It was back to St Louis for our next game. Arriving in St Louis, we were able to take in some of the sites including the Gateway Arch, the former site of Sportsman’s Park, the former site of Busch Stadium, the monuments.
This was to be out most memorable game of the trip, the Padres at the Cardinals. This was the game that started what can turn out to be one of the greatest comebacks of all-time. It was the return of former pitching phenom Rick Ankiel as a power hitting outfielder. I still have the goose bumps from his 3 run homerun that brought the crowd to its feet (again) and demanded a curtain call. Having witnessed the trials and tribulations of his start at Shea Stadium in the 2000 play-offs, this was unbelievable. The offense combined with fine pitching by Joel Pineiro led to a 5-0 shutout.
Day 3: Back on a plane and off to Arlington. We got there in time to visit the Legends Museum and the Dr. Pepper Youth Ballpark at the Ballpark in Arlington. Another warm one (still over 100 degrees) and off to another game – this time, the Devil Rays at the Rangers. Before the game, we enjoyed the Rangers alumni game, even though I must admit, there were some alumni that even I didn’t recognize.
Frank Catalanotto was the star of the game, hitting a 3-run home run and knocking in 5 runs. But it was B.J. Upton made #1 on the ESPN Top 10 with a diving grab of a line drive.
Remaining stadium count down to 3.