ST. LOUIS (AP) — The unseasonably warm weather offered a whiff of a Midwest summer night, but the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 World Series loss Wednesday to the Boston Red Sox provided disappointed fans back home with a final reminder of the finality of baseball in the late fall.
With a potentially decisive midweek matchup 1,200 miles away in Fenway Park, many Cards fans opted to watch from the comfort of their couches. At The 360 St. Louis, a downtown hotel rooftop bar that overlooks Busch Stadium, seats were readily available at the bar and in the dining room throughout the game.
Some tourists favored the 26th-floor view of the Gateway Arch over the play-by-play of a third consecutive loss in a series that earlier looked like it could have ended at Busch after the Cardinals won two of the first three games.
“It’s pretty quiet in here,” said Coltier Blakely of Mexico, Mo., who was in town for a statewide meeting of community college administrators.
It was a season that in many ways exceeded expectations, with yet another sustained playoff run — the team’s 10th postseason appearance in 14 years — fueled by a bevy of talented rookies and other young players groomed from within after a successful 2009 amateur draft. The Cardinals were aiming for the second World Series win in three years and their third since 2006.
Instead, the Red Sox became the first team to win three World Series this century, following wins in 2004 and 2007.
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