Take Me Out to the Ballgame

I attended a baseball game with a few other Seminarians at the new Busch Stadium yesterday; it was the first time I've ever entered the stadium, and I thought I'd share a few pictures and observations. (The game was awesome; Pujols' first at bat began the scoring with a home run in the top of the first inning!).

I arrived early so I could relax and see the stadium without tons of people walking everywhere, and while doing so, some birds perched nearby, so I took a few pictures of them. This one must've been angry that I was taking his picture...

Angry Crow

I also snapped a picture of Pujols' home run in the top of the first. I love the way Pujols swings the bat; he has such a wide batting stance that his back foot is out of the batters' box!:

Pujols Swats it Out of the Park

Finally, it was a rainy game (luckly, my seat was in a row that was mostly covered by the section above, so I didn't get very wet), but the rain was mostly gentle and scattered until the 7th and 8th innings, when forboding storm clouds rolled in. Luckily, we didn't get the brunt of the storm (it went mostly south of the stadium), and the game was able to be finished.

Storms at the Stadium

Overall, it was a very good experience, and I'm happy with the way the new Busch Stadium turned out; it is very roomy inside, and everything is freshly painted and finished, making the experience feel comfortable. However, one thing that is lacking in the new stadium is the 'atmosphere' of the old, completely circular Busch Stadium. Based on my limited experience (one game), it looks like it will be much harder to get a continuous wave going in the new stadium. Time will tell, though...