Before I ever came to Missouri, I asked my then-girlfriend what things one could do for fun in Saint Louis. Without a blink, she said, ‘Go to a baseball game’. Then it was silent for a long time. Don’t worry, there’s plenty to do here, but baseball clearly marks a special place in Saint Louis. Especially now after five games in the World Series, the whole city is turning red and excited. Buses are driving around with ‘Go Cards!’ as their destination, leaving hundreds of people wondering where they’re actually going, I presume. I think every store in town has bought a banner to support the team (note to self: start banner company), and only Saint Louis based Budweiser brewer Anheiser Busch does not jump on the bandwagon and shows a commercial about every other inning where they tie their brand to a stadium that is clearly not their very own Busch Stadium. During games, the city is quiet. I ran to Walgreens for an errand, and the busy street we live on was absolutely deserted. I know where those people were, because we have been to a few bars to watch the games from there.
I like the atmosphere that comes with big sports, and so I like these World Series. I’m still learning baseball (because normally I watch it in restaurants without the commentary, so I am still at an elementary level), but I like learning too. After all, it just comes down to slamming the ball with a wooden stick as hard as you can. I know, I know, it’s more complicated than that, but at least you understand enough without the rule book (but boy did we need one in game 3), unlike some other sports.
As the Cardinals are trailing one game and going to Boston today, there is a small chance they might not win the series (and now it’s my fault for jinxing it, I guess, or does jinxing only work the other way around?). I really enjoyed the city in World Series atmosphere though, so I had a great October anyway. Next year again? Go Cards!