After years of delays, work on Ballpark Village in St. Louis is finally under way.
The St. Louis Cardinals broke ground on Friday on the $100 million first phase of the project that will be developed on the site of the old Busch Stadium, next to the new stadium.
Ballpark Village was part of the development agreement between the city and the Cardinals when planning for the new stadium began back in 1999. As it stands the team says phase one will be accessible to fans as of Opening Day 2014.
Updated at 3 p.m. with quotes from Matheny, Mozeliak, and at 4:20 p.m. to correct typographical errors.
For the third year in the row, the St. Louis Cardinals will go into spring training missing an ace pitcher.
The team announced this morning that Chris Carpenter is "unlikely to pitch" in the 2013 season, and quite possibly for longer.
General manager John Mozeliak says the 37-year-old is experiencing the same numbness and pain in his neck, shoulder and arm that led him to miss almost all of the 2012 season and undergo surgery in July.
Updated at 7:50 a.m with details about Stan Musial's funeral
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has released further details on Stan Musial's funeral, which will take place tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.
The funeral is to be held at the Cathedral Basillica of St. Louis, located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and long time friend of the Musial family, will join Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert J. Carlson, in presiding over the Mass.