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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rain is the Name of the Game

It rained. And rained. And rained.

My first experience at the extravaganza better known as opening day for the St. Louis Cardinals, was certainly, well, damp. Yet despite heavy gray clouds, chilly temperatures, and pelting rain, you could still sense the energy. Fans were decked out in soggy Cardinal-printed gear ready to welcome a new season. And the weather didn't slow anyone down a bit. The party started at 10 a.m. and went on until game time at 3:15. Music played while beer flowed fast as a raging river. Grilled hot dogs could be found just about anywhere.

The biggest bummer was the weather canceled the annual appearance of the beautiful Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses. Those horses are smart...way too smart to come out in the rain. Here's a picture of what they would have looked like had the sun been shining. Biggify the picture to see a handsome dalmatian sitting next to the driver.

We certainly love our baseball in St. Louis. Where else can you find people circulating petitions to make opening day a national holiday? Even the fountains are dyed to mimic Cardinal red.

I spent opening day stuffing myself on popcorn and washing down brats with delicious $1 Hurricanes. The vendor was closing up shop and sold leftover drinks at rock bottom unexpected rainy day perk.

By the time the game began, we were shivering and soaked through. We folded our ponchos and splashed to the car. With all that pre-game excitement, who can stay and watch a ball game? Especially one played in the rain. So we found a nice warm place to sit, dry out, and enjoy the game on a big screen tv.

Would I ever go to opening day again? Absolutely. It's definitely an experience...sort of like the Woodstock of baseball. Truly far out.

P.S. The Cardinals won.


Unknown said...

Looks like a lot of fun. I am not much of a sports fan but I do like a reason to celebrate.

Unknown said...

Sorry it got ruined by the rain. Such a pity. Maybe next year. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Linda O'Connell said...

Well now that sounds like a lot of fun. I too would have opted for indoor and big screen, but you can now say you were part of baseball history.

Sioux Roslawski said...

"Biggify." That verb is a definite keeper, Pat.

Glad you had a blast. I'm just sorry I didn't get to experience your personality hopped up on hurricanes. You're funny enough without. ;)

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

So happy that the Cardinals WON.. Butt Sad that the clydesdales didn't make it. WE would sign THAT petition!! BASEBALL ..IS the National Sport after all.

Ryker said...

I guess I shouldn't complain about our snow this week. So sorry the AB Horses were canceled, that would have been my favorite part!

Sketching with Dogs said...

Bet you almost thought you were in England :)
Lynne x

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Well, as an Atlanta Braves fan I can't really cheer the Cards' win, but in the spirit of baseball fanship I can certainly say I'm glad you enjoyed your team's win on opening day. :) And you lucked out with the reduced drink prices! Yum!

Lynn said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun despite the rain. I've never been to an opening game either... might have to do that some day.

Tammy said...

Sounds like fun, rain and all. Great pictures!