It's Cardinals Time! St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day 2011

OK, so it doesn't feel like baseball season. The sky is gray, the wind is cold, and there's snow predicted in the weather report. Surely, spring training can't be over yet!

And yet...Opening Day is Thursday. Ready or not, it's practically time for that ceremonial first pitch.

To get you into the proper Cardinals state of mind, we've got a wealth of great stories in this week's issue. Kristie McClanahan sat down with the oldest vendor at Busch Stadium to learn what keeps him going. (See "Life of a Salesman.") Kholood Eid checked in with the Cardinals' audio team to learn about how players choose their at-bat music — and makes a few suggestions of her own. (See "Music to Swing To.") Larry Borowsky is here to report on all the "@#!& Colby Rasmus' Dad Says," while the RFT's own sports blogger, Aaron Schafer, has a preview of this year's season ("Smoke 'Em If You've Got 'Em"). If you're into funnies, the U.S.S. Catastrophe gang brings us an all-new, totally awesome Cardinals-themed comic: Amazing Facts and Beyond: In Search of Opening Day Jitters.

Last but not least: Remember the Cardinals' much-celebrated social-media campaign, calling on fans to "Stand for Stan"? Well, we've got a campaign of our own — we'd like to invite you to "Stand for Ernie." Haven't met Ernie Hays or his organ? Well, it's about time we introduced you.

Play ball!


Stand for Ernie
The long-time Cardinals organist deserves a lasting tribute

Amazing Facts & Beyond with Leon Beyond presents In Search of Opening Day Jitters
By Kevin Huizenga, Ted May and Dan Zettwoch

Shit Colby Rasmus' Dad Says
The father of the St. Louis Cardinals phenom is never at a loss for words. But what he says might surprise you.
By Larry Borowsky

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
Think of the 2011 Redbirds as your emphysemic, three-pack-a-day uncle
By Aaron Schafer

Music to Swing To
At-bat music can tell you a lot about a baseball player. Just ask Skip Schumaker.
By Kholood Eid

Life of a Salesman
Nobody has been selling programs longer than Joe Palermo
By Kristie McClanahan

 
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Jestaufen
Jestaufen

Where is Norm Kramer, organist?

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sam
sam

La Russa.and his pets on the team have lost their luster...when any team that does not have the bankroll of the New York Yankee team with the vast type of fan numbers they can get in their park..they will not be able to compete well..baseball is a team sport..key words..if you have only a few that get the to high contracts..you will not have a winning team..regardless of the St. Louis loyal fans to any Cardinal situation.

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No it is not Cardinals' time. It is not baseball time. Dont start with that despite the weather crap. It is money-making time. If they could open in February they would. It is also time for the owners to start giving the city the tax Cardinals Nationl pay on tickets. That's one of the few fairtaxes, it is a use tax. I never heard of a Cardinal's fan objecting to paying the tax. And for the radio station advertising events in Ballpark Village- there is no ballpark village.

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Bdp1134

Shut the Hell up!!! Go back to school. Our supporting fans help the revenue for the City and this is a great day.

 
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