- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 27, 2007

It’s no secret that St. Louis is a great baseball town, perhaps the best in the country. But the support the Cardinals are getting this year despite their on-field travails is hard to believe.

Average attendance at Busch Stadium this season is 43,649, fourth-best in the majors. And it’s possible that 90 percent of the people in the stands are wearing some kind of Cardinals gear. The stadium becomes a sea of red on game days, the kind of thing you expect to see at a college football game but rarely notice in baseball.

And it’s not just inside the park. Walk around downtown around lunchtime, and people everywhere are wearing Cardinals shirts and hats. This is what happens with 100 years of tradition.

BY THE NUMBERS

20 First-inning runs scored by the Nationals in their last 28 games. They didn’t score any runs in the first in their first 22 games.

TODAY’S GAME

Nationals LHP Matt Chico (3-4, 5.54) vs. Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (4-3, 6.02), 2:15 p.m., MASN2, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

— Mark Zuckerman

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