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Cards set for postseason rally
09/29/2004 6:40 PM ET
A St. Louis tradition is going national.

On Monday, Oct. 4, St. Louis will be one of eight cities participating in Major League Baseball's "Rally Monday," celebrating the start of the 2004 playoffs. Downtown rallies for the Redbirds are nothing new in the baseball-crazed Gateway City, but this year the other seven postseason cities will be joining in as well.

Which is not to say that anyone else will do it as well as St. Louis does.

The event is set for Oct. 4 from 4-7 p.m. CT on the riverfront below the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis. Current and former Cardinals players are expected to attend the festivities, which will include fireworks and a performance by the band Cowboy Mouth.

It's already been a big summer by the river, with a summer-long series of concerts in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the St. Louis World's Fair and the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition. What better way to cap it off than with some October baseball?

Fans will be able to enjoy food and beverages and participate in games and activities on Lenore K. Sullivan Blvd., below the Arch. Cowboy Mouth, known for extremely energetic live shows, is expected to play two sets: one starting at 5:15 p.m. and one shortly after the official rally ends.

The event is a celebration of the Cards' fourth trip to the postseason in the last five seasons, and their third outright National League Central Division championship in that time.

Depending on whom the Cardinals draw in the NL Division Series, their first playoff game will take place either Tuesday, Oct. 5, or Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Busch Stadium. Game 2, also at Busch Stadium, is set for Thursday, Oct. 7, with an if-necessary Game 5 at home on Monday, Oct. 11.

Downtown pep rallies are a longstanding tradition by the banks of the Mississippi River, both for Opening Day and for playoff series.

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