On Sunday night, instead of watching baseball and writing blog posts, I was busy at the hospital as my wife and I welcomed our first baby boy. Our son Micah was born on Sunday night. As you can see, I have already begun to indoctrinate him into Cardinal Nation like any good father should.
Unfortunately, he has seen more losing games than winning games since his birth. They’ve really got to work on that. I was hoping they’d reel off six straight and we could go into next year with him never having seen the Cardinals lose. Maybe next time.
But with the Cardinals leading the NLCS 3-2 over the Dodgers, I’ll pass along something I realized the other day. The Cardinals went to the World Series the year I was born (1985). The Cardinals went to the World Series the year my wife was born (1987). They went to the World Series the year we got married (2011). And this year our first son was born, could it happen?
So I hope that I will be able to resume my regular posting here shortly.
I had the pleasure on Friday evening of being the latest victim of Daniel Shoptaw’s (C70 at the Bat) podcast, Conversations with C70. We talked about how I became a baseball fan, some of my favorite baseball memories, blogging, and the current state of the Cardinals. You can hit up the podcast below.
Maybe this is a little bit of a State of the Blog post. While the 2012 season was not successful as the 2011 season was in terms of visitors to the blog, I was unable to be as reliable with posting as I wanted. That left me contemplating several options going into this offseason. After two years had my blog run it’s course? No, I was still interested in writing about the Cardinals. I wanted to have a blog, I wanted to have a place to share. So the goal became finding a way where I could maintain the blog like I felt it needed to be maintained, but still not completely ignore my job and my wife.
So here comes my plan for Redbird Dugout in 2013. Less conventional blogging, more shorter posts. The idea is that it’s more like a Tumblr-style where posts aren’t as long, but posts may be more frequent and more focused on one simple thought. While I’m sure there will be the occasional 1,000+ word missive, I’m expecting those to be rare, maybe once a week at most. The Tumblr-style will also allow me to feel like I can share more baseball related things I find. A funny baseball image? Post that up. A good quote from someone? Post that up too.
With the conventional style, the pressure was on to treat it like I would a regular sports website. At least it was from myself. The change should help.
We are up with the new format right now. There is still a few little display fixes yet to do, but for the most part, the base site is now ready. I’m excited for what 2013 can hold for Redbird Dugout and hopefully it’s closer to 2011 success than 2012′s failures. Preview season will start soon and we’ve got just 47 days until baseball is played again. The excitement is building.
Welcome to the new Redbird Dugout. Over the last couple weeks I’ve been working on getting the theme of this site ready. It’s about 99% there, but it’s close enough for me to consider debuting the site. All of our old content is here on the new site. There is a little housecleaning that I’ve yet to do that has to do with issues between Blogger and WordPress that I will need to finish up over the next few days.
Enjoy yourself, poke around, and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Fear not Cardinals fans, I will be back. Over the last couple weeks I have gone through examinations and relocation. In Cubs-fan speak, I took tests and moved (Yeah, that was sort of harsh, Reds fans maybe?). Anyway, I will be back shortly for a few weeks with my typical Cardinals discussion and thoughts shared here. Then I will get married and miss about a week. I am, however, working on getting a third member of our beloved Redbird Dugout team who can help me shoulder the load that week and perhaps in the future.
Thank you to all who participated in April’s Cardinals Approval Ratings. I will get those posts up as soon as I can. There were some interesting and not all too surprising changes that I am excited to discuss.
I apparently have the hosting duties of Wednesday night’s UCB Radio Hour. That means I need to put a show together and some co-hosts. I need to work on that. But you can also check it out at 9:30 Cardinals time at Blog Talk Radio on Wednesday nights, where the best of the UCB (and me from time to time) tackle Cardinals baseball and any related topics.
I’ve got some notes over the last two weeks that I will likely share in a big recap post as well as I try to get back into the swing of things in my recapping and commentating. I’m going to be renaming “Game Recap” to “Game Notes” where I simply share my three thoughts on things that I saw in the game or trends I see developing with the team. All other news outlets give game recaps, and I think Game Notes better describes what I am trying to do. Share those things that I saw.
Just thought I would give everyone an update as the blog has gone silent for the last week and a half, about my absence and what I have planned in the future. As always, thank you for reading.