Cardinals Baseball… So much more than Win or Lose

    Young fans
    BobLee
    May01/ 2017

    It is no secret. 2017 has been frustrating for everyone on Bill DeWitt’s payroll to every member of Cardinals’ Nation from Moline to Memphis; from Champaign to Jeff City. That’s Baseball.

    “Baseball” can/should be “special”. Yes… they do keep score and someone wins and someone loses each of the 162 games / 81 at Busch Stadium.

    BL on Baseball

    For batters and pitchers, the difference between success and failure is inches. For you as a fan… it is a matter of attitude. How’s yours?

    Do you “go to Busch” 1-2-10-20 times a season or, like me, rely on MLB.tv and Dan and Jim and Al et al to bring the games into your living room? Following “our Cardinals” from April into, hopefully, October should be a respite from “a real world” that can get tedious and unforgiving.

    There is a lot of “stuff” going on these days in America and throughout the world that can get you down regardless of your politics… of your religion… of your life style.

    Baseball, for us Cardinals Baseball, can let you escape that for 2.5 to 3 hours. Do it…

    When the FSMW cameras pan the 40,000+ red-bedecked crowd at Busch III, I love to watch the little Cardinal Kids.

    You can never tell who is winning or losing by their expressions… they are ALWAYS as happy as they can be by the whole sensory overload of “a Cardinals game @ Busch Stadium”.

    Be a Cardinals Kid… be happy watching Baseball.

    If you are All About Winning or Losing you are setting yourself up for unnecessary misery. If living vicariously thru the on-field success of “your team” is all you’ve got left in an otherwise miserable existence, please don’t sit next to me.

    I have yet to see a Cardinals Kid yell FIRE MATHENY …. MOZELIAK, YOU’RE AN IDIOT… DeWITT YOU DON”T CARE… GRICHUK YOU’RE A BUM.

    Is that your way of “enjoying Cardinals Baseball”? I bet you buy your shoes three sizes too small to enjoy the pain and discomfort. It is called masochism. No thank you. I’ll pass.

    There is sooo much to enjoy about being in a major league baseball park. As all those happy kids “know”… it can be a full sensory overload experience. If you let it.

    18 of the 700 best baseball players on Earth going head-to-head in a beautiful stadium… all in the shadow of The Arch!

    Oh gets his slider too far over the plate and it ends up in Big Mac Land, so what? Carp’s blast is caught on the warning track… Phooey!

    Cardinals Nation prides itself on being “better than other fan bases”. We stand and cheer David Freese’s return as a Pirate. Same Cardinals fanswith Daniel Descalso and other former Cardinals. Hopefully one day “Albert” will return to Busch. Oh Boy!

    We show up 40,000+ strong darn near 81 times/year. We schedule our TV watching by Cardinals’ game times. I’m on the East Coast. Those West Coast trips are “rough” on me.

    A lot of yadda yadda to get to my point…

    The boo birds and human hairballs that infest the Internet with their know-nothing negativity and constant whining have “issues” far beyond the Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat.

    They could never “climb the rope” in high school PE. They never had a prom date. They are stuck in go-nowhere jobs. The Cardinals will win some and lose some… those sad souls never win.

    “They” are the ones that turned off their TVs cussing in disgust in the 7th inning of Game Six in October 2011. Don’t be them.

    GO CARDINALS…

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    • CNR Reply
      2 years ago

      After ’42 and ’64 I never give up. Ten down to a great Dodger team with Pete, Ducky, Mickey, and Billy Herman in ’42 seemed all over, then eight down with ten to play trailing three teams above. Both times magic happened. Both years beat great Yankee teams to win championships.
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      This year reminds me of the ’56 NL pennant race. Cards knocked a great Milwaukee team out of pennant by taking two of three in St Louis. The Dodgers won their final pennant in Brooklyn. A great Cincinnati team came in two games out. This NL Central could end up being a heck of a lot of fun. If the winner ends up going to the Series, 162 games mean nothing. If I were a Nat or Dodger fan. Heaven forbid.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        To Cardinal fans new to this site… and new to CNR:
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        CNR is the Dalai Lama of all things St.Louis Cardinals. He taught Stan that strange stance. CND told Enos to GO HOME ENOS. CNR taught Ozzie the backflip. CNR suggested the Clydesdales to Augie Busch.

