Well, okay, I suppose they won, but surely my cheering and support helped. Not to mention, that I went on a two-week vacation with my parents(!) to get the Cardinals’ season off to a proper start. (Never mind that they lost both games we saw and looked like a Little League team doing it.) That has to count for something, right?
Last night’s Game 7 of the series was somewhat anti-climatic, to tell you the truth. Game 6 on Thursday night told the real story. The Cards were behind in the Series, 3-2. If the Rangers won the game, they won the Series. Twice, the Cardinals were one strike away from losing the whole shebang, but they hung together and pulled out an 11th inning win to even things up, 3-3! Compared to that nail-biter, the final game was a breeze. (Well, it was a breeze if you were watching it on television. Actually playing in it might have been different.) And every single player contributed to the cause.
Watching the on-field celebration and awards after the game, MVP (Most Valuable Player, for you non sports-geeks) David Freese said something that really resonated with me.
“This is why you keep battling. Sometimes things don’t work out, you get injured, you do stupid stuff, but you try to stay on path. You surround yourself with guys like we have on this team. I’m so glad to be part of this.
I’ve had plenty of days in my life where I’d thought, you know, I wouldn’t even be close to being a big leaguer. I’m here because of everyone around me. They put so much trust in me to accomplish, not just baseball, but stuff in life. To do this, I’m just full of joy.”
I sometimes do stupid stuff. I get injured. Life doesn’t go like I think it should. Despite that, I stay on path, and that’s because I’m part of a great team. (That’d be you guys.) We may not be playing a blemish-free game and look a lot like Little-Leaguers from time to time, but we hold each other up and we’re still in the hunt. And like MVP Freese, I’m filled with joy just to be a part of it.
Thank you for letting me play on your team!
Now, it bears mentioning that while baseball is now officially in the off-season, we are still playing. And we have to keep playing all through the winter, right? RIGHT?