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                   Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 1:58AM CDT

NLCS Game 5 photos: St. Louis Cardinals beat Brewers 7-1!

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GALLERY: The World Series comes to St. Louis (Updated regularly)

Here are some photos from Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 7-1, bringing them one game away from the World Series (Cards lead the NLCS 3-2). This is a lifetime first, the first professional sports playoff game I've ever attended. The experience was memorable and definitely worth it. The last time a city I called home had a major league baseball team in contention was Pittsburgh in 1992. If the Cards get to the World Series, I will be making a few more photo trips downtown for games - at the least to record the atmosphere and festivities downtown, even if I'm not able to score the ultimate of a ticket to a game. So stay tuned - this could be a great October for St. Louis!!

Due to the complexities of MLB trademarks, most of these images won't be included in the main St. Louis photo gallery. However, I'll keep them up here on the blog for posterity.

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The final out and fireworks:

Game 5 final out Cards win - fireworks

Chuck Berry sings the National Anthem as personnel from Scott AFB hold the flags:

Chuck Berry National Anthem Scott AFB personnel

Busch Stadium views at sunset with the Gateway Arch and downtown:

Busch Stadium view with the Arch and downtown Busch Stadium view at sunset with the Gateway Arch

Pre-game festivities outside the stadium, the Budweiser Clydesdales and the Cardinals flag with downtown buildings:

Busch Stadium Downtown festivities

Budweiser Clydesdales Cardinals flag and downtown

The big neon Cardinals sign on top of the stadium, and the NLCS logo along the third base line:

neon Cardinals sign NLCS logo

Thousands of fans wave Rally Towels in the stands. The air was full of lint from these things!

Rally Towels Rally Towels

TBS' orange Conan O'Brien blimp overhead, and the moon rising beside the Arch during the last few innings of the game:

TBS Conan blimp Moon rising behind Arch

Players after the win, and the Cardinal mascot:

Players after the win the Cardinal mascot

Fans leaving the stadium after the game - red shirts and jerseys everywhere, and a 'fan limo'.

Fans leaving stadium Cardinal limo

Fans leaving with the Arch

Cards fans bring the stadium Metrolink station to full capacity with a sea of red! There was a good wait before I could get on a train back to Scott AFB (the transit method of choice for games).

Cardinals fans at Metrolink station Cardinals fans at Metrolink station

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