Silence fell over Busch Stadium, ominous in its omnipresence. The best fans in baseball, as they like to call themselves, sensed that they might be seeing their last home game this year.
It was bad enough that the St. Louis Cardinals had needed only two innings to blow a two-run lead. This was worse, way worse.
Yadier Molina, the soul of the team, had just hit a ground ball. He did not run. The manager came out to see him, and the athletic trainer too. The two men walked Molina back to the dugout, haltingly. The Cardinals announced Molina had a strained left oblique, an injury that generally takes weeks to heal.
The silence fell over the dugout too — "a little...