Sunday, May 4, 2008
Cardinal Man - Cardinal Fan
This is a picture of the Cardinal Man, my pops..."Bud" Wells, and a Cardinal Fan, Sir Hook of Warrick. This picture was taken right after Albert Pujois sent one over the fence during the first home stand of the new Busch Stadium. Dad would die a happy man about a month later.
Today, two years after this picture was taken, I make one of many pilgrimages to Busch Stadium for the summer. It's the Cardinals and the Cubs today, always a good day for baseball, beer and fun! I placed a brick in the new Stan Musial Plaza outside the stadium to honor my father. He was drafted by the Cardinals as a pitcher in 1946 after pitching for the Navy team during WWII, and played with Stan the Man. So as you can see, I came by my love of the Cardinals honestly and biologically. The Plaza was just completed before the season started, so I get to hunt for the "Bud Brick" before the game.
I never could throw a fastball as hard as my dad, even when he was 49 and I was 19 on the State Champion team; however, that's the only pitch he had so his time in the show was limited. I still remember as a kid all the great Cardinal players joking with the "Old Man" who had, and I quote them, "A million dollar arm and a ten cent brain." I like to think that the gene pool was corrected by my mother and I'm the one with a 10 cent arm and a million dollar brain; however, I've yet to count my first cool million.
Oh hell, that's what dreams are for, and besides, don't we all love to live vicariously through our heroes. My dad was one of them. That's why I like the movie Field of Dreams. I'd love to walk through a corn field and play a little ball with my dad and the past Cardinal greats. That, with a cold beer, a mile long non-fat hot dog and a bounty of cute bat girls would make for a beautiful heaven.
Sir Hook I Played a Mean 2nd Base of Warrick
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