“Don’t be fooled by a calendar that tries to convince you we’re already three months into a new year. In this town, today marks the true beginning of the year.”
Opening Ceremonies at Busch
After watching two different opponents ceremoniously open the home portion of their 2018 schedules, the Cardinals will get to play in front of the St.Louis faithful this afternoon. While it’s great to have baseball back on television with meaningful games, the season doesn’t seem to really take off until the Cardinals get to take the field in St. Louis. Under the watchful eyes of Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Whitey Herzog, Ozzie Smith, Chris Carpenter, Jim Edmonds and Tony LaRussa, the Cardinals will get to introduce new additions Marcell Ozuna, Miles Mikolas, Yairo Munoz and Jordan Hicks to the tradition that is St. Louis Cardinals baseball. The world-famous Clydesdales will be leading the parade around the warning track filled with players in pickup trucks, circling the stadium while awaiting their official introduction to the home fans and the accompanying handshakes from the Cardinals Hall of Famers in the red jackets.
Back to Baseball
Starting the season in New York facing likely all-stars in Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, the Cardinals went 0-2 in the series first two games before salvaging the series finale on Sunday behind starter Luke Weaver. After winning an important early-season series within the division against the Brewers, the Cardinals come home winners of three of their last four. Carlos Martinez was spectacular in the series final game striking out 10 Brewers over 8 1/3 scoreless innings while only allowing four hits and two walks.
The Cardinals make their 2018 debut at Busch with a revamped roster looking to secure a playoff spot that has eluded them the last two seasons. The great fans of St. Louis are ready to give a hero’s welcome to Ozuna while getting the first look at many of the young superstar arms. While the season is truly a week old and many important games have been played, the schedule feels like it really gets into high gear today.
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