Photo Day!

Hubby, the son and I were lucky enough to get tickets to Photo Day at Busch Stadium yesterday.  The game was originally set for 6:15 PM, but was changed to 3:05 PM to accommodate Fox, who broadcast the game yesterday.  If you haven’t been to Photo Day before, Photo Day is when the players come out on the field and fans can take photos of the players. Hubby and I have attended several Photo Day games at Busch Stadium II, but this was our first Photo Day at Busch III.  If memory serves me correctly, this promotion used to be called Camera Day.  Photo Day used to be scheduled for July, but is now in August.

The weather was beautiful yesterday – the temperature was mild. The gates open 2 hours before game time, so we got to the stadium around 12:45 PM and went to Gate 3.  There were lots of other people waiting there.  Everyone was very polite and things were orderly.  When the gates opened, the employees processed the fans quickly. We were told to go down the stairs to the field.  Everyone had to stand on the dirt track around the field behind the ropes and dividers.  I’m sure they didn’t want the fans trampling down the grass.  At Busch Stadium II, there was a rope that ran down the middle of the field, and the fans stood behind the rope.  Of course, there was Astroturf on the field at Busch Stadium II until it was replaced by real grass.  This photo shows how things were set up. 

As you can tell, we were standing on the dirt track just past third base.  I was fortunate enough to be in the second row of people back from the rope. The whole field was encircled with fans waiting to take photos.  While we were waiting for the players to come on the field, we watched some of the Pirates players warming up on the field.  A couple of the Pirates players competed with a couple of the kids in a race, and pretended to lose.  While we waited, the girls from Team Fredbird entertained, along with a guy from Fox.  A man from Creve Coeur Camera (who sponsored the event along with Canon) was handing out free goodies.

At 1:30 PM, the coaches came out on the field from the dugout.  They turned right and started walking around the field.  Here are some of the photos of the coaches:

Here’s Mike Aldrete.

And here’s Secret Weapon, Jose Oquendo: 

 And here’s John Mabry.

Here’s Dyer Miller.

Here’s Mark McGuire.  McGuire was very friendly and took photos with anyone who asked.  He was answering questions from fans.

Mike Matheny didn’t stop long enough for me to get a good photo.  But here’s one of him walking away:

Some players walked rather quickly around the field, making it difficult to take photos.  Here’s Jon Jay, or his back, at least:

And I’m not sure who this is:

Here’s Kyle McClellan zipping by:

And this was the best shot I could get of David Freese:

Jaime Garcia zipped by too:

But some players were very friendly and stopped to talk with fans and have their photos taken with them.  Here’s a nice photo of Skip Schumacher:

And Jason Motte, who was a real character:

Carlos Beltran was very friendly.  I told him that I was glad he was hitting for us and not against us, and he laughed.

Lance Berkman was very friendly and he joked with the fans.

And here’s a nice shot of Daniel Descalso:

When I saw Barret Browning, I told him I followed him on Twitter (he tweets as @BackwoodsBB), and he said thanks and shook my hand.  He told me that he didn’t think that he was tweeting all that well and I told him he was doing fine. I didn’t get a photo of him, though.

The last two players on the field were Jake Westbrook (left) and Adam Wainwright (below).  Jake and Adam took their time circling the stadium and talking with fans, autographing baseballs and having their photos taken with them.  I really wanted to get Adam’s photo taken with my son, since they share the same birthday (August 30).  Unfortunately, by the time Adam got close to us, the stadium folks were trying to get Adam off the field since there was pregame stuff going on and they needed to get the fans off of the field.  I could not get Adam’s attention  to get his photo taken with my son. Maybe next year!

I have other photos, but I posted the best ones.  The game was great as well, since the Cards won.  If we do this again next year, we will get to the field earlier and enter at Gate 5 to get closer to the dugout so we can get even better photos.

Well, that’s all for now.  I hope you enjoyed the photos.  See you next time!

Diane

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