Baseball is, well, important in my home.
We are in St. Louis Cardinal territory and as any Cardinal fan will tell you, cheering for this team is a way of life.
My husband was required to memorize the inscription on Stan Musial’s statue before he was allowed to enter the Stadium at age five. So, clearly, he comes by his love of the game naturally – passed from his father and grandfather.
And now, my nine year old son, Cooper (named for Cooperstown – yes, it is true) can relay stats, name players and predict the bullpen like a pro.
Here’s the thing: the Cardinals have once again (the 5th year in a row in case you needed a refresher) made it to the post-season, prompting our annual shrine to take over my living room. No, I’m not joking. Yes, that is my living room. Yes, it appears to have doubled in size from the 2014 version.
What is even more special about this post season is that the Cardinal’s long-time rival, the Chicago Cubs, have batted their way in to the running by winning the Wild Card…and the updated rules of the game have the RedBirds and the Cubbies facing off in the first series.
You know what that means? My family – specifically my husband and small dude, will be in one of two places: AT THE GAME or in front of the TV demanding that their attention not be diverted.
Unless there is food involved. Pizza and baseball are a brilliant combination….especially my husband’s favorite and a long time partner of ours: Ristorante Pizza.
Lucky for him and Cooper, I can handle them eating in front of the TV AND am willing to share the cooking duties to free them up so their full attention goes where it should: to the team. I know the Cards need that kind of fan commitment.
In our home, the energy expended by cheering, pacing in front of the TV and re-enacting the best plays can make anyone hungry.
My good friends at Ristorante Pizza, by creating delicious, different options, have made sure I can take only a few minutes attention from the game and STILL ensure a perfect meal for my husband (and sometimes Cooper gets in on the deliciousness too!)
I let him choose his favorite – in this case, the Pizza Mozarella (not to worry – YOU can choose from additional options like the newest: Pizza Pollo, or old favorites that include spinach, goat cheese, mushrooms, pepperoni and pesto) and give him a gourmet pizza experience while never missing a moment of the game.
You cannot fake that kind of focus. Or hunger. Or happiness at a full belly.
And naturally, a St. Louis Cardinal’s win.
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