Thousands of people took part in the Walk of Unity in Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2012, to commemorate those lost and to celebrate recovery efforts after the tornado that hit the city exactly one year earlier.
The weather was gorgeous, the fans were ready for baseball and the 2011 World Series champions came to town for an exhibition matchup against their AA farm club, the Springfield Cardinals.
Although a few big-name stars for St. Louis didn’t travel, Springfield fans had plenty to cheer about as Matt Holliday and David Freese played and several former Baby Birds made appearances as well.
Over 10,000 fans showed up to watch the game, which St. Louis won 3-2. Here’s to hoping the St. Louis boys can have another stellar season this year.
Here are some photos of various scenes from around the ballpark. Baseball is by far my favorite sport to shoot…I sunburned badly but it was so worth it.