April 14, 2010 – my 1st Cardinal game of 2010.
Joining me on this epic right of spring were my friends Kent Dunford, Dan Moisson, and Josh Wick (along with his son Drew).
Upon arriving at the stadium an hour before the gates opened, we walked around and viewed the statues to the former Cardinal greats. Below are several of my favorites:
Stan “The Man” Musial – THE GREATEST Cardinal player of all-time. PERIOD. (Although, in another 10 years, that may change, but for now, Stan is still THE MAN.)
“The Wizard” Ozzie Smith – MY favorite Cardinal player of all-time. (Although, in another 10 years, that may change too.)
Bob Gibson – THE most intimidating pitcher EVER. The plate was HIS, and he had no qualms about knocking you down or nailing you with a fastball. Baseball changed its rules because of Gibson – lowering the pitcher’s mound by 5 inches after his unfathomable 1968 season.
“The Base Burglar” Lou Brock – speed, class, epitome of the Cardinal Way
Jack Buck – as Cardinal announcers go, Jack was the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
Once inside, we wandered around, watched batting practice, then made it to our seats in the Cardinals Champion’s Club – an all-inclusive club area with food, drinks, and AWESOME indoor and outdoor seating. Check out the club itself and the food spread.
And not to be outdone, here is the view from our seats:
Add to that a 2-1 Cardinal victory and the night was an AWESOME success.