(KMOV)-- There’s something to be said about a Cardinals game in late September-early October. There’s nothing like throwing on a pair of jeans and a warm Cardinals sweatshirt and heading down to Busch with some friends. Though the weather might be a bit chilly, there’s a warm buzz of energy roaming throughout the restaurants, bars, streets, and of course inside the stadium. People are in great moods, high fiving one another as they walk through the streets before and after the games. Early fall in downtown St. Louis is a fun place to be…usually. This fall around the stadium, inside the stadium, couldn’t be more of the opposite.
I went Monday’s game against Pittsburgh with some friends, and while I didn’t expect there to be a playoff buzz around the stadium I certainly didn’t expect to encounter the lifeless atmosphere which I did. Before the game, we went to couple of venues to meet some other friends, and when I walked in I felt as if I was on a golf course and someone was putting. About 15 people stood around, with beverages in hand (certainly they needed a few to get through this season), all with clueless looks on their faces like ‘why am I down here, and how did this once promising season turn so out badly?’
Once inside it only got worse. Walking through the concourses was similar to walking through a library; seriously it was extremely extremely quiet. I pictured my grade school librarian coming up to me and telling me to keep it down if I was talking too loudly.
All in all, the Cardinals did win the game 6-4, in fact, Matt Holliday hit a two run home run, but as I looked around at fans cheering Holliday, it was bittersweet to me. The applause was sincere but I couldn’t help say to myself, “why the clapping, shouldn’t we be standing and applauding for more than this, more than a victory over the Pirates?” But then I realized, after October 3rd, the yelling and cheering would have to come to an end, because the season would come to an end, an end to a long, frustrating, disappointing season.