Last nights baseball game was one that went down in history! Not because records were shattered or made, but simply because it was exciting! I’m a huge baseball fan and I must say that last nights game was one of the most exciting games I have seen in a long time. In case you missed it I will give you a brief run down of the highlights. The two teams battled it out the entire game. It was 1-1 then St. Louis pulled ahead 2-1 which then led Texas to tie it up again 2-2. Texas scored making it 3-2 then St. Louis tied it again 3-3. This pattern continued through the entire game.
In the bottom of the 9th the Cardinals were down 7-5. There was 2 outs and they had one strike left until their season was over. There was two runners on with David Freese at the plate. He hit a fly ball to deep right that bounced off the wall bringing in two runs to tie the game up to 7-7. On to extra innings we go.
Josh Hamilton hit a 2-run HR in the top of the 10th to once again put the Rangers out in front of the Cards. The Cards then tied it up again in the bottom of the 10th on a Berkman single to center.
The Cardinals won in the bottom of the 11th on a walk-off HR by David Freese. Freese was the St. Louis hero in last nights game and may be the big part of them clinching the pennant.
I say all this with so much excitement because the Cardinals are real familiar with Palm Beach. Every March they come down to to train in the Spring at the beautiful Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Every year the economic report on the month of March is outstanding. Thousands of people travel down to South Florida to watch the Cardinals train. Hotels are packed, houses are rented and restaurants are consistently occupied. The Cardinals are not my favorite team, but they are a liking of mine. With that being said I hope they take the pennant home tonight and win the race. Another exciting factor is that the Cardinals made the playoffs by a hair entering as the wild card. They are proving to everyone that the underdog is just a name given so you can prove to everyone else wise.
St. Louis winning in my opinion means great things for the Palm Beaches and South Florida. More people will be inclined to come visit Jupiter to watch the Cardinals which increases ticket sales and causes the visitors to explore the surrounding cities. Jupiter is in a great location with Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Juno Beach, and Singer Island all minutes away. The month of March will definitely be a good month for our economy down here in Palm Beach County.
Just keep in mind that everything I’m saying will only be relevant if they win the World Series. If they lose I believe there will still be more visitors than previous Spring Training years, but not enough of an increase to show growth.
If the Cardinals win I will be posting pictures of the celebration on the blog tomorrow.