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St. Louis Sportsmanship

cardinalnationI personally did not hear it and I haven’t heard any recordings of it, but that didn’t stop the people from claiming that the best fans in baseball are bigots. Many are claiming that the Cardinals fans would never do such a thing, which I would like to believe. Maybe it didn’t even happen. According to Deadspin it didn’t… But according to the New York Daily News it did. I didn’t hear it myself but to claim that it did when it didn’t, well that’s something right there. I do believe there can be racists anywhere, including in Cardinal Nation. However, I do think we are better than this and if it did happen or didn’t happen is irrelevant as the idea of being unsportsmanlike is bad for the birds and bad for baseball in general. The league is so diverse as it is. What would shouting something like that out at a game do to help anybody?

I didn’t want to have to write this. I already wrote about sportsmanship last July when Yadi was boo’ed at the All-Star game in Cincinnati. I didn’t want to have to write the same thing again about the fans. We need to be better than this and I think we can and are better than what the headlines read.

AP-Cubs-Heyward-BaseballOn Sunday, the Cards played the Cubs in their first match up of the season. In case you were not aware a stand out player from last season Jason Heyward went from playing for the Cardinals to the Cubs and apparently some Cards fans were not too pleased to see Heyward out on the field. During the footage you can hear Redbirds fans booing Heyward. Which is okay during the regular and post season. But according to some sources instead of just booing him like many fans did, they threw out racist language that apparently was caught on ESPN’s mics. I have heard some claim that ESPN has said no slurs were said but I haven’t seen an actual source saying this. So my guess is as good as yours.

What I do know is that Jason Heyward is an amazing ball player and he deserves at least that much respect. Boo him if you’re upset he’s not a bird anymore but to call him something completely inappropriate is uncalled for. Busch Stadium is a family friendly stadium and hearing claims of this makes me sick and sad to be a Cardinals fan.

This isn’t how Redbird Nation became the best fans in baseball. I think we’re better than this and I am having a hard time believing it actually happened. I will also say that if I was sitting next to someone yelling out that racist language, best believe I’d say something to that person. Nobody deserves to have racist slurs directed at them.

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Date Night? How About Date Day!

11216264_10201709647301129_3072738525875754801_n Date night, the night where everything comes together and stress melts away while you eat, dance, drink, and maybe eat some more. But what about those times where you just can’t get a date night… Well how about a date day? This past weekend my wife and I had two tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game. We always try to go at least once to a game, so we called up mammaw and pawpaw and asked them to watch the kids while we went to the game.

It was one of the best days ever. This isn’t a joke either. We didn’t drink any beer or alcohol, but we did enjoy some tasty nachos, shared a burger, and a few sodas. The Cards started off great with a homer and a few runs, but the Reds quickly caught back up and took the lead. That’s okay though. It’s not always about winning at the ball park (unless it’s October, then it’s all about winning). We joked and laughed and talked and kissed under the nice big score board in the outfield bleachers. It was a fantastic day that I wish didn’t end. I also wish we had even more money than what we took because it would’ve been cool to try out even more food than what we already stuffed in our faces.

It was one of the best days ever.

12991103_10201710143593536_7218664610578720171_nWe snuck around trying to find other seats, which just happens to be one of my favorite things to do. We didn’t get very far because just about every section has someone there wanting to check out your ticket. We made it to a few standing areas but we didn’t get as close as we wanted. However, we did take advantages of a nice little sale near one of the stores and picked up a $10 hat.

I have been to many baseball games as well as a few giveaway games where they give away something, but never got anything. They ran out of Mother’s Day bats when we went on that day and seen dads and kids with the bats (hey you’re not a mom!). This time we were fortunate enough to get to the stadium early enough to get two Adam Wainwright bobble-heads. How cool is that? Pretty cool except you now have to carry these two boxes around with you most of the day. But that’s okay. It was well worth it.

After the game we got back on the crowded metro-link and headed to our station to get home. Once we got home we took off our shoes and relaxed our socks as we planned our dinner and the rest of our night. We settled on making a delicious homemade dinner and visiting Donkey Kong Country on the SNES.

Sometimes, it’s not a date night, it’s a date day, and to me, that is completely okay. Especially when you’re with the woman you love.

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This St. Louis Dad Needs a Job

ResumeBuschStadiumDonnie Grooms is an unemployed father and went to some extreme measures to get his name out there. While the Cards were losing to the Cubs, Donnie stood outside Busch Stadium to hand out his resume to anyone who would take one. His sign says: “UNEMPLOYED – MY FAMILY’S DREAMS DON’T WORK UNLESS I DO! PLEASE TAKE A RESUME!!”

What he wrote may ring true for many out there looking for work. Dreams can sometimes only be filled when there is some semblance of financial stability. Without proper finances dreams are put on hold. Which can be very heartbreaking for a family.

Donnie’s ethic in job searching has since went viral with the image posted to Facebook, Imgur, and Reddit with comments on some of the sites ranging in the thousands. A few TV news stations have also picked up on Donnie’s story. Seeing that Donnie was from St. Louis and a member of a parenting group I am also in I had to send Donnie a quick message offering support from another St. Louis Dad.

