I have recently become frustrated with the attitudes toward our new stadium. It seems the the local talk surrounding it consist only of "It must be a hitter's park, Albert hit 3 HRs." "The old Busch stadium had(insert whatever you want)."
I even spoke with a guy that said "I'm not impressed in the least!"
I have had the pleasure of attending the Minor League Opener, the Open House, and the Home Opener. Everytime I have gone I have been proud of the facility representing our home town team.
The Cardinal Organization avoided adding the cheap gimmicks that seem to be popular in new stadiums (i.e a hill in center field), as well as , keeping the deminsions fair.
The new Busch is NOT the old one. I miss the the giant scoreboard and the arches around the brim, but change is inevitable. It is fun to go to a game and feel like a kid attending his first MLB game. Walking around and hollering out "Hey, look at that." everyone once and awhile.
It is important to enjoy your memories of the old stadium, but is also important to let yourself make memories in the new one.
As far as is it a hitter's or pitcher's park? Homeruns have increased across the entire league(by 20% last I heard). Our starting pitchers have the third best ERA in baseball. I think the verdict is......It is a fair park, and the Cardinals have a very good starting staff.
Take the time to stand at the area behind homeplate looking out at the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch, and then tell me if you can seriously say..."I'm not impressed in the least."