Top 10 things about winning the World Series…from a fan’s point of view

October 29, 2011 § 14 Comments

PICTURED:  at Game 6:
D wearing white cap, clapping and  seated to left of Nor; Nor in pink knit hat looking at game; Snarl in black cap and red vest and leaning next to Nor, listening to her;  and HM, seated next to Snarl, in red cap and white moustache and clapping –  at Game 6. (haven’t downloaded pics from Game 7 yet!)

1. Being part of  a “code”: Cardinals fans know what a “rally squirrel” is, what it means to chant Ya-di, that Berkman has a grand sense of humor and intense game focus, that Pujols should not be walked, that Freese offers great wordplay including “deep freeze,” that LaRussa has an impacable game face…

2. Loving a team. Even more. But you always have. It’s a regional thing. A cultural thing. An osmosis thing. You would defend their individual honor if pressed to do so, whether by the water cooler or in a lineup.

3. Being part of a “grand scheme.” First the games and then  the divisional wins. And now the Big Kahuna of championships, and you belong!!!!

4. That moment, that high, albeit ephemeral for a fan, when your team is ahead and throws the last strike against the other team. A moment that transfixes while life rushes ahead and they’re on the field, piling on one another in congratulations and you’re still standing there, feeling that last winning pitch moment, reeling…and then hugging everyone. 

5. Understanding perserverance.Someone has to win and this time it’s your team, it’s you. Because they’re good. Not because they’re lucky, not because they’re a shot in the dark, not because they’re a Cinderella team but because they are good – really really good at the game.

6. The rock-concert high that’s being part of a crowd insane with delight – no whoop or holler is too loud, no screams of delight are too odd, no talking to the players, egging them on during the game, is too wrong. (we were NOT into booing or deriding the other team. no, really, we were not.)

7. It’s real. It’s not a screenplay or a book or anything at all that was contrived. This is real life, real sports, unfolding in real time and brilliantly done, beyond ordinary expectation or a scripted perfect ending. It’s all real.

8. The power of communal effort and vibes for the greater good.  Cheering contributes to team effort. Or, it really seems so. And that’s good enough. And our team thanked us. Midwest down home stuff? Don’t care – it’s sincere.

9. Believing. It’s not just winning that makes you believe; it’s being there. It’s knowing that deep down you knew something like this huge WIN could actually truly literally happen.

10. Interacting positively with 100s and 1000s  of people you’ve never seen before. We talked in line waiting to get into the stadium; we talked to one another in our seats and in line for the loo and at the refreshement stands; we whooped, hollered, hooted, trilled and laughed as we spilled down the stairs and escalators on our way out of the stadium to meet another huge crowd who’d gathered outside the gates to feel the win. Traipsing toward our cars, crossing streets, circling clusters of cops who were smilingly benign, there were high fives and hugs unhesitatingly given and shared – have any of us spent so much time smiling at one time, ever?

Then going home to watch everything again on TV and remembering every moment.  And the interviews! and the Cardinal clubhouse celebration!  Ah, there are more than 10 things about winning.

The above are written in the glow of the autumn morning afterwards, where indeed all the leaves have not fallen off the trees and the light is golden, like the win last night.

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§ 14 Responses to Top 10 things about winning the World Series…from a fan’s point of view

  • anno says:

    What a great community experience! If the Tigers couldn’t win it this year, am so glad it could be the Cardinals.

  • Bella Rum says:

    Congratulations! How extraordinary an experience is when it’s shared with thousands of strangers.

  • Hip hip hooray! And what a cool experience to actually BE THERE when they won. How elated you must have felt – that is a once in a life time experience, a story that you will tell your grandchildren!!

    Great recap!! 🙂

    • oh says:

      Thanks, Anno – it’s great to have non-regionals buy into the thrill of the win! And you have a fine team there as well, of course!

      BR – it’s been unique to actually be a fan – I had no idea. That doesn’t mean I’ll follow all sports, but it would be nice if we ALL had more shared “wins” – guess maybe we do, if I stand back and look at it…space shuttle, tornado and earthquake recoveries/actions, recycling efforts….hmmm…

      Lisa! Thanks for sharing in it – I am STILL smiling! oh, the stories for the “grands” when they come – yes! working on them already! and you know HM (aka “Michael” is working on his spins, being such a great story spinner himself!)

  • Typehype says:

    Kudos, St. Louis! It’s so much fun when your team wins…and to be at the game? It’s the best! We’re cheering with you – my husband has been a STL fan since childhood — where he grew up 🙂

  • shoreacres says:

    I was rooting for the Cards myself – partly because every time Dallas loses, Houston cheers, and partly because Lance Berkman is such a great guy. We miss him around here.

    And you know me and squirrels – what’s not to like about a rally squirrel?!

  • richard says:

    Game 6 is one for the ages! And the series was one of the greatest ever played…how sweet to bear witness and to have such a drama as to remove the many troubles of our world from top of mind, even for a few days! Well-played and well-earned championship for theCardinals

  • Care says:

    Congratulations to the Cardinals. I was secretly rooting for them while my family totally backed TX. I was born a Cubs fan, you see.

    Still I get what you are sharing here; our first year in Massachusetts was that 04 Red Sox win. It really was quite magical in mood and camaraderie and I wasn’t even a ‘fan’.

  • oh says:

    Yay, Care! Thanks for the cheering. It worked! So pumped about the Cardinals that we nearly forgot about Halloween! So I completely overbought on the candy thing! come on over – we can make a Halloween candy pie!

  • ds says:

    I missed the epic Game 6, but watched 7, and honestly am so glad the Cardinals won. Well deserved. And wow–you were there. How exciting!!

  • jeanie says:

    Love, love, love this post! I was thinking of you all during the series, hoping you were there, knowing that whether or not you are a fan, at series time, everyone is! Your family is so beautiful. I’d seen pix of Nor and Snarl, never HM. Handsome man! But then, you’re no small change, either! How fun to all be together — your lessons learned are outstanding! Congratulations!

  • oh says:

    DS – We are still talking about the games, historical #6 and epic #7.
    A week later already, I think I could write a better piece about it, shorter, pointed (and less corny). Maybe….!

    Jeanie – I’d forgotten that I rarely (if ever before) have included HM’s picture! Thanks for your kind comments. Wait til you meet this family, because of course I’m so sure we’ll be in your territory and you’ll journey here at some point. (the weather is starting to be less than friendly around here though – sheesh!

  • Kathleen says:

    Wow, that is so exciting that you hot to go to the game!

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