Busch Stadium, St. Louis – Visit #16

Saturday, July 23 – Dodgers 7, Cardinals 2

St. Louis was my first stop on a four-city air and rental car swing.  I’d seen old Busch Stadium from the outside, but never attended a game in the city.  But just for the history of the team, this was one of the most anticipated visits of the summer.

 

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Old and current Busch stadiums

 

Access:  I drove in from my hotel in suburban St. Charles and found a parking garage at $20 just two blocks from Busch Stadium.  The exit was typically congested for the few blocks leading to the interstate.

Seats/pricing:  I sat almost directly behind home plate on the upper level for $71.90, purchased on-line three weeks in advance and including the assorted rip-off “convenience” charges.

views-from-stadiumsView:  Lots to see from Busch Stadium, including the St. Louis Arch, a bridge east to Illinois, the original capitol building that now is city hall, and other downtown buildings.

Food:  I asked for something local and was steered to a specialty from The Hill, the Italian section of St. Louis where Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra grew up.  The taste treat was a meat ball cone:  five giant meat balls (four or five bites each, not those little cocktail size) topped with a marinara sauce and plenty of cheese in a firm, but not crisp, cone.  Really good

meatball-cone

Beer:  Mostly $8.75 to $9.50, naturally featuring the offerings of Anheuser Busch.

Crowd:  45,477.  Cardinal fans are among the baseball world’s most loyal, knowledgeable and decked out in team attire.  But they didn’t have much to cheer about at this comfortable Dodgers’ victory.

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Stadium from Cardinals Nation and vice-versa

Neighborhood:  Cardinals Nation, the Budweiser Brew House, and Ballpark Village form a complex just across the street from the left field stands is a huge gathering spot pre- and post-game.  There are a number of food, ice cream, and beverage spots, plus an outdoor mini-field for little kids.  Other spots are just another block away.

Arts and visuals:  With their rich history of championships and stars, the Cardinals have numerous statues outside Busch Stadium and plaques lining the sidewalk.

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Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock, Enos Slaughter, Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson 

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Cool Papa Bell, Rogers Hornsby, George Sisler, Dizzy Dean, Stan Musial 

Baseball Moment:  Justin Turner’s two-run double in a four-run third inning broke the game open early for the Dodgers.

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The adventures of Cardinals catcher Alberto Rosario

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