Guide to 2011 Opening Day in St. Louis

Guide to 2011 Opening Day in St. Louis

Thursday schedules for St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day whether you're at the game or watching on FOX Sports Midwest.

A pre-game ceremony that showcases "Cardinal Nation," honors the team's Hall of Famers, pays tribute to Stan Musial on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom and includes a first pitch by Cardinals retired center fielder Jim Edmonds will punctuate a day of activities celebrating the annual return of baseball to St. Louis on Thursday, March 31st. The Cardinals will take on the San Diego Padres in a 3:15 p.m. game. Following is a schedule of official activities and information to help baseballs' best fans enjoy what has become an unofficial holiday for Cardinal Nation.

 

We Are Cardinal Nation...and this is Our Opening Day

 

We Are Cardinal Nation - It is the theme of the 2011 season and the focus of the home opener this year. No one day better captures the sheer joy, eternal hope and unity that come from being part of Cardinal Nation than Opening Day. Opening Day 2011 is dedicated the unique connection between fan and team that few other professional franchises can claim.

 

Cardinal Nation is not defined by traditional geographical boundaries - it is a community whose traditions are passed down from generation to generation. Its representatives are the likes of Hornsby, Stan the Man, Gibby and Albert. It is the 3 million in the stands and millions at home. It is 43 Hall of Famers, 10 World Championships and counting. It is the first team this side of the Mississippi – the best fans this side of anywhere. We are all part of Cardinal Nation and this is our Opening Day.

 

Schedule

 

11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m  Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee's: The Cardinals will host a pre-game pep rally located in the Ballpark Village Lot, located directly across from Busch Stadium, at the corner of Clark Street and South Broadway. Local 80s cover band Trixie Delight will perform from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

 

Cardinals Alumni, Danny Cox and John Mabry, will be signing autographs and 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, the will receive a complimentary Opening Day t-shirt. Other sponsors include O'Charleys, Papa John's, Scotts, Bad Boy Mowers, Krispy Kreme, The Muny, the Tan Co., Fritz's Frozen Custard, Pure Power, Vatterott, the Qdoba Street Team and Dunkin' Donuts. For more information, visit cardinals.com/peprally

 

1:15 p.m. Gates open

 

Busch Magnet Schedule Day: All fans ages 21 and over will receive a magnet with the 2011 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Busch Beer.

 

2:30 p.m. Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales. Nine-year-old Alex will fulfill a wish thanks to Cardinals Care and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri by riding with the Budweiser team throughout the festivities.

 

Introduce Missouri Governor Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon, St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay

 

Cardinals Hall-of-Famers and the 2011 Cardinals will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade around the warning track.

 

Introduce former Cardinals Players Andy Benes, Scott Cooper, Tom Henke, TJ Mathews, Kerry Robinson, Ted Savage and Mike Shannon.

 

American Bald Eagle flight, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis

 

Color Guard - The U.S. Army St. Louis Recruiting Company

 

A moment of silence for the victims of the earthquake in Japan and Pacific tsunami.

 

A moment of silence to former Cardinals hitting coach Mitchell Page, former Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion and former Cardinals owner Andrew Baur.

 

Nikko Smith, singer-songwriter and star of American Idol, will sing the Star-Spangled Banner.

 

U.S. Marine Corps Flyover - C-130 Transports

 

Ceremonial First Pitch - Jim Edmonds

 

3:15 p.m. Game Time

 

Radio Coverage

Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) or one of the 117 stations in the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon & John Rooney call the game. The expanded pre-game show starts at 1:30pm on opening day. Shannon is celebrating his 40th season and John Rooney is celebrating his 6th season behind the microphone for the Cardinals.

 

Watching on TV

Fans can watch the game and pre-game ceremony in High Definition on FOX Sports Midwest.

 

FOX SPORTS MIDWEST CARDINALS OPENING DAY TV SCHEDULE

 

FOX Sports Midwest's 18th season of St. Louis Cardinals telecasts, its first as the team's exclusive television partner, kicks off with more than 12 hours of Cardinals programming on opening day. Live coverage from Busch starts at 2 p.m. with the Cardinals Live pregame show, which includes the opening day ceremonies. The opening day game telecast of the Cardinals and San Diego Padres begins at 3 p.m. with first pitch scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Fans that can't watch the game live in the afternoon can catch a replay of the pregame, game and postgame in prime time.

 

FOX Sports Midwest's schedule for opening day (times Central):

11 a.m.         Cardinals Classics - Best Games of 2010

   11 a.m.           April 9, 2010 at Milwaukee: Stavinoha's Shot

   11:30 a.m.       April 5, 2010 at Cincinnati: Opening Day Power

   12 p.m.           June 4, 2010 vs. Milwaukee: Waino is Bueno

   12:30 p.m.       April 12, 2010 vs. Houston: Grand Opening

   1 p.m.             Aug. 10, 2010 at Cincinnati: The Brawl

 

1:30 p.m.     Cardinals Season Preview

 

2 p.m.          Cardinals Live pregame show

                        Hosted by Pat Parris, Jim Hayes and Cal Eldred.

                        On-field ceremonies will be shown live at 2:35 p.m.

 

3 p.m.           Padres at Cardinals game telecast

                        Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky and Rick Horton.

                        First pitch is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

 

6 p.m.           Cardinals Live postgame show

 

7 p.m.           Replay: Cardinals Live pregame show

 

8 p.m.           Replay: Padres at Cardinals

 

11 p.m.         Replay: Cardinals Live postgame show

 

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