Cardinal baseball, from the girls
My Cardinals bucket list
The below is a post from my old blog. I thought I’d update it and use it for my first official post on Diamond Diaries. Thanks to Angela for having me here!
The 2007 movie The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, was about two men who escaped the cancer ward and did all the stuff on their bucket lists before they died. Now I’m not planning on dying anytime soon, but I do have a Cardinals bucket list that maybe I’ll get to accomplish before I die. So here’s my Cardinals bucket list:
1. Sit in the Commissioner’s Box seats next to the dugout.
The closest I’ve ever sat to the field in Busch Stadium III is on the second level. It would be so nice to sit in these box seats, and not have to worry about getting up to get food and drink. I would love to be able to see batting practice up close and personal. Plus, the view would be awesome. And I might be able to accomplish #4 below.
2. Sing the National Anthem before a Cardinals game.
I’ve performed the National Anthem at a Cardinals game, but not vocally. I was part of a 100 person handbell choir that rang the National Anthem at Busch Stadium II for the Cardinals’ 100th anniversary in 1992. My associate’s degree is in music and I took voice lessons in college. I also sang in church choirs for over 20 years. I’m a first soprano, so I can sing the National Anthem in the original key (F).
3. Sit in the radio broadcast booth with Mike Shannon and John Rooney and maybe do an inning of play-by-play.
I met the late Jack Buck at a Cardinals pep rally, not long after his book That’s a Winner! came out. I told him that I had really enjoyed his book and he told me to bring my copy up to the broadcast booth and he would sign it for me. Unfortunately, I never got to do that. But it would really be cool to sit up in the broadcast booth with Mike and John and talk baseball. I think a woman could call play-by-play just as well as a man could.
4. Catch a foul ball.
The closest I have ever gotten to a foul ball was when my family went to a Cards game a couple of years ago and Yadi Molina hit a foul ball that landed 2 rows below where we was sitting. Darn! So close and yet so far!
5. Catch a home run ball.
At a game in 2001, my husband and I were sitting at a table in Homer’s Landing in Busch Stadium II. The Cards were playing the Reds that night, and Ken Griffey, Jr. hit a HR shot that bounced off of a table 2 rows below us. I wasn’t fast enough to get that one. Maybe someday I’ll get another chance.
6. Meet Albert Pujols and Yadi Molina.
The closest I’ve ever gotten to Albert was viewing him from afar at Winter Warmup. I couldn’t afford the price to get his autograph. I have been to Albert’s restaurant Pujols 5 a few times and admired all of his awards that are on display there.
7. Go to a Cardinals home playoff game or World Series game.
I’ve been a Cardinals fan for over 30 years but have never had the pleasure of attending a Cardinals home playoff or World Series game in person. My husband would rather watch these games at home, but I would love to feel the electricity from the crowd that I can see on TV.
8. Go to an All Star Game.
The closest I got to the 2006 All Star Game in St. Louis was working at Fan Fest. That was fun in and of itself, but it’s not the same as being at the actual game.
9. Go to spring training.
Another Cards activity I’ve never been able to attend. I have vacation time, but not the funds.
10. Go to a Cards game at another MLB stadium.
Kaufmann Stadium and Wrigley Field are the closest ones to where I live. Maybe a road trip to either stadium would be in our future.
11. Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.
It would be so cool to visit all the Cardinals exhibits at the Hall. I would also love to see the All-American Girls Professional Baseball exhibit. I cry every time I watch A League of Their Own and the ladies enter their branch of the Hall for the first time.
12. Go to an Opening Day game again.
I miss the days when Opening Day games were at night. I would have to take off work to attend an Opening Day game now. I do go on my lunch half-hour (I work in downtown St. Louis) and go to the Opening Day rally.
Are there any Cardinals items on your bucket list? Feel free to comment below.
See you next time!