About a year ago I pitched the idea for an essay to St. Louis Magazine. The thought was to look at the baseball rivalry between St. Louis and Chicago, addressing it as a lifelong Cardinals fan living among Cubs faithful. There was a bit of back and forth and a long stretch of time between when we agreed on the fact of essay and the time when the essay would eventually come out, which was in time for Opening Day of the 2010 season. During that time I read a bunch of baseball materials, took silly-copious (I realize now) notes about the Cubs 2009 season, failure, the comedy of Milton Bradley, the fact of the Cardinals acquisition of Matt Holliday, and so damn much more. I’ve written about baseball before, both in The Slide and elsewhere (0ne or two of you might recall my previous stint as a baseball blogger along with the unfortunate end to that career), but addressing the Cubs / Cards rivalry was about as fun as I’ve ever had with a writing project. And so it makes me immensely happy to share it now.
Subtitled, “Contemplating rivalry — and envy and schadenfreude and life itself — amid the world’s worst singalong,” the essay is available in St. Louis Magazine’s April 2010 issue. Please enjoy: A Cardinals Fan in Cub Land.