Jim Edmonds gave a heads up at 9:35 a.m.
The former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and current FOX Sports Midwest analyst, during radio interview Monday morning, tried to explain what anyone headed toward Busch Stadium would find.
"It's something you get jacked up for," Edmonds said of the Cardinals home opener. "And you know how special it is."
Tom Hirstein found the hat at a party store.
The blue and red stripes made it perfect. And the red wig underneath sets the whole thing off.
"It's really just a normal Opening Day," the man in anything-but-normal attire said.
His Stan Musial shirt was on. His Cardinals wristwatch and World Series replica rings were catching the sunlight. His plastic red sunglasses shielded his eyes.
Hirstein, 62, offered this explanation before going to pick up his ticket.
"We are kind of prejudiced, he said. "But the Cardinals do home openers like no other team."
Brandon Swanson rolled up his sleeves.