ST. LOUIS (AP) - Opening Day, always a festive occasion in St. Louis, is a little melancholy this season.
The Cardinals opened the home portion of their schedule Monday against Cincinnati, the first game since the death of Stan Musial.
The Hall of Famer died in January at age 92. His absence was notable before the game as the team's other members of the Hall of Fame circled the Busch Stadium warning track in Mustangs.
Musial's four children unveiled a marker on the left-field wall honoring their father - his No. 6 inside a red circle with his signature across it.
Fans stood, many with hats over their hearts, during a video tribute. Other pre-game ceremonies also included a parade of the Budweiser Clydesdales inside the ballpark at two pep rallies outside.