Hall of Famers join Cards' opener fun

Hall of Famers join Cards' opener fun

ST. LOUIS -- Seven Hall of Famers highlighted the opening ceremonies at Busch Stadium on an absolutely perfect Monday afternoon.

Spectacular early spring weather lent a shine to what would be a big day regardless. Heading the traditional motorcade around the warning track at Busch Stadium were the Hall of Famers: Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, new enshrinee Whitey Herzog, Bruce Sutter, Ozzie Smith, Red Schoendienst and the greatest Cardinal of all, Stan Musial.

"Everything's all set, isn't it?" manager Tony La Russa said before the pregame events. "Perfect weather and all the festivities, all you've got to do is play the game. We don't want to disappoint our fans. That's the goal."

The ceremony centered on the pennant-winning 1985 Cardinals, who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Along with the motorcade of historic greats and current players, the show included a lap by the Budweiser Clydesdales, a first pitch from Herzog and a national anthem performance by Neal E. Boyd.

The club also recognized Fred Kuhlmann and Nick Kladis. Kuhlmann, a former Cardinals team president, and Kladis, an investor in the club, both passed away over the offseason.