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October 21, 2013Posted by on
The energy in the air, the roar of the postseason crowd, the Sea of Red at Busch Stadium – add in an offensive surge, a rookie pitcher rising to the occasion and surpassing expectations and a shutout of the LA Dodgers, and you have a Game 6 WINNER!
Here is our Game 6 experience, told in photos…
Oh, hey….. THE CARDINALS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!
Go Cards!! 😉
April 8, 2011Posted by on
I finally had some time to sit down and write about the first-class Cardinal Bloggers Event hosted last weekend by the St. Louis Cardinals. The experience was so much fun that I had to split it up into two posts! Yesterday I touched on our meeting with John Mozeliak and the thrill of walking into the administrative offices as well as the wonderful time we had mingling with other Cardinal bloggers/writers in Cardinal Hospitality. Today I want to share some other stories that made the event even more memorable for me.
Visiting the Busch stadium press-box during a game has topped my list of curious places behind the scenes of Cardinal baseball. (Okay, visiting the clubhouse right after the game would be numero uno. A gal can dream, can’t she?!) In my mind, I’ve had a picture of what the press-box scene might look like. So the chance to discover if the scribes bicker out loud (instead of just across twitter) or if there are piles of pizza boxes or taco trash in the corner was a whole bucket of exciting!
One of my favorite highlights from Sunday’s Blogger Event at Busch was an impromptu tour of the press-box! As luck would have it, I caught up with Matthew “Pip” Philip, editor and principal writer for Fungoes.com, when he stopped by the party suite for some food. When I asked where he was off to next, Pip replied that he was heading back to the press box, and I (of course) jumped at the chance to ask him for a tour (not at all shy when it comes to opportunities like that!) Pip was awesome and happy to oblige. So I grabbed Hubby and we wandered back through the stadium with Pip, past the guard at the door to the press box. (Guarded to keep potentially overexcited fans like me from interrupting a broadcast by cheering “AttaBoy Hunky!!!” too loud from the booth?… I’m just guessing.)
Anyway… Hubby and I quietly behaved ourselves in the press-box corridor while Pip took care of some MLB.com datacasting. He was training a woman on the process for entering data for MLB Game Day/ MLB At Bat. (I’d always wondered how that happened…. now I know!)
One of the funny things about the press box was the seating chart posted on the wall as you enter the corridor. It reminded me of elementary school. “Everyone find your chair!”
Hubby and I wandered up to the 2nd level of chairs (with permission, of course) and sat to watch some of the game from that glorious birds-eye view. Among the dozen or so men in the seats below us I recognized Bernie Miklasz (sorting his itunes library), Derrick Goold, Rick Hummel and BJ Rains with his dad, Rob Rains, one row behind. They were all quietly watching the games or casually typing on their computers. What I assumed would be a glorified man cave was actually pristinely clean and orderly. No piles of stadium food littered the desks or corners. And honestly the box felt like a library, very quiet with only occasional hushed talking as crowd noise drifted in through an open window. Another curiosity was seeing Matthew Leach (MLB.com reporter) sitting alone in a darker room full of desk cubbies across the hall from the elevated press-box seats. I had the chance to ask him about this later in the afternoon…
Pip returned to give us a fabulous quick tour of the press-box (honestly, there’s not all that much to tour, but he did it up right!) He even let me snag a few of the game notes and information pages provided for the press who use that area. Score one for random baseball souvenirs! 😉 Whether he knew it or not, Pip made a dream come true. It was wonderful and the staff in the press box were warm and welcoming.
We managed to find our way back to the UCB suites to enjoy more of Jaime Garcia’s unbelievable complete game shutout (wow!) with the other bloggers. Towards the end of the game, Matthew Leach made an appearance in the suites and hung out to meet everyone and talk about the Cardinals.
When the game ended and the employees politely tried to move our chattering UCB group on our way, Matthew Leach kindly hung out with several of us in the concourse. I grabbed my chance to ask him pretty much any and every question I’d wanted to ask him over the past few years… about his job and the Cardinals. He was great about it and I learned a lot.
