Brother-in-Law Don Riley wanted to catch the Cardinal – Marlins Spring Training opening game at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL., today. I think the last baseball game I attended was the year the Marlins won their first World Series. After all the players were sold off, I lost interest in the team.
Mostly a geezer crowd
Closer to Schoendiest than Pujols
Most of the crowd, in fact, was closer in age to Hall of Famer Red Schoendiest than Albert Pujols, who was warming up in the first picture.. Everybody cheered when the announcer said the temperature in St. Louis was 36 degrees and the temperature in Jupiter (the town not the planet) was in the low 80s.
Serious Cardinal fans
Seventh Inning Stretch
The fans offered up a rousing rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh inning stretch. The woman who sang the Star Spangled Banner had a pleasant voice, but Don and I thought she had a word wrong and left out a line of the song. It was close enough, though, that she got applauded when she was done. She did a better job that I could have done.
Cardinal red dominated
A great day in the sun
The Cards were behind from the very first inning in their 6-3 loss to the Marlins, but it was still a great day at the ball park. The temperatures were a bit warm, but there was a gentle breeze that kept things from getting uncomfortable.