Cardinals make impressive return to Busch Stadium
ST. LOUIS - Rainy skies hit the streets of St. Louis Monday morning as vendors and baseball fans alike gathered around Busch Stadium in preparation for the Cardinals home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.
As the afternoon rolled around, the rainy skies went away and the sun beamed across a sea of red that filled the streets. Baseball fans of all ages wearing their team's shirts and jerseys.
For some, it wasn't about even watching the game, just being a part of the environment.
"I just came down for the experience," Glen Coulson said. "I've been doing this for four years since I moved to St. Louis, it's a great time. Baseball heaven."
Coulson admitted he was playing "hookie" for the day to be a part of the thousands who celebrated a 10 to 1 Cardinal win after big-time games from young guns Aledmys Diaz and Jeremy Hazelbaker.
But the game had the excitement of all fans even before the first pitch.
The annual parading of the Budweiser Clydesdales caught the attention of fans of all ages, followed by the honoring of Cardinal legends with the likes of Tony La Russa, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and Jim Edmonds.
For some, it was a way to spend their lunch breaks from work.
"Oh yes, plenty of work," Dian Garner said. "We're going back to work now, me and my colleagues. But that's what brings us out. I mean you can just feel it in the air, everybody is so excited."
Garner wasn't the only one.
93 year-old Paul Pagano has been a Cardinals fan throughout his entire life and has seen the team take the field for the first time of the season at home for more than 40 years.
"After all, I enjoy being with people and especially this day when we have the Cardinals opening day," Pagano said.
The Cardinals look to continue to keep their fans happy as the team looks to extend their four-game winning streak on Wednesday in game two of the series with the Brewers.