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Why I'm a "Baseball Fan"

Updated on June 30, 2015
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I Love Baseball

Baseball is my deepest passion in life. My name is Wednesday-Elf, but I don't limit my baseball fandom to just Wednesdays :-).

What is a 'Baseball Fandom' you ask? Fandom describes a group of people fascinated with any subject. Mine is Baseball. A few years ago, Major League Baseball had the slogan 'I Live for This'. That's me, a died-in-the wool baseball fan who actually plans her day around 'game times' during the season. Other people might get up in the morning and check the weather. This baseball fan checks out TV schedules to see what time today's 'game' is on! I'm 'Crazy about Baseball'.

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1981 World Series Ticket
1981 World Series Ticket

A Baseball Fan all my Life!

I grew up in New York State and naturally was a fan of the 'Yankees'. I also followed the Dodgers until they had the nerve to leave Brooklyn and I never quite forgave them. (Fans can be fickle sometimes!).

In fact, in 1981 I was living in California when the Los Angeles Dodgers played the New York Yankees in the World Series. We were invited over to our neighbor's house to watch Game 3. Our neighbors were Dodger Fans and I was cheering so emphatically for the Yankees that at one point I was invited to either 'quiet down' or go home to watch the game! (Fans can be rabidly loyal).

*Side note: those darn Dodgers ended up winning that World Series after losing the first two games in New York at Yankee Stadium!

I'm a Baseball Fan No Matter Where I Live

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO | Source

A St. Louis Cardinals Fan

In 1982 we moved to Missouri and I became an 'instant' fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and am to this day. I love all of baseball and enjoy watching any team, but I'm particularly devoted to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees.

I Love My Baseball Memorabilia!

St. Louis Cardinals: 2011 World Series Collectors Edition
St. Louis Cardinals: 2011 World Series Collectors Edition

I was living in St. Louis during the 2011 World Series and watched every single moment of this fantastic 'Fall Classic'. Game 6, in particular, is a moment in baseball history that will never be forgotten. An outstanding series.

 
Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Fredbird the Mascot
Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Fredbird the Mascot

Baseball Stats and Memories

I don't memorize 'stats', but I love listening to the sports announcers quoting current and past statistics about players and teams and enjoy seeing the current stats flashed on the screen when a player comes up to bat. I also enjoy word games and quizzes about baseball.

I also have some favorite baseball announcers and was thrilled to bits to meet the 'best-of-the-best', Jack Buck. This picture of us with Jack Buck and Mike Shannon (and, of course, Fredbird) was taken at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in the late 1980s and is a real treasure.

My personal baseball signed by Joe Torre while manager of the St. Louis Cardinals
My personal baseball signed by Joe Torre while manager of the St. Louis Cardinals | Source
Tony La Russa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team
Tony La Russa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team | Source

Favorite Baseball Managers and Memories

My baseball 'fandom' includes everything connected with baseball. First there are the teams and individual players I love to follow, but I also have favorite stadiums, sports announcers and managers.

I have two favorite managers in baseball, both connected to my favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

The first is Joe Torre who managed the Cardinals from 1990 to 1995. In fact I got to meet him in person and have an autographed baseball from that meeting.

The second favorite manager is Tony La Russa, who was the Redbirds' manager from 1996 to 2011. It was the 2011 season which will long stand out in the minds and memories of all us St. Louis Cardinals fans, the season the Cardinals were down to 'One Last Strike' TWICE (first on the last day of the regular season and then during the World Series) facing virtual elimination... and somehow pulled it out to win the 2011 World Series. I was living in St. Louis during that fantastic season ~ watching every game on TV ~ following every moment of their season (along with thousands of other St. Louis Cardinals fans). There is no way to describe the (baseball) excitement throughout the city of St. Louis during that fabulous 2011 October!

My Baseball (Grand) Boys

Nicholas & Jacob - my grandsons
Nicholas & Jacob - my grandsons

We have Baseball Fans in the Famiily

I share my love of baseball with my brother and we often watch games together, attend minor league baseball team games, or just generally 'talk' baseball. My grandsons pictured here have enjoyed playing baseball, from recreation T-Ball to the High School team. My immediate family are sports fans, but not necessarily baseball (son likes football and hockey). In fact, my son can't believe how I seem to have a 'baseball story' to tell for any subject he brings up. He swears I can relate anything to Baseball... and he's right! Well, you DO know that the word 'fan' comes from 'fanatic', don't you? :-)

The quote below is my favorite baseball 'quote' and my 'mantra' in the wintertime. It's from Bill Veeck, a franchise owner and promoter in Major League Baseball

There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.

