Although ‘stealth’ omicron circumstances are climbing, Chicago prime doc doubts one other main surge | State and Regional

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CHICAGO – Chicago’s public health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Thursday that the city’s outlook for weathering the recent increase in COVID-19 cases remains promising.

Cases of the highly contagious BA.2 subvariant of omicron — commonly known as “stealth omicron” — now make up 67.4% of new cases in the Midwest, Arwady said. That progression is coinciding with a rise in COVID-19 numbers in Chicago: In the past week, the city’s average daily caseload of positive tests has spiked 28%, landing at 304. The positivity rate has also ticked up to 1.7%.

But Arwady stressed in a news conference that the numbers remain under control compared with the previous winter surge of the original omicron variant that saw up to a 20% positivity rate and about 7,000 daily cases at one point.

“Right now, still, we are low,” Arwady said. “I am not alarmed, although our cases are rising. I’ve been talking to folks across the country, and we are not alone in this.”

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Early research suggests BA.2 spreads quicker than the original omicron, but it’s inconclusive whether it leads to more severe symptoms. The subvariant pummeled much of Europe and Asia last month, but recent data show cases are dropping in hot spots and that vaccines remain effective against serious illness and death.

BA.2 is called “stealth omicron” because it is harder to immediately discern whether a person infected by it has that specific coronavirus lineage or the delta variant, another highly infectious version of the coronavirus that hit the U.S. mid-2021. But current COVID-19 tests can still detect that a person with BA.2 is positive for the virus.

Arwady said the reason for her outlook is that Chicago’s prior experience with being hit hard by the original omicron variant, also known as BA.1, gives much of the population some immunity toward BA.2.

“The most important thing is to be vaccinated, especially in terms of preventing that severe illness,” Arwady said. “But with every passing day, I am more confident that in the very short term, we will avoid a major increase like we saw with the omicron surge.”


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However, Arwady also noted that anyone over the age of 12 should be getting a booster shot, which only half of eligible Chicagoans have gotten. She noted that during the original omicron surge, Americans with a booster shot were 21 times less likely to die of COVID-19 than people who were not vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Earlier this year, Chicago officials celebrated the city emerging from the omicron variant surge, lifting its mask mandate for public indoor settings and in Chicago Public Schools as well as its proof-of-vaccination requirement for indoor settings.

Arwady said Thursday that the city is not close to considering a return to any of those mitigations, but she outlined the new metrics for such scenarios.

For CPS to reinstate its mask mandate, the city must meet the “medium” risk level for COVID-19 as defined by the CDC guidance, she said. If the risk level jumps to “high,” then a mask requirement for most indoor public settings would return, along with a vaccine requirement for places such as restaurants and bars.

The CDC’s latest metrics for assessing a community’s COVID-19 risk look at a mix of numbers for caseloads, hospital admissions and occupied inpatient beds.

If a region has fewer than 200 cases per 100,000 residents in the past week but has at least 20 COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 residents, as well as at least 15% of its inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, then it is “high” risk. If the area has 200 or more positive cases, then it’s considered high risk if it has at least 10 hospitalizations and at least 10% of occupied inpatient beds.

“Medium” risk designation means a region has fewer than 200 cases per 100,000 residents in the past week — and there are between 10 to 19.9 COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 residents as well as 10% to 14.9% of its inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. If the area has 200 or more positive cases, it would be medium risk if there are less than 10 hospitalizations and less than 10% of occupied inpatient beds.

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Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal players gather before warmups on Thursday, April 7, 2022, before the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal hitting coach repeatedly throws a ball into the netting on Thursday, April 7, 2022, as his players take batting practice before the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal hitting coach repeatedly throws a ball into the netting on Thursday, April 7, 2022, as his players take batting practice before the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal infielder Nolan Arenado takes practice swings outside the cage during batting practice on Thursday, April 7, 2022, before the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) takes batting practice before the start of the Cardinals home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) jokes with Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol during batting practice before the Cardinals home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) takes batting practice before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt (46), center, warms up with teammate before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) takes the field for batting practice before the start of the Cardinals home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) takes the field for batting practice before the start of the Cardinals home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Tyler O’Neill (27) and St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dylan Carlson (3) sign autographs in the photo well before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt, from left, Albert Pujols, and Lars Nootbaar warm up before the start of the Cardinals home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Harrison Bader (48) takes batting practice before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina (4) warms up before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

