ST. LOUIS – Monday was the day of the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener against the Cincinnati Reds. The game started at 3:15 p.m. at Busch Stadium, but the fun started much earlier in the day.
NewsChannel 5 hosted a pep rally at Joe Buck's in downtown St. Louis. KSDK personalities were around for autographs, giveaways, and surprise guests!
The Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum dedication ceremony also kicked off at 10 a.m., but it was invitation-only. This event formally dedicated the new facility at Ballpark Village.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The official Opening Day pep rally started in the Ballpark Village parking lot. Fredbird and Team Fredbird members gave away Opening Day tickets, autographed items, and other prizes. Local band Trixie Delight also rocked the stage.
The gates to Busch Stadium opened two hours before the game time, and all fans over the age of 21 received a Budweiser magnet with the 2014 Cardinals schedule.
The pre-game ceremonies were scheduled to kick off with an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales, but the wet weather and weight of the horses caused the appearance to be cancelled. Mayor Francis Slay, County Executive Charlie Dooley, and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder were on hand as Cardinals Hall of Famers were introduced via a Ford motorcade that drover around the warning track. The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals also arrived via Ford motorcade, riding in 2014 Ford F-150 Raptors.
After the teams were announced, the 2013 National League Champions banner was raised in the outfield. Curtis Finch, Jr., a top 10 American Idol finalist, sang the National Anthem.
Former Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter threw out the ceremonial first pitch.