The UCB Project for the month of August is for the members of the group to interview each other. This allows us to get to know each other a little better, and pass along some of the more human elements of the people behind the screen & keyboards, putting some flesh & blood on us, as the saying goes. The person I was selected to interview was Diane Schultz. I emailed her some questions, and she responded with the answers below. Hope you enjoy!
When did you become a Cardinals fan, and was there one person you can attribute your interest in baseball to?
My mom and dad were Cardinals fans, but I didn’t become a Cardinals fan until September 11, 1974. That was the night that the Cardinals played the Mets for 25 innings. My mom and I stayed up and listened to all 25 innings. The game didn’t get over until 2:00 in the morning – I must not have had school the next day, or Mom wouldn’t have let me stay up that late. I must have enjoyed the drama – I was hooked on Cardinals baseball after that!
When was the first time you remember seeing the Cardinals play in person?
The first game I can actually remember going to was Opening Day 1985, which was actually opening night, since opening day games were played at night back then. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I and my infant daughter were living with my in-laws after my husband had left us in September 1984. We were sitting around the dinner table talking about Opening Night and my then stepsister-in-law looked and me and said, “Hey, let’s go to the ballgame.” So we went, since my in-laws live in Fairmont City and St. Louis is only a few minutes’ drive from there. She taught me how to keep score that night and I’ve been doing that at almost every game ever since.
I may have gone to a game or two in the 1970’s, but I really don’t remember and my parents aren’t around any more for me to ask them. Even if they were still here, I doubt if they’d remember.
What made you decide to start blogging about the Cardinals?
I love the Cardinals. I read some other Cardinals blogs and I thought, “Hey, I can do this too.” I’m very opinionated and the blog is a great way to talk about how I feel.
The only thing harder than starting a blog is keeping it going. How do you overcome the obstacles that sometimes interfere with blogging?
The biggest obstacle that I face is finding time to write. I work full time as a legal assistant, so my blogging time is limited to evenings and weekends. And then there are the usual distractions at home – laundry, dishes, cooking, etc. Sometimes at work, however, I come up with an idea for a blog post. I type it up and then email it to myself. You have to write sometimes when the inspiration hits you, or a good post could be lost.
Describe one of your favorite Cardinals-related memories.
It would have to be the opening ceremonies of Busch Stadium III in 2006. I wouldn’t normally been off of work that day, but one of the founders of the law firm I work at died and the firm was closed that day for his funeral. My husband was also off of work that day, so we decided we would go to the opening ceremonies. I was only 4 years old when Busch Stadium II opened, so I obviously missed those opening ceremonies.
What makes that memory so special?
That was the only time I ever saw Stan Musial in person. We got to the stadium early enough to get fairly close to the ceremonies, so we could hear him charm the crowd with his jokes. He also played his harmonica. But he looked so frail, and he had to be helped off the platform.
What are your thoughts on this 2013 Cardinals team?
Despite all the injuries to the pitching staff and the loss of Yadi for a couple of weeks, this Cardinals team still has a good chance to make the playoffs. Carlos Beltran plays like he’s 10 years younger than his real age. Yadi not only is the MVP of this team but the National League as well. I like our chances.
Where can folks find your Cardinals blog?
Anything you’d like to add that I haven’t asked about?
I have 3 other blogs besides my Cardinals blog.
Here is the link for my Branson travel blog: http://bransononyourbudget.blogspot.com/. This is my most popular blog, based on post views. I love visiting Branson almost as much as I love the Cardinals. It would be a real toss up if I won the Powerball jackpot – buying season tickets and living close enough to St. Louis to be able to use them or moving to Branson. But I have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the Powerball.
Here is my camping blog: http://campingonthecheap.blogspot.com/ I haven’t written anything on this blog lately, mainly because we haven’t done much camping in the last couple of years. But it does have a lot of good information for those who do go camping.
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