Archive for 'Old Busch'

Busch Stadium: 11/13/05
Demolition Photos

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

The atmosphere was surreal on this sunny November afternoon. It felt more like a Terminator movie than a baseball stadium. Busch Stadium joins The Arena, Kiel Auditorium, and Sportsman’s Park among the demolished St. Louis historical sports landmarks.

It's still good. It's still good. Oh. Thats much worse. View of Busch Stadium demolition from across the pedestrian bridge
Busch Stadium demolition Busch Stadium demolition Fans gather to watch the demolition of Busch Stadium
Fans gather to watch the demolition of Busch Stadium Busch Stadium demolition Still looking good from Broadway

Busch Stadium: 10/19/05
Cardinals vs Astros

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

This final game at Busch Stadium game wouldn’t have been possible without a 9th inning 3-run homer by Albert Pujols in game 5 at Houston. The crowd came out rocking and the atmosphere was electric early on, but as Oswalt quieted the Cardinals’ bats and the Astros built a lead the finality of the circumstances set it. Everyone stood in the 9th, desperately rooting for another miracle comeback that never came.

View from behind home plate View of outfield manual scoreboard from 1st base side You can see the fans autographs on the right field foul pole
Foul pole View of the first base side lower deck Mulder warms up in right field
Fans walk through the stadium before the game knowing the end is near Entrance to section in outfield upper deck One fan breaks out his Glenn Brummer jersey for the occasion
Pujols gets a standing ovation for his game 5 heroics Down 4 runs with just 3 outs remaining, the Cards fans rise for one final inning Rally caps were not enough on this night
Yadier Molina had the final AB at Busch Stadium Statue of St. Louis Browns legend George Sisler Time to say goodbye to Busch Stadium

Busch Stadium: 10/12/05, 10/13/05
Cardinals vs Astros

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

It seems like ancient history now, but Cardinals dominated game 1 of this series. Reggie Sanders hit a 2-run bomb off Pettitte in the first, and Carpenter drove in Eckstein on a suicide squeeze in the 2nd. Carpenter was sharp on the mound allowing only 2 runs on 5 hits in 8 innings. Game 2 was a different story with Oswalt owning the Cardinals save for a Pujols solo in the 6th.

NLCS intro Look for the squeeze Upper deck outfield manual scoreboard
View from upper-deck left field Isringhausen pitches to Mike Lamb The Cardinals could not get that clutch hit against Oswalt
World Champions flags 1926 1931 1934 1942 1944 1946 1964 1967 1982 Standing room only in front of the outfield manual scoreboard for what could have been the last game ever at Busch Stadium Thundersticks bring bad karma

Busch Stadium: 10/4/05
Cardinals vs Padres

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Reggie Sanders led the way with 6 RBIs in the Cardinals 8-5 win over San Diego in game 1 of their division series. Facing a 3-0 count with the bases loaded in the 5th, Sanders swung away and launched a no-doubter into the left field seats. Carpenter was solid on the mound, while Izzy was his usual seft, making it a little too interesting in the 9th.

View of Old Courthouse and fans meeting around Musial statue The calm before the storm Line-ups are announced
The crowd is into it Carpenter pitched his way in and out of trouble Pujols stands in
Reggie Sanders up with the bases loaded Reggie's got the green light on 3-0 GRAND SLAM!!!
Reggie Sanders rounds 3rd after hitting a grand slam Reggie comes out for his curtain call Izzy makes the crowd sweat, but gets the job done

Busch Stadium: 10/2/05
Cardinals vs Reds

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Matt Morris’ last start at Busch is one he’d like to forget as he allowed 5 runs in 3 innings, but the bullpen came to the rescue and pitched 6 shut-out innings. After the bottom of the order got the Cards back into the game, Reggie Sanders and Chris Duncan each hit solo shots in the 5th to put the Cards up for good. Isringhausen made it interesting in the 9th, but the Cards held on and earned their 100th win in the final game of the regular season.

New stadium progress View of St. Louis skyline as it was on 10/2/05 View from right field upper deck
Hector Luna, So Taguchi, and Reggie Sanders chill in center field during a pitching change It must be October when the arch shadows creep into right field View of arch shadows from right field bleachers
Jim Edmonds comes into the game for the 9th and salutes the fans in the bleachers Jim Edmonds patrols center field Izzy likes to make it interesting, but he usually gets the job done
The Cardinals celebrate their 100th win of the season A photographer stands atop the arches of Busch Stadium The clydesdales take one final lap around Busch Stadium