LA MONTE, Mo. Clintster's Cave is ready for Opening Day.
The St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia a wall-sized photo of players spilling toward the mound after the 2011 World Series win, the framed photo of Stan Musial, the pillowcase with stitched birds is proudly on display. A 70-inch LCD TV screen is locked on MLB Network. And the newest scorebook, still wrapped in plastic, patiently waits to be filled with red ink.
"I just get excited this time of year," Clint Perriguey said from inside his baseball shrine. "It's supposed to be spring, warm weather baseball."
Some say the Cards have the best fans in baseball. They can be found from the big cities on the coasts to the tiniest towns in the Show-Me State. The latter describes La Monte, a blip of just more than a thousand people along U.S. Route 50 between Sedalia and Warrensburg.
Four miles off 50, down a blacktop road that rolls through harvested corn fields, past grazing cows and over two one-lane bridges, lives a 38-year-old ...