Fans make it out to Peoria Chiefs home opener

By Beau Ebenezer

April 4, 2013 Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- For the first time in nine years the Peoria Chiefs took the field as a St. Louis Cardinal affiliate in their home opener against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Hundreds came out in their blue or red, to support Peoria's minor league team.

The Chiefs signed a new deal with the Cardinals last September, leaving some fans happier than others.

"To be a Cardinals fan and to have won a World Series last year is amazing," said Stephen Vandervennet. "I'm definitely out supporting the Chiefs tonight because now they are Cardinals affiliates."

"I've come here since I was really little," said Carleigh Valeriano. "I was probably like three with my grandparents. We are always out here everyday on opening day whenever we can come out. It's always nice to have the Cubs as a home team, but it's okay. Whatever works for the Chiefs, I guess."

The Chiefs were affiliated with the Cardinals from 1995 to 2004 and then signed with the Cubs.

The 2002 Cardinals-Affiliated team won Peoria its only Midwest League championship.

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