The effort to stop Belgium-based InBev from purchasing St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch enlists the aid of one of the Cardinals’ legendary pitchers from the 1970s. Al Hrabosky, the former reliever-turned-broadcaster, is taking part in SaveAB.com – an organization dedicated to keeping the maker of Budweiser in St. Louis.
Hrabosky, who owns a bar a pop fly away from Busch Stadium, hosted a SaveAB rally Saturday afternoon prior to the Cardinals game with Philadelphia. The Mad Hungarian, as he was known, acknowledges rallies and public pressure might not be the deciding factor as to whether InBev’s takeover offer is accepted, but he says a message is being sent from the City of St. Louis, the State of Missouri, and the United States that Anheuser-Busch is an American original and should stay under American control.
At the rally, dozens of bright red SaveAB t-shirts and bumper stickers were handed out. A crowd chanting “Hell, no … Bud won’t go” then made its way to Busch to hand out bumper stickers and to spread the word to Redbird fans headed to the game.
Says Hrabosky, “This is one of our great institutions and it just would be a shame if it goes overseas.”