Coronavirus: St. Louis Cardinals hold ‘home opener’

Baseball is on hold, but the Cards will try to tap into the feelings and memories of Thursday’s online home opener

Street. Louis – April 2nd was supposed to be the biggest unofficial holiday of the year in St. Louis. But the Cardinals’ home opener will have to wait. even when? we do not know.

“We know our fans miss baseball, and we miss it, too,” said team president Bill DeWitt III Wednesday afternoon. “We would love to celebrate our home opening tomorrow, but the current situation requires all of us to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying home and practicing social distancing.”

Nothing can replace the atmosphere around Busch Stadium when the Cardinals open the season at home, but the team will try to lift fans’ spirits anyway while we all stay home to help stop the coronavirus.

On Thursday, the cards celebrate their “stay-at-home opener.” They are encouraging fans to don their tag gear and share their opening memories on social media with the #STLStayHomeOpener.

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The team also plans to join in the virtual celebration.

“We hope millions of fans will visit our website and social feeds that will celebrate some of our past house openings and also provide helpful links from our community partners around health and wellness issues,” DeWitt said.

The Cardinals also have digital and printable banners that say “I’m staying home for _______” that will be available for download from the team’s website. Fans are encouraged to print or share it to give a shout out to healthcare workers and others working to keep us safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Summer Boys will not be in the stadium, but the lights will be on inside the stadium. The Cardinals said the Busch Stadium lights would be turned on at 3:15 p.m. and they would stay on until 10:35 p.m. The team will also share a message of solidarity and hope for the St. Louis community on the scoreboard.

While there will be no game, there will be a broadcast on KMOX. The official Cardinals radio station will host a two-hour special from 4-6 p.m. featuring interviews with current and former players, including Chris Carpenter, Willie McGee, Adam Wainwright, Lance Berkman, former manager Tony La Russa and current captain Mike Shildt.

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