CONTESTANT #35. FEMALE FAN.

NAME: COURTNEY HAYES

TEAM: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD: “As cliché as it sounds, I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t exposed to the Cardinals. My grandmother was about as devoted a fan as one could be. She passed her love and knowledge of the game along to my mom who passed it along to me. The MLB frequently touts the “father-son” tradition that exists within the culture of baseball, but my story is really a “mother-daughter” tradition because the males in my family never really understood and loved the sport as much as we did. It’s funny – I will never forget in 1998 – the year of Sosa and McGwire – my mom was obsessed with Mark McGwire. So obsessed that she named my brother, who was born a week after he broke the home run record, after him. She gave him a Cardinals bedroom with Cardinal wallpaper, red trim, and McGwire posters everywhere. Now today, I’m still jealous that I wasn’t named after a Cardinal and given a Cardinals’ bedroom since I’m the big baseball fan! I my mom cry when Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee retired, I cried with her in 2002 when Jack Buck and Darryl Kile passed away, and we cried tears of joy last October when the Cardinals did the unthinkable and won it all. And then of course we cried some more when Tony LaRussa announced his retirement. We always go to the games together and cheer on our team! Although my Grandma passed away in 2000 when I was only 9, and before the Cards broke their dry spell in 2006 I always think of who her favorites would be today, what our conversations would sound like now that I’m a seasoned baseball fan with more knowledge of the game than most of my male friends and family members, what she would think of Busch Stadium III, or what it would be like to watch her watch one of her childhood heroes – Stan Musial – receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  I am so grateful that I was brought up in a baseball town by some great baseball fans and I can’t wait to pass the tradition on to my kids!”


WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: “I cannot imagine a life without Cardinals baseball – it’s basically in my blood. I watch every game, keep score when I can, and have faith and optimism in my team even when things aren’t going so well. Busch Stadium is practically my second home and my dream is to have enough money to buy season tickets some day (that and marry Chris Carpenter!). I just love the game so much, and am devoted to my team, and cannot wait to have children to whom I can pass along the tradition!”

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CONTESTANT # 15. FEMALE FAN.

NAME: ALISON HUGHES

TEAM: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD: “Growing up, The Cardinals were always a big part of my family. My Dad worked at Busch Stadium at a concession stand when I was a little kid and he used to always tells us stories about the Cardinals and all the crazy fans. When I got a bit older, my dad lost his job at Busch Stadium but would still tell us stories and he would always watch the games when they were on. My sister and I grew up watching baseballs games with our dad and grandpa in our little Cardinals t-shirts. As I grew up, baseball kind of faded from my life. It wasn’t until I was 19 years old that I really started to get into baseball again. I was a late bloomer but once I discovered the Cardinals again, my obsession and love of the game really began. My sister and I watched, or were at almost every game from the Cardinals 2011 season. Last season was the craziest, most amazing, roller coaster of an emotional ride for every Cardinals fan, but especially for me. My best friends and I would cry, laugh, and cheer til our voices were gone while watching our boys play. Becoming a baseball fanatic during this season in particular was really special to me. I got to see the Cardinals go from looking hopeless to winning the world series. More so than winning the World Series, was watching game 6. I’ve never felt so many emotions in my life. I went from crying from sadness to crying from happiness. I think game 6 will always go down in history as one of the best games ever played. Before that ever happened though, a day came where I knew I truly loved baseball.  On Wednesday October 12, my sister, my best friends and I bought tickets for the NLCS game 3. My best friend Rachel and I had left work and went straight down to Busch Stadium. I remember feeling so excited and nervous and when we got there, the atmosphere was amazing. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced, to see all these fans coming together to support their team. That game was during the Rally Squirrel/ Rally Towel obsession and so they gave out free towels that night and being able to swing that towel and see the hundreds of other fans swinging their towels, was amazing. I felt like I was a part of history. Ever since last season, my love for the Cardinals just keeps on growing.”

WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: “I absolutely love living in a baseball town, especially one as truly awesome as St. Louis. The Cardinals are a huge part of my life, all year round. I love my team and loving the Cardinals makes me apart of something special. Loving Cardinals baseball gives me the opportunity to have a special bond with my dad as well as with my friends who love the Cardinals too. I will always love my team and they will always be a part of my life that I hope to one day share with my daughters and nieces. The St. Louis Cardinals honestly do have the best fans in baseball!” 

Alison also included the photo of her, her dad, and her sister on Father’s Day of last year! They took him to the game and bought him the brand new Cardinals shirt that he’s wearing in the photo as a father’s day present. It won’t be considered in the selection process but we felt everyone should get to see and enjoy it. 

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