In January of 2017, Busch Stadium will be buzzing with activity as 50,000 fans crowd in to watch the hometown team take on their rivals from Chicago. You might be thinking that January seems a little cold to be playing baseball, and you would be correct. It is way too cold.
But for hockey, it is perfect.
Imagine Busch Stadium, the site of so many wonderful memories, site of two World Championships, home of the St. Louis Cardinals covered in snow with an ice rink in the middle. Actually, do not imagine it, just watch this chilling promotional video:
For years the city has been yearning to host an outdoor game only to get left out time-after-time. After the departure of the Rams, the Cardinals and the Blues came together in a display of city-unity, making the marriage of the two major sports left in St. Louis an easy decision for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
The Winter Classic offers the Blues, Busch Stadium, and the city of St. Louis the opportunity to shine. It is terribly exciting.
NHL Releases Winter Classic Promo St. Louis Game Time
Blues Host 2017 NHL Winter Classic Against Chicago Blackhawks | St. Louis Game Time
2017 Winter Classic: What It Means to St. Louis | St. Louis Game Time
Blues Can Thank Gary Bettman For The Winter Classic St. Louis Game Time
what else is going on in baseball...
- Jake Arrieta, Corey Kluber show you never know | MLB.com
- Ace pitchers take mound for Spring Training | MLB.com
- Giants' Sherry Davis first female PA announcer | sfgiants.com
- Freddie Freeman had to hit a baseball to find out if his new baby would be a boy or a girl | MLB.com
- Not all Spring Training news is about injuries. | Sports on Earth
- Visit all 30 MLB stadiums in (about) 30 days. | Sports on Earth
- The 2016 MLB All-Homegrown Team. | Sports on Earth
- Trevor May on his (Cerebral) Approach to Pitching | FanGraphs Baseball
- What Type of Baseball Dork Are You? | FanGraphs Baseball
- The Myth of the Qualifying Offer | FanGraphs Baseball
- Stop blaming Buster Posey for the changes to home-plate collisions | McCovey Chronicles
- Blue Jays outfielder flips over a wall so hard his glove flies off | SBNation.com
what the cardinals are up to...
- Shortstop goes for ground ball, second baseman goes for ground ball, collision ensues | MLB.com
- What's in a name? Not a first initial with Cardinals | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com
- Garcia, Diaz are versatile options for Cardinals at shortstop | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com
- Cardinals notes: Pena gets glimpse of Garcia's tricky pitches | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com
KNOW THINE ENEMY...
the nl central
- Ray Searage is the Pirates pitcher whisperer | pirates.com
- How to explain Ryan Braun to your kids | Brew Crew Ball
viva el stuff...
VEB Day 2016: Details and Signup | Viva El Birdos
What would it take for the Cards' young batters to reach their potential? | Viva El Birdos
What would it take for the Cards' young hitters to reach their potential? Part 2 | Viva El Birdos
A Look at Projections in 2016 (or, a VeL drafting guide) | Viva El Birdos
Baseball Heaven: A Young Cardinals Fan's Perspective | Viva El Birdos
VEB Projections Spreadsheets | Viva El Birdos
- Hunt and Peck | Viva El Birdos
- Cardinals Spring Training Television Schedule | Viva El Birdos
- Cardinal Legend Skip Schumaker retires | Viva El Birdos
- Charles Barkley speaks up about gun violence. | Sports on Earth
- Blackhawks Vs. Blues Recap: Haters Gonna Hate St. Louis Game Time
- Blues Host 2017 NHL Winter Classic Against Chicago Blackhawks | St. Louis Game Time
- Brandi Chastain pledges her brain for concussion study | Fox News (Thanks to Mark of OCK for the link!)