We hope you will join us for the home opener of the 2014 season and the beginning of AutoZone Park’s 15th season tomorrow! These three guys will be here. How about you? Get your tickets here.
Friday, April 11th, will be a special day here around the ballpark. The Redbirds open the gates to AutoZone Park for the 15th season of play, as the team hosts the Iowa Cubs. The first home stand is scheduled to be one of the best all season long.
Besides being around the excitement and anticipation of the home opener on Friday, the first 3,000 fans will also be treated to the shirt pictured above that commemorates the park’s 15th season, presented by Christian Brothers University. There will also be a Block Party in the Plaza two hours before the game with drink specials and live music. It will be one of the best nights of the season.
On Saturday, April 12th, the first 3,000 fans will receive a handy magnet schedule presented by Shelby County Health. Those in attendance will also be treated to a special fireworks show set to Memphis-themed music.
Fans are invited to join the Redbirds on Sunday, April 13th, for Bark in the Ballpark. All dog owners with a ticket will be able to have their furry friends join them inside AutoZone Park. The game will also feature the national entertainment act of Jake the Diamond Dog. In addition, all hot dogs will be $1 throughout the game.
Fans will not want to miss the chance at this weekend’s terrific slate of games and promotions. Tickets are available here. We hope to see you this weekend!
April 7, 2013 - Michael Wacha made his Memphis debut and Brock Peterson hit his first home run of the season on the way to leading the PCL in homers. The then-21-year-old went 4.0 innings and surrendered two earned runs on 5 hits. The right-hander went on to appear in 15 games with Memphis in total, this being the only outing he did not record a strikeout during his tenure in Memphis. Wacha would end up finishing 5-3 with the Redbirds before being called up to St. Louis where he had a postseason for the record books. For Peterson, his 11th-inning home run was not enough to win the game against Oklahoma City in the 14-10 loss. The power-hitting first baseman did go on to hit 25 long balls in total though, tied for 8th in Redbirds’ history for a single-season.
Opening Day has become one of the best afternoons of the entire baseball season. Every team has a renewed outlook at the season. Every player starts with a perfect average. Every ball club begins in first place.
The grand spectacle that is Opening Day gets every player excited, and when players are excited, they take to Twitter to make sure the whole world knows they are. Both former and current Redbirds made their thoughts known yesterday.
Matt Carpenter, who signed an off-season contract extension to remain with St. Louis through the 2019 season, was ready to go yesterday.
It's here… #OpeningDay
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) March 31, 2014
Kolten Wong reached base twice yesterday against Cincinnati, including a beautiful bunt single.
It's finally here… Opening day!!! Lets get it going #CardinalNation
— Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) March 31, 2014
Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold experienced Opening Day in Cincinnati, where there was a parade through the streets in celebration of another season.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) March 31, 2014
Every team has that funny guy. Joe Kelly fits the role perfectly with St. Louis.
I feel like I have something to do today
— Joseph Kelly Jr. (@JosephKellyJr) March 31, 2014
Trevor Rosenthal, who notched his first save of the season yesterday with a perfect ninth inning, hanging out with Kelly and outfielder Peter Boujos before the opener. Bourjos turned 27 yesterday.
— Trevor Rosenthal (@TrevRosenthal) March 31, 2014
When Kevin Siegrist tweets, you know something is a big deal.
Now we go. #OpeningDay
— Kevin Siegrist (@KevinSiegrist) March 31, 2014
Adam Wainwright received a lot of deserved praise yesterday after notching his 100th career win.
Congrats to Waino tonight, 100th Career Win! #nasty
— Shelby C Miller (@ShelbyMiller19) March 31, 2014
Xavier Scruggs may have said it best.
Nothing better than baseball being back!
— Xavier Scruggs (@Xavier_Scruggs) April 1, 2014
The Redbirds open their season on the road this Thursday, April 3, at Iowa. They then begin the 15th season inside AutoZone Park the following Friday, April 11, at 7:05 pm against Iowa. If you have not already, grab tickets to the opening series and we hope to see you around the park soon!