ST. LOUIS -- Threatening weather deprived Cardinals fans of a potential appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales on Wednesday night. Given the consolation prize, it's fair to say that almost none of them were disappointed.
The greatest Cardinal of them all, Stan Musial, made an appearance at Busch Stadium instead. Musial joined fellow Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Red Schoendienst on the field before the first pitch of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
Jeff Suppan, a hero of the Cards' wins in the 2004 and '06 NLCSs, threw a ceremonial first pitch to Adam Wainwright, then the Hall of Famers were honored. Brock, Gibson and Schoendienst took the field at home plate. Then Musial was brought in on a golf cart from the right-field corner, a surprise to many in attendance, and of course was greeted with a massive ovation.
Musial, who turns 91 in November, is the franchise's greatest player and the holder of nearly every major Cardinals batting record. He batted .331 with a .417 on-base percentage, a .559 slugging percentage, 475 home runs and 1951 RBIs in 3,026 games, every one of them with the Cardinals.