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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