The home opener at Busch Stadium is one of those experiences you just have to take in with all of its glory from the Clydesdales, to the parade of living legends and current players. This year… it was just a little more special with the honoring of the 2011 World Series Champs as well as some champions from the Cardinal past.
Yes, it was cold, windy and rainy … but it warms the heart to see all of that gorgeous Cardinal red! Here’s some pictures from Friday’s festivities!
Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith shakes hands with Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson and Lou Brock. Bruce Sutter and Whitey Herzog. joined Hall of Famers.
Hall of Famer Stan Musial waves to the fans as he is introduced at Busch Stadium Friday.
Mike Shannon brings out the '67 World Series trophy and shakes the hand of his then-manager Red Schoendienst.
Tommy Herr brings out the '82 World Series trophy.
Jim Edmonds and David Eckstein bring out the 2006 World Series trophy.
The Cardinals honored the 2011 World Series champs with a video montage. I wasn't mad that they showed this video ... A LOT!
Fans watch on as the 2011 World Series banner is raised. Former Manager Tony LaRussa and pitching coach Dave Duncan brought out the 2011 trophy to the delight of fans.
Chris Carpenter waves to fans.
David Freese smiles as he shakes hands with the Hall of Famers.
Daniel Descalso smiles and shakes hands with the Hall of Famers.
Cardinal first baseman Matt Carpenter is ready as a Cubbie runner gets a lead of the base. The Cards lost their home opener 9-5. But it was the home opener. At Busch Stadium ... And it wasn't a shut out!
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She had fun meeting some pretty amazing people on home opener day! Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.