Umbrellas and raindrops were key parts of yesterday’s home opener but, thankfully, the rain wasn’t enough to delay the game. And the St. Louis Cardinals offense apparently likes being home, as the Cards scored five runs on nine hits to triumph over the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 in damp and drizzly home opening game.
Seven Cardinals had hits in the game — Peter Bourjos had two! — and Yadier Molina showed once again how much he loves driving in runs against the Reds with a three-run first inning double. While Trevor Rosenthal had an uncharacteristic ninth inning, it wasn’t as wild as past home opener adventures in recent years and the Cards won their first opening game at Busch since 2010. Maybe Trevor just wanted to keep us interested …
And while the photo below shows a little bit of that gray and rainy atmosphere, the bunting was out and the Opening Day logo was on the scoreboard and the field — therefore, it was a beautiful day at Busch Stadium.
Here’s a look at the good, better and best of the festivities and the game, and special thanks to Laura for the photos she provided.
Leading off the parade of Hall of Famers was the newest of them all, former manager Tony La Russa wearing his red blazer for the first time. He looked good, and did a nice job greeting his fellow Hall of Famers, Mike Matheny, the coaches and the players as the first one in the home plate receiving line. He and Ozzie Smith even had a polite moment as they shook each others’ hands. And, as Dan McLaughlin and Ricky Horton pointed out on television and which I also noticed when watching, TLR even steered Pat Neshek in the right direction when he was going to walk behind everyone.
It happened again during today’s Cardinals home opener win on FOX Sports Midwest, as it pretty much has every single game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds since Aug. 10, 2010.
(Hopefully I don’t need to remind you what transpired that day at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. If so, here’s a one-word summary: brawl.)
As the Reds second baseman strolled to the plate in the top of the third inning to a chorus of boos, Dan McLaughlin first said sarcastically about Phillips “they just love him here in St. Louis.” After Ricky Horton chuckled, McLaughlin continued with a familiar (since he says this every single time the two teams play) refrain: “I’d bet they’d love him if he wore the Birds on the Bat.” Horton’s response was “I’m sure we would.”
I know my opinion — no way, not ever — and that seemed to be the popular Twitter reaction among those I follow who were tweeting at the time McLaughlin made his latest comment.
So, what’s your thought? Would you, as Danny Mac assures us is the case, like Brandon Phillips if he was a Cardinal? Or do you too hold a grudge and think Phillips is just an attention-hungry idiot? Vote in the poll below.