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ST. LOUIS (AP) - For one night, the sports spotlight shined on St. Louis. It ended in a double disappointment.
Monday Night Football and the World Series came together with the two games played virtually simultaneously eight blocks apart in downtown St. Louis before a combined 103,000 fans.
Neither ended well for the hometown faithful. The 47,436 at Busch Stadium saw the Boston Red Sox take command of the World Series with a 3-1 defeat of the Cardinals. The Sox are up 3 games to 2 with the best-of-seven series moving back to Boston.
Meanwhile, at the Edward Jones Dome, the Rams drove 96 yards in the final minutes to the Seattle 1, but a fourth down pass was incomplete and the Seahawks hung on for a 14-9 win in front of 55,966 fans.
The gala night had some fans mixing and matching outfits _ at least at the dome. Some wore Cardinals red at the football game, or a gaudy combination of Rams blue and gold with Cardinals red. The ballpark, as usual, was dead red.
The prime-time NFL game has been around since 1970 but, until now, it had never been played in the same city where a World Series was going on. However, in 1986, Boston lost Game 7 of the Series at the New York Mets on a Monday night _ a game that was pushed back a day by rain _ while the NFL Giants hosted Washington that evening at Giants Stadium, across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
All on its own, the football game should have been a joyous occasion _ it marked the first Monday night game in St. Louis since 2006, a drought largely due to the fact that the Rams have been mostly awful since then. But in baseball-mad St. Louis, the Rams clearly took a backseat.
“I think almost everyone in St. Louis will agree _ the World Series is more important,” he said.
Fans at the dome could be excused if their focus wasn’t exactly on football. The Rams, in a division with powerhouses Seattle and San Francisco, are a longshot to make the playoffs. To make matters worse, they lost quarterback Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee injury last week in Carolina.
“These tickets were free, and Cardinals tickets are, like, $400,” Pollman said. “So, these were affordable.”
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