Friday, October 21, 2011

Game 1 World Series: Cardinals vs Rangers

The 2011 World Series: Cardinals vs Rangers

Game 1, October 19, Busch Stadium, Saint Louis

Around noon on Wednesday, October 19, I left Love Field, festively all ballooned-up by Southwest Airlines for the World Series, for Game 1 of the 2011 World Series in Saint Louis.
And in the Saint Louis Airport, lots of Cardinal Spirit.

While looking for the airport's Metrolink train to ride downtown, I met another Ranger fan, Jordan Murray who was looking for the same.  Jordan suggested that we just share a cap, and we did.  Pictured is Jordan, graduate of Wichita Falls High School (Old High) and the cab driver who reminded me of Samuel (Nyambi Nyambi), who works at the restaurant in TV's "Mike and Molly."
The Cabbie is from Ethiopia, but has been in Saint Louis  for 20 years.
At the hotel, Millenium, which is 2 blocks from Busch Stadium, I was greeted by Colby Lewis, who would be the starting Ranger in Game 2.
Actually, Pitcher Lewis was kind enough to have his picture taken with me.

From my hotel room, I could see the top of the Busch Stadium.  Since Michelle Obama and Jill Biden were going to attend Game 1, there was increased security.  You might be able to see the security person on the top of the stadium.
Before the game I went to Charlie Gitto's restaurant about 6 blocks from the stadium.  Jeannie and I always go to Gitto's before Cardinal games when we are on a baseball trip.  It was recommended to us in 2008 by David Reid, one of the biggest Cardinal fans of them all.

Lots of Cards spirit, memorabilia, and fans at Charlie Gitto's along with great Italian food.
That is Charlie to my right and maybe his body guard to my left.

After a great late afternoon meal, I headed toward Busch Stadium to search for a ticket from either a fan or the dreaded scalper.
 Cardinal red in the fountains.
  Lots of spirit
A cold gray rainy day.

But I ran into some Ranger fans from Dallas, Morgan and Keira, freshmen at Missouri U who graduated from W. T. White (where I taught 13 years before they were born) and Ursuline.  They drove about 150 miles from Mizzou to try to get into the game, but they have two guy Cardinal fans with them.  They were going to drive back to Mizzou right after the game so they would not miss class (or so they said):

These two Cardinal fans below sold me a nice ticket, and they are also famous anthropologists (not as famous as Indiana Jones, but they were featured in National Geographic in the February, 2010 issue). They work with chimps in the Congo.  Dave Morgan and Crickette Sanz.  They have spent the better part of 10 years in the Congo.  I read the NGeo issue, and it was fascinating.  Check it out.  They also referred me to a website:  www.Congo-apes.org.

My seat was not with these two anthropologists, but was next to one of their anthropologist colleagues at Washington University, who has spent a lot of time in Madagascar and may know more about lemurs than anyone on the planet.

These are some views from our seats of the opening ceremonies.
Rangers heading to dugout after opening ceremony

First Pitch
The Cardinals scored 2 in the 4th inning, but the Rangers tied it up in the 5th with a 2-run homerun by Mike (Na-Po-Li) Napoli.  In the bottom of the 6th, Ranger starting pitcher, C. J. Wilson gave up a double, a wild pitch, and a walk to put Cardinals on 1st and 3rd with two outs.  Below is Manager Ron Washington coming to the mound to make a pitching change. 

Pitcher Alexi Ogando came into the game, but gave up a run scoring pinch-hit single (almost caught by left-fielder Nelson Cruz) to Allen Craig, and the Cardinals took the lead 3-2.

They sang "God Bless America" at the 7th inning stretch.
and also "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
The Cardinal fans cheered their team on to a 3-2 victory as the Rangers could neither score nor get to first base in the 8th and 9th innings.


ESPN commentator booth outside Busch Stadium and happy fans.
Saint Louis has some of the best fans in baseball, and they were extremely, extremely, extremely happy with the 3-2 win.  Joy was everywhere.
(But tomorrow is another day)

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