The Sound of a Pujols Homer

When we were at the Cards/Padres game over Opening Weekend, I decided it would be a cool idea to record some of the ambient noise just using the memo feature on my iPhone.

I had completely forgotten about this until just this morning—and when I checked, I realized that I’d recorded a Pujols home run (his first of this year, actually) and the crowd reaction to it. If you listen very carefully, you can hear the ball jump off the bat.

The fireworks going off made Caleb collapse against my shoulder and cover his ears. I don’t think he had any idea what was going on, but he’s said that he’s happy to go to another game so long as there are no fireworks there. (We were also in Left Field Terrace seats for the game, so we were pretty close to the noise.)

The 2011 “Where’d You Sit” Map

I haven’t done this before, but in the interest of marking where I was sitting when I took pictures at baseball games, I present you the map of seating locations where I currently have been or have purchased tickets in the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals season (will be updated as the summer goes on):

You can click the map to see a larger version.

Kids’ Opening Weekend – Section 368, Row 6, Seats 8–13
Kids’ Second Game – Section 453, Row 1
Date with My Wife – Commissioner’s Box, Row C, Seats 1–2
Game with Dad – Section 344

Padres @ Cardinals 4/2/2011

We took the kids out to the ballpark last Saturday in a bit of spontaneous action. I didn’t get as many shots as I normally do, but a few of these do a great job of showcasing what an amazing ballpark we have here in St. Louis.

The Boys, Ready to Play

So it’s on my (Apple) TV and not live in the ballpark. It’s still beautiful.

And I may or may not have started tearing up when they showed Stan Musial with his Medal of Freedom.

First Family Ballgame

Abby’s Girl Scout troop was invited to group seats at a Cards game this past weekend, which included a walk around the warning track at the park. (The group seats were, as you would expect, very high up.) This is the first time any of the children were able to go to a game, and the first time Amanda and my parents had been to the new Busch Stadium.