Back in the swing

After ten plus days of technically difficulties with my laptop, I am back. I guess if there were a good time for this to happen to me, it would be during the slowest part of the sports calendar. There have been some noteworthy stories in that time however that I will be sure to touch on at some point. Stories like the newest PED scandal in Major League Baseball, and the possibility that Chris Carpenter may have thrown his last pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals. Also, a belated happy birthday to Michael Jordan.

The upcoming weeks are an exciting time to be a sports fan. Baseball teams are starting to gear things up under the Florida sun while we wait patiently in the cold for baseball and the warm weather to return home. College Basketball is winding down the conference season gearing up for Championship Week to decide the conference champions. Then the best playoff system in sports takes place, March Madness. I love when the tourney starts knowing it builds to a crescendo until it ends and turns things over to baseball season. Looking very forward to March!

New Musial T-Shirt

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A co-worker of mine found this on pinterest so I had to order one. This shirt is perfection. A salute to “The Man” and a swipe at Albert. Best of both worlds.

 

Swinging Stan The Man

Pardon me for the next few days when I pay tribute to the greatest player for the number one love in my life, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Budweiser tribute to Stan Musial

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Wonderful picture from the King of Beers. This picture will appear as an ad in and upcoming Sports Illustrated

The Man

Photo: The greatest Cardinal of them all, Stan "The Man" Musial, died today at 92. Share your thoughts. http://tinyurl.com/b52jedl

Ever since that I first heard the news of Stan Musial’s passing, I have wondered what to say about him in my blog. I wish that I had more experience doing this because I want what I write about him to sound perfect. I have thought about how that I wanted to honor him, and if I should use other people’s words to help describe the greatness of “The Man.”

For those who don’t live in St. Louis there really is no way to describe the love affair between city and person. It’s hard to describe the emotion felt simultaneously from 50,000 fans anytime he would be whisked into Busch Stadium to smile and wave to the fans. You can feel the emotion here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgAwg8QwLes     Stan was an icon and was loved by everyone in our baseball crazed city. I can honestly say that I have never heard a bad thing in my life about Stan Musial. And I have been hearing stories about him my entire life. Between my father and my grandfathers I was told about his greatness from a very young age.  His greatness to me is defined by a mixture of hall of fame worthy statistics, and being a hall of fame worthy human being. I have read and heard so many stories the last few days about his character and how great of a person he was. You can find examples of those all over the internet. I am going to honor this legend with the story of the one time that I personally met “The Man”.

When I was 14 years old Stan Musial was signing autograph’s one Saturday morning in the St. Louis Galleria. I waited in a long line to get it, but it was well worth the wait whenever it was my turn.

“The Man”: Heya there buddy

me: Hi

“The Man”: you a ballplayer?

me: yes sir

“The Man”: atta boy!! what position do you play?

I won’t go into the whole conversation because I honestly don’t remember all of it but he asked my 10-15 questions about baseball and left me with the advice to always “get my uniform dirty”. For those few minutes I was standing with one of the great baseball icons and he was the one making me feel important. There just aren’t many like Stan Musial out there. I am glad that I got the opportunity to meet “The Man” and I am glad he was ours.

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies at age 92 – ESPN

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St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies at age 92 – ESPN.

Sad day in St. Louis. I don’t even know what to say yet. The greatest player of my favorite franchise has passed away. There will definitely be more to come from me regarding Stan The Man Musial.

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Welcome to my blog! I am high school teacher and high school baseball coach in St. Louis, Missouri. I am a devoted, passionate sports fan. I like and follow most sports but the main sports that I do follow are the NFL, Major League Baseball, NCAA Football and Basketball, and to a lesser extent, the NHL and the NBA. When it comes to my rooting interest I will admit to being a bit of a “homer”. My favorite teams are the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams (hard to admit the last 5 years), and the University of Missouri Tigers.

The reason that I decided to start blogging is because I am very passionate discussing anything and everything that is sports related. Even though my biggest rooting interest is in the local teams, I love discussing the national sports stories as well. I will be blogging about anything sports related (both humorous and serious) that catches my interest. I enjoy looking and discussing the big sports topics from many different angles. I enjoy looking at a topic where my opinion is swayed one way, then after I listen to the opposing viewpoints, my opinion is swayed. I find it funny and interesting how many times that my opinion does get swayed by having an open discussion on a popular subject.

Another aspect that I love about sports is the entertainment value that it brings. As passionate as sports can be some times and as crazy as some of us get about them, it is just a game. One of the reasons the world of sports so entertaining to follow is the characters that are involved.  I love finding amusement inside the world of sports. So hopefully, you can find my blog amusing as well as thought-provoking.

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