Mini Poll: Play Ball

Did you watch or listen to the Cards’ season opener?


Watched:
 47%
Listened:
 16%
No:
 37%

 


Baseball's season opener was played in Japan. Mistake by MLB, or not?


Mistake:
 45%
Mistake, but I get it:
 31%
Not a mistake:
 25%

 


The 2011 World Champions opened the 2012 season on the road. Mistake by MLB, or not?


Mistake:
 37%
Mistake, but I get it:
 26%
Not a mistake:
 36%

 


Will you be at the Cardinals' home opener this year?


Yes:
 16%
No:
 39%
I would love to be there, but don't have a ticket:
 45%

 


How much of how St. Louis thinks about itself involves its feelings about the St. Louis Cardinals?


A lot:
 61%
Some:
 36%
None at all:
 3%

 


How do you feel about Busch Stadium after a few seasons?


I still like it:
 43%
I like it more:
 18%
I like it less:
 3%
I still dislike it:
 18%
I don't like it or dislike it:
 10%
I haven't been there:
 7%

 


From the Cardinals website:
“While the Cardinals covered nearly 90 percent of the costs of the entire Busch Stadium project with private funds, the City provided relief from a local admissions tax on tickets, while the state helped with public infrastructure costs to clear and prepare the site for development. The Cardinals and their affiliates have paid over $138 million in sales, income, real estate and other taxes to the City and State from 2006 to 2010.”
In retrospect, was this a good deal for city and state taxpayers?


Yes:
 37%
Yes, so far:
 39%
No:
 24%

 


How do you feel about the smoking ban at Busch Stadium?


I love it:
 64%
I hate it:
 9%
If I smoked, I would hate it:
 14%
I would like to see smoking moved even further away from the entrances:
 13%

 


What do you think of the state law requiring large public venues, like Busch Stadium, to have the same number of men's and women's plumbing fixtures?


Fair enough:
 48%
There ought to be many more women's plumbing fixtures:
 44%
Silly idea:
 8%

 


If you could have access to anywhere in Busch Stadium, what would you do?


Sit on the bench with the position players:
 44%
Sit in the bullpen with the pitchers:
 9%
Snoop through John Mozeliak's desk:
 5%
Hang out in the clubhouse:
 15%
Sabotage the other team:
 3%
Ride the golf cart with Fredbird:
 23%

 


What grade would you give the owners of the St. Louis Cardinals?


A:
 42%
B:
 41%
C:
 8%
D:
 3%
F:
 2%
Incomplete:
 4%

 


Which Hall of Fame are you most likely to visit?


National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York:
 46%
Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio:
 8%
International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, Rhode Island:
 2%
World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, Missouri:
 10%
Negro Leagues Hall of Fame, Kansas City, Missouri:
 9%
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio:
 26%

 


What's your favorite pre- and post-game party spot near Busch Stadium?


Sidebar on Washington Avenue:
 1%
360 atop the Ballpark Hilton:
 6%
Joe's Chili Bar in Citygarden:
 2%
Broadway Oyster Bar on S. Broadway:
 13%
John D. McGurks Irish Pub on Russell:
 7%
Bridge on Locust:
 1%
BB's Jazz on S. Broadway:
 3%
Mike Shannon's on Market:
 14%
Over/Under on Washington Avenue:
 2%
Somewhere else:
 52%

 


Do you like the designated hitter rule?


Yes:
 15%
No:
 74%
What's that?:
 12%

 


Who is more deserving to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Pete Rose or Mark McGwire?


Pete:
 26%
Mark:
 20%
Both:
 26%
Neither:
 28%

 


Which of the following is the best TV baseball commentator?


Bob Costas:
 33%
Joe Buck:
 39%
Vin Scully:
 9%
Jon Miller:
 2%
Al Hrabosky:
 7%
Josh Lewin:
 0%
Someone else:
 10%

 


Which of the following is the best radio baseball commentator?


Mike Shannon:
 100%

 


Who will be the Cardinals MVP this season?


Molina:
 25%
Freese:
 26%
Beltran:
 3%
Berkman:
 14%
Holliday:
 15%
Garcia:
 1%
Wainright:
 11%
Someone else:
 6%

 


Which of the following is the best baseball movie?


The Pride of the Yankees (1942):
 7%
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973):
 2%
The Natural (1984):
 15%
Bull Durham (1988):
 13%
Major League (1989):
 6%
Field of Dreams (1989):
 30%
The Babe (1992):
 2%
A League of Their Own (1992):
 12%
Angels in the Outfield (1994):
 3%
Moneyball (2011):
 10%

 


What's your favorite ballpark tradition?


Singing "Take me Out to the Ball Game":
 12%
Filling out a scorecard:
 5%
Coming to a game with a parent:
 5%
Coming to a game with a kid:
 12%
Eating hotdogs and peanuts:
 14%
Drinking beer:
 11%
Watching the Cards win:
 35%
Something else:
 7%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.