Saturday, October 2, 2010

Two Emotions

I felt two distinctly different emotions as I cut today's Rockies/Cardinals game.
The Cardinals beat the Rockies today 1-0 in eleven innings on a walk-off single by Matt Holliday. Walk-off wins are a blast to cut.
Walk-off wins are a blast to cut even in meaningless games at the end of the season.
Walk-off wins are a blast to cut even in extra innings during meaningless games at the end of the season.
The emotion I felt cutting the walk-off win was one of excitement.
Even though the game was meaningless as far as the pennant race is concerned, I still was pumped and thrilled to be cutting this exciting Cardinals victory.
However, I felt a totally different emotion before the top of the sixth inning.
We knew going into the game/telecast that Stan "The Man" Musial was going to be introduced to the crowd as part of a campaign to get Stan the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This "Stand For Stan" ceremony should play an important part in honoring this Cardinals great.
"The Man" entered onto the warning track from the wagon gate in right field and circled the ballpark.
The adoring crowd all waved foot high cutouts of Stan and cheered loudly.
The Rockies players in their bullpen and dugout all were clapping.
The Cardinals players, manager, coaches, and staff stood in front of the dugout clapping, waving the cutouts and cheering.
This was an emotional moment for me to cut.
This iconic gentleman is beloved by all Cardinals fans.
Cutting this tribute was an honor and I was moved during the ceremony.
There was a huge lump in my throat and I could only whisper as our great TV crew covered this
wonderful moment.
Never get too high and never get too low.
Tough to do sometimes.

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