The Anheuser Busch Clydesdales run on the warning track

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St. Louis Reacts To Astros Using AB Clydesdales In Home Opener Ceremony

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" – that's one way to put it.

April 03, 2018 - 8:52 am

Close your eyes and imagine eight thoroughbred Clydesdales trotting around the stadium warning track. They're pulling a bright red Budweiser carriage with two uniformed drivers and a Dalmation by their side. And between them is the World Series trophy. Now open your eyes – welcome to Minute Maid Park in Houston. 

Bet you thought you were at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. 

Celebrating the 2017 World Series championship, the Houston Astros had a trophy presentation ceremony before its home opener, Monday. When video of the ceremony was tweeted out by MLB, St. Louis Cardinals fans jumped all over the similar ritual. 

And there were some jabs, comparing the Cardinals 11 World Series titles to Houston's first: 

Our own Tom Ackerman noticed it too:

But we can cut them some slack, because one of Anheusher Busch's 12 flagship breweries is in Houston:

There were some other replies on Twitter, but those weren't family-friendly enough to share on this website.  

The famous Budweiser horse and carriage routine is often used for championship parades around the U.S. You saw them at the Kansas City Royals championship parade in 2015, before a World Series game in Cleveland in 2016 and they were even at a spring training game in 2017 between the Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins. 

Sounds like St. Louis is ready for its own Clydesdale parade – which happens this Thursday before the Cardinals home opener.