You may be wondering if we attend any St. Louis Cardinals games. Of all the ballparks I have been to, St. Louis is the closest drive to me other than Indianapolis (2.5 hours vs 2 hours). You would think we would go to a handful of games each year, but that has not been the case. The last game we went to was in the spring of 2015. My son and I left a dance competition early to catch an afternoon game. Since we hit all the Cardinals minor league teams already this year, he wanted to go to Cardinals game to say he hit them all.
I found two seats in the top row above the Cardinals bullpen for last Friday's game on Stubhub for $30 each. My wife and daughter chose to attend a swimming party, so it was just us boys. We choose Friday's game for 2 reasons. The giveaway was a 1967 World Series replica trophy for adults, while it was Academy Sports autograph night. The first 100 children 15 and under get autographs from 2 current players. After that, 2 former players sign for all fans for 45 minutes. I knew a couple of weeks ago that Scott Cooper and Kyle McClellan were the alumni, but it was not until Thursday evening that I found out Alex Reyes and Carson Kelly were signing for the kids. We arrived about an hour before the gates opened. My son ended up with ticket #24.
Earlier in July we got Kelly to sign a 2016 Futures Game ball at a Triple A game in Nashville. This time we used a ROMLB. I love the way he included his uniform in the loop. I hope Kelly is in the majors for good this time. He may only play once a week, but he should benefit from watching Molina play in person.
We had some time to kill before the alumni signed, so we watched the end of the Diamondbacks batting practice. Not even 5 minutes after getting to our seats, one of the Diamondback coaches tossed my son a ball.
After BP, it was back to the alumni line where we waited maybe 10 minutes.