· The reason he was alone in a dark room in the press box? Leach wasn’t reporting on the Cardinals game that day and was instead working on a different article for MLB.com….while watching a tennis match.)
· He explained his process of taking notes during a game in order to quickly put the details together into an entertaining and informative game recap.
· Matthew has been working in baseball for 10 years now, and yes, it does get tiring, especially when traveling.
· He has authored one book (I didn’t know this) titled “The Game of My Life, St. Louis Cardinals,” but it is out of print and costs anywhere from $86 to $297 online now. So, it must be a REALLY good book! 😉
· He gets a lot of questions for his Mailbag, but current/timely questions are sometimes hard to come by. So when he sends out a request for questions, he really does need them!
I also “peppered” Mr. Leach (Dustin McClure’s words, not mine) with questions about some of my favorite Baby Birds such as Daniel Descalso including how long Matthew expects him to stick with the big club. I verified that no, Matthew Leach is not a Cardinal fan and asked how he can spend so much time covering the Cardinals with such excitement and interest, yet not be a fan. Then I finally couldn’t help myself and brought up the topic of one of my favorites, former Cardinal shortstop Brendan Ryan. Matthew agreed that it was hard to understand how Brendan would be surprised that his former teammates were frustrated by his antics when it was quite obvious to many around the clubhouse. I wish I’d had a tape recorder so that I could remember everything we discussed, but it was the most fun to talk to someone with that much experience and such a close connection to our team. Matthew Leach was great to meet and kindly stayed for all of our questions and discussions, joking about how hard he is to reach otherwise. (He is,in fact, extremely easy to reach and is quick to respond on Twitter as well as answer reader questions in his MLB/Cardinals blog, Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer.)
|Christine, Chris, Justin, Dustin, Dathan and me|
After the doors were shut and the stadium was quieting down, a small group of us leftover UCBers made the hike out of the stadium, past the players’ parking lot… where we paused to try and identify some vehicles in true fan fashion. We continued on to Paddy O’s where we soaked up some postgame excitement along with our refreshments. Being from Oklahoma, I rarely get to celebrate a win, in St. Louis, surrounded by a crowd of Cardinal fans. It was wonderfully fun and the perfect ending to a fabulous gathering.
Thanks again to the St. Louis Cardinals for hosting the event; Molly and Kathy for their hard work in setting it all up and their hospitality; Melody Yount, Derek Throneburg and especially John Mozeliak for giving the UCB a memorable event at Busch Stadium. Thanks also to the staff in the suites who made us all comfortable and provided us with great food, drinks and service. And my special thanks to the two Matthews, Philip and Leach, for adding so much to my experience.
It was especially wonderful to meet everyone that I associate with my Cardinals, from twitter and blogs to the guys behind the MLB tools I use daily.
The Cardinals begin the first of their 10 games on the road today as they face the San Francisco Giants. Game time is early today at 3:35pm.
Go Cards!! =)
April 7, 2011Posted by on
Last Sunday I was pretty hyped to be in a party suite at Busch Stadium, watching the game with 25-30 other Cardinal bloggers/writers as guests of the St. Louis Cardinals! My adventure started back in March when an email invitation to the 2011 Blogger Event arrived in my inbox, R.S.V.P. required. Needless to say, that decision was a no-brainer.
On Sunday morning a group of us congregated outside of Busch Stadium, excited to soon be entering the stadium through the doors of the Cardinals Administrative Offices, located at 700 Clark Street. We were greeted by Molly Radcliffe and Kathy Langenfield who gave us welcome packets full of information about ticket packages, special promotions, a “Tweet Me In St. Louis” t-shirt and our own copies of the beautiful 2011 Cardinals Media guide. Next we were escorted to a large conference room where Melody Yount (manager of media relations and new media) spoke briefly and then introduced John Mozeliak, the Cardinals General Manager.
