It’s always encouraging when pro sports teams get a little creative with their stadium giveaways. Face it, bobbleheads became stale the minute someone decided to give one to this guy.
So kudos to the Cardinals for the Stan Musial harmonica giveaway scheduled for this weekend.
But when Mike Shannon is overheard telling the KMOX audience during a broadcast this past weekend that Friday at Busch Stadium is the only place and only day that anyone can EVER get their hands on one, well, we might coach him to ease off on the sales pitch a smidge. These puppies aren’t destined to become the wind instrument version of the Honus Wagner card anytime soon.
In fact, we’ve scouted out a little place where these collectibles are already piling up…
Oh, eBay, you sure know how to take the sheen off a cool stadium giveaway, don’t you. If nothing else, if you run into a scalper trying to pump up their asking price because of a harmonica, you can feel confident telling them to pound sand. Your internet friends will make sure you get your paws on one sooner or later.
This week Cardinal fans have been mourning the passing of their franchise’s all-time greatest player, not to mention all-around greatest guy, Stan Musial.
Local television outlets have peppered their newscasts with a steady stream of Stan coverage since word of his passing came last Saturday night, and rightfully so. Seems everybody has a personal Stan story, and hearing these now makes you appreciate the man they called, um, “The Man” and his legacy of excellence, compassion, and goodwill all the more.
But this week, during a live Elliott Davis report on one of FOX 2’s evening newscasts, a strange phenomenon occurred – something that all your fancy laws of nature, science, and reason cannot explain away. It was as if the ghost of Stan interjected himself right in the middle of Davis’ report. See for yourself:
Was this a message from Stan from beyond the grave? Perhaps he was trying to communicate one last tale of government waste for an upcoming “You Paid For It” segment before passing into the great beyond.
Although noticeably shocked and bewildered, it’s a credit to Davis that he was able to collect himself and finish his report. Say what you want, the guy’s a true pro. But we’re not buying his dismissive contention that this was a simple case of technical difficulties. No way.
Over the past 48 hours, many have weighed in with their personal takes on what Stan Musial meant to the game of baseball, the city of St. Louis and humanity in general. Frankly, we can’t get enough of it.
Considering Musial was overshadowed for most his life, it’s somewhat ironic that gestures from those outside of St. Louis have left such a resounding impact. 24-year old Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg sent his condolences; as did Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. Comedian Daniel Tosh posted a childhood photo of himself with The Man. Heck, “Stan Musial” even trended worldwide on Twitter.
But the remembrance that held the most gravitas came from the most unlikely of sources.
That’s Murphy’s Bleachers on Waveland Ave in Chicago, which sits approximately 20-feet from Wrigley Field. Enemy territory. Walk anywhere near this location wearing red and white and you’ll be scrubbing Old Style out of your clothes the following morning.
Nevertheless, this Cubs haven swallowed their hatred for anything and everything St. Louis to pay respect to the icon that is Stan Musial.