Emily is getting married today.
“Two weeks before I met him, I literally said I would rather be single my whole life than marry a Cardinals fan.”
God has such a goofy sense of humor.
Emily loves the Royals like I love the Royals. When she was in 2nd grade, she went to her first game with her dad and oldest brother. (Side note: Emily’s oldest brother used to work for the Lansing Lugnuts. That is really cool.) In order to keep Emily entertained and interested in the game, her dad bought something almost every inning — hot dog, ice cream, soda — and it worked. Emily has been a fan of the KC team ever since.
“My aunt introduced me to Jay. She had been friends with him for several years. She said, ‘I know you love baseball and you love laughing and there is someone I want you to meet. But, there’s a problem. He’s a Cardinals fan.”
Emily is marrying Fotsch (Day #128) who is a passionate fan of the Cardinals, even emceeing for the AA team.
Their first date was two years ago. While sharing Kansas City barbecue, they teased and consoled each other over the fact that neither Missouri team was in the postseason.
Egypt the dog joined us at the dog park and it was a good thing I brought two baseballs. One throw to Emily. One throw to Egypt. One throw to Emily. One throw to Egypt. If I took too long throwing the ball to Emily, Egypt quickly let me know.
In between throws, Emily and I laughed that not only is today her wedding day, it is also the same date Don Denkinger made his call at first base in the 6th game of the 1985 World Series.
What a perfect date for a Royals fan and a Cardinals fan to marry.
I am convinced that if replay was available in 1985 and Denkinger’s call was overturned, the Royals still would have found a way to win. It was just their year. (Side note #2: I would love to find a way to play catch with Don Denkinger.)
I am also certain that Emily and Fotsch will have bets over who will win the annual series between the Cardinals and the Royals and I can only wish Fotsch the best of luck. Any time I make a bet with my wife, no matter what that bet may be, I lose.
God does indeed have a goofy sense of humor.
I left the slobber-covered baseball at the dog park as a souvenir for Egypt. Emily and I took a quick selfie, then she was off to get her hair fixed before heading to the wedding venue.
As Yogi Berra said, “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”
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