Yesterday was my first trip to the new stadium, and I love it! It’s such a huge improvement over old Busch. I know I should probably be nostalgic for that stadium, since I saw many Cardinal games there and many Gridbird games too (my dad shared season tickets), but I always thought it wasn’t very well-suited to either sport. Maybe that’s because I almost always had upper deck seats and the players looked like tiny ants. Yesterday, I splurged for an infield box seat about 15 rows from the field and a little behind 3rd base. It was awesome to be that close to the action, even if there wasn’t much action, at least not from the good guys.
I didn’t venture up the escalators, but I walked around the perimeter and was impressed at the variety of food stands, the martini bar, the creative installation of the old manual scoreboard in the hallway, the family fun pavilion, and the shops. I love the openess of the stadium, the various viewpoints for standing room patrons, and the view of the Arch. And taking Metrolink to and from the game was a breeze. I was entertained on the way down, sitting next to a mom with her 3-year-old daughter. The kid was already a Cards fan and had memorized the names and numbers of most of the starting lineup! Her favorite player? "Goochi! 99!"
I don’t have a whole lot to say about the game. Reyes just wasnt sharp. I felt like I was watching the all-star home run derby the way the Reds were knocking them out of the park. Sosa didn’t impress either. I was glad Tony removed Reyes early when we still had a chance to come back, but Arroyo was just too tough.
I took some photos but left my camera’s USB cord in LA, so I’ll have to wait to upload them til I get back to LA next weekend. At least we got the win today (yay Rolen!) and won the series. Things are lookin’ up.