The giant crown-topped scoreboard in center field showed a photo montage of Taveras, after which the public address announcer asked for a moment of silence. The screen went black, and the Kauffman Stadium crowd, already standing, was silent for about 15 seconds.
About an hour before the pregame ceremony began, the Cardinals tweeted out a photo of a dark Busch Stadium with one set of stadium lights on. "A lone light in right paying tribute to Oscar. #RIPOscarTaveras," they tweeted.
Most of the remainder of the pregame ceremony kept with the theme of the entire postseason, in which military members -- retired and active -- have been recognized and honored. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Medal of Honor recipient retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Hagemeister, who received the United States military's highest decoration for his actions during the Vietnam War, including repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire in order to aid his fellow soldiers.
Scheduled to sing "God Bless America" in the seventh inning was Tech. Sgt. Angie Johnson from the Tennessee Air National Guard.
The game ball delivery was made by Hannah Moyer, 17, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lawrence, Kan., who was escorted to the mound by Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery. Moyer is currently a student at Lawrence Free State High School.
The Kansas City Symphony, conducted by musical director Michael Stern, performed the national anthem. Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Stern.
The Kansas City Symphony performs more than 100 concerts each year, while also serving as the orchestra for the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
The colors were presented by the Liberty Mo. Fire Department.
The Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat recipient was recognized at the beginning of the ceremony. Bret Miller of Kansas City is a male breast cancer survivor, and throughout his fight with the disease, he created the Bret Miller "1-T Foundation" and a website www.checkthem.org as a source of information, support and awareness of the realities that men do suffer from breast cancer.
The Budweiser Hero Seat was given to Kansas City's Bob Motley, the only living umpire from the historic Negro Leagues who served his country as a United States Marine. After receiving a Purple Heart for his service during World War II, he umpired in the Negro Leagues for the likes of Buck O'Neil, Satchel Paige, Willie Mays and Ernie Banks.