To my (great) disappointment, the National League lost another all-star game tonight. There’s not really much to say other than that it was a close game, and that the pitching and defense were very strong. For both teams.
Even though “my” team lost I loved watching the game being played in Busch Stadium with that sea of red-dressed fans in the stands. The grounds crew did an incredible job with the infield, cutting the Arch and the Old Courthouse into the grass. It was really striking, especially for a St. Louis native.
I also got a chill seeing all those former Cardinals on the field: Bob Gibson, Red Schoendienst, Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock, Bruce Sutter, and of course Stan Musial, who handed the first pitch ball to Barack Obama, who then threw the ball, over the plate to Albert Pujols.
So, it was a good night for baseball, and for St. Louis, even if the National League didn’t win.