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Pujols’ Presser Giveaway Contest Winner

Sometimes a contest doesn’t go the way you planned it to…

When Erika and I decided on how to give away our copies of the World Series DVD, I doubt that either of us really considered how weird it would feel if the Pujols’ press conference announcing his new contract would really be for another team. That said, we do have a winner! While we didn’t hit the exact date, Dan got about as close as possible. He picked December 9, at 11:00AM. Considering the contract broke a day before and the presser was a day after, that’s about as close as you can get without hitting the bulls-eye. Congrats Dan!

For me, it was weird watching the DVD. I felt the same thing in 2006 watching that DVD, because I was seeing names like Jeff Weaver and Preston Wilson being interviewed. Those guys were names that I expected to go away. In fact, when I watched the DVD a couple years later on a cold snowy day I had actually forgotten about those names completely.

Watching this DVD, it would be impossible to forget about Pujols playing on this team. I almost felt like a knife was being turned in my stomach. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a stunning movie, and it gave me butterflies watching it over and over. Seeing the joy of the players, hearing that crack of the bat again after going several weeks without any baseball, and listening to those familiar voices and sounds of the game I love… it was incredible. I didn’t even jump into the bonus features and see the extra goodies like game 5 of the NLDS and bonus material from This Week in Baseball, among others. It truly is a treasure, and if you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, seriously, what are you waiting for?

Be on the lookout for our next big giveaway. We’ll be filling a few more Christmas stockings with some copies of the 8 disc set – yippee! 🙂

Euphoria

World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Roll that around for a bit in your mind. See how it feels on the tip of your tongue.

Who-da-thunk.

I haven’t been around lately. Since the last time you saw me here, I have moved across state lines, started a new job, coached my way through a volleyball season, and lived and died with the Cards. I cheered for them, I cried for them, I laughed with them. I just wasn’t here.

That’s okay, the Cardinals almost weren’t here either.

I live in Missouri now. My coworkers and I daily chatter about baseball. I’ve watched games with family and friends that I haven’t been able to watch games with in years. For the first time since the 2004 World Series, I watched a playoff game while living in the state of Missouri (Okay, I was at game 3 of the 2009 NLDS. That shouldn’t count. It was pathetic).

I almost quit this team. I actually had a thought one day about what I would do with all my free time in October. That day was in August. I couldn’t fathom what else could happen to this team – random injuries, snatching losses from the jaws of victory, drama with the manager and a team that I felt was listless.

I couldn’t quit this team. Most of you couldn’t either. Suddenly I felt a shift. Games started falling the other way. Call it regression to the mean or getting breaks to fall your way or whatever you want to call it, this team looked different. They almost had… wait for it… swagger. Not in the Phillies’ pitching staff of doooooooom. Not in the Brewers’ “Beast Mode.” Not in the Rangers antler clash. The just had this childlike, sneaking a cookie from the cookie jar determination that they were just going to do this. It was going to happen.

They did it. Allen Craig randomly appeared here and there to hit home runs like they were no big deal. David Freese found a way to have every big hit. Chris Carpenter pitched with a bulldog mentality on short rest. Jason Motte closed the door. Tony LaRussa smiled.

Cardinal fans rejoiced. I sit here, a full 14 hours since the game ended, still feeling speechless as to how to describe this game.

But these pictures say it better than I ever could. Enjoy it Cardinal fans – especially those of you that couldn’t quit.

Game 6 Winner

Game 7 Winner

Drumroll Please…

Apologies for the lateness of this post – it was completely unintentional. Sometimes real life is not what we expect…

*Dramatic drums pounding away*

After scrutinizing, enjoying, and smiling away at all of your wonderful stories, our winner is Diane 1611! We appreciate your dedication to your very first game, and your obvious ability to hold your own against the boys in baseball knowledge – sounds familiar! 😉

Here is Diane’s story. Thanks to all for participating, and hope you enjoy the game (we can’t wait to see what you have to say about the experience)!

My mom & dad were Cardinals fans, but I didn’t become a Cardinals fan until September 11, 1974. That was the night that the Cardinals played the Mets for 25 innings. My mom and I stayed up and listened to all 25 innings. The game didn’t get over until 2:00 in the morning – I must not have had school the next day, or Mom wouldn’t have let me stay up that late. LOL! You can see the box score for that game here. That game had more drama than a soap opera! After that, I started listening to Jack and Mike on the radio with my mom and dad. There weren’t too many games on TV back then, except the ones on KSD with Jay Randolph. I’ve been a Cardinals fan ever since.

My first husband was not a baseball fan. During the 1982 World Series, he teased me unmercifully during the games the Cardinals lost very badly. I got mad & went to watch the game in the bedroom. During the last game, when the Cards were getting ready to win the Series, my ex got a wild hair up his butt that he had to go to his mother’s house. We got to his mother’s house in time to see the celebration on the field. There were other obvious problems with the marriage besides this. My present husband, however, is a big Cardinals fan. He said he married me because I’m the only woman that knows as much about baseball as he does. :) His family talks about sports as well, even his mother & his sisters, so I fit in well with them.

This love of the Cardinals has not passed to the next generation in my family, unfortunately; my daughter went over to the dark side and became a Cubs fan, and my son roots for whoever is playing the Cardinals (although my husband says he does this to irritate me).

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