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September 7, 2008

The one that got away

: Cardinals :: Cream of the Crop :

Thursday night, Joan revealed her early birthday present for me—a secret she’d been keeping for over half a year: swanky seats to a Cardinals-Marlins game on Friday.

Earlier in the year, her boss generously sent out an open invitation to his employees. He’d gotten season tickets in the Redbird Club, almost right behind home plate, and any employee interested in a specific date could pay him for the individual game tickets.

What made the gift extra special, besides the excellent seats, was that it would be my first game in the new Busch Stadium, as well as Joan’s very first Cards game.

After she told me, she asked: “Do you want to pick up a glove, just in case a foul ball flies back?”

I thought, and said, “I don’t think it’ll happen. It just doesn’t seem likely that a foul ball would fly that high behind home plate.”

Friday night came, and I was squealing with excitement the entire time. At the bottom of the second inning, right-fielder Ryan Ludwick was up to bat, and was fouling in every direction possible. Sure enough, one foul ball flew backwards.

Straight

at

our

heads.

I shot up, leaned over Joan, knocked over her Diet Coke, wedged my shin into the seat directly in front of us (ow), and stuck my hand out.

The ball bounced off my left thumb (OW) and behind us a couple rows, into the glove of some ten-year-old.

I sat back down, rubbed my throbbing shin, and held my thumb, numb from the impact. I looked sheepishly at the destruction I left in my path, and then at my wife.

“You were right.”

Game went into extra innings, but we eventually lost 4-1. Still a great experience.

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  1. I remember that at bat, I remember the “awww” from the fans in that area...that was you? Sweet. Glad you got to make it to the new stadium sorry you had “one that got away” better to have that than to never have had a chance.

    Posted by Klick on 09/08/08 at 07:52 AM

  2. Glad you both had a good time at the ballgame!!
    What do you think of the new Stadium??

    Posted by Stacey on 09/08/08 at 10:28 AM

  3. Definitely a 21st century experience. I love how the stadium frames the skyline. The thing I missed most about the old Busch Stadium was how the architecture of the “rim” mirrored the Arch; but in the new one, the way the Arch and the other buildings are framed looks really sharp and iconic.

    Lamentably, it did seem to have a little too much of a corporate, commercial feel to it, with McDonald’s and Hardee’s and every other corporate sponsor in neon lights—and I couldn’t believe there was actually a stock ticker under the jumbotron.

    I don’t know if I can pass complete judgment until I watch a game from the nosebleeds, just for perspective. But at least from the swanky Redbird Club seats, the view of the field was really awesome. I’m impressed by all the thought that went into the overall design.

    Posted by c2 on 09/08/08 at 11:01 AM

  4. Klick - we were on TV? Kewl. smile

    Posted by Joan on 09/08/08 at 11:42 AM

  5. Actually, Katy and I were at the game. We tried to call Christian to run into you guys but all I got was his voice mail.

    Posted by Klick on 09/08/08 at 02:38 PM

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