Y’all may remember way back in March when my parents and I went to Florida. One of my mother’s bucket list items was to go to St. Louis Cardinal spring training. And so we did:
And then we came home and watched the Cards go up and down, and up and down, in the standings. They played great and they played awful. In August, they really sucked. My parents and I joked that at least we’d have October free, since it didn’t look like we’d have a team in the post-season.
I’d forgotten one important thing. Just because a team has a bad spell, doesn’t mean they don’t still have the capacity to dig deep and continue to play hard. (Weight management analogy, anyone?) The Cardinals had a pow-wow on August 24 and decided, according to one sportswriter:
“Even if others had written off their season, the larger disappointment would occur if they, as players, followed.”
They pulled themselves together (mostly–they still had sucky moments) and put together a string of wins at the same time that the Atlanta Braves began to fade. Two nights ago, the Cardinals tied the Braves for the wild card spot in the National League Division Series. Last night, the Braves lost, the Cards won and the champagne flowed!
Okay, so she’s not a Cardinal. I didn’t have a press pass, I wasn’t in the clubhouse, and I don’t have a jillion dollars to pay for a copyrighted photo. This is the best I could do. Winning was a joyous moment for St. Louis, and playing in the splash fountain at the zoo was a joyous moment for this little girl.
So the lesson in all of this is obvious: we don’t give up! Ever! When our game gets off-track, we shake it off and find a way to get back on track. Even if we don’t win–if we don’t meet the larger goal–we’ll have the satisfaction of knowing we gave it our best effort.
I’ll leave you with that little rah-rah for the weekend…and with a completely unrelated bonus shot from today’s zoo visit:
Didn’t UGGs go out of style?
Happy weekend, everyone!