Sunday, October 29, 2006

World Series Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! Kristin and I are home from the World Series!

WOW! I still can't believe the Cardinals won the World Series. Kristin says the World Series is like the Super Bowl. Now I understand why Kristin was so excited. I would be just as excited if the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl.

I must tell you that I was very worried Kristin and I would not get to see the game. It rained VERY hard most of Friday. It stopped just a few hours before the game started. Whew!

Kristin made sure to get downtown early so we could get into Busch Stadium as soon as it opened at 5:30pm. As soon as we walked in, Kristin walked very fast to get to the field level. She was hoping I would get to see some of the Cardinal players warming up. Not very many did come out onto the field but I did get to see a few. It was really cool to be so close to the field. Here I am watching a few pitchers warm up in right field.

And here I am watching some of the players while looking toward the infield.

It was really interesting to be close to the field. I really wanted to see more players but I did get to see the Fox Sports crew get ready for the television broadcast. Here, the crew is getting the anchor desk ready for the Fox pre-game show.

And here one of the Fox reporters is taping a segment in center field. If you watched the game on TV, I am sure you probably saw this report.

Did you know it was taped almost 90 minutes before the game started? I knew BEFORE you did what you were going to see on TV. How cool is that?!

Kristin and I spent about 30 minutes on the field level. Kristin then decided we had better find our seats. As we were walking to the "terrace reserve" level, Kristin stopped to take photos of the crew taking the tarp off the field. Lots of people cheered when the tarp was removed.

It takes a LOT of people to take the tarp off the field. It gets folded and then rolled onto a very large, silver tube.

Look at how many people it takes to roll the tarp onto the tube!

It was really interesting to see the infield once the tarp was off. I didn't get to see it on Wednesday night because of the rain. There were cool World Series and Cardinals logos painted on the field.

Once the tarp was rolled up and put away, the ground crew started getting the infield ready. Here they are making the white field lines near third base.

Did you know the field lines are made with crushed chalk? I had NO idea. I wonder how many sticks of chalk have to be crushed to make the lines on the field each day?

Just before we got to our seat, Kristin asked someone to take a photo of us with the field behind us. Isn't this a cool photo?

Once we reached our seat, Kristin had to use a towel to wipe off all of the rain drops. Here I am sitting in Kristin's seat in my warm spot in Kristin's back pack.

Did I mention that it was REALLY COLD and REALLY WINDY? Kristin had on two sweatshirts, a turtleneck, a coat with a hood, ear warmers, two pairs of socks, two scarves and gloves! She also had a blanket and she was still cold! Everyone got this really neat towel when they walked into the stadium. As you can see in the photo above, Kristin let me use it as blanket so I could stay warm. Here you can see the flags in near center field blowing in the wind. And if you look really closely in the lower right of this photo, you will see the ESPN anchors getting ready to broadcast from the ESPN booth above center field.

Here are some other highlights from my trip to the World Series.

Starting pitcher Jeff Weaver warms up before the start of the game.

Main scoreboard.

The anchors of the Fox pre-game show get ready to go on the air.

Shortstop David Eckstein at the plate.

First baseman Albert Pujols at the plate
(look closely and you will see the ball just before the plate)

View from Kristin's seat. She had great tickets, didn't she?!

Pitcher Jeff Weaver throws a strike!

Fredbird entertains the crowd!


The crowd goes wild.....

....and the Cardinals celebrate!

Lots of confetti rains down on the field and the fans....

....and REALLY LOUD FIREWORKS light up the sky

Kristin and I watch the celebration on the field.

Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa talks about the game with Fox Sports on a stage set-up near second base just after the game ended.
Did you know that the New York Yankees club is the only team to win more World Series titles than the St. Louis Cardinals? I had no idea!

The World Series trophy!

David Eckstein wins the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. That means he was the BEST player of the entire World Series!

We are the champions!

I still can't believe I got to see the St. Louis Cardinals WIN the World Series. I thought Wednesday night was one of the best nights of my life even after the game was cancelled because of the rain. But now I know that Friday night was one of the BEST nights of my life. Kristin says I got to see something very special and that I will remember it for the rest of my life. I think Kristin is right!

I want to thank Kristin for taking me with her to the World Series. I also want to thank her husband Eugene for buying the ticket. I am a VERY lucky flat boy!


Until my next adventure....bye!