A short walk through downtown Columbia told the city’s mood Thursday night. Chants of “One more strike” preceded jubilant cheers outside of Harpo’s.
The mood seemed warranted. After all, the St. Louis Cardinals had just won Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros and were in their first World Series since 1987. They travel to Boston to face the Red Sox on Saturday.
Kyle Felling, a Columbia resident and self-described Cardinals die-hard, said the win was the culmination of a lot of years of cheering.
“All year round, morning, evening and night. Twenty-four-seven, 365, it’s all Cardinals,” Felling said. “We’ve all waited a long time.”
Bill Murray, 42, who also watched the game from Booche’s, had reason to be happier than most. He said he has a sign that St. Louis will go on to beat Boston.
“I saw my first baseball game in Fenway Park,” Murray said. “My uncle took me when I was 5 years old in 1967.”
The year is significant for another reason: the Cardinals beat the Red Sox in 7 games in the World Series that year, the last time the two teams have played in the postseason.