This not entirely flattering picture (circa 1999) is of me and a lot of my family. It includes brothers Ed, Rich and Daniel, sister Sibyl, sis-in-laws Steph and Bettina, and Mom and Arnold. Yours truly, of course, is mugging front and center.
The important this is that we are all sitting at Busch Stadium, watching a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. Yesterday the storied Cards pulled off an unlikely victory against the New York Mets, and advanced to their gazillionth World Series.
When you live in New York, a loss (or win) like last night is a blip on the radar. When you live in a place like St. Louis, a hometown sports victory is a singular event ... one that pulls everyone together in a communal spirit of joy, or disappointment. I'm not a big sports fan. But I grew up in one of the truly great sports towns, where fans are deeply connected to their teams in a warm, spirited way. So off to Detroit it is. Play ball!