The date was October 27, 2006, and the St. Louis Cardinals were about to make their mark on the world. In a nail-biting seven-game series against the Detroit Tigers, the Redbirds fought their way to victory, earning their 10th championship in front of a roaring home crowd at Busch Stadium.

The atmosphere was electric as fans chanted the lyrics to “We Are the Champions,” refusing to let the night end. And the excitement didn’t stop there. Just 48 hours later, the city was still buzzing as tens of thousands of people flooded downtown St. Louis for the championship parade.

Some fans had been waiting their whole lives for this moment, like one who said, “I’ve been waiting 23 years because I was born the year after the last one.” Others brought their children to witness history, like a proud parent who exclaimed, “It’s my baby’s first trip to Busch Stadium for the championship rally. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal.”

The rally inside the stadium was the perfect ending to an unforgettable night. Fans were brought to tears as they got up close and personal with their baseball idols, celebrating their team one last time. And for many, it was a dream come true. As one fan put it, “I’ve been waiting my whole life for this. It’s awesome.”