It’s been a whirlwind of a few days for Cardinals fans. I’ve seen a lot of great things in my 30 years of following the team. 2011 is in a class of its own.
You’ve read the articles and recaps, and watched the videos. Some of you are probably watching MLB network nonstop as you read this. You know what this team has done and how special it is. I’m going to offer one piece of advice for Cardinals fans all over the world.
Breathe deep…Soak It All In.
We live in a world of instant gratification. Apple releases iPad 2 before we even figure out how to use Ipad 1. Newness and excitement wears off, and it wears off quick. Don’t let that happen to the 2011 season. I mean this with all seriousness…most of us will never see something like this again in our lifetimes’ as baseball fans.
This team lost it’s ace before he ever threw a pitch in spring training. It’s all-world slugger and once-in a generation star had a press conference when he arrived in Jupiter to announce a deal hadn’t been completed in the off-season. Our Hall of Fame manager was lost to shingles for a week and dealt with the pain and meds throughout the remainder of the season. Our pitching coach left for an extended time during the stretch run to be with his wife during an incredibly difficult health situation. The club endured 17 different stints on the DL. They endured lights going out in the stadium, moths flying into ears (literally), blown save after blown save early in the season. Yet through it all, they never lost their resolve. They realized the time to make a run was now, because you are never promised tomorrow, and this was a special group.
As fans we’ve been through 180 games to get to the unbelievable moment where Allen Craig catches the third out of the seventh game of the World Series.
Pujols contract situation will work out one way or another. So will La Russa’s. Worry about that another day.
On this day, remember Molina dropping to his knees overwhelmed with emotion at the final out. Remember our gunslinger Chris Carpenter bearing down for 6 innings on 3 days rest. Remember Lance Berkman standing up in the clubhouse answering tough questions after any loss and cementing the character of this team. Remember this guy and the once in a lifetime performance he gave in game 3 to swing the momentum back to St. Louis after a gut wrenching game 2 loss.
Breathe deep…Soak It All In. We may never see anything like it again.