September 9th, 2012

9-8-12 (@ St. Louis)

I forgot to mention one thing from the marathon of a game that was Friday-Saturday. While sitting in the stands at 1:55 AM (during the 13th inning) my phone rang. I looked down and it was my Grandpa and Grandma’s number. I answered and it was my 85-year-old Grandfather on the phone, Wally. I asked what he was doing up so late (early) and he said he tuned in during the 7th inning and got intrigued. This is significant because Wally isn’t a big baseball fan, and in the past has compared watching baseball to “watching paint dry.” I think the fact that he knows I’m at every game and have devoted so much time to attending Brewers games and cheering on my team that it has kind of rubbed off on him. I know that you’re reading Grandpa, so I just want to say thank you for your support! And Happy Grandparent’s Day to you and Rosalie!

When I was trying to upload my pictures for Friday’s game onto my computer my memory card reader quit working. I knew I would need a replacement so when I woke up at 9:30 on Saturday I ate breakfast at the hotel and then drove to a Best Buy that was 9 miles away. When I returned to the hotel I worked on the blog and watched some college football. Around 4:00 PM I left for the game and stopped at Jimmy Johns for a late lunch/early dinner. I went with the Turkey Tom and it was delicious as always.

I got to the will call windows at 4:45 and was inside the park shortly thereafter. I don’t remember if I had included an image of the old scoreboard from Busch Memorial Stadium in an earlier St. Louis post but here’s another one anyways. Busch Memorial Stadium, commonly called Busch Stadium, or Busch Stadium II, was home to the Cardinals from 1966 to 2005.

On my way to the upper deck I stopped behind home plate on the second, or maybe third level. This picture is looking out from above the home plate entrance.

When I got to the upper deck I found a good spot to get game photo number 139 taken. I had asked two guys if one of them would be willing to take a picture for me. The one asked the other if they should help out a Brewers fan. Once I told him that I was going to all the games and raising awareness for Be The Match he gladly helped out (and he probably would have anyways). Afterwards I told him and his friend more about Be The Match and joining the registry.

I walked around in the upper deck for a bit and came across one of the many mini arches that are scattered throughout Busch Stadium. I believe this one is honoring all the players who have had their numbers retired by the team.

I went down to the 200 level where my seat in the Red Birds Club was. This is the (sweet) wallpaper that they have on the walls.

I got to my seat in section 253 and got situated for the game. Jake Westbrook was on the hill for the Cardinals and he got the game started by throwing a first pitch ball to Aoki.

Fiers got the start for the Brewers and he pitched a good game (albeit only 5 innings). Here he is about to unleash the first pitch of his outing.

In the top of the 2nd the Brewers struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on a bunt by Carlos Gomez that drove in Aramis Ramirez. Westbrook appeared to pitch around Bianchi and issued a four pitch walk. I was telling the guy next to me that he likely pitched around Bianchi because Fiers was not very good at the plate. Coming into the game Fiers was 1 for 25 with 15 strikeouts, and the one hit was a bunt single. Fiers quickly went down 0-2 in the count but he got a pitch to hit with the two strike offering and grounded a base hit up the middle that reached the outfield grass. Lucroy scored and Bianchi wound up at 3rd, and Fiers 2nd. Here’s Fiers after getting his first major league RBI. Nice job, Mike!

The 2-0 lead didn’t last long and the Cardinals pulled to within one in the bottom of the 2nd. In the top of the 3rd Corey Hart reached on an error and Ryan Braun scored the Brewers’ third run of the ballgame. At some point I went up into the concourse and got one of these:

It’s a big-boy pig in a blanket, if you will. They call it a “Bratzel” on the menu and it was pretty good. I’m not sure it was worthy of the $6.75 price tag but I figured I should give it a try regardless. They wanted $2 for a cheese cup so I opted for a little bit of ketchup that I just dipped the Bratzel in. FYI: I will be counting the Bratzel as a Bratwurst in the sausage stats.

In the top of the 7th inning Rickie Weeks hit a solo home run to lead off the frame. Here he is heading back to the dugout after giving the Crew a 4-1 lead.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the 7th inning for the Brewers and gave up a run to make it a 4-2 game. In the bottom of the 8th Jim Henderson walked the leadoff man… again. Molina doubled and the Cards had runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. Henderson gave up a sacrifice fly but then got a strikeout and a pop out to end the inning without giving up the lead.

The Brewers padded the 1-run lead in the top of the 9th inning. Ramirez connected for a one-out solo home run and Gomez later singled home Hart. Here’s Ramirez rounding third after his 22nd home run of the season:

Axford entered in the bottom of the 9th and retired three of the four batters he faced. Final Score: Brewers 6 – Cardinals 3. Here’s Axford about to throw the final pitch of the game:

With the win the Brewers pulled to within 1 game of .500 and are now 5 games back of the second wild card spot. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s, errrrr, today’s finale. It’s past 1:15 AM as I write this and I need to get some sleep. After the game tomorrow I’ll be driving right back to Wisconsin to get ready for the three game series with the Braves that starts on Monday night.

Go. Brewers. Go.

Personal Stats:

Daily Stats:

Time inside Busch Stadium: 5 hours 6 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 5 hours 11 minutes
Driving miles: 18.8
Sausages: 1 (Bratzel)
Pitches missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (334/334)
Current streak of pitches seen: 1,203

Season Stats:

Brewers current record: 69-70 (.496 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 591 hours 19 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 691 hours 50 minutes
Miles driven: 16,357.4
Miles riding in car but not driving: 2,191.8
Public transit miles: 469.0
Flight miles: 19,777
Total distance traveled: 38,795.1 miles
Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 155.80% (38,795.1/24,901)
Sausages: 89 (35 Hot Dogs, 30 Polish, 9 Bratwurst, 5 Corndogs, 2 Italian, 2 Cheddarwurst, 2 Bison Dogs, Chicken Apple Sausage, Blueberry & Merlot Venison Sausage, Sausage Race on a Stick, Elk Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage)
Pitches missed: 96
Longest streak of pitches seen: 2,192 (8/27 – 9/3)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.77% (41,557/41,653)

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