I predict that Barry Bonds will hit #715, breaking Babe Ruth’s homerun record, while playing against us this series.
I don’t mean this as a knock against us, but it’s a fact of Cardinals history. When something monumental happens in baseball there’s a pretty good chance it’ll happen when the Cardinals are present.
I call it historical fortune and I attribute that good fortune to being one of the most knowledgeable and faithful fanbases in all of baseball. We are loyal not only to our team but also to the sport. We appreciate the finer points and subtle nuances that make baseball such an amazing game. We are fair. We are positive. We expect 100% from our players and give 100% in support. We treat our competitors, as well as the sport, with respect and enthusiasm. That is why, in the what-goes-around-comes-around cycle of life, we get to be part of so many history-making events.
In recent years alone we’ve seen Ken Griffey, Jr. hit his 500th homerun. We were there when Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ homerun record and then set a new one. And, sadly, after a nearly 100-year drought, Cardinals fans bore witness to the first Red Sox World Series Championship in almost a century.
That is why I suspect we’ll get to see Barry Bonds make history with his bat. We deserve to be part of baseball’s milestones.
(Of course, I hope he hits it off a reliever, with no one on base, during a game that we’re winning by a fat margin. THAT would make the moment a perfect one.)