For baseball fans, this is the most boring part of the year. As a St. Louis Cardinals fan, take this time to appreciate when we have baseball more.
I can see all the comments now. “Slow news day, huh?” Most of the time, no. That’s normally just an unnecessary insult that undermines and throws away all of the time a writer spent on what they thought was a worthwhile topic. As a St. Louis Cardinals fan who has gone out on some limbs, try and read to just understand where the writer is coming from before insulting their hard work.
For the first time in a long while, I have a good response for the comment above. Yes, it’s actually an extremely slow news day. It’s been an extremely slow news month actually.
This isn’t to say that there is nothing to write about, there always is. There are always things to debate; things to look deeper into. But since the Cardinals were swept in the NLCS, there hasn’t been much to get excited about, and there won’t be for at least a little while longer.
Watching the World Series is always fun, but it’s never the same when the Cardinals aren’t in it. Awards season is always fun but with only one Cardinals staffer (Mike Shildt) up for an award in the National League, even that isn’t all that fun to follow.
When you think about it, these few weeks at the end of October into the middle of November is the most boring time of the year for baseball fans.
For every fanbase but one, the burn of your team’s loss is still fresh. Qualifying offers are going out, but that can only be explored so far. For a team without players in the running, awards season isn’t fun. The hot stove season is still waking from hibernation, and it’s still too early to get excited about next year’s season.
It’s just football, hockey, and basketball all the time. This is a baseball fan’s purgatory.
So why am I wasting your time reading through this article on a Tuesday morning? To try and teach a lesson in gratitude.
How easy is it during the regular season to be complacent in the fact that pretty much every day, you get to wake up and watch the Cardinals? Yes, the team that makes you angrier, more frustrated, and raises your blood pressure more than anything else. But also the team that has given you some of your favorite moments of your lives.
Don’t take that for granted.
We, as baseball fans, are emotional, overreactive, and shortsighted. That isn’t an insult, it’s what makes the debate in all of this fun. Everyone has their own views and that’s how it should be. But next time it’s during the season and you are fed up with a player’s performance, or the team is so bad you can’t stand to watch, remember this time of year.
Remember waking up and wishing you could have another Cardinals game to watch. That will make you enjoy each day during the season, during Spring Training, and anytime else much more.
You can never have enough gratitude, regardless of the topic.
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Soon the hot stove season will heat up and there will be news and transactions and plenty to debate, but for now, just take note of the boredom that no Cardinals baseball creates. Use it to help enjoy the times when there is baseball more.