Fans cheer as St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) walks into the dugout after batting practice before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) walks to the dugout after finishing batting practice before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

The Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales enter the stadium on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the Cardinals’ opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith waves to fans on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog waves to fans on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith waves to fans on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog greets Bill DeWitt II on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame player Ray Lankford waves to fans on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal mascot Fred Bird waves to fans on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal mascot Fred Bird waves to fans while launching tee shirts to them on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame pitcher John Tudor waves to fans on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame infielder Scott Rolen waves to fans on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Harrison Bader greets Hall of Fame Cardinal Tim McCarver on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame outfielder Vince Coleman waves to fans on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal fans fill the seats of Busch Stadium on Thursday, April 7, 2022, before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame outfielder Jim Edmonds waves to fans on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame player Jason Isringhausen waves to fans on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirate infielder Ke’Bryan Hayes leaves the game after being seen by the team trainer in the first inning on Thursday, April 7, 2022, of the Cardinal’s opening-day game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirate infielder Ke’Bryan Hayes leaves the game after being seen by the team trainer in the first inning on Thursday, April 7, 2022, of the Cardinal’s opening-day game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal slugger Albert Pujols tips his hat to fans before his first at bat upon return to the team on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

The Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales parade through Busch Stadium on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the Cardinals’ opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

A plane flies the Ukrainian flag above Busch Stadium on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during ceremonies before the Cardinals’ opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright takes a deep breath before throwing his first pitch on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright throws in the first inning on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal infielder Tommy Edman covers as Paul DeJong scoops up a ground ball on Thursday, April 7, 2022, during the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Arenado (28) high-fives Tyler O’Neill (27) after O’Neill hit a three-run homerun in the second inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Bader and Goldschmidt scored. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Tyler O’Neill (27) runs to first after hitting a three-run homerun in the second inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson (3) scores on a RBI single by St. Louis Cardinals Tyler O’Neill (27) in the first inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Harrison Bader (48) legs a single in the second inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes (13) and left fielder Ben Gamel (18) can’t field double hit by by St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson (3) in the first baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson (3) slides into second base after hitting a double in the first inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

Fans pull out their camera phones during St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols (5) first at bat in the first inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) catches a line drive by Pittsburgh Pirates Yoshi Tsutsugo (25) during the second inning of baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Harrison Bader and Paul Goldschmidt scored. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina (4) acknowledges the crowd by tipping his helmet during his first at bat in the first inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) acknowledges the crowd by tipping his helmet during his first at bat in the first inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals Tyler O’Neill (27) and Dylan Carlson (3) high-five teammates during the Cardinals pregame ceremonies before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

Fans acknowledge the St. Louis Hall of Famers during the St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos (65) raises his arms to the crowd Mark during the Cardinals pregame ceremonies before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) hugs Hall of Famer Mark MCGwire during the St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) acknowledges the crowd during the St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) hugs Hall of Famer Mark MCGwire during the St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50)shakes hands with Hall of Famer Vince Coleman during the St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright (50), Albert Pujols (5) and Yadier Molina (4) pose for a photo during the St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

Fans acknowledge St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol (37) during the St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) stands with his teammates during the national anthem before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.



St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies

The Budweiser Clydesdales trot around Busch Stadium during the St. Louis Cardinals pregame ceremonies before the start of the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals 2022 opening day

St. Louis Cardinals 2022 opening day

Members of the St. Louis Cardinals high-five each other during introductions as part of opening day ceremonies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals 2022 opening day

St. Louis Cardinals 2022 opening day

Former St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire waves to fans as he circles the stadium during opening day ceremonies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

Gerry Hager, from Florissant, bundles up against the cold and wind for her first opening at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

Shelly Schroder, left, and Melba Pulaski, from Troy, Ill. cheer the St. Louis Cardinals scoring a run in the first inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

The Budweiser Clydesdales round the warning track during opening day ceremonies before the start of the St. Louis Cardinals 2022 season at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals line up on the baselines in front of a stadium full of fans for the national anthem during opening day ceremonies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

