Amidst a throng of cheering Cardinals fans at Campus Bar and Grill, on the corner of Ninth and Elm streets, Ryan Lynch, 21, had no choice but to take off his Houston Astros hat following the St. Louis Cardinals’ victory Wednesday.
Lynch, a Chicago native, was the main antagonist cheering wildly for every play that went the Astros’ way.
“People started to get furious with me when I stood on a chair clapping after (Jeff) Bagwell tied it in the ninth,” Lynch said. “But I only cheered for Houston because of my hatred of St. Louis.”
Besides Lynch, the mood at the bar was celebratory.
Gina Rende, 21, described the atmosphere as “ridiculous.”
“When (Jim) Edmonds hit that home run, everyone was jumping up and down and high-fiving each other,” Rende said. “It was almost like a mosh pit everyone was going so crazy.”
Many fans wore Cardinals apparel at Buffalo Wild Wings at 3908 Peachtree Dr. There were a few light-blue jerseys from the early-1980’s and even a shirt for Gary Gaetti, a former Cardinals third baseman.
The mood was slightly subdued after closer Jason Isringhausen gave up a single to Bagwell to tie the score at 4-4. It was quickly reversed, though, when Edmonds gave the Cardinals the win with his two-run home run in the bottom of the 12th.
The victory and the festive atmosphere afterwards led to lots of bold predictions about the rest of the Cardinals’ postseason.
Chris Smith, 22, said he thinks the Cardinals are in prime position to advance.
“Our middle of the lineup will tear apart (Roger) Clemens,” Smith said. “Then, we’ll win the World Series in six games.”