July 2009

All Star Sunday

I kicked off All Star Sunday by meeting some friends at Mike Shannon’s for a couple beers. It was great to see the city so festive and full of people.  Unfortunately, it was a gloomy day. 

We had seats in the bleachers for the All Star Futures / Celebrity Softball game.  We caught the first inning and then the rain started to come down. Before long, they were rolling out the tarp onto the field and my friends and I were forced to purchase these attractive Cardinal ponchos.

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We passed a three-hour rain delay in the stadium, chatting with other fans and catching up.  Then the rain stopped and they resumed the game around 5:30pm.  I watched a couple more innings.  I cant say it was particularly exciting since the stadium was pretty empty and I wasn’t familiar with the players.  The biggest cheers were for Cardinal future star Brett Wallace, who walked twice while I was watching.

I had to leave in the middle of the game due to family dinner plans. I’m from St. Louis so I wanted to catch up with folks while I was in town for the festivities. I was a bit disappointed to not get to see any of the celebrity game.  I’m a Nelly fan, so I was pleased to later see him on the highlights for his diving catch and home run. 

I did see Billy Bob Thornton at the airport when I left town, so I guess that could be considered to make up for it, but since his pants were falling down and he had plumber’s butt, it was really more than I wanted to see.

Check out all my All Star Festivities photos

All Star Fanfest

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I had the thrill of attending all the all-star festivities in St. Louis and I’m still recovering. I have to say I’ve been suffering from PASD – post-all-star-depression.  The experience exceeded my expectations and was well worth the money.  As I have a lot of pictures to share, I will write separate entries about the events I attended. 

After flying in on Friday night, I ventured downtown on Saturday morning to meet some friends at the All Star Fanfest at the convention center.  This was a huge event with plenty to see and do, especially for young kids.  It was also a great chance to get free autographs from many players, including hall of famers.

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The highlight for me was getting Jack Clark’s autograph.  I had a big crush on Jack when I was in junior high, and even though he kinda resembles Tony Soprano these days, he’s still sexy.  I waited in line about 90 minutes to get a signed photo and he was very friendly and asked if I wanted him to write “The Ripper” on it. But of course!

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I also enjoyed checking out the exhibits from the Hall of Fame.  There were jerseys from Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, George Brett, Nolan Ryan and many other greats, and a lot of other memorabilia. Many big trophies were also on display including world series trophies. 

Vendors were on hand. The most amusing item I saw was this leather vest that belonged to Willie Stargell.  The tag said “Possible DNA!” 

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Kids could compete in batting cages, pitching and base running contests, get their photo on a baseball card, call a game, and much more. 

The longest autograph line I saw on Saturday was for Rollie Fingers. He’s still got that trademark handlebar mustache. 

This event was a great warm-up for the all star events to come.

Check out all my pics from the All Star festivities.

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