The lady Cardinal fan’s guide to finding a mate

Watching Cardinals games is great, but like most other things, it’s better when done with a friend.  What’s even better is finding a mate that is also a Cardinals fan, like I did (see my last post).  Here are some helpful hints for you to find that special someone:

When you’re out and about, eavesdrop on guys’ conversations.  If they are guys who love Cardinals baseball, they will be talking about the game, the players, etc.  Wait for an opportune moment (guys do run out of things to say eventually), and then sidle up and say, “I couldn’t help but hear what you were saying about ______” and then add a comment that makes them think you know your stuff about Cardinals baseball.  Don’t talk about how cute Mike Matheny or David Freese is (save that conversation for your girlfriends), talk about RBI’s or ERA’s.  Their jaws will drop and you will have just made some new guy friends. One of them may be your eventual mate.  By the end of the conversation, one of them may ask for your phone number.  Leave him hanging – tell him you’ll meet up with him tomorrow night, same time, same place.  You need to keep them in suspense.

Are you on one (or more) of those dating sites?  Don’t forget to list the Cardinals (and baseball in general) as one of your interests.  You can weed out those who don’t like baseball and the Cards that way.  Don’t forget to list Cardinals baseball as one of your interests on Facebook as well.  Facebook will “suggest” friends who share your interests and you may find someone interesting that way.

Don’t date or marry a guy who roots for a rival team, especially a guy who’s a Cubs fan.  Paul was speaking to us Christians when he said that we should not be yoked with unbelievers, but I think this applies to baseball fans as well.  When the Cards and Cubs play each other, I do see couples in the stands representing both teams. That would be really hard, especially since the Cubs are perennial losers and the Cards are winners. Can’t you just hear the taunting?  “My team’s better than your team!” “When was the last time the Cubs won the World Series?”  Besides, if he’s a Cubs fan and you’re a Cardinals fan and you have kids, what team will they cheer for? Why would you have them make that painful choice?  But as for me personally, there’s no way I could be married to a Cubs fan.

If your cousins or brothers are Cardinals fans, ask them if they have any eligible friends who are Cards fans.  They might have friends that have pined for you from afar, but are too shy to ask you out.  (Don’t laugh; it’s happened.)  Your brother(s) or cousin(s) can act as a go-between.

Now you must be careful to differentiate between the guy who really is a Cardinals fan or a guy who says he’s a Cardinals fan just so he can ask you out.  When you meet a guy and he says he’s a Cards fan, be sure you have a difficult Cardinals trivia question to ask him. And when the Cardinals last won the World Series is not a difficult question. The true Cardinals fan will either know the answer right away or know where he can find it (and he’ll tell you that), while the fake Cardinals fan will hem and haw and mumble that he doesn’t know the answer.

Don’t forget, friendship first!  That really is the best way to start a relationship.  My husband and I were friends for 2 years before we started dating.  We were together 2 more years before we got married.  So go to a few Cards games together.  Talk on the phone about baseball and other things every night.  If it’s meant to be, you’ll know it and you’ll feel it.  You’ll know when it’s time to make the next move.  If it doesn’t work out, well, you still have a great guy friend you can talk about Cardinals baseball with.  So get out there girl, and find yourself a guy who’s a Cardinals fan, fall in love and live happily ever after!

I’d like to dedicate this post to my friend Dathan Brooks and his lovely bride Amy, who were married last Saturday and spent their wedding night at the Hilton at the Ballpark, with a window overlooking Busch Stadium. (No, I wasn’t there – I saw the photos on Facebook.) The only thing better than that would be to get married at Busch Stadium, which probably wasn’t in their budget.  I also want to give a shout out to Bill Ivie of I-70 Baseball and Angela Weinhold of Diamond Diaries, who will be getting married in July.  Now Bill is also a Royals fan (hence the title of his blog), but since the Royals are in the “other” league, which makes it an intrastate rivalry instead of an intradivision rivalry, I like him anyway.  LOL!

That’s all for now!  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

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The journey of love

You may be asking yourself, what does that title have to do with Cardinals baseball?  Continue reading, my dear reader, and you will see.

