High Definition coverage from Busch Stadium starts at 2 p.m., and includes commercial-free coverage of the pregame ceremonies and on-field introductions. The game broadcast follows at 3 p.m., with the Cardinals Live postgame show immediately after.
For fans that can't catch the game live, FOX Sports Midwest will replay the pregame ceremonies, game and postgame show in prime time.
Dan McLaughlin and Al Hrabosky call the game action from the booth, with Pat Parris hosting the pregame and postgame shows and Jim Hayes scheduled to report from the field. Former Cardinals pitcher Cal Eldred, a new addition to the FOX Sports Midwest team, joins Parris as an analyst on the pregame show set, while Rick Horton returns as postgame analyst.
FOX Sports Midwest will televise 130 regular season Cardinals games in 2009, with 100 of those games scheduled for HD.
Opening Day – Monday, April 6 on FOX Sports Midwest (times Central)
1:30 p.m. Cardinals Season Preview (tape)
2 p.m. Cardinals Live pregame show
3 p.m. Pirates at Cardinals (HD)
6 p.m. Cardinals Live postgame show
*6:30 p.m. replay: Cardinals Live pregame show
*7:30 p.m. replay: Pirates at Cardinals
*10:30 p.m. replay: Cardinals Live postgame show
*Replay start times are approximate, depending upon the length of the game.
Opening Day 2009 festivities
– 2 p.m.
1:15 p.m. Gates open
Busch Magnet Schedule Day: All fans 21 and over will receive a magnet with the 2009 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Busch Beer.
2:30 p.m. Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.
Cardinals Hall-of-Famers and the 2009 team will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade around the warning track.
The St. Louis Symphony Brass will play the Star-Spangled Banner.
To kick off All-Star Summer in
A moment of silence will honor long-time Cardinals player, manager, scout, and instructor George Kissell, as well as former Cardinals minor league player and director of scouting, Fred McAlister.
3:15 p.m. First pitch by Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright.
FOX Sports Midwest, the primary television home of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, will televise 130 games in 2009 with a lineup of announcers who bring broadcasting experience and knowledge of the game to the network's telecasts.
In the Booth
Dan McLaughlin and Al Hrabosky return in 2009 as the primary play-by-play team for St. Louis Cardinals baseball on FOX Sports Midwest. Hrabosky enters his 25th year in the Cardinals television booth and his 13th on FOX Sports Midwest. The "Mad Hungarian" started on Cardinals television in 1985.
McLaughlin, whose work on Cardinals baseball has earned him multiple Mid-America Emmy Award nominations in the best play-by-play category, enters his 11th year as television voice for Cardinals baseball. Former Cardinals reliever Rick Horton will also call 10 games – five on play-by-play, five as analyst – on FOX Sports Midwest, in addition to his duties on FOX Sports Midwest ‘s postgame shows, radio and KSDK broadcasts.
Cardinals Live pregame show
Former Redbird Cal Eldred, who pitched out of the Cardinals bullpen from 2003-2005, joins FOX Sports Midwest as an analyst on the Cardinals Live pregame show. Eldred pitched for the Brewers, White Sox and Cardinals in his 14-year Major League career. He and his family live in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and he is active in Cardinals Care and in his community. Eldred makes his TV debut on opening day.
Eldred joins hosts Pat Parris and Jim Hayes on pregame shows throughout the season. Parris came to FOX Sports Midwest in 2001 and hosts the network's coverage of the Cardinals, St. Louis Blues and more. He co-hosts a weekday radio show on WXOS-FM in St. Louis. Hayes joined FOX Sports Midwest in 2000 as a reporter and anchor. Hayes also co-hosts a morning sports talk show, on St. Louis' KSLG-AM.
Cardinals Live postgame show
Parris and Hayes also host the Cardinals Live postgame show. Horton returns as analyst, with former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark appearing as analyst following select games. Clark, a fan favorite during his playing days, pinch hit frequently on the postgame show last season and quickly became a popular addition.