There is going to be a new addition----2011---- to the year markers shown on the top of this Busch Stadium scoreboard, thanks to the St. Louis Cardinals winning the 2011 World Series of Baseball! And even if you were not able to be physically present in the stadium last night for Game 7, there is a good chance that you could be present in Busch Stadium for the Victory ceremony to be held there on Sunday evening, October 30. Tickets to the event are only $5 and go on sale at 2 PM, Saturday, October 29. Just click on www.cardinals.com/parade to make your purchase. Even if you don't get to buy a ticket, you can attend the Victory Parade, which will be held in downtown St. Louis, starting at 4 PM on Sunday, October 30. The famous horses known as the Budweiser Clydesdales will be leading the procession of Cardinals team members, Fredbird, the Rally Squirrel, and several marching bands from area schools. The parade will conclude with the ceremony on the field at Busch Stadium. Fireworks will top off the celebration, and will be visible to both those inside, as well as those outside, the stadium.
One thing that makes the field of Busch Stadium so unique is that one can see the famous Gateway Arch in the green turf of the outfield, as well as in the skyline to the east of the stadium! (See photo) If you cannot be at the Victory Celebration tomorrow in St. Louis, you can still have the opportunity to see the magnificent prize given to the winning team----the famous World Series Trophy. That is because it will be on display inside the stadium, and all those taking a tour of the stadium throughout the year, get a chance to see the trophy and photograph it. Stadium tours are a very enjoyable activity, and cost ten dollars or less, depending on your age and group size. To find out about the Busch Stadium tours, click on www.stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ballpark/tours . I wrote about these tours and put photos on a previous blog post (June 22, 2009), and found the tour extremely worthwhile. You are probably going to need a place to stay in St. Louis, and you can find out everything you need to plan your "VV" (Victory Visit!) to St. Louis at http://www.explorestlouis.com/ Of course, any talk about a prize trophy brings to mind the familiar verse that says "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heaven-ward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14 And that is what our beloved St. Louis Cardinals did---They forgot that they had already won ten World Series, and they forgot the less-than-stellar season they had before the World Series started. Nope, they pressed on to win the prize their fans had called them to---the 2011 World Series!! Congratulations Cardinal Nation for a job well done!!! Miles of smiles! Tricia