We have a special treat for everyone today!! We have a guest blogger who will do 1-2 posts a month. Honorary J has been my husband’s best friend for years. He has been there for T-Rex through thick and thin and is probably one of the best guys I’ve ever known. He is super sweet and thoughful, he’s Louie’s godfather (yes our dog had a godfather) and Louie LOVES him. I’m so thankful that my husband has a friend like Honorary J. Honorary J has attended our family functions, house sat for us and even celebrated New Years Eve with two of the J sisters and their husbands. He might by my husband’s best friend, but he is all of our friend and we love him!! And for all of the single ladies, this guys is the ultimate catch. He will make someone the luckiest girl ever, I have no doubt. I’m sure all of my sisters would agree.
I’m so glad that Honorary J did this post about Stan Musial. Stan was a baseball legend in St. Louis. The best player to EVER play for our team and someone that you could count on being at opening day every year. I know it will be sad not seeing him come April, but he will remain in all of our hearts. Enjoy Honorary J’s guest post as you will be seeing a lot of him in the future (we hope!).
Stan was really the Man
Everything they said about him was true. He was that guy. That guy meaning the one everyone wanted to be around. He had the ability to make you smile even during a time of embarrassment. How do I know this? I had one of the most embarrassing moments of my life with Stan Musial.
In 2003, I was a security officer at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in St. Louis. Keep in mind I had only been employed there a short time. The St. Louis Cardinals held a golf tournament. After it was over the attendees headed over to the hotel for a happy hour and a reception. I was stationed on the 2nd floor where the happy hour was held. My main responsibility was to escort them down to the 1st floor for the reception in the ballroom. I was instructed to take them down a service stairwell because there were autograph seekers and others hoping to see these greats. I am a huge baseball fan and the people in attendance made me feel like a kid again. Stan, Fergie Jenkins, Brooks Robinson, Tony Larussa, Red Shoendienst, Whitey Herzog and many more. Stan and I were leading the pack down the stairs. I held his arm as we walked down the narrow and steep stairs. Stan and I got to about the 3rd step from the bottom and I realized that not only have I never been in this stairwell, but I have no idea what it leads to. I am in full on panic mode. I cross my fingers and say a silent prayer. The moment of truth was upon me as I opened the door. What do I see? I see a bunch of tree branches staring back at me. I turn to Stan and say I’m sorry I have taken the wrong way. We have to head back up the stairs. He grabbed my arm tight and said…”son, you have got to be kidding me”. He said it with a twinkle in his eye and a smile. He seemed amused that I made such a blunder. At this point the other 40-50 guys were gathered behind me at the base of the stairwell. I turned and announced what had happened. Al Hrabosky said with a laugh, “Do you even work here?” Thankfully, they had been drinking for awhile and were in a joking mood. We went back up the stairs and I finally got them to their destination. I look back at that adventure with a smile because Stan shared it with me step by step.