I was born in 1982 in March. That year the St. Louis Cardinal’s won the world series for the first time in a long time. When I was growing up my dad, my brother, and I would go to games. We would cheer and we would scream and we really got into the games. When things were bad there were two I had in life – school and the Cards. I would enter the games and feel like I had a deep connection with my team. It was great. My aunt once said that I would be buried in my backwards Cardinal’s hat. I always wore the newest version of my hat to family outings and events when I was a kid or teenager or in college. I kind of lost touch with the Cards and my youth over the years. I entered the professional world and I had a bad year in 2005. So when the Cards won in 2006 I didn’t really pay attention. Over the years I got more out of touch with the team only seeing at most one game a year.
So we all know the past few months have not been the easiest, because I’ve had a lot of changes in a small period of time. Good changes for the best, but it’s really hard when a lot of change is thrown at you with very small amounts of consistency. So this year I didn’t think much about it. The Cards go through and beat Atlanta to steal the wildcard. Every single game they played I was on the website refreshing the page neurotically incredibly afraid to watch the games. Finally we get to the series we push through and I’m like this is it. I asked them for a 20th birthday present of a series, but maybe for my 30th birthday in 2012 they could win this year. Maybe they could restore my faith in humanity. So tonight I was sitting in a bar until the complete end of the game and the St. Louis Cardinal’s won there 11th World Series Championship. For once in a long time I felt like I was a kid again. I felt like some form of consistency was handed to me. It was great and it was awesome. It felt like I was at peace for once in a long time and all my demons were no longer going to haunt me any more.
As a pledge to try and hold onto this feeling for a little longer I will be in full St. Louis Cardinal’s apparel next weekend at SharePoint Saturday Richmond. Not to gloat at Texas fans, but as that kid from St. Louis who can accomplish anything she has the world at her grasp. It’s a great feeling and it’s been a long time coming. I hope I can hold onto it for a while longer. I asked for perspective today and someone is giving it to me in the form of a World Series Championship. Thank you for responding whoever you are I accept it. I am grateful and I will try hard not to forget who I am and where I am going.