They’re not in the same division, but they always come after each other as if they were. Whether or not this game has pennant implications, the Central Division–contending St. Louis Cardinals bring to town the best hitter in baseball and one of the greatest in National League history in first baseman Albert Pujols. Barring injury, the Mets will field baseball’s best all-around player—slugger, base stealer, and Gold Glove center fielder—in Carlos Beltran. There are plenty of tickets available as we go to press, which means you could be sitting next to a St. Louis Cardinals fan—the best and most knowledgeable in baseball. And you’ll be watching baseball in daylight, the way it was intended to be seen. If it’s a nice day, you’ll wish they were playing a double-header. Tickets on StubHub range from $10 (on auction) to $1,000—as Satchel Paige said, “You pays your money, and you takes your choice.”

Thu., June 25, 1:10 p.m., 2009