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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!
This post was written on Monday, April 25th, so I know some things are outdated.
It has come to my attention that I have been slacking and I didn’t even write a post about Opening Day! I want to apologize to the few readers who look forward to seeing what I have to say. I will try to do better, promise.
There has been a lot going on in Major League Baseball since March 31st, and with so much to talk about, I figure why limit this post to only one topic. It may not all be Cardinals-related, but all important to the sport we love.
The Chicago Cubs have started 2011 with a rare accomplishment; having hit every single .500 mark up to this point. They are the perfect .500 team, with exception to their loss yesterday. They have had records of 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, & 10-10. While I never really root for the Cubs to win, I think it would be funny to see the streak continue. This is quite the interesting phenomenon that has really intrigued me. So far, they have set the record for even-steven marks and they are going to be able to go for 11-11 tonight. I wonder if anyone in Chicago is rooting for this to happen.
Mabry & Matheny on FSMidwest.
As a huge John Mabry fan, I cannot explain to you how excited I was to hear that Mabry and Mike Matheny would be joining FSMidwest as pre-game and post-game analysts. Two of my favorites to wear the Cardinal uniform are on my TV almost every night. To me, John Mabry portrayed that “play like a Cardinal” mentality his whole time in St. Louis and I am sure glad that this is where he chooses to keep his ties. If you follow me on twitter, I am sure you have noticed that I mention something every time I see his face on my pre-game show. Not to mention, I think this is part of the reason I love Daniel Descalso so much – he looks just like him. Thank you, FSMidwest, with providing commentary from two players who really do love this team.
MLB Taking over the Dodgers.
Can I say finally?!? The melodrama of the McCourt divorce over in LA has been nothing but trouble for the organization. The greedy back-and-forth of Frank McCourt and his wife over their assets has truly hurt this team and I think it was overdue for MLB to take over. I don’t know all of the details, but when you hear more about their divorce than how the team is doing, something is wrong. This makes me happy that we have such great leadership in the Cardinal organization. The fiscal irresponsibility of the Dodger organization has led to chaos and I just think that it would be best for Frank McCourt not to fight this and count his losses before anything else bad happens to the organization. With all the celebrities in LA who claim to be huge Dodger fans, why don’t they try to buy the team? Actually now that I think about it…that could be an even bigger problem. Nevermind.
Booing Brandon Phillips.
Alright, we get it…we can’t stand they guy. Last year, it made sense to boo after he ran his mouth. Yes, I still can’t stand him. But honestly, haven’t we realized that he LOVES that? He loves the attention he gets because fans boo him every time he comes to the plate or even comes near the ball. I mean, he got an interview on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball pre-game last night just because of that. He got what he wanted. I sincerely like the idea of crickets, silence, or even laughter the next time he comes to the plate in St. Louis. Stop giving him the attention he deserves or the slams on the city, organization & fans will never end. It is obvious that he is an attention-whore and that is all he wants. Can we please move past it?
Nick Punto’s walk-up song.
Ok, I love this. Who else would have the ability to pull off Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”? I was so upset when Ryan Ludwick was traded, for obvious reasons, but also because I would no longer get to hear “Brass Monkey”. I love the original songs…they are great. Who doesn’t like rocking out and playing the air drums to “In the Air Tonight”?? I know I do. Thank you, Nick Punto.
Lance Berkman….the Berk-man.
I have to admit, I had no idea what to expect from the Lance Berkman signing. I wasn’t mad or nervous, I just honestly had no idea where he would fit in on this team. Well, my questions have been answered. He fits in just perfectly in that number 5 spot. Lance Berkman hit 6 home-runs last week to be the second Cardinal named as the National League Player of the Week (Jaime Garcia of course was in week one). The guy is on fire. He is hitting .377 in 19 games, an 8-way tie for 2nd with 6 home-runs, is tied for 3rd in runs scored, and has 15 RBI’s. I am not huge on stats, but for not knowing what to expect, I must say I am pretty excited to see this. I am hoping his homers can heat up at Busch Stadium, cause I would sure love to see one. All 6 of his home-runs this season have been hit on the road. He returns to Houston this week, and I am excited to see what kind of damage he can do in his old stomping grounds. LB, I am officially a member of your fan club.