— Bill Veeck

The Baseball Fandom of Wednesday-Elf

As a baseball fan, I have written several stories about my baseball memories and excursions, favorite players and teams, and plan on sharing many more. I look forward to reading favorite stories from fellow writers who also subscribe to the term 'Baseball Fandom'. Let's all join together to enjoy Baseball. Play Ball'.

© 2014 Wednesday-Elf

Welcome to all Baseball Fans!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks for sharing some of your baseball stories with me, Paul. I LOVE to talk baseball. :) Yes, I've become a strong Cardinals fan since 1982 when I first moved to Missouri and still am even though I have lived in Georgia now for many years. I still like the Yankees I grew up with and mainly like most National League teams, except for Atlanta and the Dodgers for a couple of different reasons. :) I don't follow many American League teams as I disagree with the Designated Hitter rule. Mostly I seldom get to see American League games, having always lived in TV markets near National League teams; thus get those games.

      The Cardinals organization certainly seem to have a way of producing winning teams year after year. Sorry your Brewers are struggling this year; although, they just had a good weekend filled with wins! :)

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is really a very interesting hub which I enjoyed reading. And I thought you were only a Yankees fan. Being first a Milwaukee Braves fan and then a Brewers fan, the Cardinals have always been a bitter foe of Milwaukee. I remember the Braves beating out the Cardinals to reach the World Series in 1957, but then I agonized as the Brewers lost the 1982 World Series to the Cardinals and then the 2011 Playoff Series to the Cardinals. I just envy the Cardinals so much for having a great team year after year unlike the Brewers. When I was a kid in the late 50s, I used to listen to Harry Carey who was broadcasting Cardinals games on KMOX. Voted up and sharing with HP followers.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      It WAS very exciting to be living in St. Louis during that fabulous 2011 Cardinals post-season. There never was a better time to be a Cardinals baseball fan. :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      How exciting to get to throw out the first pitch at a ballgame! Thanks for stopping by. Always fun to hear from another baseball fan.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love baseball, too. It's a beautiful sport. I'm a Cardinals fan, too! We went to quite a few games when I was a kid. I grew up listening to Buck and Shannon on the radio. My brothers and I (and Dad) listened to just about every game. I don't catch them as much now during the season, but I do during the playoffs for sure! The 2011 series was awesome. Down to 2 strikes, 2 outs--TWICE, I think. Yeah, game 6 looked lost, but they pulled it out! Freese was key! I bet it was exciting being IN St. Louis during that series!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      I am a fan of baseball having been a coach for many years & have been blessed to throw out a ball at a Phillies game. The downside of being at a live game is having beer spilled on you from someone sitting behind you. Ugh. I wish they wouldn't sell it at games, but you living in Missouri I can guess that's not at option. Love the horses though & had my pic taken with them in Florida on time on vacation. I still think that you are ten times the fan that I am of the sport.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I agree, Sylvestermouse. Occasionally you'll see a batter & pitcher go after it when a pitch hits the batter or comes too close and the batter thinks it's deliberate, but most of the time players respect each other.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Baseball is about the only sport where I feel I can actually sit back and enjoy the game. I rarely see anyone truly misbehave on a baseball field and that makes it more enjoyable and less stressful for me as a fan watching.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @TanoCalvenoa: I've enjoyed your baseball lenses. Always delighted to meet a fellow baseball fan.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      Great topic, I'd have loved to be the baseball contributor but I applied for and got "Science Rocks." I do have a few baseball lenses.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @BuckHawkcenter: Thanks, Buckhawk. I knew you'd appreciate the view of Busch Stadium. I once met Stan 'The Man' Musial, so I can just imagine your equal thrill at meeting Lou Brock. Both players contributed so much to St. Louis Cardinals' baseball, on and off the field. I also loved Kimberly's story (I think I'll have to share her & her hubby's picture at that game she refers to), and the 'Iowaracer' comment just below hers is my son! Love having baseball fan supporters in my family! :)

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      BuckHawkcenter 3 years ago

      Oh what a treat to see that beautiful arch! Busch Stadium is one of my favorite places in the summer and I have great memories of those games with the likes of Lou Brock (who I got to meet in person - ooooo!) Jack Buck's son, Joe, now announces for football games. Don't you know I'm thrilled! Congrats on being the Baseball Fan Contributor - they couldn't have picked a better one!

