June 19, 2015
Heading back south toward the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill, we heard from Carla Bunny with an update on our scheduled AA game in Springfield. If the rain subsides, the Cardinals are set to play two games tonight at Hammons Field. That’s bonus baseball to end the GoGoCards Roadtrip!
There’s plenty of ways to spend time on a 10-hour road trip.
Splitting the drive into three shifts from Minnesota, we listened to Jim Marrs discuss global elites’ plans to limit world population on a Coast to Coast broadcast. We also took turns spinning the tunes from Ned’s digital collection and enjoyed a buffet lunch at the Ameristar Casino in KC. Before long we were on the E. Chestnut Parkway passing the ballpark and checking into the University Plaza Hotel. No doubt, this is the place to stay if you’re going to a Cardinals game in Springfield with its classic ’70s style, indoor and outdoor pools, and proximity to Hammons Field.
With a rainout last night, the Cards and Northwest Travelers were scheduled to play two 7-inning games, bonus baseball! We arrived 3rd inning of the first game with the Royals Chris Medlen on the mound in a rehab start, still making a comeback from Tommy John surgery last year. We bought $14 tickets in the lower box seats and went straight down to the rows behind home plate where Cardinal and Royals scouts were tracking the game.
A visit to the farm club is a perfect option to include on a big league road trip; we’ve seen the Memphis Redbirds on a few trips but this was our first time seeing the Cardinals AA affiliate from the Texas League. This is pro baseball at it’s minor league best!
Box seats ring the field from foul pole to foul pole, picnic seating on the grass is available beyond both left and right field walls, and suites bring in the revenue for the parent Cardinal organization which has own the club since 2005. Best yet is the major league scoreboard in left that tracks the St. Louis Cards game pitch by pitch like MLB’s GameDay or a nifty phone app. As the Springfield team mounted a comeback in the first game, we watched the Cards put on a hit parade at Philadelphia. Looking at the board in the 5th, the Cards had the bases loaded looking to add to a 5-0 lead over the Phillies.
In Springfield the Cardinals had their bats on as well, tying the game in the seventh and winning on a walk-off hit in the 9th inning. Two walk-offs in two days on the Roadtrip. Holy Cow!
The night cap was explosive too! As the Cards went down 4-0 early in the game it looked like the highlight was going to be the Skipper Races between innings where Hall of Fame racers LaRussa, Schoendienst, and Herzog circle the perimeter of the field. Instead, the Cardinals hit three 3-run homers in the fourth to score 9 runs and put the game out of reach.
Go Go Cards!