Do Rally Towels make Busch Stadium quieter? I think so
St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay hits an RBI double during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) By Matt Slocum
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo reacts during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) By Matt Slocum
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Takashi Saito throws during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) By Matt Slocum
(KMOV)--- As the Cardinals continue this historic run through the MLB Postseason Busch Stadium has been rocking.
On Wednesday night the Cardinals, spurred on by their Rally Squirrel-Rally Towel waving fans, beat the Brewers 4-3. But I couldn’t help but notice the crowd wasn’t as loud as it was during the Game 4 win over the Phillies in the NLDS. I blame the Rally Towels.
Don’t get me wrong. The crowd was great and cheered non-stop from the first pitch to Jason Motte’s final strike. The yells, screams, grunts, and other boisterous noises filled the Downtown St. Louis air like a sweet, belligerent symphony. The problem is while waving those towels the fans lose one of their biggest noise makers, the good old fashioned hand clap. It’s hard to clap while waving a towel. And those towels waving in front of your face can block you from seeing the action.
I will say from an aesthetic perspective, 44,000 people waving the white towels looks pretty darn cool. And thank goodness the Cardinals didn’t bring back those obnoxious Thunder Stix from the 2006 World Series run. Those things were loud, but awful! But I fear the towels are backfiring a bit as well.
I watched Game 4 of the NLDS with Doug Vaughn of News 4 Sports fame. He commented that during the win over Philly it was the loudest he’d heard the new Busch Stadium. And I agree. But they actually had Rally Towels during that series too, go figure. It was as loud as or louder than Busch during the 2006 World Series wins. I’ve been lucky enough to be inside the stadium for those games and this current series versus the Brewers.
The Rally Towels certainly aren’t rally killers, but in my opinion they are noise killers and view obstructers. I handled the situation during Game 3 by clapping as loudly as I possibly could to make up for my fellow Cardinal fans flinging those towels.
The Cardinals will be handing out 40,000 more Rally Towels for Thursday night’s Game 4. Kyle Lohse gets the start for the Cardinals and Randy Wolf for the Brewers. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.