I am not sure if anyone here has posted anything about the new Busch Stadium. I was able to attend the game today and wanted to share my thoughts.
First of all, I have to start with Albert Pujols. I am a lifelong Cubs fan and in no way do I go to Busch to root for the Cardinals. However, when Pujols comes to bat, I always pay close attention. You have to respect what this guy has done, and appreciate seeing a guy who is on his way to the hall of fame... if he keeps this up. I have seen three home runs hit in a game once, by Sosa, back in 2001 I believe (it might have been just a few days before the cork incident, Im not sure). Pujols' three homers today were all just so dramatic. It was tighter game than when Sosa did it. The walk off was very impressive. You almost knew it was coming.
The ballpark is nice. The only other park that I have been to that has been built recently is Miller Park, and I felt like Busch was a bit nicer. I think there is just a different feel to a stadium that doesnt have a roof, retractable or otherwise. The stadium has a nice view of the St Louis "skyline" (I use that word loosely) and I believe they are supposed to put some condos behind left field with some rooftop views, similar to Wrigley. When those are finished, it should look even nicer. Of course the concourses were very wide, which is nice. We were in the Redbird Club which I guess is a step up from a normal seat, and a step down from a luxury sweet. I considered it one big luxury seat that about 20 sections could use, and that you had to pay for your food and drinks. I also payed 7 bucks each for two ice cream cones. There was no sign that said how much they were so I had this sneaky suspicion that I was over charged. Sure enough, when I was walking out, I saw another ice cream vendor who was selling them for 6.50. They ripped me off by a buck!!
Other things that happened, that I absolutely hate. The wave went around the stadium about 10 times. Thankfully someone on the Reds made the third out of an inning and it ended. Also, the curtain calls. WHY do these St Louis fans want a curtain call after EVERY single home run. Give it a break. It gets old.
All in all, a decent new stadium. I enjoyed the game there today. Is anyone going to the games next weekend??? I will be there on Sunday. I do want to make a suggestion for all Cubs fans heading down. It may be a ridiculous thing to ask, it might not, but here it goes. Where BLUE to the games in St. Louis. They put in all red seats in the stadium. So of course, everyone there wears red and white. We need to counter that by wearing as much blue as possible. No white, you will just blend in with the Cardinal fans.
Hope to see you next Sunday... and be careful when you buy Ice Cream.