Jerry Canaday

Life Long Cardinals Fan and Minor League Writer

I grew up a Cards fan in the mid-80′s with WhiteyBall.  I was amazed with the continuous pressure the Cards speed put on the opposing team with the likes of McGee, Coleman and Ozzie and Lonnie Smith.  Then just when you think you are taming the running game Clark or Pendleton blasts a HR.  Those were the days…

As I grew older in the late 80′s and early 90′s I realized that I was blessed with some natural athletic ability.  I played just about every sport known to man but still baseball was my love.  As I grew older I focused almost all my time on playing the infield and hitting.  Like most athletes your talents only take you so far though I had the opportunity to play college baseball and built a lot of lifelong friendships along the way.

My all-time favorite baseball moment was when I was 17 and our summer league team played a game at the Busch Stadium II when it still had the astroturf.  On the bus ride up to St. Louis it started pouring down rain and it continued as we arrived at the stadium.  As you could imagine we weren’t going to let a little rain ruin our once in a lifetime opportunity.  We got to see some of the behind the scenes areas of Busch and then arrived in the dugout…it was everything I could have imagined and then some.  Just as we were getting our equipment out the rain stopped and we jumped on the field to take it all in.  We had contests in the outfield to start running full speed and slide to see how could slide the furthest on the wet turf…it was amazing.  We then moved to acting like we were robbing HR’s hit on our favorite pro park.  The game got underway and before you knew it we were done…it went way too quickly.  The end score or stats of the day were irrelevant as you got to play on the field you dreamed of playing on since you were in grade school.  No chance any experience could trump that one…

Today I live locally in the St. Louis area and root on my Cards through good and bad.  I attend anywhere from 10-25 games a year and rarely miss the remaining games on TV.  It never gets old.  GO CARDS!