ST. LOUIS (KMOX)– A crane is hovering above right field at Busch Stadium, as crews begin adding an 11th world championship flag atop the out-of-town scoreboard.
Stadium Operations Manager Joe Abernathy tells KMOX, “We’ve got to rearrange all the flag poles to keep the spacing right, so it’s just a little more than just adding a pole.”
Abernathy says the ten poles up there now were not in the stadium’s original design so it’s not as simple as just adding the 11th pole, “Some actual structural steel needs to be relocated to support those flags, so it’ just a little bit more than just moving them down.”
Abernathy says crews will also soon add ‘2011’ to the championship facade on the south side of the stadium, overlooking I-64. He says that will be a little easier, “The sign’s going to become just another segment bigger, so we can add ‘2011’ to our run of championships.”
Abernathy says other upgrades made necessary by October’s World Series Championship include painting a 2011 flag atop the Cardinals’ dugout and adding 2011 to the vinyl sign on the back side of the out-of-town scoreboard that lists the team’s world titles.
Abernathy isn’t saying how much the work will cost, but he says, “At the end of the day you don’t mind doing that because we’re fortunate here at the Cardinals, 11 World Series championships, most in the National League and second behind the Yankees. We’re very proud of that and we’ll do whatever we need to do to continue to celebrate the success of this franchise.
Abernathy says the team will not do any work to the stadium, to prepare to add more championship flags and numbers in the future, “We don’t look to jinx things just like that. We’ll tackle that one when number 12 comes up.”
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