The Cardinals kept their hopes for back-to-back pennants alive with a win last night in Houston. Two of Brazil's oldest Cardinal fans, Holly Hill nursing home residents Rosewell "Junior" Bess and Andrew Deweye Winston, discuss their fan pedigree, weigh in on what the team needs to do to keep winning and offer their impressions on the end of the Busch Stadium era.
How long have you been a Cardinal fan?
Bess: "I got to meet Dizzy Dean, Stan Musial and a couple others at a baseball camp in Oran, Mo. in 1937. Been a hard-nosed Cardinal fan ever since."
Winston: "I been a Cardinals fan I don't know how long. It's been a long time. What else?"
How do you feel about the demolition of Busch Stadium?
Bess: "I remember the Sportsman's Park days more. It was a nice stadium, but I'm looking forward to seeing a Cubs-Cards game at the new one."
Winston: "I think they're crazy. The new one will cost them quite a bit, and it's still a good stadium."
What needs to happen for the Cardinals to stay alive?
Bess: "Pujols and Sanders need to step up. A little Eckstein wouldn't hurt either."
Winston: "They need to hit some balls."
Can they do it?
Bess: "They got their job cut out for them if they're gonna get back in the series. I'm hoping they can. I've got my fingers crossed."
Winston: "I don't know. I don't think so. They're too lazy."