Timeline of the few last weeks in Cardinal Nation:
Cards go on a six game losing streak, Mo calls a press conference and says no one is safe, including himself, if they don't start playing better. They win the next three days to sweep the Phillies series and hopefully are on their way to a winning streak!
This post isn't going to analyze or even comment much on what Mo said though, it's about my favorite place in the world and the boys that grab hold of my heart every summer. St. Louis has always been a favorite vacation destination of my family, usually highlighted by as many Cardinal games as we could fit in during our time in the city. Whether it was Busch II or the new Busch, it has always been a perfect place in my mind. As for the guys wearing the Birds on the Bat, well when you're 5, 6, 7 years old and one of them decides to give you a whole bag of bubble gum, one let's you in his car to sign an autograph, and they're winning the division or World Series on a regular basis, you get uncontrollably sucked in! It isn't always easy explaining to people why I am a St. Louis fan, but grew up an hour away from KC and Kauffman Stadium, but once I step inside Busch all those long conversations are so worth it. (Sorry Royals fans!)
So what is it about Busch that sucks me in?
It's the views. There's the Arch, Ballpark Village just across the street, and downtown St. Louis in general. You may be a fan of big parking lots with tailgates, but I'm a fan of downtown baseball!
It's the fans. Whether it's 80 year olds from Georgia that have listened to the Cards on the radio for years, or 8 year old little girls at their first game, Cardinal fans are awesome. It's never rare to sit for a Cards game and make friends with the people seated around you, unless they're in Cubs gear..
It's the history. Yeah go ahead and hit me with the "but it's only been open since 2006".. first of all there has been plenty of history in those 11 years, second of all the history from before 2006 carries forward, from Big Mac Land to the names of the concession stands and plaques/statues throughout, they got it covered. Not to mention if you venture across the street the Cardinals museum in Ballpark Village is definitely worth the money!
It's the atmosphere. The way the stadium is full of happy people having a good time, but also wrapped up in all that's happening on the field, it's perfect. - The hype videos used throughout just add to the atmosphere too. Anytime you show highlights from big games and fan favorites, it gets people pumped up.
And lastly, for me, when I see Busch Stadium and walk in or around it I'm instantly happy. As y'all know, sports are my thing. Maybe I'm crazy since sports are one of the things that bring me the most joy, but it's true. I walk into that stadium and I'm just happy. Get me a beer and a funnel cake and it's even better!
So for all of you who have never been to Busch Stadium, GO!
And for all of you who have been, this is your sign to buy some tickets and go to a game the next home stand ;)