Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Big Difference

The Cardinals closed out the 2015 season with a doubleheader against the Braves today in a Atlanta. I had two different mind sets for each game today and each mindset was different. I struggled during the first game/telecast. I had a difficult time keeping my focus. I struggled because it was a meaningless game from a standings standpoint and I knew there would be another meaningless game 30 minutes after the it's completion. I knew the second game/telecast was my final show for the 2015 season and this helped me remain focused. In fact, as each inning was completed and the game neared it's finish I felt a bit of excitement knowing the grind of TV baseball was almost over. It will take about a week for my brain to return from the mush it is now. Trust me, a TV baseball season has a way of frying the brain. Now it's home sweet home. This is my last blog for the 2015 season. Thank you to all who follow it.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Last Day

Rain was threatening all day. There was some mist. At 6:55 - 5 minutes before air - the tarp was put on the field. Some rain - not hard - until the game was postponed at 8:55pm. At least this allowed me and Mike and Keith to enjoy some "last night" beers together. Doubleheader tomorrow starting at 1:10 with the second game starting :30 after the first game. No complaints from this department. Tomorrow is the final day of the 2015 regular season. Tomorrow night I will be sleeping in my own bed for the winter. I am looking forward to tomorrow - "The Last Day".

Friday, October 2, 2015

An Emptiness

The Braves took 3:58 to beat the Cards 4 - 0 tonight in Atlanta in a meaningless game. The Braves have been out of playoff contention for a good while and the Redbirds clinched the Central Division in their last game. This was a meaningless game as far as the standings go but their are still roster decisions to be made by the Cardinals for the post season so there is some meaning for the club. Yes, I believe the Cards still want to win every game (every club does) but there is a certain edge lost for me in games such as this game. I still cut the game to the best of my ability but there is a totally different feeling as I sit in the chair. It is hard to explain but there is a bit of emptiness that I can't get rid of as the game is being played. The more that I think about it I believe that the Cardinals fans that are watching feel the same sort if emptiness that I feel. Two more regular season games to go. I can't wait for playoff baseball. I'll be watching.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


There was a doubleheader today with the Cardinals needing one victory to clinch the Central Division. An early grand slam by the Pirates in the first game basically sealed the victory for the Buccos. Likewise, an early grand slam by the Redbirds basically sealed the victory in game two. Televising a post game celebration can be very hectic especially when the sideline host loses all communication with the truck but it seems to always work out. Thanks to the Cardinals organization for allowing us to put a camera in the clubhouse before the 11 - 1 victory was over. The shots of the sheets of plastic over the lockers and the shots of beer and champaign at the ready were very effective as the game wound down. Off day in Atlanta and then just three more regular season games to go. Congratulations Cardinals!!