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Hunt and Peck: Five hours until Opening Day at Busch Stadium!

Not like I am counting or anything...

Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

I have never been to an Opening Day at Busch Stadium, but I have heard good things. The Clydesdales, the Hall of Famers, the player introductions, the inevitable rainfall are all a cherished part of the Home Opener experience. Here is a quick timeline events for those of you able to witness it all in person!

  • 11:00 a.m. - Pre-game pep rally begins
  • 1:15 p.m. - Gates open
  • 2:30 p.m.- Pre-game ceremonies begin
    Willie McGee to throw out the first pitch to Ozzie Smith, a tribute to the late Oscar Taveras, and a moment of silence for Taveras as well as Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • 3:15 p.m. - Adam Wainwright takes the mound in his fourth home-opener start; play ball!
Just a reminder to all fans, there are now metal detecters at all the stadium entrances. For Illinois drivers, the ramp from the Poplar Street Bridge and Eastbound I-44 is closed for construction. Alternate routes include the 9th Street ramp or "The Stan Span" - which is how my uncle refers the Musial Veterans Bridge.
Have fun today!

what else is going on in baseball...

  • Hey! Beyond the Box Score has some writing staff openings! - Beyond the Box Score
  • The Game of Thrones Season Five premiere was last night. Here is the MLB as Game of Thrones houses. - Sports on Earth
  • But, just so we know who had the idea first...
  • Here is a discussion of insurance in baseball. - Fangraphs
  • Fun with beginning of the season small sample sizes, Clayton Kershaw has a 5.84 ERA. - Hardball Talk
  • Bartolo Colon hits an RBI single. - MLB
  • John Axford poor little boy was bitten by a rattlesnake in Arizona during spring training. He has been placed on the family medical emergency list. Here is Jameson Axford trying out his new wheel chair and it is adorable. - Instagram
  • Did the Angels hire a private investigator to follow C.J. Wilson after signing him in 2011? - Hardball Talk
  • Pedro Martinez, the broadcaster, is just getting started. - New York Mag
  • Barry Bonds is rooting for Alex Rodriguez. - SBNationDeadspin
  • The 30 is back! - Grantland

what the cardinals are up to...
  • Here is a look at Lance Lynn's development. - Minor League Ball
  • Goold writes about Randal Grichuk and takes a look at Alex Reyes. - STLToday
  • Mark Reynolds started Sunday. Here is why. - STLToday

    the milwaukee brewers...

    the nl central...

    • Could Billy Hamilton steal 100 bases? - Hardball Talk
    • Joey Votto channels Chris Carpenter, says he's a "Bad mother !@#$%^." - Hardball Talk
    • Standings:

    Cincinnati Reds 4 2 .667
    Chicago Cubs 3 2 .600
    St. Louis Cardinals 3 2 .600
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2 4 .333
    Milwaukee Brewers 1 5 .167

    weekend scoreboard...

    Friday, April 10 Cardinals 4 Reds 5 VEB Recap RR Recap
    Saturday, April 11 Cardinals 4 Reds 1 VEB Recap RR Recap
    Sunday, April 12 Cardinals 7 Reds 5 VEB Recap RR Recap

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    Shoutout to my little brother (who is now, and has been for awhile, bigger than me) on his birthday! Happy 20th!