        • CNR Reply
          2 years ago

          Now, BL be nice. Mr. Musial. taught the stance to me because I had trouble batting left with a mirrored stance from the RH side, only problem for me was a ball in on my hands at the belt. He was correct in his assessment.

          “Country”was the only one in the park who knew he was coming all the way home. I was fourteen at the time. We were sitting on the third base side of the dugout on the rail with the 1926 Champions who had beaten the Ruth/GehrigYankees. Twenty years. Someone yelled, when they saw the look in his eyes, “He ain’t stoppin!” And he didn’t. What a thrill.

          Ozzie? A grea shortstop, but not the best Card shortstop. That flip was a hot dog move made in the era of look at me.

          • BobLee Reply
            2 years ago

            Now “Coach”… not sure it is wise to diss The Wizard to this audience.
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            Tell’em what you think it will take for this year’s team to get to 90-94 Ws with only 79 games to go.

    • CNR Reply
      2 years ago

      “The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.”
      —Mencius, Confucian philosopher—
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      Another absolutely bulls eye column.
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      “The boo birds and human hairballs that infest the internet with their know-nothing negativity and constant whining. . . What we have is someone expecting perfection which is non-attainable over the long haul. “Work toward perfection and possibly, just possibly, you may reach excellence. Something the boo birds have never attained.
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      Whether it is the water or whatever, the City of Brotherly Love was known for being the only fans to boo Stan Musial every game. Brooklyn loved him. The Brooklyn of yore was a special place with a love for baseball and the Dodgers equal to those of St Louis. The same could be said of fans in Cincinnati, Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, and most other MLB and minor league teams. Cardinal Way, Cardinal Nation, Best Baseball fans in the world. A liitle humility please.
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      We Cardinal fans who might have been such, never mentioned it. The present bunch of loud mouths make me want to puke. Most of these nitwits are just echoing the Dewitt mantra which followed the A-B lunacy. They think Stan is the beginning of it all along with The Wizzard and Jack Buck. My relatives sit with them and can’t believe there ignorance of the subject. Typical of the day in which we live.
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      It was Robert Carl Zuppke, another of my mentors, who put nuggets of coaching advice into my brains, who said, “A coach is often responsible to an irresponsible public.”
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      Before MLB came to Houston it was a Cardinal town. Houston had been a Cardinal important feeder In point of fact, in 1952-3 the Cards were headed to Houston with the Browns staying in St. Louis with Bill Veeck completing his task of running the Cardinals out of town. There are still many Cardinal fans in the area who recall that Dizzy Dean, Pepper Martin, Ducky Medwick, Howie Pollet, and many other Card heroes played for the Buffs.
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      Houston and St. Louis are still great cities to take youngsters to MLB games. There are ball parks around the country that my friends will not We attended the Braves’ series in Cincinnati recently that is another good place to take youngsters.
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      Remember BL, there are many youngsters who grew up as totally fans of the Cards, but did not sign with them for various reasons, during the great years of 1926-1946 and shortly after: Ellie Howard, Yogi Berra, Bob Turley, Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer, Norm Siebern, Roy Sievers, Lonnie Frey, Jerry Lumpe, and Dick Williams are but a few.
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      One more ribbon for BK. Doubt that he rips anyone who plays hard.
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      By the by. Those names I listed including Dean Smith, Paul Brown, John McKay, Vince Lombardi, George Halas, Joe Paterno, Adolph Rupp, et al, all wanted to be professional baseball players and continued to love baseball over all other sports.

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