I am married to a Cardinals fan.  We met in 1988 at a bar named Corvettes at Ramada Inn in Fairview Heights, IL, which is now a comedy club.  We were introduced by a mutual friend.  As we talked, we discovered we both loved Cardinals baseball.  Mike would call me and we’d talk for a couple hours at a time about Cardinals baseball.  I was really impressed with his knowledge of Cardinals baseball and he has admitted that I was the only woman he had ever met that knew as much about Cardinals baseball as he did.

We hung out with a crowd of friends and played coed softball together on a couple of really lousy teams. (But it was fun anyway.) Since God didn’t see fit to give me any athletic talent, I played catcher.  Mike played outfield or first base, depending on where he was needed.  After a couple of years, friendship turned to romance and we married in 1992. We recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.

Through the years, we have gone through a lot of trials and tribulations.  What couple doesn’t?  Our love of Cardinals baseball helps distract us for a while when life is tough. Our memories are punctuated by Cardinals playoffs and World Series appearances.  Our son Phillip was born in 1996 and that’s the year that Ozzie Smith retired.  I have a photo of Mike holding Phil not long after he was born. On the couch next to Mike is a copy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports section with a photo of Ozzie’s famous backflip on the front page.  Come to think of it, I may still have that section on the shelf in our walk-in closet where we keep other famous newspaper editions, such as Mark McGwire breaking the home run record, etc.

Mike’s dad was a big Cardinals fan too, and for Father’s Day, we would buy him Cardinals books.  When Mike’s dad passed away in 2009, we inherited his collection of Cardinals books. I guess Mom figured since we bought them for Dad that we should get them back.  My daughter is a Cards fan again, although for a while she went over to the Dark Side and became a Cubs fan.  That’s the ultimate act of baseball rebellion – root for the rival of your parents’ favorite team!  She is back on the right side now.  Being a Cardinals fan is in the genes.  Our son is not crazy about baseball like we are, although he does collect baseball cards and will occasionally sit and watch a game with us, asking us questions about how the game is played. Maybe he’s warming up to the game. He unfortunately inherited my lack of athletic skills.  I was so hoping for a son who would be a baseball player.  LOL! I guess God had other plans.

Whenever we run out of things to talk about (and after 20 years, inevitably we do), we can always talk about Cardinals baseball, even in the dead of winter.  When I am writing a blog post and I can’t remember something Cardinals related, I ask Mike and he always knows.  He’s my walking baseball encyclopedia.

Every couple should have a mutual interest besides the children (if you decide to have any) and ours is Cardinals baseball.  We follow the team on TV, in the newspapers and online.  Occasionally, we get to attend a game at Busch Stadium if someone gives us tickets or if we purchase the KMOX First Pitch ticket vouchers.  We went to the game on Mother’s Day, since I received tickets for Administrative Professionals’ Day.   I didn’t catch any foul balls (we were in the Redbird Club seats on the third base side), but I did catch a sunburn.  If we ever win a big lottery prize, one of the first things I’ll buy is season tickets.

There is no other team worth following than the Cardinals and there is no other man for me except my husband.  Here’s to another 20 years (or more) with my hubby and with my Cardinals!

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

P.S:  If you are betrothed to a Cardinals fan, then perhaps you should consider Busch Stadium as the place to hold your nuptials and/or your post-nuptial reception. You can start your life of marital bliss in Baseball Heaven!  Click here for details on how to do that.

The WWLCB Mother’s Day gift guide

Public service announcement – Mother’s Day is next Sunday.  If your mother, grandmother, or the mother of your children (hopefully, that would be your wife) is a Cardinals fan, what better present to get her than something that reminds her of the team she loves?  It lets her know you’ve been paying attention to her hobbies and interests, and all women love that (and I know this since I’m a wife and mother myself).  I’ve made it easy for you – just click on the bolded and underlined words to go straight to the page of interest.

So what kinds of Cardinals items would a mother love to receive as a gift?  I haven’t met a woman yet who doesn’t like jewelry.  Jostens, the class rings and jewelry company, has designed a line of very nice jewelry to commemorate the Cardinals’ eleventh World Series win.  There are rings, necklaces, and pins. I personally like the Women’s Championship Ring, the Eternity Pendant and the Championship Charm Bracelet.  🙂

Caveat emptor – if you’re going to order a ring, make sure you know her ring size.  And if you’re going to order earrings, make sure her ears are pierced.  If you don’t know either one of these, stick with a necklace or a pin. (Note to hubby and/or adult daughter:  I have pierced ears and I wear a size 8 ring. Thank you.)  Mom would also probably love a Cardinals watch.  She will remember you and your thoughtfulness every time she looks at her watch.  You can find watches and other Cardinals jewelry here.