Mr. Mozeliak gave us a quick state-of-the-team review and talked about the offseason moves and roster changes, then patiently took questions from the group for almost 30 minutes. I must admit it was highly entertaining listening to a group of us “less experienced” new media types ask questions of the GM. Everyone was well-behaved and respectful, but the nervous energy was palpable. Mozeliak answered all questions. None of it was “breaking news,” mostly statements we had heard before from him or the team. But to give Mo some credit, he did inject some humor which lightened the mood. For example, those in attendance now have a new frame of reference regarding our shortstop’s batting average (as it relates to the weight of Mo’s daughter). Also, Mozeliak gave us a status report on Matt Holliday’s recovery from his appendectomy, using the word “bloated,” after which I promptly tuned out in order to clear that less-than-flattering visual from my head. (Get well soon, Matt!)
Mo made his exit in order to attend to pressing Cardinals business, (why else wouldn’t he hang with us for lunch?) and Derek Throneburg filled us in on the new dynamic ticket pricing. Honestly, after listening to Mr. Throneburg and perusing the glossy info sheets in our goodie bag, I am impressed by the effort of the Cardinals to provide tickets and packages at great bargains. No more excuses…. You gotta get to a ballgame at Busch!
After all that official stuff (many thanks to Mr. Mozeliak for taking the time for the UCB Q&A!), we headed to the suites where the Cardinals provided a buffet of yummy food and drinks. (Ask Angela about those brownies…) Jim Hayes of FoxSports Midwest stopped by to chat, but Fredbird stole the show when he flew in and posed for pictures.
Sunday’s Cardinals game was a must-see with Jaime Garcia throwing a complete game shut-out against the Padres, earning the Cardinals their first win of the season. And even though I didn’t actually watch much of the game – my own fault: I was having too much fun chatting with other bloggers/writers that I had never actually met in person before – I will always remember that game experience.
By far, the best part of the event (for me) was the chance to finally meet all the great people of the UCB (United Cardinal Bloggers.) Take it from me, even if you absolutely love how they write, they are even better in person!
Daniel Shoptaw (UCB founder and voice of C70 At The Bat) helped me come up with a list of the fine UCB folk who were present on Sunday. Somehow I didn’t manage to meet them all, so I’ll be looking forward to next time! Check out links to their great sites at the UCB Website.
|Part of the UCB crew in attendance on Sunday
Photo courtsey of Daniel Shoptaw
But wait… there’s more! (Way too much for one post.)
Tomorrow I’ll fill you in on how I ended up in the Busch Stadium press-box and what happened when Matthew Leach got stuck answering some of my questions. Plus, some of us wandered over to Paddy-O’s after the game….
No Cardinal baseball today, but the Memphis Redbirds take on the OKC Redhawks in Memphis tonight for Opening Day in the minor leagues!
Go Redbirds!! =)
August 6, 2010Posted by on
It doesn’t matter if the Cardinals win or lose, it’s how much fun we have …
Well, of course we would have preferred the two Diamond Diaries nights at Busch Stadium this week (Monday and Tuesday) be Cards wins. But we did get to see: a successful debut by Jake Westbrook, a birthday-present-for-me homer from Albert on Monday, several hits by Brendan over the two nights, a Colby jack, a Hunky homer and pitcher Aaron Miles. (And a lot of other defensive plays, hits and runs we are still trying to forget – ouch!) We also had a blast making all of our chick comments in person and taking plenty of photos! Plus we had the chance to meet several Twitter pals, which – in all seriousness – was awesome. We also checked out as much St. Louis baseball history as we could and visited the Missouri History Museum to see the Cards history on display, took the Busch Stadium tour and even visited the former site of Sportsman’s Park.
So here’s a photo special with a few of our pictures from this week. Enjoy! (We did!)
So, we’re going to take the rest of the weekend to look through our photos and relive the memories, but we’ll be back with regular posts again on Monday. Go Cardinals!
May 24, 2010Posted by on
The last day of school, the start of summer… Life-changing events for kids and parents. This year we planned an exciting launch to summer with a momentous pilgrimage: an 8-hour journey to the Motherland …. Busch Stadium.
I am proudly raising two enthusiastic young baseball fans and am thrilled that Cardinals baseball has become a family interest. We watch the games together on television and talk about all the Cardinals news and chatter. So taking our kiddos to Busch Stadium for their inaugural FIRST game at Busch Stadium was a family milestone.
