Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial will be honored prior to the Cardinals home opener Wednesday in honor of his being presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier this year, the team has announced.
While he couldn't be in uniform with the Redbirds for opening day like he hoped when he signed a contract over the off-season, former St. Louis All-Star Jim Edmonds will join the opening day party by throwing out the first pitch priot to St. Louis' game against San Diego.
Here's the full schedule of opening day activities:
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.
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.
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.
Introductions of 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