The World Series was in town. Eep.
The last time this happened, the game was being played in Texas. This time, the games were at Busch. And then the race. And then the Rams at home against the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. So yeah, St Louis was more than a little crowded!
I took the Amtrak again, because driving to St Louis is the most boring thing ever, and my car is a piece of junk these days. I was standing in the boarding line, chatting with the people around me, and the girl behind me looks soooo familiar, but I can't place her. As we walk to the train, we realize that A) we are both double agents (Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics), B) we had the same itinerary for Amtrak, C) we were staying at the same hotel, and D) we both know Dave Mari. So we sat together - having a buddy on a crowded Amtrak train is something that I definitely recommend! Then it turns out - we have actually met before. AND TAKEN A PICTURE TOGETHER! At this race. (She is wearing a purple shirt in the pics!) It is DEFINITELY a small, small world.
So Heidi and I rode the 5 hours on the train together, and then walked to our hotel together. On the way, we spotted a cupcake truck, and stopped for some sweets to bring to our hotel.
|A window ledge perfect for @OrtonPants and his legendary people-watching.|
|Ham & cheese w/ mustard on pretzel bread, w/ homemade chips & pepper-cheese dipping sauce|
After the expo, we went our separate ways. Heidi was taking a dinner cruise on the Mississippi, and I had another destination in mind... a brewery. It wasn't TOO far from my hotel, and I still had my run to do, so I ran there. It was about 1.5 miles away. I sat at the bar, ordered a flight, and chatted with the people around me. I had a nice time. My favorite beer was the Sour Blond - which had a fruity taste, despite not being brewed with fruit at all. Crazy.
With my belly full of beer, I walked back towards my hotel, but took a detour to Busch Stadium on the way. The game was about an hour from start, and I just wanted the World Series experience, since I am convinced that I will never see such a thing in Chicago in my lifetime. (@OrtonPants says that he is going to live forever, and he will never see it either.)
So here is my Busch Stadium walk, in pictures...
|DirecTV blimp over the Scottrade Center (where the Blues play)|
|Sun setting behind the stadium|
|Center field gate|
|People like me, soaking it all in|
|"Ballpark village" that is opening in 2014... looks familiar, no?|
|Humorous sign that makes fun of Boston's ridiculous beards|
|I ate the whole thing! (#TWSS)|