Does your mother love flowers?  If your mother or wife lives within 45 miles of St. Louis , you can bid for a package where Fredbird, the Cardinals’ mascot, delivers flowers to your mother along with 4 field box tickets to the game on Mother’s Day at Busch Stadium.  It’s David Freese bobblehead day at the game on Mother’s Day as well, so she’ll get 3 gifts!  Click here to bid, and don’t wait long – bidding ends on May 9.

Do you know your mother’s clothing sizes?  There is some nice ladies’ Cardinals apparel on the Cardinals’ web site, including T-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets.  And if your mother likes to accessorize, there are plenty of Cardinals accessories such as purses, tote bags, and sunglasses.

If you waited until the last minute (like the typical man) to purchase a present and you live in the St. Louis area, you can visit the Busch Stadium gift store or the Cardinals Clubhouse stores.  They may not have the Jostens jewelry, but I’m sure the nice folks who work there can set you up with something nice.  Or if your mom or wife enjoys reading, stop by your local bookstore and pick up a book about the Cardinals.

I hope I have been of assistance in shopping for your Mother’s Day gifts.  Remember, these gift suggestions would be great Christmas gifts as well (with the exception of the Mother’s Day flower package, which wouldn’t be available at Christmas time).

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane

 

Look Ma, no gloves!

Matt Carpenter, the youngster filling in for Lance Berkman at first base while he recovers from a calf strain, has a hot bat.  But Matt is doing something very old school – he does not wear batting gloves., Derrick Goold, a sportswriter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, interviewed Matt about his habit of not wearing batting gloves.  Matt said that he closes cuts on his hands with Super Glue. Eww!  Yuk! (Sorry, that’s the girl in me.) As long as he swings a hot bat, however, I don’t care if he wears batting gloves or not.

If you’re a baseball player, there are reasons you would want to wear batting gloves. When it’s cold, batting gloves will keep your hands warm.  When it’s really hot, batting gloves will keep the bat from slipping out of your sweaty hands.  Batting gloves provide protection from errant pitches.  They also keep you from getting blisters and calluses on your hands.  They give you a better grip on the bat handle.

Batters are always adjusting their batting gloves at the plate. I’m not sure if it’s because the gloves slip around on their hands or they’re doing it to try to slow up the pitcher. If they don’t fit, they should get a pair of gloves that do fit.  It reminds me of back in the day when Terry Pendleton was batting, he would adjust his jock strap on live TV. That was distracting for the pitcher, I would think, and disgusting for the viewer.  But I digress.

Believe it or not, batters didn’t always wear batting gloves.  Bobby Thomson of the Giants reportedly wore golf gloves during spring training in 1949. In 1964, Ken Harrelson was the first player to wear a batting glove during a game.  Rusty Staub was the first player to wear golf gloves on a daily basis. In the 1980’s, batting gloves finally became the norm for all players due to Mike Schmidt teaming up with Franklin Sports to develop gloves specifically for batters.  Franklin provides the most batting gloves for major league players, but other athletic goods manufacturers have added batting gloves to their lineups.

Young Mr. Carpenter, however, is not the only current major league player that does not wear batting gloves. Jamie Moyer, that ageless pitcher, doesn’t wear batting gloves. Former Cardinals players who didn’t wear batting gloves are Terry Pendleton (probably so it would be easier to adjust his jock strap), John Mabry, George Hendrick, Tommy Herr, and Keith Hernandez.

I played co-ed softball in my younger years but don’t remember if anyone wore batting gloves or not.  I couldn’t hit worth a darn, so they wouldn’t have helped me anyway. LOL!

Congratulations to the winners of the Baseball’s Greatest Games:  Game 6 of the 2011 World Series Blu-ray/DVD combo sets!  The winners are:  Chris Hays, Lisa Weyenberg, Bob Hatter, Ross Willimann, JoAnn Johnson, and Kim Ahrens.  Thanks for reading and thanks to A&E/MLB Productions for providing the DVD’s.

And thank you for reading!  See you next time!

Diane