Cardinals fans ok with NLCS coming back home

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- St. Louis felt like a big balloon Wednesday night, ready to pop with a Cardinals pennant-clinching victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles, only to have the air let out with a 6-4 loss.

Had the Cardinals won the team store at Busch Stadium would have stayed open late selling "National League Champion" t-shirts;  hot off the presses.

Instead, “Beat LA” shirts remained in the store window.

But things might be better this way.

“I wanted to take care of it today, just so we could be done and were “in”.  But I’m happy that we will win at home,” said Monica Terrazas, who drove her kids to the ballpark after game 5, to snap a few photos.

The signs were everywhere that she was not alone:  Cardinals, “Go Cards”, and “Go Cardinals” messages gracing Metro buses, Macy’s at the Galleria, a building under construction, a front porch on The Hill.

A front yard in Affton had an inflatable Cardinals player thrown in with the Halloween display, which has become a tradition with the Cardinals recent run of playoff success.

“I’m ok with coming back (to St. Louis for Game 6),” said homeowner, Al Eckert of Affton, smiling at his Cardinals inflatable.  “I think it’s good for the economy.  You have one more game here in town.  But I want them to win that first game back!”

He’s right about it being good for business; not just around the ball park.

People tend to buy more of everything else when there’s playoff baseball in St. Louis.

A city spokeswoman said each cardinals NLCS home game led to an estimated $323,000 in direct and indirect spending; not sure if that included the Terrazas trip to an empty ball park.

“My daughter was visiting from Texas.  She knows what a big fan I am.  So I wanted to show her Busch Stadium.  We go to a lot of games so I wanted her to see what all the ‘hurrah’ is about… Go Cardinals!” they yelled.

There were no tickets available for games 6 and 7 or the World Series late Wednesday.

But keep checking the Cardinals website, Cardinals.com.  You may get lucky and score unused tickets turned in by the players and Major League Baseball.

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