Players and fans alike were humming "Hail! Hail! Rock & Roll" during Wednesday's Cardinals game, as the team honored music legend and St. Louis native Chuck Berry with his own bobblehead. The 87-year-old Polar Music Prize recipient accepted his plastic likeness in person and also threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Cards conquered the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in extra innings.
Fans and media outlets with no particular place to go flocked to Twitter to talk about the convergence of their two favorite things: the father of rock & roll and baseball. Take a peek:
Chuck's looking spry for being nearly 90 years old:
Hello, tiny Chuck Berry:
Always the ladies' man:
We're so excited we got to get a quick pic with the one and only, Chuck Berry! It's Chuck Berry Night at Busch! pic.twitter.com/7dZm8onAn9— Team Fredbird (@TeamFredbird) May 22, 2014
It's not every day that you can give your Chuck Berry bobblehead to Chuck Berry. #johnniebegood— Gabriel Kiley (@gabrielkiley) May 21, 2014
Not much "throwing" is happening here, actually:
Continue to page two for Berry's Wainwright-worthy pitch.
Ahhh, there's that pitching arm we've been waiting for:
Chuck Berry will turn 88 this October, but the Rock-n-Roll legend has still got the moves--showing off while throwing out the first pitch.— Brian Stull (@StullySTL) May 21, 2014
And for that, he earned the "cool play of the game." Watch out for Fredbird, though -- he's got a sex tape!
Chuck Berry threw out first pitch at D-backs vs. Cards in St. Louis today pic.twitter.com/0f954lO0RA— Lorenzo Arguello (@lozotweets) May 22, 2014
Chuck even participated in the silly between-innings stunts:
Chuck Berry getting lots of love from the Busch crowd between innings. #STLCards— Brett McMillan (@BrettMcMillan1) May 22, 2014
Not everyone was thrilled with the Berry-centric game, though:
@cassity23 How come Chuck Berry gets a night but Matt Holliday doesnt?— Kyle Waymon (@kylewaymon) May 22, 2014
"Chuck Berry Bathroom Cam" giveaway would be way more appropriate than a bobblehead night, but maybe that's just me.— Dennis Lawson (@gr33nazn) May 22, 2014
I'm a little scared to use the restrooms with Chuck Berry here. I'm holding out for a Johnnie Johnson bobblehead. That would be so cool.— Leigh Ann (@LeighAnn777) May 22, 2014