We know, we're checking out a half hour earlier than usual today, but you can blame ESPN for that: Tonight, for the first time, we will see the new concoction our beloved Cardinals have built: We're visiting the new Busch Stadium tonight. (Hence our checking out early; ESPN has the game starting at 6 p.m. local time.) We find it somewhat fitting that our first experience with the new Busch involves the debut of Jeff Weaver. At least it's not Sidney Ponson.
It's old hat, we know, the stadium's been open for a while, but we practically grew up at the old Busch; we kind of feel like Andy Rooney when someone hands him a cellphone. If you've been around here since the beginning, you've seen our laments about this.