Stand Down

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With the World Series over and the parade cleanup complete, the off-season starts in earnest. Every club and player takes a moment to reflect on the season past, the challenges of tomorrow, and their place in it. The Cardinals front office has already started that process and declined to exercise their options for Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel. Tony LaRussa began his reflection back in August and announced his retirement yesterday. There are more changes to come for the ballclub.

There are changes coming here too. This is the last post of Stan Musial’s Stance.

I started the blog in 2006, when the Cardinals went on an unexpected playoff run and won the World Series. Apropos that it ends now, after the Cardinals went on an unexpected playoff run and won the World Series.

It’s easy to be a fan. It’s relatively easy to be a fan and a writer. It’s difficult to be a fan and a good writer. In order to do it right, one has to not only read what’s going on with the team but actually watch/listen to the games. I can find the time to read what’s going on via the Post Dispatch, Twitter, and the United Cardinal Bloggers, but unless the game is nationally televised I don’t have the free time to watch or listen to it. You’ve no doubt noticed that; if you laid a schedule down next to the dates I published something, the dates would almost exactly correspond to when the Cardinals were on ESPN, FOX, or in San Diego.

And the time is the issue. Geoff Young of Ducksnorts recently hung up his spikes, and he said something that resonated with me: “The sacrifices and compromises one is willing to make in life at age 42 are different from those one is willing to make at age 28.” I’m closer to 42 than 28. My children demand my attention. My wife deserves my attention. It’s not fair to plop down in front of the TV at 5pm Pacific, spend 3 hours watching the Cardinals, and deny them that. You may disagree, and that’s cool. Everyone’s got to live their life the way they think is right.

I close this chapter with no regrets. I’ve had a lot of fun doing this. Blogging about the team my father and I rooted for has literally changed my life for the better. I’ve had the opportunity to do things I never thought I would experience, and I have met some tremendous people along the way. The people list is an All-Star team of Cardinal writers. Dan Shoptaw. Nick at Pitchers Hit Eighth. Bill Ivie. Bob Netherton. Matt Philip. Derrick Goold. Matt Leach. And many others I should mention but won’t in the interest of brevity. Thank you all for your help, your kindness, and your friendship.

To those reading this – thanks. Thanks for making this blog an occasional part of your week. Thanks for your feedback and comments. I am not disappearing altogether from the internet. I will continue to write. I will do a weekly article for I-70 Baseball as long as Bill Ivie will have me. I also plan to focus on the San Diego Padres, the local team in my time zone, as well as provide sage observations via Twitter on a wide variety of things. Perhaps our paths will cross again.

Cheers.

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4 responses to “Stand Down

  1. Blast it, Mike. I want to argue with you, want to keep you writing about the Cards, but I’m the last person that’s going to debate the family card.

    Getting to meet you last year at Social Media Night was one of my personal highlights in the blogging realm. I’ve enjoyed reading your writing and coming to know you over the past few years.

    We’ll miss you in the Cardinal blogosphere, but I know we’ll still correspond via the BBA and everything. Best of luck to you!

  2. I am more sad reading that you will be shutting down Stan Musial’s Stance than the Tony La Russa retirement. I totally understand the demands on writing, and struggle with that too. I have thoroughly enjoyed your work here and over at I-70 Baseball. Hope that we stay in touch on Twitter, and best wishes for the future.

  3. Say it ain’t so, Mike!

    We’ll miss you as part of the UCB projects, look forward to having a chance to take in a Cards game with you at Busch again sometime.

    Cheers to a great run at SMS!

  4. I am only two months late in commenting on this, and for that I’m sorry.

    But rest assured, your place at I-70 is there as long as you have the desire.

    Looks like we are losing quite a few sites to read going into 2012.

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