I am not a St. Louis Cardinals fan but I have come to appreciate Busch Stadium. Of all the baseball parks I have been in -- and my wife will tell you that I have been in way too many -- Busch is probably among the worst.
But I will miss it.
I've seen a lot of good games there. I saw Lou Brock gets his 3,000th hit there. I saw the Red Sox win Game 3 of last year's World Series. I saw the Cardinals beat the Astros in Game 1 of this year's NLCS. I saw Terrible Teddy Simmons get tossed from a game after hitting a home run. And one of my greatest memories of a televised game was watching Ted Savage (then of the Cubs) get thrown out at the plate, trying to score from first base on a double in the ninth inning of a 1-0 game that the Cardinals won. That was probably in about 1965, maybe later.
Anyway, Busch is no Fenway or Wrigley or Comiskey (the original). It's not even a Tiger Stadium, County Stadium or PNC Park (great place, by the way). But it was the home to a lot of good teams and players from what I must admit is a great baseball franchise.
And Busch actually became a better place in the mid-90s, when the yanked out the Astroturf, reconfigured the seats, took out the centerfield seats in the upper deck and changed the scoreboards.
Plus, the arches -- a salute to the nearby Gateway Arch -- around the upper rim of the stadium have always been a fine architectural feature.
So, adios, Busch Stadium II. Next year, it's Busch Stadium III. But not on KMOX -- and I'll miss that too. That's too much tradition lost in one year for me. And I'm a Cubs fan.
If you have any fond memories of Busch Stadium, please add them here.