Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Even though St. Louis baseball fans are sorry the Cardinals are out of the World Series, it's fun to see how quickly we all recovered and, as one, became Kansas City Royals fans. KC? You have total support coming out of St. Louis.
I miss the days when playoff Baseball was played during hours when most of us were awake. Tonight's Cardinals/Dodgers game begins at 8:07, Saturday's game began at 8:37. You add in more playoff added commercials and a number of the games have gone over 4 hours.
If you live out in the eastern time zone, the ability to last through a full game is negligible. And how many kids are up? Kids who should be the future of baseball? If these times are in place to help the advertisers as many claim, how does it help them if most of the country has gone to bed?
There was always something romantic about afternoon games, especially in the Fall. Now it's midnight games.
Yesterday afternoon Laurel Park in St. Peters was the site of a huge cross country meet for St. Louis area Lutheran schools with every single grade (K-8) having its own race. Boys and girls had their own heat in these age groups. There were tons of kids competing and it was nice to see exercise in the form of running make them excited and actually very supportive of their friends and opponents.
Before the races began some of the CCLS boys had some fun with Nick who would have, if given half a chance, got himself into a race.
Before their race I asked some of Christian's teammates to face me so I could get a good shot.
Ok. The best I could do. They are 3rd and 4th graders.
Here's the start of Connor's race K-2 boys.
So many of them
Connor's in the middle wearing black.
Christian's group gets some advice from the coach.
And they're off
Unfortunately for Christian and Connor, Nickie dumped out all their water before the races even began. Hopefully they watered up when they got home.
In baseball there are stats for everything and the Wall Street Journal has published a hateability index just in time for the playoffs. This index, as you would expect, has everyone in St. Louis all atwitter since the Cardinals are said to be the most hated team in the playoffs.
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The criteria for this chart seem a stretch in some cases, but I'd wager if the Cardinals are indeed the most hated team in the playoffs, it has more to do with the fact that they seem to BE in the playoffs more often than not. 2014 is the 4th year in a row for St. Louis. After a time fans in other cities become bored and resentful of a successful team.
A story on DC new radio station, KTOP, which reports on a survey which found that grandparents are now "younger, hipper". I tend to agree that many grandparents are more hip to what's going on and are early adapters to web things and social media.
Here's where we haven't been hip. I've been seeing an appreviation for the Big Ten conference on Twitter recently which is written like this: B1G. That's B one G. And that looks like big but isn't.
Have no idea how that describes the Big Ten but hope to find out.
We went to the Cardinals game last night and had tickets to the AT&T rooftop section in Ballpark Village. We had no idea what to expect as far as game viewing, but it turned out to be pretty darn cool. We could see all the action with the benefit of having the KMOX radio feed play by play piped in. You'd be surprised how much better you can follow the game with Mike Shannon et al providing information.
View of what was down below us and you can see I-64/40 near the Poplar in the middle background.
The field. The camera makes it look farther away than it actually is.
The south side of Busch looking west before the game.
And the same view after dark. We weren't sure if that dark mass of sky was a storm rolling in or nightime falling.
Would we do this again? I think so. Not only is it a calmer atmosphere but it's an easier in and out from the parking areas. But having to weave through the huge crowds on the main area of Ballpark Village is a trick.