Bucket list – Cardinals style

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while – I guess I haven’t had much to say.  

This post was inspired by a thread that I posted on at a message board about bucket lists.  I posted some Cardinals related wishes there, but it got me thinking about other Cardinals related things that I’ve never done.  So here’s the Cardinals section of my 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 paying for food and drink.  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 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 Anthem in the original key (F). 

3.   Sit in the radio broadcast booth with Mike and Jim and maybe do an inning of play-by-play. 
I met the late Jack Buck at a Cardinals 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. 

4.  Catch a foul ball.
I went to a Cards game last year and Yadi Molina hit a foul ball that landed 2 rows below where I was sitting.  Darn!

5. Catch a home run ball.
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.

6.  Meet Albert Pujols and Yadi Molina.
Okay, who doesn’t?  LOL!  The closest I’ve gotten to Albert was viewing him from afar at Winter Warmup.  I couldn’t afford the price to get his autograph. 

7.  Go to a Cardinals home playoff 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.  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 last year’s All Star Game was working at Fan Fest.  That was fun, but it’s not the same as being at the actual game. 

9.  Go to spring training. 
Another 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 someday.

11.  Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.
It would be so cool to visit all the Cardinals exhibits at the Hall. 

12.  Attend Whitey Herzog’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Numbers 11 and 12 could be combined if I won the lottery anytime soon.  I may have to settle for watching #12 on MLB Network. 

13.  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. 

Well, there’s my list.  Are there any Cardinals items on your bucket list?  Feel free to comment below.

See you next time! 

Diane

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5 thoughts on “Bucket list – Cardinals style

  1. I was in St. Louis for the festivities last year. I worked at this year’s Fan Fest in Anaheim and had a blast. What did you do there last year? I was also at the All Star Game and I do agree, it’s not the same just going to the Fan Fest but not the game. Had a lot of fun. I have also been to a World Series game, but it didn’t involve the Cardinals! The electricity you mention is unbelievable.

    I go to games at other stadiums several times a year. There are 2 NL ballparks within a couple of hours of where I live, and then 2 others that are 300 to 500 miles away. It’s fun being on the road and since I don’t live near St. Louis anymore, it gives us a chance to see the team we don’t usually get to see.

  2. Thanks for commenting, calicards1! 🙂

    The first night at Fan Fest, I worked at the race to home plate game. I ran the computer scoreboard. I got to sit down. I like sit down jobs. 😀 The second night, I worked at the game where your favorite pitcher threw the ball & you had to hit it. I worked the Holiday Inn march to the front of the line section. Again, I got to sit down for the whole shift. The next day, however, I worked the same game but had to stand for the whole shift. My legs were killing me! 😦

    It was great fun though, and the 2 extra Fan Fest tickets were great – my hubby & son got to go to Fan Fest, and of course, I could get in for free anytime. It was neat seeing the pro women players from the 1940’s – I’m amazed any of them are still alive.

  3. I worked at Steal a Base Steal a Taco, and also at the Home Run Derby shagging balls. Don’t know how much you are into baseball history? I’ve been learning a lot about the Home Run Derby and also about a lot of side stories such as the guy who wrote Take me out to the Ballgame and how they are honoring him at the cemetery where he’s buried. There were a lot of stories I didn’t know about but a friend of mine who also worked at Fan Fest has been a history buff and reads a lot about that. The women from the ’40s are great to talk to. We have a lot of them living out here. They sign at card shows and make a lot of appearances around the area. I enjoyed getting the extra tickets for the Fan Fest too. But best of all I am glad the N.L. won this year!

  4. “a 100 person handbell choir that rang the National Anthem at Busch Stadium II for the Cardinals’ 100th anniversary in 1992. ”

    My mother and I were at that ceremony and remember it like it was yesterday. It’s a shame the Cardinals didn’t record it.

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