I may be the daughter of a preacher, but have never been great at quoting scripture. I can however point you to the scene from “Footloose” where you can hear Kevin Bacon mention
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:”
My mind is always drifting to baseball. So naturally, my translation would be: there is a time for every emotion during baseball season. In 2010 we have had time to cheer; time to cry, and (lately) plenty of time to be frustrated.
A time to reflect:
I was watching a game this week – well, I watched them all – but there was this one game – when it struck me how different the August Cardinals are from the starting lineup back in April.
On April 5th the Cardinals won the first game of the regular season. They beat the Reds with a final score of 11-6. (The Reds!) The Cardinals had 12 hits that day, with four homeruns: Albert Pujols hit TWO, Yadier Molina had his first career Grand Slam and Colby Rasmus went yard as well.
That evening Matthew Leach, writing for MLB.com, compared the Cardinals’ performance to the anticlimactic crash of the 2009 postseason effort:
“The last time the Cardinals were seen playing games that mattered, they were an offensively futile team. A great deal has changed — from the stage to the ballpark to the opponent — since that NLDS. But the Redbirds have changed, too. They’re an improved offensive club, one that can be dangerous at all eight everyday lineup spots.”
That was certainly our time to hope.
A time for change:
The faces on the field are different now. Some favorite players are gone for good and some we just haven’t seen for a while. (To be honest, this topic gave me a much needed chance to post some pictures of the Cardinal faces I have been missing! My time to be sentimental, I guess.)
|Freese, Luddy and Joe — We miss you terribly!|
But looking on the bright side (yes, I have been accused me of overusing that Pollyanna trait lately, but stick with me here!) … there are some wonderful new Cardinal faces we have come to enjoy. Okay, just another excuse to post pictures of my favorite BabyBirds.
|Glad you boys are getting a shot!|
The Cardinals still have time to play, time to win and time to rally. So until that final Cardinal out of the 2010 season, we fans have time to enjoy the game.
Time To Welcome!
Time To Welcome!
Like the Cardinals, we here at Cardinal Diamond Diaries have added a new face. Thankfully we didn’t have to trade anyone to a Padres blog group or lose anyone to the Disabled List!
We are thrilled to welcome Jacqueline Hadley Conrad to our gals club here at CDD. Like Angela, Chris and myself, Jacqueline is a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and we are looking forward to reading more of her unique charm and humor here on the blog. In the days ahead, we will get her information added to our “About Us” section and she will be checking in again next week.
Until then… If you missed the chance to read Jacqueline’s inaugural post yesterday, do not delay one minute longer. Grab a tissue and be prepared – it is a beautiful and touching tribute, steeped in family tradition and Cardinal baseball history. “Ma mere Tootsie’s Gift”
Today the Cardinals are taking on the Washington Nationals again. Game time: 6:05pm CT.
Hopefully it will once again be a time to win!
GO CARDS! =)