St. Louis sports store gears up for fall sports

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. — After the St. Louis Cardinals’ quick exit from the playoffs, a local sports store made the transition to other sports, like hockey.

“Well, once the Cardinals crumbled on Saturday, it’s time for a change,” Hats-N-Stuff owner Andy Shifter said. “We look forward to all the good things that will happen in the fall. The Blues start this week. We have NFL products in store. We are preparing for the start of the football season in February, and it is selling out.

Sports fans stopped by Hats-N-Stuff on Monday afternoon in Westport Plaza to buy Cardinals shirts honoring Yadi, Albert and Waino and the historic season.

“So sad,” Missy Allen said. ” It’s so sad. Go Yadi and go Pujols. I say.”

“I know, it’s terrible that this happened, but hey, there’s always next year, and we’ll be back,” Phyllis Brimer said.

Shifter shared the pain of Cardinals fans, but said he’s learned a thing or two from watching St. Louis sports teams over the past 27 years.

“I hope for the best, but I have to be in my business to be prepared for it not to go that far,” he said. “That’s what we did with the Cardinals and the Blues. And it’s disappointing, but yet it’s exciting because here’s what’s next.

In 2023, the St. Louis XFL team Battlehawks return to play and the debut of Major League Soccer team St. Louis City SC at the brand new Centene Stadium.

“I’m very excited,” Allen said. “I’m going to Florida on Wednesday and I’ll bring my brother a jersey because he’s a football fan.”

The football season begins in the spring of 2023, with football and baseball.

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