Sun June 1st 2014
We didn’t realize how many nice St.Louis’s wonderful fans must be reading our blog already. Yesterday we lamented our disappointment when the predicted pitching match of the top two hurlers in baseball, the predicted thunder showers, and the predicted less than 3 hour game all never took place. Our Giants rang up a laugher of a win.
So many must have felt sorry for us. To show their considerable hospitality, they gave us the day we were expecting yesterday. Cain still not 100%, but Petit did well with only 42 pitches in 4 innings. But he did give up a homer early in the 5th to Traveres, the Cards new rookie, who was playing his 1st major league game. It was immediately followed by another thunderstorm, the rainy kind, which emptied the stands for about an hour. When play resumed it lasted less than 2 innings when rain emptied the stands again. We watched the rest of it in the club on TV and left when a 3rd storm was predicted. Final score: Cards 2-0 on 4 hits, to the Giants 3 hits. Time of game despite 2 delays, a little more than 3 hours, a quickie.
We, of course, will be returning Sunday to show our appreciation to hospitable St Louis for removing our disappointments by taking the series 3-1….then on to Cincinnati.
And now for the ladies view- my mood after the multiple rain showers was as uncharacteristically bad as Hunters hitting. But back to the beginning, we arrived at the stadium via Metro Link, and had virtually no wait. We took the elevator to the nosebleed seats in 347 row 2 seats 3,4 and sat between two Cardinals families, one in front and one behind. They begin each game with welcome to baseball heaven. The boys in front of us delighted in their BuildaBear Fredbirds complete with jerseys. One son was a Giants fan and the other was a Cardinals fan. The also delighted in snapping photos with dads new digital camera, enjoying cotton candy, and Ben and Jerrys ice cream. I was a bit surprised that Cain wasn’t pitching, but Petit got off to a great start, until the downpour began. If only they had stopped the game as the showers started the Cards new rookie wouldn’t have had the homer. We tried the umbrella for a bit, but when it rains in St. Louis it pours and we were forced to take cover under a support beam along with a bunch of Cardinals fans. One fan shared his song A Perfect Knight about Stan Musial.
He was born a ballplayer for all to see
Batted left, threw left better than you or me
Wore number 6 with birds on his chest
In the National League he was the best
An idol to all and a friend to most
Come to St.Louis he was your host
World Series, All Star games, batting titles he did it all
Who was better, you make the call
He played with Enos,Boyer,Red and Terry Moore
And in 69 the Hall of Fame opened the door
I’ll never forget the autograph I got from Stan
He smiled and treated me like I was The Man
His statue stands outside Busch in the light
And yes, he is baseballs perfect Knight
by Brain Thorpe aka “The Thumper”
We talked to a bunch of Cards fans and they kept us in a warm, dry spot until we were able to return to our seats. Those Cards towels they gave us yesterday came in handy and we wiped down the seats. In another two innings we had to return to the shelter. After a bit of chatting I told Bert I wanted to head to the club if they would let us in with yesterdays tickets. We got enough of a break in the weather that we headed for the elevator. That was a mistake, since the rain was pouring into the area where we waited. We managed to catch the 2nd elevator. We had no trouble getting into the club, but finding seats was a challenge.
We went by the cupcake stand and I chose Cherry Bomb, a chocolate cupcake with cherry icing.Yum! We saw a couple at a table and were able to join them. He was a Giants fan and his wife was from Spain. She wanted to see San Fran. We talked until the next rain delay ended and they returned to their seats. We watched in comfort in the dry,climate controlled club. We heard the rain might start again so exited to the Metro Link and arrived at the Sheraton only slightly damp. My mood was gloomy with the 2-0 loss, but the thought we could take the series has me eagerly awaiting the next game.
Bert and Le Anne