It’s a sad day for Cardinal fans and for all fans of baseball. Yesterday we lost one of the greats: Stan “The Man” Musial.
The outpouring from players and fans has been evident on Twitter and Facebook (especially by those of us whose news feeds are mostly populated by Cardinals fans) but we all know that the loss will be felt most keenly on opening day, when one fewer red car makes its way around the diamond in the traditional parade of the living greats of Cardinal’s baseball history.
But for now, 2WC and family would like to express our sympathies to the Musial family and Cardinal’s organization and our thanks to “The Man” himself.
More on the Story: Cardinal Nation Loses a Great
…just for fun:
Tonight, the third and final presidential debate takes place.
Hosted by Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida the debate will focus on foreign policy. Although, I’m sure both candidates will stray more than a little from the designated topic.
You can also be certain that, along with pointing out what the other candidate has not done (or mismanaged), the two will debate Rose Garden semantics, the actual Libya situation might be discussed and Osama bin Laden’s name will be mentioned (a few dozen times).
Another certainty, this blogger’s mind will be elsewhere.
Despite a masterful two-game lead in the NLCS, 2WC’s beloved St. Louis Cardinals have allowed the incredibly resilient San Francisco Giants to force a winner-takes-all game 7. And as fate would have it, that game will be played tonight, right in the middle of the final presidential debate.
While we promise we’ll keep you updated on the highlights of tonight’s debate (Check out our Twitter feed here: The2Women), we may be a little distracted. Also, the Cardinals may worm their way into our discussion.
So, here’s to a productive debate and a Cardinal’s victory!
More on the Story: Washington Post
…just for fun:
Let’s Go Cards-
Being a baseball fan is not easy. It takes commitment and restraint. We’ll talk loyalty later on in the week.
Today’s topic is simple crowd etiquette.
A few simple guidelines:
1.) Pick a side: The Crusade of course encourages trying new things and having new experiences. We understand that not everyone has the same level of baseball devotion as us (and you have our sympathy).
The easiest way to get into the spirit of the game is to pick a team and root for them. No one wants to hear about your indifference about the outcome.
You don’t have to stick with them after the game. Just for nine innings, for the sake of those around you, fake it. Who knows? Maybe you’ll like it.
2.) Know your limits: I’m not talking about how many Bud’s you can pound before you start wondering if you can outrun the ballpark’s security team. Think simpler.
If you don’t like being around people, loud noises, mono-chromatically dressed crowds, happiness, or fiercely loyal baseball fans- STAY HOME.
3.) NO WAVES: We’ve covered this before, but it cannot be said enough. There is a time and a place (pre-concert boredom perhaps?). Bottom of the seventh, two on, two out, is neither of them.
It’s not a cheer. It’s a distraction.
No one will change my mind on this. If there is a baseball/hockey/Quidditch match/football game…etc. going on it’s not time for the wave.
Stick with these and you should be able to survive the season. Unless of course you pin your baseball hopes and dreams on the Cubs, in which case…Who wants to start the Wave?
Ever notice that when professional athletes sustain really boring injuries they still manage to make it sound exciting?
You never hear about a sore finger or a pulled muscle. It’s a sprained thumb and a strained oblique.
It’s just not fair. No matter how badly I embarrass myself my injuries will never sound as cool.
Even when they’re exactly the same thing.
For example, today Ryan Ludwick leaves the game with a bruised left shin, sorry that would be a “left shin contusion” as the team officially called it.
Some of you may have heard about my left shin injury from a month or so ago (the welt’s still there).
See on the surface, they’re the same injury, but here’s where his injury get’s cool and mine just remains a bruise on my shin.
“How did it happen?”
Ludwick’s scenario: Hit a foul tip into his shin, then went on to hit a two-run double, and a solo home run.
My scenario: A trashcan hit it (it sounds like it could be exciting, it’s not).
I guess there’s no hope for it. No matter how hard I try my bruises will remain just that…no contusions for me…or the rest of you non-professional athletes.
But I will say this, because I know that there are some out there who probably think a bruised left shin is a poor excuse to leave the game…let’s drop a trashcan on your shin and see how you handle it.
Left shin injury solidarity!
Easter’s only a week away…so here’s a little reminder
Well, it’s spring break season again, and the Crusade is heading south for the weekend.
In other words, this is going to be a short post.
We’re off to enjoy the Florida sun and some Cardinals baseball.
Hopefully you too will soon have the opportunity to enjoy some warm weather and unwind after this long, cold winter.
I wish my fellow spring breakers a safe and relaxing break.
Be smart, and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen (unless of course you’ve always dreamed of looking like you’re 60 at the age of 35).
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get started on my rest and relaxation.
Consider yourself lucky I didn’t go into a lecture on the importance of protecting your skin from the sun (don’t worry, it’s coming).
…and just because I couldn’t resist, the song behind the title: