It’s been both a hard weekend on Cardinal fans, but also one of great joy in reliving the outstanding, full life of Stan Musial. The outpouring of respect, love, and admiration from Cardinal fans in St. Louis and across the nation has been touching and – thankfully, for those of us unable to share in the celebration of The Man’s life in St. Louis – well-documented.
I’ve spent plenty of time watching tributes, reading stories about Stan, and just re-living his life and legend – all while doing a little reflection myself, on how I can honor Stan by being a better person myself. I feel this will be one of his lasting legacies, one of his enduring impacts, is people remembering who he was and how he was, and striving to be more like him. At least, that’s how I’m choosing to have Stan’s passing impact me – to strive to be more like him as a person.
I’m not sure that any of you loyal four readers really care about that or not, but it’s powerful for me, and I’m just a little ashamed that it took Stan’s passing to motivate me to see it and act on it. I hope I’m not the only one.
Judging by some of the video I’ve seen from St. Louis taken the past few days, I don’t think I’m alone. And leave it to Bob Costas to make me cry again, dangit (well done, Mr. Costas, very touching tribute):
And leave it to Cardinal fans to make my cry again, again, dangit – y’all really belted that “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” – forward to about 4:14:
A fitting a proper tribute, all weekend, to the Greatest Cardinal. If you missed it at the newsstands in St. Louis or are out of town, you can get your Musial special sections of the Post-Dispatch by ordering here.
Rest in peace, Stan.