World Series Parade – Cardinal fans turned out Sunday for a parade to salute their heroes and enjoy the aftermath of the team winning its 11th World Series in St. Louis history. In addition, people paid $5 to attend the sold-out rally inside Busch Stadium with the money going to Cardinals Care.
Along the route, people hung in trees, looked down from buildings and lined up on the steps of the Municipal Court Building to see. Hall of Famer Lou Brock waved to the crowd at the stadium rally to chants of “Lou, Lou.”
“I think every person in the state of Missouri is here, and maybe a few from Illinois,” he said.
When Albert Pujols was introduced he received a resounding standing ovation that caused him to turn his back for a moment seemingly to collect himself. “Do you think we can do this next summer?” he was asked.
“Hey, why not?” he said, drawing more cheers and perhaps giving some people hope he was indicating he might be back. Which is in question because he is a free agent and there is no guarantee he will be with the Cardinals next year.
People held up signs saluting the team along the parade route, and one woman had a small rally squirrel stuffed inside a miniature replica of the championship trophy along with a rally squirrel on her hat. A costumed rally squirrel appeared from the first base stands, ran across the stage that covered second base, and disappeared up the third base line stand, mimicking his playoff game appearance.
The crowd roared loudly in the stadium as the Game 6 highlights appeared, screaming with delight when David Freese tripled to tie the game, then homered to win it. Freese, a native St. Louisan who will never have to worry about not getting in someplace in St. Louis after receiving the key to both St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis, drew wild cheers as the World Series hero.
Tony La Russa rode on the Budweiser wagon pulled by a team of eight Clydesdales. La Russa, an animal lover, noted all the wildlife that surrounded the Cardinals this year. “We had the Clydesdales, the Birds on the Bat, the rally squirrel and her boyfriend Torte the tortoise,” he said.