Wednesday, July 15, 2009

All-Star Week!

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The All-Star game was last night, and even though the NL choked AGAIN, the people of St. Louis had a grand old time.

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I didn't get to go to the game, but yesterday afternoon me and my fiance's four year old son went downtown to revel in baseball heaven. We watched the All Star parade, he got to bat some balls, and we even caught a glimpse of a few legendary Cardinals players. After that, we went to the top of the Arch, his first time. Needless to say, the kid was enthralled all day long.

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I also got to experience City Garden for the first time, and I have to say that I really dig the little park. Its an ambitious project, and I hope that it succeeds.

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Even though it was somewhat fleeting, I really think that the All-Star Game brought St. Louis together. For a few days, we were the spotlight of a national audience, and for the most part, we put our best foot forward.

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The excitement in the air was electrifying. I'm not really even a huge baseball fan, but even I caught the spirit once we stepped off the Metrolink at Stadium Station. And even though he's pretty young and doesn't really even know what baseball is, the little dude had a great time. I figured that this might be a once in a lifetime event, and that he might dig on it when he's older.

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It was great to see so many people downtown. City Garden was being enjoyed by children and adults alike. The beautiful sculptures and landscaping are quite impressive and the various fountains are pretty cool, too.

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When we went to the Arch, the little one was highly impressed with himself for getting to look out of the tiny little windows at the top. He seemed to be awestruck the whole time we were there.

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I really don't get to be a tourist in my own city very often, but when I do, it reminds me of just how much STL has to offer. And it just keeps getting better.

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