St. Louis Public Radio News
3:08 pm
Tue April 1, 2003

Stadium Plaza Becomes Jack Buck Way; Cards Win Opener

St. Louis, Mo. – A tribute to the late broadcaster Jack Buck was part of the Cardinals' Opening Day festivities Monday.

A ceremony outside Busch Stadium marked the renaming of Stadium Plaza to Jack Buck Way just before the first pitch of the 2003 baseball season.

Fans then entered Busch Stadium to watch the Cardinals open the season with a win. After falling behind 4-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Redbirds rallied for the lead, only to lose it again.

Then, a six run eighth inning, capped by a three-run home run by third baseman Scott Rolen sealed the victory for the Cards. Kerry Robinson, who had gotten the last spot on the Redbird roster earlier that day, drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth with a two-out bunt single.

Tino Martinez also homered for the Cardinals. Eddie Perez, Richie Sexson, Royce Clayton and Eric Young homered for Milwaukee.