My family and I went to two ballparks in the summer of 2013, Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. 

Busch Stadium was the first park we visited, and it set the bar high. 

Busch Stadium is one of the newest parks in the Major Leagues. On April 10, 2006, the Cardinals opened their new 46,000 seat retro-style downtown ballpark with a 6-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. 

The Cardinals also became the first team in almost 100 years to win a World Series Championship in the inaugural season of a new ballpark. 

The new Busch Stadium hosted the 80th MLB All-Star Game, in July 2009. 

The park is one of the prettiest stadiums we’ve been to. If you sit high enough in the stadium, which we did, you can see the St. Louis skyline and the famous Gateway Arch. 

We were only in St. Louis for a few hours, and one of the main things we wanted to do was go to the top of the Gateway Arch. 

I’m terrified of heights, so being at the top of the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere was more than unsettling. 

But the view down into Busch Stadium is something I’ll never forget. 

Nowhere else in the world can a person look at a stadium from that point of view. 

On July 19, 2013 the Cardinals played the San Diego Padres. 

The Cardinals were the best team in the National League that season, and they would eventually go on to lose to the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 World Series. 

The Cardinals beat the Padres by a score of 9-6 that night. Busch Stadium was full, almost 44,000 fans attended the game. 

There are a few things I remember from that game in St. Louis. 

We got a really cool Ozzie Smith bobblehead. The Wizard is standing beside all 13 of his Gold Gloves. 

I have to say, it is definitely one of the best bobbleheads I’ve gotten at a game, and it is way better than the Johnny Damon bobblehead I got at Tropicana Field. 

The other thing I remember is that the Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook had three hits in the game, including a double, with an RBI and two runs scored. 

Busch Stadium is still one of the best parks in the game, and I can’t wait to get back. 

One deck is Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. 

 

› Brad Nevels is a staff writer for the Jackson County Sentinel. He is on a quest to visit every MLB Stadium and is writing about his experiences at each MLB stadium he has visited. Contact him via email at brad.nevels@jcsentinel.com.

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