They've done it!
The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals have taken the Detroit Tigers in 5 games, and they won the crown at home.
What a year!
A new stadium, a nearly new team, a ton of injuries, a limping second half of the season, a near-miss on postseason play, and a world championship.
This will probably be one of those stories I teach my children when they are very young. They will ask why we have a whole room of Cardinal stuff. And I will tell them about my first house, my new community, and the season the Cards took it all.
That's such a strange feeling to me. I'm not dating, I'm not serious, and I'm certainly not planning on having children anytime soon. And yet, I'm aware that - in my life - this is a formative day. It will shape the story I tell my children in much the same way the big events of history have become part of my story. Granted, the 2006 world championship is nothing compared to, say, 9/11. But I will remember today. I will remember Hayden in her Pujols jersey at 7 years old, trying desperately to gain everyone's attention in the room. I will remember Hannah, at 11 years old, really wanting to understand the importance of a fly ball, an out, and that fateful swinging strike 3. I will remember a room of cheering people, none of whom were family, but who all shared a love for a World Series win from the boys in red. And we all picked up our phones and called our families.
That's Cardinal love.
And that's the story my kids will hear.
How do I just end today and crawl into bed?
Something significant to me happened today! I developed a different sense of "home" in that communal shout of victory. And only I noticed.
It's good to be home.
And it's good to be a fan!
Thanks, boys, for making today a day I will remember for the rest of my life.