ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals altered one element of the annual pre-game celebration — and it just happened to be a late rewrite of the lineup that meant changing the leadoff hitters.
The Clydesdales missed their appointed rounds.
The Budweiser Clydesdales did appear on Clark Street before Friday’s game, but because of the wet conditions on the field and concern for the horses and the outfield, they did not take the field to lead the parade of players, per usual.
Team Fredbird, led by the mascot, replaced the Clydesdales.
The living Hall of Famers followed, standing in the back of pickup trucks and wearing the red sportscoats.
Title reps throw out four ceremonial first pitches
To handle the ceremonial first pitch, one arm wasn’t enough for the Cardinals, not with so many rings and MVPs and October All-Stars and such on the field at one time. So instead of settling for just one, the Cardinals had four different ceremonial first pitches thrown at the same time, each featuring a World Series-themed battery, of sorts.
Bob Gibson threw (underhand) to Red Schoendienst. Bruce Sutter threw to Whitey Herzog. David Eckstein threw to Tony La Russa. Jason Motte tossed to Dave Duncan.
Stan Musial takes the field to an ovation
Cardinals great and Hall of Famer Stan Musial hit cleanup for his peers, coming out after the other living Hall of Fame Cardinals and riding in a golf cart around the entire circuit of the warning track and foul territory.
The order of Hall of Famers entering the field was: Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Red Schoendienst, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Whitey Herzog, and Stan Musial.
Musial apparently waited out the rain delay in manager Mike Matheny’s office. He spoke with the manager — who has become a friend through the years — before the game, and he spent time in the manager’s office talking with World Series MVP David Freese.
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