St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium

Busch Stadium is a flat-out majestic place to see a baseball game. As I entered St. Louis a few hours before Saturday night's game against the Washington Nationals, I crossed the Mississippi River on Route 40 and was treated to a phenomenal overall view of the ballpark. The old school brick walls and towers that make up the exterior of the stadium are simple yet beautiful. Inside the stadium, the sight lines are impressive. Looking towards the outfield, you can see the famed Gateway Arch and Old St. Louis County Courthouse. Fans were treated to a pitching duel between starters Shelby Miller of the Cardinals and Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg. With the Cardinals leading 2-1 in the seventh inning, the Nationals bullpen allowed two runs. The Cardinals batted around and there was a palpable energy in the stadium that made the game feel like it was taking place in September and not June. 

Final Score: Cardinals 4, Nationals 1

The western entrance of Busch Stadium.

The western entrance of Busch Stadium.

From left, Gene, Richard, Wes and Dick of the Manchester United Methodist Church choir eat homemade sandwiches outside the stadium before assembling to sing the National Anthem on Saturday night. 

From left, Gene, Richard, Wes and Dick of the Manchester United Methodist Church choir eat homemade sandwiches outside the stadium before assembling to sing the National Anthem on Saturday night. 

The center field entrance. 

The center field entrance. 

Exterior of a parking lot across the street from the stadium. 

Exterior of a parking lot across the street from the stadium. 

The upper deck in right field.

The upper deck in right field.

Chris Nickolay brought her dogs Jackson and Rock Star to the game for Pooches in the Ballpark.

Chris Nickolay brought her dogs Jackson and Rock Star to the game for Pooches in the Ballpark.

Reliever Jason Motte tosses a ball to a fan.  

Reliever Jason Motte tosses a ball to a fan.  

Trying to get autographs before the game. 

Trying to get autographs before the game. 

Tom Hirstein, known by his friends as "Cardinal Tom," has a robust collection of replica Cardinals rings and has been attending games since the late 1960s.

Tom Hirstein, known by his friends as "Cardinal Tom," has a robust collection of replica Cardinals rings and has been attending games since the late 1960s.

Stephen Strasburg warms up. 

Stephen Strasburg warms up. 

John Riggle attended the game with his grandson Tristan Riggle.

John Riggle attended the game with his grandson Tristan Riggle.

James Cornelius keeps score by hand. "It's the best way to pay attention to the game," he said. "I used to chart pitches, but I'm here with my daughter so now it's harder." Mr. Cornelius caught my eye because he kept the score without using a scorecard. I said to him "Keeping score is a lost art." He smiled and coolly responded, "So is hitting Strasburg." What a guy!

James Cornelius keeps score by hand. "It's the best way to pay attention to the game," he said. "I used to chart pitches, but I'm here with my daughter so now it's harder." Mr. Cornelius caught my eye because he kept the score without using a scorecard. I said to him "Keeping score is a lost art." He smiled and coolly responded, "So is hitting Strasburg." What a guy!