Yesterday I reluctantly turned the calendar page.
I hate September.
I felt the same way last year, so I know this despair is not simply a reaction to the recent downward spiral of our beloved St. Louis Cardinals. No, this feeling is more like a case of the Sunday night blues when weekend fun has ended and an entire workweek looms. September is my nagging reminder that the bleak void of the off-season is knocking on the door.
Now is the time I begin mourning the inevitable and savoring every remaining moment of the season as if it were the last. It is the beginning of a long good-bye.
September is my reminder that baseball season is coming to an end. It’s the time when football fever infects the nation like a plague, and folks are even talking about basketball … and hockey?!!
The arrival of September makes me want to climb up on the roof and warn everyone:
“STOP!!! We still have BASEBALL!!!”
If I made the rules, the launching of football and basketball seasons would have to wait until the World Series Champions were crowned. Then again – if I made the rules, we would have baseball all year.
Let the Countdown Begin
Only 31 games remain in the Cardinals’ regular season and today is their final off-day. From here on out it is a non-stop march to the finish line.
Last year fans were anxiously watching every last pitch during the race for the pennant. This year, Cardinal Nation is starting off September as if on a death watch. This too makes me want to climb back up on that rooftop and yell a bit.
Guess what? The season is not over yet!
So as we head down the final stretch, put me on record: Abandoning ship is worse than mutiny. The Cardinals are ‘temporarily’ playing uninspired ball, but the optimist in me fully expects a rally.
True, the boys may need a swift kick in the pants. Or perhaps a note from the CDD gals! Whatever it takes….
So, while the Cardinals get back to winning some games, I hope Cardinal Nation gets back on the boat. Savor the moments, Cardinal fans. The season is too short.
GO CARDS! =)