A Tour of Baseball Heaven
Two great wins against the Pirates and it’s been another amazing week in Cardinal Nation…especially for this fan.
Not only have the Birds effectively crushed A.J. Burnett…but I was there to see it! And from seats other than my usual. I quite enjoyed sitting in section 353, high atop the stadium. It provided both a beautiful view of the action and the city. Not to mention the fact that it has now been proven that there is not a bad seat in the house.
Some of my favorite stats of the game include Lance Lynn pitching a 3 hitter into the 7th, making him the first MLB pitcher to go 5-0 this season. And also, Carlos Beltran hit two bombs, driving in 7 runs in the first 3 innings…more than that other guy has had all year…
At this point, I would like to note that I am not among the group of fans who wish badly upon good old Albert. I actually feel a little bad for the guy considering his start to the season and the immense pressure that we all know he puts himself under. That being said, I could not be happier that the Cards are proving time and again that we can certainly win without him. (And might even be, dare I say it, better off?) I believe he is learning a lot in this first month with the Angels and I have every confidence it will strengthen him as a player…eventually.
Now, back to the Birds on the Bat. On Monday afternoon, I got the opportunity to tour Busch Stadium, and I should start off by saying I highly recommend this to all fans! It’s only a $10 tour, and well worth the money.
We were able to get inside the Champions Club to see four World Series trophies. The Redbird Club showed us a wallpapered version of the DeWitt family’s personal Cardinals baseball card collection spanning years and years. But I think the best two factions of the trip were getting inside the broadcast booth and the dugout…
The booth is quite spacious. The view was great, not unlike my view of the game last night. And the group along for the ride with us informed everyone that they had been taking stadium tours all summer, and of the broadcasting spaces, the Cardinals’ was by far the nicest. The guide imparted upon us stories of Mike Shannon refusing to close the windows during games and sitting on a bouncy ball because a chair is “too uncomfortable.”
And of course, the grand finale of the tour took us onto the field where our picture was taken and we could get close enough to the perfectly manicured lawn that I almost started to see fans pop up in the stands and a bat appear in my hands. I, of course, reached down to take a handful of dirt (even though I already had some for my collection) and discreetly placed it in my pocket before heading to the dugout. It was extremely surreal to be able to sit where the action happens; where our heroes live their day to day lives. Definitely a great ending to a great day.
If you do decide to take the tour, you will get some pretty awesome fun facts along the way. I don’t want to spoil too much, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of the Cardinal name (did you know it was inspired by the color and not the bird?), and also the history of the logo through the years.
Well folks, that’s it for me today. I’m actually sitting on a bus right now headed towards Chicago and the enemy’s den. You see, my boyfriend is a Dodger fan and they’re playing the Cubs this weekend…I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to root against the Cubbies at Wrigley Field!