Cardinals

Opening Day in STL 2014: Birds, Baseball, and Ballpark Village

Finally.  The best day of the year in St. Louis is here.  This is better than Veiled Prophet, and for those not from STL, I won’t even try to explain what that is.  Opening Day at Busch Stadium.  I can only describe it as a national holiday, because to us, Cardinals fans, that’s what it is.

Today is a day when the famous Budweiser Clydesdales will come back.  Today is a day when Fredbird will be back home in all his funny, feathery glory.  Today is a day when the young and the old can come together in mutual overwhelming, child-like joy.   The boys in red and white are finally home.  Its another season, and another year for the Cardinals to continue to prove why they are our favorite team.

I just want to clarify that Opening Day at Busch Stadium is different then Opening Day in general.  Opening Day at Busch Stadium means that I can go to games now.  It means that baseball is truly back, because before, it was almost like a dream.  Real, but not real, because I had to watch the Birds on the TV.  Now, with them home, its a reality.  And its one that is so sweet, St. Louis might explode.

St. Louis finally has the ultimate party scene that everyone has been waiting for: Ballpark Village. It’s literally a village tailored to baseball.  You can watch the Cards on big screen TV’s. You can sit and watch the game in bleachers  that were built specifically to overlook the stadium.

It’s been a year since we lost Stan the Man. It’s been a year since the World Series was ripped out of our grasp by the Red Sox. But today marks the beginning of a new season.  Chris Carpenter is throwing out the first pitch.  Michael Wacha is going to dazzle us with his magic. It’s Molina Monday. The Birds are back.  And frankly, I could not be happier.

 

An Open Letter to Michael Wacha

Dear Michael,

Can I just say that on behalf of Cardinal Nation, we are so happy that you are on our team.

Thank you for Wachtober.  For allowing Fox Sports to do a segment with the Muppets.  For your last name just being so fun to say.  And for reminding me of Pac-Man. WACHA WACHA WACHA WACHA.

But enough about your name.  Let’s talk about your game.  Let’s talk about being unbeaten in the post season.  Let’s talk about 3 games where only one or two hits were allowed.  Almost no walks.  2 major road wins.

It’s Game Six of the World Series tonight.  In Fenway.  And we are about to ask you to do exactly what you did in Game Four of the NLDS.  Bring us home a win.  Help bring home another ring to STL.

So as I watch you on my TV tonight, know I’ll be rooting for you like I’ve rooted for you all season long.  Know that a city is hoping that you will give them one more game to make it 12 in 13.

And know that we believe in you.  You are Chris Carpenter’s protegé.  Help bring home a win.

And if you ever need a date, hit a girl up.

Love,

A Cardinals Fan

but seriously, I’m available

A National Holiday in STL: Opening Day in Busch Stadium

Finally.  The best day of the year in St. Louis is here.  This is better than Veiled Prophet, and for those not from STL, I won’t even try to explain what that is.  Opening Day at Busch Stadium.  I can only describe it as a national holiday, because to us, Cardinals fans, that’s what it is.

Today is a day when the famous Budweiser Clydesdales will come back.  Today is a day when Fredbird will be back home in all his funny, feathery glory.  Today is a day when the young and the old can come together in mutual overwhelming, child-like joy.   The boys in red and white are finally home.  Its another season, and another year for the Cardinals to continue to prove why they are our favorite team.

I just want to clarify that Opening Day at Busch Stadium is different then Opening Day in general.  Opening Day at Busch Stadium means that I can go to games now.  It means that baseball is truly back, because before, it was almost like a dream.  Real, but not real, because I had to watch the Birds on the TV.  Now, with them home, its a reality.  And its one that is so sweet, St. Louis might explode.

Now, as I wrote earlier on this month, we are without our perfect knight.  Opening Day will not be the same without Stan the Man, nor will the game of baseball.  But his spirit will live on, in every Opening Day festivity, in every smile, in every call of the beer man, in every swing of the rally flag.

Stan Musial will never truly be lost to St. Louis, because he is St. Louis.

Today we take on the Reds.  We hate the Reds, because they are cocky, and from Ohio, and just basically embody everything that St. Louis doesnt like.  And every team has to have a rival, because lets be honest, the Cubs dont have much of anything to speak of for a rivalry right now. Image

So get excited Cardinal fans.  Opening Day is back.  And that means that our perfect knights in red and white are back to steal our hearts for another season.