Category: St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals HOF Inductees on Cardinals Museum

Base-Stealing Legend, Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock. Pic via Robert Rohe, rrohe.com

Base-Stealing Legend, Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock. Pic via Robert Rohe, rrohe.com

The St. Louis Cardinals fans have a lot to be proud of. A Championship-calibre team, a thriving baseball city, Hall-of-Fame alumni like Lou Brock & Ozzie Smith, and now, a world-class facility called Ballpark Village, which features a series of bars and restaurants, new seating decks in left field (across the street from Busch Stadium), and a new Cardinals Hall-of-Fame and Museum. In a recent series of interviews, I connected with Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Chris Carpenter, and Museum Designer Kelly Giles. You can listen to my review of the facility, the weekend, and some clips from the aforementioned interviews here.

You can check out more pics from Ballpark Village and the stadium in a recent blog post, here.

Kelly Giles , graphic designer from PGAV Destinations planned and designed the Museum, you can learn more about them here.

Ozzie Smith on Twitter: @STLWizard

Cardinals 2014 Home Opener & Ballpark Museum Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Busch Stadium at Night

Busch Stadium at Night

Listen to my interviews with Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Chris Carpenter, and Cards Museum designer Kelly Giles.

I rode the metro link from my hotel and got off right at the foot of the stadium. It was the night before the Cardinals home opener, as well as the official ribbon cutting for Ballpark Village’s Museum and Cardinals Hall of Fame. There’s something special about a baseball stadium at night. It could be the stories it holds. It could also be the excitement in the air, and the anticipation of another potentially successful season for the baseball-crazed city.

Cards fans camp out in hopes of getting home opener tickets.

Cards fans camp out in hopes of getting home opener tickets.

I took some time to admire the bronze statue of Stan Musial, then continued my walk and stopped to check out more statues honouring Cardinal greats, some of whom I would be interviewing the following day.

Stan The Man

Stan The Man

The Greatest Cardinal Ever.

The Greatest Cardinal Ever.

Cardinals Greats

Cardinals Greats

Upon approaching Ballpark Village, I heard a familiar voice. ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball was being broadcast on the giant outdoor screen, so of course it was Dan Shulman I was hearing. Dan was a guest on my show last year, you can listen to that here. What a terrific spot to watch ball games, especially when the weather is nice!

Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village

There was a brief press conference the following morning, and the official ribbon cutting for the museum. After being the first official group to tour the museum (along with the inductees), I had the opportunity to interview Tony La Russa, Lou Brock, and Ozzie Smith. I made friends with a local photographer, Robert Rohe, who was kind enough to snap these great shots for me.

Interviewing 2014 HOF Inductee Tony La Russa. Pic via Robert Rohe, rrohe.com

Interviewing 2014 HOF Inductee Tony La Russa. Pic via Robert Rohe, rrohe.com

Base-Stealing Legend, Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock. Pic via Robert Rohe, rrohe.com

Base-Stealing Legend, Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock. Pic via Robert Rohe, rrohe.com

I even managed to grab former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, and Cardinals 2006 & 2011 World Series Champ Chris Carpenter for an interview. Following my interview, he bravely ventured downstairs and through a sea of Cardinals fans. Can you spot him? It’s like playing a giant game of “Where’s Waldo”.

Cardinals Ballpark Village has one of the largest TV's I've ever seen!

Cardinals Ballpark Village has one of the largest TV’s I’ve ever seen!

Despite the steady rain that had been falling all day, the Cardinals home opener commenced. The “Cardinals Nation” boasts a strong following of some pretty serious fans. In St. Louis, baseball is #1. After what I witnessed, I would say it’s really a culture. Cards fans take their baseball seriously. One group of young fans I made friends with snapped this great shot for me from a balcony in Ballpark Village. You can see what a terrific view you get of the field from across the street.

Pic via Christina

Pic via Christina

Overall, I would have to put Busch Stadium & Ballpark Village toward the top of my list of “must-see” baseball destinations. Regardless of whether or not you are a Cardinals fan, touring through the museum and Cards Hall of Fame is a real treat, and you can grab a frosty beverage from any number of happening spots to watch the game live, or on any number of ridiculously large televisions.

Cardinals Ballpark Village

Those seats under the “Cardinals Nation” sign are in Ballpark Village across the street!

To learn more about Busch Stadium and the hot spots to visit in St. Louis, Alicia from Ballparksonabudget.com did a review of Busch Stadium in 2012.

Also, my good friend Malcolm from Theballparkguide.com has plans to visit Busch Stadium in the future. Malcolm was a guest on my show recently, you can listen to that here.