Stand for Ernie

Stand for Ernie
12:42 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

"Stand for Ernie" campaign launched to honor longtime figure of Cardinals baseball

Ernie Hays retired at the end of last season as the Cardinals organist. This year, the Cardinals' season starts tomorrow without Hays' musical contributions.
(Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

Vendors shouting to sell their popcorn and peanuts, ticket turnstiles rotating with that familiar clickity-clack, excited fans chatting and laughing with their friends - you're enveloped in the sounds of Opening Day with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

But at the 7th inning, when that familiar Budweiser jingle fills the air, and the Clydesdales float across the center field Jumbotron, you may not realize it, but something is missing.

Well, someone.

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