On the weekend of July 18th and 19th, my brother and I took my father to St. Louis as a retirement gift. We got to see a game at the new Busch Stadium on Saturday the 18th. I had a great time in St. Louis with my father and brother. New Busch Stadium is a great stadium, but very expensive. I thought I was in Chicago for most of my time there. Nine dollars for a beer. Really? Eight dollars for four chicken strips? It seemed like most people in the upper deck with us were eating at Hardees because the food prices were more manageable. It was like a fast food place in the mall that charges a little more because of the rent. O.K., a little more expensive than that.
What a busy summer it’s been! This past weekend was barbeque city with my extended family’s summer get together at my parents and my son’s second birthday party on Sunday. For the record, my son got lots of Cardinal stuff from his Opa.
The iconic St. Louis Arch commands ones attention. I had a sudden urge for a Big Mac.
The ballpark is in sight.
A shot of the park from our parking garage.
Busch Stadium still had All-Star fever.
My dad found the legend, Jack Buck. Notice the “L” T-shirt. Surprisingly, we did not see any anti-Cub T-shirts in or around the stadium. We didn’t see anyone selling any vulgar T-shirts. Maybe we really weren’t in Chicago.
My brother next to Stan the Man.
I wore my Zambrano jersey and did not get heckled at all. People were very polite in St. Louis.
One of the many statues outside the stadium.
The only blue in a sea of red.
The best thing about new Busch Stadium is the skyline view of the Arch behind the outfield. Very nice.
I like how they cut the Arch onto the field. I wonder how long that took?
Big Mac land. Pujold knocked out one of the letters this year.
Here comes Fredbird. I bought my son a Build a Bear Fredbird as a souvenir. My father bought out the Cardinals clubhouse for my son Joshua. I may be fighting a losing battle.
As you may or may not know, the Bowling Hall of Fame is in St. Louis. It used to be across the street from the old ballpark, but they moved it to make way for a Nike All-Star store. I’m not sure where they moved it to. I had to take this picture because ever since we saw Popeye throw out a first pitch at Wrigley Field, my father has said that stuff like that is only for idiot Cub fans. Real fans, like in St. Louis, are at the games to follow baseball. My father had nothing to say about this seen before the game. I feel sorry for the bowling pin, however. It’s not an easy act following up President Obama in throwing out a first pitch at Busch Stadium.
Neil Rackers of the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals also threw out a first pitch. It’s hard to believe it’s been over 20 years since the Cardinals called St. Louis home.
It’s good to see Mark DeRosa get another chance with a contender.
Even as a Cub fan, I have to admit that Albert Pujols’s swing is a thing of beauty.
After seeing a few of the newer parks in Major League Baseball this summer, I really have to admit that something has to be done with Wrigley Field. It might be time for the wrecking ball, or at least leave the field and ivy and completely gut the interior. The facilities at Wrigley really are antiquated. I’m sure the players wouldn’t mind to have a real clubhouse and amenities.