Are you looking for someone who is hard working and willing to go the extra mile? Donnie might be your guy. Check out his info below!

LinkedIn is: www.linkedin.com/in/donaldgrooms
Email is: dgroomsii@gmail.com

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St. Louis in a Box

IMG_4422If you could put St. Louis in a box, what would you fill it with? StLouisBox.com answers that exact question. I recently had the chance to check out one of “the original” boxes from St. Louis in a Box. It was sent in just a few days and was filled with goodies straight from the Lou. Before I get to what was exactly in the box I just want to say that this is a fantastic idea. I have many friends who once lived here in St. Louis but have now gone onto new locations. This is the perfect gift to send their way. Or even to friends that have never been here. What better way then to send them a box filled with what they are missing. It doesn’t matter if it’s for Christmas or just to say “hey”, St. Louis in a Box is the perfect way to send a piece of St. Louis to anybody in the world. Better yet, you could even just send one to a friend or family from the area. How cool would this be for a party, wedding, or corporate get together as attendance gifts or prizes? Why get flowers and chocolate for your significant other when you can get this instead!!! Know any Cubs fans? Send them The Stadium box!

Give The Gift of The Gateway City!

The Original, which is what I received, is $25 and can be shipped anywhere in the world. If you are shipping to an APO/FPO military address it’s free! There are two other options for boxes, one is a custom box for $30 where you can pick the items that are added, and the Stadium box which features all St. Louis Cardinals items.

So let’s get down to what was in this box.

  • St. Louis Cardinals Mini-Helmet
  • Current issue of The Riverfront Times
  • Red Hot Riplets
  • Two Vess Whistle Orange Sodas
  • St. Louis Blues coolie
  • Dad’s Original Scotch Oatmeal Cookies
  • St. Louis Cardinals Lanyard
  • St. Louis Cardinals Pennant
  • St. Louis Mardi Gras beads
  • G&W Bavarian Style Landjager (Cajun Beef Stick and a Beef Stick Chipotle Style Landjager)
  • Schlaflys coasters and bottle opener
  • STL sticker

That is quite the list. I will say that the food did not last long. Red Hot Riplets are probably my favorite potato chips. They are hot and they are addictive. The Dad’s Original Scotch Oatmeal Cookies didn’t last long either. Soooo good. Anyone that receives St. Louis in a Box will not be disappointed. For those that wish to ship some gooey butter cake… Well that is shipped during the cooler months, so be sure to follow St. Louis in a Box on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more info on when that will be happening.

The stuff in a box business model is pretty cool. There are a lot of different ones you can get, from pop culture items, to specific brands. I’ve been surprised with some of the options out there. But I gotta say, when I heard of St. Louis in a Box, I thought it was the best of them all. This is a great idea and the perfect way to represent our amazing city.

Check out the gallery below to see all of the awesome items from StLouisBox.com!

Read the St. Louis in a Box press release below!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

St. Louis in a Box Launches E-commerce Site

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, JUNE 28, 2015 – For homesick natives of St. Louis or those who have fond memories from vacations past, St. Louis in a Box has a solution for those sentimental longings and wistful affections for the Gateway City.

Featuring fun and unique items, St. Louis in a Box delivers a box of St. Louis right to customers’ doors. With box choices of “The Original” St. Louis in a Box or “The Stadium” box for Cardinals baseball fans, there’s an assortment of St. Louis nostalgia for everyone. Also offered is the option of creating a custom box, which allows customers to choose from a large selection items of the most iconic institutions in St. Louis.

For those who are holding an event for out of town guests, St. Louis in a Box makes a great remembrance gift for the occasion. Pricing ranges from $35 up to $55 for the 10-item choice custom box. Shipping is $5 to send a St. Louis in a Box anywhere in the U.S.; shipping is free to all military APO/FPO addresses. Orders are shipped within 24-72 hours after the company receives receive them.

Inside each St. Louis In A Box is a carefully selected array of items, including Dad’s Scotch Oatmeal Cookies, Old Vienna Red Hot Riplets potato chips, Vess Orange Whistle soda, Sugarfire Smokehouse St. Louie Style BBQ sauce, Switzer’s chewy cherry licorice twists, Syberg’s Famous Wing Sauce, Volpi Genova salami, Zia’s Sweet Italian salad dressing, local brewery swag, G&W Sausage, St. Louis Cardinals gear, “STL” bumper stickers, Riverfront Times, St. Louis Blues gear and more. St. Louis in a Box is pleased to offer a St. Louis experience to people no matter where they are in the world. More information can be found at http://www.stlouisbox.com/.

About St. Louis In A Box

St. Louis in a Box offers themed gift boxes to people everywhere, offering a St. Louis experience to past residents and visitors.

Contact

St. Louis in a Box, LLC

Dustin McMahon, owner

E-mail: info@stlouisbox.com

Website: http://www.stlouisbox.com/

Note: St. Louis Dad was provided a complimentary box in exchange for this honest review.

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