Photo Essay: Thousands gather for Walk of Unity in Joplin

Thousands of people took part in the Walk of Unity in Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2012, to commemorate those lost and to celebrate recovery efforts after the tornado that hit the city exactly one year earlier.

A woman holds up a handwritten sign expressing unity of the Joplin community at a staging area near 17th and Rangeline in Joplin, May 22, 2012.
Hundreds of people descend down 17th Avenue past Rangeline Road as the Walk of Unity kicks off. People joined from multiple states and multiple communities across Missouri to walk the route of the tornado.

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Photos: The St. Louis Cardinals come to town

Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals takes a cut at a fastball during an exhibition game against the Class AA Springfield Cardinals in Springfield, Mo., April 2, 2012.

The weather was gorgeous, the fans were ready for baseball and the 2011 World Series champions came to town for an exhibition matchup against their AA farm club, the Springfield Cardinals.

Although a few big-name stars for St. Louis didn’t travel, Springfield fans had plenty to cheer about as Matt Holliday and David Freese played and several former Baby Birds made appearances as well.

Over 10,000 fans showed up to watch the game, which St. Louis won 3-2. Here’s to hoping the St. Louis boys can have another stellar season this year.

Here are some photos of various scenes from around the ballpark. Baseball is by far my favorite sport to shoot…I sunburned badly but it was so worth it.

Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals prepares to acknowledge a young fan during a pre-game autograph session at Hammons Field April 2, 2012.

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