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!
Our favorite time of the week has returned for a third installment. With Grapefruit League play getting fired up, there is plenty of action around Twitter to keep fans entertained. Below is a few of our favorite tweets that went out within the last week or so.
Jason Motte has been very active with fans in his return journey from an injury last year.
— Jason Motte (@JMotte30) March 8, 2014
Tyrell Jenkins even coordinated his sandals with the stripes in his socks
Marco Gonzalez lets us know that baseball is not done right without a bag of sunflower seeds.
Kolten Wong and Xavier Scruggs discussed Wong’s impressive sliding grab on Tuesday.
St. Louis Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold said the diving catch was not the only thing Wong did that impressed on Tuesday.
The 2013 National League Championship Series MVP Michael Wacha made a few cards worth a lot of money with his autograph.
— Michael Wacha (@MichaelWacha) March 12, 2014
Infielder Patrick Wisdom was snapped doing a “little pregame bubble work.”
The Cardinals had some fun with PGA golfer Rickie Fowler on Tuesday. Fowler even had his own bat made and took some batting practice
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) March 12, 2014
One of the Cardinals top prospects, Rob Kaminsky, captured a special moment.
— Rob Kaminsky (@Kaminsky21) March 13, 2014
Remember that the exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds is just 15 days away! Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 15th.