Cardinals Fans Rewarded For Braving Afternoon Storm

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DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – For Cardinal fans faced with the prospect of 3 ½ hours in the pouring rain, there was a question to be asked Wednesday night:  should I stay or should I go?

The skies opened over Busch Stadium as the Redbirds held a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning.  Many fans took that as their cue to head for the exits.

“I’m gonna go home and finish it with my boys,” Tom Cregger said, leaving the ballpark. “I’m just gonna go home.”

Donna Cregger was following closely behind him.

“We’ve gotta get home.  We’ve gotta outrun a tornado or hail or whatever it is.  We’ve gotta get home.’

But many waited it out, chastising those who would dare walk away from a Cardinal playoff game.  

“They’re not true fans then,” Krista Jackson said with a smirk.  “You’ve gotta stick it out!  It’s only an hour.  I think a bunch of ‘em are over there at the bar and are gonna come back.”

For some, the weather was a problem before a drop ever fell from the sky.   Patrick Bush stood outside the stadium during the sixth inning holding a fist full of tickets, hoping against hope a buyer would emerge.  He said weather forecasters cost him a lot of money Wednesday.

“Actually if they would have kept their mouths closed we would have sold more tickets.  They scared the money off,” he said.  “I hate it.  Its very frustrating.  Very frustrating because it’s messing with my pockets.”