First on the agenda: a tour of Busch stadium.
Last Wednesday, we joined the earliest tour of the morning, a small group of 8-10 people and ours were the only children. (An elementary school field trip filled the next tour group, so we were feeling very blessed!) We entered a peaceful, quiet Busch stadium, empty except for the grounds crew and a handful of employees cleaning the ballpark. The view of the ballpark in the early morning was breathtaking and was a perfect introduction to what would later be a loud cheering stadium filled with that familiar sea of red. Our tour guide led us through various areas of Busch stadium including Mike Shannon’s broadcast booth, the Champions Club, Musial’s bridge and onto the field, dispersing tidbits of Cardinals history along the way.
Favorite part of the tour?
Hands down, the dugout! The kids loved standing on the steps where they had seen Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and all the boys lean over the fence during games. There was a special excitement in touching the phones Tony LaRussa uses to call the bullpen as well as sitting on the wooden dugout benches scarred by the cleats of countless Cardinals ballplayers.
*side note: if planning to take a stadium tour, be forewarned that it does NOT include a tour of the clubhouse (except during Winter Warm Up)
Next on our Cardinals Baseball Trip Agenda:
After the tour we ventured into the team store and did our best to contribute to the ‘Keep Albert Pujols’ fund, buying up far too much of the must-have Cardinals gear that can’t be found in our Oklahoma hometown!
On our road trip into St. Louis we had collected our Mobil On The Run 25-cent drinks, compliments of the Cardinals’ 6-run win over Washington on Monday. And after our stadium tour, we continued our Cardinal broadcast commercial experience with lunch at Imo’s Pizza. Driving past a Schnucks (non-existent in Oklahoma) also sent the backseat into a flurry of excitement. Obviously advertising dollars spent during Cardinals games works – at least on this family! =)
Batting practice before Wednesday’s game brought its own share of excitement. Cardinals sluggers Ryan Ludwick, Matt Holliday and Nick Stavinoha were all firing shots into the stands. Several of the balls that didn’t make it into the seats were tossed up to fans by players on the field. A Marlins player threw a baseball to my son, but sadly, moments later, the ball fell out of his glove, back over the wall. Twice we ‘almost’ caught other balls hit into the stands, but a teenage boy stuck his glove right in front of ours, stealing the catch and the baseballs away at the last second. So, despite our attempts to catch another, we left with merely a good story instead of a batting practice baseball.
The Real Deal: Baseball at Busch Stadium:
Even with drizzly and cool weather for Wednesday and Thursday’s games against the Florida Marlins, we were happy to be in the stands cheering on our Cardinals. Hot chocolate may have helped, but the energy in the stands overcame the chill, and the kids were having fun, focused on the game and cheering for the players by name. I could not have been more proud of my little Cardinals fans! They sang along to Matt Holliday’s walk up song, cheered their hearts out for Brendan Ryan, David Freese and the ‘Boys’, and they marveled as the wave made it all the way around the stadium. They also worked feverishly to punch out their votes on as many All Star ballots as they could collect. (I’m predicting an all-Cardinals team right now…)
Looking Back on It All:
The time in St. Louis flew by too quickly. While we did visit the arch and enjoyed wandering through City Park and the streets between our hotel and the stadium, there was much left undone. So, happily I can say that more family trips to St. Louis and Busch Stadium will definitely be in our future!
The one memory I will forever cherish was watching the excitement of my kids as they hung on the Cardinals dugout fence, thoughtfully looking out over the field at Busch Stadium in that early morning light. I have visited Busch Stadium before, but it was truly magical to see it through the eyes of children experiencing it for the first time. I hope this is just the beginning of their love affair with baseball and that some day they too will be able to pass it down to another generation.
To help pass the time during a baseball ‘off-day’ today, here is a photo slideshow from our trip.
1- Joe Mather in high socks
2- Brendan Ryan and Felipe Lopez & their victory happy dance handshake
3- David Freese and a killer grin
4- Yadier Molina visits Jaime Garcia
5- Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Nick Stavinoha and more…