• Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon, who recently returned after recovering from heart surgery, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 on Thursday. The national anthem will be performed by Four Digit Chord, an a cappella group of civilian and military volunteers at Scott Air Force Base. The Cardinals have also announced that they will hold a pep rally from 1-3 p.m. CT in the parking lot of Ballpark Village. Former Cardinals pitcher Andy Benes will be there during the second hour to sign autographs.
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