A National Holiday in STL: Opening Day in Busch Stadium

Finally.  The best day of the year in St. Louis is here.  This is better than Veiled Prophet, and for those not from STL, I won’t even try to explain what that is.  Opening Day at Busch Stadium.  I can only describe it as a national holiday, because to us, Cardinals fans, that’s what it is.

Today is a day when the famous Budweiser Clydesdales will come back.  Today is a day when Fredbird will be back home in all his funny, feathery glory.  Today is a day when the young and the old can come together in mutual overwhelming, child-like joy.   The boys in red and white are finally home.  Its another season, and another year for the Cardinals to continue to prove why they are our favorite team.

I just want to clarify that Opening Day at Busch Stadium is different then Opening Day in general.  Opening Day at Busch Stadium means that I can go to games now.  It means that baseball is truly back, because before, it was almost like a dream.  Real, but not real, because I had to watch the Birds on the TV.  Now, with them home, its a reality.  And its one that is so sweet, St. Louis might explode.

Now, as I wrote earlier on this month, we are without our perfect knight.  Opening Day will not be the same without Stan the Man, nor will the game of baseball.  But his spirit will live on, in every Opening Day festivity, in every smile, in every call of the beer man, in every swing of the rally flag.

Stan Musial will never truly be lost to St. Louis, because he is St. Louis.

Today we take on the Reds.  We hate the Reds, because they are cocky, and from Ohio, and just basically embody everything that St. Louis doesnt like.  And every team has to have a rival, because lets be honest, the Cubs dont have much of anything to speak of for a rivalry right now. Image

So get excited Cardinal fans.  Opening Day is back.  And that means that our perfect knights in red and white are back to steal our hearts for another season.

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