ST. LOUIS -- Hosting National League Championship Series games for the fourth straight year and the ninth time since 2000, the Cardinals have planned several pregame events for fans to enjoy this weekend.
Before Games 1 and 2 (both 7:07 p.m. CT start times), the Cardinals will hold a pep rally from 3-6 p.m. in the Ballpark Village parking lot, which will include entertainment, prizes and appearances by Fredbird and FOX Sports Midwest broadcasters.
On Sunday, Shane Robinson (3:30-4 p.m.) will also be signing autographs, and former Cardinals pitcher Brad Thompson will appear on stage at 5:30.
The Game 1 national anthem will be performed by the St. Louis Symphony trumpet section, while Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Generald Wilson will perform "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch. Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Budweiser Clydesdales (weather permitting) will circle the field prior to Game 2, and Erin Bode, a St. Louis-based national recording jazz artist, will perform the national anthem. Jim Edmonds will deliver the ceremonial first pitch.
The first 40,000 fans in the gates for both games will be given a rally towel. As of early Friday afternoon, the Cardinals still had a limited number of tickets available for both games.
For those coming to the ballpark, MoDOT has said it will limit roadwork so that there are no significant traffic impacts on the nearby interstates. MetroLink will also be running to Busch Stadium, and fans can park in one of 19 free lots along the MetroLink line to avoid having to drive into downtown.
Clark Street, between Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village, will be restricted to ticket holders beginning at 3 p.m. CT and through the end of the game on both days. Fans without tickets who want to get into Ballpark Village will have to do so at the north entrance.
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