Opening Day in St. Louis is a holiday, a right of passage and an all-around day of celebration. Where I’m from, we paint the town red, take off work and come together as a community to root on our St. Louis Cardinals. So in honor of the start of the 2016 season I’ve put together some ballpark-inspired recipes and a list of some of the best baseball movies ever made to get you into the baseball spirit!

This will be my first year in quite some time that I’m not spending the Cardinals homer opener at Busch Stadium. I’ll miss the Budweiser Clydesdales and, let’s not kid ourselves, the fresh Budweiser itself made right down the street at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

So in an effort to make myself feel a little bit better about missing the occasion, the National Pork Board sent me a few tasty ballpark recipes they’ve whipped up for Opening Day.  I was pretty excited to get these recipes because I have quite the experience under my belt when it comes to sampling ballpark food. Heck, I’ve even covered a hot dog eating contest at Busch Stadium.

#CardsInsider sent me on the difficult job of showcasing the new #CardinalsNation menu items…Somebody’s gotta do it?

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I recently participated in the Pork Board’s Opening Day survey, where I told them my favorite ballpark food is loaded nachos and that my hometown team is known for its beer (come on guys, the park is named ‘Busch Stadium’).

Prepare yourself, because they sent me these glorious recipes and I’m really excited to try the nacho pork tenderloin!

Ballpark Pork Gyro

Ballpark Pork Gyro

And if that didn’t get your mouth watering enough, feast your eyes on this tasty-looking video they sent me too. (Man I’m really, really hungry now)

But you obviously need something to watch while you eat these tasty foods leading up to your team’s season opener or when you aren’t watching baseball this season. The folks at Redbox sent me this list of the best baseball movies:Fox Sports Girls Teryn

  • A League Of Their Own
  • Bad News Bears
  • Bull Durham
  • Eight Men Out
  • Field of Dreams
  • Major League
  • Moneyball
  • Pride of the Yankees
  • The Natural
  • The Sandlot

I like this list, but think there may be a few of my childhood favorites missing. I visited this topic back in February with sports writer Jonah Keri when he put together his very own Sports Oscars. I called him out, as well, on not having Angels in the Outfield or Rookie of the Year. Classics!

If you haven’t figured it out, baseball is back and I’m excited! I hope you make Opening Day your very own holiday as well 🙂

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#baseballheaven, it’s good to be back❤️⚾️

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