The Cardinals always travel well, so they say, and preliminary observation of the crowd one hour before first pitch suggests that what they say is true. There is a lot of red, only for once it's not Red Sox fans, so that's an improvement over the usual. Tonight's game, Friday night against a top-tier team that travels well, is one of the most expensive regular season games of the season. It's probably going to sell out.
You know it's a big deal when all of the local TV stations are set up on the field trying to do spots for the 6 o'clock news. You'd almost think it was some kind of preseason game or something. No, this one counts. It counts so much that Tom Verducci is prowling the field as I write these words.
There are going to be fireworks and lasers after the game. I hope the game doesn't suck.
|ST. LOUIS CARDINALS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Matt Carpenter - 3B||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Kolten Wong - 2B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Matt Holliday - DH||Adam Jones - CF|
|Matt Adams - 1B||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Jhonny Peralta - SS||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Oscar Taveras - RF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|A.J. Pierzynski - C||Ryan Flaherty - 2B|
|Jon Jay - LF||David Lough - LF|
|Peter Bourjos - CF||Nick Hundley - C|
|Justin Masterson - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|