This post is long overdue. Last Saturday I left St. Louis for a few hours to jump over the border into Illinois. The reason for the trip was to see the River City Rascals play the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League. The game was played at GCS Ballpark which is a beautiful ball park by any standards. I will have a little more on that later. The one surprise that I had while filling out my lineup card though was seeing that Ernie Banks was batting cleanup for the Rascals. Ernie has a build that reminds me of Frank Thomas. He is a big first baseman with what looks like decent power. Why is he here? Coming into the game Ernie was batting .345 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI’s. He quickly added to that total in the first inning of the game when he hit a ball off the right field wall to score JoJo Batten. That hit is shown to the left. He was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double, but the damage was done. Ernie is shown getting tagged out to the right. I asked him to autograph a ball for me prior to the game, but he simply said I can’t. I would like to know why exactly. Maybe he has used his name to his advantage in the past. Either way I can now say that I was able to see Ernie Banks play. I just have to keep to myself the fact that this was not the Hall of Famer. This was one of the sloppier Frontier League games that I have seen. I had to leave early to catch the Cardinal game, but they kept giving each other the lead.
One interesting fact about the teams was that after this afternoon game they both hopped on a bus to go across St. Louis to the home field of the Rascals to play the second game in the doubleheader. Like I said earlier I will have more on the park and the burger labeled “Baseball’s Best Burger” later.