Introduce the Chicago Cubs and the starting lineups
American Bald Eagle flight, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis
Color Guard – The U.S. Marine Corps
A moment of silence to former Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch
Shannon Magrane, Season 11 contestant on American Idol, will sing the Star-Spangled banner
U.S. Air Force Flyover – Two F-16s
Ceremonial First Pitch
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