Back in St. Louis, where on one hand, the Padres and Cardinals enjoyed a change of scenery Friday, when they worked out at the new Busch Stadium in preparation for Saturday’s Game 3. But on the other hand, it didn’t feel very different at all.
The teams played a three-game series here in the final week of the regular season, with the Cardinals winning the series finale to snap a seven-game losing streak and avoid a three-game sweep. And is it just me, or does the new Busch have a decidedly "old Busch" feel, at least in terms of the layout of the field and the view from home plate? Besides the more open-air feel and the spectacular view of the Arch, I’ve heard a lot of people say the ballpark architects did a good job of preserving some of the "feel" of the old stadium. The sea of red t-shirts and jackets certainly helps, too.
Anyway, I’m personally just as excited about seeing Busch Stadium again as I am about putting a dent in the city’s supply of toasted ravioli. With all due respect to San Diego fish tacos, Milwaukee brats, Pittsburgh pierogies, San Francisco garlic fries, Philly cheese steaks and the other local delicacies around the Major Leagues, I can’t get enough of that toasted ravioli. — Adam McCalvy / MLB.com