Baseball Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith acknowledges the crowd as he rides into Busch Stadium during opening day ceremonies before the start of the St. Louis Cardinals 2022 in St. Louis, Mo. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

Nolan Arenado crosses home plate and celebrates as designated hitter Albert Pujols waits to congratulate him on his eighth inning home run during the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 opening day win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

Dylan Carlson slides home safely in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Tyler O’Neill as part of the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 opening day win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

Ryan Helsley pitches in the ninth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 opening day win over the Pittsburgh Pirtates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

St. Louis Cardinals opening day 2022

Yadier Molina and Ryan Helsley talk after Helsley recorded the last out the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 opening day win over the Pittsburgh Pirtates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) and catcher Yadier Molina (4) celebrate the Cardinals 9-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Arenado (28) hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Paul Goldschmidt scored on the home run. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson (3) congratulates Nolan Arenado (28) after Arenado hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Paul Goldschmidt scored on the home run. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Arenado (28) hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Paul Goldschmidt scored on the home run. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Arenado (28) hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Paul Goldschmidt scored on the home run. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Oliver Marmol congratulates St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley (56) on Cardinals 9-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Arenado (28) hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Paul Goldschmidt scored on the home run. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) and catcher Yadier Molina (4) celebrate the Cardinals 9-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson (3) slides home avoiding a tag from Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Roberto Perez (55) to score in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) sits in the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Edman (19) rounds first base after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals open the season at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (5) readies for a potential at bat standing beside catcher Yadier Molina (4) in the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Ron ‘Pop’ Warner waves Tommy Edman (19) after Edman hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Edman (19) rounds first base after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson (3) slides home avoiding a tag from Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Roberto Perez (55) to score in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Edman (19) rounds first base after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Left to right: St. Louis Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina, pitcher Adam Wainwright, pitching coach Mike Maddux and coach Dusty Blake leave the bullpen on Thursday, April 7, 2022, to start the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirate infielder Ke’Bryan Hayes leaves home plate after striking out on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in the first inning of the Cardinal’s opening-day game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal infielder Tommy Edman recoils from a close pitch on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in the eighth inning of the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Ryan Helsley prepares to throw in the eighth inning on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals 9, Pirates 0

Cardinals 9, Pirates 0

St. Louis Cardinals celebrate on Thursday, April 7, 2022, after winning the opening-day game 9-0 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal infielder Tommy Edman is congratulated at home plate on Thursday, April 7, 2022, by Dylan Carlson and Paul Goldschmidt after hitting a home run in eighth inning of the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Harrison Bader is congratulated after scoring on Thursday, April 7, 2022, off a sixth inning sacrifice fly by Dylan Carlson in the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Harrison Bader celebrates a double on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in the sixth inning of the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Left to right: St. Louis Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina, pitcher Adam Wainwright, pitching coach Mike Maddux and coach Dusty Blake leave the bullpen on Thursday, April 7, 2022, to start the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal bench coach Skip Schumaker makes his way to the dugout on Thursday, April 7, 2022, before the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal infielder Tommy Edman celebrates at home plate on Thursday, April 7, 2022, after he hit a home run in eighth inning of the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Ryan Helsley throws in the eight inning on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal infielder Nolan Arenado celebrates a home run on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in eighth inning of the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina twists after a hard swing and miss on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Dylan Carlson scores off a Tyler O’Neill sacrifice fly on Thursday, April 7, 2022, as Pirate catcher Roberto Perez gets the ball late in the eighth inning of the opening-day game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal fans fill the seats of Busch Stadium during the national anthem on Thursday, April 7, 2022, before the team’s opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal manager Oliver Marmol congratulates infielder Tommy Edman on Thursday, April 7, 2022, after he hit a home run in eighth inning of the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal infielder Nolan Arenado is congratulated by Pop Warner on Thursday, April 7, 2022, after hitting a home run in eighth inning of the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals host opening day at Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinal infielder Nolan Arenado hits a home run on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in eighth inning of the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, [email protected]



St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 in home opener

St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Arenado (28) smiles after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Pirates on Thursday, April, 7, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Paul Goldschmidt scored on the home run. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]