COLUMBIA — After his shift at Shakespeare's Pizza ends Monday evening, Josh Santiago plans to relax at home, watching the Cardinals play in Game 5 of the World Series.
He wouldn't have it any other way.
"I don't have a family or girlfriend or anything to take care of after work," Santiago said. "So I don't have to give anything up to watch the game. It's kind of awesome."
Watching sports was a priority for many Columbia residents during the weekend, with the high-performing Missouri football team and the St. Louis Cardinals playing key games.
Lately, being a sports spectator in Missouri is no small-time commitment; the Cardinals' two weekend games lasted a total of seven and a half hours, and the Missouri football game lasted almost four hours. And that doesn't include the time fans spend traveling, tailgating, celebrating, mourning — and recovering.
MU senior Anya Trass would've been studying if not for the football game Saturday night. But she doesn't regret watching the Tigers.
Columbia resident Leo Saguiguit, on the other hand, didn't sacrifice anything for the game. For Saguiguit, a home football game always warrants a whole day's worth of football-related activities.
"Well, I spent my entire day tailgating," he said. "I don't get those opportunities all the time to be outside and spend time with family and friends."
Clint Ainsworth of Jefferson City doesn't know what he would have done Saturday if he didn't have sports to watch. He allocates plenty of time in his schedule to watch the Cardinals, so he doesn't question his decision to watch the games.
"It's fall," he said. "That's how it is."
Another Cardinals fan, Dan Miller, also adjusted his plans around the World Series — but with a different focus.
"I see it as an opportunity to make money," he said.
Miller works as delivery driver for Imo's Pizza. It's an especially lucrative job during Cardinals games because David Freese, the team's third baseman, is a spokesman for the pizza chain. Miller said he made about $30 an hour delivering pizzas during Sunday night's game.
Like Miller, MU Honors College Director Nancy West willingly missed the game. She met up with a group of friends to watch PBS drama series Masterpiece, continuing a Sunday night tradition.
"There was a lot of pressure administered by my son and husband to watch the game," she said. "But the men went upstairs to watch the game, and the women stayed downstairs to watch the show."
She added: "I mean, I want the Cardinals to win, but I'm not going to watch three hours of baseball."
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