Our trip to the World Series!

As mentioned in our previous post, ‘Cats Intern rewarded…heading to World Series, 2011 Merchandise Intern and current Siena Student Tom Carmona won a trip to games one and two of the World Series in St. Louis. He went along with ValleyCats Fan Development Manager Michelle Skinner.

Below is Michelle’s recap of the trip:

On the morning of Tuesday, October 18 I set off for St. Louis for Games 1 & 2 of the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.  Merchandise Intern, Tom Carmona and I won the trip through the “Going for the Goal” promotion held by Minor League Baseball.

We had to take separate flights due to Tom’s afternoon midterm exam so I traveled from Albany to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.  After a short layover and some lunch, I made my way to St. Louis.  (Unfortunately Tom’s travels were not as smooth.  Delayed from Albany, he missed his connection in Philadelphia and spent the night in the airport; arriving in St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon.)

When I landed in St. Louis, I took a short “MetroLink” ride to the Stadium station.  MetroLink is a small train system that runs through St. Louis from the airport, across the Mississippi, to Illinois.  The train let me off right at Busch Stadium.  From the corner I could see the stadium, The Arch, and the Millennium Hotel.

The hotel was a short, two block walk from Busch Stadium and our rooms overlooked the Mississippi River and Arch.

After checking into the hotel, I did a little exploring.  First order of business was to research the merchandise.  I stopped by the Cardinals Team Store and walked to the Scottrade Center, home of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues.

Both stores were very impressive and offered some great ideas for SouthPaw’s Den.

Following those visits, I then walked through Union Station, which was once one of the world’s largest and busiest train stations, but in the early 80’s was converted into a shopping center, entertainment complex and hotel.

I read about the history of St. Louis as the Gateway to the West and then headed back towards the river for dinner in historic Laclede’s Landing (http://lacledeslanding.com).  “The Landing” is St. Louis’ oldest district and happens to be where the city was founded.  Fittingly, I had the “St. Louis Baseball Steak” at Jake’s Steaks (http://www.dinejakes.com).

Wednesday morning, while Tom flew from Philadelphia, to North Carolina, and finally to St. Louis, I went to the top of The Arch and ate lunch at Pappy’s Smokehouse (http://pappyssmokehouse.com), St Louis’ best BBQ joint.



After finally meeting up with Tom, we headed for the Pre-game Block Party outside Busch Stadium.

pre game block part oct 18 1

line waiting to get in

After entering the stadium, we were excited to watch the Tarp Crew remove the tarp from the field.

Oct 19 - Tarp Crew

Oct 19 - Game One - Tom & Michelle

Tom and I

Oct 19 - Game One

The facility is top-notch and the entire staff were friendly and helpful. The Cardinals run a great operation. Game 1 was an exciting game and the crowd went crazy at the final out.

view from our seats

View from our seats

Flag unfurreled

Big flag unfurled in the outfield

national anthem game 1

National Anthem

Texas takes the field

St Louis Wins Game 1

St. Louis wins Game 1

On Thursday, Tom and I went to the top of The Arch (my second trip in as many days!).

Oct 20 - Tom & Michelle in Arch

Oct 20 - Stadium through Arch Window

We then ate lunch at Landry’s Seafood, and then hopped a bus to tour Anheuser-Busch.  This free tour is a “don’t miss” attraction for anyone visiting St. Louis.

Oct 20 - Brewery USE FIRST

Oct 20 - Anheuser Busch Brewery 1

Oct 20 - Anheuser Busch 2

Oct 20 - Anheuser Busch Brewhouse 3

Oct 20 - 1,300 Bottles per Minute 4

This machine turns 1,300 bottles per minute!

Oct 20 - Anheuser Busch Wagon of Baseballs 5

Anheuser Busch Wagon of Baseballs

Oct 20 - Budweiser Horse Stables 6

Clydsedale Horse Stables

We finished our tour and returned to the hotel just in time to make our way to the stadium for Game Two! Greeting us outside were the Budweiser Clydesdales!

Oct 20 - Clydesdales at Busch Stadium 2 Use Last

WS ticket

game 2 first pitches

Red Schoendienst and Lou Brock throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2

After the win, the Cards fans were out in full-force.  Although it was another great game to watch, it was a tough loss for the Cardinals.

Game two final score

The fans cleared out quick:

Game 2 stadium cleared

After the game, Tom and I were invited by Eliot Runyon, MiLB Licensing Director, to attend the Post Game Hospitality Party upstairs. The next morning, we were on our way back to Albany. A great trip overall and definitely a rewarding experience!

I’ll leave you all with a shot of The Arch at Sunrise:

Arch after the game


(Michelle can be reached at 518-629-2287 Ext. 15 or at michelleskinner@tcvalleycats.com)


Great pictures, Michelle! Congrats on winning the trip!

I’m jealous, but glad you guys had a great time!

Thanks for the pix. Looks like you had a well-deserved great experience. Hard work does pay off.

Congrats, Michelle and Tom. What a wonderful experience. Can’t wait to see what great ideas you have for Southpaw’s Den! See you in the spring!

what great pictures michelle and tom i was lucky in 2000 to attend game one of the subway series i bet pappys smokehoue was great keep up the good work like everyone else in the front office

Any way to view the game photos in large size? Clicking them takes you to a private flickr page.

Yes Scott,

Check out our ‘Cats Camera page…you can download photos for free.

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