Standing outside the Cathedral Basilica as thousands filed inside to pay their respects, Stan Musial's grandson was thankful.
''Just seeing all this,'' Brian Schwarze said, ''and I got to play catch with him.''
''I mean, he was my grandfather. But I really do believe I'm starting to understand somewhat what he meant to the whole community,'' he said.
Many visitors seemed to treat Thursday's six-hour public visitation as if it was Stan the Man's final game day, decked out in team attire and ignoring bitter cold for the chance to get one last glimpse.
In an open casket, Musial was clad in the red jacket he and other Cardinals Hall of Famers wore for special occasions, a harmonica in his pocket and a red tie dotted with tiny Cardinals.
The same tie that retired high school teacher Randy Pierce proudly pointed out he was wearing, too.
''My wife for my last birthday gave me a big photo of President Obama giving Stan the Presidential Medal of Freedom,'' Pierce said. ''It's signed by...