The St. Louis Cardinals have advanced to the NLDS, and they have me to thank.
You see, Saturday night was the final night of the NLCS games. The Cards and Nationals were tied up, so the winner of this game would get to move on. I’m usually pretty ho-hum about the games, but if something is at stake, I tend to get overly involved. And this time, the hotel busy season was at stake. If the Cards were to lose, the hotel busy season would be over, and the dread of a slow hotel would be upon us. And it’s only October.
The game quickly got out of hand as the Cardinals were down 6 to nothing by the third inning. It was obvious they needed help, and I, Coach ShadowRun, came to the rescue.
I shut my computer down…. no time for distractions. I slid to the edge of my seat, clasped my hands together, and pleaded for them to just get a hit. I praised them when they laid off a bad pitch; I scolded meanly when they missed a perfect pitch.
I voiced my concerns to the ump when needed, and I even coached the ball to stay fair, or drop, or get out, get out, get out!
As the Cardinals began their slow come back, my coaching became louder and more adamant. My children, assuming I needed some assistance, crawled out of their dens to help. Before long, I had the kids, the dog, and even the cat cheering them on.
The tension and excitement grew with each inning. By the eighth, the Cardinals were only down by one hit. Then suddenly the Nationals scored another run. We collapsed in our chairs, temporarily defeated.
Not willing to give up yet, I got back on my feet and continued coaching. I didn’t even give up when we were on the last out, and even the last strike. I stayed calm, and focused, and told the players exactly what to do. “Just get a hit. Watch the ball. Wait for your pitch. DON’T swing at that! Come ON!” were the phrases I had to offer them.
And it worked! Descalso hit a two run single to tie the game. Then our rookie, Kozma, hit two more home. We were now leading 8-6 in the top of the 9th, and with Mott as our pitcher, I knew we had it made.
So the Cardinals have me to thank. But I am exhausted. They play the first game of the NLDS tonight in San Francisco. I hope they allow me a rest tonight by trouncing the Giants.