Fumbles and bumbles • David Freese flipped over a railing and Nick Punto missed a ball. The third inning of Game 6 of the World Series was less than graceful. And then there was the fourth inning … (Photos by Charlie Riedel and Matt Slocum / Associated Press)
11 in ‘11? • Tony Veal of St. Louis wore his own Cardinals uniform to the pep rally outside Busch Stadium on Thursday. A Cardinals win tonight in Game 6 against the Texas Rangers will force a Game 7 on Friday. (Photo by Laurie Skrivan / email@example.com) See more photos »
Pour excuse • Game 6 of the World Series was postponed until tonight due to the forecast for rain. First pitch is tonight at 7:05 at Busch Stadium; Game 6 tickets will be honored tonight. If there’s a Game 7, it will be played Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Busch Stadium. The postponement gave players an extra day of rest — 24 additional hours of recuperation, which could help those with injuries.
Two bad • Three outs shy of taking command of a pitching-heavy World Series, the Cardinals denied themselves momentum and their starting pitcher justice in a 2-1 hard fall to the Texas Rangers in Game 2 at Busch Stadium.
Quicktime • 24-hours at Busch Stadium, in less than 2 minutes.
Series business • A crew paints the World Series logo along the first base line at Busch Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Cardinals take on the Texas Rangers Wednesday in Game 1 of the World Series. (Photo by Christian Goodenfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Ruffled feathers • The Cardinals had 12 hits to just seven for Philadelphia, but pinch-hitter Ben Francisco’s three-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Phillies a 3-2 victory Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, and a 2-1 lead in their National League division series. Albert Pujols and Ryan Theriot each had four hits for the Cardinals, who left 14 runners on base in the game.
Game 4 starts at 5 tonight.
Without a doubt, Tuesday night’s Cardinals game was squirrely.
It was the bottom of the sixth inning in the (so far) scoreless NLDS Game 3 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. Cardinals second baseman Ryan Theriot was at the plate when a squirrel streaked across the field, delaying the game.
Theriot hit a single during his at-bat, but the Cards did not score during the inning and ended up losing the game, 3-2. The squirrel, however, lives on (where else?) as @BuschSquirrel on Twitter. “We need to win, im not ready to hibernate yet,” he tweeted during the game.
The Cardinals have had previous run-ins with squirrels at Busch Stadium. On Sept. 4, 2007, a squirrel rushed the field from the Cardinals bullpen. Stadium officials captured it near the Pirates’ dugout, but the squirrel was persistent and jumped into the stands. Eventually, he was caught and released outside the stadium. He became known as the Rally Squirrel — the Cards won that game, 6-2.
The Cardinals will try to best the Phillies again tonight in Game 4. No word yet from the squirrel on his plans. (Photos by J.B. Forbes and Chris Lee)
The uniformed soldier was waiting to board a bus about 9 p.m. in a parking lot in the 800 block of Cerre Street near Busch Stadium when he felt a “thud” to his shoulder, police said.– A soldier was hit by a bullet after Saturday’s Cardinals game. The bullet didn’t penetrate his uniform, but did draw a small amount of blood. Police recovered a bullet at the scene, but were not sure whether it was the same bullet that hit the soldier.
Field of dreams • When the Cardinals return home to face the Houston Astros on Monday, once again they will be playing on a vibrant — and entirely new — natural grass field at Busch Stadium. At least, that’s the plan. This week’s heat wave will complicate it.