Ludwick gets a nice ovation in St. Louis

The loudest ovation at Busch Stadium on Opening Day for a non-Cardinal player or any number of their Hall-of-Fame players in attendance?
That was easy — Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick.
While visiting players aren’t showered with boos in St. Louis — this is about as classy and knowledgeable fan base as you’ll find in baseball, let alone all professional sports — they usually don’t waste much energy during visiting team introductions.
They did Wednesday, though.
Ludwick was greeted with a warm reception from the sold-out crowd on Opening Day, which no doubt brought some chills to a guy who spent parts of four seasons with the Cardinals.
“I’ve been to a lot of different cities for Opening Day but it’s definitely special here,” Ludwick said before the game.
“This is a baseball town and this [Opening Day] is like this town’s Super Bowl.”

— Corey Brock

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