      BTW: Loved Kimberly's story - LOL!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @kimberly-a-daly-9: Funny you should share this story right now, Kimberly. I happen to have the picture of you and hubby at that particular Cardinals game. I may have to post it here. :) Thanks for sharing your story. Luv U. :)

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      kimberly-a-daly-9 3 years ago

      My favorite baseball memory is when Wednesday Elf (known as mom to me) and dad invited my husband and I to a Cardinals game in a press box. It was really nice to meet FredBird and to watch the game under a roof, but the box was open to the elements, and it was snowing in April! Brrrrrrrrr!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Iowaracer: A sports fan in any sports arena is wonderful. I know you are as passionate about your favorite sport as I am about baseball. Thanks so much for your visit. Enjoy your next racing season! :)

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      Iowaracer 3 years ago

      Great Lens here Elf... As you know I am more of a motorsports fan and driver but your enthusiasm is contagious and the season is fun to follow. Thanks for your fandom.....

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @happynutritionist: That's OK, Claudia - lots of people don't get 'into' sports, except for the major events, like the World Series and the Super Bowl. It's like the Olympics - most people don't follow hardly any of the sports presented there any other time, but everyone loves to watch the Olympic athletes compete as they are the 'best of the best'. :)

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      happynutritionist 3 years ago

      I don't watch that much, I know, it must sound terrible to you...lol...but when the playoffs come around I get more interested, and do watch the world series each year:-)

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @anonymous: Interesting you brought up 'farm-league' teams, Charli. We all know about MLB and the minor league system MLB players go through from Class A ball to Triple A, but I'll bet few are aware of the lower levels of beginning professional baseball. I see that the 'Helena Brewers' are affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers and that they are in the 'Rookie' class. All baseball players have to start somewhere, as Charlie Pride did. :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I am so excitied that you have this niche. How perfect! GO CARDS!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      And it's a home-run! When we lived in Helena, MT we used to love watching the farm-league team play (The Helena Brewers). Charlie Pride once played for the Helena team, but that was long before we lived there.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @mbgphoto: Thanks, Mary Beth. Enjoy watching the Cardinals in Spring Training in Florida!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Diana Wenzel: From Opening Day to the World Series, it's going to be a great baseball season with fans like you in my dugout, RenaissanceWoman.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Ruthi: Great to have you on my team, Ruthi. :)

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      You _are_ the World Series of Baseball. With you at the helm of this new Squidoo niche, we win no matter what. It's a guaranteed championship victory. I could not be more thrilled with this announcement. Batter up!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Oh, I am definitely ready to Play Ball! with the Elf! It is quite exciting to see you tag the Squidoo Contributor home plate!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @DecoratingEvents: Ah, Mandee, thanks for the sweet acknowledgement of my 'fandom'. I DO dearly love baseball.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks, Mouse. From one baseball fan to another, I'm happy to be here. Nothing I like better than watching, listening to, and talking about 'baseball'. :)

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      DecoratingEvents 3 years ago

      There is not another match up in the entire contributor program that is more appropriate than this! You are Mrs. Baseball! I love it. I love reading your stories and following the escapades of your baseball fandom.

      Heartfelt congratulations on a "perfect pitch" niche! <3

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      You are absolutely the perfect Baseball Fan Contributor!!! I know I have told you before, but I feel like I grew up on a baseball field watching my brothers play. It is my favorite sport. I used to joke that I liked it the best because I could follow baseball rules. I just loved summer, baseball, hot dogs and suicide drinks! Now, for folks who might not know, a suicide drink was a mix of all of the soft drinks in the fountains. lol And, I never see a pickle, that I don't think of my best friend from those days who loved those baseball pickles. Ok, I'm sorry. Maybe it was about the food too, but what can I say! We had lots of fun!

      So very glad to see you in this niche!