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“Mike Matheny’s got a learning curve in front of him, but the coaches will show him,” said Charles “Boots” Day, while he dined in the UMB club at Busch Stadium with former Cardinal Ted Savage.  Served by the club’s premiere server, Dianne Turek, the twosome reminisced about the good old days.  Day is now coaching in the Frontier League.  At the entrance to the ballpark, beloved receptionist Aggie Ceriotti greeted amiable announcer John Rooney as well as other broadcasters. Among them, Fox Midwest Sports’ Al Hrabosky confided he has undergone seven spinal surgeries performed by the skilled Dr. David Raskas. Fellow announcer Rick Horton jawed about his work:  “The toughest thing for me is remembering the audience is not homogeneous and some are watching Cardinals baseball for the first time.” Pat Hughes of ChiTown’s WGN didn’t fail to cause chatter about his traditional, 13 year-old sweater he keeps in the broadcast booth.  The Red Bird Roost was missing the presence of diminutive Fanny Scholl, who has retired making hamburgers from her own recipe for 44 years.  She’s been succeeded by Rosie Ludwig. Mixologist Ron Meier quipped that Rosie “has small shoes to fill.”  Meier also mentioned that when St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay dropped in, “He knew exactly what the minimum wage is” (unlike the three GOPers on Charlie Brennan’s KMOX show, who had no idea what it is).  Defense attorney Don Wolff, who has been on the DL,  jubilantly hailed that “the chemo is working!”. Sunday’s game was a tribute to Jackie Robinson about whom a movie is being produced by Legendary Pictures.  Harrison Ford has been cast as Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson, and Chad Boseman will star in the title role.  T.R. Knight of “Grey’s Anatomy” will also be featured in the film being co-produced by former Disney chairman Dick Cook.

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