Ok, so week one was pretty ugly, but the Cardinals really turned in on during the West Coast swing in week 2. Also, claiming 4 of 6 during this past week’s home stand was good to see. I know it won’t be easy to win the Central this year – the Reds are going to be barking up our tree all season as long as they stay healthy and we do the same. It’s great to know that our young guys are stepping up again – Salas and Sanchez have been incredible out of the ‘pen, Descalso and Jay are fitting in nicely yet again, and Hamilton could prove to be some pop if he ever gets a chance to play. I am happy with the team. It was hard to watch week one, but I have been so impressed with Kyle Lohse’s start and Jaime Garcia’s bounce back from a spectacular rookie season and rough spring training. I had no doubt that Garcia would figure it out & I saw something positive in Kyle Lohse’s last couple outings of 2010. If Westbrook can pitch like he did last night and hometown boy Kyle McClellan can continue to fly under the radar, I think this could be a fun season to watch. It would be sad to see a postseason without Adam Wainwright, but I think I would be happy with it even without Waino – and I know he will be cheering us along all season. I am getting very excited about this 2011 squad. Look out, Cincy, we won’t let what happened last year happen again!
I woke up worrying about ballplayers this morning.
Baby birds Shane Robinson and Andrew Brown collided in the outfield early in the Memphis Redbirds game yesterday. Brian Walton reported on twitter that both players were taken to the hospital with concussions, and Shane Robinson left on a cart with possible head/facial injury. This morning’s update is that Robinson suffered a fractured orbital bone, and Walton shared that surgery was “likely” for Shane and he would “miss considerable time but should fully recover.”
—-Our friend, Bob Netherton, describes the details of the game’s dreadful collision in his blog On The Outside Corner today. <click here>>
In last night’s Cardinals game, a fan was struck by a foul drive off the bat of slugger Matt Holliday. The camera was on Matt after the swing and caught him wince as he saw the fan in the stands.
It is sometimes easy to forget baseball is a dangerous sport. In a nearby town, an 8 year-old girl was playing softball in the outfield and was struck in the head earlier this week by a line drive from another young girl. Her skull was fractured. She is home and will recover, but that story is another reminder of the serious risks involved on the field.
This string of injuries got my attention.
Best wishes for speedy recoveries to Shane, Andrew, the injured fan and the little girl (my Mom’s neighbor).
In news from the big club, La Russa said on KMOX this morning that Skip Schumaker has a hyperextended elbow and will not play again today AND Allen Craig has a groin or leg problem that will likely keep him out of the game today as well.
Bubble wrap, anybody??
Carpenter gets the ball today at 3:10 CT with a chance to sweep the four-game series against the Dodgers.
Go Cards!! (and BE CAREFUL!)
|Finally back after 5 long years!|
|Yadier Molina – you can’t tell here, but I
swear his eyes were closed!
|Me & Daniel Descalso|
|Me & Mark Hamilton|
|Me & CJ Beatty – sorry it’s not the best,
|Me & my friend Kristin at Roger Dean Stadium|
It has been a while since I’ve felt like putting together a post on baseball. Life’s been crazy and there has not been a whole lot to talk about. Yesterday however, the Cardinals made some moves. Blake Hawksworth was sent to the Dodgers for Ryan Theriot (be expecting a Hawk-dedicated post from Ang any second now…) and in another move the Cardinals picked up a left-handed reliever, Brian Tallet.
I missed game 5 of the World Series, the Giants clinching and becoming world champs. I can’t say that I am all that disappointed I missed it, but I didn’t do it on purpose. As a baseball fan, I wouldn’t do that. I was in class on Monday night until approximately 8 PM, and then I went to dinner with friends. It was by complete momentary brain-dysfunction that I forgot I needed to go home and check it out. (I even had people saying to me “YOU missed the game?!?”). By the time I did get home the game was over, and all I had to do was pull up the twitter homepage to see that the World Series was in fact over as “World Champions” and “Edgar Renteria MVP” trending topics scroll across my screen. Surprising that I heard no reaction in the bar/restaurant that I was in indicating that the game was over; I guess most people in Edwardsville, Illinois felt the same way I did – they either didn’t really care who won or they didn’t want the Giants to win. My other guess as to why there was no reaction from the crowd in the bar; there was a Monday Night Football game on, and they weren’t watching baseball.
|Cliff Lee (AP photo) celebrating the Rangers ALDS victory|