Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Even though I don't pay much attention to baseball, especially with the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs currently are playing, I agreed to see the Cardinals game. It would be our first baseball game this season. My husband informed me at around 10:30 a.m. saying that his boss gave him 4 tickets for the game at 7:15 p.m. (Tuesday, April 19th). These are good seats right behind home plate and about 11 rows up from the field. (The same seats that we used after I just had a root canal in the morning and chomping hotdogs and nachos later while watching the game!)

As we sat down in our seats, the workers began putting the tarf on the field (top photo). Looking up at the jumbotron (above photo) we saw the warning that severe thunderstrom was heading our way. The sky was getting darker and darker every second (below photo).

When the wind started to pick up, blowing debris around, we decided that it was time to find a safe spot inside the stadium. Within seconds, the heavy rain started to pour down and the sky was pitch black that you could hardly see the arch (below photo). The siren went off warning possible tornadoes. We found a good spot near a consession stand and the bathrooms. Everyone was calm, eating, drinking, chatting away, waiting for the storm to be over.

I was not happy that I gave up watching the Canucks v. Blackhawks game. I checked my phone and was surprised that the Blackhawks was up 3-1 in the 2nd period. The Canucks was beaten up real bad and lost 2-7.

The storm tapered off around 8:10 p.m. but the rain and significant lightning still persisted. When the heavy rain finally stopped and no strong wind, we decided to leave. We had an umbrella and our car was in the garage, so we did not get too wet. The game was not called off until after 9:30 p.m.

The tickets were free but it cost us $15 for parking and $25 for food. The Cardinals had a makeup game the next day, Wednesday, April 20th, for a double-header. Fans could either go to the 12:15 p.m. game or get tickets for another Monday thru Thursday game.

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