The past couple of weeks have been a great boost for St. Louis. Not only did we celebrate winning the Stanley Cup, but we celebrated that win in huge “Bleed Blue” fashion.
Our St. Louis Blues players returned home with the cup and a love for their St. Louis fans. Although tired and ready for rest, they stopped to speak to the press at 3 am on the tarmac and showed up at a local bar to celebrate with their fans.
The parade downtown and rally under the arch was well run and the fans showed up in the tens of thousands. It was a sea of blue under the arch. People were in a good mood and there were no reports of violence of any kind. Everyone got along and celebrated together.
Fast forward…I attended a Cardinals baseball game last Friday night. We were playing the Los Angeles Angels. Albert Pujols was returning to Busch Stadium for the first time since playing for the Red Birds. Getting in to the stadium was not easy prior to this game. It was packed outside, much like before a world series game.
I would say, 1 in 10 people had a “Pujols” jersey on. This was an incredible night. Every time Albert Pujols came up to bat for the Angels, the entire stadium stood up and cheered loudly for him. You could tell from his body language that it was a humbling experience. I don’t think he expected to be greeted as such. The crowd went wild. In all my years of attending Cardinals games, I have never witnessed this oneness of a stadium to cheer for a player on the opposing team. I do, however, remember many times booing for ex-Cardinals players. This night was magical. It brought tears to my eyes in fact.
Deidre Pujols (Albert's wife) on Albert Pujols homering and getting a standing ovation at Busch: "That probably was the most special thing I have seen in his whole career."
St. Louis is a great town and we have certainly had our fair share of negative news in recent years but what I have witnessed this past month has been restorative. I love this town and I proudly call it home. We have so much to offer and we obviously know how to greet our beloved sports heroes.
Love is what makes the world go around. Spread a little bit of it today.