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If Cards Can Reach Second Round, Downtown Businesses Will Rejoice

Brett Blume
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David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a two-run RBI triple to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a two-run RBI triple to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  It came down to the wire, but the St. Louis Cardinals drive for “12 in ’12″ is still alive, and if they can reach the second round of the playoffs it will start paying big economic dividends for the entire region.

Donna Andrews with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission says every post-season game played at Busch Stadium creates a $2 million boost for the local economy as fans stay in hotels, eat at local restaurants and party at downtown bars.

“Because they’re not only here for the baseball game, they’re trying to complete the entire experience,” Andrews tells KMOX News.

Of course that’s all contingent on the Cardinals knocking off the Braves during their one-game showdown Friday in Atlanta, something that Andrews sounds like she’s already counting on.

“This is like a gift, an early Christmas gift for the St. Louis,” she says. “With the Cardinals once again entering the post-season, everyone’s happy. The restaurants are happy, the hotels are happy.”

If (or when, according to die-hard fans) the Cards knock off the Braves, they would host at least two post-season games, both against the Washington Nationals on Sunday and Monday.

But first things first — the Cards-Braves wild-card game can be heard on KMOX Friday, with pre-game at 3:12 pm and first pitch set for 4:07.

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