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St. Louis Cardinals: A City Wide Holiday

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The Boys are Back in Town for the First Time this Season. Today is a Special Day for the City of St. Louis. Baseball has Returned

The days of summer are finally upon us. We have been waiting all winter here in St. Louis since the rough exit from the playoffs last season. But that does not matter right now. All that matters is the fact that Cardinals baseball will be back in St. Louis today. The city needs and wants it. You can feel it in the air. After the departure of our not so beloved football team in January, St. Louis has been yearning for spectacle. While the Blues have had an amazing season and we wish them well in the playoffs, St. Louis is and always will be a baseball town.

The Cardinals had a rough start to the season dropping three straight to Pittsburgh. The sky was falling for a lot of fans. A sweep in Atlanta has held up the sky just long enough for fans to see the light at the end of the tunnel. That light is Opening Day.

Today, the Clydesdales will be parading.

Today, the players will be circling.

Today, the red-jacketed Hall of Famers will be out on the field.

Today, is Opening Day.

Opening Day is a special time for the city. The Cards will be looking to push their record above .500 for the first time this season. It is a tall task but Michael Wacha should be up for it. He will have an entire city behind him for the first time this season. That, combined with the new found rookie prowess that awoke in Atlanta should be enough for the Cardinals to pull out the win.

While a win would be very nice, the game will be a victory on its own. The Birds on the Bat have been gone for quite some time now. They flew south for the winter. But now they are making their way back home and the city cannot wait for their arrival. Yadi behind the plate, Carpenter at lead-off, and Holliday in the outfield will all be welcomed sites.

Players like Stephen Piscotty, Jeremy Hazelbaker, and Aledmys Diaz will be getting their first taste of Opening Day. They have all been off to such great starts, they definitely deserve the joy that comes with the city-wide holiday. Even these young players are excited to see what is in store. It is simply a day when we are all children watching a child’s game. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

The boys of summer are back.

Play ball.

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